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  1. Sod's Law. Been there, experienced that!
  2. Looking ok to me Nick, though I think the bricks might need to be a bit darker/redder? You may very well be aware of what follows, but just in case it's of use or interest .... I used the techniques described by Karl Crowther http://www.timbertracks.co.uk/Timber-Tracks-Painting-Guide-by-Karl-Crowther.pdf in his guide to painting Timber Tracks kits. A shorter version of this guidance formed part of his article in the April 2015 RM. Basically it's a dry brush technique in which the mortar colour goes on first, with the brick colour added by dry brushing bit by bit until the colour you want is achieved. It also has useful paint number references. John C.
  3. I'm sure you'll sort out these little gremlins that haunt us all from time to time. It's great to see this coming together and to view such an interesting train crossing that fine river bridge. Look forward to more.
  4. .. would drive right into that nice new pub.
  5. My votes go to nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4. Re Q7 my 8 wheel preference would be for 3 (H38) Re Q8 I have no preference re 12 wheelers Re Q9 I would welcome a revamped H33. Compact length, and bow-ended coaches suit model railways viewed from the inside of a curve. I take the point made by others re the large portion of train that the H39/40 pair would take up, but were such a pair to be available I wouldn't be able to resist cascading a Bachmann Collet 3rd and a Centenary compo out of my 7-coach Paddington-Plymouth set to make room for them! Thanks, John C.
  6. I'll go for 1, 9 and 11. RTR models of 70 footers to modern standards would be awesome but my six-foot way and curved platform clearances would preclude them. Gangwayed clerestories (with relief panelling this time!) would be great and play into what seems like a recent revival of pre-grouping era modelling. And more general 1930s stock would be welcome. John C.
  7. Yep, can confirm that the van next to the K22 is an inside-framed siphon G, the old Lima model. But of course, as @Sandholewould no doubt agree, Hornby should feel free to produce a siphon J anytime they like!
  8. Thanks for kind comments re photos of Stoke C. Lighting, like yours, is from fluorescent tubes, a mix of 4 foot and 5 foot ones, daylight tone. I very occasionally use a spotlamp sourced on eBay when I think a photo might need a little auxiliary lighting. Camera is a Panasonic TZ100. I know very little about photography and this camera will do all sorts of things I'll never understand. What little I do know is based on trial & error and some useful tips from @KNP of this parish who gets consistently great results with the same camera over on Little Muddle. For what it's worth I take most pictures in post-focus mode, aperture priority (A), on F8, ISO 800, ISO increment 1/3 EV, 10 sec. timer delay, and then focus-merge the resulting images using the Affinity Photo software I have installed on my laptop. (The Affinity package will also do scores of other processing tricks I don't yet understand. I'm a slow learner with this sort of stuff.) I think one element in avoiding the 'over vivid' look you mention is to keep the colours and contrasts on the layout itself pretty restrained. That goes for the trains too. Though I wouldn't go quite as far as a bloke I once read of who'd allegedly over-sprayed his entire layout with a light misting of grey paint. John C.
  9. Last few pics in this sequence as the up parcels moves off scene. I rather like the third photo, a close up study of the Grange. A handsome Hornby loco, lightly weathered for me by Steve at Grimy Times. I like the look of the small tender on this class. Makes me wonder whether to buy an Accurascale Manor when it arrives, though AFAIK they didn't make it to Devon pre-war. Perhaps I could invoke Rule 1 and pretend it was sent down on test or something! John C.
  10. Parcels train passing through the station platforms. Nice to see the K22 featuring in the toplight mini-poll over on ANTB. John C.
  11. There's that rather expensive Rails/Dapol iron mink again! 'Aylburton Grange' continues hustling through. How old must the tooling now be for those Airfix/Hornby & Lima siphons? They still stand up pretty well and look the part. John C.
  12. What fine work, so complex and intricate. Love the smooth flowing curves.
  13. It's a race! But the prairie, renowned for its sprightly acceleration, soon takes the lead before disappearing along the branch to Earlsbridge. Meanwhile 6801 'Aylburton Grange' emerges from the cutting with an up parcels train. John C.
  14. Here's 6305 with its down goods train still emerging from the tunnel. (Note to self: paint the back of the bridge pillars and/or learn to clone colours on Affinity.) Mogul now heading through the station limits. That express must have got away sharpish as I see the up line is already clear for another train. (Or perhaps I just forgot to put the signal back to danger!) Having run round its train 5557 can be seen departing for Earlsbridge, with the through coach excitement over until the down through service arrives later in the day. John C.
  15. More power to your elbows, Brian & colleagues! Option 1 for me most definitely - would buy them all. I find your choice, and the rationale, very persuasive. Regards, John C.
  16. Great stuff John - completes the story, and hopefully ends any confusion! Thanks.
  17. Going down Rattery but then climbing from Ashburton Jcn to Dainton Siding. 5 coaches was well within the 55XX permitted load of 210 tons. Yes, but if we go by Mike Roach's accompanying description of the Morant collection photo 5573 wasn't going there anyway - it was merely attaching the ex-Kingsbridge portion to the back of an eastbound express before resuming other duties. (That's made me wonder - what gradients were there on the Kingsbridge branch?)
  18. I know how you feel but you’re doing a mighty fine job! I’d say you’re an excellent illusionist! Thanks Trevor. Throughout I've been heeding the mantras "Less is more" and "Simplify and omit", and trying to resist the temptation to fill every space with a feature or cameo, leaving what is present with "room to breathe" as Andy Y. puts it. That too is probably the influence of Mr Philo's layout.
  19. Thanks Mike - it's nice that you remember my initial inspiration in my first ever copy of RM in February 1959. Visions of that layout have been in my mind ever since - a powerful influence and a look to aspire to.
  20. Nearly there .... .... now coupled up. 5041 gets the right of way and they're off! And as the end of the train disappears into Stoke Courtenay tunnel 6305 emerges with a westbound goods - but that's another story. John C.
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