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    Great Central London Extension 1948-50;
    Cornish Railways;
    Swiss metre gauge.

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  1. I think have disproved the ‘30 foot rule’ for the optimum length of a model railway! Nice one.
  2. May I ask, what are you viewing the photo’s on this forum on? I find it makes a huge difference. I use either my smartphone, tablet or a Mac with a 28” screen to access RMweb and have to say that where posters use hi-res images they normally look absolutely stunning on the Mac. I agree that you can’t beat seeing layouts in the flesh, but often posters take photos from angles and positions that are simply inaccessible at exhibitions or physical viewings. 4479’s post above is an example, what an excellent picture! And in lockdown especially, I do get a ‘wow’ when people share suc
  3. I had the pleasure of knowing Joe Rowe, we attended the same Model Railway club in the 1980’s. A very humble and talented man, such a nice guy, he was a toolmaker at DeHavilland’s if I recall correctly. He invited me to drive ‘Hush Hush’ round his loft layout on one occasion, and showed me the working reversing gear (in 4mm), his work was absolutely stunning for its day. And his wife was as good at making cake for the lads, as he was at modelling! Happy days...
  4. In the UK of course. Although Kitson’s of Leeds we’re building Pacifics for export as early as 1903... The first Pacific’s to run in Europe were French, around 1907. British railway companies were very late to that party!
  5. And the thread is less rich because of it, I feel. It has been noticeable recently, the content seems to be more dialogue and less sharing of modelling. But maybe that’s more to do with lockdown? We are a mixed community, to which I am a relative latecomer, but feel privileged to have been accepted as a participant. There is clearly a core of people who know each other well and have friendships going back decades in some cases. Harsh banter is acceptable in such friendships, but perhaps it invites a similar level of criticism from others where the depth of friendship hasn’t de
  6. Tony, I think the question perhaps should be... why does it matter? Anything other than absolute accuracy down to the point of counting individual rivets, takes you into the slippery subject of what level of accuracy is acceptable. That, as we have discussed before, is different for different people, and can vary considerably across different aspects of modelling, from lamps to crests to shades of green, subtleties in the profile of tumblehomes or roof profiles... the list is endless! The reality is is that joe public and the majority of railway modellers for that matter, have
  7. I favour keeping the signal box in front of where the modratec panel is going. It will allow the panel operator to easily imagine being sat in the box right in front of them. A more realistic operator experience.
  8. Sounds like the lack of a check rail is part of the problem, but the geometry means you can’t fit one immediately opposite the problem area. In which case, is there enough space to fit an additionalcheck rail ahead of the problem area to improve the bogie’s angle of approach?
  9. Taking this concept a logical step further, I wonder what Thompson’s rebuild of such a locomotive might have become... a 6-6-2 perhaps? Or a W2 maybe?
  10. I've steadily been populating my fleet with crew, of late. I started using a mix of Bachmann and ModelU, but have more recently discovered a new range from YouChoos. Like ModelU, they are naturally posed 3D printed figures, but retail for a third of the price. They don't do people with shovels, but then firemen aren't always shovelling are they... Also the crispness of the printing is not as sharp as ModelU, but for loco crew they are fine. I had a load of them for Christmas and have been painting them up:
  11. Rob, a question if I may. How much of the weathering in these images is done digitally, and how much is modelled physically? It looks as is these models have been rather more than just ‘unboxed’!
  12. Tony... like Polybear says, if you enjoy painting your loco's, then you should do it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the quality of what you've shown above. Re: whether to weather, I suggest that no weathering is better than bad weathering, but when done well, following observation of the prototype, it can really enhance a model. The ubiquitous muddy brown favoured by RTR manufacturers doesn't cut it with me, but some of the specialist suppliers do a nice job, and it is a skill that I am determined to acquire for myself. One thing that I don't like though, is when weather
  13. Maybe Sir might decree a diesel day on WW, as a lockdown special event? I’m sure that most of us have got one or two claggy little secrets hidden away somewhere. I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours...
  14. You read it wrong, St Enodoc.... It’s not The world’s greatest model railway, built by Bertram Otto. It’s The world’s greatest model railway built by Bertram Otto. The missing comma makes all the difference! I don’t profess to know which model railway is the worlds greatest. I haven’t seen them all!
  15. That’s a pretty good description of Graham Muspratt’s Fisheron Sarum layout. It works very well as an exhibition layout, so long as you’re not offended by Malachite green!
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