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Good evening,<br /><br />Unfortunately the title is not a comment on my financial status...its nice having an income again after 5 years of fluctuating circumstances, but those new Dapol releases are dangerously giving rise to impure thoughts <img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/no.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':no:' /><br /><br />It of course refers to my rake of wagons which I began the other week and thought it would take me an evening or two to crack - how wrong I was, but building the first did throw a few issues up that I thought might be worth sharing.<br /><br />I touched on before the rapido removal and I would say again that removal of the box is fiddly and does take some strength away from the chassis. In the end I opted to use a scalpel and some pincers to hack it away but it does look better without it and hopefully more so with a Mathieson 3 link coupling.<br /><br />Also, hacking away the Farish underframe including some lugs beneath the body was again more fiddly and difficult to get the scalpel into...but it all gets covered by the discharge unit.<br /><br /><br /><br />As wonderful as the TPM etches are, they are also very delicate and much care has to be taken whilst folding the ladder assemblies etc...I lost count how many times these hit the carpet under a raft of extreme fruity language. I even found that on some it was easier to attach the ladder and walkway assembly to the ends before attaching to the body.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />But at least they are sort of finished, and ready to paint although am still unsure when that will be. Look forward to have them hauled by a 47 or 56 taking up the slack after the signal check.<br /><br /><br /><br />I do need to crack on with the layout starting this weekend by replacing some brass sleepers with PCB for strength, then painting and ballasting can at last begin.<br /><br />Then there's the new platform, third rail, canopy structure, fiddleyards, casssetes, lighting <img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/shok.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':O' />...and all by 11 May 2013...when I started this blog it was intended to exhibit this at the 2014 show...and then I stuck my neck out and said 2013...<br /><br />Chin up...bought this T-shirt on e-bay to wear at the exhibition which I thought was appropriate <img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/grin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /><br /><br /><br /><br />Tootle pip


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