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  1. I recently purchased a Proxxon MF70 milling machine and have been learning how to use it by machining up a tender chassis for one of my C1 Atlantics. Very much a warts and all photo - especially where I managed to drill one of the fixing holes in the wrong place! The top of the chassis needs 1.1mm removing from it to get the tender frames at the right height and then I'll drill out the holes for fixing the frames to the chassis and for the tender drawbar. This has been a big learning process and there are a lot of things (techniques) I'll do differently on the next one
  2. Hi Julia, Actually, it was your one that led to me wanting one of my own. Maybe it'll be converted to CNC one day, but not today! I would have purchased that vice last Saturday if my budget would have allowed. The one I have came with the machine and, while OK, I can see that it isn't the best in the world. I'll see about getting one next month.
  3. What a great idea Julia! My latest purchase due to the combined factors of receiving my first paycheck (new job) and Axminster having a sale on. Purchased this morning and I hope to start playing and learning how to use it tomorrow.
  4. Hello Tony, According to the Graham Farish website, the RRP for the N gauge Coronation is £184.95.
  5. So this weekend saw the next two coaches glazed, gangways made, couplings added and a repaint of the Brake Third roofs. Below is a photo of the four coach set (one still to make) undergoing testing with an appropriate bit of motive power. Since the photo was taken, I've addressed the lifting vinyl roof brackets in the end coaches by securing them with a sport of superglue. I've still got the footboards, corridor handrails, etc to make up but their pretty close to complete now!
  6. I've spent a good part of my weekend painting some cheap plastic figures to populate my Cambridge Buffet Express coaches.
  7. Going back a little I present, not a Restaurant Car but another catering vehicle. This is my Buffet Car (based on the LNER rebuilds of the GN 58' Open Thirds) which I populated this weekend. Still a way to go, but my Cambridge Buffet set is (ever so) slowly making progress.
  8. Having reassembled the tender drive components and resolved a couple of clearance issues, J6 No. 3602 moved under its own power this evening. I've still got the whistle and new (shorter) drawbar to make, along with a little more detailing and weathering, but I'm really happy to finally have this one running.
  9. The J6s have now received their identities. I've still got quite a bit of detailing to do and rebuild the tender drives, but I think they're coming along nicely.
  10. Keeping with the J6 theme, here is the latest on my two. 64226 does have the later, lower, type of chimney.
  11. It is real, it just hasn't happened yet!!!!!
  12. I suspect you are right. I'll go and sit in the corner now as I feel much "thicker" and "smaller".
  13. I might go for a representation of the valve gear, but it won't be working! The chassis for this loco started life as a Farish J39. I shortened the front coupled wheelbase so it was correct for the 7'3" - 9' for the J6 but it still retains the solid chassis block.
  14. 4436 and 4452 have had most of the final details added to them and 3286 is bring up the rear of this trio of C1 Atlantics. Finally, a break in the weather allowed me to get out the airbrush and paint the J6. The one will be 3602 and given local passenger duties on Hadley Wood as I have a photo of the prototype doing this (LNER Album Vol 3 page 45).
  15. C1s 4436 and 4452 are getting very close to completion now. C1 3286 is a little further behind but making good progress. I've also finally managed to get good enough weather to break out the airbrush and paint the J6. This one will be 3602 and given local passenger duties on Hadley Wood.
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