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  1. Books on the Thame branch give the year of first car loaded to rail as 1919, at Littlemore. The Cowley plant and associated rail provision grew significantly over the following decade with Morris Cowley station being provided with proper buildings &c. in, iirc, 1928.
  2. Did you already review the magazine article by the late Pete Wright, also reproduced in Loco bits and pieces, called 'Skirl o' the pipes'?
  3. Thin/small. I can get supported detail (stanchions etc) down below 0.2 but it won’t really support itself for cleaning if I try anything self supporting at that thickness on the Elegoo Mars 2P I have. I would expect on an Anycubic Photon you can get down to 0.4mm self supporting without too many issues apart from the one you already identified - prints are super fragile in those thin areas. I have certainly managed this for open wagons with 0.4 and 0.5mm thickness sides and I got those files from people with Photon printers.
  4. Off the back of the war, followed by amalgamation of railways, strikes etc. I have to agree - especially when the GWR regularly dipped into its reserves to pay the shareholders during these fallow years.
  5. You appear to have asked the right questions. This once again shows that fidelity matters to you and is why (I believe) so many follow and contribute here.
  6. Yes. The ‘stock photo’ on the previous page is the same tank taken from the platform rather than the car park and also shows it without the black band on the outlet. My guess is that the modern paint is not as robust and additional protection has been added for the kind of heat a localised fire can output. The edges are a far too neat for a scorched patch. It is only a guess.
  7. I’ve managed this with sticky label wrappers - scoring before cutting for removal from the backing - as a trial for a weighbridge building. Whilst it was reasonably successful it was definitely tricky due to the sizes involved and the wrapper wanting to stick everywhere all at once. I understand your reluctance to accept this as a solution but it might be manageable to do sections of wall between successive down pipes or other features that would adequately disguise the joins.
  8. I missed this one the other day, over by the turntable and up the line (a little), which does have a lid. The ‘fascinator’ - to prevent birds perching -must be a modern addition. For me I cannot reconcile the bands of dark stone with period photos. It could have been a regional variation thing, as so many things were. We could have a whole separate discussion about window frames for example. Why is part of the ‘arm’ painted black, anyone?
  9. There’s also one at Minehead too. Presently the conical part is on the floor and the remainder is shrouded in scaffolding. If size is of utmost importance and if you can find a WSR volunteer you might be able to get some measurements off it while the works are happening?
  10. Pretty good but not quite. There’s some great views further along at the next parking spot about a mile or so on too but probably not visible in ‘Google reality’. We tried to go up Bunkery Deacon earlier this week on the way to Minehead. Said child refused to wear trousers and then complained the wind made him cold. He wouldn’t go on shoulders so we didn’t quite make the top, but we did see it from a distance. I should have taken chocolate or something for ‘motivation’. If only I’d seen your post first! The sporadic rain appears to be missing from your experience but in our reality it wasn’t helping persuade anyone onwards. Luckily it lasted only a few minutes. Chance? Surely that’s a certainty!
  11. How does the size of these compare with your own (3D CAD for printing) work?
  12. At work someone comes and checks them to a standard. I believe this involves measuring against a number of gauge blocks (previously checked/calibrated) at various points across the range. For a 150mm caliper (correct terminology ) this might be 50mm 100mm &c. I don't know if you can change the value on the readout for adjustment. Once, upon checking, the Facom branded one that I had at work (about £90) got consigned to scrap because it was badly out of line with what it should have been reading after just two years. What you could do is keep a table of adjustments with the device to correct the readings from the display. It would be a right PITA though. We buy Insize now. They seem to be decent, especially for the price. Mark 'For indication only' and you should avoid the question. How do you check that the parts are what you asked for - do you simply trust the suppliers? My own vernier calipers have both inches (top) and mm (bottom). They have never been calibrated though. For some things it just seems like a license to grab money IMO.
  13. The following train should be okay: According to the thread the express left at 11:15 on Tuesday.
  14. The ones I have for work have DRO. I refer to them as large or small digital spanner. The one I use at home actually has a vernier.
  15. Not sure how you are cutting the mesh Grahame (so I might be trying to teach egg sucking), but I try to use scissors for most of my etch removal. Reasonable craft/kitchen type scissors the type of which used to be available in Staples for a couple of quid will work for small thin pieces like etch tabs. The ones I have are branded Rapesco and they are comparable if not otherwise identical to the ones we have in the sideboard, which are branded Staples. I also have some similar to these for the when the metal is thicker than the scissors can manage (about 0.005"). I never use them on steel though; the blades could easily become notched.
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