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  1. pcas1986'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.
    I find it rather amusing that one could look at these things for years and not see them. Your comment got me searching through the magazines on my shelf and a couple of books trying to find evidence but it was inconclusive. Most photos of locos and their tenders then to be from an acute front angle which is nice but the crests are difficult to see. There was one photo that appeared to have the lion looking astern but it was unclear. I'm sure there is something on the web about it but it wasn't that important to me.

    So I have already made the change to making both lions looking forward.
  2. StephenCherry's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by robd
    Thanks, pcas1986, for Big Bertha, excellent model (shouldn't both the cycling lions on the BR tender be facing forward?).

    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.
  3. pcas1986's Avatar
    My "other" project is to rebuild my deck at the back of my house. I want to finish it before Christmas (our summer). About the only thing it has in common with Trainz is that I used Blender to do the design work and size calculations. The deck is about 50 sq metres and extends around the side of the house so it is quite complex.

    I thought I might also write a few more tutorials for the TrainzDev WiKi and maybe do an industry asset or something with quite a bit of animation and scripting. I also have a scripting job to do for someone else.

    But I will return to locos. I need to update my first loco (a 54xx tank engine) and then think about another.

    You may have seen it but there is a longish thread running in the Freeware Forum about Big Bertha.
  4. Edweird's Avatar
    Well, it seems I am a little late to the party. I didn't get an e-mail notification about an update. Sorry Paul. The finished product looks fabulous. I'm so glad I got to watch this project develop. I am going to download this straight away.

    When you say something completely different, do you mean not to do with trainz altogether or completely different from Bertha?
  5. robd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pcas1986
    Thanks. I Googled Big Bertha many times and that page never came up which is curious. I'm not sure about the lining. The tender side has an angled side, probably for strengthening, which is about where the lining might be. It might be that visible in the drawing.

    I didn't know about the date of the revised BR token but I did find several photos of ex LMS locos wearing the earlier logo so I figured that it was more likely that she had that one.
    I agree with what you say about the lining, it's not at all clear from that picture and it may be just artistic license. My guess is that the BR era tender wouldn't have had any BR totem, they wouldn't have bothered and just left the LMS logo to fade and blacken into oblivion until Big Bertha was withdrawn, but, that's just a guess.

    Rob.

    P.S. I Googled "Lickey Banker"
  6. pcas1986's Avatar
    Further to the missing assets problem. Please see this post in the Freeware Announcements forum. http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showt...90#post1029690
  7. pcas1986's Avatar
    OK. The problem with the Pikkabird assets has been discussed elsewhere in the Freeware Announcements and TS2010 forums. Neither of which I subscribe to. However this post may be of interest to those with this problem:

    http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showt...27#post1029427
  8. pcas1986's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by robd
    Are these the missing assets?

    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:61:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:26:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:27:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:60:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:14:40> is unknown.

    If so, they are pikkabirds and are built in to TS2009.
    They are also built into TS10 and TS12 according to my installations. These assets are commonly used in locos using the ACS coupling system.

    Edit: I'm not sure how to get around this problem. If I search the DLS I can only see the obsoleted versions. Because they are built-in I cannot delete them and then download them again even if they were on the DLS.

    The loco is built for TS10 version 3.3 so I'm puzzled why folks are having problems. However I do have some of N3V's addons installed such as S&C, Duchess pack, etc. I recall S&C has caused similar problems before.
    Updated August 25th, 2012 at 01:02 AM by pcas1986
  9. pcas1986's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by robd
    This may help, it's not a photo but a drawing from a comic. It shows the Lickey Banker aka Big Bertha or Big Emma with the cycling lion on the tender, also appears to be lined, so the accuracy of the drawing may be questionable! Scroll down the page a bit.

    Big Bertha finished duties as the Lickey Banker in 1956, a BR Standard 9f then took up the duties. The revised BR totem (lion holding wheel) was introduced in 1957, I think you're pretty safe sticking to the cycling lion.

    http://www.britishcomics.20m.com/ginger02.htm
    Thanks. I Googled Big Bertha many times and that page never came up which is curious. I'm not sure about the lining. The tender side has an angled side, probably for strengthening, which is about where the lining might be. It might be that visible in the drawing.

    I didn't know about the date of the revised BR token but I did find several photos of ex LMS locos wearing the earlier logo so I figured that it was more likely that she had that one.
  10. robd's Avatar
    Are these the missing assets?

    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:61:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:26:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:27:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:60:40> is unknown.
    Error: Dependency <kuid2:2512:14:40> is unknown.

    If so, they are pikkabirds and are built in to TS2009.
  11. clivegroberts's Avatar
    Hi I have downloaded Big Bertha but there seems to be some missing assets on the server. They are early assets from Pikkabird. Do you know where i can obtain them from, many thanks
  12. robd's Avatar
    This may help, it's not a photo but a drawing from a comic. It shows the Lickey Banker aka Big Bertha or Big Emma with the cycling lion on the tender, also appears to be lined, so the accuracy of the drawing may be questionable! Scroll down the page a bit.

    Big Bertha finished duties as the Lickey Banker in 1956, a BR Standard 9f then took up the duties. The revised BR totem (lion holding wheel) was introduced in 1957, I think you're pretty safe sticking to the cycling lion.

    http://www.britishcomics.20m.com/ginger02.htm
    Updated August 24th, 2012 at 03:06 PM by robd
  13. pcas1986's Avatar
    Yes. It was one of the last things I did and obviously the finishing line distracted me. I don't know which of the two BR logos BB wore so I chose that one. The only pic I have of her with the BR number has her tender still painted with LMS.

    Perhaps someone will enlighten me so I'll wait a few days before correcting it. Its an attachment so its easy to correct. Edit. No, its not. I have to provide an extra texture to provide the reversed view. No big deal.
    Updated August 24th, 2012 at 08:53 AM by pcas1986
  14. robd's Avatar
    Thanks, pcas1986, for Big Bertha, excellent model (shouldn't both the cycling lions on the BR tender be facing forward?).
  15. williamfj2's Avatar
    Thanks for creating Big Bertha, she looks great!
  16. pcas1986's Avatar
    Update:

    I have a new engine spec from Azervich which helps the hissing issue. I believe this is the safeties (safetys?) lifting noise. It was driving me nuts! The new engine spec is better than before. The safetys still lift but at least the noise goes away after a while.

    I still haven't looked at the animdist problem. Sorry Kieran! But I will. Sometimes the wheel rotation looks ok but other times it doesn't.

    The spotlight now has a "cone" around it which makes it looks more like a spotlight - in my view anyway! Currently I'm trying to make up my mind if the spotlight should come on with the headlight activation. When coupling to the rear of a train the spotlight automatically goes off. This is a Trainz thing. I'm wondering if I should try and force it to stay on.

    The MR version now has the Midland Railway logo on the cab.

    I still have to do the BR logo on the tender for the BR version plus pinstriping.

    I have been spending my time looking through old copies of the "The Engineer" on the web hoping to find the article about Big Bertha. Apparently the article was in the May edition of "The Railway Engineer". I was hoping they were the same journal. Probably not. Just by chance I found a really good article on GNR1000, which, I believe was the same loco in the video about loco repair published recently. The article in the journal has some incredible detail of this loco.
  17. pcas1986's Avatar
    That's fine. I'm still having problems with the engine spec anyway and am wondering if something else is causing the problem.
  18. Edweird's Avatar
    Mad as it might sound, I think I'd rather wait for the finished versions. That is unless you want me to beta test it of course.
  19. pcas1986's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edweird
    This is well beyond me now. I know a little bit about real locomotive workings, but the ins and outs of Trainz? Nope
    Me too! There are lots of rather complex numbers in the engine spec and the interesting thing is that the WiKi says some are ignored. If it all goes to custard I will use my own engine spec with the default values from the WiKi.

    If you (Ed, that is) want a beta version to play with then PM me with a e-mail address. The CDPs are around 13 mb in total. Since sending it to Kieran, I am half way through making a screw reverser for the LMS and BR versions. The current beta version is the MR version which is slightly later than the one I sent Kieran. Only the side numbers and logos have changed plus it is using an interim engine spec.

    Or you can wait until I upload it to the DLS.

    I need to finish this soon as spring is almost here and I have a large home project to work on.
  20. Edweird's Avatar
    This is well beyond me now. I know a little bit about real locomotive workings, but the ins and outs of Trainz? Nope
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