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  1. Excellent book, as is the 21/29 one. IMHO these are the best and most informative diesel loco history books I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
  2. Any idea when no.19 went from green to blue and yellow? I’m sure I’ve seen a photo of it in green in 1974 and blue/yellow in 1978ish but I model 1975 and would like to get the colour right.
  3. A couple of Parkside kits mashed together might be the easiest answer Mike.
  4. 1’6” long buffers with 13 inch heads would have been fitted to most, if not all, unfitted 16 ton coal wagons. Two and four rib buffers would have been fitted according to what was available or the preferred choice at the works that built them. As always, a good perusal of Paul Bartlett’s site will help you to find the types you want.
  5. On freight I’d say mid 1980s. Definitely before 1988. Some trains retained guards after this if they conveyed dangerous goods of certain types and local trippers will still have had a secondman and guard into the 1990s reducing to just a guard into the early 2000s. Other people in the cab with the driver could be route learners, travelling shunters, trainee drivers, instructors or assessors etc.
  6. Dragging this thread back to life eight years later. Can you remember how you got the Gibson tyres off the plastic centres? I’ve decided I need a Dapol 29 on Clackmannan Goods and have ordered a set of 22 wheelsets to have a go at using your method. Hopefully they are the same as the 29 wheelsets. I know Gibson wheels have had a reputation for having loose tyres in the past but my spare ones seem to be fairly well attached.
  7. Waveydavey

    Dapol Class 21/29

    Is it me or is the light green on the TTG 29 a little bit bright? Comparing to photos of the real thing it looks much too light. Did it weather down more on 29s than it did on Brush 4s? Having decided to have a bit of a 1971 ‘green’ cameo on Clackmannan Goods with a 29 and a 17 keeping modifications down to P4 wheels, couplings and weathering I now find myself thinking the blue 29 will be a better bet that doesn’t need a partial repaint to get it looking right.
  8. Cheers Andy. 23mm will do just fine for P4 wheels. Lets hope the grim days of the HAA and Shark are long gone.
  9. Anybody managed to fit a set of P4 wheels in yet? If not could someone measure the space between the W irons please.
  10. No class 107 DMU. OK they did have a fairly small area of operation but no worse than the 117 that Lima did and Bachmann are working on.
  11. No Paul, I’ve been distracted away from DMUs lately.
  12. Dave, Are you doing the non angled stools for the DMU buffers for us Met Cam and Cravens fans? Or is it a case of filing down the angled stools?
  13. Sounds about right although I have no figures to back it up. I have been working recently on the redoubling of the line from Aberdeen to Inverurie though and it is very noticeable that a lot of work has been done on the railway ‘envelope’. Cutting sides have been cut back to an easier angle and much use of Larsen piling to support embankments along the side of the river Don. Extra clearances have been added anywhere any S&T boxes are located to presumably allow a safe distance from passing trains for anyone working at them.
  14. The diagram of an OAA in the Don Rolland book ‘British Railways Wagons’ gives a total height of 2235mm which scales to 29.33mm in 4mm scale. Once you correct the overall height you’ll find that Hornby put the buffers in the wrong place and you need to replace them about 1.5mm higher.
  15. Ah, those TOPS location codes bring back some happy memories, Interesting to see one wagon from each pool is recorded as being loaded with bloom which you can’t load on to coil cradle fitted wagons. Wonder if the numbers had gotten mixed up and it was BBAs that had been loaded instead.
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