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  1. Martin I don't post very often but after watching your tutorial using an NLS 50" map this morning I felt I had to write and say thankyou. I had a shot at using Templot about 8 years ago when I was planning my Radstock West [GWR] layout but impatience in learning the software saw me abandon Templot and make it up as I went along using an NLS map overlaid by my baseboards ….. all very unscientific. Building the EM track for Radstock was a joy and was completed a few years ago but the layout itself is nowhere near finished so the likelihood of using Templot in 'anger
  2. I've tried PVA which works OK, tried a carcase of plasticard caused warping but now settled on hot glue and foamboard as my preferred methodology. I've been building a variety of buildings large and small with a carcase made from foam board [4 sheets £10 Hobbycraft ] then glued with a bead of hot glue along one edge to initially hold and then around the remaining edges . This works with Wills and Peco embossed plastic sheet. Benefits quick drying but sufficient time to adjust. With internal bracing very strong but light. Its also cheap!! HTH's Doug
  3. Last Thursday I drove down the slip road at 5 ways onto the Hagley Road going west . I noticed the dual carriageway had been dug up under the tunnel and parked in the debris was an artic lorry with a load of pot sleepers [I was driving so no pics I'm afraid] So real progress from my last visit a couple of years ago. That said I guess its disruptive if you were a regular user of Broad Street down into town as I used to be!! Doug.
  4. Drew Can you put me down for two for Fawley Hill Sunday please. Cheers Doug
  5. Jeff Have you seen Karl Crowther's Hebble Vale Goods? I've seen it at exhibitions and his method of joining Wills sheets together produces an end product which is superb. He did an article in MRJ explaining his methods about a year ago [sorry don't have the precise date] but http://www.emgauge70s.co.uk/ will give you an idea what he's achieved. Not sure how you will mount the plastic on your ply frame, I've had a lot of success using narrow strips of double sided tape on foam board as well as ply. Just a thought. Doug
  6. An alternative might be to use plasterers scrim. I've built embankments on an expanded polystyrene base with the scrim hiding the 'regularities' of cuts on the base. The scrim is flexible and sticky and a good base for a thin layer of plaster. I've been pleased with the results. Just a thought. Doug
  7. Andy As a 'lurker' I hope you don't mind me contributing to your options for your splendid Bristol Victoria model.. I see you've made reference to coal production in the Radstock area which is of particular interest to me. As background, I've done quite a bit of research into the railways around Radstock ahead of my retirement plan to build an EM gauge model of Radstock West [GWR]. I'm now into the scenic side which extends from Marcrofts wagon works to beyond the famous level crossing based around 1959. I lived in the area for a few years before I moved away for work but hope you don'
  8. I've recently been experimenting with building materials and had some success using embossed plastikard and Wills embossed sheets on a base of 5mm foam board. I bought this cheap at a national craft shop together with a roll of narrow double sided tape which does surprisingly hold the base and surface tightly together. This gets around the problem using solvents dissolving the internal foam. I'm using this process to top out the platforms with Wills paving and Slater's embossed brick for the walls of the platforms themselves. Care needs to be taken to 'fit' the paving together but it's then a
  9. re your plans for Radstock. A while ago I shared some pics of Marcrofts with Paul B who now has them on his site http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/?q=radstock I used to live in Radstock and when I retired my long term intention of building Radstock West commenced. I have modelled from Marcrofts to beyond the infamous level crossing about 35' long almost scale length on two sides of my garage. I've set the EM gauge layout in 1959 the last year of through passenger services. If I can be of any further help give me a shout Doug
  10. I've taken a look at Hugh Longworth's 'BR Mark 1 & Mark 2 Coaching stock' which suggests the LMR did receive a no of BSO's in the '60's. All were from the first batch Lot no 30170 built at Doncaster between 1955-1956. The dates below indicate the month of transfer to the LMR and any subsequent regional movements. E9205 .......07/65 E9206........07/65 E9208 .......07/65 E9209....... 01/66........back to ER....07/71 E9210....... 04/68 E9212........01/66 E9220........10/68 E9221........02/67 E9225........01/66 E9226........08/65 E9227........10/68 E9228........07/65 E9229.....
  11. I have no connection with SP but had a very good experience recently. I'd been after a pair of brass sides for a mark 1 diag 30 Griddle Car which was showing as out of stock on the web site. I contacted SP via their link to ask if there was any stock available and if not to tell me if there was any intention to manufacture in the near future. I heard nothing for about 6 weeks and then David emailed me to say he'd located what I wanted if still interested. Paid same day sides arrived within 48 hrs. So in my book SP exceeded my expectations as what I was asking for was out of stock. I'd buy from
  12. I've been a little slow moving from the 'looking' mode to 'action' mode so now I really want a pair of brass Southern Pride BR Mark 1 Diag 30 Griddle Car sides they are no longer available. The SPM is now showing the sides [sPS118] as unavailable and although the pre printed sides remain in stock I'd prefer to use the brass sides to match my other Comet conversions. So is there anyone out there with a set of Diag 30 sides they no longer need?? BTW I've not been able to find an Email address of SPM so I've not got any indication if the sides will be produced again in the futur
  13. Nick Sorry I can't be your 100th 'lurker' as I'm already lurking. Love the layout and especially all the behind the scenes stuff!! Doug
  14. Drew Many thanks for organising the open day today. Another great day out and very useful from my personal perspective. I've thanked Pete for the personal tour, as it turned out, of 9002. What a cracker of a coach and restored to such exemplary standards. Can you thank the boiler lads for turning out on their day off and explaining some of the technical background to their work, very interesting. Well done and see you in a couple of years god forgiving!! Best Wishes Doug
  15. Castle Wonder if I could ask a big favour. When everyone was chasing around for a Bachmann Inspection saloon I thought my money would be more enjoyably spent on a Comet Special Saloon No 9002. I was in the middle of ordering when Geoff was taken ill but the family ensured I got the full kit so I can have my own VIP saloon for which I'm truly grateful. As 9002 is now on the stocks and progressing, is there any chance of a look inside the original for a few pics on the Sunday open day. If this is difficult no worries at all but if I don't ask then I'll never know if it was possible.
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