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  1. Not a translation error, in one of the weirder moments FS swooped in on the firesale during a spurt of expansionism that also saw them pick up C2C in the UK and win the West Coast bid with FirstGroup. One of the most visible impacts is that it has lead to the Greek high speed lines being furnished with refurbished Italian high speed stock.
  2. Thats great to hear, I ended up with a bit of a soft spot for those units after that project!
  3. Looks lovely, did you ever get anywhere with your Thai "158"?
  4. When the entire WSR project disappears into oblivion... Some things seem to come around time and time again, unfortunately WSR internal politics madness seems to be one of those and every time it comes up they'll be pushing themselves closer to the brink. It'd be great if they could get the cameras in, just as another group did in this precuationary documentary, that is worth looking out for in case it returns https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00scr08
  5. They were winning for a while, but the recent trials an tribulations in the rolling stock market are quite interesting - the influx of "new" ROSCOs/funding sources has seen many of the older names squeezed out by RockRail and left with significant fleet disposals over the next few years. Its a new model that is likely to have its ups and its downs...
  6. The latest 00 gauge models have arrived, after a bit of work and following popular demand, the 175, 180 and 378s have been upscaled to 00. I have got the n gauge class 71/74s en route and hope to release them shortly, then it is time to tackle to NIR Class 3000/4000 and electrostar cars to fit the Bachmann 170 bodyshell. Class 175 - x3 car wih underframe sides - £120 Class 180 -x5 car with underframe detail - £200 Class 378 - x4 car - £120
  7. Thanks for the posts - I will definitely see what can be done with casting the models as I would much rather trim my "supply chain" back to the UK only. The latest batch came in white instead of grey. I have received much more interest in the 175s than I was expecting so I will likely be ordering another run before too long - still have a handful of 180s and 378s available though.
  8. Notably I am signed up to a Japanese retailers mailing list which is really good for updates and had the 800 announcement but there's hasnt been a sausage for a long, long time. I suspect that the answer is somewhere on a Japanese forum but good luck finding it! edit to add: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.katomodels.com%2Fhobbycenter%2Fschedule.php here's the Japanese product update page, not a sausage on the immediate schedule about the 800.
  9. I realise we are going a little bit off topic now -but reviewing the traction arrangements for the night riviera is part of the latest DA3 award for GWR - from where I am sitting I can only see three options 1) new build locos (unlikely) 2) 67s 3) (after mods to stock/power cars) - HSTs. I suspect that GBRF already know exactly what they want to deploy the 69s on to to release other traction.
  10. I think it will be a bit of a TBC - the GBRF 73/9s in their 2 different guises/liveries are still unclaimed by anyone. If the 69s all emerge in the same GBRF blue/orange, I suspect that they might not be top of anyone list, especially seeing as the last photos I have seen show significant changes to the front, side grills and the roof is effectively totally new between the cabs. They would be a lot of work for a small fleet.
  11. Here's some 00 gauge trial prints for the next stock. It does appear that the complex curves on the 175 and 180 fronts need a bit more work - although the ridges arent the same from print to print which is a little strange.
  12. Thanks for the kind words, the first 3 have all gone and I have a much bigger batch on order (which I need to chase up) right now. In that batch has a number of trial prints including a 180, 175 and 378... they are the driving ends only, which makes the 175 a full unit but the 180 and 378 will need some centre cars ordered eventually. In an unwelcome twist, shapeways seem to have changed the parameters for printing and rejected a load of N gauge designs recently. I will have a few models which may disappear for a while whilst they get sorted out, particularly the class 87 bodyshell
  13. Hello all, I thought it would probably be worth putting up a different topic to the my long running thread in the 3D printing section so that that thread can focus on skills and builds, so here it is the formal "introduction" after all this time to my little range. It all started off when I decided I wanted a class 380 in N gauge and then it has snowballed from there to over 20 different prototypes. Whats in the range? Well it all started off to fill some gaps in N gauge so the range is predominantly N gauge British and Swiss 3D printed models with a few models that ha
  14. Right... 4 months on in this crazy world and I have not been able to make as much progress as I'd like on projects both 3d and on my workbench. However, I was able to use some internet time to do some research and I am now in possession of my initial batch of 4 sets worth of 00 gauge 387 bodyshells. So what does this mean? Well for now, it means I can order another batch and I will be able to sell for a limited time 00 gauge bodyshells of one of the scales missing links! What doesn't it mean - a full scale kit, that still remains too expensive. If people would be interested in buyi
  15. The photo looked a little suspect to me - quality of the image, as well as the landrover and dumpers looked too old and there's worker in the background that doesn't have much hi vis on.... Turns out it is one from the Chunnel project: https://www.railway-technology.com/projects/chunnel/
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