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  1. Thanks everyone that has responded – it’s all very much appreciated. After taking a day or so to mull things over, I think I’ve decided on the approach I’m going to take, which is the less invasive route as promoted by Ade and Kris. I hadn’t thought of any historical ‘worth’ of this model, and I don’t want to ruin it for its future custodians; So no restoration as such, more a renovation of what is there. First thing will be to close the split in the hull (I will leave the hole), followed by the re-attachment of the fin, and using the Johnster/Nearholmer method of bras
  2. Possibly! My guess is that it's a Fokker T.V111 (a Dutch aircraft) taken over by the Germans at the time of the chart's publication? One of these: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Fokker_T.VIII
  3. Many thanks for that Johnster - some aspects that I hadn't thought of there - Re: showing restoration in different colours, and leaving the hole. I thought of a bent wire 'hoop' armature for the tail fin, covered in milliput for strength, but hadn't made the leap to wire for the tailplane. Makes sense for strength purposes - just the sort of idea that I'm after! I'm not sure just how many survive out of possibly tens of thousands, but I've never seen another. Yes, I'm quite honoured to own it! Thanks again - I'll mull things over, and see if any more ideas come in.
  4. I’m plonking this here, as I can’t find a natural home for it. It’s ‘non-railway modelling’, but it’s general modelling help of a sort that I’m after, so this is the best place; ...maybe. I’ve acquired an ‘ARISTO-CRAFT’ 1/72 Short Sunderland that could do with a little help. This little-known range of aircraft dates to WW2 and were intended as recognition models for pilots, ground staff and anti-aircraft gunners. Generally black, they best replicated how the aircraft would appear in the sky. The pictures below show the aircraft I have on a chart of the range available, along with some bum
  5. Although as mentioned on that website it’s condition has since deteriorated again. The 502 spent many years out in the open at Tebay, and was a sad wreck, Following it's acquisition by the 502 group, its restoration seems to be coming along nicely - according to the promotional video on the website - see towards the end for recent restoration work images: It's the 503 at Margate that isn't too well (from FaceBook):
  6. The rain's just started, and ex-Crosti No 92026 waits for the road at 'Dacre Hill'.
  7. I know you're going for a compound now, Grahame, but just for completeness, I reckon that the brand of the filling station shown in the earlier screen-grab was 'Burmah': Sorry - but it's been driving me mad...
  8. Sorry, late to the party as usual. Just to confirm 47 365 (Crewe Works 1977) with dominos and green:
  9. Great stuff Rod - and congrats on 100 pages too!!
  10. Thanks for the confirmation Simon, I'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to things 3D Print... I agree, the MoldelU figure finish would be a good standard to aim for, wonder what material spec that is? As you say, the likeness of a 503 has been captured well though, and it does look pretty good in the flesh, so to speak. However, I don't think this particular print is worth progressing with - shame - but I might have another go sometime once I gain a bit more knowledge into what is possible. Cheers
  11. Class 503 prints in 4mm in cruel close-up. As stated earlier, the material is not nice to work with, but another selection might prove a lot better? Some layering evident on the print too. Hope it's useful to you Rod.
  12. All 503’s together on one page here: http://www.rue-d-etropal.com/3D-printing/passenger-stock-lms/3d_printed_LMS-cl-503.htm No ‘O’ gauge listed, but they might do ‘specials’? I visited the Coventry ERM when the preserved unit was there, and took a number of detail pictures – I would have no problems letting you have them, (if required! ) Rod. I have one of the rue-d-etropal 503s printed out at 4mm scale (just to see if a whole 3-car would be practical). The shape and accuracy looks very good, but as mentioned by others, the surface finish is proving to
  13. Love the under the canopy shot Rod - it really looks the part - as this prototype shot shows: Great stuff!!
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