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Yeah Dick, laser cut stuff is usually pretty expensive - balanced against the time it would take you to do it yourself.  However, I note the price is for 4 pieces.


VAT (Value Added Tax) is like sales tax only included in the price.  Some suppliers deduct it (20%) for overseas buyers.  It is a bureaucratic pain, so some (especially small businesses) don't do it.  The Ts and Cs are not at all clear on the subject.  Usually when I see an ex VAT price I interpret that to mean the overseas price - you'll probably have to ask.

Not impressed by the shipping price - looks like Royal Mail Signed For, so they're covering their butts with this.  The lowest RM rate is 8 pounds I think.  Hatton's uses Citylink and charges 4 pounds for < 2Kg (but they're huge).  USPS is just as bad, Tony's Trains wanted $25 for a $45 decoder - I bought from the UK for much less :roll:.


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VAT - Value Added Tax (20%)  should not apply to overseas sales. For the £ symbol you could try

On a US - international keyboard, the "£" can be entered using one of the following
  • ⇧ Shift +AltGr+4
  • ⇧ Shift+Ctrl+Alt+4
Or should according to WIKI!

On a UK keyboard we can get  the Euro sign € using AltGr + 4 not sure what you get for that combo on a US Kboard. The AltGr key also gives accented letters á é í ó ú.




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Brossard wrote: Not impressed by the shipping price - looks like Royal Mail Signed For, so they're covering their butts with this.  The lowest RM rate is 8 pounds I think.  Hatton's uses Citylink and charges 4 pounds for < 2Kg (but they're huge).  USPS is just as bad, Tony's Trains wanted $25 for a $45 decoder - I bought from the UK for much less :roll:.


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I don't think that 'Royal Mail Signed For' is expensive. I paid £12.00 (currently $20.50, but wasn't then) for a Dapol 22 Class and two wagons to be sent from Liverpool UK (Hattons) to Padstow, Sydney Australia, some 17,078km or 10,612miles... As a comparison, if I settled on just 'Royal Mail', it would have been £8.00 ($13.65 - current exchange rate). In Australia, to have a parcel, say a locomotive, would cost me $12.00 from the City centre (Town Hall) to Padstow, a distance of approximately 18km or 11miles ! :shock:

Now, back to the windows... ;-);-)

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Well, Gary, I just compare to Hatton's who use Citylink to get locos etc. to me (not as far obviously but a fair slog) which is 4 pounds.  I don't like the "signed for" thing as I'm prepared to take the risk (which is slight) and think customers should be given the option.  I also recognise that Hatton's may get the benefit of volume with Citylink and perhaps have negotiated a better rate.

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Hi Dick.

Further to your enquieries re arched topped windows, I found these on the Web that might just do the job.

These are brass etched from KIRTLEY MODELS, TEL:01664/857905

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Gary wrote: Brossard wrote: Not impressed by the shipping price - looks like Royal Mail Signed For, so they're covering their butts with this.  The lowest RM rate is 8 pounds I think.  Hatton's uses Citylink and charges 4 pounds for < 2Kg (but they're huge).  USPS is just as bad, Tony's Trains wanted $25 for a $45 decoder - I bought from the UK for much less :roll:.


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I don't think that 'Royal Mail Signed For' is expensive. I paid £12.00 (currently $20.50, but wasn't then) for a Dapol 22 Class and two wagons to be sent from Liverpool UK (Hattons) to Padstow, Sydney Australia, some 17,078km or 10,612miles... As a comparison, if I settled on just 'Royal Mail', it would have been £8.00 ($13.65 - current exchange rate). In Australia, to have a parcel, say a locomotive, would cost me $12.00 from the City centre (Town Hall) to Padstow, a distance of approximately 18km or 11miles ! :shock:

Now, back to the windows... ;-);-)

Cheers, Gary.



According to the Royal Mail website, the parcels are only tracked until they leave the U.K. and after, only in those countries which have a tracking system.  Apparently, Australia is not one of them, so you are wasting your money in purchasing the 'Signed For' service.  If you live in Australia you might just as well go for the cheapest option and save your money.  Apparently, Canada does have such a tracking system.


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That may be so Terry, but I still think it's a waste of money.  If you buy a lot of stuff off the net as I do, the "signed for" postage amounts to a form of insurance.  A qualitative analysis of cost/risk tells me that the cumulative "signed for" cost amounts to a lot to protect someone (the seller usually) from a very low risk.  In all my years of doing this, I think I had one package go adrift.

Anyway time to get off my soapbox.

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I agree John.  Mind you, it's a sobering thought that the Royal Mail loses 1 million items every year!

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Hi Dick
Just had a look at my box of old Linka System casting molds.
You need the one in the centre of the B2 mold below but I don't even know if Linka still exist.



Sorry about the carp picture, but what the mold produces is a brick arch with a window opening.
You could also try Scalescenes for both arches and matching arched windows. You can even get the windows in authentic mucky state.

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Why not simply draw them in sticky A4 label with a set square and school compasses the stick the picture to acrylic sheet and cut through [just] the paper, peeling off the 'pane' areas?  You don't have to stop at corners/intersections, cut straight through and the paper will hold the little interstices in place.

You could even use a cheapy circle cutting device, or arrange the curves so that they match with a convenient pair of coins and use the same for a cutting guide..

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Hi Dooferdog
Have a look at Mojo1 on the  Bradford Wheregate thread.
Now THERE'S a guy who is serious about windows.

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Hi Dick
As a follow up I can send you these


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