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  1. Just into stock, a new Wild Swan book from noted modeller Geoff Kent which describes and shows through colour photography the fantastic variety of details from the past that can still be found in the British Isles of today. Selected for inspiration to model and sketch, Geoff has recorded a mind boggling variety of styles, designs, building material and subjects. Geoff hopes that his book will encourage us all to go out and look at the world around us, recording what we see for posterity before it is too late and hopefully making models of it too! ISNB 978191
  2. Ken, it is really nice to see this now taking such good shape in your hands, having created the basic shape more years ago than I like to think. I really like your back story too - great stuff! Best Wishes Simon
  3. That is just beautiful, amazing, fantastic, well done! And considering that the GEM kit cost seven pounds and six shillings back in 1968 it is also an absolute bargain. The equivalent price for the GEM kit today is just over £105, and that didn't include wheels, motor, paint or glue. We've never had it so good! I am even working on a new Wild Swan book at the moment which will complement this announcement quite nicely. And Andy Y has had a hand in it too! Maybe in time for Christmas.... Simon
  4. What a great thread, really informative and interesting. I never met David St John Thomas but really liked his writing and admired all the the "David and Charles" books, especially the earlier ones before they started printing on loo paper and then morphed into the book club, ish. Robin Atthill's "Somerset and Dorset" from David and Charles has a brilliantly written opening, but is possibly eclipsed by what David wrote for his "West Country" regional history volume, which was first published by Phoenix Publishing I think. He describes the last train leaving
  5. I so love this hobby and this website - "normal" folk have to pay good money for this level of entertainment.... Please let nobody be put off though, as many people as possible should read MRJ - as well as BRM, RM, MR, HM et al. Being serious for a moment, for me it is the difference between each of us and our individual approaches to railway modelling in all its guises that makes the whole thing so interesting and joyous even. We are all very lucky, even those strange 2 millers and the wretched Scaleseven mob!! Simon
  6. Oh for Heavens sake, what about - Lightmoor Press, Crecy, Pen and Sword, Oakwood nee Stenlake, Transport Treasury, Platform Five, Mainline and Maritime, Peter Harding, Capital, Bellcode, Book Law, Irwell, Twelveheads, Middleton Press, Silver Link nee Mortons, RCL, Gomer, Crowood, others I have forgotten, some I would rather forget, and even sometimes Wild Swan. There's still a whole lot more to it than either of the above analyses suggest, interesting and relevant as they both are. The fat lady hasn't sung on the railway book market yet, I believe some people even make
  7. There was a delay on sending the subs copies out apparently, I believe they are going out this week. Simon
  8. Issue 280 has arrived here in Bath and is available for sale at https://www.titfield.co.uk/Wild-Swan/MRJ-Journal.htm This is my brief review of the contents, it's another good one I think. Edited by Martin Nield who muses slightly eyore-ishly on the usual subject for this year but thankfully also gives us a happy mix of articles. An inspiring account of how Peter Kazer built Talyllyn No 4 in 1/32 scale, Simon Fountain on the O gauge locomotives he has built for "Blackberry Lane Shed", John Thompson builds magnificent NER signals for "Port Solway", the editor reflects on
  9. Just amazing, I had never seen that model. One of the greatest pleasures of acquiring Wild Swan was the opportunity to get to know Dave and Shirley a little better, having admired their work from my teenaged years and the old Bristol show. I hesitate to have "announced" the information here, I heard as you did a few weeks ago Andy, but thought others better "qualified" than I might have said something. I last saw them at Mike Sharman's funeral and it is a real shock to think that she isn't still with us, they are/were an amazing and lovely couple in so many
  10. Following on from Jerry's post, number 280 has now been printed and will be going out shortly. It should be in plastic wrappers rather than the paper envelope of the last issue which caused a few problems. I believe there is likely to be one more issue this year, 281, which will be the Christmas issue. Notwithstanding the issues that were not produced during the lockdown I believe this puts the MRJ more or less back on track date-wise. Some very sad news, which will affect some here I think, is that Shirley Rowe has passed away, hopefully the forthcoming issue will give
  11. Well yes, but that is not what I am talking about. The point I am making is that the selling of one's own premises from under one's own business indicates a distinct lack of interest and belief in the business from under which one is selling one's own property. And Ian Allan have "form" - witness the appalling wreck they turned a thriving business into with Midland Counties debacle of some years ago. I claim no special knowledge by the way, but I have bought from Ian Allan by way of trade over many years, and have sold to them by way of trade for the last f
  12. Hmmm, you very easily dismiss a great deal of effort and endeavour with your rather rude "mere flea" comment . Assuming you actually know something about all this and aren't just one of those tedious Internet knowitalls, then are you able to offer us an equally perspicacious analysis of the Midland Counties car crash that Ian Allan directed? And by your reckoning that Ian Allan's retail operations were a "mere flea" then by comparison I must be wasting my time on a worthless microbe - how stupid am I. Thank you so much for enlightening me on this point, I am
  13. I also think that this is driven by a fundamental lack of interest in the business from the owners. This miserable closure is a very sad final nail in the coffin, and I feel for Kerry and all the staff who I think have done a great job over the last few years. Ian Allan have form, anyone remember the fabulous operation Midland Counties? A really good business that was taken over by Ian Allan who then totally scewed it before closing it down, disgusting. Simon Who still has a bookshop
  14. Going back to earlier concerns about the suitability or otherwise of vehicles for the estimable Tricky's wagon, looking at my Basingstoke and Alton book I can see in a photograph from a similar era what look to be quite a lot of Thornycroft cab and chassis units loaded on to what can only be described as flat trucks, so maybe the "carriage truck concern" is a bit overdone as regards a load for this lovely model?
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