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St Albans 2014


-missy-

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Hello :)

 

Im sitting here at my desk about this years St Albans show and how I had a really good time once again. This was my 5th year at the show and I still very much enjoy it. OK, so the venue may not the the best ever but to me the show has a quality and atmosphere about it that very few other shows seem to have. Once again it was a pleasure to be in the position to talk to lots of like minded people, many from RMWeb land about modelling tricks and techniques and it was an honour to be able to 'show off' bits and pieces from my own modelling table. Below are some photos which hopefully help describe my show...

 

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Saturday morning before the public arrived

 

This was my little corner of the arena. I have always had a feeling that my 'display' isnt the neatest, or well presented of others but it seemed to be popular over the weekend as I did alot of talking and not alot modelling. Even when I was sat next to the modelling legends that are Gordon and Maggie Gravett.

 

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Book Bargains

 

These were my main purchases of the weekend which I picked up from the excellent CMRA secondhand stall on Saturday morning before it opened. The 3 books have plenty of drawings for possible future projects and at £15 for all of them I am very happy. It was one of the very few times I actually managed to get to look around the show.

 

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Sunday Morning

 

Sunday morning started well and this was the view I woke up to from my hotel window which the show organisers kindly arranged for me. I couldn't ask for anything nicer really, especially as a full English breakfast followed shortly afterwards.

 

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Painted mini minatures

 

I also picked these figures up painted by Cat Gibbs who was doing a painting demo a couple of tables away from me. They are amazing and I cant wait to add them to the layout sometime in the future. If you are after some hand painted figures then take a look at her work http://www.facebook.com/cats.custom.characters

 

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Sunday Lunch

 

Sunday lunch was the nicest meal I have ever had at a show to date. You cant really fault the catering provided by the show organisers (and the pub across the road)

 

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Siphon

 

Finally this is what I was working on this weekend, believe it or not all I managed to do was add a battery box and a couple of wires to the chassis over the weekend. No doubt I will finish it off soon though.

 

I also want to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to everyone who came and said hello, admired my work, and took the time to chat. Its really appreciated. Fingers crossed I will see you again there in 2015!

 

Missy :)

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Nothing to add other than that I agree on all fronts, always a good show and very enjoyable weekend. The sunday roast was superb, the only exhibitors food to rival it in my experience is that at the Taunton show provided by the chefs of Taunton school but you don't get a pint with that!!

 

Jerry

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Hi Julia,

 

It was good to see you at the show. We had a great time too. I'll post some stuff on the St Ruth blog later.

 

Regards, Andy

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Obvisoulsy the first photo was taken before the show opened!

 

That corner of the arena was decidedly crowded...

 

Again a good show, nice spread of layouts.

 

I finished off the weekend by popping round to my local show in Pratts Bottom hosted by the ODMRS, again a good show.

 

The January show overdose begins!

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Hello :)

 

Hi Julia,

It was good to see you at the show. We had a great time too. I'll post some stuff on the St Ruth blog later.

Regards, Andy

 

Likewise Andy. I always admire your work and you didnt disappoint this weekend either. Im looking forward to seeing your photos already...

 

 

Obvisoulsy the first photo was taken before the show opened!

 

That corner of the arena was decidedly crowded...

 

It will always be problem unfortunately. I did notice that especially on Saturday morning it was getting crowded. I do try my best to speak to as many people as possible at the shows but sadly sometimes its just not possible.

 

M :)

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I tried to come and say hello a couple of times but someone had always beaten me to it.Is difficult to get impact on a stand when the models are so beautifully small!

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Hi Julia, what a nice show report, I rarely get to these events being here in Denmark so it's a nice to get a feel for it from reports like yours.

 

Those look like some pretty good book bargains, and maybe a sign of some interesting new stock on the layout? I don't remember if you have a T9 already?  

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Nice talking to you on Saturday, as ever. And thanks for posting that picture of the siphon underframe- I can make sense of my etch now!

 

Best

 

Peter

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Me again :)

 

I tried to come and say hello a couple of times but someone had always beaten me to it.Is difficult to get impact on a stand when the models are so beautifully small!

 

Im sorry, as I mentioned its really tricky to speak to everyone who wants to but I do try to talk to as many as possible. I really do think I should make more of an effort to display my models too, but as the day goes on I end up with lots more on display as I chat to people about certain things. If anyone has any suggestions on how I could improve the display the please let me know.

 

Nice etch for the siphon.  Whose is it?  Much better than the original.

 

Its one of Chris Higgs (masterclass models) etches. Its the chassis designed to fit the old LIMA body. I dont think these are available through the 2mmSA so speak to him direct. I need to speak to you about the little narrow gauge engine too!

 

 

Those look like some pretty good book bargains, and maybe a sign of some interesting new stock on the layout? I don't remember if you have a T9 already?  

 

Hi Mikkel. I do have a T9 kit tucked away somewhere awaiting to be built oneday, as you know they were common place on the DNSR. I do have a liking for southern engines so the book will hopefully bye very useful in the future.

 

M :)

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Hi Julia,

 

Beware the Roche drawings.  Not a problem for you given your attention to detail, but have plenty of photos to hand for whatever you model as the loco drawings at least have a good number of errors in them.  The Siphon chassis looks good.  Keep on flying the flag for 2mil!

 

Simon

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Hi Mikkel. I do have a T9 kit tucked away somewhere awaiting to be built oneday, as you know they were common place on the DNSR. I do have a liking for southern engines so the book will hopefully bye very useful in the future.

 

That sounds good. I really like the T9s, and how they ran with former GW engines on that line after nationalisation. As far as I remember, in grouping days there were O2s which ran into Winchester to take the local services the last stretch to Winchester. Good stuff!

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Hi Julia,

 

Great to see you again at St. Albans and thank you for taking the time to chat.

 

The point rodding is awesome and I don't see how I can get away without some on my layout now! Likewise with your 3D printed lorries, having seen these in the flesh I have to agree that these are better than FUD.

 

I'll have to second the warning regarding the Roche drawings, I have the loco book and I've found a few errors on the LNER locos (can't advise on the others though). As has been suggested above, I've not found anything that some good references can't correct.

 

Re my milling problems, I think I've found another solution but I'll PM you about that later.

 

Glad you enjoyed the show and looking forward to Ally Pally and seeing what you've done with that Southern loco!

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Hello Atso.

 

It was nice to see you once again and marvel at your 3D printed bits and bobs too. You really do have a talent for producing those loco bodies and I especially look forward to seeing that little 0-4-0 running! Im also intrigued about the milling stuff so Im looking forward to hearing about what you are upto.

 

Have you managed to get your friend interested enough to give it a go?

 

M :)

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