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by UrbanHermit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Metcalfe or Resin
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Metcalfe or Resin

Not illogical at all in my book, Bufferstop. I have the same issue with plastic and resin that you have. Printed card can depict very fine detail, and at 1/76 the lack of embossed texture doesn't bother me at all. I am also a serial builder of Metcalfe kits. And their quality is improving all the ti...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Thanks again for your time and trouble, but it's out of the frying pan... That photo of 6388 (which might have been a good candidate, having been a Cardiff Canton engine pre-war) reminds me that engines on secondary duties didn't get repaints as often as the prestigious express types, and could be s...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Thanks both, for the helpful replies. Helpful, that is, in totally opposite directions, one showing me how to change it and the other encouraging me to live with it. I'm now torn in two. I've been doing some digging, and I have discovered that of the 638x series only two, 6381 and 6385, got outside ...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Back on topic, I had a quick shufti the other day at the RMWeb thread on the Dapol mogul – and rather wished I hadn't. It turns out that Dapol have slipped up on one particular variant, and that's exactly the one I have, 6385 in shirtbutton livery. Apparently this locomotive received outside steam p...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Clergy and Railways!?! ...
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: The Clergy and Railways!?! ...

It goes back a long way. Many of those rather fine photos of broad gauge GWR expresses were taken by a gent by the name of (if my memory serves me right) the Rev A H Malan.
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Toads

Just my little joke...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Very interesting exposition, Bigmet, and all good points. My money's on the ashpan. The Armstrongs had 7' drivers as opposed to the 7' 8" of the singles, so the difference was less than 10%, but I wouldn't mind betting that led to the boiler being pitched a few inches lower (they always liked t...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Toads

Good point...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Toads

Er no, I don't think so. They're not like mice. It's not going to breed down there. Toads are amphibians: they have to go to water to lay their eggs, which they do once a year in the spring. As it happens, a year or two ago a pair of them spent several hours coupled together about a foot outside the...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Not so simple on this model, because the coupling incorporates the electrical connections. It doesn't matter to me, because (as I've said) I'm not going to alter it. I was thinking about you and your potential SECR D. Incidentally... One man's meat and all that, but my personal nomination for the mo...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Toads
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Toads

I have two GWR goods brake vans in my railway room down in the cellar, but three toads...





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This little bugger has taken up residence in the corner by the door. It's not doing me any harm, so I leave it alone.
by UrbanHermit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

One picture is worth a thousand words, they say... underhill1008.jpg Watching the loco on a second radius curve, it kooks like they could have got away with coupling the tender a little more closely. I can't see any easy way of adjusting it, though I'm no expert at such things. The pivots/attachment...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 49
Views: 6111

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Mine arrived this morning, but I haven't had much time to play with it. Looks pretty good to me, and runs like a sewing machine straight out of the box. As for the coupling, well, it's close but probably not quite as close as you'd like, since the model is supposed to be able to go round second radi...
by UrbanHermit
Tue May 26, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4979

Re: Underhill

Thanks. I have to say with all due modesty (ahem) that now I've put it down in my village it does actually look better than the Metcalfe buildings around it. The flipside is that, while I can usually build a Metcalfe kit in a couple of days, this took several weeks. I did get a bit concerned that, n...
by UrbanHermit
Mon May 25, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4979

Re: Underhill

Well, I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at scratch-building that pub. It's been my lock-down project. I worked with what I had to hand, which was a load of 2mm card left over from when I was building a Scalescenes retaining wall some years ago. It's a bit challenging to work with – takes a ...

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