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37 minutes ago, 45568 said:

Something that may interest ANTBers..I recently acquired this from OzEbay for a modest sum.

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I suspected it was a Slaters toplight kit which I thought may find a home in the UK via UK Ebay with a drink in it for me!

 When it arrived I identified it as an E88 toplight composite. Mr Longworth's tome informed that these lasted until 1957-8, and looking at the model, parts were quite well put together, but the paint job was fairly poorly done and rough. With a little persuasion I managed to separate the roof and sides from the underframe, and cleaned the sides in caustic soda to remove paint. The interior was also repainted.

 I resprayed the sides using Tamiya TS46 light sand and Mr Color 81 Russet  spray cans for cream/crimson respectively.

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The sides were reglazed, and transfers for numbers and class designation/window markers added from Modelmaster transfers. Corridor handrails were added from styrene rod.

Finally, the sides were reattached to the spruced up underframe, and eventually, after some coaxing and profanity, the roof refitted reasonably well.

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All in all, an interesting diversion..I realise that the toplights would probably have been sheeted over by the 1950s, W7754W was the last in service.

The bogies may also be wrong, they certainly needed a fair amount of material removing from the underframe to allow free running and curves to be taken. The whole took me much longer than anticipated, but the result is a different vehicle for my WR excursion rake.

I have never tackled an unbuilt Slaters Toplight kit. Certainly the details on this model were comprehensive, I imagine they were quite a challenging kit, the mouldings appear top quality, perhaps they will be reintroduced?

cheers from Oz,

Peter C.

 

Very nice Peter. The colours look spot-on. I'll try those myself I think.

 

I've got a few Slaters Toplights to be built (always looking out for more at a sensible price...) but I'm not going to use the Slaters bogies. From what I've read they're not highly regarded at all. I'll be using some old K's and/or Mailcoach bogies instead. I like the idea of sheeting over the toplights themselves.

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Quote: "Very nice Peter. The colours look spot-on. I'll try those myself I think."

Thank you St.E.

I have not used this combination before, but I feel they capture the colours of the faded look that painted wooden-bodied coaches got in the late 1950s as they approached their end-of-life or first repaint. I am working on an idea to use the Hornby Caley coaches to cut-n-shut to 57' stock using Mainline ends and u/frames, and these colours will suit them, or even Gresley coaches in Crimson/cream.

 I agree about the Slaters bogies, quite intractable to change on this example without damage. It was supposed to be a quick project!!:rolleyes:

Cheers,

Peter C.

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2 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

I've got a few Slaters Toplights to be built (always looking out for more at a sensible price...) 

 

I don't know what your sensible price bracket is but I stumbled across this trader the other day who specialises in unbuilt second hand 'new' kits.  No Toplights at the moment but it may be worth keeping an eye out for when he does.

 

http://www.wmcollectables.co.uk/

 

A very happy customer myself, placed an order 8pm on Monday night and received my two kits yesterday morning. £38:50 delivered for the two.

 

Look away GWRer's

 

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5 minutes ago, Tim Dubya said:

 

I don't know what your sensible price bracket is but I stumbled across this trader the other day who specialises in unbuilt second hand 'new' kits.  No Toplights at the moment but it may be worth keeping an eye for when he does.

 

http://www.wmcollectables.co.uk/

 

A very happy customer myself, placed an order 8pm on Monday night and received my two kits yesterday morning. £38:50 delivered for the two.

 

Look away GWRer's

Thanks Tim, I'll have a look. Last time I bought a new Slater's coach kit it was just over GBP 40 so I don't mind paying a bit more than that - but on eBay last year some went well into three figures. That's plain daft.

 

I've got lots of Phoenix/BSLs to build - those lovely wooden roofs...

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12 hours ago, bgman said:

Well after a blue light jobby last night, some morphine ( mmmm ) an injection in my stomach, a drip and more lovely morphine I will probably be rather intermittent with any postings for a ( hopefully) short while. 
Last night was rather eventful but happy to say I had the best nights sleep in ten days ( did I mention morphine ? ).

I have lots and I mean lots of stones if anyone wants to do some scenic work

 

Until later chaps x

G

 

Sorry to hear about your health woes G Bloke. I'm sure all here will join me in wishing you a swift recovery. 

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I'm really enjoying, despite the heat in the railway room, the revamp of my scenics with the addition of several shades of static grass. With the trees removed thoughts turned to improving these too and I was drawn to this product, Noch leaves in several shades. I'm hoping to take some photos tomorrow of the trees in place before I add these but they do look a quality product.  https://www.romancart.com/search.asp?storeid=46708&searchterm=noch leaves

 

Another product I can't speak too highly of is the earth from Treemendus ,although it's cheaper [postage] to buy off ebay than direct from the supplier.;)

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1 hour ago, 2ManySpams said:

 

Sorry to hear about your health woes G Bloke. I'm sure all here will join me in wishing you a swift recovery. 


Thank you Chris, and all you other chaps who have “hearted’ me, I really do appreciate it.

I’m on the mend but I will follow what I’ve be told to do ....that’ll be a novelty in itself !

I know we all say it but the upbeat, extremely caring and professional staff in the RD&E make you feel safe under these awkward times, totally priceless !

 

I don’t expect to be doing too much modelling for a short while but I do expect to see a roof close to or even completed on that Cornish jobby Chris 

..........now where’s that morphine? 
mmmmm

G

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On 24/06/2020 at 19:55, Captain Kernow said:

But surely all life is Art, darling!

 

 

You couldn't make it up...

 

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On 22/06/2020 at 21:23, Ian Hargrave said:

Judgement withheld for the time being I think

 
Image now on Kernow newsletter. Same old story,I fear.....

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19 hours ago, bgman said:

all you other chaps who have “hearted’ me

So glad that you're on the mend.

 

But would you rather be hearted or Arted, Darling?

 

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Yes, I really am going to have my tea now!

 

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1 hour ago, Siberian Snooper said:

Good to see the fencing is coming along.

 

 

Maybe the barn roof will get done soon too

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37 minutes ago, Limpley Stoker said:

That looks really good, and you’ve moved Brent into Q3 of 1947!

 

The colour albums of Peter Gray are invaluable in getting the colours right for July/August. ;)

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6 hours ago, bgman said:

I will dip in and out but maybe not as often as previously.

Quite right, at your age.

 

Go well my friend.

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18 hours ago, gwrrob said:

I promised you a scenery update and here we see the current state of play, although still plenty I can do.

 

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You've, still not fixed that hole in the roof then ;) 

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19 hours ago, gwrrob said:

I promised you a scenery update and here we see the current state of play, although still plenty I can do.

 

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I see that the hole in the barn roof is still receiving consideration...

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8 minutes ago, 2ManySpams said:

 

I see that the hole in the barn roof is still receiving consideration...

 

Some quotes from "Zen and the Art of Building Maintenance"

 

“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” ...

 

“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in."

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On 25/06/2020 at 07:48, 45568 said:

Something that may interest ANTBers..I recently acquired this from OzEbay for a modest sum.

tpl1.jpg.77e861f6e778cebe79d1d785d25fb275.jpg

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I suspected it was a Slaters toplight kit which I thought may find a home in the UK via UK Ebay with a drink in it for me!

 When it arrived I identified it as an E88 toplight composite. Mr Longworth's tome informed that these lasted until 1957-8, and looking at the model, parts were quite well put together, but the paint job was fairly poorly done and rough. With a little persuasion I managed to separate the roof and sides from the underframe, and cleaned the sides in caustic soda to remove paint. The interior was also repainted.

 I resprayed the sides using Tamiya TS46 light sand and Mr Color 81 Russet  spray cans for cream/crimson respectively.

toplight_001.JPG.6a02a5ffb069694c6c302b7bc0b1f741.JPG

1007567274_toplight003(800x600).jpg.d767f55b205317aecbb04aea100efe55.jpg

The sides were reglazed, and transfers for numbers and class designation/window markers added from Modelmaster transfers. Corridor handrails were added from styrene rod.

Finally, the sides were reattached to the spruced up underframe, and eventually, after some coaxing and profanity, the roof refitted reasonably well.

1533489170_toplight002(800x600).jpg.031cd4c31b45118ba0a1692cf1913104.jpg

All in all, an interesting diversion..I realise that the toplights would probably have been sheeted over by the 1950s, W7754W was the last in service.

The bogies may also be wrong, they certainly needed a fair amount of material removing from the underframe to allow free running and curves to be taken. The whole took me much longer than anticipated, but the result is a different vehicle for my WR excursion rake.

I have never tackled an unbuilt Slaters Toplight kit. Certainly the details on this model were comprehensive, I imagine they were quite a challenging kit, the mouldings appear top quality, perhaps they will be reintroduced?

cheers from Oz,

Peter C.

 

 

Very nice indeed!

 

All I can say is that i'm very much looking forward to the forthcoming re-release of these by Slaters. Can't be much longer now surely? 

 

CoY

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Let's hope so.

 

Brian

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28 minutes ago, County of Yorkshire said:

 

Very nice indeed!

 

All I can say is that i'm very much looking forward to the forthcoming re-release of these by Slaters. Can't be much longer now surely? 

 

CoY

 

Cooper-Craft have them...

 

http://shop.cooper-craft.co.uk/index.php?cPath=60_67

:clapping_mini:

 

He's also got the Blacksmith range too, don't forget...

:chok_mini:

 

The bastard!

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