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Oxted debrief...

Posted by bcnPete , 09 July 2017 - * * * * * · 594 views

Evening peeps, Back from the one day show at Oxted School today. Nice little show with a mix of layouts although as my youngest son couldn't attend today I didn't get to see much. Nice Spanish HO/009 layout San Maria Gandia. Overall the layout behaved itself and as always a couple of little things for the 'to do' list prior to the next show (DG...


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upon inspection...and Oxted...

Posted by bcnPete , 02 July 2017 - * * * * * · 667 views

Good evening, 
It's been a while since I posted on this blog as I have been developing Thurso as an entry to the MRJ Cameo layout competition. 
Back at the Tonbridge show, I was invited by Dakota Dibben, to a one day show he is organising next Sunday 9 July 2017 in Oxted. Details as below: 
http://www.ukmodelsh...ents_detail....


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24124...and down to business...

Posted by bcnPete , 05 March 2017 - * * * * * · 681 views

Evening all, In between work deadlines, I have been trying to finish my 24/0 conversion to a 24/1, in this case 24124. This is essentially the Farish 24 with Alan's (etched pixels) nice set of etches allowing a 24/1 or 25/0 conversion. 24/1's were a staple of Kyle and more regular than the 24/0 so it really needed doing. It didn't quite make the...


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reflecting on a day in kent...

Posted by bcnPete , 19 February 2017 - * * * * * · 750 views

Morning all, Yesterday was the one day show at Tonbridge with the layout operating to the paying public for the first time on dcc and with the sound chipped 37/4. Nigel Ashton and I were flying the 2mmFS flag at the show, each with a corner slot although I think Nigel faired a tad better in his location in one of the main halls ;) Fair play to t...


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now I get what dcc ready means...

Posted by bcnPete , 12 February 2017 - * * * * * · 735 views

Good morning, 
Just a quick plug to say KoL will be appearing next Saturday at the 1 day exhibition in Tonbridge, Saturday 18 February 2017. 
This will be the first time (other than a preview at the 2mmFS AGM) that the layout appears in DCC mode and since then 37414 has been sound chipped. Have been testing the fleet and big thanks to Pixie who...


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37/4 and 24/1 - sound + vision...

Posted by bcnPete , 06 November 2016 - * * * * * · 817 views

Afternoon all, 
After the AGM the other week, 2mmFS mojo has been topped up and it was time to start looking at the rolling stock for KoL. I had always had the intention to have a class 24/1 as they were more frequent on the line than the 24/0 and the Etched Pixels etches were getting a little fidgety in the gloat box. 
Following some filing awa...


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(nearly) been there, done that, got the t-shirt...

Posted by bcnPete , 16 October 2016 - * * * * * · 916 views

Good morning, An update on the 2mmFS AGM yesterday and KoL's appearance. Whilst presenting at exhibitions is still a relatively new thing for me, putting your work on show to your fellow 2mmFS peers with a common interest is a somewhat slightly nerve racking experience :o This was my first attendance at an AGM, mainly due to AWOL in BCN but it w...


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dcc arrives in kyle...

Posted by bcnPete , 14 October 2016 - * * * * * · 732 views

Good evening, 
The layout is due to appear at the 2mmFS AGM tomorrow...in fact it's the first AGM I have ever managed to attend having joined the Association just before departing for BCN. 
Having made the break to DCC at the end of last year, chipped a few locos, then got distracted by the senior scale, it was time to try and get it working.......


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kyle 2016: a new hope...

Posted by bcnPete , 06 December 2015 - * * * * * · 1,064 views

Afternoon all,

Firstly, many thanks for the kind comments received on the Model Rail article this month. I was really pleased with it and it was good to meet the MR team at Warley last weekend...although CJL was always busy when I tried to speak with him in the short time I was there. I have also picked up a couple of show invites on the back of the arti...


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kyle 2015 - exhibition post mortem and way forward...

Posted by bcnPete , 24 October 2015 - * * * * * · 917 views

Good afternoon,

A quick update on last weekend and decisions going forward.

Really enjoyed to exhibit at the Uckfield show last week, the first two day show for KoL...must admit I was knackered at work on Monday - might be better to take the Monday off in future rather than the Friday.

Overall it didn't perform too badly and it received some nice comme...


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kyle 2015: uckfield mrc show 17/18 october 2015

Posted by bcnPete , 11 October 2015 - * * * * * · 876 views

Afternoon,

Just a quick entry to highlight that KoL will be appearing at the Uckfield MRC show next weekend 17/18 October 2015 - Details of the show can be found here:

http://www.rmweb.co....h-october-2015/



The support structure has had approximately one metre trimmed from it...


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kyle 2015: short back and sides...

Posted by bcnPete , 18 August 2015 - * * * * * · 1,020 views

Afternoon all,

3 months since last post :O Actually have been suffering the post exhibition dip, loss of mojo and snowed at work...however, am on hols for a couple of weeks now so might try to make some headway. My two boys also want me to progress their 4mm shelf layout too which I promised I would do.

Following the one day exhibition at Burgess Hill I...


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kyle 2015: show...and tell...

Posted by bcnPete , 17 May 2015 - * * * * * · 1,055 views

Evening all,

A resume of the day yesterday where KoL 2015 had its first exhibition since it was flown over as a box file layout in 2010 - same venue BHMRC one day exhibition.

The first show resulted in a number of changes to be made namely, viewing height, lack of lighting, redoing the back-scene, build the station building, build a fiddle yard, more ap...


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kyle 2015: 10 -10 -10

Posted by bcnPete , 15 May 2015 - * * * * * · 804 views

Evening all,

Just a quick update to say that work on the layout has now seized ready for the one day exhibition at BHMRC tomorrow.

Today the layout was erected on its support structure and last minute jobs ranging from works to the front fascia including a few descriptive images and storyboard to the rear fascia track plan diagram with notation for the...


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kyle 2015: bank holiday mc'rats...

Posted by bcnPete , 03 May 2015 - * * * * * · 931 views

Afternoon all,

Work has been plodding away on the layout of late but haven't had time to do an update so thought I would take the opportunity this b/h weekend.

I had made a mini target programme of activities for Feb/Mar/Apr and May but this has now been converted into a final 'to do' list as the exhibition is two weeks yesterday :O

This update concent...


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kyle 2015 - absolutely van-tastic...

Posted by bcnPete , 10 April 2015 - * * * * * · 1,174 views

Evening all,

Quick update on progress around Easter - my recently returned turned down wheels were reinserted and after a second period of running in on the rolling road the locos were tried on the layout - some fettling was required to the two turnouts so the bare solder may be visible in some pics below prior to getting retouched in with a paint brush....


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kyle 2015 - a sign...of the times...

Posted by bcnPete , 22 March 2015 - * * * * * · 1,017 views

Afternoon all,

A quick update on general progress of late. Lots of small bits and pieces undertaken since the last update. First up the station sign. The original layout has had two different signs during the last two years starting with the Scottish blue one before I swapped it to the British Railways black and white sign.

I have always had a soft spot...


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kyle 2015 - lights, camera...and a little (tr)action...

Posted by bcnPete , 07 March 2015 - * * * * * · 1,090 views

Good evening,

Time for an update...

Work doesn't seem to be allowing any windows to do any modelling after work in the evenings at present so progress is focussed around weekend slots in between family duties.

The wiring has been simplified (how can it be complicated on a layout such as this you ask :)) but in the main down to the fact that it was ori...


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kyle 2015 - all roads lead to...kyle...

Posted by bcnPete , 18 January 2015 - * * * * * · 851 views

Evening all,

Another heavy week at work lead me to want to get some modelling done this weekend. This followed a lightning 90 minute visit last weekend to the St Albans show to keep the mojo topped up.

Progress has been in the form of fixing the 4 roads to the fiddleyard in place, which has once again put my basic soldering skills to the limit. To aid t...


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kyle 2015 - flat bottomed rail...you make the rocking world go round...

Posted by bcnPete , 04 January 2015 - * * * * * · 975 views

First up Happy New Year all :)

Resolution nr. 1 - more modelling...less thinking about doing modelling :D

It's been an intense period of work for me up until Christmas and likely through to Easter but having committed to the BHMRC show set for early May there is nothing like a deadline to get one focused.

I had set myself a slightly unrealistic target...






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