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    Pre group railways G&SWR in particular. Industrial locomotives especially the products of Andrew Barclay and Grant Richie. Modelling to proper scale currently working in S7 but still with an interest in P4.

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  1. I always have at least 5 minutes actual modelling on Christmas Day. This year it was easier as we were on our own with no guests so not so many potatoes to peel! So 20 minutes making the footsteps for the loco I have been building was time well spent. Ian.
  2. I use plungers almost exclusively. My solution is home made , costs very little, virtually invisible, does not catch fingers like wipers, permits wheels to have sideplay without loss of contact and can be easily removed for cleaning without taking the wheels off. The photo below shows the construction but basically a piece of brass tube soldered into the frames behind the tyre has a plastic tube liner glued inside. The pickup is a piece of brass or copper wire, I use brass, with a scrap brass fret tag soldered near one end and the wire to the motor goes onto the tag. Opposing plu
  3. If you get one of the professional painters to paint your model it will never be your own work which is recognised, it will always be an xx paint job! At least have a go at painting, it’s not rocket science, read up on techniques and give it a go. Even if it’s not perfect you can strip off the paint and try again. Ian.
  4. Nice thought. Some of the Fower wheelers lasted until after the Great War, this one didn’t but is seen here in rude good health in 1908!
  5. You are correct Mike. There are so many different patterns and sizes of Industrial locomotive wheels that it would be impossible to cater for all. I have made wheels, it’s not that difficult if you have the equipment, but would prefer not to have to do everything. If a range of wheel tyres in different sizes could be produced that would make wheel making a lot easier. I have no experience of 3D printing but would that be a suitable material for making the centres? Industrial wheels are small and usually quite chunky, would the spokes be robust enough? Some of my bigger l
  6. I have had this story from a number of people. They cannot all be making it up!
  7. Snap Mike! I followed a very similar path. Moving to 7mm scale from P4 I did build one loco in fine standard 0 but soon converted it to S7 and have never looked back. Being able to lift dimensions straight from a GA drawing makes modelling so much more satisfying. I am thoroughly enjoying following this build of yours. It is a bit of a cliche but modellers tend to favour the less usual prototypes when in reality they were quite rare. We have seen you produce some exquisite 'ordinary' wagons and this special you are building will truly be a 'special' example! Ian.
  8. Facts are fine but don’t let them get in the way of a good story! It is worth remembering that the G&SWR had a close working relationship with the Midland and almost took them over, 3 times! Ian Middleditch, Chairman, Glasgow and South Western Railway Association.
  9. Getting a rigid chassis square and free of twist with all the axles in the same plane is very difficult. There is only one perfect and an infinite number of almost right! By fitting sprung or equalised bearings you remove the need for absolute square completely. Even if you can built a perfectly square chassis you will only have three wheels in firm contact with the rails which compromises current collection. Of course if your track is perfectly flat!!! Ian
  10. That most have been a different modelling experience for you Jim. The parts are actually big enough to see! Ian.
  11. Hi CKPR, Would it be possible for you to take the photos with your back to the light please? The back lighting of the subject makes the detail impossible to appreciate. Ian.
  12. Mike, I get my small drills from Drill Services Horley. Excellent quality and the common sizes we need are not as expensive as those usually sold at exhibitions. They do mail order and in normal times delivery is quick. I also use an Expo 'wishbone' drill sharpener which is great for when a drill does break. Ian. https://www.drill-service.co.uk
  13. I enjoy the odd browse through catalogues of yesteryear. This is one from my collection. A time when most modellers were scratchbuilders. For 1951 there are some interesting items illustrated especially the views of custom builds. Ian.
  14. Yes the 0-4-2 was popular in Ayrshire but this one spent most of it’s time in Galloway working on the Port Road and Portpatrick branch! Hence the tender cab.
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