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  1. I don’t know much about the J37s performance, the one at Ayr saw little use, but I do remember the Caley 812s belting down through Cumnock, on the G&SW, with coal from Sanquhar bound for Ayr Harbour. They had around 20 fulls on but they were coasting down grade! Ian.
  2. Hi Polybear, Needle files are fine for delecate work but for a lot of model building too small. Get a couple of decent quality 8”/200mm flat files, a smooth and a second cut, half round is useful too, and keep them solely for brass and nickel silver. You will find that filing a straight edge and cleaning up etch is much quicker and more accurate than plittering with needle files. Keep expensive needle files for detail work. Any decent tool shop will have a range of quality files but Cromwell tools are good. https://www.cromwell.co.uk/shop/abrasives/engineers-files/09010101?fami
  3. I knew David Smith, a charming gentle man, who was a sickly child and not expected to live but lasted well into his eighties. He wrote 5 books on railways and numerous articles and it was his ‘Tales of the G&SWR’ which inspired me to model that railway since expanded to include the Dalmellington Iron Co locos. You can still pick up his books on the 2nd hand market and well worth the effort. Ian.
  4. Microset will release transfers just as long as they have not been varnished over. Been there! Ian.
  5. I too have a similar issues with kits, mostly locos in my case but also wagons. I have a few which have stalled again and are back on the shelf while I get back to building from scratch. So much easier! The problem areas are when the kit designer deviates from how I would build the model or they introduce ‘modifications’ usually dimensional, which make an accurate model impossible from their kit. What makes them frustrating is that you seldom find out the faults until you get started on the build and you have parted with your folding money. I see that your GWR kit has dimensional issues, not
  6. Thanks for the blue comments Jim! I’m now building a Connor 0-4-2 as a contrast, now that is much more complex with outside cylinders, wavy footplate and multi curved cab.It will be blue too. I am a glutton for punishment. Ian.
  7. For some time I have been building a couple of models of the rebuilt 187 class of 0-4-2. The engines were designed by James Stirling and were typical For the period with a basic round top cab and simple tender. The first rebuild was by Hugh Smellie and was a fairly straightforward conversion. The boiler and motion stayed as original but the frames were extended a bit to take a small bunker and tanks, the cab was also improved. The tanks were used on the City of Glasgow Union Railway on suburban services until displaced by Manson’s 326 class 0-4-4tanks. The 187 class were dispersed to Ayr
  8. You exaggerate a bit. One does not require a fully equipped workshop to scratchbuild. Neither does one need to pay for a professional paint job. A small collection of hand tools and a soldering Iron is enough to build a decent model. My first loco was built with tinplate from cocoa tins, brass curtain rail extrusion for frames and offcuts of rail for coupling rods. The only purchased bits were the wheels, motor and gears. I used a junior hacksaw, tinsnips, assorted files and a Stanley hand drill, not electric, and a soldering Iron you heated in the fire. The chimney was turned from a bit
  9. Hi, The large G&SW lettering came in with Jame Manson circa 1895. Prior to that ownership was on a cast iron plate which included the number on the sole bar. Even after the large painted lettering became the norm the plates were still carried. Wagon sheets were a mid grey with G&SW and the number on each long side. These wagons were for general merchandise so could be found anywhere. There were quite a number of industries on the system who would send goods by rail in Sou’West wagons. Glenfield and Kennedy in Kilmarnock manufactured most of the valves and fittings used
  10. Marc , I have just had this thread pointed out to me. As you may be aware I model in S7 and have built a considerable number of locos using wheels from a variety of sources. The Barclay pug which was on display at Telford has Slaters wheels thinned down and reprofiled using the form tool from the S7 Group. If you have access to a lathe it’s not that difficult but there are a number of people who will do the work for you, some advertise in the S7 newsletter. S7 axles are available and Slaters will supply them with their wheels if you ask. There are a lot of myths about S7, mostl
  11. There was more than one 08 at Deanside. I recall my mate, no longer with us, who worked at Barclays in Kilmarnock telling me they had been called in to sort out one which slipped a crank causing ‘lumpy’ running. I think he said it was cheaper just to acquire another rather than repair! Ian.
  12. Hi Guys, There are only a few of the etches left and no more will be available when they are sold. They were designed by John Boyle when he did the G&SWRAs ‘Greenock Bogie’ kit and used up the spare etch space. The etches have been lying, forgotten about until recently. The kit is for the basic version without a cab but can build the Kilmarnock Works Shunter if one is prepared to scratchbuild the cab. I did but chickened out of the elaborate paint job and produced a contractors loco. Wheels on mine are a Slaters Barclay type but some locos had 6 spoke ones. The G&SWRA can supp
  13. Not a Neilson box tank but one from Hawthorns of Leith. My model was inspired by David Smiths Dalmellington Iron Company and is built to depict the condition after her 1903 rebuild at Dunaskin. Ian.
  14. The better railways drove on the right and painted their locos green! Ian,
  15. Excellent work beautifully observed. I particularly like the partly applied brakes on the 2nd wagon. The subtle rust and stained wood is very well done. The only thing which says model to me is the ‘broken’ link on the coupling and I mention it purely as constructive criticism. A touch of solder or smear of epoxy will soon sort it. Ian.
  16. I’m afraid too many folk think they can’t and never even try. If you don’t have a go how will you know what you can do? Good teachers have the ability to persuade their pupils to overcome their lack of confidence and that they can achieve. Determination to do something is a great way of overcoming problems and improving ones skills. Ian.
  17. The G&SWR had quite a lot of “Fower Wheelers” and sinuous colliery branches. David L Smith describes how on some lines the water bag between loco and tender had to be uncoupled on some of the more severe curves. He also describes the sea saw motion of Stirling tenders as being rather like a “jigger scree” the shaking table used to screen coal!
  18. Since I built R39 more information has come to light including a photograph of R47 so I built another one!. Handy engines if you have sharp curves.Ian.
  19. I also “won” a Duchess on that site and it too was badly packed and suffered damage. It was returned to the seller and I got a full refund of the costs including return postage although I had to fight for the return postage costs. The loco, it was a Martin Finney 7 mm scale one, appeared again on the site shortly after! Ian.
  20. I was painting this morning and even the Precision stuff dried within minutes! However that doesn’t explain your problem it could be a mismatch with the two types of paint. Strip off and start again?
  21. I got my first train set at age 14, Dublo 2-6-4tank and freight wagons. Can you imagine a 14 year old wanting a train set now? Or even admitting he had one!
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