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  1. No, don’t use a fluid, just wipe away with a cloth (or paper towel) (And use a fairly thich aint) It leaves just enough to suggest the lead strips between the glazing. jan
  2. Hi Ives, Are you sure that those are blocks in the antenna-wiring? They look like black porcelain isolators to me. Jan
  3. But it should not go ‘in front’: a train in ‘push-mode’ was, as far i know, speed delimited, especially if low weihjt carriages are pushed. Jan
  4. I think the answers of the first two questions are hidden in the mists of history..... The answer to the third question is (as far as I know) yes. Some small inland craft are still build kind of shell first: Although it is hardly a shell: those are mainly working boats, build on a heavy floor, and with sides made out of one or two heavy oak boards. The frames are put in after the sides are in place. check this one: https://www.dezeilpunter.nl/de-bouw-van-een-punter (don't forget the video that is embedded) It looks like shell first is just the upskaled version of this building technique. (but I don't know whether or not there is any evidence for that....) Jan
  5. Don't overdo it: rule number 1 was to keep your machine as clean as possible. There willbe some buildup of grease, but on theotherhand, that is in spots that are easily accesible, so the driver wa/able to remove the build-up. The constant maintenace results in a rather evenly shine of the wheelfronts and driving shafts. the sand is not in contac with the machine: it is deposited on the rails, so no sand on the machine. Finally: trains get an amount of dust, but are not in contac with real dirt. So it shows up as a dusty film, mianly on the upper parts. you have to check the position of the fill-caps for the water and coal: those do show up quite clearly. Check out some of the railroad-building sites: subtle weathering is in my view far more effective than the 'shouting out' version. Jan
  6. I was wondering: there are about 20 people displayed in that model, so it looks quite large and 'roomy'. What was the full combat crew? 40 or so? Jan
  7. It looks as if those are mrealy functional brakes.... great job on the wheels. Jan
  8. To add on this, in the Netherlands it was not the first shrould going single, but the last one. This is a pic of a contemporeneous modell (1650, destroyed in WWIi in Berlin), showing the Dutch solution of that period just a single rope, with a half-hitch around the masttop.
  9. LIke the list in Wiki: The NMM gives plans for a 20 gun 6th rate ship (1755), named Squirrel a 24 gun 6th rate build in 1785 and a 16 gun second class brig (1853). No others mentioned aoudn 1785, and no 28 guns.... Jan
  10. Maybe, but this one looks fabulous. Something different from the "steamloco's are black or green"-standard. (Did you intentionally leave out the camo-stripe on the left side of the driver-cabin?) btw: I am still guessing for the size of this machine. How long is the model? Jan
  11. Other type of br52, but you get some idea of how Br52 looks on the inside Jan
  12. Can't remember where I read it, but a German guy was complaining that Trumpeter just made stuff up: it looked OK, but it was in no way a 'model' of the original cabin: levers missing, placed on the wrong side etc. The result looking good, though Jan
  13. I have been looking for quite a while at those pics. I would have believed anyone telling me these are pics of the real car, and not a model. Jan
  14. Hi Ab, Thanks for the answer. Funny though: Van Beek doesn't list this stuff in its webshop. I'll have to go to Amsterdam and visit the Rijks. (Actually, I don't like Amsterdam very much these days, it is so completely overcrowded) Jan

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