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  1. Those window frames rescaled to fit Bachmann 4mm MK1s would be very handy Alan. I’ve tried the Southern Pride self adhesive ones with disastrous results and the Shawplan ones are a bit too finescale for me as they require a full reglase.
  2. Normally I’d agree Steve even in P4 but, to my eye, the Triang VIX looks much thinner than the 0.8mm quoted suggests. ISTR the width overall checks out OK but the door runners are hugely over scale to allow them to be openable.
  3. What time period/livery are you planning on? One thing I’ve learned on my LMS BG journey is that by the time they were painted blue the ‘hoods’ above the doors had been removed giving a much cleaner appearance.
  4. That’s nice Jon. Very similar to one I photographed at Tyne Yard about 15 years ago. On the subject of this van being under width (I’ve seen 0.8 and 1mm quoted) does anybody have the dimension for the width of the body and where the lack of width is on the ends in relation to the two uprights. Straight down the middle would be the easiest to remedy so Sods Law says it won’t be there. Most of the drawings I’ve found give an overall width dimension which covers the width over the door runners rather than the body itself although I’ve not tracked down the drawing from the MRC Annual 1
  5. Looking at Paul’s photos of the BRT vans I’m 90% convinced I can see the same grey as on the L&S version under all that filth. Funny that these vans seemed to get so mucky. Dark muck on and around the door bars which could possibly be oil or grease and rust and ‘white’ staining around the hinges. Is it possible the white is alloy corrosion?
  6. The David Ratcliffe book on private owner wagons says the L&S 1971 build were delivered in grey and the 18 BRT vans in brown. I have seen a suggestion, attributed second hand to a Paul Bartlett article in the HMRS, that the BRT vans were actually grey too. As all the colour photos I’ve seen show filthy wagons it’s anybody’s guess as to what shade of what colour they should be. Very perplexing when I’m trying to model them in relatively clean 1975 condition.
  7. Were BR sheets a standard size or did they come in a variety of sizes? And when, roughly, was the swap over from grey canvas to blue plastic sheets? Cheers David
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A couple of Parkside kits mashed together might be the easiest answer Mike.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Cheers Andy. 23mm will do just fine for P4 wheels. Lets hope the grim days of the HAA and Shark are long gone.
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