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  1. The C2 arrived safe and sound Tony, here she is on BJ with my mini me signal man getting a good look at her! She runs sweetly down the scenic section, I haven’t given her a full run yet, I’ll run her in and lube everything and then let her stretch her legs! Thanks again, Tony and Geoff, she’s marvellous. Horrible photo as it’s just on my iPhone with a bit of editing to make her pop
  2. I finished off the dry run of the Saturday sequence today. There were no calamities and only some very minor adjustments to be made. While I was doing this our photographer friend W C Wolseley turned up and positioned himself at one of his favourite spots just above the west portal of Tremewan Tunnel, with a good view of the trains crossing Nancegwithey Viaduct. He was just in time to get a nice view of the 1840 Up Postal with D601 Ark Royal on the front. This photo is specially for Mike @The Stationmaster to fulfil a promise I made a few years ago. Hope it brings back good memories Mike! Although it was a fine summer evening the light was fading by this time, so our friend moved to a slightly higher position for his last few shots. This is the 2045 Penzance - Paddington, hauled by Laira's 5058 Earl of Clancarty, which had worked down earlier on the Limited. This train has mainly seating accommodation and just a single composite sleeper. The last passenger train of the day is the 2130 Penzance - Paddington sleepers, which, by contrast, has two first-class and two second-class sleepers, topped and tailed by two brake composites. The loco is Penzance's 4099 Kilgerran Castle, which will work back down on Sunday morning. I've no idea on which train though, as my operating sequence only covers Fridays and Saturdays! There will be a few more trains, including empty stock to Millbay and freights to Truro and to Tavy Junction, before the main line goes to sleep for the night. In fact, west of Truro it has already done so as each box closed progressively following the passage of the Up sleepers.
  3. The PO marathon plugs on with the transfers now applied to the sides, sealed with a flash of matt varnish. The majority are 'W' Writhlington wagons which were S&D based, the 'K' for. kilmersdon wagons were branded to Radstock GWR but I have done a handful for variety. The 'F' Foxcote wagons are fictitious. The real Foxcote Colliery was part of the Writhlington group but in reality was some distance from the railway, its output going out on a short tramway to land sales. Wheels, couplings, weathering and removable loads to go - I have a cunning plan for the latter. Jerry
  4. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Junction busy today.
  5. A new A3 on the layout is an event, so it gets recorded twice more as 60049 simmers at Platform 2.
  6. Morning Tony, Hope you don't mind the following small indulgence for a moment: You might recognise the loco on the right ... well, in fact, the other one as well as it received critical and much appreciated emergency repairs at the loco doctor's workbench at the start of the Glasgow show. I saw my Dad for the first time since lockdown so we had a lot to catch up on. Whilst 6201 was critically admired, it was the blue 'un that attracted his interest most, not least because he saw them all in that condition in the early 1950s. Challenging the time-warp even further! If you can divert your eyes away from the loco 'eye candy' for a moment, lurking under the canopy on the right is an LMS Period II composite coach, kindly built by Barry O of this parish and now in regular service on the layout. Dad is delighted with it.
  7. The C2 arrived today from Tony, she’s a beaut!!!! Here she is taken from my iPhone with a bit of editing to bring it out, I’ll have to get some good ones with my camera, thanks again Tony!
  8. The prototype front door of the house is quite an intricate design, not just a plain door: So I've taken a while to get this successfully transferred to the model. After a few false starts, here's what I managed to produce using microstrip and the power of prayer... This was sprayed in Matt Tan, and then I used weathering powders to give it the timber look: And here it is fixed to the house: Thanks for looking, Al.
  9. Another look at the Compound hauled Leicester local this evening, in black and white again as I persisted in pointing the camera into strong light, and forgot that I have a lens hood to help with such things. The next one wasn't quite as bad, and so Galtee More on its first service train at PN can appear in colour. The train is the 7.30 Grantham-KX.
  10. McC

    EFE Rail launches

    for what it’s worth Accurascale are also highly supportive of retailers. Offering industry leading pricing and margins and terms as well as commissions and exclusives.
  11. I’ve noticed more than a few posts in this thread using a logic that follows the idea that as case numbers/risk is low, it’s possible to get out and do more/go to exhibitions etc. The problem with this is the logic is flawed. The reason the risk and case numbers are so low at present is because we aren’t going to exhibitions or doing many other things that would otherwise increase the transmission of the virus. If we start doing them, the levels will rise again. We are likely to see significant additional restrictions through the autumn and winter, so I can’t see it even being a case of choosing whether to attend an exhibition for quite some time; it simply won’t be allowed. I can’t see myself attending one until late-2021 at the earliest really. David
  12. Not actual modelling but much use of modelling tools and supplies. My good lady has now broken both her pairs of glasses and for various reasons doesn't want to buy a new pair just yet. So I have been trying to keep the two broken pairs useable. After 2 evening's work I finally managed to make a new hinge for one pair using 3 14BA bolts and my newly acquired 14BA Tap plus the dremel and various files. This reduced the end of a piece of scrap brass bar to the semblance of a hinge. I was quite pleased with my efforts and there has been grudging praise from the wearer of said glasses. I now need to work out how to tighten up the other pair. I will report in due course. I trust that next time Beth queries my purchase of small bits of turned brass she will accept that they are necessary items. Jamie
  13. I've always been in two minds about this loco. It was designed for my previous Cornish layout that didn't happen. I made it because I was interested in the fact that someone near the end of steam took off the front number plate and reinstated the numerals on the buffer beam. When it was painted up, there was a blemish in the paintwork. No problems, 4549 was a filthy machine at the end of its life. https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p130586643/h303D8E62#h303d8e62 It was my first weathering attempt and I always felt it looked a bit ropey. However it doesn't look too bad here: I guess it can stay. I need to treat it to some Modelu lamps, but signs and gutters need to come next.
  14. Evening all, More bodgery took place today. The the Meccano workshop is now complete, with the addition of a wood turning lathe and a horizontal milling machine, which has also made it 5x times louder. Another part of the water gauge on my Weeden engine sheared off today, so after a conversation with Richard (HH) a new one was ordered, and the old boiler bushings removed in preparation for a new set. This morning was spent using the power washer at my grandmother’s on the pool deck. Well actually, that's a lie, as the power washer died after 10 seconds. So the high pressure hose was used instead. This involved a large amount of turning the water on and off to said hose, and every time you turn off the water the fixture is pressed out of the keyway holding it in the pipe, and a three foot spurt of water goes in ones face! This happened more than was amusing, and by the end I was properly soaked, not to mention the nozzle leaking everywhere. However I was rewarded in my efforts by a lunch of Cuban Empanadas, from my preferred Cuban restaurant. stay healthy, Douglas
  15. I think you will find that it s Bachmann in the Uk who have launched the brand (although the major shareholder is Mr Kenneth Ting, Chairman of Kader, so he no doubt approved the idea of adding the EFE Rail brand to the activity of the company's UK based subsidiary). And it clearly makes good business sense for the UK based company to introduce a non-Kader sourced, higher ticket, range when we consider the supply situation from Kader over recent years. Selling stuff like Woodlands Scenics into the UK market hardly makes up for not having a consistent supply of big ticket items coming from the Kader factories so adding a second range selling at mid-upper range model railway prices using different sourcing will no doubt help to smooth revenue for Bachmann Europe. As 'Legend' has already said EFE is a recognised brand in the UK, and is owned by Bachmann Europe so I can see nothing illogical in them making use of a brand they already own for a non-railway range of models. Clearly they could not use an existing Kader owned model railway brand because it already exists and has a market position which is understood by people who buy products carrying that brand. A new range of products (new under a Bachmann banner that is) needs its own brand name so why not adapt a name which is known and has good retail penetration? Far more likely to be recognised and 'accepted' by potential customers than, say, 'Barwell Rail'.
  16. Rake of Mk1 coaches laying over at Dewchurch, waiting their next call of duty.
  17. Gopher


    My new combine harvester. Langley models white metal kit of a Massey Ferguson 735. Smaller than the Oxford die-cast model it replaced, and more appropriate for the time period I model. Bit of a sod to put together. I missed off one of the guards (cover for one of the belt drives), on the basis that some farmers removed these for maintenance, and could not be arsed to put them back on (days before health and safety) - well that and I found them quite fiddly to fit to the model. I also missed off the spring tines from the cutting wheel (even more fiddly). Managed to find a small figure in my spares box which makes a passable driver. It makes a nicely detailed model - but as I said a bit of a sod to build.
  18. Just been down to Seven Mills early, and saw the Black 08 Yard Shunter 13003 moving the Warwell into the Top Yard, it will probably go into a Train later for the MOD yard at Dore End.
  19. As someone who has shielded with my family (wife and two young children) for the last 5 months, with supplies bought to our house by close family - there would be no way on this planet would I even consider going to a railway event this year. Firstly there are spikes in the virus at certain locations, and the public come to shows from far and wide (nevermind traders and exhibitors from many parts of the country who would most likely stay in the same hotels), in another month or so we are coming towards Autumn when things are expected to get worse, then there is the issue of getting close to layouts to view them (plus getting near exhibitors), trade stalls would be very difficult for people to peruse in a meaningful way, to maintain social distancing of 2m - only three people/groups from same household would be able to stand at a 4 metre long layout, then there is catering, cleaning ...... and the very real risks of short notice cancellation due to restrictions depending on Covid situation. Whilst I know it is potentially a financially dire situation for many clubs, a poor turn out or late notice cancellation would possibly be much more damaging in the longer term. Regarding risk - then its wholly down to people's perception, circumstances and the tangibility of the risk/illness to them. It does not help either, when senior figures have been found out to be breaking lockdown rules and that you could drive a Boris Bus between some areas of the government guidance. I've been out and about since Monday to go to work. I think people are starting to have covid fatigue - and are starting to take risks and letting their guard down (which is why we are getting spikes) -believing the worst is over, risks are lower and probably thinking that if they get it, they know they will feel really rough for a couple of weeks, but they have a very good chance of pulling through so just enjoy yourself and see what happens (and in reality over a life time something like cancer is probably much more likely to kill you). But in contrast for those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and their families - then regrettably there is no option but to be cautious, especially as the virus shows no physical symptoms in its early stages, so if you have no choice but to be around others, then you have to attempt to minimise potential risks because you cannot see them. If the person at risk does get it - then they are likely to become seriously ill and most at risk of dying. Its a bit like AIDS/HIV adverts in the 1980's - don't die of ignorance! But unfortunately people around the world have, and are. To end on a positive note - then throughout the pandemic so far - model railways have appeared to remain quite boyant, and people have been resourceful in finding new methods to continue to enjoy their hobby responsibly. That should give us all some comfort for the hobbies long term future. Some may even be getting a 66731 from the postie very soon- a wonderful tribute to a great gentleman and in support of the NHS - whose superb staff, like many other key workers have been selflessly helping others during these unprecedented times. Best wishes to you all, enjoy your model railways and I hope you all continue to remain safe, C.
  20. Update, The other day I hid in the train room Mrs M. seemed upset about something. While I was in there I made a Ratio LMS van kit, sightly modified. It is modelled as it would have been running in later life, no roof vents, vacuum brake and additional strapping. Another van for the "Perishables" train. I done a video, badly, tonight. Waiting it to upload, so here is a picture of one of the trains....well both as the other one can just be seen behind it.
  21. Because of the ride height issues I have had to come up with a method of lowering the bearings and just use the axleboxes as cosmetic and not to carry the bearings. So I have come up with soldering a 12 BA screw across the end of the bearings and drilling a hole in the frames to take the 12 BA screws. This has worked out well but will need tweaking to take up the slack. I am not sure if I will be able to compensate using this method will I will keep on thinking as I progress. I have noticed that one end has pulled very slightly out of true by about 10 thou. This is probably my poor cutting out but it's to late now. I will put it down to a rough shunt.
  22. Having completed the workshop / weathering shed, attention has now turned back to the layout. Over the last couple of years, the extension at Wimhill has increased the operational possibilities hugely and occasionally the idea of a small goods yard at Coleborne have been suggested, plus the ageing ZTC control units have become a little troublesome and outdated and there seems little hope of any progress from Taunton Controls re-upgrades etc. The decision has been made by Nick to change completely to the Gaugemaster Prodigy 2 system and obtaining all the required bits is now in hand. Back to the goods yard. Space is obviously at a premium, but without the shelf unit required for one of the ZTC units, it was decided that a small extension could be fitted. this is difficult to describe but hopfully the pictures will make things clear. A small amount of cutting and sawing soon cleared a suitable area. Anyone who has seen my own layout will know my destructive skills with a stanley knife and I was able to lend my expertise here, plus a useful ability with Henry vacuum cleaner. Nicks, more usefull wood working skills produced the new board. The track plan has yet to be finalised, although the point of entry to the yard is obviously already chosen. More to follow. Regards. Brian. ( wireman ).
  23. Mikkel The Leckhampton Weighbridge features in Book 1 of Ericplans GWR buildings by Eric Ilett, first published by EricModels and subsequently republished by PECO although now long out of print. I found a copy on Abebooks. (And that'll teach me to read back a couple of pages as you've already noted that)! Eric drew the brickwork at Leckhampton as Flemish Bond, however, he drew all the buildings with brickwork as Flemish Bond. Why he inked in each brick I cannot say, frankly it slightly spoils the drawings. Leckhampton had plain bargeboards at each end, however, I am drawn towards the look of the brick gable ends at Winchcombe on the GWSR. A bit of a challenge in Plasticard but I think it would add character to the structure. I have been planning an expedition to Winchcombe for some detailed measurements, the GWSR station is closed, but they tell me the yard is open as it gives access to a local business. http://gwsrbuildingservices.blogspot.com/2017/11/ I also like the main window offset from centre. There's a nice photograph of the weighbridge office (English bond again) at Stretton on Fosse on the Shipston on Stour branch see https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/mortonshipston.htm - In this case I am tempted to include the nine pane end window in my model. The weighbridge office at Shipston on Stour itself was Flemish bond - https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrss543.htm the design appears slightly different (possibly built by the original tramway company rather than GWR?) and the buildings at Stretton were constructed several years after the GWR took over the line. Winchcombe (English bond) was also a later addition to the network, the station being built in 1905 Presently I am working on some etches for the window frames, in particular the two layer main window where it appears the side windows could slide in towards the centre, presumably so the weight tickets could be passed easily to the carrier while the operator stayed warm and dry inside. As the buildings all appear to have proper chimneys and fireplaces then, with just an 11'6" x 7'6" interior it would have been rather snug in there on a winter's day.
  24. mdvle

    EFE Rail launches

    As noted many times, the pricing and non-Tube model choices clearly indicates this isn't a "lower spec" range. As for Liliput, that would be confusing things given that it is used for European HO and N - while EFE Rail is exclusively UK OO and N thus keeping things nice and simple.
  25. theres a lot of assumptions in this and other posts. Whenever I sell anything on ebay and the buyer has an issue, I default to “just send it back”. I get 1 return in 100 or more, and usually its the buyers issue. I cant be bothered with price chippers or buyers regret, as my wife says in a great polish accent “Do widzenia”. Am I out if my depth or suing someone ? No, I just get rid of the buyer, ban them and move on. I suspect Hattons customer service is more forgiving than mine. Its easy to lose perspective, Squeaky wheels make noise, silent ones roll. Its unfortunate to some reading of issues rolled out here, and its easy for me to say, sitting here i’m alright jack with my 3 working fine, but I suspect many like me aren't making noise either, there models just work.. if theres an issue share it, if you have a fix, then impress us and get kudos, but otherwise Why not take it at face value ? If it doesn't work, send it back.
  26. My father's distillery office has been neglected, what with the virus restrictions, furlough, redundancy and an attempt at a career change! However, the little turret has been on the desk for a while and caused a proper headache when I tried to decorate it with tiles. 1) tried to mark out and scribe the tiles 2) failed on #1 and skimmed it with clay to try again 3) tried to mark out and scribe the tiles 4) failed on #3 and tried to fit strips of tile cut from 100gsm paper 5) failed on #4 and cut individual tiles to fit All I can say is that I take my hat off to roofers. This is clearly a tricky thing to do with flat materials on a narrowing, curved structure! I had to bodge all sorts, starting with a very wide tile and slowly narrowing the tiles as I progressed up the roof. Real roofers - which I patently am not! - trim their tiles and end up with narrow tiles and single nail fixings by the time they're finished. This is ours - in a coat of primer and the hope that the little ridges formed by the overlapping paper will be less obvious when it is all painted and weathered. I'll use a bit of clay to create the lead wrap that seems to finish the turret at the apex...
  27. At last - some human activity on Caledonian Basin. A couple of Modelu figures that a wag on the Facebook groups suggested as Jack & Victor from a scurrilous TV show 'Still Game' So - welcome, Jack and Victor ... Some mixed results trying my hand at layering a photo so that different points of focus can be united into one (reasonably) sharp image. I think it is pushing what is possible on a mobile phone camera - and the middle ground looks a bit weird ..
  28. Somerton Park mpd 1971 a good variety of locos on shed
  29. In the spirit of showing what we’re building, I thought I’d post a bit more progress on a 3 coach set of LSWR stock I’m part way through building. They’re similar to Al’s a post or two above but not as far advanced. Happy to show photos if others are interested. The subject of couplings came up a page or two back and I thought I’d show how I couple my sets together. Its not my idea – I have no idea whose it was – it’s a copy of that shown in Stephen Williams’ The 4mm Coach Part One (page 20). First off I solder a 1mm piece of wire rod behind the headstock/on the buffer bases. I do this on both ends on all the coaches. I then make up a simple hook from 1mm wire rod, bending it to shape and winding round a bit of thin wire from old electrical cable to represent the hose ribbing. I may add representations of hose couplings from washers or twists of thicker wire, if the mood takes me, all secured with tiny dabs of solder. The part with the hook is maybe a mil or two lower than the opposite end that passes through the headstock as it has to go below the headstock of the following coach – seems obvious, but I’ve got it wrong so many times. I temporality fit the corridor connectors to get the right tension / correct (ish) distance between the coaches. I realise these are too far apart compared to full size stock but it doesn’t look too bad as the void has something in it. I then solder the hook to the headstock. The hook rubs on the bar – this seems smoother than it just rubbing on the back of the headstock. These LSWRs will go around 3ft radius curves on a test track without issue. I have no idea how they might fare on a full layout, reverse curves or a crossover….we’ll shall see one day! Nor do I know how the compressibility / tension of the bellows will last…time will tell. The reason I put a bar behind every buffer is in case I decide to add further stock at a later date and it’s easier to fit at the build stage. The process it the same for plastic bodied stock/underframes except I use glue. This is how the set looks, the corridor connectors are held in place by friction for the picture and the photography has shown how grotty the sides are. They’ll get scrubbed over the weekend and if the weather is warm they might even see a coat of primer. Kind regards, Iain
  30. There is a further element to consider. I have been looking at air-bourne transmission, in regard to ventilation systems within my own discipline. I am a Theatre Consultant and NOT an M&E Consultant, butby the nature of my job, i have to learn something of the other disciplines. There in contradictory advice. From our own Government, the basic advice is "open windows, and keep working - service the HVAC as normal", however, a study in Europe confirms that the virus has already been transmitted to others with no direct contact, via the air-stream of a restaurant's ventilation system. A problem occurs when air is fed at one side of the room, and is extracted at the other side, so the air is drawn through the space. Ideal normally - but not if an infected person or persons is at the up-stream end of the flow. This is also a problem for many theatre's, where we supply around 7 litres of air per person per second - vast quantities- and this is frequently fed from over-head diffusers, and also extracted at high level - thus creating all sorts of streams in various directions. I suspect that many large exhibition spaces may have similar systems. The few Professional Risk Assessments I've seen intended to cope with the virus and working with it do not understand or address air-handling or it's interelation with the design of the building, and have limited themselves to "opening windows" which in a modern building is not necessarily adequate. Air-handling should be run at 100% Primary air, with no recycling, and professional opinion should be sought as to whether the filters can be upgraded. Do make sure Risk Assessments are comprehensive, and don't be afraid to question them!
  31. I've always found that odd, prior to the Class 66's release, Hatton's Dave was extremely active in responding to people's queries. There was a lot of promotion going on. Since it's release and discovery of all the issues, Hatton's have been extremely silent on the matter. And the issue isn't limited to just the Class 66, Hatton's O gauge A3/A4 are missing handrails on the cab side. And what't more shocking is Hatton's not willing to do it and high-profile people on this forum just brushing it aside as a accidental error. I'm not surprised by the error, the model was designed by none other than ______. The surprising part is watching people show their disappointment in the model and Hattons and certain people on rmweb just brushing it aside. My faith in Hatton's has gone! Their lack of communication, the way their ignore problems - just not worth it. Maybe the numerous Customer Service Awards and success of their 0-6-0 tank engines has resulted in their heads going skywards. Hatton's attitude needs to change. You cannot have a model that looks and sounds good on paper but doesn't reflect the same way in person. Whaaaaaaaat? Really?
  32. Yes the Winchcombe one is very attractive! Note also how the side window has more panes and is set lower than the Leckhampton one, and the blue brick arches above has double rows rather than a single one. These features can also be seen on the prototypes at Badminton , built 1902, and Weston-Sub-Edge, built 1904 (see Vaughan's GWR Architecture for photos of both, though the Badminton photo shows it with modern windows). With Winchcombe being built in 1905, there could be a trend. In comparison, the Leckhampton structure was a little plain, except for the expansive window in the end wall, which I have only seen on that particular structure so far. Other GWR weighbridges tended to have either no window in the end wall, or simpler ones. The Stretton on Fosse structure looks quite similar to the simple Leckhampton style (end window excepted). See also Witney here: http://www.fairfordbranch.co.uk/Witney_Goods.htm. This again has the plain bargeboards like Leckhampton and Stretton on Fosse. Not sure when the Witney structure was built, the GWR took over in 1890 and the arched window seems so distinctly GWR. So that's two "styles" - a fairly plain one, and one with a bit more eleaborate brickwork. And probably hybrids, see e.g. the Wombourne weighbridge here: http://www.railaroundbirmingham.co.uk/Stations/womborn.php In any case, despite the overall similarities they are clearly all a little different and adapted to the circumstances. A nice subject of further study, methinks.
  33. Here we are, a group of strangers with a common interest in model railways and as we bounce comments back and forth, we find out that those of us who have lived a little have a lot of common ground. It's often referred to as "The six degrees of separation", an interesting but non railway subject, look it up. I for one suffer from Complex PTSD as a result of some of the life experiences in the world's less desirable tourist destinations as well as showing a good number of Asperger's syndrome traits, so unfortunately I do tend to drift at times. I wasn't the least bit put out about you taking us all off on a Grimm's fairy tale trip on Tuesday, in fact everyone, including the topic originator got a good laugh out of it. As a very small child I got all self conscious about my name, but about 40 years ago, I realised what a great icebreaker it is. I happen to take a great interest in what Chuffinghell is creating here, I learn something interesting, useful or funny almost daily. If I have irritated him in some way, then he has my sincere apologies. Anybody else perhaps just needs to take themselves a little less seriously and remember that we are a minority and there's a whole world out there. Peace Out.
  34. To be honest, I'm not sure I can give any, I just do it, it's a matter of practising until you get the result you wanted. But in general, the least amount of paint on the brush you can get away with, and do a little at a time, don't try to get the finished result in one pass, build up layers gradually. Al.
  35. Legend

    EFE Rail launches

    I think if they’d used Liliput it would still be associated with Kader, in the same way as Bachmann Branchline is . The EFE Rail range of models are made by other factories . I think they wanted to make the distinction , possibly not to dilute the Bachmann brand image. It does give them more volume to sell not dependent on Kader. EFE is a brand already known by Model Railway Retailers, many of whom have also stocked EFE buses and maybe even underground stock in the past. So given that the desired effect is to get models that were not generally available into a new distribution channel and into retailers using the EFE brand is probably pretty shrewd. it is a fascinating development . It is not a lower spec range , at least not in price .
  36. Then why are you bothering to read a topic about EFE models, when Bachmann themselves prefaced the announcement by saying "Concluding our Autumn 2020 Announcements is the unveiling of our all-new brand – EFE Rail – led by a new motorised version of the popular EFE 1:76 scale (OO) London Underground Tube Train. This much requested model is joined by a number of other Great British Model Railways to complete the launch range for EFE Rail." The original Gilbow company who owned the EFE brand only sold buses, and the two models of Underground rolling stock, with a few roadside/lineside accesories thrown in. These are the first 4mm scale Tube trains sold as RTR, if you exclude the 1950 set made by the UK Ever Ready battery company, which looked line a cross between Standard Stock and the Waterloo & City line stock. So they are important even to kettle-lovers. But there is a comparable precedent of a model of an Electric train launching a new product range. In 1926, Meccano Hornby's first ever electrically powered loco was the Metropolitan Railway's MetroVic Bo-Bo. What I find so curious about Kader choosing to launch a new brand in the UK is that they chose to call it "EFE Rail", given that brand's association with model buses and Underground trains, when they could have used the Liliput name, unless it is an attempt by Kader, who own Bachmann to create a "lower spec" range in the UK.
  37. The grey matter has been exercised in terms of creating platform surfaces which resemble the concrete slabs turned out by Exmouth Junction works. Foam-board covered in fine grit is too thick and too coarse texturally. I have opted for card. In order to achieve the distinctive joints between the slabs I have scored the card and hope that will be sufficient to show through when painted. Placing the card onto the "concrete" supports has shown up a problem; the joins should line up with the supports. They don't. I am not about to uproot all those posts and reset them and shall have to live with this. My error, my problem. The posts should have been set 18mm apart but checking the jig I used to measure up they are more like 22mm apart. Facepalm. Blue air moment. Also shown is the first test-painting of the conductor rail which needs to end up looking dull black in the web and shiny on top.
  38. Somerton Park MPD some interlopers on shed today. Still lots to do before the finished article
  39. And how sad will you be to find out that this past two days I've actually fixed down about 8 yards of track with actual PVA glue and everything...
  40. Thanks for the comments and likes. More on the arcade. The roof and dorma windows added at the ends. The interior of the Bakers hop being worked on. With a couple of the cast figures I made/copied. Loaves of bread for the shelves made from Das clay, not yet painted. There will also be trays of buns and sweet things added, and I plan to glaze the front of the counter. Signs for the outside and inside of the Bakers, named after family members. With the baker interior sitting in place. A couple of shots from behind showing how the original Kibri and cast sections are fitted together. Still doing house hunting, our current place is now up for sale with people coming to view from tomorrow. Not looking forward to taking the shed down and rebuilding it, but it needs waterproofing again so it is timely. I have said that I will sell the shed for replacement value if the buyers are interested. More soon. Jamie
  41. Rat, 25054 sits in the Disused Station at Seven Mills.
  42. Harlequin

    Little Muddle

    I’m a simple man and I don’t understand all this highbrow artistic talk but I know a good photo of a rare chimney pot when I see one! (There also seems to be a railway behind it, which might interest some people.)
  43. Caution: This post does not contain any wheels or locomotive valve gear, and only a small amount of (quite tricky) soldering. A long time ago (on this fast moving thread) on June 13th I did post some progress on one of my lockdown projects. .....here.... Left to do are:- Access steps (awaiting supplies) Guttering and downpipes. LEDs for interior lighting. I hope you will forgive the several required small corrections which this mornings pictures have shown up. I'm sorry for the quality of the interior shot - but I quite like the effect!
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