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by Paul Willis
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...
Replies: 12
Views: 2056

Re: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...

The shape of the boat and cabin suggest a wooden BCN day boat - sunken examples of these and their iron/steel(rarer) brethren used to be all over the Black Country canals - but one with a cratch (the triangular structure at the fore end of the hold) would be a rare beast, these were usually found o...
by Paul Willis
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...
Replies: 12
Views: 2056

Boats. Of all shapes and sizes...

Whilst browsing a few topics on modelling, I came across a link to this website. It is intended mostly for wargaming, but I was fascinated by the variety of boats - particularly the abandoned and half sunken ones. As someone who grew up in the Black Country in the eighties, it seemed like you couldn...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 1127

Re: Eileens Emporium Newsletter December 2020

Eileen's Emporium December Newsletter Our elves are also hearing from some customers about random delivery delays by Royal Mail. (Their busy elves must be a little overworked at this time of year). This seems to be localised as mail is coming fast in some areas and not others. We are also seeing se...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

The next step on the body is another one of those features which vary, depending on the period in which you're modelling your prototype. Cab steps. Two types thereof. First, the as-built, early locomotives, as shown in this cropped photo of a 48xx wearing a mid-1930s GWR roundel: Cab steps detail.jp...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

A question: you mention skimming a strip off. Was there any particular way that worked well to do this? Or just with a good needle file and a degree of care? Yes, Paul, just a good needle file and some care. Blind or ground off on the side which points towards the rear of the roof. Best, David. Dav...
by Paul Willis
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

If ever we can get together for a Scaleforum, we should have a 'parade of 14xxs' there must be quite a few out there! Steve Good idea Steve :-) I actually have a second one. I bought it pre-converted, when someone's collection of GWR locomotives was being disposed of at a Missenden Weekend. Rather ...
by Paul Willis
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I can't see from the photo if you've restored the thin lip where the roof overhangs on the prototype. If you have, then ignore this. But if not, one thing I did years ago on the Hornby D49, which has no roof overhang on the cab front, was to skim a 10-thou strip off the leading 5mm or so of the roo...
by Paul Willis
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

The next step that I have taken is also one that I don't think I've seen done elsewhere. But again, it is something that caught my eye. It's the overhang of the cab roof at the front. After removing the whistle shield, as it's not needed on the prototype I'm modelling at the date I am aiming for, I ...
by Paul Willis
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.
Replies: 31
Views: 3603

Re: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.

That looks ace I shall have a go at replicating that over the weekend. Last night i got the airbrush running & did a bit of weathering. I used some vallejo air acrylics, weathering powders & some humbrol washes. That's toned it down nicely... You have a cracking prototype photo in the first...
by Paul Willis
Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Winter scenes - snow vision
Replies: 14
Views: 2305

Re: Winter scenes - snow vision

Or for the real thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39K2iCJ7ULQ Cheers Paul - that is even better than the Swiss one you shared a wee while back! And the rail scenery is pretty special too :D I think that I mentioned before that this is my background music through the headphones on a working day...
by Paul Willis
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Winter scenes - snow vision
Replies: 14
Views: 2305

Re: Winter scenes - snow vision

Don't forget Ian Everett's cameo of Royston Vasey...

Royston Vasey (5).JPG


Royston Vasey 061.jpg


Or for the real thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39K2iCJ7ULQ

Cheers
Paul
by Paul Willis
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Well, I'd like to start this post by saying how utterly humbled I was to find that part of this 48xx build story appeared in the Society presentation for the Virtual Warley Show this morning. Thanks to those who included it, and for an excellent production overall. I hope that it attracts more model...
by Paul Willis
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Ralph's workbench
Replies: 57
Views: 9005

Re: Ralph's workbench

That completed all the bits and it was a pleasure to pass it all over to Rob who is making good progress. I will post some photos when he sends them to me as he is not a S4 member. I did include in the pack a couple of sets of shop detailing kits I had in stock for years. These are Langley whitemet...
by Paul Willis
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Somewhere I have a schedule of handrail sizes, can I find it now? On the laptop or carbon-based record? Paul It was on a piece of paper stuck on the wall by my workbench. It has disappeared. After much searching through GWSG magazines, here it is (GWSG Newsletter Spring 2008). Thanks Tim - duly dow...
by Paul Willis
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 67
Views: 29125

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

A good friend of my wife does membership at the Bentley Drivers Club, so if you draw a blank I could ask if they have an archive of material on the early cars. My cousin has one as well, but as a 1934 saloon, it's rather too late for your needs. Cheers Paul Helen? This is a small world isn't it. Ye...
by Paul Willis
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.
Replies: 31
Views: 3603

Re: My first p4 loco build mercian barclay diesel.

Very smart.

That primer seems to have gone on well. The sandy yellow would be a good basecoat for many colours.

Cheers
Paul
by Paul Willis
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Andrew Ullyott wrote:Looking good Paul and had me digging out the photos I took when I did mine. Didn’t think it was 5 years ago mind you!


Thanks Andrew - you might be interested in the next "instalment" looking at those photos. Hope that it doesn't upset you!

Cheers
Paul
by Paul Willis
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Looking at the photo with the new handrails fitted, I see that the pipe/conduit up the front offside of the cab is still there. The Airfix version is a significant, but for production reasons probably inevitable, fudge in shape and location. I'm not sure what it is for, but photographs show that it...
by Paul Willis
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Somewhere I have a schedule of handrail sizes, can I find it now? On the laptop or carbon-based record? I tend to scan a lot of stuff these days I I think that I will find it useful. A decent file name and a structured file storage system, and I can find things a lot quicker than trying to remember...
by Paul Willis
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

jim s-w wrote:Have you used the same sized wire for the handrails Paul? The vertical ones are noticeably chunkier on the prototype.


Jim, I suspect that I probably have. Shortcuts, and all that ;-)

Cheers
Paul
by Paul Willis
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Queensbridge Road Wharf
Replies: 67
Views: 29125

Re: Queensbridge Road Wharf

https://i.imgur.com/lZ0uXAm.jpg While its too new for the layout the Bentley was the only vehicle I had to hand. Its an Oxford Diecast model and rather heavy handed. The WO Bentley Memorial Foundation are in the process of sending me some factory drawings so that I can make better models, but that'...
by Paul Willis
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

So, moving on from the grabrails dotted around the locomotive, this is how I dealt with the cab handrails. You may remember that the original Airfix handrail knobs were rather oversized and crude. These are the original, compared to the prototype. Handrail knobs (1).JPG 48xx prototype handrails.jpg ...
by Paul Willis
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Good to see progress on this again Paul, its amazing how much difference the little details like the lifting rings can make to a basically good RTR moulding. That's my goal with this - to really bring it on from "oh no, not just another renumbered 14xx" to be something a little bit specia...
by Paul Willis
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 166
Views: 18896

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

As always with my modelling, projects come and go... In the four months or so since I last posted about the 48xx, I've finished half a dozen wagons, done a bit of fiddling around with etches, and generally messed about with researching bits and pieces on the internet. However, I now feel that it's t...
by Paul Willis
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Area Groups
Topic: Area Groups and Zoom
Replies: 20
Views: 2801

Re: Area Groups and Zoom

I'll offer another thought. There's no reason to fixate on Zoom. In addition to Zoom my own lockdown experience includes WhatsApp, Teams, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, and FaceTime. Webex, BlueJeans... I forget the one that the Bank of England uses... It's "rather formal" as you would ...

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