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    4mm scale scratchbuilding and kit manufacture for 19th century railways, mainly LB&SCR, SER, LCDR and London railways.

    Currently building an exhibition layout of Bricklayers Arms C.1844 in EM gauge.

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  1. Fantastic and absolutely fascinating as always. I’m going through a very similar process at the moment but my firebox/boiler/smokebox assemblies are resin cast from scratch built masters. These are for my Rennie locos, but Satellite was basically a standard gauge version of their Mazeppa and Arab built to Gooch’s patterns. Do you have Brian Arman’s two volumes on early BG locos? I’m reading them at the moment and have to say they’re superb.
  2. Now this is really exciting! By coincidence I’ve just modelled some very similar sandwich frames for my 1841 Rennie ‘Satellite’ built for the London & Brighton Railway. Looking forward to seeing your project develop.
  3. Wow Ian, you have been busy! Great to see the progress and I love the little quayside railway. I seem to remember a conversation a couple of years back about casting some suitable seaside railings for you?
  4. Superb work to a brilliant standard and so quick too! I’m really excited to see the locomotive project develop.
  5. Great work, it’s a wonderful example of one of those vehicles you only get on the Broad Gauge where the wheelbase is wider than it is long! Will you be printing the luggage too?
  6. That crane looks superb. Looking forward to seeing the next wagon completed.
  7. Fascinating job Ian, good to see such an iconic loco being modelled. I’m still hoping Hornby will follow their forthcoming Lion with a Patentee or Planet... or both!
  8. Fantastic work and super quick too! Very much enjoying these posts even if I find the ‘computer bit’ rather baffling. I’m so old-fashioned!
  9. I reckon she preferred the first version too!
  10. Excellent work, and as others have said, quick too! Well done. I fully appreciate what you mean about the process rather than the finishing. I have a number of items of rolling stock waiting patiently for me to paint them. I really enjoyed creating them but finishing the painting and getting them on the layout? Well, that’s where I struggle, it’s much more exciting to move on to the next build. Very much looking forward to the luggage box. Am I right in thinking there were a couple of different sizes?
  11. This is actually the 1855 revised version. In the original 1854 painting the young man is chatting-up the young lady while her father sleeps. However, it was so controversial Solomon had to repaint it so the father and young man were conversing and the ladies chastity remained intact!
  12. Fascinating stuff! I find the width of this carriage surprisingly narrow given the possibilities of the broader gauge. Especially since W. B. Adams jointed carriages for the ECR were a full 9ft wide on 4ft 8-1/2in gauge track!
  13. Impressive work and a really interesting project. I look forward to following this.
  14. I think you should always have older styles. People could only have up-to-date fashion if they could afford it and the vast majority of them couldn’t. Most clothing was as you say third, fourth even fifth hand, either hand-me-downs or bought from second hand shops. There are some fabulous and inspiring photos of what most folks wore in ‘Dickens’s Victorian London’ by Werner and Williams, ISBN 978-0-09-194373-8 and ‘Images of Lost London’ by Philip Davies, ISBN 978-1-909242-04-3. But these fascinating books come with a health warning, you will be up ‘til the small hours as once opened they are
  15. Fascinating choice of carriage, can’t wait to see this one progress.
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