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by stuartp
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Manchester Railways
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Manchester Railways

Unfortunately those services are largely in the hands of Class 323 units with a few 319s and 331s thrown in, and none of those are available ready to run. In 4mn there is a chap doing resin 323 bodies on Ebay (thread on Rmweb) and I think Bratchell did a 319 kit. No idea about N/2mm, sorry. If you g...
by stuartp
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Poor instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: Poor instructions

I was specifically addressing the "do it like Tamiya" part of your response. Proper isometric exploded view drawings cost a fortune, which is fine if you're Airfix or Tamiya with illustrators/designers in house and volume sales in the hundreds of thousands. If you are a volume kit manufact...
by stuartp
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Poor instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: Poor instructions

Instructions to the standard of Tamiya and Airfix were produced by a draughtsman or technical illustrator on an hourly rate commensurate with the evident skill needed. Which is fine if you expect to sell a million units globally, the cost is spread over a very large production run. I doubt whether a...
by stuartp
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Farm tracks
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: Farm tracks

Not sure anything printed is the best media for this, it's a bit flat to say the least. Textured paint or plaster* painted grey with flock/foam/static grass down the middle is the usual method.

*Whatever you normally use - Modroc, Sculptamould, filler, crumpled newspaper/PVA, whatever.
by stuartp
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: GUV
Replies: 12
Views: 509

Re: GUV

If carrying passenger-rated traffic (parcels, perishables, milk in churns, newspapers) then yes, it would be attached to a passenger train or run in a parcels train. But if working back empty it would go in whatever was most convenient, which might well include an ordinary goods train. Having end do...
by stuartp
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Any recommendations??
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Any recommendations??

It's a horribly clinical place and bargains are Scotch mist but if you just want to look at things in the flesh before perhaps buying them somewhere else cheaper, they have masses of stock. Gaugemaster don't discount their own lines because they won't undercut their stockists. They stated as much i...
by stuartp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Mail train help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Mail train help needed

Yes sorry. BR livery, not necessarily maroon depending on exect date. But definitely not PO Red.
by stuartp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Mail train help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Mail train help needed

I concur, BR maroon on everything except the Mk1 Royal Mail vehicles.
by stuartp
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Scale confusion.
Replies: 24
Views: 952

Re: Scale confusion.

The crawler unit (without the jib) looks similar to a Leibherr 960 which is nearly 8m long, so your 90mm dimension is correct.
by stuartp
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: Wagon load
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: Wagon load

Bachmann apparently sell (sold ?) the boilers separately: https://www.hattons.co.uk/6979/bachmann_branchline_36_001_2_x_boiler_load/stockdetail.aspx JH Russell's book "Freight Wagons and Loads in service on the GWR and BR" shows a variety of heavy castings/forgings and other bits of machin...
by stuartp
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Purist
Replies: 27
Views: 1218

Re: The Purist

Found the BNS thread - https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?t=49549 There was nothing but practical advice until his ideas started to get so bizarre we began to think it was a wind up. But if your friend is just belittling your ideas instead of pointing out genuine pitfalls the...
by stuartp
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Purist
Replies: 27
Views: 1218

Re: The Purist

Ha, yes I remember than BNS thread! I think he called us all trolls at the time. :roll: wonder if he managed it in the end... Given that he was also trying to make the iron girder bridges out of real iron, and resolutely refusing all advice to do them in styrene instead, I doubt it ! The really fun...
by stuartp
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Purist
Replies: 27
Views: 1218

Re: The Purist

Did he explain why it wouldn't work ? Or was it just a case of he wouldnt have done it like that ? Some "that won't work" advice is worth listening to, some isn't. If he's telling you that something physically won't fit then he may be saving you a lot of grief later. Somewhere on either he...
by stuartp
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Unfinished business.
Replies: 10
Views: 445

Re: Unfinished business.

Some people enjoy building, some enjoy operating, some enjoy research, some enjoy all of it: this hobby is a very broad church and can be as general or as focussed as you like. There is no right or wrong way to do this beyond a few fundamental principles (it helps if the gauge is consistent and all ...

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