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  1. Evening all..... A very cold and wet Winter league game today that had to be played. Only madmen would have gone out in those conditions, but we won 4-0, so all was well in the end. There seem to be a few misunderstandings that I want to put right. It would appear Andy Reichert has a big problem with 00-SF and has made comments in my thread before. Last November a situation was starting to develop again and whilst I have no problem with that, I do expect respect is shown for my choice of track standard, even if it's not what he would choose. I requested at t
  2. Most of you will be thinking that I am posting later than usual because of the RMWeb upgrade. I've only just found out about it - my reason is that I had to have a tooth extracted ths afternoon and it is only now that I feel like doing anything. Today's photos are betwen Trent and Loughborough on the Midland Main Line. Trent Lane crossing Class 101 Nottingham to Derby Dec 89 J10568.jpg Trent 150129 Lincoln to Birmingham 9th April 90 C14257.jpg Kegworth Class 254 up Sheffield to St Pancras May 84
  3. I mentioned some time ago that I still had three PO wagons on 10 foot steel underframes lurking at the back of my coal train. Here they are, two Evans & Bevan (old Lima bodies on Dapol underframes) and one Diamond Anthracite (early Bachmann, ex-Mainline). It was about time I replaced them with something better, but I did like the liveries. There are photos of the E & B wagons, with their distinctive heart-shaped logos in the GWR in the 30s albums and also in 'The big four in colour'. (The latter is in the LNER section. I was only looking, honest!) The Diamond wag
  4. As it happens, our next arrival brings a Top Shed A4 which has had the full treatment before working the Yorkshire Pullman. We had a look through an arch as well.
  5. Continuing our run through the schedule, we're still in the classic 1950s steam era. I had to be quick to catch the Up Royal Scot accelerating down the bank with Tom's 46232 'Duchess of Montrose' in charge. At Greenholme bridge it meets the combined Glasgow / Edinburgh express. Here's the latter train in its wider view. This is the third of three full blood n custard rakes but note the difference with this one - not a MkI in sight. This was a less prestigious train so was not upgraded with MkI stock until the late 1950s. So that allows us free reign to make
  6. Another day of heavy rain, and closed golf course. I did remove some black mould though, which was quite satisfying. The first image tonight is from another recent dark and dismal day, when I know full well I won't get good results, especially at the North end. So why do I try? This is Abbotsford with the Queen of Scots. I know it looks as though there is loads of light, but there isn't. Its just that what little there is comes in horizontally, but I've had to open the blinds to let it in at all. Now, if someone is sensible, and waits a day for
  7. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Running up the other end of the harbour wall got a snap off before 4550 moved into the shed.
  8. Evening all. Still trying to finalise the positions of the buildings on Sheep Dip so there's no real progress at the moment. Much phaffing.............. ( more sub standard photos.....) Rob
  9. At the Glasgow Show, my 'proving' model of an A2/3 for Hornby was returned to me, with many thanks. It's built (obviously) from a DJH kit, and has been with Hornby for 18 months at least. It'd clearly 'been all over the place', because a few bent bits had to be straightened out, but it's served its purpose. I'm told that no matter how many computer simulations might be apparent, to actually have a 'physical' model to examine and handle is invaluable, even though the RTR example will be mainly plastic, not, like this, all-metal. I'm amused when folk ask me
  10. Well, thanks for all the post Brexit doom and gloom. Maybe we should just wait and see what comes about? In the meantime, I would be grateful if we could keep this thread 'on topic', namely my 2mm finescale layout. Cheers, David
  11. Something I saw recently stopped me dead in my tracks (apologies for the pun).... Hornsey Broadway is one of my all time favourite layouts. Having grown up in the area, it lives and breathes North London and is outstanding in every way. BRM has a massive feature on this fabulous layout this month and Andy has taken some beautiful photographs, all of which really show the layout in its full glory. It was the first thing I went to when to when I accessed the magazine and having drooled over all the pics, I sat down to read the text and something suddenly screamed out at m
  12. Nice week off work last week, went into Manchester last night to see back to the future the musical which was absolutely brilliant, had to walk back to the car past the old goods depot on deansgate And also walked past the old midland hotel which has some lovely stonework back to work Tuesday, working out of london again on IM, out of Ferme park this time though, going to shoeburyness, Cambridge, Watford via the DC lines and oxford amongst other places
  13. I'd just like to notify the members of the Parish Council that I've consulted my Medical Advisor this afternoon and have been prescribed a 7 day course of Amoxicillin for a belligerent chest infection. It's NOT the Chinese Lurgy but you might like to lay in some facemasks and hand sanitiser for whenever I drop in. I'm feeling pretty rotten. Its the reason I've been more or less absent from pleasurable discourse for the past week or so. Anyhow, I'll spend the next week coughing, choking and spitting, consuming quantities of fluids and paracetamol at the regulated dosage
  14. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Caught waiting at the end of the coal yard line for the engine shed to clear. 4550 just simmers.....
  15. OK, the first pictures are back from the developers... The sequence starts with a 'statement of intent', namely the 1930s LMS demo train - if Hornby's release date for the full Coronation Scot set of coaches come to pass then by this time next year this will be the full Blue n Silver apparition. Just gotta be done... For the time being, No.6225 'Duchess of Gloucester' crests the summit with a lightweight express. We now move to 1952(-ish) and here our 'new' train, the afternoon Carlisle-Oxenholme stopping train - formed from a NE Region set borrowed off
  16. Seemed almost a shame to besmirch those lovely colour schemes, but to replicate the age of steam, smoke and soot a modeller's gotta do what a modeller's gotta do. So I did, using Vallejo black wash, applied in downward vertical strokes with a 1/4" flat paintbrush. Each wagon has shortened Bachmann couplings, Alan Gibson wheels, and a bit of lead (from Eileen's) stuck below the floor. The insides have been treated with a mixture of dirty black paint, coal dust, weathering powder and a good spray of Dullcote. Here they are back in the train, for now in pride of place immediately b
  17. Valour now has two safety valves. The low shroud was made by soldering a piece of brass the correct thickness to a larger lump so that it could be held. The two holes were then drilled, the top milked out and the sides were filed to give the base effect. The shroud was then removed from the big block and two safety valves turned from a non-tarnishing metal. There is a nice casting available from N Brass, but it is a little bit big and doesn’t quite get the effect of the valves sitting inside the shroud. ..and the brass might tarnish... Tim
  18. I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er smog and grime, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of Midland D299; Beside th'Avon, beneath the cranes, Marshalled and shunted into trains. Continuous as the lamps that shine And twinkle on the railway, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Turning their wheels in creaking dance.
  19. I've wanted to model a Great Western Railway wagon bearing the cast number plates for some time now, but have always been put off by the lack of commercially available plates. While I was exhibiting Sherton Abbas at the Telford O gauge Guild show I met Graham Beare (Western Star) and Chris Brown (Chrisbr) who had been doing research into which wagons carried the cast plates. Chris also mentioned that he was in the process of drawing artwork with a view to getting some 7mm scale plates etched in Nickel Silver. This was obviously exciting news, particularly so when Chris offered to etch me so
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  20. It may only be a simple wagon but there is still a lot of nuts and bolts to put on. From the photo I am using there appears to no square nuts on this wagon only hexagonal ones so I am using my stock of MasterClub .8mm on the solebars and .7mm on the body. I have chamfered the bottom of the body and put 3 tie down on the solebars made from brass pins filed down in the mini drill. The buffers were rescued from a old scrap wagon I built years ago. They were modified white metal one with a flat filed in the top to act as a step. The photo I am working from show 5 link couplings rather th
  21. I couldn't be accurate enough with drills and files, I have enough trouble with broaches and reamers The current coach on the bench (before I return to the Pullmans) is a D343 GN Banana van. There was only one of them built, so as usual the oddity attracted me to it! These small vehicles are useful for honing my interpretation of drawings and drawing skills for etching (or the Silhouette cutter) but each time I improve one part I get another wrong! All of the issues I have are with the bending of the etches, I'm getting closer but there are still some improvements tha
  22. Perhaps that could be pinned to the front page of RMWeb? Mike.
  23. A little more progress - the first colour has been applied. I mixed a little tan into light grey Tamiya acrylic and applied it with a fine brush in a fairly thick, even coat on all the setts to seal the surface. An even finer brush was then used to paint the drain recess matt black. The setts came out both darker and shinier than wanted, but this will be corrected with dry brushing a lighter shade over the top later. The paint was left to dry and a very slightly browner mix was made up to paint the kerb stones. I’m not too worried about the edges - these will be made good
  24. Your View Counts! Below are 3 set of photos, each seacow has a different grit/gravel. Please reply 'A', 'B' and 'C' the one you think is best. I will identify the different grits once I have some replies. So if you have never replied to this thread please do so, there is no wrong answer-it's your chance to be involved in Shirebrook. Tell a friend to tell a friend to get involved. Thank You Type A Type B Type C
  25. The first attempt at the first of many trees. About another 15-20 to go
  26. It doesn't matter what gauge one models in, as discovered last weekend at the Glasgow show. My mate's new EM layout wasn't running 100% so on Saturday morning work was started to sort out the problem. It was found Dave had made his points to all the known popular gauges and a few new ones. Dave did say in his defense he was an enthusiastic amateur track builder, with a big smile on his face.
  27. Thought i'd cheer everyone up with a few photos, seeing as I've not posted for a while, LOL
  28. Staying with 60034 tonight, and two more views at the South end, mainly because there was some light down there.
  29. Firstly, thank you to all respondents. I hope this simple question has sparked a continuing discussion, perhaps we can all benefit from it and find the most realistically sized product to use. The three types were A- Cotswold grit size 20, B sand collected from Bamburgh- the dunes are a finer grade, this came from the high tide line and is coarser, and C is N scale ballast from Dapol and by far the 'winner'. It was my choice also. Steadfast suggested I use the same as I used to ballast the track, which was a french product by GPP. I thought I had used it all but I found some. To put
  30. With a crew and a lamp, the Collett is ready to depart..
  31. Been working on some Triang Hornby chemical containers. Original BP markings removed. New markings printed on white decal paper. Completed containers. Cheers Darius PS - whoops - just spotted a typo...
  32. Oh come on Joel. You're really not trying hard enough. That's not a Minories by any stretch of the imagination. But there is enough Brio track in that spaghetti bowl of yours to build a proper Brio Minories following Cyril Freezer's track layout. All you need is a balloon loop on the end so that departing trains quickly become arrivals (suburban trains all the look the same anyway) and you can run an intensive commuter service for your Brio people. Now do it again and next time we expect to see it runninng to a proper timetable
  33. Blimey, you've not spent long on RMweb if you think that there's never any criticism of products here...
  34. You might want to try this..... Dark Stone 20 drop Tan 71079 4 drops Mahogany 71036 1 drop White 71001 1 drop Red 71269 Light Stone 50-50 mix Tan 71079 Beige 71074 Seems to work for me. G
  35. Having not long returned from the Glasgow Show, a brief appraisal/comment might be of interest? Firstly, a great big thank you to Ian Porteous and his team for putting on such a fantastic event. The standard of the layouts has never been higher in my opinion. The whole three days were entirely enjoyable. It was my privilege to be invited to be the judge of the Association layouts. I gave the 1st prize to Law Junction, built in N Gauge by the East Neuk Club. It looked the part and ran perfectly whenever I watched it. I would have lov
  36. Hi All, Back home lunchtime today from paddling in the Solent, notice I said PADDLING and not Piddling. Over the last couple of days I've viewed several more Bungalows between Waterlooville and Southampton, as the owners of the property we put the offer in on last Thursday still cant make their minds up, whether to accept it or not, so we've retracted the offer now. One Bungalow in Southampton looked particularly good on paper with a large conservatory with access to the back of the Garage, it sounded ideal. However it didn't live up to expectations, in fact that's not q
  37. Here's the latest pair of frames I've put together: They call the things in the middle formers rather than frame spacers, but other than that - and copious use of wood glue rather than solder - it's not unlike assembling a massive pair of Comet sides, in that the sides have to be square and parallel and twist-free. And, it'll have an electric motor!
  38. Pete 75C

    O no!

    A couple more pictures of progress. I eventually settled on a tarmac platform surface with a thin tactile strip near to the edge. The road bridge is almost complete, but I need to figure out how to get the path leading from the road down a couple of inches in a short distance. Pictured in the background is a set of resin steps which may or may not come in useful. More soon.
  39. A brief, but I hope interesting burst of old-fashioned 0: Went to the sodden valley of the Welland yesterday for our periodic old 0 buffs gathering, which was nominally themed around Compounds. Here is mine leading a class mate with different number on a parcels, fish an milk train. The really, really, really interesting locos weren’t compounds though. This unique animal is from G P Keen’s railway, weighs about 10kg, and I think is an imaginative melding of two early 1930s experimental locos, the Armstrong-Whitworth ‘universal’ diesel-el
  40. Well yes. I imagine a website that mentions willy waving on its front page will go from strength to strength!
  41. If you have a sample or colour photo you can upload it to a site like this http://colormaid.spektran.com/color-picker/ You can get a RAL code from that and all vallejo paints have a RAL code on the bottle. There are also pantone finders out there and some model shops online have charts showing various manufacturers paints with pantone equivalent
  42. Thanks Tony, Not photographically to your standard but to say that the pleasure is all ours to host such a magnificent locomotive as this. 46245 'City of London' was reputedly one of the best Duchesses and, not surprisingly, highly-prized by its home shed of 1B Camden. I've certainly seen pictures of the loco on the prestige 'Caldeonian' working so, although the loco is well within itself hauling this up the bank, it's an obvious train to allocate her to. One erudite observer over the weekend 'knew his stuff' and immediately spotted the 'right loco on the right tr
  43. Thanks for the supportive posts. After some deepish thought, some discussions here and elsewhere, and a visit to Model Rail Scotland I have decided that I quite like what I have even though it will never now be an accurate model of Crianlarich. I have already built some other buildings and certainly don’t want to waste the work done so far. So, I will go along with some of the thoughts here and move to something that is Crianlarich like but fictitious and most certainly West Highland based. It’s not a layout that is ever going to leave my loft and I think it will please me and k
  44. Hi Paul No need to change the title of your thread as Gibbo has stated. Mine only has the music and fun additions as a warning. Well with my choice of music you need to be prepared. As for fun are we ralway modellers allowed it.
  45. Only when such content is incorrect, libellous or abusive. I'm fed up of seeing that perpetuated by those who know precisely nothing. You make it sound as though it was a generous hand that fed us when, in reality, it was a case of seeking some reward for the pain inflicted.
  46. Some excitement for the local train spotters today. One of them peered round the depot gate and saw a BR Standard 7MT 70010 stabled there! The evening rush hour took on quite a "BR Standard" flavour. A3 60070 was rostered for this turn, but has failed quite seriously. The idler gear wheel has split, and the motor just spins without producing forward movement. Trying to remove 60070 from the timetable spreadsheet produced some nasty error messages, so another Pacific was called for and 70010 came to mind; temporarily for rostering purposes it is now "60
  47. Today's photos are on the ECML, heading a few miles north from Newcastle. Just a reminder that the Heaton Depot photos were taken on a prearranged visit. Manors CLass 47 up ICI tanks June 87 J8961 Heaton Depot 143320 and 143321 Jan 1990 J10605.jpg Heaton Depot condemned Mk 1 stock Jan 1990 J10613.jpg Heaton 43059 up 20th Jan 90 C13951.jpg Benton Quarry Junction 43114 up 15th Feb 88 C9320.jpg David
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