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1 hour ago, Jack P said:

I'm not particularly well versed in the offerings of kits that aren't southern related. 

 

Could someone point me in the direction of kits that are available currently of non RTR Parcels stock?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Parkside have LMS. LNER, and GWR 4-wheeled CCTs. Comet ditto BGs.

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9 hours ago, Jesse Sim said:

Now I want to watch Lord of the Rings! 
 

Funny enough talking about movies, on the phone last night havIng a yarn with Tony, we have a deal for next time I’m over, if I sit through a whole cricket match with him, he’ll watch a Star Wars movie with me, I wonder who’d be the first one to fall asleep......

And a most-amusing chat, Jesse,

 

Thank you. 

 

Interesting how this thread develops - films now.

 

From our conversation, you'll know I have no liking for any of the Star Wars films (and, tangentially, for any of the Lord of the Rings films - I 'had' to go to the cinema to see one of them, taking my wife, sister-in-law and niece. I fell asleep, only to awakened by a cave troll's roaring. Never again!).

 

My choice in films is far less 'exciting'. In no particular order - The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Hobson's Choice, Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Cruel Sea, In Which We Serve, I'm All Right Jack, School For Scoundrels, Folly To Be Wise, and so on and so on. 

 

I'm not a great fan of science fiction, though Alien was worth watching I thought. I think there was one called Silent Running (with Bruce Dern, or Derne?), which had a most-interesting plot, though the alien special effects were rubbish. 

 

I find I cannot watch more-recent films. Why not? I can't understand what's being said - the actors just mumble!

 

Regards,

 

Tony.  

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9 hours ago, Jesse Sim said:

Now I want to watch Lord of the Rings! 
 

Funny enough talking about movies, on the phone last night havIng a yarn with Tony, we have a deal for next time I’m over, if I sit through a whole cricket match with him, he’ll watch a Star Wars movie with me, I wonder who’d be the first one to fall asleep......

 

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That is a stunning picture, Tony: it could almost be 2mm scale.  One comment, if I may.  The flower pots look very ‘plonked’. They also look to be laser cut - maybe tone then down a bit in the woodwork?
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3 minutes ago, CF MRC said:

That is a stunning picture, Tony: it could almost be 2mm scale.  One comment, if I may.  The flower pots look very ‘plonked’. They also look to be laser cut - maybe tone then down a bit in the woodwork?
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Tim

 

Yep, I agree, a great photo. And not only is the image/photography sharp, so too is the modelling. Perhaps even maybe too sharp and pristine (without wanting to sound critical).

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I could be so tempted by one of these. I had a Triang Princess which I tried to ‘improve’, to look like the picture in my father’s the pre war Hornby Book of Trains.  The stonking great weight at the front might account for its performance. However, one LMS pacific should be enough as I have  one of the centenary Duchesses on order, which should perform well in the haulage stakes: I always wanted the HD City of London.   I suppose that as you get older you attempt to requite some of your youthful yearnings.

 

Tim

 

21 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Has Hornby finally cracked the lack of haulage power in its steam-outline RTR locos?

 

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I've just finished photographing and writing my review of the latest Hornby 'Princess Royal'. 

 

Its haulage capacity is remarkable. Here it is on 14 kit-built bogies (and an RTR horsebox), which it's just walked away with. No Hornby A3 or A4 will touch this, nor Bachmann's Peppercorn Pacifics, either. 

 

At last!

 

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Here's the 'drive'. I have no idea whether this is different from what's gone before, but it's certainly impressive (it also includes a firebox glow). 

 

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10 minutes ago, grahame said:

 

Yep, I agree, a great photo. And not only is the image/photography sharp, so too is the modelling. Perhaps even maybe too sharp and pristine (without wanting to sound critical).

Maybe an eensy weensy bit of grass / lichens around the bases of the buildings - to help kill the dreaded crack disease?

 

Tim

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44 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

And a most-amusing chat, Jesse,

 

Thank you. 

 

Interesting how this thread develops - films now.

 

From our conversation, you'll know I have no liking for any of the Star Wars films (and, tangentially, for any of the Lord of the Rings films - I 'had' to go to the cinema to see one of them, taking my wife, sister-in-law and niece. I fell asleep, only to awakened by a cave troll's roaring. Never again!).

 

My choice in films is far less 'exciting'. In no particular order - The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Hobson's Choice, Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Cruel Sea, In Which We Serve, I'm All Right Jack, School For Scoundrels, Folly To Be Wise, and so on and so on. 

 

I'm not a great fan of science fiction, though Alien was worth watching I thought. I think there was one called Silent Running (with Bruce Dern, or Derne?), which had a most-interesting plot, though the alien special effects were rubbish. 

 

I find I cannot watch more-recent films. Why not? I can't understand what's being said - the actors just mumble!

 

Regards,

 

Tony.  

I often find it’s my own comments that cause a change in scenery on this thread....

 

 

You say you don’t enjoy new movies, clearly unless it is a Quinten Tarrantino (is that how you spell it?) movie. 

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10 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

My comment about 'extra time' for modelling was meant more of a personal thing, and more directed at folk in my (retired) position.

 

I wish you all the very best under the circumstances (and everyone else who find themselves in a similar situation). We're very lucky (despite being in the more 'at risk' group), we don't have young children to look after and as for 'working at home', we're both retired (though I still do a lot of work at home).

 

I'd just like to wish everyone all the very best during this horrid crisis. In the grand scheme of things, mucking about with model trains isn't that important, but it helps to keep me sane (debatable?) 

 

I'll keep on making models and taking pictures, posting the results on here; if nothing else but to keep a sense of 'normality'.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Tony. 

 

Hi Tony,

 

I knew that it wasn't aimed at myself or others in similar positions. I was more expressing my naivety that I would end up for a couple of weeks at home with nothing to do but wave a soldering iron around - and then wandered off onto a general mumble about how things have changed for me - hence adding in the not looking for sympathy bit - I'm lucky that my job *should* be relatively secure compared to so many others.

 

I am lucky that the company I work for has been very proactive with it all, regularly checking how we are etc.

 

 

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21 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Has Hornby finally cracked the lack of haulage power in its steam-outline RTR locos?

 

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I've just finished photographing and writing my review of the latest Hornby 'Princess Royal'. 

 

Its haulage capacity is remarkable. Here it is on 14 kit-built bogies (and an RTR horsebox), which it's just walked away with. No Hornby A3 or A4 will touch this, nor Bachmann's Peppercorn Pacifics, either. 

 

At last!

 

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Here's the 'drive'. I have no idea whether this is different from what's gone before, but it's certainly impressive (it also includes a firebox glow). 

 

 

 

It is interesting how the same new features can elicit different responses, depending on your circumstances.  The first thing I thought of when I saw that great metal lump forward if the motor was that it looked very neat, almost like Germanic manufacture in its finish and bulk... but oh dear, there doesn’t look to be any room to fit a speaker in the smokebox and it all looks far too snug generally for fitting chips and wires.  Some milling will definitely be required to accommodate a ‘proper’ DCC fit.

 

Clearly the DCC socket is in the tender, but I bet there isn’t an extra wire between Loco and tender to run the ‘firebox glow’ LED directly from the chip.  And the odd shape of the metal weight in the tender is obviously designed To accommodate one of those inferior round speakers that very few people use these days, so wasting yet more space for the DCC user.

 

I don’t have a need for a Princess Royal on my own layout, but I do hope they don’t do the same thing with ‘Hush Hush’ or the A2/3 offerings in the pipeline!  Maybe if they had an easily removable section of the metal weights, that might work to meet everyone’s needs?

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57 minutes ago, CF MRC said:

That is a stunning picture, Tony: it could almost be 2mm scale.  One comment, if I may.  The flower pots look very ‘plonked’. They also look to be laser cut - maybe tone then down a bit in the woodwork?
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Tim

I agree about the flower containers, Tim,

 

They are laser-cut and do need toning down. Today's job?

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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I will ask this only once, Tony. If you are going to be posting photos of Little Bytham, can we have a diesel day please?

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41 minutes ago, CF MRC said:

Maybe an eensy weensy bit of grass / lichens around the bases of the buildings - to help kill the dreaded crack disease?

 

Tim

Tomorrow's job!

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2 minutes ago, 96701 said:

I will ask this only once, Tony. If you are going to be posting photos of Little Bytham, can we have a diesel day please?

Of course Phil,

 

Sunday's job!

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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59 minutes ago, CF MRC said:

Maybe an eensy weensy bit of grass / lichens around the bases of the buildings - to help kill the dreaded crack disease?

 

Tim

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Sorted!

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32 minutes ago, Chamby said:

 

It is interesting how the same new features can elicit different responses, depending on your circumstances.  The first thing I thought of when I saw that great metal lump forward if the motor was that it looked very neat, almost like Germanic manufacture in its finish and bulk... but oh dear, there doesn’t look to be any room to fit a speaker in the smokebox and it all looks far too snug generally for fitting chips and wires.  Some milling will definitely be required to accommodate a ‘proper’ DCC fit.

 

Clearly the DCC socket is in the tender, but I bet there isn’t an extra wire between Loco and tender to run the ‘firebox glow’ LED directly from the chip.  And the odd shape of the metal weight in the tender is obviously designed To accommodate one of those inferior round speakers that very few people use these days, so wasting yet more space for the DCC user.

 

I don’t have a need for a Princess Royal on my own layout, but I do hope they don’t do the same thing with ‘Hush Hush’ or the A2/3 offerings in the pipeline!  Maybe if they had an easily removable section of the metal weights, that might work to meet everyone’s needs?

Good morning Phil,

 

It would seem, then, that if one wants all the DCC gizmos (in the right place), the haulage capacity will be compromised. 

 

I know which I'd prioritise.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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52 minutes ago, Jesse Sim said:

I often find it’s my own comments that cause a change in scenery on this thread....

 

 

You say you don’t enjoy new movies, clearly unless it is a Quinten Tarrantino (is that how you spell it?) movie. 

I'm not sure I entirely 'enjoy' Quentin Tarrantino films, Jesse. 

 

However the one we saw together was certainly 'interesting'. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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11 hours ago, t-b-g said:

 

I am not sure that words like "McGowan kit" and "great loco" belong in the same post!

 

A D9, especially as built (GCR Class 11B) is one of the best looking locos ever built. Sadly, the same praise cannot be given to the dreadful McGowan kit.

Good morning Tony,

 

I assume the 'dreadful' McGowan D9 is unacceptable then? 

 

I'd certainly not call what I built a 'great loco'; far from it. However, is it really that 'dreadful'?

 

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This view was taken shortly after I'd built it (please forgive the futuristic van in the foreground). At a distance, as a layout loco; 'dreadful'? 

 

The old bridge might well be!

 

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These two shots were taken during the '38 weekend on LB. I think the consensus was that the 'LNER' on the tender is too small (Geoff Haynes will alter this), but it fitted in very well, especially hauling such lovely stock.

 

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And this shot was taken this morning (it also shows your wonderful signals). 

 

Despite its limitations, if the adjective 'dreadful' were to be universally-applied to this loco, I think I'd give up modelling. 

 

It's not the first D9 to run on Little Bytham.

 

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SAD brought this incomplete one along many moons ago. I think it's scratch-built.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

 

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Alien, now that is a film I can't watch twice! it scared the living daylights out of me and I'm not much of a jumpy sort of person.

  Now the mumbling actors, with you all the way there but I was told to get a hearing a hearing aid you deaf old person. So Tony  off to Specsavers for FOC NHS ones  (only so so) or payout  loadsamoney for private ones.  My modelling fund  took quite a beating, had to sell some stuff!

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9 minutes ago, Mike 84C said:

So Tony  off to Specsavers for FOC NHS ones  (only so so) or payout  loadsamoney for private ones.

 

My better half had an appointment at specsavers for a hearing test. They should have had belts on the seats as I nearly fell off mine when they told me a pair of 'medium quality' aids would be over £2000!  She ended up getting nearly identical NHS ones free. This is in Scotland. the rest of the UK may have a different policy regarding quality of NHS offerings. 

On Movies, My favourite in the 'Tony Wright' genre would be Get Carter, not least because, as a child, I used to play on the North Blyth staithes where the movie reaches it's climax. 

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1 hour ago, Tony Wright said:

Good morning Tony,

 

I assume the 'dreadful' McGowan D9 is unacceptable then? 

 

I'd certainly not call what I built a 'great loco'; far from it. However, is it really that 'dreadful'?

 

1544670615_D9onMGNR.jpg.3e1b7599b0524ff9be9c41e1431788af.jpg

 

This view was taken shortly after I'd built it (please forgive the futuristic van in the foreground). At a distance, as a layout loco; 'dreadful'? 

 

The old bridge might well be!

 

500612017_Trainsrunning11D9.jpg.3406fb77da590434bbd191955bf20497.jpg

 

1702974316_Trainsrunning46D9onMGNRservice.jpg.287e1783b7b7d5f42d8128cc8e455ede.jpg

 

These two shots were taken during the '38 weekend on LB. I think the consensus was that the 'LNER' on the tender is too small (Geoff Haynes will alter this), but it fitted in very well, especially hauling such lovely stock.

 

2137810170_McGowanD9.jpg.9b7c129910c2973cf97d478e683c8bf0.jpg

 

And this shot was taken this morning (it also shows your wonderful signals). 

 

Despite its limitations, if the adjective 'dreadful' were to be universally-applied to this loco, I think I'd give up modelling. 

 

It's not the first D9 to run on Little Bytham.

 

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SAD brought this incomplete one along many moons ago. I think it's scratch-built.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

 

 

I think it depends a great deal on how well you know the prototype. You could spot the slightest problem on an LNER Pacific as you know them so well. My speciality is the GCR and when you have looked at the locos as much as I have, then the faults jump out at you.

 

The looks of the D9 are all about that lovely double splasher but the kit is completely adrift. The beading on the cab side is in the wrong place and the relationship between it and the cab cut out is quite wrong. The beading should be a true radius on a fixed centre, round, following the wheel but the beading on the rear wheel flattens out at the back. The "dipped" bit between the wheels is too high above the footplate.

 

The cab side sheet cut out isn't correct. The class had two different sizes but most had a large cut out most of the time. The one on the kit is about half way between the two but isn't right for either.

 

The cab roof is wrong, as are many GCR kits. The second one has the correct "gutter" along the edge.

 

There are other faults but the splashers and the beading just spoil it for me and are very difficult to correct. The defining feature of the class is wrong. If you look at a prototype photo and compare it to the model side by side, you will see what I mean. Would you accept an A3 with that level of fault? 

 

Now if, by "layout loco", you mean that you look at it from far enough away that you can't see the faults, then it is fine!

 

 

 

 

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On 19/03/2020 at 10:27, Tony Wright said:

 

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Here's the 'drive'. I have no idea whether this is different from what's gone before, but it's certainly impressive (it also includes a firebox glow). 

 

 

 

The Princess looks a fine model and brings back childhood memories of a  black 'Princess Victoria' (Tri-ang) belonging to a mate. I'm almost sad that I have no need of one. The thing that struck me though is that there is a lot of weight on the front part of the chassis, most of it forward of the driving wheels. I wonder if this actually might tend to take weight off the drivers? Would removing some of this actually allow the loco to pull more?

 

I'm probably talking nonsense as usual!

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18 minutes ago, t-b-g said:

 

I think it depends a great deal on how well you know the prototype. You could spot the slightest problem on an LNER Pacific as you know them so well. My speciality is the GCR and when you have looked at the locos as much as I have, then the faults jump out at you.

 

The looks of the D9 are all about that lovely double splasher but the kit is completely adrift. The beading on the cab side is in the wrong place and the relationship between it and the cab cut out is quite wrong. The beading should be a true radius on a fixed centre, round, following the wheel but the beading on the rear wheel flattens out at the back. The "dipped" bit between the wheels is too high above the footplate.

 

The cab side sheet cut out isn't correct. The class had two different sizes but most had a large cut out most of the time. The one on the kit is about half way between the two but isn't right for either.

 

The cab roof is wrong, as are many GCR kits. The second one has the correct "gutter" along the edge.

 

There are other faults but the splashers and the beading just spoil it for me and are very difficult to correct. The defining feature of the class is wrong. If you look at a prototype photo and compare it to the model side by side, you will see what I mean. Would you accept an A3 with that level of fault? 

 

Now if, by "layout loco", you mean that you look at it from far enough away that you can't see the faults, then it is fine!

 

 

 

 

I bow to your much-greater knowledge on matters GC, Tony.

 

As for A3s, I doubt if any two models, be they RTR or kit/scratch-built are exactly the same. All have faults in one form or another, particularly ones I've built. 

 

Regarding layout locos, I assume you accept Buckingham's? 

 

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I assume this is what became a J11 in LNER days? If it is, from my observation, the smokebox/boiler combination is too large a diameter, consequently making the 'apron' at the front too wide, the chimney seems too squat and the shape of the spectacle (on this side) doesn't seem right.

 

Yet, I'd never observe anything on Buckingham from 'so far away that I couldn't see the faults'. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony.  

 

 

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3 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

My choice in films is far less 'exciting'. In no particular order - The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Hobson's Choice, Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Cruel Sea, In Which We Serve, I'm All Right Jack, School For Scoundrels, Folly To Be Wise, and so on and so on.

Casablanca, A Matter of Life and Death, White Heat (in fact anything by Raoul Walsh)...

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1 minute ago, St Enodoc said:

Casablanca, A Matter of Life and Death, White Heat (in fact anything by Raoul Walsh)...

Couldn't agree more, John.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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