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Steve Sykes

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  1. Might be worth looking at the Beyer Peacock collection on the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry website, though it isn't the easiest interface to deal with.
  2. The colour on an individual vehicle could change over time. I remember an article explaining that when the lead white component of the paint was exposed to sulphurous industrial atmospheres, lead sulphates would form darkening the paint and conversely when the paint wa exposed to strong sunlight it would bleach back to a lighter colour. So a wide range of shades is possible, even before the effects of dirt are taken into account. There's a photograph at the front of one of the Midland Wagons volumes with two Midland brake vans in the background, nominally the same colour. One is pale grey, presumably newly painted while the other is almost black.
  3. Do you have any concerns over the fastness of the colours on computer-printed texture papers, Jim? I ask because a friend made a number of buildings in 4mm using the downloadable sheets from Scalescenes and found they faded badly over time, even though they weren't exposed to direct sunlight. Steve
  4. They do look great. Can I ask what paint you used for the Caley blue? Steve
  5. Having had a look through some photos, the grey livery would have the large numbers in white on the tender and No + the loco number on the buffer beams. The only indication of ownership was a small cast plate with SE&CR on the cab side. Steve
  6. I bought mine from an art supplies shop. There are a variety of blades available for them. Steve
  7. Erm, I'm sorry to point this out but the brakes are back to front - lowering the brake lever will take the brakes off rather than applying them. Easy mistake to make, I've done it myself. Steve
  8. Wasn't City of Lincoln one of the black Sam Fays?
  9. The chassis kits look really good. Any ideas on sourcing Terrier bodies? They seem to be somewhat in the hens' teeth category.
  10. Looking at the drawing of the jacks carried by Tilbury locos, which is the reference closest to hand, the base plate had a screw thread allowing the jack body to be traversed. How easy this would be to do when the jack was carrying the weight of the loco is another matter, not to mention sourcing the necessary packing and timber baulks.
  11. Given my circumstances I don't think there will be enough time for the Rhymney project. I do have some stock suitable for a small South Western branch including part-built carriages so it's probably best to concentrate on getting something working for that. I know the M7s were mostly London based before electrification of the suburban lines but I'm prepared to argue special circumstances! Steve
  12. That's not unexpected. Do you have a feel for when the etches might arrive in the shop? Steve
  13. Now back home, I've had a look at Southern Wagons vol. 3 and I was wrong. Although the four end-posts are right for the SER, their covered goods had three panels either side of the door rather than the two on this vehicle. Back to the drawing board! Steve
  14. Chris, Can I ask what gears the M7 chassis is designed to use? I can then pick them up from the central shop at Expo next week. Thanks, Steve
  15. Would the M7 chassis be suitable to go under a Worsley Works body? Steve
  16. Jim, It looks like a South Eastern Railway van to me; the external framing and four end posts fit. I'm on holiday away from my books at the moment but I will have a look when I get back. How it ended up so far from home is something of a mystery, though. Steve
  17. The one on the right is in the red oxide the engineering department used and is therefore a ballast wagon. Without checking the books I think the lettering is wrong; it should be E D, but that depends on my memory being right! Steve
  18. Not certain about this, but I think the white beam with the red stripe was the Southern Railway standard, while the white beam with black patches could be LBSC. Hopefully someone can give a definitive answer. Steve
  19. Out of interest, what minimum radius will the loco go round? Have you had to take any special measures to allow for side-play on such a long loco? I believe the real things were notorious for spreading the track in sidings; that probably says more about the track than the engine. Steve
  20. Thanks for the reply, Eddie. Pity the technology's not up to it yet; hopefully it will continue to progress.
  21. Did you ever get a print of the SECR outside-framed van in post #2? I can't find it on the Shapeways site; that could easily be my incompetence, though.
  22. Penlan's memory is correct - this picture is in the North London Railway book and shows a hoist at Poplar Dock.
  23. I have a distant memory of this. I think it was a model of an L&Y radial tank built by John Robinson? IIRC he brought it to a meeting of the Yorkshire area group back in the late 70s or early 80s.
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