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Unicorn1 last won the day on August 19 2013

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    Canterbury, Kent
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    Railwy modelling! Also, all things LT, BR Western Region - including hydraulics, photography, beer, old Austins - I have owned a 1948 Devon since 1995 - and an almost obsessional need to collect East Kent Railway memorabilia.

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  1. Looking good. Those front panels can cause trouble - on mine the drivers copy of LeMonde in the cab is hiding some paint bleed from the masking! You're also right about the flimsy steering - I eventually glued mine straight. Les
  2. Thanks Barry The Traction Avant would be nice, a 1/8th Hachette Routemaster would be even nicer - have to wait for my premium bonds to come up first! Anyway, in the meantime - go on - open the box.... Les
  3. The layout has taken a back seat lately, but I've been keeping busy with these 1 /24th Revell Routemaster. Lots of plastic, but went together well, although the main roof panel was decidedly warped! The long home made advert on this side went a bit astray, the decal paper was very sticky! Offside ad went on bette r, blinds were home made. Still need to make some garage running numbers. What do people always say - look at the prototype - well there's a colour photo of this very bus when new in K Blacker's 'Routemaster, Vol1', which shows it with what looks to be a white relief band! I assumed it would be Chiswick Cream! The bus was primed grey, and then sprayed with Halfords Ford Radiant Red, not a bad match for Ayres Red, but maybe would have worked better with white primer, And a 1/32 Mini Art B type. Seen in the company of the old Varney 1/76 version, and the 1/72 Roden plastic kit. I have another two Routemasters to build, one will certainly be green, and another B type as well! Les
  4. Hi Graham I believe the code 75 SL110 joiners can be used to connect code 75 to bullhead. I may need a curved point and one Y also, so I'm looking at maybe cutting the webbing and increasing the gap between some of the sleepers. Les
  5. Hi Graham Always good to see a full size plan, it does show just how much space the large radius points take up! I have used code 75 before and it looks OK, especially side on, but the sleeper spacing is too small. I am currently planning Bishopscombe's replacement, and will be using Peco 00 bullhead track which looks much better. The only drawback with this at the moment is that only large radius turnouts are available, although I believe more options are on the way. The bullhead turnouts are more expensive, but I think they're a big improvement on the flat bottom 75 ones. Looking forward to seeing more progress, and probably stealing the odd idea too! Regards Les
  6. Crikey! Would many of the planes usually be stored below the deck? Les
  7. Thank you Barry for your comment. The kit was a 'bargain' on a well known auction site. A fair bit of boiling water was involved in trying to straighten up the bigger parts! Also many of the bodywork part are supplied as clear plastic - which involves two lots of masking when painting. I should know better but I'm now tempted to get another Heller kit of a late '20s Renualt van to keep it company. Les
  8. Finally got round to finishing my 1:24 Renault TN6. Made from an early Heller kit it had a few missing parts - and some very interestingly shaped large sections of rather brittle plastic! The trickiest part was making a completely new windscreen, along with trying to straighten out the floor and platform. Any way I looked at it the other day an thought I must finish it, so here it is. Les
  9. Very sorry to hear this. Speaking from the 'non railway modelling' side, my main knowledge of Adrian was through his London bus kits. At shows I would always stock up on those things that no one else could provide - radiators, wheels etc as well as full kits. On one occasion- I think it was Scalefourum (Leatherhead?) - I took along some photos of some recently completed kits, I told him that they had been painted by my good friend Bob Fridd; 'I've heard of him' he said. 'Would you like to meet him, he's here with Road Transport Images'. Introductions were made and I went off to peruse the exhibits. Over an hour later I returned and they were still going nineteen to the dozen. On the few occasions when I met him he was always encouraging - he told me the only way my painting technique would improve was to keep practising, I still am! Les
  10. RHDR No6 Samson - putting on a show just at the right moment. 1st August 2009.
  11. Ah, 3 car CEPs. As a regular commuter I remember these on the South Eastern - we had quite a lot (did the open seconds replace buffet cars on the S Western BEPs?) Funny, I never thought I would have quite the affection I do now for the old units - but seeing a single three CEP coming into view on the daily commute was no fun, nor was Conex's habit of putting one on the first off-peak Ramsgate to Charing Cross every morning (including Saturdays) which was standing room only after Minster! (I would attempt to board at Canterbury West). Anyway, great pictures of a railway we took so much for granted, and thought would hardly ever change. Regards Les
  12. I have ordered glue and some other modelling items online, the items can be safely left in our porch or outside. I personally think that if a shop is offering a mail order service then I am doing my 'bit' by buying something to keep them going. I know I'll have to wait a bit longer for it to arrive- I can live with that. We haven't had any post here since the 24th March, but I know my glue is out there somewhere, along with Boris' letter etc, and will eventually arrive. (As will the hose I ordered to unblock a drain which has meant we can't use the kitchen sink / washing machine etc!) If we can, and I believe we are being encouraged to, I think we should support model shops using mail order. (And any other 'reasonable' purchases). Les
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