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Season's greetings from the FSWDC

Posted by Mikkel , in Miscellaneous 25 December 2010 · 784 views

After a slight delay (no doubt caused by the villainous LSWR and MSWJR) the christmas mail has arrived. Merry christmas and a happy new year everyone!

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Merry Christmas to you too Mikkel :)

Your posts this year have been an inspiration to me so thank you.

Missy :)
best wishes mikkel,

as missy says, have really appreciated your blog this year.

great modelling and your narratives always put a smile on my face :D
Dec 26 2010 09:35
Best wishes of the season Mikkel

Looking forward to seeing the further developments in 2011

Mikkel.Compliments of the season.Looking forward to seeing further progress.Hoping to make some myself. ;)
Glad to see that the snow has cleared in time for this week's meeting. Looking forward to future bulletins from Farthing. Best wishes for the new year :D

Thanks everyone, also for all your kind comments and inspiration :).

Some truly epic moustaches there! Looking forward to the FSWDC's next hot topic, whatever that may be.....
Seasons Greetings Mikkel -

as others have said 'truly inspirational' both in concept and narrative. In particular the narratives are a reminder that the 'real thing' wasn't built to be copied by us,it was built to provide a (profitable) service to the community (something todays Train Operating Companies appear to have lost sight of - I should know, I work in an industry-related field):angry: . Whilst it is difficult to create on what is essentially static scenics, consideration of this element provides an added sense of realism - so evident in your work!

Looking forward to similar entries in 2011,

Kindest regards

Ian B
Will: Yes, those moustaches are from the days when a man was a man :D. The longer ones are little peels/shards of whitemetal, which has the advtange that they can be tweaked to shape after being glued on.

Ian: Many thanks, you state the intention of the narratives and figures better than I could. That said, I suppose it's all a bit of a balance, as it wouldn't be good if the figures take over too much. I'm a firm believer that there should be some degree of operational interest on layouts (within the necessary limitations of a micro).

Welcome to Farthing!

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.


Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play


Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)


Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams


Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4


Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)


Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing


Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)


Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt GWR one-plank wagon (1)
Scratchbuilt GWR one-plank wagon (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets
Same but different: 1900s wagons


GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers
Backdating the Oxford Dean Goods (1)


GWR large flat dray
Ratkin & Son horse-drawn wagon
Kit-bashed GWR light dray
GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn wagon
Parcels van and coal trolley


Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests


Porters and Barrows
Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures


C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"


Constructing the Branch Bay
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt


Constructing the Goods Depot
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee


Constructing the Old Yard
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Stops, levers, plates, gauge, wall
Lamps and Lamplighters


Constructing the Stables
GWR Park Royal stable block
GWR stables - an overview


Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings


Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester


Pre-grouping livery clippings
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website


RMweb Workbench
Flickr photostream

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