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  1. Come to sunny Western Australia, where the wood choices are, basically, crappy to mediocre radiata pine or expensive and environmentally dubious jarrah (which is, admittedly, fantastically strong and durable). There are specialist suppliers who offer something better, but they're all a bit of a trek from me. For stuff that really matters, I tend to buy old jarrah house framing 4x2s from demolition salvage firms, and resaw them myself as needed, accepting the rather short life of cutting edges. Price works out about the same as curly pine, but it's time consuming and carries the usual risks of circular saw use. We do have access to a good range of plywood though, from cruddy pine stuff I wouldn't even light fires with, to some absolutely beautiful hoop pine marine stuff, from which I'd be happy to build aircraft (and some do).
  2. As prototype fidelity is going to be of limited importance here, it might help to extend the leg of the Y over the opposite side of the oval, using 90 degree crossings from someone like Atlas.
  3. I had (a well used) one in green, received for Christmas 1970. I thought it was great, but became less enthusiastic when I discovered that its staggering weight was well beyond the ability of my chubby little legs to propel. It got left behind in a house move a few years later, which was, in hindsight, a bit of a shame. If anyone happens to have found one in a garden in Wallingford, it's mine and I wouldn't mind it back, thanks.
  4. Triang "intercity" Mk2s and a quite nicely done Lima 33 conversion .
  5. True. However, even without a directly rail connected gasworks, you can still represent the traffic, with a regular delivery and removal of a 16-tonner or two, that need to be shunted separately from the wagons for the coal merchant. Assuming a fictional location, of course, or a real one wher coal for gas didn't arrive by road or water.
  6. It's also worth remembering that domestic coal to merchants would not be the only coal traffic along many branches. Until North Sea gas got going c1970 (I can just remember our gas appliances being converted, when we lived near Cheltenham), most towns, even quite small ones, had a gasworks, which would require a regular supply. The situation in suburban areas would likely be a bit different, though, with town gas being piped from the main, central works for the conurbation.
  7. Yep. Early 60s, any Bedford O mod, either civilian or ex- military would be perfect. Also anything by AEC. I'd be wary of anything 4wd though, because the extra height of the load bed would be unpopular with anyone loading/unloading by hand.
  8. Whilst I can't remember the 60s (I can pinpoint my earliest memories as early 1970), a lot of the things mentioned in this thread are still familiar. Has anyone mentioned scampi? That strangely coloured and, apparently, reconstituted crustacean that appears to have gone extinct c1978. Given that it's never been filmed by Mr Attenborough, and, indeed, the only mainstream mention outside the food industry has been in Fingerbobs (not a reliable zoological reference, apparently), I remain sceptical of its existence.
  9. Although quite what the little DKW 4wd is doing on a WW2 Scottish Island, I've never been able to quite fathom .
  10. Oddly enough, in this thread I'm getting an ad for skip bins, which presumably represent the budget alternative .
  11. Very interesting, but I'm not really getting the old car connection. My own "missed out on" was any of the sad Mk1 And Mk2 Escorts I viewed, and the one I finally bought, 20 years ago when I was after a sub-$1000, easily maintained, commuting hack. I must have looked at half a dozen, from 1300 to 2-litre. They were all a bit knackered, as you'd expect, but all were complete and ran. I ended up with a 2-Litre Ghia Mk2. Rotten as a pear, 2" shorter wheelbase on one side that t'other, and the old Pinto drank almost as much oil as petrol, but, boy, did it go. Really nice handling, even worn out, and possibly the nicest gearbox I've ever tried. It provided me with cheap, reliable transport for 18 months, before I sold it for $250, when my finances had improved a bit. We'll ignore small infractions like the starter motor falling off, one evening, or the string of minor electrical faults caused by corroded connections. Thing is, 20 years ago these cars were near worthless. Some time in the interim someone seems to have added a zero to their values. I can sort of understand it for the hot GT and RS variants, but even the cooking models seem to have been infected.
  12. Might be worth establishing whether "they're all like that Sir". Some model steamers, over the years, just haven't been very good. Is the B-L Mogul one of them? I'm not saying it is, but in several years of sporadically looking up live steam stuff on the Web I haven't seen much on the Mogul, and it makes me wonder why.
  13. Dad's still had the flyweights, but the handles were made out of rather thin pressed tinplate.
  14. A very similar, though, I think, rather flimsier, drill came in a fretwork set my father was given, as a boy, some time in the late 1940s. I used to find the archimedian screw action quite fascinating.
  15. PatB


    A mate of mine was just on the verge of publishing an epidemic-triggered zombie-apocalypse heist novel, but his publisher is now umming and ahhing a bit as to whether it's entirely appropriate right now.
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