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  1. pcas1986's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edweird
    LINES! SHE HAS LINES!
    On the tender and around the cab number but none that I can see on the boiler. I think this is the only colour photo I've seen of Big Bertha. It always puzzles me why UK locos painted black tend to have a greenish tinge in photos. Perhaps its the way film was processed in those days.
  2. Edweird's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by robd
    Paul, thanks for the updates. Take a look at this, I think you'll find it interesting!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boxbrow...in/photostream
    LINES! SHE HAS LINES!
  3. Edweird's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pcas1986
    Have you changed your avatar? It now covers most of your user name - as does mine. Or at least it does on my monitor.
    For me, everyone with locomotive avatars have it covering their name, or at least most of it. I wonder if it's something to do with screen resolution?

    Also, I just noticed on that link about Smokey Joe so I've had a poke around the internet. The Y9 is virtually the same as the CR 264 Class, minus the buffers, safety valves and cab sides. What about drawings for one of those and adapting it?
    Updated September 11th, 2012 at 10:19 AM by Edweird
  4. pcas1986's Avatar
    It was an NBR Y9. See http://www.lner.info/locos/Y/y9.shtml. Do you have a scaled drawing?

    Have you changed your avatar? It now covers most of your user name - as does mine. Or at least it does on my monitor.
  5. captainkman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pcas1986
    No, it was an 0-4-0 from memory. I haven't been able to find the discussion.
    Any chance it was a 0F/Pug? Or maybe a Holden 101 tank? Or maybe I'm just displaying wishful thinking?

    I can name many 0-4-0s if you want me to.
  6. pcas1986's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edweird
    It wouldn't happen to be the GER A55 would it? The 0-10-0 tank engine prototype?
    No, it was an 0-4-0 from memory. I haven't been able to find the discussion.
  7. Edweird's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pcas1986
    Diesels don't really interest me so I'm not inclined to make one. Although I wouldn't say never. Maybe some day. I'm really a steam engine fan and particularly tank locos. Someone mentioned a saddle tank loco that was rather appealing but I couldn't find any scaled drawings.

    VinnyBarb and others make some really beautiful diesels with a lot of attention to detail and texture
    It wouldn't happen to be the GER A55 would it? The 0-10-0 tank engine prototype?
  8. pcas1986's Avatar
    Diesels don't really interest me so I'm not inclined to make one. Although I wouldn't say never. Maybe some day. I'm really a steam engine fan and particularly tank locos. Someone mentioned a saddle tank loco that was rather appealing but I couldn't find any scaled drawings.

    VinnyBarb and others make some really beautiful diesels with a lot of attention to detail and texture
  9. Edweird's Avatar
    I know Bertha was a big project, given how much research had to be done in order to find details about the locomotive, and she is of a fairly complex design but what of a 'simpler' locomotive?
    Lets say a Class 56, because I cannot for the life of me find any for Trainz. I would have thought they would be much less work than a steam loco. You could probably get away with using any old 'CO' bogie and type 5 engine-spec. Surely diesels must be a lot quicker to 'build' than a steam engine.
    Updated September 7th, 2012 at 08:48 PM by Edweird
  10. pcas1986's Avatar
    I don't know when I will get around to it as I have a couple of scripting things to do for others. Plus the weather has eased from below freezing to a nice day for the first day of spring so the garden needs some work.

    My father was in the RN during the war and I was in the RAN for 20 years before working for defence for another 20+. Never got to the UK during my Navy time but did for a work visit for Navy purposes in the late '90's as I recall. Most of our deployments in those days were in the far east and mid Pacific.

    I also lived in Fareham for a while and went to a college in Southsea for a couple of years before emigrating.
  11. robd's Avatar
    The auction site text does say that the handrails aren't fitted, they're in the kit box! Glad you've decided to go ahead with the BR black lined. The cabside and tender had a light grey/white outer stripe, a black gap then a red inner stripe. The boiler bands were double red stripes. Here is a pic with some detail of the cabside of 44871. The tender lining is the same.


    Imageshack

    When I was in the RN and based in Portsmouth for a while I visited and stayed on the IOW many times, a very nice, beautiful part of the UK. The bus company, if I remember correctly, was known as Southern Vectis, green livery with gold lettering. No motorways indeed but absolutely thronging with tourists in Summer!

    P.S. Thanks for the permission, I will probably go ahead and do the lining for myself.
    Updated August 31st, 2012 at 07:21 AM by robd
  12. pcas1986's Avatar
    ps. The name Vectis (the auction company) got my attention. It is the name of the bus company on the Isle of Wight where I lived as a child. My dad was a IOW native and was a Vectis bus driver for a while. The word Vectis is Roman and apparently was the Roman name for the Isle of Wight. Just a bit of trivia. Its about the only place in the UK that I might be tempted to move back to. At least there are no motorways there.
  13. pcas1986's Avatar
    You can if you wish but maybe I will do it after all. The model has other differences such as four Ross Popp safeties and the rearmost handrails on the front footplate are missing. There is some mention of handrails in the text so maybe they are unfitted. The red bands around the boiler appear to be in the same location as the bands I applied to the model.

    The painted bands around the boiler will probably be the hardest part. Does anyone have a close up of the multicoloured bands similar to those on the tender? I've got a bunch of books and mags I can look through as well.
  14. robd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pcas1986
    There are two photos of BB I hadn't seen before. At least it confirms the logo and the direction on the right hand side. I'm still unconvinced about the lining. There appears to be one but it may be just a light effect. In any case its not sufficiently clear enough for me to get a paintbrush out.

    I don't recall ever taking photos of trains when I was a kid in the UK. Or if I did, none of them survived.
    Paul: Here is more evidence of BR58100 in Lined BR black. Granted, it's a model but do people buy expensive kits and then paint them inaccurately? Scroll down to lot: 4458 'Big Bertha', enlarge the picture.

    If you don't mind I would like to add a lining to your BR58100 model, strictly for my own use of course, would you be offended if I posted a screenshot on the forum?

    Thanks, Rob.

    http://www.vectis.co.uk/page/viewauc...=1433&Start=20
  15. pcas1986's Avatar
    There are two photos of BB I hadn't seen before. At least it confirms the logo and the direction on the right hand side. I'm still unconvinced about the lining. There appears to be one but it may be just a light effect. In any case its not sufficiently clear enough for me to get a paintbrush out.

    I don't recall ever taking photos of trains when I was a kid in the UK. Or if I did, none of them survived.
  16. robd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pcas1986
    I didn't mind the logo debate but I do wish I had a definitive photo of BB's tender in BR colours.
    Paul, thanks for the updates. Take a look at this, I think you'll find it interesting!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boxbrow...in/photostream
    Updated August 30th, 2012 at 02:29 PM by robd
  17. pcas1986's Avatar
    It seems that Big Bertha now downloads without errors for those who were missing kuids. I also fixed a couple of other things.

    So unless Kieran comes up with something new or someone has additional information that might improve the model I'll probably leave it alone. There are a couple of minor texturing issues that I wasn't entirely happy with but they are not worth pursuing.

    I'm looking forward to someone coming up with a session for BB in the Lickey Incline route that is currently on the DLS. Or any other suitable route for that matter. That would be interesting.

    I didn't mind the logo debate but I do wish I had a definitive photo of BB's tender in BR colours.
  18. robd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nathanmallard
    Would people stop complaining! If you put him off content creating for good, your not going to be very happy!
    Pcas1986, your model is excellent and I look forward to your next project.
    I don't think there has been any complaining about the model in this blog. There have been some complaints and negative posts in the forums, all of which are totally unjustified.

    The Big Bertha model is a superb example of the content creators work, in this case pcas1986.
  19. nathanmallard's Avatar
    Would people stop complaining! If you put him off content creating for good, your not going to be very happy!
    Pcas1986, your model is excellent and I look forward to your next project.
  20. robd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StephenCherry
    No. BR tried to use the cycling lions both facing forward, but were told that would involve a serparate crest. Had to be content with one lion looking where he'd been.
    Are you sure about the cycling lion i.e. BR's first lion totem?

    There was a problem with the revised BR totem i.e. lion holding wheel, when that was first introduced in 1957, BR initially had both lions facing forward but it was quickly pointed out to BR that the lion that they depicted in the revised totem was a 'lion rampant', a heraldic icon/token (not sure of the correct nomenclature) and as such, according to heraldic convention and rules, should always face to the left, thats why the lion on the right side of a loco/tender with the revised totem always looks to the rear.

    Not so with the first totem i.e. the cycling lion, it's not a heraldic symbol but mistakes were made initially. In general, cycling lion totem both left and right side faced forwards.
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