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Re: Oxford Rail N7

Postby Bigmet » Mon May 14, 2018 9:50 pm

There are side elevation photos of livery samples in circulation now, and they look pretty good. There is one minor error on view on one version, but nothing to cause alarm, my feeling is that this is shaping up well. Strangely the pics are not yet available on Oxford's own site.

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Re: Oxford Rail N7

Postby D605Eagle » Sun May 20, 2018 12:21 am

Have you seen how far out the couplings are front and rear? You'd think Oxford would have made a bit of effort to make the bar more lined up with the buffers. These look so far out that the trick of shortening the NEM pockets isn't going to work.

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Re: Oxford Rail N7

Postby Bigmet » Sun May 20, 2018 10:12 am

Indeed, but to my mind a trivial problem. If the usual shortening trick isn't going to do the job - and I share your opinion - then some other bodge will have to be implemented for a directly attached Kadee, as these are exclusively passenger locos for my purposes.

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Re: Oxford Rail N7

Postby Mike Parkes » Mon May 21, 2018 10:34 pm

Kadee 17 probably - not that common to use on British stock due to it normally being too short because of the offset needed by the buffers.

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Re: Oxford Rail N7

Postby Bigmet » Thu May 31, 2018 8:54 am

Some more pictures of the livery samples which are Oxford's, but so far not on their site, instead sent to a retailer. http://www.hattons.co.uk/NewsDetail.aspx?id=248

Generally the good news continues. The Belpaire boiler GER and LNER liveried look tidy, though I cannot comment on the GER livery, just hope the research is correct. The LNER livery in all over black, no lining, is probably authentic. Although these locos were rated for red lining there were occasions when they were left unlined.

There's a little (possible damage?) on the round top BR liveried example, no whistle, and a safety valve not fully home. Definitely lacking a smokebox door number plate. There's also a redundant detail, it still has the rod and lever for operating the condensing mechanism which shouldn't be present since there are no condenser pipes, but that will pull off easily I should think. I'll want to measure it, but the chimney and dome both look too tall - they look to be correct for the Belpaire version, but those on the round tops had an altogether squatter appearance. So wait and see if Oxford correct this stuff or if it will be DIY.


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