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  1. In LMS Wagons volume 2 ( page 149) there’s a 1929 specification for wagon liveries, produced by Derby Works. This is likely to be similar to the final Midland spec. For the Insides of Brake Van this has a white ceiling and Brunswick Green sides and ends. In LMS Wagons volume 1 there’s an interior photo of a 1939 built Brake van (plate 23) and this shows dark and glossy walls. The stove and it’s chimney appear to be matt black, and the Brake column is white.
  2. Midland Railway Ventilated Van I'm using parts of the two Slaters kit for the 10T vans to produce a 7mm model of the Ventilated Van that is pictured on page 80 of Midland Album and also in Midland Wagons, volume 1, page 136. The caption in Midland Wagons suggest that this might be a D378 van with a replacement door. It has also got replacement brake gear but you can't see much in the darkness under the body, so its not clear whether its got two sets of brake gear or just the one set on the nearest side. You also can't see where the vacuum cylinder is located - I'm assuming its got one as the van is XP rated and has a star on the solebar to show where the vacuum release is located. I'd be grateful if anyone who has access to a better print of the photo (by H. C Casserley) could let me know whether any more details of the brake system can be seen. This is how far I've got with the build: I was also going to ask how these vans would be painted in the "large LMS" livery but I've since found one in the background of a photo in Midland Record No 2, page 61. This shows the L and S hard up against the bottom of the second and third set of louvres and the M low down in the upper segment of the door. The M appear to be slightly higher than the other letters. Many years ago I built a fully-fitted van in 4mm and painted it in this style (see below). In 4mm its possible to have the L, M , and S lined up but the 7mm mouldings are slightly different (and more accurate, I think) so the letters might have to be smaller, or not lined up. Eric Ramsay
  3. The kit that Kemilway list as a 52’ NER Full Brake is a 51’ LNER design, built from 1928. There is a drawing on page 79 of “Historic Carriage Drawings in 4mm Scale” ( the original book by Jenkinson & Campling). More details, and a photo, are in “Gresley’s Coaches” by M Harris. The NER was not keen on bogie full brakes, but built lots of 6 wheelers. If an early LNER bogie full brake is what you want then Comet do a Diagram 67.
  4. According to the 4D Model Shop website, their ABS sheet (which is available in 0.25mm) can be laser cut. See http://modelshop.co.uk/Shop/Raw-Materials/Plastics/Coloured/Item/ABS-sheet-175-307mm/ITM6961 Among my many plans, I was hoping to produce O gauge wagon bodies in laser cut material, using 0.25mm for the strapping. It doesn’t look as though anyone has tried this - maybe they did and it didn’t work well... Eric
  5. If it gets to the point where I have to choose between a DJH A8 and a Finney A7, the material used is just one more reason for choosing the A7. Somehow the A7 just looks better to me anyway - just another example of beauty being in the eye of the beholders.The D20 is a different case - I know of two existing kits but haven’t seen a review of either, which leads me to think that they should be avoided. As D20 is the one that I am interested in, I’ll just have to take my chances with the DJH one.
  6. In the May Gauge O Guild Gazette, DJH have an advertisement for four 'Projects' for 2018 & 2019, as kits and RTR. These are: CR/LMS/BR 439 class 0-4-4T LNER/BR J39 0-6-0 NER/LNER/BR D20 4-4-0 NER/LNER/BR A8 4-6-2T Its nice to see some North Eastern kits in 7mm. I'm not sure why they've chosen a J39 given that the Connoisseur kit has a good reputation and Tower Brass J39s can still be obtained - maybe there's read-across for the tender from their D49 kit. Scooting off to the DJH website there isn't any more information, so we'll have to wait and see what turns up.
  7. If you know any ScaleSeven modellers then they are likely to have finescale (and even coarse scale ) wheels that they’ve taken out of second-hand stock or from kits where the wheels couldn’t be swapped. However (assuming that I’m a typical S7 modellers) they aren’t likely to give them away - after all they could be re-profiled - plus there would be postage to be paid. Hand-over at an exhibition might be a possibility.
  8. Only slightly off topic : I’d always assumed that the length of the Parkside buffers was correct, e.g. 1’ 6” for unfitted stock, but have recently realised that this isn’t always the case. If you want to tighten the nut up against the end of the threaded portion of the buffer shank (so you don’t need a lock nut, or glue, to fix them in place) then you may need to trim back the rear of the moulding. Typically this needs to be reduced to about 1mm, and is easier to do when the buffers aren’t glued into the wagon! Eric Ramsay
  9. There's a "LNER Pre-1923 Brake End Corridor Coach" on sale, second-hand, on the Norman Wiseman site that appears to be made from vacuum-moulded plastic. It could also be a Highfield product. The model, and its running number, match an NER 1912-built Corridor Brake Composite to Diagram 174. I was interested in buying this model (though I decided not to do so) so asked for further information and was sent a number of photos, including the one shown below.
  10. There was a kit for a Hull & Barnsley four-wheel goods brake among the Executors Stock at the recent Kettering Show. I passed up on it, on the basis that I've got a couple of Connoisseur NER goods brakes to build, and Parkside have just brought out a kit for an LNER van.
  11. That should have been "sprue" (or any shavings of scrap plastic), not "spruce"!!!
  12. Limonene is available from Wizard Models, but only at shows. Having got used to the strange smell, it's now my first choice plastic adhesive. It can be used to dissolve spruce shavings to make a plastic filler (where it's similar to the original Slaters Mek-Pak).
  13. On a Morris tour of Cambridge I came across this beer mat in The Maypole. It made me smile, so I thought it deserved a wider audience.
  14. Another digression In 2005 I took my first step in 7mm modelling by buying a Parkside LMS Goods Brake Van, and I was hooked. The amount and quality of detail was outstanding. I've since found out that this isn't always the case in O-gauge.... It took me some time to work out how to do the suspension - the kit comes with axleboxes that will slide in the w-irons but there's just too much stiction for my liking. I also tried coil springs but eventually settled on Exactoscale springing units which seem to work well. There's a pile of lead in the body to keep the springs compressed, so they work by pushing the wheels down when the track has a dip. The next hold-up was the step-boards. In 4mm I'd always replaced plastic ones with metal and eventually I got round to doing the same with this model. I could probably have bought some brass section of the correct dimensions but I made some up from thin angle packed out with brass strip. I had made up the second step-board and put it away for the next modelling session when I thought "that would make a nice photo".
  15. Many years ago I got a copy of Autosketch 5 that came on the CD on the front of a PCPro magazine, and later got a copy of Autosketch 9 for about £25. Unfortunately its now difficult to get Autosketch for a sensible price. Autosketch is a good 2-D drawing package and does what I need for producing artwork for etching (see the Ramblers Wagon Works thread). Unfortunately it doesn't produce output in a format that my favoured etcher (PPD) will accept (despite what it says on their website), so I export my artwork as a .dwg file and then tidy it up in TurboCAD. Now you might ask "Why not send the .dwg file to PPD" and the answer is that some of the "fill" gets stripped off in the export. I find TurboCAD less intuitive than Autosketch but I'm getting more familiar with it, to the extent that I now don't bother doing much of the "fill" in Autosketch and leave that to the TuboCAD stage. I also do small edits in TurboCAD and have been experimenting with its 3-D capabilities. Putting my money where my mouth (or should that be "pen") is, I bought the latest issue of the Deluxe (i.e. basic) version for about £50.
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