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Mike 84C

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About Mike 84C

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    Ex BR loco fireman at 84C Banbury also at Bescot.
    Ex HGV driver
    Ex Transport Manager(poacher turned gamekeeper)!
    Ex full time staff at Boston Lodge and volunteer driver on Festiniog Rly
    Just gone semi retired hgv driver with Moy Park Foods.


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    Digby Lincolnshire


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    Turn of century American RR Colorado Midland and Irish railways!


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    Semi retired poultry food distribution executive aka. HGV driver and its a big un!!!

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  1. NIce work it has a" presence", from your photos the feel of the loco looks good. I started with an old Mainline B1 and it just did'nt have the mass of yours. The King Arthur is a much better starting point. Just a thought, I cut a piece out of the firebox down to where the inward curve starts th en spliced in a piece which I had put the curves in with a piece of metal rod and the boiling water treatment. Just a couple of shots to illustrate my point. The loco is no more! it got dropped onto a hard floor. And the chassis got the dreaded split gear disease.
  2. David, if you would like to try wood ash, pm me and I''ll send you a bag, 'cos I got the fire lit!
  3. Gentlemen, thank you for all your replies, how I missed the obvious in Glendergs Quiet Man post I don't know, maybe I do not have to worry so much about matching colour shades! But the coach I painted about four years ago looks much darker than one I did a month ago. It was how much Blue ink in the mix where the grey stuff failed.
  4. Many moons ago someone posted mixing ratio's for CIE Dark Green. I think the mix included blue ink? and the make and type of paint. I thought I had made a record of it but its in a very very safe place! I also thought I'd used every keyword reference on this "zb" system! Can someone repost the reciepe please? got some coached to paint!.
  5. I have done the Archers rivets route on a 4mm scale tender, looks good but my, was it boring to do and not as quick as you might think. Get it sealed and painted a.s.a.p. when finished retire with a stiff drink! But its horses for courses; I will use them again.
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    Some years ago I went on a visit to the main Paris Metro Depot. Any graffiti was instantly removed quite easily, the whole carriage was covered in a sort of clear cling film wrap which was removed and replaced. Viola!! no signature and no graffiti. No idea what it cost though. Has Banksy got a lot to answer for? Maybe. JHB with you all the way.
  7. Whooo red and pink spaghetti !! thats far toooo clever for me David
  8. Much as I would love A J5, without having to scratch build it myself and I totally accept the smaller market i think that price resistance wold be felt at £600. The £300 for the 00 works 101 was heading towards the top of my expenditure platform with sound and DCC added. But a very nice long term plan. Regards Mick
  9. Thank you all very much for your replies. John M's drawings and minister for hardship's postings gave me just what I needed. Its the Ratio wagons that i have got.
  10. Thanks for the replies, I did know about the modern wagons for forestry products. But Galteemore that is good news I shall check my books on the MGWR.
  11. Did CIE or any of its standard gauge constituents run any 4 wheel bolster wagons for carrying timber tree trunks etc? The sort of thing that used to run in permanately coupled pairs on even threes for long loads. i ask because I just got hold of some nice built up models of that type of wagon and cannot recall seeing photos of them in Ireland. Maybe rule 1 applies here!
  12. Thanks for posting Jim, looks like I missed a good show. Johns buildings really look the part but your camera is so cruel, the baseboard joins are dreadful! must give them some thought before next year.
  13. Hey John, Mrs 84 C says top job! fabulous. But the goods shed looks better than I remember!!!!! Your building skills would grace any exhibition layout in the country,well done.
  14. For Kaydee's I use Caister Loco, Pete is usually competative and is local, to me!! For magnets I have just bought from Magnet Expert who are in Tuxford Notts a pack of 10; 50x19x5mm Ferrite magnts with a pull of 1.5kg for £4.64+ Vat and a pack of 2mm dia x 1mm thick Neodymium Magnets 0.11kg pull ,pack of 50 for £4.12 plus vat total invoice £10.51. Really helpful people and have a huge website and range. www.First4Magnets.com. No connection just a happy customer. Mick
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