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Well I've now updated the collection to include a personally renumbered EWS 60 that I converted from the standard 60052 to 60096 using fox transfers and enamel thinners and cocktail sticks...lol.

Let me know what you think of it as I have also added the griffin to the side of the loco which wasn't added to the origional model.

Let me know what you think. And yes I know the yellow stripe doesn't match the origional stripe parts but that is going to be dulled down using weathering powders once the numbers have settles correctly.

http://bitsandbobs.fotopic.net/p50571347.html
 

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I purchased a new loco today from sale on ebay and it is that nice that i have taken the numbers off the one I already had and have decided to keep the one I got today as it is and not renumber it as it looks good.

Judge for yourself.

 

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After the last loco was purchased I decided to change the loco in my collection that was origionally numbered 60052 seeing as the newer one had a better weathering effect on it.

I decided on 2 numbers either 60500 or 60100. I contacted shawplan to see if they did the nameplate for 60500 which they didn't at the time but they did say they would look into it for me and get back to me with a price. So I plumped for 60100 the last in the class 60 numbers.

I've placed an order for the "Pride of Acton" nameplate but I thought I would share a pic of the renumbering of it.



 

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The decals are from fox transfers.

It is a bit of a challenge especially the end numbers with them being very very tiny.

I got another delivery this morning for my collection as well today in the way of a bachrus rolling road set so I can run in my locos without them moving an inch. I'm planning on placing a small length of track on a plinth of wood so I can take it into the shed and also use it in the house if I'm just wanting to run in my dc locos.

In the picture below you will see I have one of my other purchases this week the weathered 60096 I bought off ebay being broken in.



They are very reasonable the rolling road bits from Bachrus and a better alternative if you are short of cash and can't afford the gaugemaster version and also good if you are limited for space as well.
 

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Nice models, and there seem to even more on the way such as the new Mk 3 coaches from Dapol. I was just wondering though...

I can't understand all this business of "breaking in" a locomotive, whether in N or H0/OO? Do they not work perfectly out of the box? I do find that smoothness of motion can be better after the locomotive has been warmed up by a few laps of the layout but that's just part of an operating session and there wouldn't be a need for a dedicated machine or post-purchase routine for it? To me it seems like taking a new model and making it second hand before using it...?!

Or is it more to do with how the model is manufacturered? I think it was Dapol (?) who used lubrication/grease that would become solid if not distributed through the mechanism by use straight after purchase? I suppose that my European models must use non-clogging oil and so there is no need for such a running in period. I've always been lucky enough to have smooth running straight out of the box.
 

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QUOTE (goedel @ 15 Nov 2008, 14:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I can't understand all this business of "breaking in" a locomotive, whether in N or H0/OO? Do they not work perfectly out of the box?

Personally, if a locomotive does not run perfectly out of the box then back it goes. However, I do find that a locomotive runs better & smoother after a suitable running in session which is usually 1 hour "forwards" then one hour "backwards" on the rolling road (Gaugemaster in my case) on analogue. If required a decoder will be fitted at this stage then 1 hour on the layout with the sort of load it will pull in service. After that the CV's will be set.
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 15 Nov 2008, 14:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Personally, if a locomotive does not run perfectly out of the box then back it goes. However, I do find that a locomotive runs better & smoother after a suitable running in session which is usually 1 hour "forwards" then one hour "backwards" on the rolling road (Gaugemaster in my case) on analogue.

Very true Brian if the model doesnt run out of the box it should go back .... a Gaugmaster here on DC does the trick in the same manner, i have heard the gearing beds in after a length of time running.
Therefore with s/h locos this should be done already ready for decoder fitting reminds me i have a few locos that need running in
 

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Thanks for the comments guys it is very much appreciated.

I got home from work today and to my surprise I had some post that wasn't just bills. I went through the routine of opening the envelopes and noticed that one of them was from Shawplan. Now I only placed the order for the items at 16:30hrs on Thursday and here I am Saturday and the plates for 60100 have arrived. I can't wait to get them onto the loco and get it finished.



I then pulled out the reciept from the envelope and also noticed that there was another set of nameplates in there as well. I made an enquiry to shawplan when I ordered the plates for 60100 for plates for another project which was going to be my next ews class 60 project which was to renumber one from 60052 to 60500 but when I looked on their site they didn't advertise the plates I needed to complete it. But the helpfull Brian Hanson said he would ask to see if it could be done.

To my surprise also in the pack was the plates for 60500 as well. Ok I made an enquiry about them and I'm chuffed to bits that I managed to get them. Especially as he said they were only doing them in OO gauge.

And here they are in all their glory as well as the plaque that adorns the side of the cab as well.



Thanks Brian.
 

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I can now announce a new addition to my collection 60100 Pride of Acton.



After consultation with Upnick I realised that the numbers on the otherside to the picture needs slight adjustment as the numbers are a little skew. Hopefully that will be sorted in the next few days.

Comments welcome.
 

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Looks great


David
 
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