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    About 5 miles from the Berks and Hants
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    EM gauge, anything involving trains or rails, Brakespears Ales and eclectic music tastes.

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  1. So I have been after one of these little beauties for a while, I have been wanting this for so long - it is basically Medstead station which is a personal favourite of mine for a whole number of reasons. It arrived today and I have over the past week or so been giving some thought to Cliddesden, learning from my experiences with TVS. I am thinking about how I can erect Cliddesden again and maybe I will rent a storage unit to store some of the other associated toys to make some space. I have decided that there will be some changes, not in the track layout but with platform arrangements and other scenic items, with possible more buildings than I originally envisaged. The other thing that will definitely happen is that the existing fiddle boards will be scrapped and replaced with traversers I will need some help with these though as my woodworking skills are probably not up to building traverses. So it would seem that my enthusiasm for Cliddesden is returning and hopefully soon I will be making some progress, once TVS (for which I have received a couple of expressions of interest to exhibit at local shows) nears completion.
  2. I use the gaugemaster version successfully.
  3. It can be a bit fiddly, but once fixed to structure I've had no issues. I glue it to whatever I am using to make the structure of the building, e.g. Card, plasticard etc. The hut on the left was a freebie from RM iirc, I figured that the roof was too shallow to be tiled, as depicted in the kit, so I simply covered it. Of course foil is easy to rip which can be useful to make individual sheets or depict corrosion. And of course if you want to be thrify (or tight like me) it's free - nobody misses a bit from the kitchen!
  4. My personal preference is silver foil with corrugations created by pressing into the rim of a marmite or coffee jar lid.
  5. You could potentially make an approximation by using the diameter of the telegraph pole?
  6. I have a habit of keeping magazine giveaways along with articles of particular interest, I will have a look through the many folders at the weekend and if I have it I can post to you if you wish. Post script - I have just found the full article and also a low relief railway works, I have no use for either so I will get a suitable envelope tomorrow and send over to you in the post.
  7. Have just come across this topic, having just visited Rocks by Rail earlier this week and become totally fascinated. I know very little about the ironstone extraction and the associated railway infrastructure, being a "southerner"! Can you recommend any suitable reading, with plenty of pictures Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing more.
  8. Thank you, I did wonder. I was a little confused and the RBR website appears out of date but I could find no record of 207103 when I searched.
  9. Hopefully this link should work okay, it's at the Rutland Iron Ore museum. Unfortunately there was nothing running today, but I will have to return at some point to see some action! I found the place utterly fascinating. https://www.rocks-by-rail.org/exhibit/rh-411319-army-110/
  10. @brightspark I came across this today, I believe it is ex military rather than a dairy workhorse!
  11. That's quite a choice of structures, do you want to keep the micro small in all directions or will you be happy with the additional height of the Walthers models? For my micro I put a back board on for back scene and then after a couple of months playing and pondering took 3 or 4 inches off to lower it. The net result is that I can just about get the whole layout in my Tigra with the top down should I ever want or need to do so. The two boards are joined face to face by pieces of ply on either end and the fiddle sticks easily fit behind the seats in the car itself. With the top up the boot is positively cavernous so no issues in that respect, and as for the Mazda, I don't think I have ever seen a sallon with such a cavernous boot, I think Swaynton would fit in there! Anyway I digress, my personal choice is height is not an issue would be the Walthers option or if I wanted a more rural feel then something smaller. I like the gate, that is a great idea for the end of the scene. The crossing gates on Cliddesden are of Peco origin IIRC, to which I fitted some mesh and then hinged them for operation with servos - that was a real labour of love.
  12. Noooooooo! As a huge M7 fan this post is far too painful for me! Seriously though well not too serious as it doesn't pay to be too serious in this hobby of ours. Whilst this sort of modelling isn't really my cup of tea, I do love to see it and just how imaginative people can be. I still have a Dapol pug which is a pseudo industrial - can't remember where the chassis came from, and I "hobbled" together various things in the 70's which was the norm back then and whilst my current modelling is not as imaginative as it was, this taught me a load of skills which I still use today both in kit building and modifying/detailing r.t.r. As a teenager I had a number of Airfix Battle of Britain's on a whole plethora of chassis, not forgetting a Lima 4f that I bodged into a Q in n. This of course was even out of scale against other n gauge models. I would probably be excommunicated these days by the rivet counters and purists, come to think of it they would probably still excommunicated even for my current efforts.
  13. Hi guys, I'd like to jump on here f I may. I think I am probably being a complete wally, but I have in the past managed to add a link to my signature, but I have tried in vain to add a second. I have used the chain but can only add the link to the body of the post and not my signature. Can somebody advise where I am going wrong please? I am using a tablet and mobile phone, should I use a laptop or PC? I probably need a step by step breakdown
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