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Astor,  Bouillac, France  24480

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2nd January 2020


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Scales: 7mm,
Services offered by this Supplier: Kit Building & Dioramas,

AQUITRAIN is based around the conversion of Lima coaches to reasonable 7mm. Scale models, using Overlay sides or respraying; alternative manufacturers kits also built. The other activity is building finescale pointwork using C&L components, or copperclad. My own products include a n/Silver etch for single link couplings; very useful on coaches, Brass etch of handles, grab rails, etc. Transfer sheets for BR period coaches, etc. And of course the new Aquitrain Overlays screen printed coach sides.

AQUITRAIN was started officially on JAN 1st 2007 , and is my outlet for the passion that I have for model railways . Originally just a return to an old hobby , and now captured by the 'presence ' of O gauge , I was soon on my way to filling our house with stock that I had built , and no layout to run anything , I knew anyway that I prefered making things to running them , but love to see other peoples layouts at shows . Lima trains are a cheap entry into O gauge , and that is how I started , but saw that they were underscale , particularly in width. Setting out to correct this I came across Roger Bailey (The Plastic Surgeon) who was in the process of retiring , so we had a chat , I purchased his trade stand , and I was launched on another career !!!
Basically , I cut the Lima coach down the middle , widen to scale , rearrange windows and doors to the coach diagram required , either apply overlay sides or respray the model , the original roof is widened and then fitted with a one piece overlay .Roofs have correct vents, rain strips , tank fillers and periscopes ( As required ). Coach sides have brass door and grab handles fitted.
Undercarriage is left as is , but correct BR Mk1 , B4 or commonwealth bogies are used and then the coach ride height is correct . Transfers are applied to coach sides and windows. Concertina corridor connectors and Aquitrian single link couplings are used to finish off.
I also like the challenge of building pointwork , so started building copperclad formations, they are Ok if you are viewing from a distance , but people with indoor highly detailed layouts want more realism , so I also use C&L Components to build the correct chaired track . Tiebars and dropper wires are usually fitted.
I have various Lima spares in stock, including coach bogies, buffers, wheels, etc; Flushglaze packs for Lima and Triang 'Big Big', an etch in brass to give all the handles , grab rails , hinges , etc for a Mk1 coach , and my own Aquitrain single link coupling etch (One etch makes two pairs ) which I also use on my own coach conversions . I have now re-Introduced the old 3Cee's Overlay sides (Aquitrain Overlays )in BR Lined Maroon livery , BR(W) 'Chocolate & Cream' and early BR 'Blood & Custard' , BR(S) Green and NEW BR corporate Blue & Grey livery ; these can be purchased directly for your own conversions , a real bargain when you think that a transfer sheet of coach lining does 3 coaches and costs £20 ! And with the overlays you get the correct colour sides , ready lined and flush glazing , all in one !!! I now have a range of small Water slide Transfer sheets , mainly aimed at BR coaches , in either 'Old Gold' , 'Golden Yellow' or for the BR blue/Grey 'corporate' era.
I am a member of the Gauge O Guild .N° 15813 ; and although living in France , I normally attend 2 Guild shows and the Reading show each year with my trade stand , where I take and deliver orders , show off my wares , and if time permits , have a look around at other peoples beautiful models .

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