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15 hours ago, Jack P said:

Looks more like a command station. 

 

Which button launches the missiles?

Missile to D4? Hit or Miss? Did I sink your battleship?

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I do remember seeing a BBC documentary about the Invasion of Iraq, where the weapons officer on a Royal Navy submarine was jokingly complaining that his cruise missiles were launched by clicking a mouse, rather than hitting a big red button. 

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31 minutes ago, pete_mcfarlane said:

I do remember seeing a BBC documentary about the Invasion of Iraq, where the weapons officer on a Royal Navy submarine was jokingly complaining that his cruise missiles were launched by clicking a mouse, rather than hitting a big red button. 

 

Ah well I do have two of those! - but which is which....................

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1 hour ago, Tony Teague said:

 

Ah well I do have two of those! - but which is which....................


Well, if it goes bang then it must have been the wrong one!!!

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Moving away from 'big red buttons', I can report a  further addition to stock in the shape of one the new Rails / Dapol ex-SECR Wainwright Class D locos, No.1730 in what purports to be olive green livery:

 

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I say "purports to be", because although the model looks reasonably convincing, the shade of green is way too yellow, whilst the numbers are too thick & possibly too long. Obviously I was not alive to witness a D class in olive green and so my opinion can only be subjective........:

 

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However, whilst I have rather a lot of locos in olive green, none comes close to this colour, nor to the shape of the lettering applied. Here she is sitting next to another D class, this one from a SEF kit, built and painted for me some years ago by Chris Phillips.

 

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There has been a lot of comment elsewhere concerning this model, although most of it relates to the ornate SECR livery; it is hard not to be picky or make comparisons, and Rails / Dapol are to be congratulated on producing a model of what is a reasonably obscure prototype, but one wonders where their paint colouring came from.

 

My only other observations at this, straight out of the box stage are that the option of driving wheels with and without traction tyres is a nice touch, the bogie wheels on one of these two locos must be wrong, the front coupling has to go, and the plain, unpainted wire handrails look far too bright - but nothing that some heavy weathering won't disguise!

 

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On a slightly different note, regular readers may recall that I posted a picture some while back of a remote corner of the airfield at RAF Charmy Bottom, in which an early RAF Land Rover could just be seen hiding behind other assorted detritus:

 

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Well, it seems that the RAF must have flown them in from another time zone because our resident Land Rover guru rapidly informed me that they were far too late for the era that I model, and so today, they (for there were several) have been loaded into the belly of a Transport Command plane and will shortly depart for another time and place.

 

(No guessing...).

 

Tony

 

 

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2 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

have been loaded into the belly of a Transport Command plane and will shortly depart for another time and place.

 

 

That'll be a DC3 then. :boast:

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5 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

the bogie wheels on one of these two locos must be wrong,

 

No to sound like a know-it-all, but despite other 'things' I'm fairly sure the Dapol version is correct. Those 3'7" 10 spoke bogie wheels were pretty prominent. 

I only know because I spent all evening comparing bogie wheels for some of the projects i've got on the go.

 

Chris's model really looks the business though. The SEF kit scrubs up nicely!

 

 

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16 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

Moving away from 'big red buttons', I can report a  further addition to stock in the shape of one the new Rails / Dapol ex-SECR Wainwright Class D locos, No.1730 in what purports to be olive green livery:

 

SJPP623000202210623.jpg.4fc6d845648c4dcf14e226d42537d24e.jpg

 

I say "purports to be", because although the model looks reasonably convincing, the shade of green is way too yellow, whilst the numbers are too thick & possibly too long. Obviously I was not alive to witness a D class in olive green and so my opinion can only be subjective........:

 

SJPP623000402210623.jpg.6cca0da51e8fddb2a0e1e5ea961109a1.jpg

 

However, whilst I have rather a lot of locos in olive green, none comes close to this colour, nor to the shape of the lettering applied. Here she is sitting next to another D class, this one from a SEF kit, built and painted for me some years ago by Chris Phillips.

 

SJPP623000602210623.jpg.fe175ab216e45323e4f9c4dcff0b7069.jpg

 

There has been a lot of comment elsewhere concerning this model, although most of it relates to the ornate SECR livery; it is hard not to be picky or make comparisons, and Rails / Dapol are to be congratulated on producing a model of what is a reasonably obscure prototype, but one wonders where their paint colouring came from.

 

My only other observations at this, straight out of the box stage are that the option of driving wheels with and without traction tyres is a nice touch, the bogie wheels on one of these two locos must be wrong, the front coupling has to go, and the plain, unpainted wire handrails look far too bright - but nothing that some heavy weathering won't disguise!

 

SJPP623001102210623.jpg.6a3473ee459a5ee3b5f2e342c8a55f94.jpg

 

On a slightly different note, regular readers may recall that I posted a picture some while back of a remote corner of the airfield at RAF Charmy Bottom, in which an early RAF Land Rover could just be seen hiding behind other assorted detritus:

 

SJPP702000202190702.jpg.4f985e7f7fdde9e028f3a921b865e202.jpg

 

Well, it seems that the RAF must have flown them in from another time zone because our resident Land Rover guru rapidly informed me that they were far too late for the era that I model, and so today, they (for there were several) have been loaded into the belly of a Transport Command plane and will shortly depart for another time and place.

 

(No guessing...).

 

Tony

 

 

What a strange shade of green on the RTR model, Tony.

 

Is it supposed to be somewhere between olive and malachite? 

 

The numbers look to be the wrong proportion as well. 

 

When I attended the 'launch' of these models, at the NRM in October 2019, the gathering was informed that extensive research had been undertaken to get things right.

 

A pity, because, in all body dimensions, it looks to be perfect.

 

And, as Jack has noted, your kit-built ones bogie wheels are too small.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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6 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

What a strange shade of green on the RTR model, Tony.

 

Is it supposed to be somewhere between olive and malachite? 

 

The numbers look to be the wrong proportion as well. 

 

When I attended the 'launch' of these models, at the NRM in October 2019, the gathering was informed that extensive research had been undertaken to get things right.

 

A pity, because, in all body dimensions, it looks to be perfect.

 

And, as Jack has noted, your kit-built ones bogie wheels are too small.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

Tony you are right - a very strange shade indeed, and whilst heavy weathering might hide it, the numbers look so wrong that I think they will have to come off.

All in all, rather disappointing.

Tony

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8 minutes ago, Nick C said:

It looks closer to the very early Urie green - but for that I believe it should have an 'A' prefix number.

closer, but still way off. It is nothing like any shade of Southern Green. when questioned about the shade of green on pre-production models, Rails made assurances the final production models would be correct. Such a shame they have ruined what promised to be a fine model. certainly for Olive Green models.

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On 20/05/2021 at 23:18, gz3xzf said:

Tony

Love the little electric locos, I'm now dreaming up a scenarios where I could use them! ;)

As of today, DS75 is now available in both 4mm and 7mm scales from Radley Models.

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43 minutes ago, thegreenhowards said:

It almost looks like Doncaster green. You’ll have to bring it for a run on Gresley Jn!

 

Andy

Funnily enough I thought of apple green but I didn't want to offend the LNER afficionados!

The more I look at it the more I think it may need a complete re-spray.

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7 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

 

Andy

Funnily enough I thought of apple green but I didn't want to offend the LNER afficionados!

The more I look at it the more I think it may need a complete re-spray.

Tony

 

Nah! Just weather it!

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1 minute ago, Mick Bonwick said:

 

Nah! Just weather it!

 

I suppose I am quite good at overdoing it!

- Which maybe just what is required......:D
 

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On 24/06/2021 at 21:35, Arun Sharma said:

As of today, DS75 is now available in both 4mm and 7mm scales from Radley Models.

I orders a 4mm one on Thursday nights and it turned up this morning.  Looking forward to building it.

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Posted (edited)

A mini-update on two fronts:

 

   1st to report a further addition to stock - this one being the second Rails / Dapol Wainwright class D loco, this time No.1734 in wartime black with sunshine lettering - and the first thing to say is that the chosen shade of black is so much better than their chosen shade of olive green:

 

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However, just as the numbers on No.1730 are oddly shaped, so too, I feel are those on No.1734 - well perhaps over-size rather than wrongly shaped.

 

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The yellow in the 'sunshine' lettering also seems to predominate over the green lining / shadow, as a comparison with a recent Hornby S15 illustrates:

 

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My picture is not as blurred as it may appear - the lettering on No.1734 is not as crisp as it might be and the yellow is a shade darker than on the Hornby tender. Now obviously I am not able to remember which of these shades is accurate - if either is, but the Hornby sunshine lettering is a closer match to that produced by both HMRS & Fox in their transfers. Nevertheless, after weathering I doubt one will be able to tell the difference.

 

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An oddity shared by both Nos.1730 & 1734 is that on each of the two models the rear left hand buffer on the tender had dropped off in transit; why it is just this single buffer is not known! Overall I feel that this black model better displays the undoubted quality of the tooling for this model.

 

My 2nd update relates to the long awaited semaphore signals, and I am pleased to report that @Steve Hewitt visited for a couple of days last week and delivered the exquisite signals that he has built for both Stowe Magna & Churminster. During his visit we managed to install 4 signal posts, carrying 5 separate arms, plus one ground signal and all were successfully tested; what we didn't have time to do was to complete all of the related wiring, but here is an initial image that shows where we got to:

 

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No - I know you can't see any signals and you'll just have to wait!

 

This is a very busy drop-in, or lift-out board, and what you can see here are three GF servo controllers for the signals at the bottom, 5 signal servos (mounted on 4 wooden 'brackets'), 4 Peco solenoid point motors, 2 Gaugemaster relays, 2 Heathcote servo controllers and their related uncoupler servos, two large tag strips, and hanging down in the centre, a single LED in its custom mounting (which lights the ground signal)! - Oh, and some wires.

 

I will post some more informative images once wiring and re-istallation of this board is complete.

 

Tony

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Hi Tony, 

 

Yes as per my review here https://southern-railway.com/2021/07/03/wainwright-elegance-secr-d-class-4-4-0-from-rails-of-sheffield-Dapol-in-00-arrives/ the sunshine lettering should be a scale 9" ie 3mm however on the model it is 3.7mm high and as you have spotted the thickness of the green shading is to heavy and further emphasises the height error.  I will be replacing the number and lettering at some stage (and correcting the chimney) 
It appears to be the same rear  buffer that falls of everyone's.

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1 hour ago, Graham_Muz said:

Hi Tony, 

 

Yes as per my review here https://southern-railway.com/2021/07/03/wainwright-elegance-secr-d-class-4-4-0-from-rails-of-sheffield-Dapol-in-00-arrives/ the sunshine lettering should be a scale 9" ie 3mm however on the model it is 3.7mm high and as you have spotted the thickness of the green shading is to heavy and further emphasises the height error.  I will be replacing the number and lettering at some stage (and correcting the chimney) 
It appears to be the same rear  buffer that falls of everyone's.

 

Hi Graham

Thanks - I hadn't seen your review so I am relieved that it wasn't my eyes deceiving me!

(I'll read it now!).

I think I'll replace the numbers / lettering on both locos before weathering.

It sounds like Dapol need to have a strong word with their 'rear left buffer fixing associate' - and actually the brake gear under the tender was also falling off my black example.

Tony

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1 hour ago, Tony Teague said:

 

Hi Graham

Thanks - I hadn't seen your review so I am relieved that it wasn't my eyes deceiving me!

(I'll read it now!).

I think I'll replace the numbers / lettering on both locos before weathering.

It sounds like Dapol need to have a strong word with their 'rear left buffer fixing associate' - and actually the brake gear under the tender was also falling off my black example.

Tony

To be honest, they need to have stronger words with whoever approved the awful rendition of SR Olive green. presumably the same person who got the lining and lettering so wrong. They've managed to completely ruin what could have been superb models. 

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