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No mileage in sleepless nights - West Bay getting close to finished ?

Posted by Dad-1 , 06 December 2018 - * * * * * · 301 views

At Beaminster Exhibition on 12th January the new 'West Bay' will have it's first outing.
Currently still in my shed, but with the Kadees almost behaving, lighting fixed and
functional, even a couple of wagon kits finished except weathering (That may not get
done in time) I'm no longer stressed !!   As I write the fiddle-yard board is in my kitch...


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Kadees - Love them, or Hate them ?

Posted by Dad-1 , 18 October 2018 - - - - - - · 192 views

At times I feel they are not fit for purpose when it comes to British Outline wagons.
The wagons are too easily drawn along out of an uncoupling position by 'magnetic creep'
Many of us have spent ages getting our stock to run VERY freely with thoughts of long goods
trains. This is the path to absolute failure, mass has little influence, the pressure neede...


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Pt.II Or West Bay Layout

Posted by Dad-1 , 12 October 2018 - - - - - - · 385 views

You can see why I'm not very good at online postings, but into Pt.II on my old and clogged up system. West Bay hasn't changed that much and needs a lot of grass and gravel surfacing, hence being essential to move
somewhere where it can be left undisturbed for days if necessary. The yard end where it joins Marsh Barn Lane, once a gated road....


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I'm not much good at online posting

Posted by Dad-1 , 12 October 2018 - - - - - - · 275 views

What happened to July, August and September ?
Not a lot, yet I seem to have always been doing something, although often not a lot to look back on. First following my last posting our club exhibition was a great success, always a worry when you change
venues. I ended up winning the Best in Show award, that has a dark side as I'm told it's my duty to b...


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Exhibition preparations getting full attention.

Posted by Dad-1 , 26 June 2018 - - - - - - · 333 views

Apart from the weather acting as a disincentive to do much, I'm now looking ahead to
my clubs Summer Exhibition, a new venue in the Bridport Colfox Academy, I still tend
to call it a school - how old fashioned !! I'm taking my big layout Castell Mawr which in all honest will probably never be fully finished,
although the casual onlooker probably won'...


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Still not finished, but creeping along.

Posted by Dad-1 , 31 May 2018 - - - - - - · 406 views

I always rush on with my ideas, then when it's 90% done I tend to leave
and start something else - Just like a kid in a sweet shop !!
This is the diorama from my posting of 23rd April, getting nearer, but also
shows in the siding another reason for being so slow. Not only the birdcage
brake van of recent postings, but also this Ratio 12 ton Southern van....


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Done .......... Thank You HMRS, good decals speedy service !

Posted by Dad-1 , 20 May 2018 - * * * * * · 297 views

Well I've been away for 3 days, but the postman brought my HMRS decals on Saturday, there
waiting on the floor when we got home this afternoon. Job done - I suppose not really finished as it needs a varnish seal on the decals and a light
weathering.     Modelu rear lamp on. Not an easy kit and as you can read decals have been a r...


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Always something to trip you up !

Posted by Dad-1 , 17 May 2018 - - - - - - · 295 views

O.K not quite a finished NER Birdcage Brake Van.
That's where the trip comes. The decal sheet was 'dead', a press-fix and for anyone who has used them
there should be a protected surface film on the underside. When you cut out your required marking this
adhesive is what you press onto your model to hold it in place, then when located correctly you add wat...


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"You said you'd run out of wagons to make" ........... Learn to keep it secret !

Posted by Dad-1 , 10 May 2018 - - - - - - · 447 views

I'm known for being almost a wagon addict, I've always got at least one on the go, but there comes a time when space
is running low. In a casual conversation with my local buddy I said I only had 3 kits left in stock and might not buy any
more with my 'yard' containing around 450.
Next thing he offered me a Cooper Craft, Ex-Slaters NER Birdcage brake van,...


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Another Rubbish Scrap Of Ply

Posted by Dad-1 , 23 April 2018 - - - - - - · 488 views

My last missive was creating a suitable interior for my Wills greenhouse - nowhere to put it, just
a bit of creative fun.
Move on a few days and when in the garage I uncovered a scrap of ply, slightly mouldy and warped.
It crossed my mind to make up another diorama using the greenhouse and a cottage I'd built out of
plasticard for a club-night 'How I Do I...


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Another of my infrequent visits

Posted by Dad-1 , 03 April 2018 - - - - - - · 403 views

As this is the premier modelling site I tend not to regularly post, just when I've done something
a little above my normal modelling.
I've had a Wills greenhouse and cold frames kit kicking around for years. Recently uncovered
I decide to make up for no other reason that I wanted to do something different. Also with a
requirement for another club diorama...


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For the love of railways, or modelling ?

Posted by Dad-1 , 31 October 2017 - - - - - - · 621 views

I've always made models from as far back as I can remember, the actual subject not
a real priority. Here we have my latest diorama without anything on it, just an East
Anglian dyke with railway & road running alongside each other. I will be standing on a J50, sheeted wagon and a brake van, have a Spitfire Mk.1 behind
the security fence and some s...


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I've bought one at last !

Posted by Dad-1 , 16 October 2017 - - - - - - · 553 views

Back around 2010 I started a small roundy-roundy layout in the garage. It's rather neglected as far as working on it
is concerned, but frequently used for running-in and although it uses some 1st radius curves my liking of small tank
engines means it usually works O.K.
Now my local buddy is a 'petrol head' and for the last 4 years has been pointing out my...


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Exhibitions, worth the hard work ?

Posted by Dad-1 , 05 October 2017 - - - - - - · 483 views

I ask that as an exhibitor. Running ones railway at an exhibition can be quite hard work. Certainly
any layout consisting of several base boards need thorough checking for any damage that needs
repair from a previous outing. All electrical circuits need checking, track cleaning, then the quandary
of what rolling stock to take, sorting and packing and in m...


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A bit of fun - Just because we can ?

Posted by Dad-1 , 20 September 2017 - - - - - - · 441 views

I've been very busy, but not actually having anything much to show for it.
I've added this, a follow on from that last posting in July.
We added a glowing brazier between two sidings and just a little rubbish,
not enough really as it's still too clean. This amused me - simple enough
to make me smile .....   a paraffin can, even a box of matches...


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How Time Flies - Particularly When You're Not Looking !

Posted by Dad-1 , 03 July 2017 - - - - - - · 380 views

November, Oh my what have I been doing !!
I have this thing, you could call it a problem, of trying to "sell" the hobby.
Now you don't do that with loads of threatening "Do Not Touch" signs. I agree that
when you're showing a multi thousand pound layout the last thing you want are
people poking at things - like a lady who once knocked a signal box off my...


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Stuck in Slow Jobs.

Posted by Dad-1 , 23 November 2016 - * * * * * · 418 views

Almost 3 months since my last posting, although I've not idle during the ensuing period.
There are so many little slow jobs, the worst from that point of view has been making up
Ratio signals, basic making no problem, but painting is so fiddly and 18 of them ...........
that is without a currently unspecified amount of ground signals, 20 currently on my t...


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Castell Mawr will soon have to be packed away again - Last Videos ?

Posted by Dad-1 , 05 September 2016 - - - - - - · 229 views

I still have so much to do, but my tenure of this large garage is coming towards the end and I need
to split for some work. I may not get a chance to do more videos, but with metal wheels now in all these old
Hornby coaches the rake rattles along well at a scale 50 mph. Of the 5 videos I took on 4th September this
one is my favourite, I almost feel the dr...


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Castell Mawr - Up and running

Posted by Dad-1 , 01 September 2016 - - - - - - · 219 views

Having access to this garage has given me the chance to see it all together and catch up on so many part done jobs. Mind you still
loads more to do and I only have until around the 26th September before I have to remove from here. Today's videos
https://youtu.be/v-U...Ubathp6Ag Shame the 14XX is so distant and in the darker reaches at platform 3.
ht...


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It looks like I may get it ALL Together - Soon.

Posted by Dad-1 , 20 August 2016 - * * * * * · 362 views

We're rushing towards the 5th birthday of my Castell Mawr layout. I'm in no real hurry to finish because what will I do then ?
It is however booked into the Milton Keynes exhibition in February 2017, so I really do have to get a move on. There is a window
of opportunity open at the moment as a large garage has become available for me so I can join all tog...






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