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  1. Part of the reason that the 'custard' is to dark may be because it is actually applied OVER the red and therefore needs to be pretty dense in order to cover the red. Try sanding the end of a Hawksworth and you'll find red under the black, too. Check out the TINY metal grab handles on the ends - the smallest I've seen on a OO model. Pity they've had to come off my slip coach conversion! CHRIS LEIGH
  2. Looking back at GWR parcels stock - Part 2. (No. 30, April 2001). There's an Interesting photo of W314W, a Hawksworth full brake in lined maroon. (quote) Ah, yes, a feature by my good friend John Senior, of Mopok kits. By curious coincidence, I plunged into a crate of stored material yesterday and cam up with two printed sheets of Mopok Hawksworth sides. There's three vehicles in GWR livery and a full brake in BR blue, so Mopok didn't shrink from putting Hawksworths in GWR livery. My quest was for the instructions from their Dynamometer Car kit (which I found). That and the slip coach will enable me to have two Hawksworths in Western Region brown and cream. Incidentally, one of the slips lasted long enough to get lined maroon livery, and it ran in ordinary service after slipping had ceased. Two slips, one maroon the other brown and cream, were used out of Taunton on the Chard line, along with other Hawksworths and Colletts. CHRIS LEIGH
  3. Yes, most of the WR secondary services had Hawksworths and Colletts in their final days. They could, and did, turn up almost anywhere. I recall a very lively ride up the Cotswold line from Oxford to Chipping Campden on an all stations stopper formed of two Hawksworths pulled by a Hymek. A few weeks earlier the loco had been 73000 and earlier still 6868. The 1.25pm (SO) Oxford-Moreton-in-Marsh, one of the 'great secrets' of the WR at the time. Most other locals on that line were DMUs. CHRIS LEIGH
  4. Just taken a brake compo to bits in order to start turning it into a slip coach. The clips that hold the body on, are part of the glazing and the glazing provides the rigidity for the rather thin body shell. I won't attempt to remove the glazing as I've no real need, but it looks to be VERY firmly glued in. As the underframe is the same, I guess the full brake will have the same glazing/assembly arrangement, just fewer actual windows. A lot may depend on luck as to how much glue has been used on an individual model. I reckon Maskol on the windows is the least risky way. The assembly is a really tight clip fit - I used a sharp knife to ease the side out and slipped a small screwdriver in, levering gradually along the edge between body and solebar until one end suddenly came free. Even so, the other end proved near impossible and I broke one clip. Hope this helps. CHRIS LEIGH
  5. Model Rail LIve - not depot open day OR model railway exhibition, that was the whole point!

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      And a joylly fine time was had by (nearly) all. Me and george had a great day!

  6. I have yet to find a photo in my archive that show a train made up of just Hawksworth's, (quote) I doubt that you will. I've seen shots of the Cornish Riviera in late 1940s, early 1950s, showing an apparently uniform rake of blood and custard Hawksworths but even this must have had an old restaurant car because there were no Hawksworth refreshment vehicles. Certainly, when the CRE was turned over to chocolate & cream Mk1s, a Collett-era restaurant car was painted to match - and very few ex-GW vehicles received BR chocolate cream, apart from a few restaurant cars. CHRIS LEIGH
  7. We have a very nice little Sentinel in the office, complete apart from the motor and gears. First public appearance will be at Model Rail Live at the weekend. No pics till after that. CHRIS LEIGH
  8. No problem. The Sentinel isn't available for pre-order yet. We want to carry out extensive testing of the mechanism before we press the green button for delivery. Only once we've tested - and made any alterations - will the manufacturer be able to give us a price. Once we've got a price we'll be able to take orders, but expect it to be a while yet. CHRIS LEIGH
  9. We've seen some pictures of the first engineering samples of the Sentinel and we're hoping to have them on display at Model Rail Live next weekend. CHRIS LEIGH
  10. Hattons are showing the maroon third as "post 1953", (quote) I'm not sure that 'post-1953' applies to the livery. Several of the silver-painted samples which Simon had at the Kernow show were labelled 'post-1953' which suggests that its a detail difference in the moulding, although I don't know what that might be, and Simon wasn't around to ask. As to the 'S160', there's a current attempt to drum up enough interest to develop an RTR 'S160' in HO scale. Sadly there's not been a huge amount of interest - one would go nicely in my Alaska RR collection. CHRIS LEIGH
  11. Personally, I doubt that the Cambridge system will ever open. The local buses have slogans on them, saying "When will I run on the busway?" What beggars belief is that the Luton-Dunstable scheme has got approval without waiting to see if the Cambridge shambles can be sorted out. It's a classic 21st (well 20th actually) century version of the atmospheric railway - a half-baked scheme that someone decided to build without really thinking the idea through. The only advantage it had was that it didn't need to use Cambridge's useless, badly sited, one-platform station. But then, as has been said, it DID need to use Cambridge's equally awful road system. And where did 'Two Jags' decide to build lots more houses?? You couldn't make it up! CHRIS LEIGH
  12. Authors are usually working off 35mm transparencies (slides) and they're usually looking at them through a small magnifier or a 'linen tester'. It's very easy to make mistakes under those circumstances. I know, I've made a few. It isn't practical to use screens and projectors while you're working - indeed the slides might even be unmounted, as they would have to be later for scanning, and therefore couldn't be projected. CHRIS LEIGH
  13. They were converted in 1961 and painted dark green. At least one was 'light green' - the early DMU greeen - to match the Gloucester Cross-Country sets, although I also remember one in the later 'dark' DMU green, presumably intended to match a repainted DMU in 'dark green' with yellow warning panel. Unfortunately it appeared in a light green set! It shows up very well in some of Mike Mensing's black & white photos. I shall certainly attempt a slip coach conversion as soon as I can get my hands on a BCK. However, I have already suggested to Simon that Hornby does this version - so maybe next year??.... Now imagine it with a DCC-operated coupling so that it could actually be slipped. What? Bring 'play value' back into model railways? Surely not..... CHRIS LEIGH
  14. is wishing he could get to his reference books to check up Cravens DMUs

  15. From memory (I don't have access to my books at present) there were three of these, numbered in the W78xx series. They were initially painted light DMU green but later at least one was painted dark green (with droplights 'borrowed' from a maroon vehicle!) although it still ran in a light green DMU formation! They were used to expand the Gloucester 3-car cross-country sets (Class 119) used on the fast Paddington-Oxford service to four cars and they provided compartment accommodation which wasn't normal in DMUs. I seem to recall posting a colour picture on the old RMweb site. CHRIS LEIGH
  16. VERY few - if any - passenger Hawksworths would have lasted into the 1970s. Just one or two lasted long enough to get blue and grey. The BGs (in all-over blue) survived a lot longer than the rest. By the mid-1960s Hawksworths weren't common on front-line work - nearly all of which was Mk1s. I recall two (in maroon) forming the 13.25 (SO) Oxford-Moreton-in-Marsh all stations stopper in 1965 with 6868 Penrhos Grange. They turned up on secondary services all over the place - look for pictures of the Gloucester-Ross-Hereford trains for instance, and behind Class 22s on branch services to Helston, Newquay etc before the DMUs took over. I recall seeing a photo of the Milton derailment in the 1950s, where there were a number of Hawksworths in the excursion train and the complete side of one vehicle had separated from the rest of the body. CHRIS LEIGH
  17. The GWR numberplate is not likely to be moulded in, otherwise it would have to appear on all the models. It will either be printed or a separate etched plate, or possibly both. We don't have any info about axle sizes or mechanical details as yet - We await the first engineering sample for that. CHRIS LEIGH
  18. Latest (final) CADs herewith. Cutting of metal is about to start.... Sentinel Specification Tooling designed to allow GWR, LNER, LMS, BR, industrial and Irish variants Etched steel ventilation grilles (0, 2 or 4 grilles as appropriate) Dapol ‘Super Creep’ motor with low gearing for slow speed operation and maximum haulage power Alternative chimney, whistle, injector and vacuum brake pipe components appropriate to prototypes All-wheel pick-up and drive 8-pin DCC decoder socket in cab ‘Friction free’ mechanism with electrical pick-up via pin-point axles Tungsten alloy chassis Detachable couplings in NEM pockets Separate handrails and lamp brackets Sprung metal buffers
  19. However no doubt one of the usual suspects in the etched bits sector will come up with suitable extra grills for those needing a later loco (quote) Dapol has now confirmed that the model will be available with at least three body variants – with four, two or no cab ventilation grilles. We are also currently investigating the options for chimneys and tank fillers. (quote from MR post)
  20. Attached are the latest CAD images of the ‘OO’ gauge Sentinel locomotive being designed and produced for Model Rail magazine by Dapol. As you can see, the model now has a mechanism designed in. To make the Sentinel as closely matched as possible to your requirements, we’d like to know what you think of it as it stands. The mechanism has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible without compromising running quality or robustness. Dapol has now confirmed that the model will be available with at least three body variants – with four, two or no cab ventilation grilles. We are also currently investigating the options for chimneys and tank fillers. No delivery date or price has yet been confirmed, but we will update you again as soon as this vital information is available. Just to confirm; the Sentinel will have an eight-pin DCC decoder socket inside the body, along with a low profile Dapol ‘super creep’ motor. The latter will allow realistic open space inside the body. Kind Regards from all the Model Rail team.
  21. If so this is a livery she has not been seen in for eighty years (quote) No. CoT was in this livery while entombed in the old Swindon Museum from 196? until 1985. CHRIS LEIGH
  22. Disappointing! CoT is a loco that needs to be 'dressed to kill'. The full array of lining looks great and its a real pity to put it into that drab black frame livery that she had when she was tucked away in the old Swindon Museum. Now she'll just look like any other mid-1930s Great Western loco. As to it being 'correct' for the condition she's in - well, fully lined out with the bauxite/red frames and sandboxes is also 'correct' as that's the livery she carried in 1957. It's a celebration year and a celebrity loco ought to carry a livery which reflects that. Still, at least we won't see that awful BR black again! CHRIS LEIGH
  23. The coal load - a bizarre shape - is not removeable (without cutting). I guess its that shape to allow space for sound equipment. The bogie which I damaged on our review model when cutting off the NEM pocket has been digitally retouched so you won't tell much from looking at the pictures, other than the guard irons are still missing. Nothing else was retouched. CHRIS LEIGH
  24. Both bogies have the coupler pocket. Seems odd but that's the way it is. You're supposed to cut the pocket off one and keep the other for a 'mint' restoration job when you want to sell, I guess. However, it's dead easy to break the thin plastic guard irons off while cutting the pocket off, so its useful to have a spare bogie. You'll also find that the middle frame piece between the two axleboxes is only supplied on the original fitted bogie, so you'll have to break them off and refit them if you use the spare bogie. Not well thought out, in my view. CHRIS LEIGH
  25. The model represents 'Truro' as it is NOW, including the livery - according to our sources at the NRM and the Glos/Warks. However, the hideous modern electrification flashes have been left off and a bogus buffer beam number put on. I understand that some of the gubbins in the right hand side of the cab relates to TPWS. CHRIS LEIGH
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