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Mark Forrest

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  1. I'd agree with Will, if I was doing mine again, I'd use the Stenson Models bits, I like that these have a representation of the brakes which aren't there on the Bill Bedford ones. To my earlier point about using waisted bearings, this work in progress OCA goes some way to showing what I mean.
  2. I’ve done several of these and had no trouble getting the springing to function as intended. What type of bearings did you use? It’s best to use the waisted bearings as the end that protrudes through the axle guard is much smaller - even with those I tend to file the ends down a little. In the rear of the replacement axlebox I usually drill out as much material as I dare with a 2mm drill, then elongate the hole to form a vertical slot. I always pop the wheels out and remove the bearing carriers before gluing the axleboxes in place. Hope that helps.
  3. Nice work on that Vanwide. Regarding warped sides, I'd never considered that painting the inside might help, interesting. Whenever I build vans I routinely add some internal bracing, which also seems to prevent the problem, for example:
  4. Nice build up of grime in panel gaps and around hinges. Before doing any more to the ends, I'd remove those steps; most (all?) would have been removed from the prototype before a blue & grey repaint.
  5. Previous thread on the same topic: Personally, I’d go for the Parkside kit or wait for the Bachmann one if it needs to be RTR.
  6. Interesting project and a promising start with both the planning and locos. Good luck with it, another one to watch.
  7. Depends of course on your definition of a big exhibition, but Stafford, in its new bigger venue, is (hopefully) the first weekend in February.
  8. Mine was lit entirely from the front; made a L shaped beam from a couple of lengths of MDF architrave and stuck the LED strips to the underside of that.
  9. I have used two strips of LEDs in a similar setup, one warm, one cool; with a dimmer attached to enable me to fine tune the light to how I want it. Personally, if I was going to choose one it'd be cool as that suits the look I go for on my layouts
  10. Fair point, in my defense, in my excitement I just grabbed a link to a photo of an early body 25 at Inverness. Differences between 25/1 and 25/2 are largely in the electrical equipment, the potential for confusion comes from the fact that 25/2s were built in both the early and later style bodyshells. It's common for modellers to refer to early body as 25/1 and late as 25/3, but that overlooks the most numerous subclass which was a mixture of both body types.
  11. Have you seen the latest SLW announcement though? I'll just leave this here...
  12. That really is very nice indeed. So far, I've resisted a 24 (although must admit if there was a suitable LM allocated one available at the moment I'd be tempted), I was unable to resist the 25 though. I keep threatening one of my Bachmann 24s with a Silver Fox bodyshell (cab donor) and a razor saw, but know I'd never get close to the standard of an out of the box SLW. Any thoughts on a number for yours?
  13. Now the paint has dried, a couple of photos in better light. Still some work to do on the sleepers. Overall I think the Metal Cote Gunmetal has worked well, although might benefit from a bit of light dry brushing with some rust.
  14. That's enough reminiscing about my misspent youth; it's back to the buffer stops for tonight's job. As I think I mentioned before, they are deliberately subtly different. The LNWR one (closest) was painted with some Humbrol 173 (track colour), then given a light dusting with some rust red and dark grey powders. It doesn't some clearly in the photo, but the powders have given it a bit of texture. The BR one was painted with a mix of Humbrol 113 (rust) and 27003 (metal cote gunmetal). I might give it a very light dust with some powders, will see how it looks once dry. It's been ages since I've done any painting/weathering like this, quite enjoyed myself. I took this photo of some scrap rail recently to help with getting the colours that I wanted.
  15. I'd almost forgotten about the time I knocked the head off a sprinkler, that was messy.
  16. My first job was working in a warehouse, initially picking orders and loading multi-drop home delivery lorries. After what seemed like ages (but in hindsight was a relatively short time) I got trained to drive reach and counterbalance forklift trucks. I don't mind admitting, this happened to me on more than one occasion...
  17. If I remember correctly it's sitting on a set of Gibson wheels. I have thought about trying it with 14.5mm outer and14mm centre wheels, but I'm in no rush so I'll probably wait until I get around to assembling the Penbits bogies that I have for them. Having done a 47 with sprung bogies (in EM, for Black Country Blues), I'm convinced it's worth the effort. I'll get around to doing them at some point (which reminds me, a need to order a set of bogies for a 40).
  18. Could it be the line into Halesowen basin, which I think was open for tube loads until 1967.
  19. Found while looking for something else; buffer stop painting/weathering reference photo. (my photo, Wolverhampton (high level), siding adjacent to the Shrewsbury bay - taken on the way home from Warley show in 2006))
  20. Thanks Will. Don't tell anyone, but It's a bit of a cheat; the 37/4 is on P4 wheels, but won't run satisfactorily until it gets the Penbits upgrade and the two 37/5s are on 00 wheels pulled out to EM. I've been following you 37 detailing with interest as I need to get these done at some point, it seems a shame not to use them.
  21. A conversation on a Zoom call just prompted me to look on an old hard drive to have a look for some of my early postings on RMweb. I remember at the time (2007) being quite pleased with how these two turned out...
  22. The yard was particularly busy this lunchtime Room for a fuel point somewhere?
  23. I usually start with prototype research, finding out types would be typical of the area/era that I want to model. I usually refer to photographs and the allocations database here to see what types were allocated locally: https://www.brdatabase.info/ Once you have a list of those, it's relatively easy to use Google (or one of the other resources mentioned) to identify whether suitable models have been made.
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