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1 hour ago, gr.king said:

As above, but very much more so, with a far less tolerant attitude to detractors.

Thanks Graeme,

 

Though I didn't watch the Duke's funeral last weekend, I read this week that one 'man of God' considered 'I Vow To Thee.................' obscene!

 

Odd how things change, isn't it? Over 60 years ago, during my school assemblies, it was one of the most-popular of the hymns chosen by the Head. Pity the boy who didn't sing it with sufficient gusto; a thick ear would be administered..................

 

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Tony.  

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5 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Thanks Graeme,

 

Though I didn't watch the Duke's funeral last weekend, I read this week that one 'man of God' considered 'I Vow To Thee.................' obscene!

 

Odd how things change, isn't it? Over 60 years ago, during my school assemblies, it was one of the most-popular of the hymns chosen by the Head. Pity the boy who didn't sing it with sufficient gusto; a thick ear would be administered..................

 

Regards,

 

Tony.  

Two hymns that, inter alia, make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up; "I Vow To Thee..." and "Eternal Father, Strong to Save..." - and "Jerusalem" isn't far off that either. All used to be sung with great gusto at School... :good:

 

Mark

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4 minutes ago, MarkC said:

Two hymns that, inter alia, make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up; "I Vow To Thee..."

 

Proper attention has to be paid to the second verse, which provides the context for the first verse.

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6 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Thanks Graeme,

 

Though I didn't watch the Duke's funeral last weekend, I read this week that one 'man of God' considered 'I Vow To Thee.................' obscene!

 

Odd how things change, isn't it? Over 60 years ago, during my school assemblies, it was one of the most-popular of the hymns chosen by the Head. Pity the boy who didn't sing it with sufficient gusto; a thick ear would be administered..................

 

Regards,

 

Tony.  

Hello Tony

 

At both my father's and father in law's funerals "I Vow to Thee" was chosen as a hymn as they both served in the Royal Navy during WW2, as it was the sailors hymn. The closest my father in law got to being a "sailor" in his own words was messing about the boating lake at Scarborough, he was a signaler and his role was to listen to German navy radio Morse code messages and these would then be passed on to the code breakers.

 

As for school assembly hymns. Coming from Bedford, the home town of the rebel priest John Bunyan, the first hymn every Monday morning was "To be a Pilgrim". When I hear it now it sends shivers down my spine owing to the 'orrid memories of our head giving his do and don't lecture for that week. I have no memory of him ever saying well done to pupil, a class or a sports team. He seemed to spend most the day walking around the corridors shouting "Tie, Boy" and pointing at some poor blighter.

 

"To be a Pilgrim" is the only hymn I have on list of songs to be played at my funeral, I had to suffer so can the rest of my family.

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12 minutes ago, Clive Mortimore said:

As for school assembly hymns. Coming from Bedford, the home town of the rebel priest John Bunyan, the first hymn every Monday morning was "To be a Pilgrim".

Also known as 'He who would valiant be', I believe.

 

I used to like that one too. Any good 'ol rollicking traditional hymn with a great tune and slightly convoluted words (adding a certain mystique) does it for me.

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7 hours ago, Clive Mortimore said:

the first hymn every Monday morning was "To be a Pilgrim"

Interesting. That was our school hymn too and was always sung at the final assembly of each term, so my memories are of it heralding several weeks of no work and all play.

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Morning Tony

Is the scale drawing included in the kit ?  I do like the looks of a K2 although I never saw one , I may break one of my golden rules .

Dennis

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I picked one up not long ago from Hattons for about £50. Definitely a bargain as it has a full set of wheels. I don't think it had even been out of the box as everything was still in the corrugated cardboard wrapped in Sellotape.

 

Fine apart from a lack of instructions which seems to be common with pre owned kits. Not really a problem as it doesn't look like a complicated kit apart from the valve gear and I'm assuming the construction will be similar to others such as the B1 and K1 which I do have the instructions for.

 

I also bought a SE Finecast K3 at the same time so probably from the same original owner. That was a similar price.

 

So there are still bargains. The problem with eBay is people with deep pockets will bid high prices thus inflating the market. Usually it's two bidders competing with each other and thereby pushing the price up.

 

Highest price for an unbuilt kit I've seen was a M&L GWR The Great Bear 4-6-2 which sold for over £400!

 

 

 

Jason

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6 hours ago, D.Platt said:

Morning Tony

Is the scale drawing included in the kit ?  I do like the looks of a K2 although I never saw one , I may break one of my golden rules .

Dennis

Good afternoon Dennis,

 

There are three 'exploded' drawings, but no scale drawing. The one I use is the Isinglass one. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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4 hours ago, Steamport Southport said:

I picked one up not long ago from Hattons for about £50. Definitely a bargain as it has a full set of wheels. I don't think it had even been out of the box as everything was still in the corrugated cardboard wrapped in Sellotape.

 

Fine apart from a lack of instructions which seems to be common with pre owned kits. Not really a problem as it doesn't look like a complicated kit apart from the valve gear and I'm assuming the construction will be similar to others such as the B1 and K1 which I do have the instructions for.

 

I also bought a SE Finecast K3 at the same time so probably from the same original owner. That was a similar price.

 

So there are still bargains. The problem with eBay is people with deep pockets will bid high prices thus inflating the market. Usually it's two bidders competing with each other and thereby pushing the price up.

 

Highest price for an unbuilt kit I've seen was a M&L GWR The Great Bear 4-6-2 which sold for over £400!

 

 

 

Jason

Thanks for that Jason,

 

The valve gear for a K2 is different from later-build LNER locos in that the crossheads fit between two slidebars - LMS and GWR style - rather than a 'single' slipper arrangement.

 

It's not too complicated, however.

 

If you contact Dave Ellis at Nu-Cast, I'm sure he'll send you a set of instructions, the difference being that your kit (if it's old) will have a white metal lump for a chassis, rather than the etched brass one now supplied. If it has the lump, it might be a good idea to request an etched one from Dave; the fit is just the same.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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A request, please, to all those lovers of things further west.....................

 

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Does anyone know where this is? 

 

Clearly, ex-GWR, and near a station? The goods shed at a higher level might give a clue, but I don't have any.

 

Thanks in anticipation.

 

 

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Just now, Tony Wright said:

A request, please, to all those lovers of things further west.....................

 

Warship.jpg.9145d66297988b8279f257d507913f00.jpg

 

Does anyone know where this is? 

 

Clearly, ex-GWR, and near a station? The goods shed at a higher level might give a clue, but I don't have any.

 

Thanks in anticipation.

 

 

Liskeard, looking West.

 

Rob

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14 hours ago, Northmoor said:

Liskeard, looking West.

 

Rob

Thanks Rob,

 

What a fantastic resource this site is. 

 

As I said, I didn't have a clue as to the location. Are there still semaphore signals there, over 50 years after the picture was taken?

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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7 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Thanks Rob,

 

What a fantastic resource this site is. 

 

As I said, I didn't have a clue as to the location. Are there still semaphore signals there, over 50 years after the picture was taken?

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

Some were still there in 2019: https://flic.kr/p/2heVFiB

 

The goods shed had gone by 1976:

4544197714_c5a5058922_c.jpg1053_Liskeard_1976 by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

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I think this may have been covered before, but there are an awful lot of pages to search through to find it!

What paint colour does anyone use to represent the Brown livery used on coaches into the BR era in the 50s? (such as an ex GE coach that never received BR crimson).  Enamels preferred, brush or rattle can.

 

Stewart

 

 

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11 minutes ago, stewartingram said:

I think this may have been covered before, but there are an awful lot of pages to search through to find it!

What paint colour does anyone use to represent the Brown livery used on coaches into the BR era in the 50s? (such as an ex GE coach that never received BR crimson).  Enamels preferred, brush or rattle can.

 

Stewart

 

 

Humbrol Dark Earth No 29 seems to me to be fairly close.

Near enough for me at any rate.

Bernard

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26 minutes ago, stewartingram said:

I think this may have been covered before, but there are an awful lot of pages to search through to find it!

What paint colour does anyone use to represent the Brown livery used on coaches into the BR era in the 50s? (such as an ex GE coach that never received BR crimson).  Enamels preferred, brush or rattle can.

 

Stewart

 

 

Stewart,

 

I’ve seen everything from Humbrol 29, as Bernard suggests, to Precision track dirt suggested. I tried a mix of Humbrol 9 and 10 here.

 

 

If you follow the link and scroll down about a page there were some useful responses including from Headstock with some photos and MickLNER suggesting Precision Teak.

 

I think it’s a case of almost any brown shade will do!

 

Good luck.

 

Andy

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