Posted 14 August 2017 - 13:40
Though I say it myself, congratulations on an exceptional edition (maybe I would say that!)
The front cover photo was superb (Gordon Gravett? - if so, give me more).
The Nettlebridge Valley layout is a delightful and a very convincing piece of modelling. The prototype is very familiar - just down the road from Frome, though not quite in the current era!
Giles Favell's radio-controlled mobile crane is most impressive, albeit on a model engineering scale - it reminds me somewhat of trying to get Lego Technic models to work - often an exercise of getting a quart into a pint pot. My version of the Lego crane has six motors and IR controllers, two battery boxes and whole loads of gear trains.
Getting down to a more familiar scale, Tim's article on workshop techniques is invaluable - the voice of the master. More please.
The finish of Chris Klein's "Victoria" is superb, thanks in part due to the use of T-Cut, and Graham Tierney's Taff Vale Railmotor is lovely. John Aldrick's 2mm coach article, particularly the bit on corridor connections, and your article with tips again on using T-Cut were very useful - I look forward to trying them out.
Finally, back to the larger scales, I very much liked the scratch built Highland vans.
Interested to read the rules of the Cameo Competition - I guess that Ashburton may just about comply with the criteria, perhaps with the exception of the lighting. We shall see.
I was delighted to see the positive comments on my buildings article.
All in all, a brilliant edition and I look forward to your next editorial foray.