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  1. An interesting thought Tony and one that I hadn’t considered. That might also explain the GS style rebuilding of the tank in a few cases. Actually 10 after checking. The original tender tank being so rotted out that it was easier and more economical to build a completely new one. Cheers…Morgan
  2. This is a rather odd GS look-i-like that was built onto the top of a GCR underframe Also some evidence of modification of a GCR or ex ROD tender in BR days behind a D49. Note curved rear coal plate Not found a photo yet of a D49 in revenue service that has front vertical handrails the same as Morayshire. Cheers...Morgan
  3. It has been a very long time since I posted anything of note on the forum but I thought my recent work on fitting sound to some of my old loco fleet might be on interest. Encouraged by Robin (Barrow Road) and a few recent visits to the layout I have been impressed by the work he has done on sound implementation. So, I have just had a go myself and put a sound chip installation into my Stanier 8F. The results of the bench testing are below and I have been very pleased with the results so far. In most respects the credit is due to a very nice sound project recently released by Digitrains. All I have had to do is play with the appropriate CV setting to syncronise the chuffs to the wheel revolutions. Installation was a bit of a challenge and turned out to be very fiddly as there is not much room in the loco body. The majority of the space is taken up by lead but that does make the loco a really good hauler. Full spec of the install is as follows. Sound project: ZS044P STANIER 8F PROTODRIVE SOUND FILE FOR ZIMO Chip: ZIMO MX649N MICRO SOUND DECODER Speaker: SP15X8X8 MINI TABLET 6OHM 15X8X8MM It brings an interesting dimension to a loco that I built nearly 20 years ago. It now feels like a new model and I'm looking forward to the next trip over to Barrow Road to try it on the loaded coal train. Cheers...Morgan
  4. I’ve just bought some and they are very nice but I’ll buy some more if offered with integral bracket. So, yes, with an integral bracket please for 4mm Cheers…Morgan
  5. These look great. I’ve been admiring them and watching progress over the last couple of weeks. Please could you give a bit more detail on the external weathering you’ve applied? It is very convincing. TIA….Morgan
  6. A very reasonable point Tony. As popular as this thread is there are only 313 people following it.
  7. What equipment are you making these on? Look very precise for something so small. Cheers...Morgan
  8. Agree re the old 14T cradle mount tank wagon. Without mentioning the underframe the Bachmann anchor mounts also have problems with tank diameter and length. So, it is about the definition of "better". It is neither fish nor fowl on diameter for Class A and Class B wagons and only accurate on length for a 14T wagon. It is closest to a 14T class B when all things considered but it's not perfect. Many liveries that it has been released in are therefore inaccurate but of course it is about your own personal sensitivities to what compromises you can accept. Yes, 2794 would have been the best choice for the Oxford Class A SHELL/BP livery but then you'd still need to change the axle box fronts. As I said. Model what you see not what you think is there. Applies to manufacturers as much as it does to the individual Morgan
  9. Agreed, but the more fundamental inaccuracy is the tank diameter and the tank diameter determines where the wires go and the brace rods terminate (i.e. in front or behind the solebar). The real photograph of SM1061 is a 14T class A tank with a barrel diameter in the region of 6'7" (26.3mm). The Oxford model has a barrel diameter of 22.6mm (5'8") and so is actually a 10/12T tank wagon. Oxford Rail describe it as a 12T wagon and that is right. Apart from a couple of other minor mistakes, mentioned earlier in the thread and can be dealt with without too much trouble, it is a good basis for a 10/12T wagon. Golden rule with tank wagons. Find a photo of the one you want and model that. Do not deviate and/or make it up. It is just a pity that such a nice livery of a real tank wagon has been applied to the wrong model. I've bought a couple and, for me, the livery, as nice as it is, will have to go. I'm just a bit perplexed why Oxford picked a 10/12T wagon when the 14T was far more numerous. Morgan
  10. Edit: instructions now supplied. Is anyone able to help with a copy of the instructions from the D&S kit for a NER V4 10T brake van please? The D&S kit reference is DS178. Please send me a PM if you can help. Thanks...Morgan
  11. Looking sweet Tony. Might have taken a long time but it has been time well spent. cheers...Morgan
  12. Probably not worth the silly money that they go for. How many were originally produced? I know of a few of them that were built. Made one myself a few years ago too. Not for me I might add. Very long locos too. cheers...Morgan
  13. Quite similar to rods on Great Central locomotives. Extract from ROD 8K (O4) coupling rod drawing below... I wonder how often the bottom plugs were taken off to drain oil and inspect for the level of metallic contamination in the oil? Changing the subject. Dave? Are the Stanier 2-6-2T castings now available for general purchase please? cheers...Morgan
  14. Hi David, Thanks! It was reported way, way back on page 97 (Tony's summary of our visit and my summary of the build standard). Links below. At the time of our visit the model wasn't quite finished. But I posted a photo a week or so later (Page 100). Just before I bid it farewell. 60012 was built as a companion for these two A3s. Both essentially DJH kits out of the box. Cheers...Morgan
  15. To a Mechanical Engineer it would be known as "hogging" - high in the middle and "sagging" - low in the middle
  16. Really nice work Tony. Looks the business. I must start building mine. The news of the B7 coming soon from Graham is turning my thoughts back to how elegant the big GC 4-6-0s are. Cheers...Morgan
  17. Without doubt this is true for older airframes built in the pre-CAD / CAM days. Things are much more accurate and repeatable now. My anecdote stems from a visit to BAE Dunsfold in 1999. I had to trial fit an electronics bay gasket that my company had made to fit the Sea Harrier FA2. There were two types of airframe. The new build FA2. All the gaskets fitted the panel shape and hole positions within a millimetre. All the airframes that were being upgraded from Sea Harrier FR1 to FA2 were awful. Every one was different and I don’t recall getting a gasket to fit on half a dozen airframes that we looked at. Airframe construction was certainly the coach builders art up until the late 1980s and arguably still is but probably only for the home builder of light aircraft. cheers...Morgan
  18. Tony, you are so right. That’s one of the best looking GCR faces in model form I have ever seen. Well done. Just the top handrail and lamp iron to do now.... cheers...Morgan
  19. So it seems Tony. A nice collection of Dub-dees you have there. There is one on my work bench now getting quite close to being finished. A few jobs still to do on the chassis and a variety of pipe work. I’m not looking forward to the AWS conduit and brackets along the edge of the running plate. I’ve also fabricated a couple of items to “lift” the finished model that aren’t in the basic DJH kit. This loco will be 90012 in early 1960s condition. Smoke box door handle Vacuum pipe grease trap Cheers...Morgan
  20. Buffers from Lanarkshire Models and Supplies. LB05A but will need a spacer plate under the flange or LB08 but will need a small tread plate on the top of each body Alan Gibson 4M789 LMS piston valve guides Cheers...Morgan
  21. Hi Tony Regarding A4 cylinders on the Hornby body you may or may not recall that I bought this along to a running session at your place a few years ago now. Yes there is a line visible on the cylinder side but I felt it was an acceptable compromise to get a good looking turn under. Below the line the cylinder side is part of the chassis. A fuller description of the model and constituent parts is at the end of this link (page 97 of your thread). https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/64295-wright-writes/page/97/&tab=comments#comment-1588616 Along with some of your excellent photos of my and David West's work https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/64295-wright-writes/page/97/&tab=comments#comment-1588196 Cheers...Morgan
  22. What sort of DRO arrangement are you using Mick?
  23. Hi David, before you weather it you might want to consider reversing the cycling lion emblem on the right hand tank side. The Bachmann pannier is a real easy conversion and runs ever so well. cheers...Morgan
  24. No problem, glad it’s of some use. Got a few more photos somewhere. I’ll have to find them. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how your interpretation turns out. Morgan
  25. AFAIK the line out of the front of the station and down to the quayside was there from the very start when the station was opened in 1840. If you look at the building plan I posted one track came through the right hand portico across The High street and down Quay Street. Healing’s Mill was opened in 1865 but the quayside at Tewkesbury was in use long before that. The River Severn was navigable for a very long way beyond Tewkesbury and the major artery for goods and trade hundreds of years before the railways came along. I would recommend getting a copy of this Tewkesbury Historical Society publication. https://tewkesburyhistory.org/Tewkesburys-Two-Railways The lower picture on the front cover shows a photo from very early in the station’s life with a loco on the High Street. Morgan
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