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  1. Now if you are a good boy you will be allowed out for your break.
  2. Thank you for the kind comment, feedback is appreciated as there is little understanding of pre grouping UK outline here in the states. I would say if you want the layout start building componants for it now and they will be ready to place when the boards appear. There are changes in the track layout i would make to improve opperational interest. Could say more if you want to? Clive now you are making me think about horses, so just unicorns .....or did they work those back then as well? The cruel beeep beeb beeps. Richard
  3. just order direct from the UK. i find with the removal of VAT more than compensates for the marginal increase in postage. Glad you had a good show Thom, only sorry duty kept me away. Did you run the garrett? did it run okay? Richard
  4. Sounds like it will be horses, less of a minefield unless someone is going to tell me that horses back then had horns. Except unicorns who obviously had a horn and always will, .................that has given me an idea.
  5. Sounds like you are being kept busy. You can resize in paintshop, which if i can work it, anyone can. I like you have made some recent progress but not on locos. Wagons mainly including a 3ft flatrol. it dwarfs all other stock on the pre grouping layout. Hope you are well Richard
  6. Then a change of tack and the fitting of fences and mud/bushes around the wood. first wire up the plastic fence posts each cut, and shaped from plastic sprue, indervidually drilled for the five wires to run through and then run on to the wires. Holes drilled for the posts and marked out with cooing skewers so that the holes are not lost in the grass, all using a template for the spacing of the posts. Fence fitted up the bank and bedded in with folliage Then the mud bank given attention on the road side, it is a lighter mud to the mud in the wood as that is in the shade and so would not have had the sun to dry it out. Have noticed how th trees foliage looks so starkly different, it is the flash as it is much more muted and blended in reality. That is 2/3 of the embankment done. One field left, cows or horses that is the question?
  7. flatrol building up to now first the longditudinal runners then the ends then the bolsters then cross members ahhhh tangiable progress. Also a chance to admire some fetching foot wear.
  8. Question from the photo above the flatrol looking from above seems to have no floor between the beams, is this right?
  9. Looking good Clive, i would keep the name as sheffield exchange it has an authentic ring about it. Liking the fact it is becoming more and more steamy.
  10. Can we let the father off scott free, after all you can not blame the son entirely for the sins of the father? He would need to be hidden under a large O gauge layout until the close. This is why i am always on friendly terms with people who opperate the senior scale.
  11. And the final project before spray painting as a batch. This will take a little longer as it needs to be scratch built. looking forward to all the rivets. I just saw its length and thought it had to be built. must make sure i do not put any twist into it, at that length it will be very noticable. Richard
  12. If i am opperating a layout just have your kid lean over and wave their hand at speed over less than robust scenery and laugh with that" what can i do kids will be kids" chuckle giving me that look of " Because i love my kids you must do so too" especially if they end up damaging a fence or tree before quickly leaving saying "dont worry he can quickly fix it- he is a modeller." By that stage i have not only decided you must be lynched but also how to do it to ensure i am not caught.
  13. Ah the midget, tiny petrol tank, unreliable in cold weathr but fun to drive. And the midget doesn't stand behind you going "Have you finished yet?.....have you finished yet? over and over again. Thats why i stayed up close to midnight to finish it so that i could finish it in peace. This parenting malarky was seriously over sold by all the people with kids before we started on this caper. I think it was so we too could suffer like they were.
  14. And the reason why things have slowed on the wagons. For Valentines the wife took the kids to a model shop so they could get model planes to build. Read Daddy build them. So this is the Hellcat which now adorns the celling of the kids bedroom. now back to trains. Tanks were distraction enough. At least they were for a Warflat load.
  15. I assumed it was left in the guards van where he smoked his favorate brand of tobacco in his pipe, Some prefered their kippers to have the aroma of rough 5hag, though i have to say it was goldern virginia for my tastes. Read into that what you will. It censored out a perfectly respectable brand of tobacco!
  16. dont forget the paper put between the two rods so that they do not solder together and have some movement room, remove it once the solder joint is made.
  17. more wagons for the production line before spray painting them. In fairness it is -19c outside so i will need to wait until it is 25c hotter before spraying. I have more of the warflat as there was only one before. Then the twin bolster which is not quite finished it needs the chains added. Lastly the long open wagon, i already have one so i think i will add the hood which would be used for fish traffic, i do have some nicely moulded fish boxes from ten commandments, however, i fear that the wagon would have been covered so the fish would not get covered in soot which would mean you could not see the fish boxes anyway which would make having them in pointless anyway. All that is left now is the 63ft bogie flatrol L toscratch build in this batch. That will take a little longer to build. Richard
  18. if i do a "raised in France" one then i do not need to worry about which was which as they would not have any markings to put on.
  19. The decision to spray paint a batch of wagons has meant that progress has been made on the building front, but the wagons are in the raw. It shows up any dodgy building. There is the war flat and a gunpowder van. the gunpowder van is a reddish colour (alizarine vermillion) that i need to match against USA paint suplies, or wait to pick up a pot when i come back to Blighty in the summer. precission paints apparently do a pot. I will need to make up my own transfer for the Gunpowder van, unless someone does "gunpower van" in black to put on the side. Still at least that is easier to print than if it was in white. Then the war flat. It only has one whippet on it as the other came with two left tracks so GRA models are sending a replacement part (good customer service) However, until it arrives there can be only one. I am not sure the sprung bogies are worth it, a lot of effort and the ride and roll are good but no better than the unsprung ones i have previously built.
  20. I know the Bachmann wagon is later, but if i am building a warflat for WW1 what would its paint scheme be?
  21. great thanks but would they have been plain green or had unit markings or were they sent over to a pool to be allocated to units once in france?
  22. there is a crompton model in the science museum which is a working model. Just push a button. My kids love watching the motion
  23. Steam lorry done. It is amazing how much time can be spent in google looking at the colours of different areas. So much so that i found a full size one for sale......and was tempted. Still not otally settled on where it will be placed in juxtapostition to the weighbridge. It is Pattinson's after a friend who has offered much sage advice, and whose modeling skill i aspire to emulate. Next up a war flat for a nice change of wagon. However, it leaves question after question . What colour were they in WW1? What end did the whippets face, (back to back, nose to nose, the same way)? What colour scheme did the whippets have in the UK- before in theatre paint schemes were applied? Any help any one (Clive) can give would be appreciated. Richard
  24. It is coming along Clive. Can i say having rodded my layout, you are doing it the right way around, fix it then paint it, it is an absolute swear the other way around. Also i pity you all that rodding it drove Andy and I nearly insane. Think ballasting but worse.
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