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Tim Lewis

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  1. Ooh - some nice etched NPCCS to look forward to. I've got one in the drawer (can't remember which one off the top of my head) from years ago, but it would be rude not to have at least one more.
  2. Dangerously close to "one year since last post" time, so here's a bit of an update... I haven't actually done any modelling for several months now - we're having some work done to the house and all the railway stuff is packed away. However, before packing stuff away, I did make some progress on the station cottages. For reference, here's what the real cottages look like (pictures taken in 1990): Some of the windows and doors are modern, and not appropriate to my period of interest, and the small windows show "new" internal bathrooms, agai
  3. Thanks all for the replies about the D67 horseboxes. All my railway stuff is packed away at the moment, but I was intrigued by UpDistant's comments so dug out the Tatlow NPCS drawings book. The sample list referred to (of D67s that "survived" into LNER days) actually totals around 120 vehicles, including a contiguous block of around 50, which I would guess are the later (1911 or so) builds. (Incidentally, length-wise, the D67s and later D196s were the same, but the LNER builds were longer). Many types of horseboxes were quite long lived, so I wouldn't bet against some D67s making it to Nat
  4. Wow, Kier, you've been busy! I really like the station extension idea - will give some good opportunities for stopping passenger trains. Will you have working tube trains as well once it's finished? Hopefully get to see it sometime later this year, pandemic permitting! Cheers.
  5. I like the D67 horsebox. I have one in the drawer to build sometime, along with a couple of the other NER design that D&S did (the one with the funny roof (as seen on the left in Daddyman's picture above) was it D196? - all my railway stuff is inaccessible at the moment due to some building work going on at the house). However, do you know how long the D67s lasted? I seem to remember that the D&S instructions aren't conclusive about dates. I know the D196s lasted well into BR (my period of interest is just after Nationalisation), but I don't recall ever seeing a photo of a D67 at w
  6. Happily, Dave Bradwell is alive and well (and does design excellent kits). I suspect you may be thinking of Dave Alexander, who passed away last year sometime.
  7. I'm a big fan of this method of drive. I've made a couple of locos like this (J25 and J39), though my efforts are very poorly engineered somewhat Heath Robinson like bodges compared to Frank's superbly constructed examples- but they work, both locos run very nicely!
  8. A few more J25 pictures for micklner. I don't remember too much about the construction as it was a long time ago now, though I do remember it was quite hard work, with very little help in locating things and some tabs and slots not lining up properly etc. I think this just reflects the age of the kit, which must have been designed in the late 70s or so I reckon. Anyway, here's a view of the underside of the tender - there is a lot of lead partly because the springs are relatively heavy gauge wire and need a bit of weighting down (maybe I'll change to a lighter gauge at some point
  9. Hi, Do you mean these ones? The one on the left is a NER 17T wagon to diagram P6, perpetuated by the LNER as Diagram 11. You don't see many prototype photos of these, but there were over 5000 built, with nearly 2000 still around at Nationalisation, according to Tatlow. The other two are the much later LNER diagram 193 slope-sided 13T wagons: despite the rather archaic appearance, these were built between 1944-47. All three are scratchbuilt from 1/32" basswood, with plasticard strapping and individual bolt head detail from Grandt Line and Tichy Trains. The boltheads o
  10. I've found some of the J25 photos. I don't have any from the early part of the build (don't think I ever did have), but hopefully some of these will be useful. Firstly, here some views of the chassis and drive train, starting with an overall view: Mashima 1628 (I think) in the tender driving High Level box (can't remember which) on centre axle. Split frame construction, hence the plastic 'sheet' in the tender to avoid any shorts. UJs were from FourMil - don't think these are available now, but you can probably get them elsewhere. Box is
  11. Hi Mick, Yes the original instructions are a bit of a waste of time - as you have discovered , the tender instructions are by Nike! I got some updated instructions from John Redrup at London Road Models ([email protected]) - about 15 pages of instructions and the same of exploded diagrams if I remember right. If you don't have any joy via that route then I can scan mine and send them to you, but all my railway stuff is packed away at present (we're having some work done on the house), so I may not be able to do that for a while - they're also full of my scribbles.
  12. Excellent weathering on the Q6. What did you use?
  13. I would be interested in a P4-compatible version of the body. I have a Branch lines chassis stashed away in the drawer.
  14. Here's something that's been puzzling me.... A few months ago, this consignment note was for sale on e-bay. I didn't buy it but a friend of mine sent me a picture of it as he knew I was interested in Coldstream. As you can see, it details a consignment of 3 cattle wagons to be sent from Coldstream to Bradford on 11 March 1949. The first (196357) is an LNER Diagram 122 and the third (302589) is probably an LMS diagram 1840 (possibly 1661). It is the middle one that is of interest. My first reaction was "Oh, excellent, that proves the use of ex-NER cattle wagons at Col
  15. I haven't been able to find that reference on the SCRAN website (which I'd never heard of till just now!). Incidentally, there are a couple of pictures in the Middleton (or is it Oakwood) Press book of the Tweed Valley Line. From memory one of the Flying Scotsman (A4) and one of the Queen of Scots (A3), both at Kelso (IIRC, I've not actually got the book). Also, the line was used for diversions for a period in 1956, though I don't have precise dates. Edit - found it now (I hadn't put all the zeroes in the reference when I first searched).
  16. Apologies if you've said already and I missed it, but where are you getting the etched roofs from. Thanks.
  17. I'm not 100% certain, but I seem to remember that a Preston to Blackpool service was the 180? (This would be mid-60s or thereabouts)
  18. Oooh, now this (i.e. the 3D printed stuff) looks like an interesting development. I do like building Rumney Models stuff, but it has to be said, it's not necessarily a very quick process! Methods of speeding up builds are therefore of interest (so I can make more of them). The absolutely key thing though (for me at least) is the "not at the expense of quality". In the last year or two I've seen quite a lot of new products on the market where people are 3D printing or laser-cutting things simply because the technology allows them to, rather than because it's the most appropriate way of prod
  19. Just the normal 2mm spacing washers from Alan Gibson. I used 2.75mm each side on front and rear, and 2.5mm each side on the centre. Note however that I did file the boss off the back of the drivers first (later decided it wasn't necessary, but I'd done it by then), so if you didn't do this then fewer washers would be needed. One day I may get around to some cosmetic frames.
  20. Hi Mark, Yes, I have kept the Hornby chassis. It has 2mm axles for the drivers (and the tender wheels). Colin at Alan Gibson has now done the correct wheels for 2mm axles - I don't think they've appeared on the list yet but they're certainly available, so give him a call if need be. The inside of the splashers measured something like 21.7mm (if I remember correctly, didn't make a note of it at the time) and I widened this to around 22.5 or thereabouts, which seemed to be enough. For the gouging I used the tools below: Most of the work was done in fa
  21. Thanks for that Mick: I'll bear that in mind next time I need a small motor (though Mashima's are getting hard to come by of course).
  22. Getting a bit bored of only having the J39 and D11 running, so I've been trying to make some more progress with other locos, some of which have been on the production line for a very (very, very) long time! First up is the J21 that I started in 1988! This had been running previously, but was misbehaving a bit, and consensus amongst my friends was that it needed a new motor and gearbox. It had a Mashima 1220 and a Branchlines 67:1 Multibox. I've replaced these with a new 1220 and a High Level 60:1 Road Runner+ (or was it a compact+, can't remember). It runs more reliably now, th
  23. So, not posted anything on here for quite some time, but things have been happening (slowly). Haven't done much on the trackwork recently, but some time ago I did the main crossover between up and down lines - here's an aerial view showing it: Since that picture was taken I've connected the down headshunt (the long siding on the left, though (temporarily) I haven't done the other two roads that lead off that towards the turntable and the coal drops) and a bit of the up yard road leading to the end loading dock, but I don't seem to have a picture to hand. More rec
  24. Like Steve, I've also been stockpiling Arthur's kits. In the drawer (along with many other things) are a J73, Q5/1, Q5/2 and two D20s. I'll also get a Q7 and a C6 as and when they come out, and may find it hard to resist some others as well! The D20s are top of the queue for building, but I need to make more progress with other locos that are nearing completion (I think!) and the layout before embarking on another loco build.
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