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  1. Brilliant, thanks for the suggestion Mike. I ordered one of those, and although it's time consuming, it definitely makes a difference!
  2. For some reason, despite having them for years, I've only just realised that the wheels fitted to Heljan's OO Dogfish wagons are of the incorrect type for the wagon. As a result, I'm after 8 3-hole disc wheels that would fit. Bachmann and Hornby wheels are not suitable as the spindles are just a shade too long/thick, so when fitted, the wheels don't rotate very well. The diameter for the fitted as standard looks to be around 13mm, including flange. I would prefer metal wheels but would consider plastic (or part plastic) if they fit. I would also prefer a swap deal if possible, as I have plenty of spare wheels of various types and sizes (and obviously 8 from Dogfish), including 20 Dapol JNA wagon wheels, all unused. I would however consider buying them outright if they're suitable. I think the Heljan four-wheel tank wagons have the correct style, although I don't know the size of the wheels or the spindles fitted to these. Please contact me if you have anything suitable (even if just one or one pair) Thanks!
  3. I have the following, unopened Bachmann enamel badges available if anyone wants them, just cover postage please - Bachmann Europe plc 25 years 1989-2014 Bachmann Collectors Club 2009/2010 " 2012/2013 " 2015/2016 Please let me know if you need to see photos of any of the above. In theory, I should, somewhere have the 'missing' years in the above (2011, 2014 etc), but I have literally no idea where they might be, if indeed I do still have them! Please pm me if interested in any or all of the above.
  4. Does anyone happen to have a Hornby R6286A EWS Seacow 980238 they'd be willing to part with please? Ideally in as close to as new condition as possible. I would also consider a wagon without couplings or bogies as I have these (my model of 980238 has just unfortunately suffered a bit of an accident!). I might consider alternative numbers, but I know several of these have incorrect numbers for the livery, so please do tell me what the number carried is if you have an alternative one! Thanks in advance!
  5. Flat! Done a bit more rubbing down this afternoon, this is the end, and desired result. It's now completely flat, and you can barely tell there was a raised surface there now. I've been able to make a really good start on the opposite end too. This means I have 4 to start rubbing down, and 3 to 'improve' a bit!
  6. First of all I apologise for the lack of updates on this - the hot summer months and things going on in and around the home has prevented me from doing anything with the coaches. Hopefully things are beginning to settle down a bit. The past couple of days I've been sanding down an underside bogie pivot hole to make it as flat as possible. Bit of a tedious process as I need to use a tiny scrap of sandpaper so I don't inadvertently sand down the edge of the frame, and can only do it in short bursts as I start to get a blister on my thumb/finger from the rubbing! This hole still needs a bit more work to make it as flat as possible, but this was the progress this morning: As always, I'm always on the lookout for reference material of any sort if anyone knows of any! Thanks.
  7. OK, so a thought struck me this morning whilst looking at pictures of seating within Mk2s - why do I even need to try and work with the plastic moulded interior as a complete unit? Once I've covered over the various holes as much as practically possible, I'm going to attach the 'interior' directly to the chassis. Hopefully I can provide a photo update soon, once I've disassembled each interior unit!
  8. I've been busy with the file this week, trimming more excess plastic from each of the interiors. Hopefully I can also get a bit more done next week - perhaps looking to create the toilet cubicles. I've got several ideas for things bubbling away, hopefully they will work as I envisage when I put them into practice! However, I do have a question, does anyone know if the floor material and colour was the same in the vestibules of the coaches as it was in the main interior? As expected, I'm struggling for resource material that shows the vestibule and toilet areas - if anyone knows of any or can take a few quick snaps next time they are near a Mk2 it would be greatly appreciated!
  9. I do have a small update, but no further pics as nothing has 'changed' as such. When time allows, i've been removing the excess plastic from 2 more interiors so they match the state of the one featured in recent pictures - so I am doing a little bit here and there. However, unfortunately both of them snapped or came apart at their weakest point so will have to be repaired. It might be time to consider acquiring a couple more Mk2 interiors (of any type) to use as spares. I'm also thinking about, and having a look for things I could possibly make the toilet cubicle shape out of, but I'm still not 100% sure if the cubicle shape is exactly the same as those depicted on the NSE diagrams mentioned upthread.
  10. Unfortunately it's stalled slightly, due to various reasons. I do keep looking at them and keep thinking 'I must get back to those again', so it's not through a lack of interest! I also wanted to sort out the desk area a bit first, to give me a bit more room to spread things out. I was hoping to find some kind of display stand type thing to store all of the paints on - my sister found a good one she was going to buy me from Amazon, but unfortunately they just took her money without actually sending anything. I keep meaning to email someone I know who makes baseboards etc to see if he can make one, but as of yet I haven't got round to it. I do apologise for the lack of updates, I do still keep looking for potential materials and I am still thinking of ideas, I just haven't been able to put them into practice yet, but hopefully over the next few weeks and months I can get back to them!
  11. Were there any other discernable differences between a Mk2 and a Mk2a please Bernard? Apart from the brake types, and heating? I didn't realise until I was doing some searching that the blue/grey one of the four is a minimum of 35 years old, potentially as old as 39. They've stood up fairly well, and I'd imagine were seen as an excellent model when the first ones appeared all that time ago.
  12. Another little update. This week saw the first of the interiors coming in to have excess plastic removed where possible. It's only a little bit of alteration but I think it has already helped 'the look' of the interior. I've also neatened up the gaps where the tables were, to make a more rectangular-shaped gap. I've also removed the toilet cubicle, leaving me with a 'hole in the floor' . This hole I aim to cover up with a new cubicle when I can find something lying around to make it with. I'm also wondering what option is best for me for the couple of seats that have large holes in the middle (why do these interior mouldings have those?), but I have a couple of things to try and see how they look before paint, which I'm hoping will cover the worst of it. Can anyone confirm if the cubicle shapes are actually the same shapes as described in the Mk2 diagrams on this page please? https://www.networksoutheast.net/coaching.html Updates are a bit slower than I'd ideally like, but I'm making sure all four are up to the same point before moving onto the next stage, but this isn't a time-limited thing. Thanks for continuing to follow my enjoyment, as they say, until next time..!
  13. Correct. The remaining examples are all rebodied examples (a few original bodied examples did gain EWS livery, not sure if any still survive now) and all carry a rather battered EWS livery. This is a fairly typical example of one these days: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/45298892392/ There are still 83 of them on TOPS, but a lot aren't active.
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