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  1. Really looking forward to getting back to going to shows. This will be only Boggs' second trip out, and I have done a few modifications. Marc
  2. it could be for carrying long stands or elbow grease? Marc
  3. Has anyone built any in any scale and if so do they have any tips on building them. Not sure if I'm going to build in O-14 or SM32 yet. It's going to depend on the availability of loco kits. Marc
  4. I'm currently thinking that I'm not going to have them in my had before 20th of November so I'm going to have to have alternative options. Which will either be kits from either Roxey mouldings or Ian McCormick or print some coaches. Mmmm Marc
  5. I'm on the point of giving up on these coaches and designing some of my own or building some roxey mouldings kits. Does anyone believe the current delivery dates? Marc
  6. its going to sound like a silly question but how did you get your "cast" plates painted so neatly? I have some signs to do shortly. Marc
  7. quick question is Bernard Mills book worth getting? Marc
  8. That's great. That brings the total number of photos to 5 which is 4 more than I had yesterday. I've been mesuring the map and to exact scale it's 8ft3 by 2ft which fits into the space I have. The map shows either two RH points but looking at the photos it could be a RH tandem. Marc
  9. That would be great if you could. I drove past the site last week without knowing it was there, not that I could have done anything about as 2 out of 3 Bosses were in the car with me. Marc
  10. My layout "Boggs and Son" has the set track points on it, never again shall I go below 5ft radius. To get things to work "OK" I have had to modify the couplings. To get the Dingham's couplings to work I have had to make the loops bigger also I have spring the hooks. Reduce the size of the wagons in use I'm still getting buffer lock on any wagon longer than 16ft LOH so most are 15ft or shorter. Its ok to pull stock through but pushing is a different kettle of fish. I use short 0-4-0ST with dead buffers I should say can run my terriers light engine through all the track work in both directions but if I'm pushing stock they have to be chimney first other wise the over hang is to much. Marc
  11. I have been working on a plan for a small layout of Carbean Wharf does anyone know of any photos? Marc
  12. I have seen the offset brake arrangement before but the little vertical rod is a new one on me. What is it for? Marc
  13. I'm reminded of the the words of the Great Sir Humphrey Appleton. "Government policy and common sense have nothing to do with each other!" It just goes to show "Yes Minister!" More of a documentary than a fictional comedy. Marc
  14. Wearing 3 hats: visitor; exhibitor and trader I have mixed feelings about when shows should start up again. I should also say that I'm in my late 40's and I have an autoimmune disorder. And I have had both jabs. So my personal risk level has moved from highish to lowish. The trader hat is asking: will I be safe? Will enough people come to the show and if they do will they part with enough money to make it worth while paying for a stand.? The exhibitor hat is asking: Will I be safe? And will anyone want to stand and watch? The visitor hat is is just asking Will I be safe? As I look at the big picture of risk regardless of the number of people jabbed the risk factor is the number of infections. The jab doesn't stop you getting covid it just reduces the risk of becoming seriously ill, if you do get it, reduces that chance that you can pass it on. Until we brake the transmission we are all at risk. The risk to us all is not improved by those individuals who could get jabbed but don't. We need to get to a position of a out 80% of the population with antibodies to get us out of the woods. So as some people will not produce any antibodies we as a society need the rest of us to step up and get the jab and personal I think this might include kids over the age of 10. So back to the original question would I go to a show? A small one with restrictions later on in the year yes. One of any size before October probably not. Marc
  15. Well GuildEx 21 has been cancelled again so when we will be getting the layout out on the road is Cristal ball gazing. Hopefully GuildEx 22 will be second time lucky. Marc
  16. For those who haven't heard this year's show has been cancelled. A bit of a disappointment but not to much of a shock. Marc
  17. its a dangerous and costly addiction i'm up to 7 now. I have the same problem with GER tram locos as well! Marc
  18. Happy birthday Mike I'm have a pint of wild hare in salute of you as I type. Marc
  19. I've had no IT for over a month. Finally got it back up and running this morning. Just before everything died I did a print of our Mid-wales brake van in 4mm. It worked fine so I will be shrinking more in the next few weeks. Marc
  20. It's the same in 7mm code 100FB is to big. It's great for 7mm SG light railways. I have used code 85 for 0-14 industrial before and it looks ok. The problem of rail gets worse for people modelling ffesiniog as that used bullhead rail until well into the 1990's. Marc
  21. A few years ago I did see a County Donegal Railways layout built using 16.5 Peco track. It looked like a elephant on a bike if I'm honest. Is the availablity of 009 and 016.5 track and very few uk prototypes being built to those gauges a reason for going all out freelance? Marc
  22. I'm surprised no-one has brought the gauge issue up before. I was expecting this to be one of the major factors in the discussion. Marc
  23. Can I thank everyone who has contributed so far to this thread. All of your comments and views have been very interesting to read. In my own layout building up to now I have fallen in to the catagory of real stock fake place. Having always made sure the stock was real I never really worried about the layout it ran on. I always looked a real places as something to aspire to if and when I had the space and time. I can't say to much about the project as it is very much in the planning stage. But I hope to produce something that might give those of us who would like to produce a real prototype some hope of doing it convincing in a small space. Marc
  24. It a common feature on that section of the midland. So they would have had to use capstan and rope or they would have taken so long to shunt each of the yards it would have caused large distribution to the WTT. Marc
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