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

Posted by bcnPete , 18 January 2015 - * * * * * · 922 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 - * * * * * · 1,083 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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kyle 2014 - lic o' paint, lic o' paint...

Posted by bcnPete , 23 November 2014 - * * * * * · 1,086 views

Afternoon all,

Subtle reference to the Fawlty Towers 'The Builders' episode in the title there :D

Little opportunities to do anymore on the FY this week so a splash of grey paint this weekend to keep things moving in the right direction whilst I work out how to resolve the electrical connections.

The fascia has been given two coats of grey paint to mat...


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Kyle 2014 - I can see clearly...

Posted by bcnPete , 16 November 2014 - * * * * * · 1,139 views

Afternoon all - 6 months since the last update :O

Work has been relentless and it will continue as that well into the new year...but I have since committed myself to take Kyle to the Burgess Hill MRC one day show in May 2015 as it made its original debut there as a boxfile layout in 2010 flown in as part of my handluggage from BCN and its had a couple of...


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kyle 2014 - phase II - fiddling around...

Posted by bcnPete , 27 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,088 views

Good evening,

As Phase I of the 2014 refurb draws to a close (second coat of paint added to fascia and new lettering has been applied) I turned my thoughts to the new fiddle yard.

As mentioned previously I would like to give cassettes a rest for a while and revert back to a traverser running on mini 150mm shelf runners that I acquired some place in BCN...


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kyle 2014 scot-free...

Posted by bcnPete , 20 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,075 views

Happy Easter all,

Now I have a week off work I am hoping to snuck in a little modelling.

Still need to apply the second coat of paint to the fascia and add some white text which I will try to do this week.

As Phase I draws to a conclusion, my thoughts slowly start to drift to Phase II which is to try and get the layout working again....otherwise its a...


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putting on a brave fascia...

Posted by bcnPete , 06 April 2014 - * * * * * · 888 views

Afternoon,

2nd attempt as I lost the last upload just as I was spellchecking :angry:

7 weeks since my last blog update - work has been full on of late but at least I get to travel to Oxford once or twice a week so I get to see a bit of 'real' railway action to compensate...class 66's on long freights are growing on me somewhat :)

On the last entry I ha...


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setting the (back) scene...

Posted by bcnPete , 15 February 2014 - * * * * * · 1,009 views

Evening all,

Two weeks have passed whilst I awaited a print to return (more on this shortly) coupled with some intense periods at work :)

Before I complete the fascia framing I had to redo the back scene. Not only had it faded badly but being paper, spray mounted onto a card former, it had also bubbled and delaminated.

Chris Nevard had suggested gettin...


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Kyle 2014 - you've been framed...

Posted by bcnPete , 02 February 2014 - * * * * * · 1,232 views

Good evening,

A quick update on progress this week following the initial entry last week and very encouraging comments.

Decided to take on board Rich B's idea (thank you Sir) for losing the corner post to the right hand end and cantilevering the fascia to complete the corner. That corner was troubling me somewhat as it would have meant covering up a par...


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Kyle 2014...new year - old layout - new enthusiasm...

Posted by bcnPete , 27 January 2014 - * * * * * · 1,581 views

Good evening

First blog entry since we relocated back to UK and the period of re adjusting continues, particularly as we have downsized and have had to shift 99% of my railway stuff from our apartment to a storage garage a brisk walk away. No longer can I meddle and tinker with something located in a spare room...as there is no spare room :)

Have only m...


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a stay of execution?...

Posted by bcnPete , 03 June 2013 - - - - - - · 989 views

Good evening,

Not had a chance to do any modelling since the exhibition of 11 May 2013 so I guess the next best thing is to think, read and draw about it...

You may recall that this layout is on the list to be scrapped when we move back to the UK in a couple of months, all being well.

Whilst I have had fun making it...and then remaking it, I have to be...


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terence...the tractor...

Posted by bcnPete , 11 October 2012 - * * * * * · 1,231 views

Good evening,

I was having a trawl through the KoL images earlier for Chris Higgs and I happened upon a pic that I always liked but it never made it into the final cut.

It was taken on my iPhone, with me balancing dangerously on the edge of our desk in our spare room late one night with only the small directional ceiling mounted spots directed at the...


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focusing my attention...(edit to include new pic!)

Posted by bcnPete , 24 June 2012 - * * * * * · 1,220 views

Good afternoon,

This post is threefold really...

First, the inset track of CJM is stalling mojo at present so a good time to jump on the overnight sleeper bound for Scotland... :D

Secondly, I had been asked to provide a few photos to the 2mm Association of the track (for possible inclusion in a revised edition of a 2mm article on track) hence the need to...


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under the weather...

Posted by bcnPete , 23 March 2012 - * * * * * · 1,997 views

Update - That title's twofold really.

Firstly, I lost most of last week due to some gastro which struck me down...a trip to a rather fine Indian restaurant here soon put my stomach on track... :biggrin_mini:

Secondly, I got stuck in on some more weathering of the rolling stock. Again, using dry brushing techniques and a few MIG powders with a few...


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be gentle...it's my first time...

Posted by bcnPete , 08 March 2012 - * * * * * · 1,781 views

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black, white...and grey...

Posted by bcnPete , 05 March 2012 - * * * * * · 918 views

Update - A number of activities have been taking part of recent, and so to blend against those new FC Barca RMWeb colours I thought I would try a few black and white photos.

Firstly, I recognise that I do need to improve on my photographic skills. The neat Canon A590 digital camera bit the dust recently so I have been using our 'entry level'...


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have a little...patience...

Posted by bcnPete , 27 February 2012 - * * * * * · 1,356 views

Update - Its been a bit of a frustrating 10 days or so for me...

Last week our two boys were away on holidays so I took the opportunity to work on their 4mm roundy roundy. I made quite a bit of progress although when they returned this weekend it wasn't long before the screaming, shouting, arguing and fighting started and I nearly went a threw the...


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all aboard all aboard...

Posted by bcnPete , 17 February 2012 - * * * * * · 1,958 views

Update - After almost 2 years, KoL finally has a station building....but not a finished one... :rolleyes:

Have been a bit quiet of late as I wanted to make some significant progress with the building before posting...and here it is...



Firstly, I know the roof needs toning down...but it does tend to take your eye off the...


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moving forward again...

Posted by bcnPete , 02 February 2012 - * * * * * · 1,511 views



Many thanks for all the continued comments regarding the layout, in particular the recent 'backscene crisis'. I decided to reprint option 1 as that seemed to get the most votes and I think the differences are quite subtle but worth it. Although I realise it may not be to everyone's taste, I am grateful to Mike to...


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the hills are alive...blog updated!

Posted by bcnPete , 27 January 2012 - * * * * - · 1,198 views

Good evening,

Further to the backscene crisis I have been undertaking some experiments. My tinkering with GIMP and Paint was getting me nowhere. Enter, Glen, a good friend from School for over 34 years now (an ex rail enthusiast who still has a light flickering for the hobby I think) who offered his photoshopping skills, as that's one of his...






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