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1 hour ago, Staffordshire said:

 

   I hope you saw how much a wee Scottish Pug & tender (Anchoridge)   went for on a popular auction site at the weekend !!      Is the ABS V4 still available ?    

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I'm afraid I don't look at auction sites, but someone has told me.

 

The ABS V4 (ex-East Coast Joint Models) is still available. Please PM me if you're interested.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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3 hours ago, sandra said:

The problem is that nearly all photos of steam locos are taken from a three quarter viewpoint so they all appear to show the vertical lines as being narrower due to perspective. However there are a few taken from the side and I’m afraid they show no evidence that the vertical lines are narrower.

 

For example on page 87 of “The Book of the A4 Pacifics” there is a clear photo of the side of the cab of 60033 “Seagull” and the lines are the same width all the way round. I’ve looked at a number of photos taken from the side of East Coast Pacifics both in LNER days and BR days and can find no evidence that the vertical lines were narrower.

 

As I said Sandra, I put the idea out there for discussion and it is clear to me now that I am the only one who thinks that it is anything other than an optical illusion caused by the angle of the photos.

 

I rarely look at BR period lining. Most of the examples that I thought illustrated it are either in GCR or LNER white/black/white. I am quite willing to accept that I may be wrong about it all. Despite my best efforts, I am still capable of being human and misjudging things.

 

I am happy to leave it at that.

 

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4 hours ago, thegreenhowards said:

Tony,

 

You mention the BR1B/C tenders being a MR design. I have just been doing some research in this having just bought a MR Bachmann 9F, 92116, for a song because it had a couple of glue marks on it. It has such a tender which I assumed would have found its way onto the ER over time but I can’t find a record of any MR examples being transferred to the ER. Would MR 9Fs have run on the ECML at all? If not, it looks like another item for eBay!

 

Thanks

 

Andy

 

 

Andy,

 

I can't find any pictures of 9Fs with MR-style tenders working on the ECML proper, apart from a couple north of York (including one ex-Crosti). 

 

I've come across one heading for Stamford, which will later run parallel with the ECML into Peterborough, though, if anything, it'll probably then head for March. 

 

I'd never say 9Fs so equipped would never run on ECML metals, but it would be quite rare. I don't know if 1F tenders are available as spares from Bachmann. 

 

Can one still get Dave Alexander white metal 1F tender bodies?

 

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This 9F has one. 

 

It's an old Kitmaster body, much detailed, running on Crownline frames, with the original Kitmaster tender frames underneath the white metal tender body. 

 

It was built/painted/weathered by our elder son, Tom, when he was 15 (25 years ago!). I helped him a little (carving off part of the body handrails because I thought he'd be too young to bleed to death!), but it's really his work in the main. 

 

It's seen running on Stoke Summit, and he lets me borrow it to run on LB. A fine 'layout loco' I think. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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8 minutes ago, ScRSG said:

Tony,

Sorry, did you get my PM re the DJH kit? Price is OK, do I need to add the extra postage?

Chas

Yes Chas,

 

Did I not reply?

 

Postage is £10.00 (guaranteed, next day delivery; though the last one took a week! How does the PO get away with charging extra for such a non-service?). 

 

It'll be posted later this week.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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2 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

I'm afraid I don't look at auction sites, but someone has told me.

 

The ABS V4 (ex-East Coast Joint Models) is still available. Please PM me if you're interested.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

 

    Tony, could have your email address, as the one I am trying to use is obviously incorrect or it's my User error !      It was my mistake - apologies 

 

 

      Cheers, Ian

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2 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Keep them Dylan,

 

And practise your soldering skills.

 

I'm not surprised there were some extras in your kit. At least you had them.

 

I have to say (and this is not just my bleating), but I'm finding this lot very frustrating. Someone expressed an interest in the Gibson 4F. However, no instructions and no wheels were in its box. Though I admit to not reading instructions, checking parts is far easier with them. Several kits are missing instructions (any I send out without instructions will be at a reduced price to that asked, by way of 'compensation'). 

 

This is extremely annoying, and it's stretching my 'altruism' quite a lot. Some kits which should have wheels don't, and some which shouldn't do. Some have OO wheelsets, others P4 (no EM). Some have extra parts for totally different locos (how many 4Fs ran with Stanier Black Five tenders?) and some are definitely missing parts (I'll not be selling these). Some kit parts are still in their original wrapping/polythene bags, while some others are totally loose in the box! 

 

I'm being as diligent as I can before I send anything out (later this week/next week), but what a mess in some cases. Though I've never classed myself as 'organised', I'm a paragon of virtue compared with this lot. Why muddle kits up? Why take bits out of packets when you've no intention of ever building a kit? Why lose the instructions? Why stick kit bits for totally different types in the same box? 

 

Mo's not the only one turning purple!

 

My apologies if you're reading this Robert, but I fancy a rant....................

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

Oh dear! That's why the kits needed an expert eye to see if they were any good. Those that are not will probably need to be binned or sold as junk for a nominal amount.

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2 hours ago, robertcwp said:

Oh dear! That's why the kits needed an expert eye to see if they were any good. Those that are not will probably need to be binned or sold as junk for a nominal amount.

The kits are good, Robert,

 

So far I've found nothing really missing with regard to the parts. Just missing instructions and wheels in the Gibson kits (those that have wheels are either to P4 profile or OO/EM). Which standards do you think the chap wanted to model in?

 

Where instructions are missing or the parts have been taken from their packaging, I've reduced the prices accordingly. To be fair, all seem to be complete with everything (including wheels in some of the earlier DJH kits), but I'm still finding some without instructions. 

 

I'm still puzzled what his intentions were. I can understand missing instructions from kits which have been started (they're the first things I chuck away), but to just open packets, shove all the bits together in the box with no evidence of anything being started, and then losing the instructions just seems very odd to me. 

 

So far, at least 20 loco kits have been sold, and some carriages. I'll form a barrier in the Post Office! 

 

I don't think anything need be binned, though some kits will definitely have to be reduced in price. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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42 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

 

I'm still puzzled what his intentions were. I can understand missing instructions from kits which have been started (they're the first things I chuck away), but to just open packets, shove all the bits together in the box with no evidence of anything being started, and then losing the instructions just seems very odd to me. 

 

So am I. There is everything from Lima to Finney.  I found some P4 track gauges but only a token few P4 track components.

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Just to let purchasers of the kits know, I'll be sending out the first items this morning. The sending will be spread over a few days (I don't want to cause chaos at the Post Office!).

 

Thanks again to all who've bought the items. The family, and CRUK will benefit. 

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The first seven locos went off to their new homes this morning (expect delivery tomorrow).

 

Friday will see at least that number again sent off (I'm taking a 'day off' tomorrow!). 

 

Where kits have no instructions (and I'm finding more of these!), I'll be reducing prices. Where there are missing instructions, I think I've managed to make sure all the parts are there (and removed parts which shouldn't have been there in the first place!), so, any half-competent builder should manage (many instructions actually hinder decent building in my view). 

 

I think it's the weirdest collection it's ever been by 'privilege' to sort out.

 

Thanks again to all purchasers. 

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Oh,

 

Just to let folk know, some splendid MR scratch-built items in OO will be arriving on Friday; all proceeds to CRUK. I'll photographs these and invite offers.

 

And, next week I'm collecting some 'professionally-built/-painted' locos from a widow, for sale on her behalf (10% to CRUK). I'll photograph these as well, and also invite offers.

 

I'm going to be rather busy, especially as more of the current kits have now been bought......................

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8 hours ago, Dylan Sanderson said:

Evening everyone!

 

Tony has asked me to post this, a video of my recent visit. It’s my first time filming/editing a video like this, so it’s not the best, but hopefully of interest!
 

 

Thanks Dylan,

 

It's rather good. Well done!

 

However, spot the cobweb! My fault, I should be more diligent in my cleaning beforehand.

 

The only think I'd change is the title. From 'Tony Wright's ECML Masterpiece' to 'Tony Wright's ECML Group Project'

 

What it does show is how well your Hornby HYCILLA, SUN CASTLE and KINGFISHER run. 60516's freight is no lightweight, 60523 is hauling 14 bogies (several, all-metal) and 60024's 'Elizabethan' has all-metal sides or complete metal kits in it. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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10 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Thanks Dylan,

 

It's rather good. Well done!

 

However, spot the cobweb! My fault, I should be more diligent in my cleaning beforehand.

 

The only think I'd change is the title. From 'Tony Wright's ECML Masterpiece' to 'Tony Wright's ECML Group Project'

 

What it does show is how well your Hornby HYCILLA, SUN CASTLE and KINGFISHER run. 60516's freight is no lightweight, 60523 is hauling 14 bogies (several, all-metal) and 60024's 'Elizabethan' has all-metal sides or complete metal kits in it. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

Very true Tony, I'll change that next time!

 

I was very surprised how superbly they ran (most of the time... Hycilla didn't seem to like one of your points, I'll get the back-to-back out!) Hornby's new A2s are great models, it'll be interesting to compare the performance with the new Bachmann V2s. I've only seen a brief video of these being test ran on 'Topley Dale', but the running seems really poor!

 

Dylan

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On 29/06/2021 at 14:02, Tony Wright said:

My apologies if you're reading this Robert, but I fancy a rant....................

 

 

No need to apologise Tony, very frustrating I am sure.

 

My A3 kit arrived this morning perfectly packed and on opening I found that the kit was perfect with all instructions and all parts in their original packing so much appreciated Tony.

 

Looking forward to building it, but what version?.........

 

Kind regards,

 

Richard B

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3 hours ago, Dave John said:

Ok, I know it is mainly big engines here , but I'll bite. How much did the anchorage pug sell for? 

 

Not that I'm selling mine, a bit scruffy it may be, but it runs like a dream. Compensation and tender pickups help. 

 

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Good evening Dave,

 

If the chap who bought it (who gave more than was asked) wishes to disclose the amount, then that's up to him. 

 

It's difficult pricing some of the models. Obviously, where a kit is still current, I'm trying to get near two thirds of its price now (providing its complete and with instructions). So far (apart from a couple of grotty ones, which I'm not selling), I've found nothing missing, other than instructions. Missing instructions usually means a reduction in price. 

 

Obviously, where 'bulk' purchases occur (in a few cases), then further discounts apply. 

 

The 'Pug' was (is) actually Jidenco. Because of my experience with these kits in the past, I'm not asking huge amounts for them. 

 

Tomorrow, I'll cause another queue at the Post Office!

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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4 hours ago, Dylan Sanderson said:

Very true Tony, I'll change that next time!

 

I was very surprised how superbly they ran (most of the time... Hycilla didn't seem to like one of your points, I'll get the back-to-back out!) Hornby's new A2s are great models, it'll be interesting to compare the performance with the new Bachmann V2s. I've only seen a brief video of these being test ran on 'Topley Dale', but the running seems really poor!

 

Dylan

Good evening Dylan,

 

It was HYCILLA's tender which gave some trouble on the crossing (a single slip), so I'd suggest one of the wheelsets has a tight back-to-back. 

 

Are you saying that the Bachmann V2s run poorly? Where, or what is Topley Dale?

 

When I had three pre-production V2s to test on Little Bytham (in 2019!), they ran superbly.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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4 hours ago, 30368 said:

 

No need to apologise Tony, very frustrating I am sure.

 

My A3 kit arrived this morning perfectly packed and on opening I found that the kit was perfect with all instructions and all parts in their original packing so much appreciated Tony.

 

Looking forward to building it, but what version?.........

 

Kind regards,

 

Richard B

Thanks Richard,

 

From memory, the Pro-Scale A3 comes with a new type, high-sided tender, which restricts the choice slightly; more than if a GN tender were supplied (I still have kits for those, hint, hint!). 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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Ah, sorry Tony, I thought the wee pug was on ebay with a published sell price.  

 

Jidenco did the etch for the anchoridge kit, from memory it did mention that in the instructions. 

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My DJJh std 5 arrived this morning Tony. Our wonderful post girl rang the bell and announced “special delivery for Mr Sunderland”

Full instructions and non blackened wheels, takes me back 25 years. Great stuff!

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