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  1. IMHO Hornby's publicity photo this morning for the A2/2 shows the effect to aim for i.e. dirt up to level of sleeper tops, chairs standing proud and daylight under the rails. Of course, any of these A2/2s or /3s would be perfectly acceptable retail therapy! Is there any cure for locoholism (but then again, why would anyone want to be cured...)?
  2. Nice to see the loco yard is laid in bullhead - IMO chaired track really makes a difference even if later you do smother it in ash, clinker etc.
  3. The stabling roads and positions of turntable, coal hoist and engine men's bothy all appear to be a mirror image of KX Bottom Loco. Have you used commercial structures for the bothy and if so, which?
  4. Thanks everybody for your hints and suggestions. Builder Plus - there's a name to conjure with and I've still got one or two of theirs to play with. I like the suggestion to create a scan and then use Photoshop or similar to manipulate the colours etc. The only trouble is that I can see myself getting immersed in that exercise and losing a whole weekend in doing nothing else! Thanks for the roller tip and not gluing back the window fold backs until the rest has dried completely. I'll certainly post pictures to chart progress. In the meantime, I have come across two YouTube videos showing how "Tony North Eastern" re-skinned the Superquick station building (#2) to create his take on High Shields. The links are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC6zYQ7QY1Q and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ3SGiq_g2g - Tony makes it look straightforward plus his lintels and sills elevate the typical flat appearance of the underlying Superquick base.
  5. I have some Metcalfe terrace house kits which look nicely straightforward to put together. However, unlike the online offerings from Scalescenes which allow the buyer a great choice in specifying brick colouration etc., I am stuck with the red brick ones. My own interest is in London (specifically GN out of Kings Cross) and I wondered if anyone reading this has ever "re-skinned" an existing pre-printed, pre-cut, pre-scored kit like the Metcalfe (or Superquick) ones? I'm thinking of using something like the Scalescenes London stock or similar brick paper to do so. I've searched in this forum but can't find anything referenced. I feel sure that someone must have done this before. Any pointers welcome!
  6. Seemed to be working when I checked a moment or two ago - http://www.marcway.net/.
  7. Agree with all the comments - wonderful modelling! Your work is an inspiration to us all... Perhaps a little lost in translation - what do you mean by "deluded" colouring materials?
  8. I see that 3kg can be had for £90 - I won't even try to work out how long that takes us into the future!
  9. Good grief! At £7.90 for 3cl that's £197.50 for 75cl which beats most bottles of vintage champagne. Some going for fish paste!
  10. Thank you so much for your help - I really appreciate it. There isn't a scale given in GN Engine Sheds, the 600ft measurement I obtained by referring to an OS map published in LNER 150. Unfortunately for my purposes, the map dates from the mid-1920s showing a coaling stage, no entry off the Milk Dock and a different layout of tracks within the facility with only one feed onto the turntable. And the bothy is in the wrong place too... .There is a good photo on p35 in Kings Cross (Irwell Press) taken from the top of Gasworks Tunnel looking down on the two running lines you have started. Scaling off that, it does appear that these lines are at 6ft. From other photos in the same book, it looks as if the yard lines are spaced at 7ft. The narrow gauge line was possibly 2ft spaced 5ft from the service track, 3ft-ish from the storage road. The turntable was a Ransomes & Rapier 70ft unit and can be seen in some of Hornby's recent promotional material about their proposed model of the P2 Cock o'the North. Using the early OS map, it looks as if the distance from retaining wall ("loco yard") across the centrepoint of the table to small wall by the running lines was in the order of 90ft. Also, having accumulated far too many of Hornby's and Bachmann's recent LNER offerings, it'll have to be 00-SF!
  11. My long term modelling aim is to build a model in 4mm of the passenger loco yard (aka "Bottom Shed") at Kings Cross to cover the period from 1920 to 1950. The layout below is clipped from the 1943 schema given in GN Engine Sheds. The total length of the yard from the entry single slip at top left to the turntable at the right is about 600', say 8' in 4mm, so quite achievable in the space I have available. I am looking to develop a working layout plan using Templot. It seems to me that the turntable is the feature that I should start from but I can't find how to get one of these started in the program. Has anyone here any clues on how to do this? Also, apparently it is possible to import a design into Templot. Can anyone comment as to how easy it would be to import the jpg above into Templot? Grateful for any comments, help etc.
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