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 Posted: Fri Mar 6th, 2015 03:51 am
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Hi,

I have been slowly working in 4mm scale which I used to work in before my garden layout, that is still in position! The re-start was to see if I can still make them being a bit old in years at 71 - the answer is yes, I am still capable, even when making the (very) tiny cubes of .010 for nuts on wagons - and there ain't half a lot of them. 

In between times I have been somewhat busy travelling to and from Bristol, as my son has just died from Pancreatic cancer. which proved to be the usual efficient killer that it is, as the Pancreas is very important to the body indeed, any malfunction soon shows it, as low down, and  right hand side backache,  but  when finally diagnosed it is (as was found out) to be too late to stop it.

We will still be travelling the motorways between Manchester & (almost) Bristol to see his young children, but at least the journey, though long, (almost 200 miles) is relatively easy.

Back to other things - I have as a result of coach, and train  trips to Scotland gained an interest in the railways there and their rolling stock. There was always an interest but seeing the magnificent scenery etc enhanced the interest!

Above is a couple of the newly built in 4mm scale vehiles - the 18 foot long CCT is scratch built, from Plasticard to an very old drawing I believe by Gavin Wilson of Dundee. It represents the first set of such vehicles numbered 15 - 20. It is not lettered yet as I think about the lettering - the drawing shows it lettered like the NBR CCT's - there are no known photos of them alas.

They are painted with Humbrol Acrylic Maunsell Olive green which is quite good but needs a couple of coats at leasto

The OCT, with a couple of Springside cars which are a tight fit, is a etched brass kit by Lochgorm kits. - very nice and much easier than scratch building them - I have another to build soon, meanwhile some NBR stock is under way. Lochgorm also sell a short horsebox which I will be buying.  I have no connection with them, other than a satisfied customer.

Since the photo was taken the cross rods between brake shoes have been added though it needs number plates they are supplied in the kit for all the vehicles made.

Yours Peter.

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Peter, the models looks good.


Sorry to hear about your son, it is normal  for parents to go before their children, not their children first



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Deepest sympathies with the passing of your son. Very sad news.

Life can be very cruel.

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My condolances on your loss Peter.
Your model skills are excellent seeing these wagons.
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Hi,

Thank you for the kind comments - they are much appreciated.

Yours Peter

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Hi Peter,so sorry to hear of your sad loss.My thoughts are with you and your family.



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Hi Peter

My condolences for your and your families loss.

I used to model the highland as well, and hope to have a go again, but need to build a working locomotive first.

Your models are impressive.

I have posted a few of the ones I made approx 20 years a go.

Etched brass 20T Brake van



White metal Cattle wagon kit



16 Ton Loco coal wagon - plastic kit



and a meat van - another plastic kit



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Hello Peter.  Very sad to hear of the loss of your dear son. At least you have the small comfort that he lives on through your grandchildren.

 

Great models.  There are a couple of books by Ian Futers on modelling Scottish Railways, published by Book Law Publications/Santona Publications.

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Hi,

Thank you both for your thoughts they are appreciated.

Paul your kits look good - I like the big 6 wheel goods brake van.

Lochgorm kits have a good range of HR etched brass if you are interested.

At that time (20 years ago, I was building 4mm scale models for the EM gauge stand at the Manchester exhibition; then we moved (& I retired) to look after my mother in law who had a good larger garden - that allowed me to build a 1/20th scale American Narrrow Guage layout which I still have - now I am trying out 4 mm again to try out my (older) eyes which still seem to be in order. Though dropping into position the nuts/bolt heads on wagons etc., is a a bit fraught at times!

Also if you search for 'Ben Alder' who lives in Thurso and has a HR (in BR days) layout he has modified a Hornby T9 to be a reasonable  look alike for the Ben 4 4 0's. The topic has been running for quite a time so its long:  and  is very informative.


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Hi Peter
Those kits were all made to P4, I did convert a class 20, but never got a highland loco built. I've been away from the hobby for about 20 years, but have returned back to the fold and building in 00. A small P4 diarama / shunting layout may be started in the future. 
As for seeing the bolts, without my glasses I cant see the 12"/foot versions never mind the 1/76th ones :roll:
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