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#1051 RJS1977

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Posted Yesterday, 19:34

I already suggested that!

 

Though I'm not sure what you'd do for other rolling stock, or how much it would mean to a mainstream audience.

 

Everyone knows the Flying Scotsman - but how many people know that it went on holiday?

 

(And to get it really right, it would have to acquire a cow-catcher and bell before popping out into the US. Maybe two locomotives? The animation could be them being lifted onto and off a ship....)

 

Great minds think alike! :-)

 

Other rolling stock - for the Australia scene it would be easy enough to repaint an HST as an XPT! Or maybe Pendennis Castle, as the two ran side-by-side in Perth.

 

I think quite a few people these days at least know about the USA tour as pretty much every documentary about the loco over the last few years has mentioned it.





#1052 Huw Griffiths

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Posted Yesterday, 21:11

GMRC is what it is - like an exhibition, not everyone will love the format or the layouts. Personally, I've thoroughly enjoyed it, and it can only benefit the hobby. How many model railway programmes do we get on TV? Now how many model railway programmes do we get where the producers show respect for the subject and take railway modelling seriously (but not too seriously, thankfully)? This could have been one giant piss-take, along the lines of here comes Thomas, toot toot, and let's make fun of the grown men (no women, of course) playing with their little trains. Instead we get an attempt to take the appeal and pleasure of our hobby and package it for a wider audience. It doesn't work completely, but it's still better than anything we've seen before. Just compare it with rubbish like "The Biggest Little Railway in the World".

If I could change anything, I would say that each team must be made up of railway modellers. It was a bad reflection on Laurie Calvert, which is a shame because at exhibitions he comes across as a very nice guy, who throws himself into his subject. His science fiction layout is excellent.

I must also say that Kathy Millatt is wonderful! Kudos to her for coming on to this forum to talk about the show. It again reflects well on the programme that a bone fide modeller like Kathy Millatt is in a prominent position, as is the editor of what is still Britain's best railway modelling magazine.

 

You make some interesting points.

 

Certainly, I've liked what I've seen so far - and I don't doubt that I'll like what remains to be seen of this series. I don't think anyone would realistically expect everything about the series to work, straight out of the box - but, overall, I've found the series to be rather good - I'd like further series.

 

I can see what you mean about teams being composed completely of railway modellers - however, I can also see why various people (and companies) connected with the series would be happy for at least one team not to be. If nothing else, this shows a number of beginners that it's possible to build some sort of working layout in a reasonable time, even if you haven't got loads of experience in railway modelling. It also shows that some problems are likely - but it's quite possible that they'd be able to be addressed.

 

Although I've never been into "steampunk", the fact that Laurie was willing to enter, with a team of people with little or no railway modelling experience, speaks volumes. They would have known they were probably going home (and possibly in line for some unwarranted "stick"), before they even got to the venue. Despite this, they were still willing to have a go - and give it their best. As far as I'm concerned, they all deserve respect.

 

Indeed, some people could argue that Laurie deserves particular respect here - I don't doubt that he could have turned up at a challenge like this, with a team of experienced railway modellers and ended up in a far better position at the end of a heat.

 

However, none of this takes anything away from the team that won this heat. Their layout and their work were excellent - and they fully deserve their heat win and place in the final.

 

 

Incidentally, for me, there was a "night and day" difference between GMRC and "Biggest Little Railway" - in fairness, they were trying to do completely different things - but I'm really enjoying GMRC.

 

As for the team in front of the cameras on GMRC - the judges - the presenters - they all "work" well here and I hope we see them all in any future series.

 

 

Huw.


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#1053 Coryton

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Posted Yesterday, 21:18

Great minds think alike! :-)

 

Other rolling stock - for the Australia scene it would be easy enough to repaint an HST as an XPT! Or maybe Pendennis Castle, as the two ran side-by-side in Perth.

 

I think quite a few people these days at least know about the USA tour as pretty much every documentary about the loco over the last few years has mentioned it.

 

I could be wrong but I suspect there are a lot of people who have heard of the Flying Scotsman but have managed to avoid documentaries about it.


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#1054 Coryton

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Posted Yesterday, 21:21

I'm not sure what I'm enjoying more...watching the show, or the unusual experience (to me) of being able to read and take part in discussion afterwards with the participants.

 

Television normally seems a remote, one-way, process and I'm finding this fascinating.


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#1055 wagonbasher

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Posted Yesterday, 21:53

The scenes are wide ranging, so far we have ranged from -

  • Flanders in WW1 
  • South Coast in WW2
  • Modern electrics in E London
  • ?? On the Dr Who layout
  • Several parts of the world on Laurie's Sc-fi layout
  • Inland and coastal settings.
  • Had some 009 on the Flanders layout.
  • Had some N on this week's winner 
  • Forced perspective techniques (In week 1 and week 3)
  • Urban (Missenden and the E Enders layouts)
  • Rural and desert settings.
  • Ordinary - v- fantasy settings.
  • Out of the box thinking (with varying success) in the scrap-box challenge.
It has gripped two of my four grandchildren and is encouraging my daughter to think about doing more with a new end to end layout for them as the small roundy-roundy I refurbed for them is an awkward fit for the space available. It has also, along with Clive's Sheffield thread, re-sparked my own interests in making something rather than just researching Early (pre-steam)/Georgian railways. It is succeeding as what it is for the target audience.

Just ordinary UK. pre steam Georgian railways?

Andy
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#1056 Morphaniel

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Posted Yesterday, 22:27

3 Episodes in and I'm enjoying it very much - not only that but the viewing figures quoted appear to be backed up by increasing interest outside modelling circles. The number of colleagues who have come up to me at work to talk about the show has been outstanding and I noted that the Guardian TV Guide last Saturday picked up the show as a highlight and wasn't condescending in the write-up. Modellers are forever complaining that the the hobby is dying out and a successful show of this nature cannot do any harm, particularly as the efforts being portrayed will strike a very close chord with parents and children who may be giving half a thought to train sets as Christmas presents already.

 

I am very impressed by the two hosts, both of whom appear not to be modellers but display real enthusiasm across the three days. On my wish list for the next series would be the replacement of the endless brief shots of the Fawley Hill railway with an equally short exploration of the more typical model layouts in the 'sheds, garages and lofts' of the country that are referred to in the opening titles. The layouts produced on the show achieve their purpose and are entertaining but I don't see any reason why a minute or two could not be spent looking at the more careful work produced by the teams in normal circumstances, for instance.


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#1057 john new

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Posted Yesterday, 23:00

Just ordinary UK. pre steam Georgian railways?

Andy

Yes. Through to Queen Victoria. A fair bit done on Huntingdon Beaumont (very definitely pre-steam) then through the Napoleonic War era and why the horse got displaced by what was then the upcoming first modern image i.e. steam. Through the reign of the Georges and then Q Vic.



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Posted Today, 03:04

I might have to stop reading this thread. A number of posts on the previous page have left the needle on my ironyometer severely bent from hitting the stops ;).