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Ben Alder last won the day on June 20 2015

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  1. Well, without a good flat baseboard nothing else will be of its best so it's worth persevering with....
  2. Travelled from the north coast of Britain for the show, mainly to see LB - Peter Denny was a huge influence on me and to be able to see it in the flesh was the absolute highlight of the day. Unfortunately never got a chance to talk with him and abandoned the queue for Hursley as there was plenty else to see and I had a train north to catch. It was beyond the wildest imaginings that one day I could see Buckingham on a screen in full colour still going strong and carefully conserved. Busiest show I have ever been to but was well worth the trip.
  3. He is waiting to be able to go and pick some up once restrictions allow - Devon I think they said when I was speaking to them last week checking the state of an order. It will take a bit of reorganising and some time but was assured the previous levels of service will be continued.
  4. Apparently SEF has been taken over by Squires and Dave is concentrating on the Nucast range only, and is in a bit of a hiatus just now with that. I don't know if Squires are going to continue to be as obliging as Dave was with regard to spares and bits from kits.
  5. Couldn't have done my layout in the space I had without them - I used Electrofrogs and any derailments were, as above, an occasional leading loco bogie which would be tweaked in to obedience. I bonded the stock and switch rails for better conductivity, a job easier done before laying them.
  6. Here is a T9 hacked about a bit as a drawn up but never built HR Peter Drummond design. The fittings are Highland but the basic loco is T9 with cut back smokebox - easily enough done as it is a separate plastic fitting - makes one wonder if this was perhaps an option thought about by Hornby...I must say, to my eyes, it looks far better in its original form.
  7. I haven't spoken to Jim recently but it seems progress is ongoing with his project on NB locos. https://modelmaster.uk/4mm-pre-nationalisation-railway-locos/28566-mmr001-ex-lner-nbr-class-n15-0-6-2t-resin-loco-body-2500-deposit.html
  8. Link to the thread covering it all. Development is ongoing with these - thinner sheets for windows are being introduced for example - and it is growing in to a real asset for neglected ScR modellers....
  9. That is certainly the case in both stations. Here are a couple of shots taken in 1989 of Thurso. I have plenty more if needed.
  10. Done to an extent by the GBL collection - pirates of several RTR offerings and very useful for loco hacking or a static piece. Don't think they did any Southern Pacifics though. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GREAT-BRITISH-LOCOMOTIVES-COLLECTION-1956-BR-4MT-2-6-0-NO-76066/313292137010?_trkparms=aid%3D1110009%26algo%3DSPLICE.COMPLISTINGS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200220094952%26meid%3D181d4ae7dd4841cab2ae785e71f2a2fe%26pid%3D100008%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D143347825187%26itm%3D313292137010%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3Ddefault%26brand%3DHornby&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219
  11. A 2-10-4T. Basically a proving model in case I ever decide to hack up two powered versions, but going by the amount of projects in hand and awaiting a start it is unlikely to ever surface. An interesting diversion, though.
  12. I'm halfway through one of these using the GBL locos. The detail is poor but it is a scratch that itch project with no practical value as a powered loco so the static version will suffice - it does look impressive though......
  13. Thumbs up for the Morley - I tried out a Crawler and was very impressed with the control it gave to locos.
  14. Nice to see another Far North Layout developing - will follow with great interest. As for points, this seems a very promising development which may well suit your plans -
  15. I have a set of the paper ones if you have problems downloading.
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