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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #315 on: March 30, 2018, 10:20:33 AM »
For a brief time in the early 60s 75013 was allocated to shed 1E Bletchley and so, of course, would have made it over to Oxfordshire via the 'Varsity Line', John ;)
http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=class&id=746001&type=S&page=alloc


It was probably a few years, as the reference photos shows it at Oxford in 4/65.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/camperdown/8214305741/in/photolist-dvSsV4

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #316 on: March 30, 2018, 10:51:04 AM »
Proof positive. Thanks, Alan :)

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #317 on: March 30, 2018, 02:02:04 PM »
For a brief time in the early 60s 75013 was allocated to shed 1E Bletchley and so, of course, would have made it over to Oxfordshire via the 'Varsity Line', John ;)
http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=class&id=746001&type=S&page=alloc


It was probably a few years, as the reference photos shows it at Oxford in 4/65.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/camperdown/8214305741/in/photolist-dvSsV4


Cheers,
Alan


That's a very interesting database - I'll enjoy some time looking through it.  Thank you.

I tend to associate the 4MT 4-6-0s in this condition with the North-West, but 75013 wasn't one of these ones according to the listings.  Still, it'll look fabulous, wherever it goes!

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #318 on: March 30, 2018, 04:27:51 PM »
The final major work has been completed on the 4MT.

Only needs a chassis clean and run, and coaling now, and a portrait with its two classmates before heading for its new home.







I also weathered an 08 and a renumbered new class 40 at the same time, as I try to do multiple models at the same time when the paint is out, otherwise wastage gets large!





I'm inclined to sell these two, as I'll need funds to afford to populate my upcoming NGS carflats - Oxford cars are reasonably cheap, but not when you're likely to need 50+ of them. Anyone interested in these, give me a shout.

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Truly stunning work

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« Reply #319 on: March 30, 2018, 05:35:53 PM »
Lovely models Alan, great work!

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« Reply #320 on: March 30, 2018, 05:39:38 PM »
Looks really good weathered.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #321 on: March 30, 2018, 06:36:01 PM »
Superb stuff Al, NPN should be well pleased.   :thumbsup:

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« Reply #322 on: March 30, 2018, 09:37:29 PM »
The 4MT commission is now complete - reassembled, cleaned, tested, coaled.

A final few pictures with her classmates, before she leaves for a depot change, Oxford way.













It's always potentially cringeworthy to compare models you made some time ago, but I think the oldest, 75021, still stands well against the more recently made ones.

Now she's gathering steam, ready for a journey south.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #323 on: March 30, 2018, 09:44:56 PM »
A stunning trio :heart2:

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #324 on: April 01, 2018, 12:02:48 PM »
I’ve deliberately refrained from ‘oohing and aahing’ over each stage of the development of the locomotive as, after all, this is Alan’s personal thread but now feel it’s the time to break silence and express my gratitude to Alan for what he has created.

Imagine the pride/thrill of owning a hand-made, painted and weathered model locomotive nobody else in the universe has, and which no one else (possibly even the esteemed Alan himself) could ever exactly replicate. I am just a very, very lucky man.

Even if a mass produced ready to run version of this class were to be released it would not and could not ever match the quality of Alan’s work.
   
There are a handful of wonderfully skilled people on this forum who are capable of bringing into life locos and rolling stock not catered for by the main manufacturers. Not only are we lucky to have them on our forum but must surely tip our hats to them for their expertise.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #325 on: April 01, 2018, 12:09:56 PM »
Awesome. Triple multiple  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #326 on: April 01, 2018, 01:29:46 PM »
There are a handful of wonderfully skilled people on this forum who are capable of bringing into life locos and rolling stock not catered for by the main manufacturers. Not only are we lucky to have them on our forum but must surely tip our hats to them for their expertise.

As well as congratulating Alan, I'll second that and thank them also for taking the time to share their skills, achievements and the odd disappointment. I learn something every day from the contributors to this site, which is what makes it worthwhile to subscribe.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #327 on: April 01, 2018, 05:43:21 PM »
There are a handful of wonderfully skilled people on this forum who are capable of bringing into life locos and rolling stock not catered for by the main manufacturers. Not only are we lucky to have them on our forum but must surely tip our hats to them for their expertise.

As well as congratulating Alan, I'll second that and thank them also for taking the time to share their skills, achievements and the odd disappointment. I learn something every day from the contributors to this site, which is what makes it worthwhile to subscribe.

Mike

Agree with all of that. I could never, ever, match that skill and workmanship. Just amazing.

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« Reply #328 on: April 01, 2018, 07:41:05 PM »
I’ve deliberately refrained from ‘oohing and aahing’ over each stage of the development of the locomotive as, after all, this is Alan’s personal thread but now feel it’s the time to break silence and express my gratitude to Alan for what he has created.

Imagine the pride/thrill of owning a hand-made, painted and weathered model locomotive nobody else in the universe has, and which no one else (possibly even the esteemed Alan himself) could ever exactly replicate. I am just a very, very lucky man.

Thank you indeed - I hope that you will be happy with it.

Even if a mass produced ready to run version of this class were to be released it would not and could not ever match the quality of Alan’s work.

It's absolutely guaranteed that now this one has been done for you that Bachmann will announce an RTR one.

There are a handful of wonderfully skilled people on this forum who are capable of bringing into life locos and rolling stock not catered for by the main manufacturers. Not only are we lucky to have them on our forum but must surely tip our hats to them for their expertise.

It's not just that - a lot can be done with RTR - even just weathering and simple renumbering (like the 40 and 08 done at the same time - 08 sold by the way, 40 still available to anyone who's interested), can take a lot away from a standard model, remove the plastic feeling and make it something more unique and all together more life-like.

As I've gone on in modelling, I really feel that there's less and less point in just dropping something out of a box and running it - whilst I understand that it can be difficult, even just fitting the detail bits to a loco will help raise it above everyone elses. Amazing how many magazine pictures of featured layouts have locos that haven't had coupling hooks and vac pipes fitted. Beyond that, trying is the only way to start getting into this type of modelling - grab a scrappy loco from the secondhand stand or ebay and have a go. If it doesn't go right, you've only gained in experience at the expense of very little.

75021 is a case in point - that was one of my first (might actually have been the first) detailed loco I ever did. It was an old pre-built Langley 4MT bought off ebay for a song and stripped, rebuilt, detailed and put on a replacement modern chassis. These models make an attractive starter as they are a useful loco, and a reasonable quality casting, but are still easy to build, even with no superdetailing. There's often old examples about secondhand (both 75021 and 75017 were sourced as such) that are perfect fodder.

So have a go - what's the worst that can happen?

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - 4MT
« Reply #329 on: April 01, 2018, 07:46:37 PM »
Thanks again, Alan.
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