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    I admire BR blue, but pretend I don't because it's not helpful.

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  1. Where does the time go ? Bit of an update: I built 6 etched brass wagons in about 6 months and found myself with a train that was about a metre long which freaked me out a bit. I only have a 7 foot by 2 foot space in which to model and the prospect of pushing wagons around in that relatively tiny space all seemed a bit pointless - so, there was a blowout. I still kept an eye on you guys though, modelling vicariously. Then, I spent a while thinking N could be the solution and picked up a few pieces, but no, it's too small and I don't want to model all that landscape. What I really want to do is build and paint wagons - 7mm wagons are great but brass ones cost about £75 and then what do you do with them? So, I sat down and had an evaluation - what did I want? - to build and paint wagons, but not too difficult kits. - For there to be a point to the wagon building other than passing time. - I wanted the possibility of a little bit of operation, not much, but some when I wanted - For the whole thing to be enjoyable and not feel like a chore. So, I've decided I'm going to build some 4mm wagons and put down some track, maybe a small marshalling yard or a goods depot. Then, I'm going to never finish it and not care but just enjoy tinkering. Guess at the end of the day 4mm is the most popular for a reason? It's a compromise, but then isn't everything ?
  2. Looking good Dave. I use the Halfords primer, but in white. You pays your money, you takes your choice....
  3. Hi Dave, Start with a wagon would be my advice. Then sit back when you've built it and be freaked out by how big it is....
  4. Hi Alan, Two very nice layouts there - and I confess to a bit of 'shed envy'. The thing that jumped out at me reading through your thread, was your summer of discontent. Lots of us seem to have these periods of inactivity - almost disinterest, I wondered if you wanted to expand on that ? As well as your shed, I also like the solution you have come up with. First time I have ever seen an RTR layout! Now you can just potter and build stock in the knowledge that you have somewhere for it to run. My O gauge stock is all in boxes in the loft....
  5. Thanks chaps. Preaching to the converted about Jim's kits - everything I've built bar one is connoisseur. I was just lusting after ACE's P2 and wondering why it was only £261. Wondered if I was missing something. Lovely builds all by the way and thanks for responses.
  6. Hi Martyn, Good to see you managed to get some momentum going again, trying myself after two years sat in a darkened room with a bucket on my head. Layout looks like it will be as good as your stock, but bejesus there are some technical posts on your thread, no ? Made my face melt, some of 'em......
  7. Hi, I was just doing a bit of online window shopping and wondered why these kits seem to be half the price of most similar offerings ? Any thoughts ?
  8. Two years, that blowout ? Was apologetic for a 2 month one earlier in my thread! Just been watching video of 82g. Motivating......
  9. This is where I am currently, albeit in 2mm, it's such a nice change to pick up a van for £3 - devilish small, mind..... I like 7mm and I shall continue in it, but I do need to set some trains running and sit back with a glass of wine.....
  10. I recently had to strip the paint off a lot of white metal kits and after trying vinegar and oven cleaner the thing that worked best was a mixture of Dettol and water - worked a treat and wasn't toxic/dangerous in any way. Don't know if you get that down your way mind........
  11. I'm not sure that a change of scale will have any affect on the former, but I must concur with the latter - You aren't going to run decent length trains in 24ft either, not if you want them to go anywhere. I'm in a similar kind of space myself at the moment - I've enjoyed building my 7mm collection, but I can't seem to make the required jump to building a loco. It's not that I don't think I could do it, but it's the £350 and then at the end of it I will have a model that could chuff up and down a 7ft piece of track - doesn't quite stack up - not when you can get a 2nd hand OO tank engine for £35 on ebay and vans for £4 rather than £65. Must admit, the concept of picking up cheap 2nd hand stuff and then knocking it about/detailing with after market parts has an appeal, along with the fact that you can actually design something quite absorbing in 7ft by 2ft in either OO or N......
  12. Just make a start Kev - it'll no doubt change as it goes along anyway, there reaches a point where one can tie oneself in knots with designs and track programmes, there is no substitiute for 'cold, hard wood'.....
  13. Thanks Men, I'll have a think about what's been said. The appeal of DJH's range to me, is some of the bigger options that come 'later in the range' like Standard Tanks and Fairburn's - I don't doubt the superiority of the Connoisseur kits, mano y mano.....
  14. Recently emailed DJH as was interested in this kit, but wanted to try and fit a different engine and gearbox combo as I'm looking to go remote control/red arrow/infa red. The price listed for this starter kit includes wheels, motor and gearbox so I asked if they could give me a price excluding motor and gearbox ? No, they can't, they won't sell it to me without engine or gearbox. I can't have it. Sigh.....
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