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  1. I noticed that too as they also listed Australian agents, very interesting expansion.
  2. For some reason I have a vague recollection of a Wrenn slotcar system, Formular 182 or something other.....Correction, found it Formula 152 at 1:52 scale, from 1960-66.
  3. Totally agree, need to track down an old Triang Std 3 and nick the bogies. The old one on the K4 is earmarked for this Another use of a Hornby Ivatt chassis with a frame extension from the GBL one. Is a very decent fit and a dead ringer for the Hornby nevvawazza shown in the Pat Hammond book vol 3
  4. Give a hint of my preference, I do like the big PRR M1a All on the current N scale, Plywood Pennsy which started as a simple shunting plank. One thing I am happy with is all the stock was bought in 2010-14 when postage and the cost of stock from the US was far more reasonable.
  5. Ah very good, I will have a rummage around as I might have one in the bits box that can used instead of more carving up this one.
  6. Took ages to work oout what you did to the tender on butler henderson to make it sit alot better than the supplied one. I shamelessly borrowed the idea with a spare triang L1 chassis to match the loco chassis, now it all sits a bit more level. So many thanks for posting the pictures. Still alot of work to do on mine but an enjoyable evening and more productive than rubbish TV.
  7. Another retro K4 with Hornby ivatt mogul chassis and GBL body. Moulded handrails give it the margate feel
  8. That as we say is a mystery, the spare frame is a plastic one but no doubt a previous owner was planning a swap or improvement. The cars are in exceptional condition and the painted solebars and details really lift the models appearance. I actually copied that trick with Triang TT coaches and what a difference, I could always swap it for the motor in my old tatty one that would be improved with a bit of paint as that panto-less one is only fit to become a dummy as the motor was stuffed. The maroon baltic has been in the hands of a modeller as it is full of lead inside and the black bits re-painted Will need another coat too. Just for comparison a back one.
  9. The prototype is 3'6" from NZ but apart from that I don't know much at all. Although being 4mm on 16.5mm the gauge difference is about the same as for standard gauge. A lot better than the 4mm approx VR B and Hornby S class that should be on 5'3".
  10. Something interesting and unusual is the is the Maroon Baltic tank from about 1961. I rather like the Baltic as it seems a decently proportioned loco and probably the best of the Transcontinental efforts.
  11. Most useful to make them run is the OLE, these sets were all mint, boxed and unused until two teenagers decided to build a triang exhibition layout in 1987 so gleefully unwrapped and assembled everything. Fortunately it all went back in the box after and has been there ever since though some is still unopened.
  12. All motor cars have the horrible serrated wheels but I noticed 2 different motor bogies, probably a contemporary replacement as one unit was in a EMU motor coach box. Of note is the awful tatty one missing the pantograph was bought by me in about 1986 for the sum of $12 from a guy in school. For some reason a spare trailing bogie was in the box.
  13. Of interest to probably nobody but me is the different sized and type of boxes and subtle colour differences in Tuscan red.
  14. A line up of sydney suburbans here, these have been slightly modified and details highlighted with paint, Given by the prices these are from around 1966 as one is still pre decimal. If I could find some more at $12.25 new I would snap them up.
  15. Modular signal kits have been done but in the distant past and these have been in the archive box for ages. These playcraft ones are surprisingly nicely moulded and do make into robust signals. Defiantly trainset deigned rather than scale models but come close and a quite usable. Not sure what if any prototype they are based on but proves it can be done and being modular they can be made into gantries and so on. Assembly is very easy and i am sure a modern, more refined version could be achieved. For these just ass etched signal arms to replace the plastic and bobs your proverbial. The chunkiness of the lamp mouldings would easily suit a nice LED. No idea of when they were made guessing mid 60s judging by the price sticker on the box of 20 cents.
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