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  1. I appreciate that an awful long time has passed since this post but I’ve just stumbled across it and have been admiring the horse box. Please could you tell me which edition of ILN the drawing is in, I’d like to look it up? Also, John gave me his masters earlier in the year for all the castings required to complete his resin brake vans (although which ones go with which van is unclear). I can now supply castings to suit. Cheers Chris
  2. What about Mike Sharman’s Oakwood Press book, packed full of BG loco drawings? ISBN 0 85361 314 1
  3. I’m sitting at home with a cup of coffee with nursing an injured foot feeling sorry for myself. Looking at these fantastic photos has really cheered me up. I am now fully inspired, thank you!
  4. What a great idea, I think that’s very effective.
  5. The first engine for the Holyhead Breakwater was built by Adams & Co., see attached from ‘Road Progress’ published in 1850. I wonder if this engine was used as the pattern for Longridge & Co. as the photos of Prince Albert fit W.B. Adams description very well. Chris
  6. Fantastic to see someone modelling the early railway period. Well done!
  7. Stunning! Particularly impressed with the b&w shot. Tip for horse manure, I’ve had some success with tea. Split a bag open. Mix with some PVA and ‘blobs’ your uncle... sorry!
  8. That looks fantastic, very atmospheric!
  9. Fantastic! Great piece of work and a real talking point too.
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    Sad news

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you. Chris
  11. Thanks, although I need to build the other houses in Greyhound Place and complete the Bridge, then there’s plenty of scope for a yarn or two. Currently being distracted by making masters for some early SER carriage kits. No rest for the wicked!
  12. That looks brilliant, well done! Photographed against that back scene it looks perfect.
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    Water Tower?

    I'm rather in favour of leaving that part of the layout open, it's really lovely: "less is more" as I think the saying goes. I have to add that bgman's water tower is a fabulous thing indeed! What a great bit of modelling. Chris
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    The Greyhound

    Thanks Wenlock.
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    The Greyhound

    Good point Northroader. The Greyhound certainly did have the City of London Brewery Company painted across the front and also BASS ale signs between the windows. However, not in 1844, it's too early. The breweries didn't start buying up pubs until the latter part of the 19th and in the early to mid 19th advertising was still fairly primitive. Plenty of monochrome paper bills slapped up on the walls but not the fancier stuff we're used to seeing in photos. It's very tempting to add the signs but it wouldn't be quite right for the period I'm modelling. 1844 is ridiculously early. Nothing like making a rod for my own back!
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    I am in awe of your bravery Mikkel. Well done for bringing it all back to life! Looking forward to future progress.
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    The Greyhound

    Thanks Ullypug and Snitzl, I'm a huge Dickens fan so that's a big compliment, exactly the atmosphere I'm trying to achieve. Thanks Mikkel, we could call it a PG tip!! (See what I did there?!) ;-)
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    The Greyhound

    Thank you. The background story to the building is all true by the way. This model is a result of quite a lot of really enjoyable research at Kew. I have to be careful not to enjoy the research more than the modelling though! The paving is a thin layer of decorators filler, left to dry and then scribed with cobbles or paving stones depending on requirements. The street in front of the houses in Greyhound Place, (not in the photo because I haven't made them yet), is also profiled before scribing. So the filler was applied a bit thicker in the centre of the road, cut away to model the fall to the gutter, then thicker again for the pavement. this will be a bit clearer once I've done those houses and posted a pic or two. Paintwork is Humbrol grey with a wash of tea. In other words, a tea bag soaked in a little warm water, squeezed out and then brushed over the whole lot. It gives a lovely varied grime but you have to be a bit careful as it re-hydrates the filler which goes soft again until it all dries. Dry tea straight out of the bag with finely chopped straw coloured cotton makes excellent old horse manure by the way. Also makes the model smell nice for a bit!
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    The Greyhound

    A bit of history The earliest record of a tenant in The Greyhound public house was a Mary Stiff in 1822. The Upper Grange Road (now Dunton Road) Bermondsey was likely a relatively quiet lane leading off the Kent Road before the arrival of the Bricklayers Arms Extension Railway in 1843/4. At first it was suggested that the railway should cross the road on the level, but the contractors Grissell & Peto constructed a bridge to carry the road over the four running lines. The inconvenience to the occupants of the Greyhound and the neighbouring houses in Greyhound Place is well recorded in the Committee Minutes of the BAER held in the National Archives at Kew. Significant amounts of compensation was paid out for the inconvenience of having a large brick structure right outside the front of the dwellings. The owner of the Greyhound, William Rolls received £2310, a huge sum in 1844. The tenant at this time was William James Peirse and his four daughters. The Greyhound itself was significantly altered as a result of the rising road in front of it and the public rooms were moved up to the first floor on a level with the new road. Thankfully one photograph exists taken at the end of the 19th century which just about shows this unusual arrangement. Access to the six houses further along was via a walkway underneath the frontage. The model The basic shell of the building is in 3mm perspex which I find very robust and resistant to warping over time. Brickwork is embossed styrene, windows in clear styrene with fine strips of styrene overlaid to produce the window frame. The sash windows at the back actually work, a completely unnecessary indulgence! It is not known what the back yard looked like. An aerial photograph taken in the 1930s gives a rough idea but it is so indistinct as to be of no real help. I added a stable block which is rather unlikely but in studying the history of the Greyhound and it's tenant W. J. Peirse, who left the tenancy in his will "to my four dear daughters", I grew rather fond of him and thought he deserved such a luxury. The figures are from scratch, perhaps William's eldest daughter Martha is telling the potman just how queer the rocking motion of the carriages on the new railway made her feel on her recent trip to Croydon. The yard surface is decorating filler with the cobbles scratched in. There are further buildings to come, particularly those of Greyhound Place, and of course the Upper Grange Road Bridge itself which is in the process of construction.
  20. Very nice work. The 'slate and a half' rather than half a slate at the end of the row is correct. I found a good easy slate colour to be a blend of Humbrol Matt Black and Matt White with a tiny bit of Matt 73 to provide a blush of pink. Vary the blend and paint the slates in a patchwork approach. If I could attach a pic here I would as it's worth a thousand words as they say. Best wishes. Chris
  21. That's looking fabulous, great modelling! Thanks for sharing.
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    The big freeze!

    Absolutely stunning work and a great inspiration to us all, thank you! Eat wishes for Christmas and the New year. Chris
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