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Title: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 07:50:30 PM
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/Cant%20Cove%20and%20Penmayne/Class%2047%20D1662/015-2D1662_zps71d11487.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/Cant%20Cove%20and%20Penmayne/Class%2047%20D1662/015-2D1662_zps71d11487.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 07:51:10 PM
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/Cant%20Cove%20and%20Penmayne/Class%2047%20D1662/016-2D1662_zpsbb2c222c.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/Cant%20Cove%20and%20Penmayne/Class%2047%20D1662/016-2D1662_zpsbb2c222c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 07:59:33 PM
Now, I know Class 47s, let alone D1662, NEVER ran in North Cornwall, but, this is my Rule One exception par excellence! (after the WR took over from the SR the line Bodmin - Wadebridge - Penmayne, they finished upgrading the track to allow Class 35s and Class 42s to run on through trains to Paddington, etc. but, even then, I don't think a Class 47 could have got beyond what is, now, Bodmin Parkway!). D1662 is a rather early birthday present to myself and was created for me by Pauline McKenna from a late model Graham Farish Class 47 supplied by me, last year. D1662 will be inexpensive to have DCC fitted as it is DCC Ready but not yet as I have a big backlog of spare locos. and DMUs to sell (please, see my posts in Classifieds) and a big backlog of locos at Wickness Models to be DCC fitted as I cannot afford to have them all DCC fitted at once!
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Only Me on January 26, 2014, 08:19:40 PM
For super detailed I give you a sister unit (rule one applies too!) fitted with a four function DCC decoder to allow for prototypical lighting as each led is separately wired to a function (so i can even run with a lamp out!) and correctly weathered. From 1963 D1505 until she was named "Rail Riders" from 1974 until being scrapped in 1995 however in Rule one land was renamed at the birth of my daughter In May 2012...

....Jessica Grace.(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 08:30:29 PM
Very nice, indeed. I couldn't bear D1662 to be weathered and neither could Lady Penelope, of Trevelver Castle, high above Cant Cove, who insisted that a carriage washing plant be installed at Penmayne and EVERY passenger train to be run through it, locomotive included, before it left Penmayne! (Otherwise she calls the SR General Manager and threatens to withdraw her invitation to her next Chelsea townhouse 'at home' attended by the cream of Swinging London! Thanks to her vivacious younger daughter, Sylvia, who arranges pop concerts in the Castle grounds THE Cream could also be attendees, not to mention the Stones, the Beatles, the Animals, etc.!)

I will ask Douglas, at Wickness Models, to have D1662 fitted with a four function DCC decoder to allow for prototypical lighting, too! Great idea.

My D1662 is straight from naming in the old I.K. Brunel designed station adjacent to Bristol Temple Meads, on March 20th 1965, Penmayne being a joint WR and SR station.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 08:37:14 PM
For super detailed I give you a sister unit (rule one applies too!) fitted with a four function DCC decoder to allow for prototypical lighting as each led is separately wired to a function (so i can even run with a lamp out!) and correctly weathered. She was IKB originally but renamed at the birth of my daughter D1505....

....Jessica Grace.(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Ah, but Pauline removed the sealed-beam headlamp unit from my Class 47! 8-)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Only Me on January 26, 2014, 08:41:51 PM
True...
Show me a real one with a green roof though ;)
Touché!
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: scottmitchell74 on January 26, 2014, 08:46:46 PM
Very, very nice looking!


Clears throat...

Please pardon my ignorance. I'm new to this forum and I've seen Rule #1 mentioned a lot. What is that? Thanks!  :beers:
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Only Me on January 26, 2014, 09:00:27 PM
Rule 1 - run what you want no matter where your layout is based :)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 09:04:11 PM
True...
Show me a real one with a green roof though ;)
Touché!

AH! Good point. Well spotted. I sent Pauline a black and white photo of D1662 after being named; so my fault not hers. However, that can soon be remedied and a little light exhaust staining applied thereafter! 8-) As D1662 has not, yet, left Yorkshire I'll ask her, very nicely to remedy this error. Shouldn't the roof-mounted shutters be in aluminium? (I know they were on at least some Class 47s in the late 1960s.)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 09:08:31 PM
Hmm, I should have had more faith in Pauline, unless Heljan also got it wrong:

http://www.ehattons.com/images/products/4701-LN_3004117_Qty1_1.jpg (http://www.ehattons.com/images/products/4701-LN_3004117_Qty1_1.jpg)

They do have the aluminium radiators though. (I can do that.)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 09:12:18 PM
Graham Farish concur:

http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t624/3bonesiii/DSCF7380_zps1bbcb256.jpg (http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t624/3bonesiii/DSCF7380_zps1bbcb256.jpg)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Luke Piewalker on January 26, 2014, 09:17:50 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tibshelf/8164172012/#in/photostream/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tibshelf/8164172012/#in/photostream/)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2014, 09:22:08 PM
[url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/tibshelf/8164172012/#in/photostream/[/url] ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/tibshelf/8164172012/#in/photostream/[/url])


Thanks a lot. The roof LOOKS green albeit rather grimy 3 months after looking immaculate for the naming.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris on January 27, 2014, 06:04:12 PM
([url]http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/Cant%20Cove%20and%20Penmayne/Class%2047%20D1662/015-2D1662_zps71d11487.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/Cant%20Cove%20and%20Penmayne/Class%2047%20D1662/015-2D1662_zps71d11487.jpg.html[/url])


That's a great model (and photo). Has D1662 been lowered or is that the factory ride-height now? It's definitely lower than my 57 which was the same tooling.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 27, 2014, 06:10:07 PM
Many thanks, Chris. (Pauline is also a very good photographer.) The 'donor' Class 47 was a recent DCC Ready one so I think it's the factory height.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Only Me on January 27, 2014, 06:19:39 PM
Oh i understand now, old body new dcc chassis? I was scratching my head over what had been done to the body as i have that exact one in my spares box and it looks a perfect match... Also explains why my newer body has the extra headlight then too.  (GF371-825A)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 27, 2014, 06:24:00 PM
Oh no, it's a 'new' body, too. I had bought an old Graham Farish D1662 and asked Pauline to put the body on a new DCC Ready Class 47 chassis: no can do! she replied. So the old Graham Farish D1662 is at BRLines as it got damaged in the post whilst what you see is a new Graham Farish DCC Ready (was a very nice InterCity liveried) Class 47 'renewed' as D1662 body an all!
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 27, 2014, 06:25:02 PM
For super detailed I give you a sister unit (rule one applies too!) fitted with a four function DCC decoder to allow for prototypical lighting as each led is separately wired to a function (so i can even run with a lamp out!) and correctly weathered. She was IKB originally but renamed at the birth of my daughter D1505....

....Jessica Grace.(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

Ah, but Pauline removed the sealed-beam headlamp unit from my Class 47! 8-)

And red-backed nameplates only came in with BR Blue livery, I remember them all in black.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: AJB on January 28, 2014, 01:13:06 PM
I was lucky enough to win one in an N.G.S. magazine competition. See, someone's got to win and I was delighted to receive it!
Alan http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/Smileys/NGF/claphappy.gif (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/Smileys/NGF/claphappy.gif)
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 28, 2014, 09:54:23 PM
Lucky you!  :beers:
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Cooper on January 30, 2014, 09:46:03 PM
It looks lovely! IKB along with GJC were always favourites, probably because of the length of the plates. Although they were blue when I first laid eyes on them.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 30, 2014, 10:02:44 PM
It looks lovely! IKB along with GJC were always favourites, probably because of the length of the plates. Although they were blue when I first laid eyes on them.

THank you but the kudos goes to Pauline McKenna (I just bought the late model Class 47 and coughed up the money!) Unfortunately, I never saw "IKB" except in BR Blue as an ex-work 1662 (I think the nameplates were still with a black background then) but I DD see "GJC" in BR Green with the original length nameplate. (Later it had a replacement set with the name shortened to G.J. Churchward. Sacrilege! 8-) In fact, apart from "IKB" I saw all the original (G)WR named Class 47s in two-tone green.
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Cooper on January 31, 2014, 03:44:27 PM
Sacrilege indeed! It was the really long plates (or the really short ones) that were special to my younger self. Once it was shortened it just wasn't the same!
Title: Re: Super-detailed Class 47 D1662 "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
Post by: Newportnobby on January 31, 2014, 04:33:42 PM
Those I didn't get to see were
D1660 City of Truro
D1665 Titan
D1674 Samson

but I 'copped' the rest :)
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