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    the Beatific Islands
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    Various, but they include 4mm scale LSWR/GWR modelling, scratchbuilding model scenery and model buildings, photography and restoration of the real thing.

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  1. An odd but serious question, prompted by Kevin's latest picture. In fog, steam crews could hang a bucket on the signal arm so they could hear when it pulled off. How did railcar crews manage? Would they have had a bucket in a cab?
  2. https://drunkenduckinn.co.uk/ is the only one I know of, at least at 1:1. (Usual disclaimer). My (unfinished/stalled) quayside layout has a pub is called that, though I need a suitable sign to finish it off. True, the others are all good traditional pub names (we have a Red Lion and a White Horse in the village, as well as a Queen's Head, used to have The Malt Shovel) - but I thought Kevin would like something a bit distinctive without being too unusual, so wondered about the Masons and Bull could fit a semi-industrial site, the George and Blue Boar (Oxford aristo heraldry) for mo
  3. It's a bit close to a factory and not close enough to the centre of LM for that. I see the location more as 'The Masons Arms', 'The George', 'The (Black?) Bull' or 'The Blue Boar'. If it was closer to the quay, then maybe 'The Ship/Anchor' or 'The Drunken Duck'?
  4. The photo's not blurred, so probably not.
  5. Don't worry, they'll never catch on...
  6. Something many readers may not be aware of is just how hard publishers have to work to get their magazines on the shelves of supermarkets and major retailers. The local model shop just rings up and says can we have a few copies of title X starting from next month please. Supermarkets and chains sell rather more, so they have a lot of bargaining power with the publishers and can impose all sorts of conditions. It's often a case of here's our deal, take it or leave it.
  7. Reflections in water? A midnight goods train rumbling over the viaduct, disturbing a poacher - or a similar story on the curve by the ruined cottage with a badger? Or your cake-box entry, with the railwayman walking home by moonlight instead of in the dawn?
  8. Colour balance, contrast, saturation? Probably white balance and colour temperature though, e.g.: https://photographylife.com/definition/white-balance I agree with the earlier comments, the first camera's set-up makes the teak look very orange. The second looks much more natural. Roofing colour and marks vary depending on both the light and weather, as well as over time and depending on cleaning. I've worked on the tops of carriages (though mainly Mark Ones, not LNER stock) and the overall impression of texture and streaking looks good to me. Even the trans
  9. The Railway Stories Volume 2 - read by Johnny Morris The Railway Stories Volume 4 - read by Johnny Morris The Railway Stories - Edward the Blue Engine & Four Little Engines (Books 9 & 10?) - read by William Rushton The Railway Stories - Percy the Small Engine & the Eight Famous Engines (Books 11 & 12?) - read by William Rushton The Railway Stories - Duck & the Diesel Engine & Little Old Engine (Books 13 & 14?) - read by William Rushton All to play on cassette recorders (OK, stop laughing at the back there...) boxed and with the
  10. I'm really missing the groan button...
  11. @Nick C - I don't know if you have it but South West Railwayman by Donald King (George Allen & Unwin) has a sizeable part describing the author's experiences working at Lyme. I doubt there's much information about the track plan you don't have but it does describe life on the branch well, if you can acquire a cheap copy it might help with the atmosphere.
  12. The opinions of someone with influence? Or, if you fancy a paraphrased quote from someone more famous than I (allegedly a mate of the Squadron Leader referred to earlier), a printed version of something for fools to obey and wise men to be guided by.
  13. One of the layout topics is the delightful 'Little Muddle', it has a quayside and a little while ago I posted some pictures of my take on this kit. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/120848-little-muddle/page/328/&tab=comments#comment-4193415 A nice little kit, thoroughly recommended, though I'm not completely impartial! 46444 did a piece on a Yorkshire coble in his blog: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/94453-blog-46444s-009-gauge-blog-building-a-coble-fishing-boat/&tab=comments#comment-1730512 using this kit.
  14. Thanks Schooner. Perhaps information/sources a bit later, then a proof-read of instructions/commentary and/or a test-build? Unfortunately, as per Early Risers posts, I had a Christmas 'present' of a parent's death, so I am a bit distracted at the moment and not checking in as regularly. But once I have the time to spend on this, I want to think the various bits through, speak with a local laser-cutter and do some graphic work. A full plastic kit (or even a small range of several) would be fantastic but I can't help feel it would sound like the chaps who ask Bachmann & Hornby re
  15. Looking at the dates from earlier (and flinching, where does the time go?), I'd just like to say this is still on the to-do list. Sorry for the delay. For various reasons, the last few years have been very busy and I've not had a lot of time to do much modelling. But I'm still keen, so as soon as I can, I'll get back to this.
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