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Been doing a spot of shopping, first up are a couple of new(ish) books by Kevin Derrick and published buy Strathwood. I’ve always liked class 25s and 45s so the these books are right up my street. A4 hardbacks and full colour they are essentially picture books with a very brief intro. That’s fine with me as other books dealing with the technical sides of these locos are already out there and do we really need a repeat? Besides pictures appeal to my, ‘what does it look like, I don’t care how it does what it does’ approach to things.
What I like about these 2 books is that effort has been put in to showing different livery variations and in the case of the Peaks nameplates (including the painted ones). Add in there’s some nice New Street shots in both and I’m more than happy.
£19.99 each website

Sometimes an impulse buy can lead to a whole load of trouble. In this instance I’ve always liked Jintys and indeed I scratchbuilt a body for an n gauge one as a kid. It was a bit rubbish to be honest, ok a lot rubbish and the fact that it was scratchbuilt couldn’t save it from the bin! However the Great British Locomotives collection have just done one and for less than a tenner I couldn’t resist!

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This is how it came out of the packet although I did reattach the bufferbeam so that it was straight. The magazine isn’t really one, more of a stand alone article but I was surprised that it’s quite well done with some good images and illustrations.
In the real world steam wasn’t allowed in New Street in my era so the above would never have happened but it’s good for a little flight of fantasy.
The problem is I’ve found myself looking at the Brassmasters detailing kit, as well as the High Level chassis kit. Also thoughts of a small diorama based on some sort of industrial setting and set at night (and in the rain). This is not a good thing!

5 Responses

  1. Kevin prince

    I’ve been disappointed a little in the past with Strathwood so tend not to buy from this distance. In the rats book is there much coverage of the Cambrian and, particularly, Oswestry/Blodwell Junction?

    That Jinty is a slippery slope, glad I’m safe from the temptation

    Kev

    31/07/2014 at 8:39 pm

  2. A small diorama in the rain at night sounds really interesting! Just do it!

    01/08/2014 at 1:35 am

  3. Simon Glidewell

    Hello Jim,

    And why not? A short project that could be finished in a reasonable time and provide occasional diversions from the main opus is a sound idea.

    04/08/2014 at 7:28 am

  4. jim s-w

    Hi Kevin

    There’s some images from the Cambrian but I’m not familiar with it so I wouldn’t know if the locations are the Cambrian or not, sorry

    Jim

    04/08/2014 at 8:00 am

  5. jim s-w

    It’s just a distraction though Simon. All aspects of the main project can be considered short projects and they are all varied.

    Having said that this looks really sweet http://www.brassmasters.co.uk/deeley.htm

    And a Tim Horn baseboard would be quick to bung together!

    04/08/2014 at 8:02 am

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