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  1. I would refer you to @WillDeeks post earlier in this thread. I was interested to see that a main stream model shop I visited earlier this week, in a popular UK holiday area, has as their main stock of Airfix products these starter kits and Airfix Quickbuild. They must sell well for them and I would guess the starter kits are ideal purchases for holiday makers, as you get nearly everything you need to complete a model in a wet afternoon in your holiday caravan.
  2. Prior to next year's 200th Anniversary of Railways GB, the opportunities for constructing railway items within this years GB are limited, However I came across this a proposal in the early 1970's for an self driving and self powered railway wagon. As it got to this prototype stage and the project never proceeded so it seems as if this is a candidate for this GB.
  3. Always good to see a model based on an Essex subject and for WW2 the B-26 is ideal. For anyone who has an interest in the 9th AF in Essex, the Essex Records Office have a half day conference on 27th April. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-essex-remembering-the-usaaf-tickets-820073601217?aff=oddtdtcreator
  4. Not too much to show for a weekends wrk Although it looks a little like a tram, nothing is actually glued it's all held together by the rubber band. As there are no locating pins or marks the lower floor can be located via the cut outs on the floor with match the doors. The only way I could find of getting the upper floor in the correct position is as shown above, so my be move will be to glue the floors but use the ends as formers. As the the track, construction proceeds at a slow pace as I have to be 100% sure the glue holding the rails (UHU) is gully set before trying the next one. This I can only add I rail a day and there are six rails per track. The second track will be fasters as I will have the correct measurements for the inserts and these will act as formers, so rather than nine sections there will be only three,
  5. I missed out on the end of steam on British Railways as the 60's were the decade that I had little interest in railways. I made up for that by being able to witness the end of steam in West Germany and that one visit to East Germany in 1977. During the 1977 visit we were based in Berlin and Dresden and visited a number of steam sheds and barrow gauge lines. Forty years later I went back to Berlin and Dresden so it was interesting to see the changes. Unfortunately a mixture of a poor camera, cheap film, a limited number of shots for a two week visit and an inexpert photographer mean that now many of the images are excellent at bringing back memories but poor as reference works.
  6. One of the benefits of working in card is that most errors can be rectified by reprinting the damaged part. In fact the build here is the second attempt. However the problem with the roof was somewhat different, getting the curve right was practically impossible to achieve with the kit cut as my Cricut machine had managed. Rather than go back to the beginning I reprinted the body at a larger size and overlaid the ends from the reprint on the roof. Liberal applications of PVA glue made the roof flexible enough to get into shape. I just hope that when the paper dries out the ends will look OK and I can trim them.
  7. With nearly a quarter of this GB currently being things that run on rails, I took a look at my stash of models being held for next years 200th Anniversary of Railways GB. With progress on the Felthams and tube train progressing I offer this as a potential build here: The entry would represent one of the wagons ordered in 1938 and that entered service before the outbreak of war. The order was placed to ensure that aviation fuel could be transported from West Coast ports to the Eastern counties. Pre war nearly all such fuel came into East coast ports. Before confirming the entry I need to work our how many alterations are needed to the Peco kit to represent one of the early 1939 batch. The most obvious change is no need for the ladder and also the valves on the top are different.
  8. Great choice. I was lucky to see these in action in Berlin in 1977 during their last months of life on the DR. Looking at my slides of that trip, this was the first steam loco' that we saw. The Revell loco's are all out of area and period for my modelling otherwise I would be tempted to get one for my ever increasing stash of candidates for next years 200th Anniversary of Railways GB.
  9. While nit watching paint dry, track laying has started. Although not too clear in the photo, the first rail was glued alongside a piece of 1mm card which will both hold the rail in place and provide the kerb. The position of the other rails have been drawn on. Present position is that the first running rail and check rail are in place alongside the first conduit. The next stage will be to fit the first set of cobbles in place and if that is successful lay the 2nd running/check rails and test run a tram bogie on them.
  10. Like you up until 3 days ago I would have used the term "corridor connector" but on another forum I am active on someone pointed out that this term is actually only used by modellers, that the actual name for this item is a "gangway connection".
  11. I didn't say it would work, wait until I succeed/fail before deciding.
  12. Always happy to receive comment. , I was aware that 331 probably never went anywhere near central London in its short life in the capital. It seems have worked solely in North West London but I was unaware if the issues about the plough. For my usage the main issue is that it was sold to Sunderland before the second world war so is out of period for me anyway. I only ended up buying these are they were so cheap. I was originally going to purchase one Feltham and a Ckass E1 tram but I found that the box for the E1 only contained 2 sprues so I returned it and got 311 instaed. Very much my approach, I will be using various prints from Scalescenes for this purpose.
  13. Now starting to look like a tube train car: The curves at the front will be challenging to complete
  14. Decided that for the lower ceiling I would glue some white paper to the bottom of the upper floor - seems simply but effective. Although the builds themselves are stand alone, the trams will require to be part of my second world war diorama and thus will need a street scene. One issue is that I cannot use normal OO gauge track as trams require check rails and also a central conduit for electrical connectivity. Following photo not mine: Usefully the rims on the wheels of the kit as very fine and thus fit onto N gauge rails, so my idea is to use N gauge track applied to the base. The N gauge is to the left and for comparision the standard OO track is to the right.
  15. I take it you mean this one😆 not my picture. Not in the time period for this GB as built in 1951 - some spent their working life in Egypt and one if preserved at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
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