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Hi Martin,

Spotted for sale today.




Bet that brings back a few memories. Build date on the chassis 1993. No I didn't buy it but it was nicely built. The thing that struck me was how very light it was compared to todays RTR offerings from Dapol and Heljan.

Rob


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Thanks Rob.

The details are still on the web site:

 http://templot.com/martweb/go_hunslet.htm

And the instruction sheets for the kit:

 http://templot.com/martweb/kitins.htm



The web pages from 1998 do look very dated!

We made very few of the assembled version. The red lunch boxes drew some comment, but in fact they made a very sturdy container for the model. :)

Designing and toolmaking for that made an enjoyable interlude in our usual work. Sweating over a hot moulding machine proved to be less enjoyable.

cheers,

Martin.

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Hi Martin,

Very comprehensive instructions as I would expect from you. The postcode given for the PO box address is of course the old post office/delivery office in your home town before the post office moved to the CO-OP site. The architecture of the old crown post offices is quite appealing, at least the HSBC didn't spoil it too much.

The model for sale today was 'around' £200. It came to a dealer in bulk lot from a chap in the Nottingham area who had moved on. A knowledgable viewer commented that you had some of the models assembled by outside contractors but maybe you can confirm this. One feature I noticed was the wheel pickups were flat PB strip that had a neat 90 degree twist in the middle which I haven't seen on a model for a long time. I guess it stiffens the strip. Each of the axles had black paint marks around the centres - maybe to mark the wheel set/axles for assembly.

The model was in good company as there were several of Jim McGeown's nice kits for sale.

Rob


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Rob Manchester wrote:A knowledgable viewer commented that you had some of the models assembled by outside contractors but maybe you can confirm this.Not so -- so not very knowledgeable after all.

The original intention was to supply only the RTR assembled model. Thus avoiding all the hassle of packing kit parts, writing instructions, and dealing with users who messed up.

We stopped doing that because of Health & Safety issues related to the spray painting, so very few RTR models were made. Instead we opted for a hybrid arrangement of a working assembled chassis with kit body parts for the user to assemble and paint.

One feature I noticed was the wheel pickups were flat PB strip that had a neat 90 degree twist in the middle which I haven't seen on a model for a long time. I guess it stiffens the strip. Each of the axles had black paint marks around the centres - maybe to mark the wheel set/axles for assembly.The twist in the pickup strip increases the contact pressure against the split axle by presenting only the edge of the strip, without increasing the frictional drag.

The "black paint marks" were in fact an insulating spacer between each half of the split axle.

cheers,

Martin.

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