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  1. When I ordered some numberplates from 247 Developments, I noticed that they offered a 3D print for a GWR DD4 CORDON. It is meant to go on a PECO chassis. The real ones re-used old 4-wheel coach chassis and Atkins' GWR Wagons lists no less than 26 different variants, with a maximum of 6 of any one type. Every photo I have seen is slightly different, so I concluded a somewhat freelance approach along the general lines would not be far off. The 3D print is slightly short, no doubt to suit the PECO chassis but I thought I could at least capture the look-and-feel. In keeping with the prototype's second-hand approach, everything other than the print came from the spares box. The main chassis parts are plastic strip. Chivers-type 7mm W Irons (2-315) were used, along with leaf springs from a TOAD etch, V-hangers and brake handles were from a wagon variant I had not used. Spare etch formed the footstep. Some Northeastern scribed timber happened to be the right size to extend the deck and the usual Association parts were used for buffers, vacuum cylinders etc. In a small wagon, I have three different metals, plastic strip, 3D print and wood!
  2. Here is a contribution from across the Tasman. I had just made a start on the saddle tank when the challenge was announced. It began life as a Dean Sidings resin kit intended to go on a Dapol chassis. I used a modified Association conversion chassis for a 57xx - the prototype dimensions are the same except for a slightly shorter distance between the front wheels and the bufferbeam. In the end, I dismembered the one-piece casting to shorten the boiler and tidy up the saddle tanks. I replaced the footplate with a brass one and changed some of the fittings as well. It is powered by a Nigel Lawton motor. Some years ago, I bought quite a few Masterclass coaches and have built six over the past year. The mix shown here is slightly eclectic, amounting to the last of my pile of Toplight kits and a start on the more modern (1920s) ones. The saddle tank can just about haul all six brass coaches, which is probably as much as the prototype might have done. It also almost stretches from one end of my glorified test track to the other!
  3. Martin, This is how I tackle interiors, although I only have a photo to hand of a corridor coach. It is tempting to make brass partitions for a brass coach but the whole thing becomes quite heavy, so I agree with using plasticard. I find the Association coaching strip quite thick when it comes to older stock, so tend to use it now for first class and a simple wedge of plasticard plus seat for third. I am sure the eBay fashions are wrong for the 1930s but all you really see is a human-like shape through the window. Duncan
  4. The other thing I noted was the huge variety of different wagons. Even though it is a whole train from a single starting point, wagons seem to come from just about everywhere. Prototypical justification for modellers building an assortment of wagons! Duncan
  5. I have a packet of phosphor-bronze guitar strings. The larger ones look like the coils on a vacuum pipe, the smaller ones are great for Simpson springs. No idea how to make any music from them though! Duncan
  6. How about printing onto label paper, which is available in an A4 sheet? You just peel off the backing paper and stick the label onto the model. Duncan
  7. This is what I use: The boxes come from a local plastic box company but are similar to those sold in DIY shops. The base lining is a mouse mat with a few strips of timber and some foam strips intended for reducing draughts through windows. The boxes are designed to stack. Duncan
  8. Those horses look so much better than anything I have seen before. Is there any chance of getting them added to the list New Zealand Finescale sells to the public, or sold through the Association? Duncan
  9. Kevin, What a good idea! Brisbane is about 2500 km from here, which makes yours my nearest area group, even if "local" is not quite the right word. I note your rules allow for half the vehicles to have been started before 31/12/2020. How does this work for the locomotive? Assuming I am allowed one that I started before Christmas and is now nearly finished, I have my project underway. The loco started life as a Dean Sidings kit for a GWR 1701 saddle tank, intended for a Farish chassis. This has turned into a case of a model that has included some of the parts in the kit, with other bits scratchbuilt and it all sitting on an Association conversion chassis. Numberplates are awaited. I have about a dozen Masterclass coach kits sitting in my gloat box, so my train may well comprise a number of them. Duncan
  10. Here in New Zealand, where the mainline gauge is 3'6", the two local railway scales are 1/64 and 1/120, which come out to 16.6mm and 8.9mm, allowing the use of 00 or N.
  11. The tube looks like a motor shaft adaptor, either 3-263 or 3-264, to allow the new coreless motors with either 0.8mm or 1.0mm shafts to sit in 3-112 or 3-113 bushes. Duncan
  12. I have the makings of a breakdown train. Here is the modified Osborn's crane that featured in the article and in the background is an Ultima Breakdown Van and an AA1 six-wheeled TOAD, so I just need to add a couple of supporting wagons. Duncan
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