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  1. I have such a brush. It's over 60 years old. The brush was sold as a watercolour wash brush. I imagine they are still made.
  2. My SECR liveried model (satin finish) has just arrived. Yet to unpack.
  3. I'd launch a super detailed 3mm range using 13.5mm gauge (the 3mm equivalent of EM).
  4. It does state that for use in a DC environment that 15~18v DC is perfect.
  5. Joseph, You'll find any replies in the same thread where you placed your question. It's really is no more complex or mysterious than that.
  6. One has more strength than the other. I think it's Micro Sol in the bottle with red typography that is the stronger of the two. I only use it if I'm trying to get decals onto a compound curve otherwise I go for the less potent of the two.
  7. The best way to apply waterslide decals is over a gloss surface and then to use a decal solution such as MicroSol or before varnishing with acrylic matt. Any carrier film will disappear. The advantage of waterslide, as noted above, is that you can carefully nudge them into position. I see an awful lot of models where the numbers don't have an accurate baseline so the numbers appear to 'jump'. For some reason it's often the last number in the row that jumps the most. When the baseline is defined by numbers with a flat base edge, ie 1,2, 4, 7 then those with rounded bases ie 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 ,0 should sit very, very slightly lower. The rounded characters are very slightly larger. This is a visual compensation the font designer will employ to offset the optical illusion that occurs between circles and squares or rectangles. I have designed and had my own waterslide decals printed (for aviation modelling) and I tend to arrange the sets of numbers/letters I want on the computer so the baseline and character spacing is 100% correct, then the whole lot can be applied as one decal.
  8. I very much agree but feel Chiltern Green has to be added to this list and perhaps Chipping Norton.
  9. John, They look superb but they weren't from me!
  10. There's Chiltern Green (CG) on the Midland. It makes the 'Greatest' list. I'm fascinated by the visual treat of a faster train overtaking a long goods train, where both travelling in the same direction on a four track section of mainline. There's something about it that captures the drama of the mainline better than a pair of passing trains. CG delivered this in bucket loads.
  11. There have been two Brinklow layouts – 7mm and N. Berkhamsted (4mm 00) is one I recall. It certainly featured in RM back in the day.
  12. I can't find Tony in their online catalogue but I'm sure he still lives on in their digital archive. I imagine they would be willing to produce you one (or more), if Tony were to give his permission. They really are fabulous figures to paint since the detail is very sharply defined precisely to scale but more than that it's the wonderfully natural poses that the 3D digital technique captures that makes them so special.
  13. I have the first issue and have no idea why I didn't buy the second.
  14. I liked DJ's sole use of 'blandishments', in the same book and always thought that he wrote such compelling text.
  15. I'm unable to make out all the layouts listed in the magazine's Top100 so I can't tell for sure if a couple haven't made the cut. Both are large 7mm layouts, one influencing the other. At the time of their construction I'd regard both as marking significant milestones. The first being the Norris Layout, which at best had a loose sense of geography and as far as I've read didn't operate to any sort of timetable, yet it remains significant in my eyes at least. The second: Lonsdale by Neil Corner and team. I think this layout has pretty much existed under the wire. I rarely see it mentioned and I have seen precious few images of it. Whilst it depicts a very plausible 'might-have-been' the main station is based on Hellifield.
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