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Another pair of GWR opens!

Great Western Railway open wagons constructed using Cooper Craft kits, with the addition of Slaters sprung buffers and wheels.   GWR 3 plank open   GWR 4 plank open

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A Trio of Cattle Trucks!

Great Western Railway 18' 6" Diag W1 Cattle Trucks Built using Slater's Plastikard 7mm kits.     Great Western Railway Small cattle Truck Diag W3 Constructed from a Pow Sides models etched brass kit

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A pair of Minks!

GWR Iron Mink diag V6   Built from an etched brass WEP kit   GWR Wooden Mink diag V5 Built from an etched brass WEP kit

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A pair of early livery opens!

As a bit of light relief from track planning, I've built a couple of Cooper Craft wagons. As I wanted them in the early livery, I've changed the axle boxes and brakes for something more appropriate for the era. I've always really rated Cooper Craft kits and built most of the range in my 4mm days. I only wish the 4mm Minks were available in 7mm scale! I'm not a fan of the buffers supplied with the kits, so they have been replaced with turned, sprung buffers from Slaters Plastikard.   GWR 4

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A morning train spotting at Sherton Abbas

A morning train spotting at Sherton Abbas

I usually take pictures of the layout using my iPad, but thought I'd have a go using a compact camera for a change.  I've had a Panasonic Lumix  https://www.panasonic.com/uk/support/discontinued-products/cameras-camcorders/dmc-tz60eb.html for a few years now, that I use on motorcycle trips and for general photography.  Although generally happy with the results that I get from it, the smallest f stop that it will go down too is F8 and I thought this would cause problems with depth of field on mod

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7mm Gardening!

A great deal of pride was taken in the appearance of Edwardian stations and competitions were held to find the best kept station. Often stations had beautifully kept gardens that exhibited fine displays of flowers and these greatly enhanced their appearance. I didn't want Sherton Abbas to "let the side down", so some 7mm gardening was called for.   I started by cutting some card to form a base for each flower bed and then these were then coated in PVA glue and sprinkled with wood ash. Once dr

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