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  1. What about thick (3mm) mounting card? The thick stuff i can get from the range, cut and used under the track. Once ballasted you wont see it?
  2. Hello. does anyone use anything other than cork for their track bed? are there any good alternatives to use on a permanent layout? I have just started a large (17ft by 17ft) layout and cork will prove very expensive. I was looking at something like this, but have not seen it in the flesh yet. https://www.diy.com/departments/diall-thermal-insulation-roll-l-10m-w-0-5m-t-2mm/1906878_BQ.prd thanks in advance.
  3. I've had a read through this thread but couldn't find the answer, so can anyone shed any light on the development vehicle they are making as a stand alone car? I have seen a pic online of the coach but would like to know if it will have conventional couplings or special APT couplings on each end.
  4. Though id revive the thread as ive been reading about this layout in BRM and watching it on youtube. do you have a track plan for the layout anywhere ? thanks
  5. Hello. i need a gear for a Hornby j94. Part number x8264. A double gear. But everywhere online is out of stock. however can anyone confirm if part number x8251 will fit? This is off a Hornby terrier and I have been told they are the same, and they certainly look the same. any help would be great.
  6. The wagons may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they work well for me. I had to add boards on the side of the wagons as the home made ARC logos just would not sit correctly on the ribbed sides. with the cost of all the materials they cost about a third of an accurascale rake. they run on Dapol wheels. the buck eyes are ones I had knocking around in the spares box. the run really well and look the part. most importantly of all were fun to build. thanks for looking and I will read and comments you may have. thanks Dan
  7. each end of the wagon has an access ladder. the 5 wagon rake of PTA wagons all decaled up, the bogies still need painting and the interiors weathered.
  8. the wagons primed in grey ready for a top coat of Tamia XF-4 Yellow-green, which is a very close match to ARC Yellow, and very cheap compared to Phoenix paints ARC yellow. the bogies were masked up and the wagons airbrushed. the one off hopper in ARC yellow. the buffers are Heljan 47 rectangle buffer heads. The 5 wagon set having the small details painted. The 'protoype' hopper. Decaled up with Railtec transfers and home made ARC logos.
  9. Hello, below is a short thread on my scratch built PTA wagons. inspiration came from Ian Burkins modern wagon books. These wagons are not 100% like the prototype, but are built as a close representation, so rivet counters look away. there is a set of 5 wagons, two outers and three inners fitted with buck eye couplings. I also built a one off wagon using left over parts I have laying around. This, on my railway, is a prototype hopper. Built in black plasticard for a change. Plastruct strip and evergreen strip was also utilised. the wagons run on Cambrian bogies. Markits Oleo buffers are fitted to the outer wagons. The five completed wagons, ready for priming and painting. this hopper was made up from the scraps I had left over. just as a prototype hopper, a 'what-might-have-been'.
  10. Hello. Does anyone have the dates for next years festival of railway modelling at Peterborough for 2020. it should be booked by now. I can then look at booking the time off work. Dan
  11. Raxstar have already offered 60050 parts for sale in view of breaking it up for spares. Cab fittings and bogie spares are all up for sale, no mention of the prime mover though. There have been two adverts on social media already.
  12. I received my copy today. I had read it was good but wow. What a set of books. It really is fantastic.
  13. Excellent thank you, my glazing has all been removed from the shells (that was not easy!!) so will strip them off when I get round to it.
  14. I am also painting a blue vep into NSE, not going to the extent of your conversion though. How did you remove the curtains from the glazing with out effecting the clear plastic? thanks in advance, Dan
  15. Picked a copy of a brand new magazine today, Wheels of Industry vol 1. In the local WH Smiths. It looks part of the ‘railways of britain’ series, like ‘on shed’ and ‘moving the goods’. For anyone with an interest in industrial steam i think its excellent. Plenty of black and white photos and lots of info. The first in a new series as the next volume is out in March. https://shop.kelsey.co.uk/product/BKZROBWHEELS/ One thing i have noticed is that its £8.99 online but cover price in shops is £7.99! Recommended.
  16. There is a buffer missing in this view, it has since been reattached. and another vacuum pipe has been sort for the coach which is missing its pipe. They may not be prototypical but they suit my needs and look rather good considering they started life as push along toys.
  17. I have been looking for some suitable stock to use as internal user coaches for the preserved NCB colliery that will be incorporated on my new layout. my son had a few old Hornby Annie and Clarabels knocking about but these where based on the shorty Hornby old style coach which I though looked just too small. Then I found two old coaches from a toy set he had, also made by hronby, but these had huge plastic wheels but the bodies looked well detailed enough. This is what I begin with. there is a hole in the roof of one coach, also a battery access hatch. The huge plastic wheels are evident in this view. after some experimentation, I used Hornby TTA tank wagon chassis as there are about the right size, being 2-3mm too short but it leaves a little over hang each end. this is barley noticeable. the underframe detail for the TTA was removed, leaving just the brake leaver in place. Here is the other coach, I filed the nose off the end and cleaned up with wet and dry. the roof and glazing are one unit. The hole in one of the roof were filled, and then rubbed down and filled again until it looked smooth. after painting it became apparent that it wasn't completely smooth, but I can live with that. I find that Humbrol Midnight blue is a close match to the NCB blue used on my Oxford rail Janus. NCB transfers are Railtec and the numbers are off a generic fox sheet I had. the roof isn't fully pushed down in this image. I finished each coach slightly different. The wheels are metal spoke design wheels, and as these coaches are 'preserved' I have white rimmed them.
  18. I have searched but to no avail, but does anyone know of a supplier of cradles for the Cambrian BBA wagon? thanks in advance.
  19. love it, it looks so good and I always liked this from when it first appeared in model rail in 1999? time for a revisit I reckon. your picture of your 03 with the drawing pin buffers inspired me to modify m Hornby 06 at the time.
  20. I have this now, and it is outstanding. really good book and well worth the money.
  21. I will have to pop in a order some. They look great
  22. trying to get hold of a copy (not wanting to order online before ive looked) it seems it near on impossible to locate one around the Peterborough area. Local model shop and smiths have none at all
  23. Hi chaps. i collected my Glorious yesterday at long last. Reading through some posts here am i correct in assuming that the body fit being quite loose, compared to 50026, is relatively normal for this model? (50033)? Thanks
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