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Daniel W

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    The Red Rose County
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    1950's-60's London Midland Region of BR, especially Departmental Stock. Standard Gauge Industrial.

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  1. On the subject of low-temperature irons, has anyone encountered one of these units before? https://eileensemporium.com/index.php?option=com_hikashop&ctrl=product&task=show&cid=4033&name=3-in-1-low-temperature-soldering-station&Itemid=189&category_pathway=1125 Apparently, they can be turned down to as low as 50°C.
  2. Having read the announcement and skimmed much of the thread here, I don't really have much else to say on the subject that hasn't already been covered. Dave appears to have become what certain sections of the internet would refer to as a "lolcow", although I do feel sympathy for those who gave him money for crowdfunding in good faith. It does occur to me that were I to start a company manufacturing 00 models I would steer well clear of diesel/electric models (except perhaps shunters) and any mainline steam locomotive designed prior to 1923! However, given the recent fracas over the Terrier, even that last rule isn't foolproof. I can say with 99% certainty that no manufacturer has a Furness Railway "D5" in the works though...
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    BRM Podcast

    I seem to have missed this when it first posted, but I've finally caught up. I must say that I really enjoyed it. Phil and Andy do seem to have a genuine chemistry that i have noticed in the BRM DVDs. There was a bit of an issue with a lot of breathing being picked up on the first interview. But besides that, my only complaint is that it was too short for someone who is used to two-hour plus podcasts! I really could have listened to a longer recording.
  4. I was watching the programme with my girlfriend and she made a couple of interesting observations about the VR section. One: VR really isn't quite 'there' yet, both in terms of market penetration and the technoology. Two: If/when it does get there, Hornby could do something similar to the Nintendo Amiibos or Disney Infinity where you get the physical item (the model) and also a code for the same item in VR. My own feelings on the programme, however, can be summed up by this gif:
  5. Was a little bit curious about that particular one myself, actually.
  6. I have to echo this; the Dentdale wagon saga has been a very enjoyable read. It is rare to see wagons covered in that level of detail outside of MRJ. The truth is that, for the most part, it is possible to prototypically represent the locomotives of the London Midland Region using only RTR offerings. The same cannot be said for the LMR's Wagon fleet. Or indeed, for British Railway's wagon fleet as a whole. In fact, a fair bit of modification, kit-bashing and scratch-building would be needed to build a truly representative fleet. It would be a pleasant surprise to see more prototype and modelling articles about freight stock in the various publications. Especially since wagons often seem to come a distant third behind locos and carriages in the field of rolling stock.
  7. I seem to recall that layout also having a deceased spider hanging inside one of the fiddelyard tunnels too.
  8. It was great to catch up with you yesterday at Preston show, Tony. I will bear in mind your offer about visiting Chateau Wright, if i can find some time later in the year. Also, i do hope that there were not too many grammatically incorrect speakers after myself!
  9. Picked up a copy yesterday but not had the chance to read it yet, looks like an interesting issue though. I believe there was some mention in 'Wright Writes' of the Little Bytham film being put on the Youtube channel at some point, is this still planned?
  10. Slippery slope indeed! An interest in wagons can be dangerously bad for your health wealth! Albeit, very rewarding in the long run.
  11. Don't forget that the LMS had some Southern and LNER built general merchandise vans on their books. The Southern ones can be built from the Ratio kits. The LNER D2079 wagons are produced as an etch by Lochgorm kits.
  12. Monetising Youtube would be a no go, unfortunately. Youtube have become much more strict in terms of the people who can run ads on their channel and claim a percentage of ad revenue. The rules now state that your channel needs to have at least 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the in the past 12 months.
  13. That's a good point Huw in regards to the grooves in the brickwork in particular, some of it is quite overscale. I think it is often what looks right to the eye. Is it better to have overscale grooves and texture, or no grooves and texture at all? It sort of reminds me of the diesel model paradox, whereby in reality most locos have 'ripple-y' sides, but this is never modelled by manufacturers so its not something that we perceive as a problem.
  14. I've not rally done any modelling since the beginning of the year due to work and health issues. However, when I saw Phil building the Metcalfe kit, I thought I'd have a go. The kit is mostly out of the box, except for a whitemetal chimney, since I didn't like the paper one. The white card folds were painted in with watercolours, as per Metcalfe's recomendations. Unfortunately, I only watched their youtube after building the kit! Took about an hour and a half to build, plus longer for the painting. No bad for someone who has never built a card kit! Quite impressed with the kit though. Obviously it doesn't hold up to close inspection as well as plastic(card) due to the lack of texture, but they would be a good way to quickly assemble some background buildings on a large layout.
  15. Captain, you are what the yoof would refer to as "an absolute madlad"!
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