Hello Jem, I agree with Harry, the prices for the 7 1/4" engines are excessive. The last set of castings I bought cost £200 but this didn't include wheels as I always use steel ones, because of the wear on a Tinkerbelle I built. You should be able to build a narrow gauge 7 1/4" for less than £2000. Eric Walker in cold & damp Nottinghamshire ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jem Harrison" <Jem.Harrison@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <modeleng@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 2:34 PM Subject: [modeleng] Re: [modeleng] Now Ga1 was 3½ versus 5 > Hallo Harry, > > Having gone to a few G1MRA meetings, I thought I ought to join. All I > have > done in G1 is build four wagons, which were very satisfying to construct. > Now fellow G1 members pull my leg about building an engine. As my wagons > are all SDJR vehciles, the loco has to match, but old SDJR locos were > small > boilered types, and my impression is that live-steamers in G1 tend to be > more reliable if they have adequate boilers. I think LBSC was very aware > of > the need for a sizeable boiler & firebox configuration in his design of > Ayesha and Maisie. Thus I intend that my SDJR loco in G1 will be > electrically driven, perhaps with batteries in the tender and controlled > by > a car key fob. (ducking for cover as a modeleng cruise missile heads my > way!). > > I would rather do coal-fired steam in 3½ or perhaps 5-inch gauge. I have > seen some very fine G1 live-steamers: a few Dees, a superb SECR 0-6-0 by > Frank Norton utilizing the D twin cylinder layout, which he accomodated by > giving the leading coupled wheels stub axles. Tom Barrett's locos, with > single cylinders, are good runners. John Barrett's Jubilees and Castles > have impressed as well. The Asters are very good, but ready built engines > require owners with deep pockets. > > On the other hand, the big stuff doesn't come cheap. There are the > machined > parts for a 7½ Romulus for sale in our club at £2100. The seller tells me > that the castings and other bits alone cost £1900 ! He is also selling a > Polly 5 for £5000 is anyone is interested. > > Back to the drawing. It is to 10mm (I would rather 1/32, but the first > wagon I built was from a kit and it was to 10mm, so I have stuck with > that....besides wheels sets tend to be to 10mm). The prtotype is an SDJR > "Scottie" 0-6-0, so nicknamed after the builders of the first batch being > Neilsons of Glasgow. They are really tender versions of the Midland > half-cab, 4ft 6½in wheels (13 spokes). > > Best wishes, > > Jem > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Harry Wade" <hww@xxxxxxxx> > To: <modeleng@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 1:21 PM > Subject: [modeleng] Now Ga1 was 3½ versus 5 > > >> At 09:29 AM 10/4/05 +0100, you wrote: >>>I am currently drawing the tender for a loco in Gauge 1 (10mm - 1ft) - >>>Jem >> >> Jem, >> Which loco did you choose? I'm active in Ga1 myself. There is >> ongoing friendly discussion amongst G1MRA members of which scale is >> preferred, 1:32 or 10mm, with no resolution of course, but there is >> unanimous opinion that 1:29, the scale which is currently used by >> American >> mfg Aristocraft is NOT preferred. >> I'm also relatively active in 7.5"ga, and once upon a time a couple >> of my fellow club members (Not Mr. Jesse!) had an "You're either with us, >> or agin' us" attitude and couldn't seem to get past the idea that >> dabbling >> in more than one gauge,or any gauge but 7.5", was like cheating on your >> wife. But they seem to have gotten over that. >> There is a group of Swiss builders who have done SECR D-class 4-4-0s >> in 10mm to a simply stunning level of detail. >> >> Regards, >> Harry Wade >> >> MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. >> >> To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, >> modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject >> line. >> > > > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. > > To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, > modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject > line. > > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.