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John Tomlinson

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    Modelling BR Eastern Region transition era. Photography of current and preserved scenes, both at home and abroad.

    Plans for the future include O Gauge Western Region in the Shropshire area, and N gauge Germany 1980's & 1990's.

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  1. In terms of being dangerous, a lot worse I suspect was the necessity in gravity shunting yards of men running after unfitted wagons to pin the brakes down - this whilst on the move and involving running over rails and points. This carried on at least until the 1960's, but is something no longer needed on the modern railway - in Britain anyway. John.
  2. You may wish to pay close attention to the pattern of "arrows of indecision" in your model, as these vary. Some have one each side, central bodyside, others two each side under the cab windows. D6831 is in this category, although an ER example, there's a pic on the Brush Veteran Flickr site referred above. John. Just looked at the photos, D6992 has the four arrows, a WR one.
  3. FWIW there is a Craftsman kit in etched brass for the Robinson A5, these do come up on ebay from time to time and from memory don't seem to be enormously expensive, not £225 anyway. I do watch kits on ebay, despite having enough in a cupboard to see me out into my second century. The pricing seems all over the place. Sometimes things go for silly money, and I can only assume the buyer has just become obsessed with winning the auction. The really daft thing to me is paying large sums for old whitemetal kits, that frankly are probably a bit rough, when a modern equivalent in brass is available. A week or two back I had my eye on an ancient Sutherland, later Cotswold, L&Y 0-8-0, just out of interest as I like big freight engines. This went for just under £100, although for an extra £20 the buyer could have had a London Road kit to current standards! John.
  4. More good progress Richard, with having formed the running plate convincingly with its quite subtle bends and curves. I don't have a workbench, or indeed any other thread, although I have photographed my efforts from time to time for illustration on here. Perhaps this is something I should do. To stay alive it would need to include modified RTR, but then I think I wouldn't be the first to combine the two. John.
  5. FWIW I'd say that the swap over of positions in the last two pictures shows how close RAL 5020 and Railmatch 207 actually are. If you are spraying the whole thing with the Halfords Satin Lacquer (Stage 8), why do you need Stage 7 at all, as the Stage 8 should seal the transfers? Your plan seems a good one, Rail Blue is rail blue, and like any other colour ought to be consistent over a set of models, prior to the effects of weathering anyway. In practise that isn't achieveable, not unless you respray all your RTR anyway, and life isn't that long, but the closer to consistency the better. John.
  6. Yes, that does explain it, thanks for the response and picture. As you say, it seems to be the jigsaw that really makes a mess, in building my own - much smaller layout - we used to try to use this outside, but its a bit of a nuisance keep fetching and carrying the work. John.
  7. Apologies if this is covered elsewhere, but I do wonder where you do the cutting of the wood into the quite elaborate shapes seen in the pictures above? Your room doesn't appear to be deep in sawdust, so is there another work area, or are you just a wizz with the Hoover? I've always found this a problem as wood dust seems to get everywhere and make a real mess, hence the question. Many thanks, John.
  8. I'll be very interested to see how you get on with the body. I have one of these unbuilt and look at it from time to time. Mine has a resin boiler and firebox cast as one, there's also an extension of the resin to fit a brass smokebox wrapper. Thing is, the angle on the firebox/ boiler casting is all wrong, and makes it look like a hump backed whale. The only one of these I've seen done to look right was by Mike Edge, it is pictured in the Wild Swan book by Ian Rathbone about Painting and Lining. I asked Mr. Edge about this once, apparently he dumped the resin and rolled new brass parts! With the resin supplied I have thought about cutting the firebox part away, then remaking the join to give a better profile, sounds like I could quite easily make a mess. Earlier this week I finished a DJH A2, resplendent as "Hornets Beauty", which to my amazement runs both silently and smoothly. Done on and off, it has taken me as long in years as your A2/3 took in weeks, and now I've gone back to the Millholme Merchant Navy for which you kindly sent me the instructions - at least this doesn't have valve gear! Best wishes, John.
  9. I'd completely agree about the Geoff Holt books, a marvellous read and totally inspirational. Perhaps worth pointing out that they are primarily directed at 7mm, which of course does not rule out use of many of the techniques in the smaller scales. John.
  10. Hi Clive, no I don't get my underwear in a tangle about the odd mm. at all, not least as there is a 12% error in the width of my track! My Kirk Gresleys built years ago still sit on Bachmann Thompson bogies and look fine, as I say I hadn't noted there was a difference until you imparted your wisdom - for which many thanks as ever. I really do get bored with these reviews that such and such a cab window is 0.2 of a mm. the wrong size, I can't see it anyway, and am not really fussed. I still love my Bachmann 24's, which I thought were the best thing since sliced bread when I first put a double headed pair on a long freight, and no I'm not changing them for something better, although I'd accept that the SLW model is magnificent. Ditto various other stuff, Heljan 47's for one - I'm quite tubby so what's the problem! See you've got me using these emoticon things now. Best wishes, John.
  11. Re. the Railroad Pullmans, it is just as you say like "polishing a txxd". No one would do it now, and my Parlour coach is being finished simply because I had both it and the Keen bogies in my cupboard, also it will run alongside similarly "polished" Brakes. I think these would look a bit grim sitting next to Hornby's latest ranges. The pricing of the newer cars on ebay I find remarkable, you can get some of them for under £20 making them prize candidates for your Precision Labels gambit as with 171, and I can only conclude they must have made an awful lot to push the price down. You may well be right about the first Bachmann Thompson bogies. Mine are tucked away somewhere, and I'd never noticed them being short until Clive Mortimore pointed out they were the right size for the dia.1/558 diesel brake tender. It really doesn't notice as they trundle round the layout. As far as I know, they are all the same size. John.
  12. I think the answer is that Hornby Railroad Pullmans have 8' 6'' wheelbase bogies, whereas the real thing is 10'. So plugging the holes makes for a cosmetic improvement, but doesn't help with the 6mm shortfall. I've done up my Railroad Parlour Car, now "Juana", simply because it has sat in the cupboard for several years, plus I had a set of Keen bogies as well. My two Railroad Brakes were done up to go with four Southern Pride Mk1 Pullmans I made many years ago - prior to the Bachmann issue - as I wanted a "Master Cutler" circa.1960 rake. Obviously you could buy the lot in quality RTR now. Hornby new Pullmans have the correct size bogies, and of course the Gresley bogies are 8' 6'' which scale correctly on the new Hornby Gresley range. I've never understood why Bachmann made the bogies for their first range of Thompsons with 8' wheelbase, as I'd thought these should be 8' 6'' as the Gresleys? Please tell me if I've got this all wrong. John.
  13. I haven't looked, but is there perchance an oval lining for the window on the HMRS sheet? Excellent result on Car 105. The other thing worth considering on the older Hornby Railroad models is the Keen Pullman bogie, an inexpensive but nicely moulded plastic job, which comes complete with bits to mount it in the right place, and adds a lot to these older vehicles. Below, the Brake I did years ago before Hornby's new range, now the front Parlour coach is awaiting painting, then curtains and flush glazing, to be used as a strengthener in my "old" set. John.
  14. That's a mighty sad tale, and also what looks like a very interesting layout. Great that you've kept both dignity and motorbikes, and also above all your enthusiasm despite a massive setback. John.
  15. Good luck with your house hunting. It sounds as if you'll need a few more jumpers for the winter moving from your present location! John.
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