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Best Tool for the Job? / Stock Boxes
« Last Post by Bruce_L on Yesterday at 12:32 »
I've come across a whole range of aluminium 'flight' cases many of which are on ebay. These are sold by the Allendale Group but as I say, they have loads on ebay.
The one that caught my eye was a long one #C403<[/url]
. At 850x295x270mm I can get a full B-set in it (I'll try and add a photo) and its strong enough to hold the 15kg weight. I've added two case handles so I can pick it up the right way. I need to fit some thin rails underneath a second one so I can stack them safely.
They are half the price of GRS boxes and are bigger and probably more robust as well.
Their range of smaller ones might take wagons etc.

Note, I've no connection with the company - I just think the big one is great!
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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by John Candy on Jun 17 2019 08:27 »
Mike,
Have you yet built the tender for "Truro" and , if not, is it your intention to build a Dean 3000 gallon as it appears in the photo in your earlier post?
The reason I ask is that I need a similar tender for a Collett Goods 2251 class and I am going to be cheeky and ask whether (as a commission at an agreed price) you would be willing to make a second?
After recent bad experiences with a "professional" model-maker, I am hesitant to outsource work but your work is clearly to a very high standard.
Won't be offended if you say "no" (time is precious) but thought it would be worth asking.
Regards,
John.

Footnote: This matter now subject of personal messages.
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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by John Candy on Jun 16 2019 19:31 »
Mike,

A very nice model ... I can forgive it for being G1!

A Saint (probably a "Lady" series with the original right-angled front drop end and level running plate) is in about eleventh place, behind LNWR, GCR and GNR locos to which I am already committed (as joint projects).
Taking into account my additional commitment to producing LNER/GNR/GCR coaching stock (as well as completing my garden line and sorting out Monkton Priors) I may well expire before I get to starting it!

While on the subject of coaches, what are you planning as a train for "Truro"?
My only GWR coaches are six E147 brake compos (the type sold by GRS as a 2-car "B set ).
I would like GWR "Toplight" gangwayed stock and a Dean clerestory or two and have looked at several options, both home produced and by commissioning laser cut or etched brass sides/ends.
As with everything, time is in short supply!

Regards,
John.
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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by 753 on Jun 16 2019 14:15 »
John
You mentioned plans to build a Saint in the future, thought you might like to see my efforts in G1 which was built to Swindon drawings with the idea to coincide with Didcot’s rebuild, but they delayed for a year and thankfully celebrated completion early this year. A wonderful day!

Mike


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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by John Candy on Jun 16 2019 12:36 »
Quote
the door is working to give access to the boiler space

Ooh, my model doesn't rise to that level of sophistication!
I cast my door and foundation ring in whitemetal (in fact I cast a batch of five doors..... hopefully I shall eventually add a 43XX Mogul, 31XX Churchward Large Prairie and a "Saint" to my GWR collection).
My batteries (in fact everything except motor) are in the tender.

I shall be glad when I have got a coat of primer on it.....the nickel silver, in particular, is badly discoloured from the effects of heat and flux.

Truro and Calcutta as a "double-header" would be a sight to behold....... possibly at the Ampthill GTG?

Regards,
John.
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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by 753 on Jun 16 2019 10:54 »
John

Yes the smokebox door is steel only because I have a bar of 2 1/2" steel, the door is working to give access to the boiler space for battery. It would be fun to run them double headed when finished?

Mike
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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by John Candy on Jun 15 2019 18:37 »
Taking shape nicely, Mike.
What material have you used for the front of the firebox....is it steel?

Guilplates do a good job .... mine were a perfect match for the Bulldog splasher.

I don't recall ever having seen an outside framed GWR 4-4-0 in G3, so "Truro" and "Calcutta" may be "firsts".
At the moment I am held up waiting for a spring casting to arrive from WMI ....... for some reason I was sent only three originally.

Regards,
John.


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Locomotive Projects / Re: GWR City class loco
« Last Post by 753 on Jun 15 2019 16:38 »
The boiler smiths have been hard at work rolling and riveting, also the lovely plates have arrived from Guilplates. Much to my surprise the bottom radius of the name plate matches the top radius of the splasher, sometimes you get things right first time!




Mike
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Hi, the 3 SK Coaches have been sold.

I still have the G3 Britannia 70000.

Thanks Tim
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Mike,

Early photos of the "City" locos do show pivoted flaps covering the washout plugs and just the domed covers on the firebox shoulders. There were so many changes to the outside framed 4-4-0s, of all classes, over the years that getting an absolutely accurate model of any individual loco is well nigh impossible (unless you have photos taken from all angles and at the same time).

I have been puzzling over the sandbox filler caps on Calcutta for a while......the 1950 photo shows caps with a lifting knob but other locos (where the caps are visible) all show a transverse handle (as does a 1940 GA of an "Earl"/"Dukedog" rebuild).  I went with the 1950s photo and fitted the later type.

Another puzzle was circular covers on the lower part of the smokebox saddle : They do not appear on any drawing and were only fitted to certain locos. I reached the conclusion that they were for access to the bogie mountings since they were only present in conjunction with a certain pattern of rebuilt bogie. The original Dean bogies were rebuilt over time, while newer locos were fitted with the de Glehn type from new and the newer locos (e.g. "Bird" series) did not have the covers.

Regards,
John.
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