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  1. Ah, you must be doing an Inverness one then! (OTOH D5119/25/31)
  2. And I was going to point out the lamps on the loco........ spoilsport!!🤪
  3. I see what you mean, although it would be quite an operation (especially since last night I opened up the cab front windows to halfway down the front panel! - just after sorting the cab rear). I wonder at Tri-ang's logic of moulding a fictitious rivetted panel on the cab side, which I've removed, obstructing placement of the running number with BR emblem here as per the real D2907 (these 330hp shunters never carried Tri-ang's large steam-type numbers) - then to accommodate the emblem they basically stitched two bonnet access doors together to provide a flat surface large enough for it, in the process reducing the number of grilled side doors from 10 to 6. It really needs 8 I think. I have a selection of left-over A1 Models Class 22 side grilles to use on this........somehow. Most are 'twins' but can be cut down to 'singles'. This will always be a freelance model made to look more 'NBL' (I hope!) so I have a fairly free hand. I was also checking out the small side boxes last night and I reckon they were added to provide adequate clearance for Tri-ang's chunky front driving wheels - they're not necessary now so........anyway, cab front windows first!
  4. Cornish china clay? (Well, somebody had to 😉!) You could tie yourself up in knots, like this: (Looks like 08113 which Graham Farish actually produced, in a bygone age......best not mention that one though!) Rolling stock variety a bit limited (understatement!) but thought I'd chuck in the suggestion anyway.
  5. I can't answer this question from personal observation - wrong end of the country until it reached the WR in 1970, by which time I'm 99% certain it was blue - and the derbysulzers website can't assist either this time. From its filthy state in mid-1971 and lack of D prefix I'd guess it went blue in 1969, probably early on. It's quite possible that it skipped the green full yellow livery - perhaps somebody out there has the info.......?
  6. Cardiff Canton had virtually all of the Class 37s which lasted long enough to gain TOPS numbers on green livery in spring 1974 - IIRC last man standing was 37244 in October 1976 and 37289 was another late survivor. However no '37' models in this condition have been released. However Canton also had the very last two-tone green Class 47 on its books - 47256, and a weathered model of this one has been released by Bachmann (ref. 31-656) in 1976/7 condition........ .......if you wanted one representative green model in your display case, this is probably the No 1 candidate! (In case it's helpful, Bachmann still have the bodyshell available as a spare for £57.)
  7. The Bright Red One Lives! In other words I've had a good day - this afternoon I finally plucked up the courage to switch on the soldering iron and this was the result (unmolested chassis from No 107 'TRURO' (ex-'Western Messenger' set) on the right for comparison): I did consider leaving the electrical components off but decided that if I could rearrange these to remain within the width of the motor they should be retained - job done. Turning the motor 90 degrees meant that its angle had to be increased to maintain drive gear engagement, hence all that grinding of the cast mount with the Dremel. Note that I've added some bits of lead ballast, I may add some more inside the body later, while bearing in mind that this is only a plastic chassis. The black-painted cast metal block at the front end is also retained. So having tested the chassis to confirm that it was still working (phew!) this evening it was offered up to the body to identify where I would need to do a bit of internal gouging to clear the motor contacts and associated motor 'lump' - thankfully this was only required on one side. The area was marked with a Sharpie pen, careful cuts made either side with a saw blade in the Exacto handle, then swapped for a new chisel blade and the material between the cuts carefully pared away while keeping an eye on the outside for signs of 'breakthrough'.......nope, all good. Once I'd gone as far as I dared I test-fitted the chassis......and it went straight in! It helped a little that the motor is still able to revolve slightly along its axis. Hooray for 1960s thick Tri-ang plastic! I had envisaged some exterior modifications to get this far but I'm relieved that this has been avoided. Tested again and running very nicely - with buffers temporarily fitted: As witnessed by the white insert at the top I have lowered the (ex-Lima Class 08) radiator grille slightly. Another feature I want to include is a proper radiator casing, to obtain a more prominent wrap-around to the 'wasp stripes' - the leading side grilles are too far forward. I'm also wondering whether I could add a slightly curved bonnet top, as the NBLs weren't flat. Then there's still those bonnet sides.......onwards and upwards....!
  8. Providing the wheel-less centre axle isn't then free to move laterally thus possibly dis-engaging from the rest of the gear train of course. Perhaps if the removed wheels have insulating bushes these could be recovered and refitted to the ends of the axle as 'keepers'.
  9. You've reminded me that this was something I checked on the D600 kit I built in 1993, being aware of Colin's (ahem) questionable QC, and it was.....um......worthwhile 🥴!
  10. I also built one of these a very long time ago, thinking about the circumstances it would have been pre-1962 when we moved house, to decorate the HD 3-rail set I had at the time, so age-wise I was still in single digits (I got into Airfix kit building at such an age, encouraged by an aero-modelling uncle). I somehow managed to glue one of the end walls in upside-down! Like you I also used gloss paints, also on the engine shed and signal box kits, and much else besides! Some of these survived in long-term loft storage until we moved house in early 2020 (just in time.....) when they failed to survive a ruthless clear-out. However the Booking Hall's canopy was retained as in 1996 I had picked up another bagged kit for £2.50 which I thought I could use at some point and maybe the old canopy could provide an extension around one end. It hasn't happened yet but it's still very much on the cards....... As a point of interest it appears that Airfix modified the kit at an early stage as my original one had sills attached to the window frames which were glued in from the outside - this was not ideal from a visual viewpoint as the inside faces of the frames were now on the outside which made them look flat and thicker. As with your and my second-go kits the modified kit had sills moulded onto the walls below the window openings and the frames were now attached from inside, giving a much better appearance. When I (finally) get to building my Airfix Booking Hall 2 you've convinced me that those chimneys need improving, so thanks for the tip!
  11. Despite most of them looking like this by the time naming came around, the short answer is no - not even by Lima!! 😲 (RTR Class 47s in bog standard pre-TOPS BR blue (single logo/4 bodyside numbers, 1969-74) were similarly absent.)
  12. A little more progress on the bright red one. Bachmann long-type screw-on mini-couplers have been fitted to the chassis, the cab end was relatively simple but the underside of the chassis steps up at the front so a more elaborate solution was required - screwed onto what's left of the cylinders after this area was filed flat (good job I didn't cut them away entirely then!) The bufferbeams were then extended downwards to be level with the underside of the steps and all filed to shape, although there are still a few holes to fill. The cab steps have bowed in a little (too much Plastic Weld?) but it's not that noticeable from the outside. The two screws at the front were used to leave space for a central body securing screw but the chassis is now such a snug fit that I don't think they are going to be necessary - it's not as if the chassis is ever going to be heavy; I can add these later front and rear if needed, but hopefully a job saved. I've had a rethink on the buffers - those I'd intended to use are too long for the couplers, so I'm going to retain these stocks and fit some Lima large round plastic heads - the lower edge of these aligns with the lower edge of oval or small round buffers on other stock, so for me they're 'within tolerance', and saves me another job! I can't lower the body any further as the coupling rods would hit the underside of the footplate. I'm also pondering that radiator grille and whether I should move it down or reduce it to leave enough space for a representation of the 'North British' plaque above it....... Anyway, re-fitting of that fat motor is next, this is going to be the biggest hurdle as the internal clearance issue inside that narrow bonnet will need addressing. What happens will be determined by where the motor's contacts end up - if simple gouging won't hack it (no pun intended..... well, maybe) I have plans A & B. If I need a plan C I'm in trouble! As I said earlier I don't want to widen the bonnet as that would impact my plans for the cab windscreens.
  13. Gave up when he realised he'd cut the bar out of the wrong window?! Major faff, those corridor windows - many people would struggle to achieve a neat result multiple times without distortions to the bodyshell, no matter how 'carefully' they proceeded. A big ask, that.
  14. About 12 years ago modellers were saying good things about a vinyl masking tape called Eurostar (or Electrostar according to George Dent, although he was likely confusing it with an EMU!) so I obtained a roll - mine was red, I think that was the standard colour. Sadly I was not impressed - I found that pulling it taut to obtain a straight line stretched it, and between application and painting it shrank back to its original length leaving trails of red adhesive on the model. In fairness my usual method of slicing it into thinner strips on a piece of plate glass as an economy measure probably didn't help; however wrapping 10mm (may have been less) wide tape around a c100mm cardboard ring was not a brilliant idea as mine developed a peculiar shape and became ever stickier - maybe the roll had been in stock for a while before I got hold of it, but it certainly appeared to have a finite shelf life. In the end I used it up on a silicone sealing job in the bathroom as I didn't want it anywhere my models! But that was my experience, others may find it OK. Just watch for that stretching issue though....... These days I use Tamiya as well, although I still miss the black Alfac masking tape sold by Howes some years (decades) ago - that was a little thicker than Tamiya but paint build-up against its edges wasn't an issue as enamel paints needed fewer coats back then........different subject though.
  15. FWIW - Page 21 of David Larkin's 'BR General Parcels Rolling Stock - A Pictorial Survey' (Bradford Barton) shows LNER-ordered DE75575 with oil axleboxes, in goods vehicle bauxite livery and lettered 'VANFIT'. The caption explains that the majority of these were demoted to stores vans but a small number were classified as ordinary goods vans, but only for a short time - "a few years". DE75575 was photographed at Warrington in 1975 employed as a stores van for a Ballast Cleaner, with steam heating pipe removed. Another such van in stores use, DE75305, is also shown in scruffy white livery, at York in 1968. I first saw 7017 in this guise also at BTM the previous month (1st June). Some sources say it was repainted and lost its cast numbers that July, however 'The Railway Magazine' had a report of it being seen in sparkling condition passing through Trowbridge (IIRC) on 18th May - in other words it was about to get its famous (some would say infamous!) makeover exactly 50 years ago. As for the livery of those vans, the number position at the right-hand end and darker patch above where I'd guess 'SPV' has been painted out would indicate BR blue; especially by 1974.
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