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  1. Hello Everyone, I am Aberdare (Jim's) son, James. I was kindly granted access to his account, so that I could pass on the news to those who I know he considered to be his friends, as well as learn more about the project he was working on. It is very touching to see the messages of support that have been left and I thank you all for your kind words. Dad passed suddenly and unexpectedly on 12th November as a result of heart failure. For anyone wishing to pay their respects in person, his funeral will be on 2nd December 1:30pm, at All Saints church in Kilham, East Yorkshire. There will be a private family committal at Octon Crematorium, followed by a gathering at the Old Star Pub in Kilham. For those who might want to pay their respects but are unable to attend, these should be sent C/O Henry Naylors Funeral Directors, Easterfield House, 1 New Rd, Driffield YO25 5DL. I very much hope that you can make it.
  2. Hello Everyone, I am Aberdare (Jim's) son, James. I was kindly granted access to his account, so that I could pass on the news to those who I know he considered to be his friends, as well as learn more about the project he was working on. It is very touching to see the messages of support that have been left and I thank you all for your kind words. Dad passed suddenly and unexpectedly on 12th November as a result of heart failure. For anyone wishing to pay their respects in person, his funeral will be on 2nd December 1:30pm, at All Saints church in Kilham, East Yorkshire. There will be a private family committal at Octon Crematorium, followed by a gathering at the Old Star Pub in Kilham. For those who might want to pay their respects but are unable to attend, these should be sent C/O Henry Naylors Funeral Directors, Easterfield House, 1 New Rd, Driffield YO25 5DL. I very much hope that you can make it.
  3. I have just been able to read through this thread thoroughly and am shocked by the amount of devastation on every single item within the hall, I would be in tears if this happened to anything I have built over the years, as everything I have is either kit or scratch built I really feel for and send out my sympathy to all those who have lost stock. Very few people have ever seen my layout in person because I also fear that one day. that one idiot will decide it is fun to smash up my valued work for fun, many on here, like myself have had very limited time to model and take great pride in what we achieve in that time, it has far more than monetary value to us. My thoughts are with all those who have suffered losses and I wish you all the best in trying to come to terms with it, something I admit would be very difficult for me to do. Jim
  4. Good to see you back Jeff even for a short update. The Lounge can be found in the prototype section - special interest UK prototype - S &C route. Dons post from last year is the last one made. All the best Jim
  5. It was good to have seen this layout today at the Wetwang show, I think you have captured the look of the warehouse very well and the weathering on the lucams was very good, it caught my eye anyway, the running of the layout was very impressive too, especially the slow running. It was also good to chat with some of the running team, I think Dave and Ian. Enjoyed the visit and though I had to cancel my participation in the event this year I hope to be involved in the next. Jim
  6. Hi Mikkel, once again a great story of life at Farthing with lovely photographs. I did wonder if the move would effect the output from Farthing but it seems not which is good to see. It reminds me that I want to reveal the diary of 'Ralph Keinton Bell' about Hemyock when it is finished so thanks for the inspiration to get out and sort my shed out once more.
  7. Filling in probate and IHT forms, I've got a headache now.

    1. ChrisN

      ChrisN

      These things are never easy, still thinking of you and praying for you

  8. Thanks for the replies. As requested here are a few pictures of 'Brie' the rescued feral who is now a very affectionate pet. Richard Yes I have seen the redutex items and have been impressed by how they look, I don't really know why I haven't got around to buying any yet though, maybe it's because most of the rooves in the area I model are covered in slate and I just like making my own. Still hoping that I can resume modelling again soon. Jim
  9. Hi Jonathan It's good to catch up and see how the layout is progressing and I am impressed by how much you have achieved over the last few months, I shall be able to spend more time following this now and look forward to further updates. Jim
  10. Hi Chris Thanks for that link it made for very interesting reading and I now know that in the area I model in 1904 it was fine until Nov 21st and the gardens were full of flowers. A brilliant find. Thanks Jim
  11. Thanks Chris and Andy. The last few months had been difficult and modelling had ceased on all projects, the old mind though was always still thinking about future models and research carried on whenever I had the chance. One of those times was when I got roped in to catching 18 feral cats on a local farm, one of which I adopted and she is now a very loving and devoted cat to me, I do like to try and turn ferals around when I can, but I digress. As I was still in the process of farm building the old buildings that were seen soon gained some interest from myself, I asked for permission to take a few pictures to build models and this was granted. One of those buildings was an old granary that I loved the look of and thought it would be a good subject for my farm. Here are some of those pictures. Front of granary Inside the rear The stables (rear) I did like all the vents over each block and have taken closer shots of them for reference. All this research will not go to waste and as the buildings have been drawn up and just need cutting out this will be my next project once I have my room set out, a little way off yet but plans are afoot. So that is what I shall be doing in the near future using the same stone sheets as on the previous buildings, hopefully updates will start in a few weeks and I am looking forward to getting back to the bench and sharing the build as it progresses. Thank you to one and all for the supportive ratings and messages that you have given, they were and are greatly appreciated and the friendship on here is fantastic in times of need. See you soon Jim
  12. Hi Chris I'm just starting to reply to posts and find my way around, I always have a little grumble to start with over the changes but soon get used to them, like you I am just trying to get followed threads back and get used to the changes. Let's hope we can get back to some modelling soon. Jim
  13. My new life starts here and hopefully I will get back to posting more regularly in a few weeks time once I have organised a new modelling room in the house.

    1. Mikkel

      Mikkel

      We look forward to it. 

    2. ChrisN

      ChrisN

      Hope all goes well Jim.

  14. Thanks Jonathan but I think I have a long way to go to achieve that, somewhere close would be good though. Hello Mike That's OK, however things have been on hold for a while due to dealing with a few issues here at home, my time is being devoted to my wife at the moment and probably will be for a few more weeks yet. I hope you enjoy the thread and find something inspirational as I have often done reading other threads over the years. I hope to resume modelling sometime next month as I have some demonstrations to do at a small local show early next year. There will be no more updates on this thread for the foreseeable future, the reasons are here. Jim
  15. Hi Mike My work can be found on my 'Hemyock' layout thread which can be found on the following link. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/60803-hemyock-down-on-the-farm/page-18&do=findComment&comment=3204817
  16. You are right in that urban scenes are harder, luckily for me mine is open countryside, as I have a large number of trees it has been easier to create perspective by making those at the year flatter so that I create layers diminishing in size toward the back, this also helps in reducing shadows on the backscene itself. I always view and photograph any work from the left, right and centre before fixing anything in place, view blockers are then used to ensure the perspective looks right from all angles. I usually do show the photographs to non modellers and some have thought they are real places, if I can do that then I know I've cracked it but it has taken me a long while to achieve the look I want and there are still areas to work on. Jim
  17. Inspirational work once again Mikkel, I have a number of wagons and horses to complete but other priorities in life are keeping me away from the work bench, however seeing this has reminded me I need to make time if I can. Jim
  18. A sad loss indeed, Allan gave me lots of encouragement in my work and always said he would visit one day, sadly that will never be, a great loss to us all. RIP Allan and thoughts and condolences to his family and friends. Jim
  19. Hi Chris I know 247 developments now stock some white metal ones but I think they are around £7.50 each, the ones at the broad gauge society are a brass etch but dearer again. I look forward to seeing further coach work when you get time, I have a few of those old tri-ang coaches but will just repaint them and add new bogies. Jim
  20. Hi Jonathan It must be a relief now to have all the work complete and be able to think seriously about starting the layout, try not to mess that nice new clean floor up too much though with the baseboard building. Looking forward to following progress from here on. Jim
  21. Lovely pictures Jonathan, we used to spend a lot of time holidaying in Wales during the 90s and the ride on the Talyllyn was one of the rides we went on more than once, brings back fond memories of some great times. Thanks for posting. Jim
  22. Yes Mikkel I will be needing carts, horses and farmhands and more, I do have some carts in stock and they will get built eventually but first I have to mount all the buildings on a slightly sloping base to fit into an area yet to be landscaped, I hope to complete this before the end of the year but too many things are imposing on life at this time. I hoped that it would Andy and the one that it's based on is the same and it took my eye when I first saw it, I hope to add a lot more details in time to increase the amount of interest. Very little has happened due to life slowing things down but some small steps have been made on the farm, literally some small steps have been made. Here they are. A bit more progress has been made though with the stonework now added and the slates being added to the roof and with the small steps While it was sitting on the layout I couldn't resist adding a couple of trees to see how it may fit into the landscape. plus a couple of shots of the back of the barn across the river. As mentioned earlier it will sit elsewhere once that area has been built. So progress is slow but it continues step by step but should gradually increase as time goes on. Jim
  23. it looks as if I am in for a long and happy life modelling then. I have a small cameo on the bench at the moment but I am not totally happy with it but, with a bit of Mikkel style cosmetic surgery and a few other alterations it should be much better, that's when I get back to it of cours., It's on the list. Jim
  24. Hi Mikkel Just catching up properly with with these Frankenstein like posts and have been greatly impressed by the results off mixing body parts from different manufacturers, though I haven't attempted any myself yet I did get around to looking at what figures I had in stock to play around with, I have a lot more than what I thought I had. Plenty of options to be had then, I knew there must have been a reason for me buying them whenever I saw them. I picked up quite a few horses at last years York show too so it's a great big thanks from me for showing us what can done, now all I need is lots of time and a new saw blade. You do know you are making my to do list longer don't you and if it gets much bigger I'll have to keep modelling until I'm 110 years old or more Jim
  25. Well that last bit soon went into the skip, KL came down a lot quicker than in went up. All the best from here on Jeff. Jim
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