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  1. Well, that was (mostly!) a really lovely weekend away with my partner on the Bluebell for their Road and Rail event. Despite getting an email on the day of travel saying our Caledonian Sleeper service had been cancelled (due to wheel flats after an emergency brake application the previous Tuesday(!)), we managed to get an LNER train down to London on the Friday night, stayed in a hotel there and then hopped on a train down to East Grinstead in the morning. At the Bluebell, Isha (my partner) and I met up with Gary (BlueLightning) and Alex (AVS1998), and we went for a wander around the road engines and various demonstrations (including road-building and timber sawing). Isha and I made it all the way down from Edinburgh, and the very first road engine I saw was marked up as having come from Leith! Several other road vehicles were to be seen driving around, including steam lorries making coal deliveries as well as the aforementioned sawing demonstration. For me, though, I was particularly excited by the chance to see the H class, as recently repainted in full Wainwright livery. Even better, we got to ride behind it in a period coach (LSWR brake third 1520), although the "vintage train" was formed of the LSWR brake, an SECR hundred-seater and a Stroudley bogie first (both sadly in lined Southern livery). I can't help but feel that even though this particular one is slightly late for my time period (1520 was built in 1910 to a 1904 design) a model might end up being made... Other locomotives around on the day were the Q class, hauling a demonstration goods train, the S15 on a set of Bulleid coaches, and the Standard 5 on Mk1s - a real pleasure to see each locomotive on period-appropriate coaches! On the Sunday, Isha and I went for a wander around the museum at Sheffield Park, and discovered that the door to Withyham signal box is *exactly* the right width for her wheelchair to pass through (with maybe a quarter inch extra clearance!). We were delighted at the wheelchair accessibility at the Bluebell - every coaching set had wheelchair ramps, with the exception of the Mk1 stock set which had been modified with either-side hydraulic wheelchair lifts! Level access was available for crossing between platforms by barrow crossings, the new Steamworks museum had level access throughout (and even the replica Stepney cab was big enough to get the wheelchair into and turn around with ease! We didn't actually manage to find any exhibits (with the exception of the footbridges) which weren't accessible. I had also taken two model locos down in the hope of taking some photographs with their rather larger brothers. Sisters? ...Siblings. First of all, the Hornby H class, also in full Wainwright livery: and seen here perched on the sandbox filler, behind the lamp iron, looking *really* tiny: I also took along the new Hornby Stepney as shown here. I thought of Edwardian while I was here, so I double-checked, and I can confirm, there is definitely a lip at the top of the tank sides! Despite the even worse travel disruption on the way back up (the Sleeper back to Edinburgh was cancelled too! But the replacement coach service wasn't able to take Isha's wheelchair... we managed, in the end, but got back into Edinburgh at 3:45am on Monday, hence why I didn't write this up yesterday. It's a sad state of affairs when a preserved railway is better able to provide for restricted mobility than the national rail network. Perhaps, as pre-grouping modellers, we should, rather than looking to the future, be looking to the past...
  2. Thanks, Alan. The wagon was printed on-the-level, with the bottom of the wagon facing the build plate. What you see there is a one-part print (although the ends now also have strapping and bolt detail). The Stroudley full-brake is printed as a bodyshell and then axleguards, brakes, and buffers are added separately. I'll be doing another test print at an angle at some point soon, I reckon, and I'll put up photos on here.
  3. With the Photon, I have been able to print Stroudley (26 foot) carriage bodies in one piece. I would reckon on doing bogie coaches in at least two parts, and glueing them together. My next projects are some LSWR bogie carriages. I'm still figuring out the best orientation to print parts, to avoid support marks on visible surfaces while minimising warping/risk of parts not adhering to the print bed. I can highly recommend joining the Facebook group "Anycubic Photon Printer Owners" ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnycubicPhoton/ )if you're on Facebook - there is a very very active and helpful community there with a huge wealth of knowledge. If you have a question, someone will almost certainly have asked it before and had at least half a dozen replies! Regarding the level of detail that can be produced with the Photon, I have been absolutely delighted - this wagon print is at 4mm scale, and the rivets and other details have come out beautifully, being drawn as 0.2mm diameter and 0.2mm depth. The Stroudley full-brake carriage here has quite chunky (!) handrails (0.5mm) but I have seen these successfully printed (albeit slightly not-straight) at 0.3mm. The slight stepping at the bottom of the carriage side is due to the turnunder and the carriage being printed flat on the bed - had I printed at an angle it would likely not have occurred. I'm especially delighted with the solebar bolt-heads.
  4. It's rather interesting to see an ex-Caledonian brake van there too - must have traveled down with the Twins! Keyser did a kit for one of these in 4mm scale - given how accurate the beading is, one wonders if the illustrator was given one to copy!
  5. It's been another busy week, so not much modelling has been getting done. I've got a completed and primed Stroudley full brake (still tweaking the model file but it seems to have come out ok): I've been working on parts for another LSWR coach (a 42ft Third, to be supplemented with a matching brake third later) but having trouble printing carriages. I've finally got the hang of supports to stop the solebars bending, but I'm finding my carriage ends are coming out chevron-shaped rather than vertical around the end windows. I suspect this has something to do with film tension and/or the location of the print on the print bed, combined with the necessary thin-ness of the window columns, but I'll keep working at it. I'm also heading down south tonight on the Caledonian Sleeper with my partner, for the Road and Rail event at the Bluebell Railway. Hoping to meet up with a couple of other Pre-Grouping-ites, and looking forward to seeing the H class for the first time since I was *this* big!
  6. Sadly it's not just a case of a repaint - these vans had various detail differences earlier in their life, including completely (and distinctively) different brake gear, Mansell wheels, roof ventilators...
  7. I'll have plenty of other LSWR locos, with Linton being deep in LSWR territory. So far I have two M7s and am working on backdating a Kernow O2 and the above Hornby T9 for the fast LSWR peak time service to and from London.
  8. That's really helpful information, thanks James. I believe for my period my LB&SCR trains will mostly be hauled by D1s and E1s (Stroudley Goods Green?), although more research still remains to be done, and I'm sure I can find an excuse for a Terrier to appear occasionally, even if I don't think any were shedded at Guildford in that time period.
  9. Glad to see it's arrived safely, and that motor bogie looks like a good fit too. I'll look forward to watching it come together!
  10. That's fair enough, but given my period is 1900-1910 and umber didn't start to come in until 1905, I suppose IEG or goods green would be most likely.
  11. I don't think it's long enough unfortunately, and I don't think it's quite chunky enough. I've got a whitemetal kit for a D1 to build at some point though, although I'm not sure if I should finish it in IEG or Marsh umber. Ave Marsh-ia, gratia plena...
  12. Well, I need to shrive and grovel; 20 Hail Stroudleys and a Billinton-edictus (ok, that one's a bit of a push). I popped into Harburn Hobbies in Edinburgh on my way to club tonight to pick up some paint for painting the lever frame in the signalbox on the club's in-progress layout. There she was, in the cabinet. A reminder that I had placed a pre-order back in January. I know she's not perfect, but she's a big step forward from the old Dapol model, and she certainly captures the feel of a terrier in a way that the older Dapol/Hornby model never did. For a start, she's much more petite, and makes the older model look positively like a D1! I may very well end up replacing her with a Rails model, when they come out, but for now, I have a terrier that looks much more the part than the older model, and finally something that looks in keeping with my Stroudley coaches. I'm a happy Linny.
  13. Hi Ian, I'm actually no longer working there any more! I'll drop you a message on RMWeb with my non-work email. Thank you, much obliged.
  14. Hi Ian, Thanks for asking, I'm mostly getting better. Back to work yesterday, and while I'm exhausted after it I'm getting there. A GA showing the chimney (especially with dimensions!) would be very much appreciated, thank you. I'm having to work from either a low resolution drawing or a GA scan where the dimensions are illegible at the moment, and a chimney is one of those things, along with the smokebox door, that really defines the "face" of a loco.
  15. The eventual aim is for the loco to look something like this photo from the Brassmasters site:
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