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    Vancouver Island, Canada
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    The Great Northern Railway, skiing, my wife, my Bernese Mountain Dog and mountain biking - not necessarily in that order.

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  1. We looked into this at the GNR Society, and came to the same conclusion. There's also a clause that some photos that were out of copyright can, in some cases, have copyright revived. In our case, the photo collection is viewable by members only, and is *generally* 1923 and earlier, so most of them are out of copyright.
  2. No problem Chris. I'm not on here that often to be fair
  3. Good lord, the Old King Lud - I once went to a leaving do there, I'd no idea who was leaving but they had a great buffet as a send-off. https://www.closedpubs.co.uk/london/ec4_fleetstreet_oldkinglud.html
  4. On a slight tangent to the thread title, one thing that's available is Model Railroader Video Plus. It is full of how-to videos, review videos and multi-video layout builds for $45USD p.a. One contributer, Cody Grivno, has built up a following on the channel. I was a subscriber for a while a few years ago, and it was pretty good. I have no idea how well it's working, if at all, but it's an interesting sideline and a seems to be a way of making money from all the videos they have created.
  5. Living in Canada, British magazine worldwide subscription rates are outside my budget, so going digital made a huge difference to me. When I first started subscribing I really didn’t care for digital magazines for the same reason others have mentioned, but I got used to them fairly quickly, and I wouldn’t read them any other way now. I’m on holiday at the moment, and I have my entire collection of BRMs with me for when the rain really starts bucketing down. I find nowadays that I tend read the magazine for inspiration/ armchair modelling, and the internet for ‘how-tos’. That said, I love books. I bought a digital book the other day and I just can’t get into it at all, so I’m going to get and read the tree-based version.
  6. On the different heights, Wainfleet, Lincs used to have a low platform that necessitated the use of a set of steps. Back in the 70’s, my sister fell between the platform and a 1st gen DMU because she stumbled on the step. The opposite platform was higher as it had been built later when the line was doubled. Both platforms are now The same height, with the original station building now slightly below the new platform level.
  7. oh, it’s very easy, believe me. There are a lot of different parts that have to be defined, and I’d say it would be unusual to get everything right the first go. Here’s how I know. It was not the first iteration of the coach, and I’m designing the brake now, which will be even flakier until I get my first test build done. your model is looking fantastic.
  8. An A-W D1 any day of the week, and you only need one to collect the whole fleet.
  9. They look great, I love the work you did on the stained glass. Don't tell Andy @uax6 about the brass, he'll be asking why you didn't use platinum.
  10. Merry Christmas and a happy new year Chris
  11. I've not had a chance to work on the 'carving', but a change in plans means I have been able to have a go at cutting on slate - and it's really easy and satisfying. I used 5mm/sec, 90% and 1 pass. The slate below took about 8 hours, but I worked out a lot of this was inefficiency of the program - the laser goes from the left hand side of the first letter to the right hand side of the last letter, and when you get to, say, the top of the letters in 'Cutting' it traverses between the left of the C to the right of the dot on the i. By splitting this up, there is much less traversal. To get over this, I split the word garden into 'Gar' and 'den', which saved me about an hour. One more thing, I knocked the machine at one point and the slate moved without me realising it. Some sandpaper on the 'den' erased the mistake, and I'm assuming that once I've varnished it the smooth area will disappear (although it's already much less noticeable in real life). Anyway, I'm really pleased with it, as will my wife be in a couple of days when she opens it. I know I'm ok putting this up as there's no chance she'll see it. Merry Christmas.
  12. Since I was here last, we unfortunately lost my wife's mum, so I've been briefly in the UK, and now I'm back here. In a few hours I'll be picking my wife up at the airport and heading off to the beach for Christmas and a bit of downtime. I've not finished the things I was hoping to finish, but I've been able to do a few things. Keeping going with these mdf and card wagons, I've started putting together a brake and a covered wagon. I think I'll stop with these when I have them finished as I want to get started on the Havenhouse buildings. I'll be able to finish these over Christmas, This one I appear to have made up! I wasn't concentrating, and created some sort of hybrid. The roof is 1/32 ply, which bends really well and is much sturdier than card - (even though a corner is up in the photo). I'm wondering if I can steam this wood and then clamp it to a former. If I can, then I'll be able to also use it on coach roofs. And finally, using the laser to do something useful. My mother-in-law was a keen gardener, so I've cut this sign into slate to put up by the new flower bed that we will use for cut flowers. Merry Christmas everyone, and here's to a happy and healthy new year.
  13. Photo #2, this was part of marketing by the LNER promoting the 1938 Flying Scotsman. This was the ‘old style’ train that did a tour in 1938. There’s quite a few photos knocking around, and unbelievably, some colour film. JWealleans has modelled the whole train a couple of years ago. There’s some more information here about the coaches: https://www.lner.info/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=10667&hilit=Scotsman+1938
  14. Thanks everyone, I think I could have explained it better. I do use Lightburn myself (I move directly from Vetrics Cut-2D and find it’s brilliant), but I was wondering more about the carving side of things. Here’s the post I was looking at, monkeysarefun was using a laser web for his tests and I was wondering if he has tried in Lightburn.
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