Well not really, but it’s more acceptable title than “D’you wanna see my etchings ?” which was my first idea ! This lot dropped on the mat this week, having learnt that 247 was discontinuing carriage sides I helped Gary’s stock clearance along a little and ordered this lot: I sent some more of my pocket money in Bill Bedford’s direction too, there’s one of his Porthole BSKs there along with an LMS horsebox. The latter of course proves one of the Universal Laws of Railway Modelling, namely that an RTR version will be announced shortly after you’ve bought/built the kit. This lot, together with a couple of sets of Comet sides from the stockpile and a large pile of Airfix coaches, will form next year’s carriage building programme. The end result should hopefully be two complete prototypical sets for Newton Stewart formed BSK/CK/BSK and BSK/CK/BSK/SK along with a couple of spares, another two sets will be dependant on me getting hold of some Comet sides. The recent announcement by Andrew Hartshorne of Wizard Models is therefore very welcome news indeed.
I haven’t forgotten the very nice Bachmann and Hornby period 3 coaches in all this (even if at least one of those manufacturers appears to have), the etched sides will form sets where I’ve managed to pin down diagram numbers from the photos available. The RTR coaches will form generic sets, especially for the crimson/cream period where photographic evidence is less prolific; the intention being to avoid having etched sides and RTR in the same train.
I’d better get on and finish this year’s programme then !