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  1. 8 hours ago, Miss Prism said:


    Leaving aside for one moment what the nature of these 'templates' was, edition 1 (which doesn't mention them as far as I can see) puts the date of the size changeover as 1920. How explicit is edition 2's '1921'?

    If they stopped using the 25” on 31.12.20, and began using the 16” on 1.1.21, then both editions would be correct… 

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  2. 26 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

    One point on which I've dithered is whether ironwork below the solebar should be red or black. Red would be consistent with practice in the post-1904 grey period; I can't see any change of hue where the brake V-hanger crosses the lower edge of the solebar. But on the other hand there are plenty of photos of well-worn Midland wagons where no boundary can be seen, though the part on the solebar was definitely grey and that below, black.

    I don’t think we’ll ever know, and photos don’t help as the emulsions on the plate glass negatives are very, very poor at distinguishing between red and black. I think a single colour is logical, as with post-1904 grey, just as you do, but others differ. I think we can do nothing other than make our own choices here.

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  3. On 07/04/2022 at 11:16, Ruston said:

    Perhaps but then it would still be visible as shadow underneath with light coming through it, just as it does on the real thing. It's obviously not possible on normal plastic models so I think it would be great.

    Well, read the OP and respond to the intentions of the builder, as I did.

  4. 11 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:


    But that's generally true. They're a taciturn lot who keep their thoughts to themselves.

    Private thoughts, yes, but they are very friendly and I am far more likely to receive a friendly greeting than when I lived and worked further south, especially compared to when I lived in Surrey and worked in London.

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  5. I know one well-known and excellent modeller who carefully built a bridge on his layout to prototype drawings, but forgot to allow for the thickness of the underlay representing the ballast, and visiting stock frequently reminded him of this. (By pure chance, all of his models were of prototypes well within the loading gauge.)

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  6. 10 hours ago, kitpw said:

    The slogan came to mind on seeing Mikkel's video - but, yes, I think it's best forgotten now you remind me who delivered it.  Perhaps the moderator can erase the comment - I'm not sure how that's done.

    You report the post, and request deletion.


    Edit: you can also hide the post.

  7. 5 minutes ago, Dave Holt said:

    When laid, it was grey with cinder coloured ballast in the yard. Unfortunately, as can be seen, it's faded to a pale brown/fawn colour, which means that at some time it will all have to be painted to restore the original intent.

    You could try staining it with a mix of alcohol and Indian ink.

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