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  1. Thanks for the positive comment drduncan. As anyone who has ever built a structure this large and complex will know, they take AGES! I keep a modelling diary so, amongst other things, I can keep track of how long things take. The Porthminster Hotel had clocked up around 300 hours by the time it was finished. I guess I was putting in 4 or 5 hours on it most days through lockdown one last spring so it adds up! In the end this is the main reason for the St Ives layout stalling (again) – there are quite a few more buildings that will take approaching this long to build and, at the
  2. Slightly off topic but the current G7 summit in Carbis Bay has set me thinking again about my serially stalled project building St Ives in 2FS. This remains part built and is currently safely stored but, having become very familiar with the area whilst researching it, every shot of TV coverage has a recognisable background. It prompted me to dig out the model of the Porthminster Hotel I built during lockdown one last spring and I was moderately amazed to find what an impressive model it is: Scratchbuilt out of styrene sheet it made extensive use of the Silhouette cutter I have. This won'
  3. All these curved arches don't fit very efficiently on a rectangular sheet of etch so there are lots of spare corners for useful bits and pieces to be placed. One I'm particularly pleased with is the grabrails I've done for the rake of Barnum coaches I'm building; The bodies are 3D prints from Simon Dawson's Rue d'Etropal 'store' on Shapeways. Although Shapeways prints have been criticized by some people, these ones are actually pretty good and although they need a good clean up and some fettling. they are going to make into a very nice excursion train. I suspect the prototype g
  4. Having cracked the beam design for most of the length of the roof the next challenge has been to design the tapered ends where the roof profile goes from the prototype arches to the 'peeled open' profile that enables the inside of the station to be visible. As a reminder of the idea, here are a couple of photos of the full sized mock up: Although the pillars seem pretty big when you're in the station, in fact, they're only about 16ft tall (32mm in 2mm/ft). I'm keen on the 'pillar box' presentation style but this is a bit too narrow! So the roof needs to 'peel open' to enable
  5. It's been a while since I posted anything here, in fact I was quite shocked to find it's nearly 2 months. So apologies to anyone hoping for daily updates! Work has been progressing on 'This is York' more slowly than I hoped and with more problems than I anticipated. Also, life in general has been getting in the way of modelling which has done nothing to speed progress towards the fast approaching deadline of Easter 2021. This is the first of several posts over the next few days to bring things up to date. The test build of the roof etch revealed quite a few errors and sever
  6. HAPPY EASTER! Here's looking forward to York 2022. With that in mind this morning I've launched the website: www.this-is-york.com This is the 2mm finescale layout I'm building of York Station kindly invited by Mal to make it's first public appearance at York Show next year. There's not a huge amount of content on the website yet and there IS a huge amount to get done on the layout for April 2022 but more will appear on each in the coming weeks and months. Like so many people I'm looking forward to arriving at the Kanvesmere in
  7. HAPPY EASTER! For many of us (exhibitors, trader, visitors) Easter weekend is synonymous with York Show so it is very sad that, for a second year running, there is no show to attend. But............2022 will (hopefully) see the show's return and, with this in mind (and to give people something to look forward to) this morning I've launched........ www.this-is-york.com Not a huge amount of content there yet but more will be added over the coming weeks and months and there is very prominent box counting down the days to This is York's first
  8. The A4s are all in original Dapol livery. Having now had a go at repainting/lining Bayardo (the A3 in the video) I’m firmly of the opinion that the Dapol paint finish will be hard to better.
  9. All these coaches are going to need some motive power to pull them. As before, the first targets have to be the easy route of RTR conversions. Dapol produce really very good N-gauge versions of both the A3 and A4 but the valve gear is a slightly strange combination of over scale width and very flimsy (due to the thin, soft metal used). After spending quite some time trying to convert one of the Dapol chassis to 2FS I came to the conclusion that this could be done BUT NOT EASILY. So a better route was replacement chassis. Being aware that pulling power might be an issue with the
  10. Thanks Tim, Very useful and welcome info - much appreciated! I'd noticed the rather generously luxurious curtains on the Arnold models but hadn't realised that their apparent absence on pre-war ECML photos was because they weren't any! Now that I have a spare body shell (with one end cruelly chopped off), I can do some tests to see if I can remove the 'curtains' without wrecking the glazing - worth a try but unlikely to be successful I suspect. I had clocked the different roof ends on the ECML Pullmans compared to the Brighton Belle ones but decided to live with them as the
  11. More coaching variety for 'This is York': this time, Pullmans. When planning the layout I was disappointed to find that for most of the inter-war years the ECML Pullman trains (Queen of Scots, Yorkshire Pullman) were routed via Leeds rather than York. But then I discovered that, in the late 30s, the Harrogate portion of the latter went via York and joined up with the other bits at Doncaster. But how to model Pullman coaches well in 2mm/N-gauge? Light bulb moment (thanks to John Aldrick) - the all steel Brighton Belle coaches were to the same basic design as the ECML ones and Hornby/
  12. The step risers did indeed have adverts on them in the 30s - an O. S. Nock photo I have (which was used in a September 1934 Railway Magazine article) shows them. The print isn't quite clear enough to be able to read what they're advertising so we've gone for the ones known to have been there in the 50s.
  13. The only bit that won’t be there is the width of the roof lights. Separating these two parts makes fitting the roof into the baseboard a whole lot easier and saves a considerable amount of etch area for no visible difference from the front.
  14. The test section of roof (and test section of baseboard for it to sit on) has made progress: This is part of the 'peeled open' part of the roof, so the left hand side of this photo of the full sized mock up: Of the 27 columns worth of roof to build 18 are these fully peeled open ones so they seemed the sensible place to start. I've divided the roof up into units of three cross beams - one with a pillar and two intermediate ones - these slot together out of sight and are held in place next to each other with split pins: The front edge slots onto a ledge at
  15. In response to 2mmkiwi - here's a 45 degree shot of the same coach. It's perhaps slightly more apparent that the passengers are two dimensional but still, I reckon, far from obvious. Alan Webber (whose artwork I've used) recommends touching in the white paper edges with a pale grey felt tip - he reckons this works better than trying to match the printed colour. I now have one of these so will make this improvement when further coaches are populated. Lofty - the article was about some 4mm coaches so they'll definitely work in that scale. I suspect any larger than that (e.g. 7mm) and their
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