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  1. That’s the front half slated! Now for the back half! A few need a drop more glue to stick them down (incidentally my glue choice for these is balsa cement). Quite possibly taking top spot in mind numbingly tedious modelling tasks!
  2. This reminds me of the time when I’d just moved into my house and saw a load of police cars with the word ‘Police’ struck through with a strip of black tape. My first thought was that it was a very poor attempt at an unmarked police car, but it turned out they often filmed The Bill in my area and they were prop cars on the way to or from a shoot.
  3. or even the POWSides kit if you don’t fancy lining up the transfers yourself.
  4. Coming late to the party - this video might be of some interest - Fletliners are featured from about 12 minutes in. http://www.ampthill.tv/playvideo.html?id=242
  5. So, went with the single ridge sloped roof. Now waiting for the glue to dry before I start laying slates. The rood in this section consists of a base layer of 1/16” balsa with a layer of 0.5mm card on top with guide lines for the rows of slates, which will be cut from printer paper.
  6. It was more out of curiosity - bit late for me now as I’ve built them up from Evergreen strip and Ambis bolt plates.
  7. You must have got to the stand before me and had the last solebars!
  8. Do all the underframe moulds still exist for the MR coaches? I managed to find sides, ends, roofs, springs+axle boxes and some somewhat warped floors as separate items when Mr Dunn was still doing shows, but had to scratch build my own solebars and vacuum gear, and use Brassmasters Cleminson assemblies for W irons, as I never saw any Slaters components.
  9. Thanks Dave - I was really hoping you’d chip in with a professional opinion! SWMBO is actually chiding me on to get it finished. Really she has no grounds for complaint as she’s set up the corner of the lounge as her workstation since she got a Cricut machine for her birthday - actually she’s on her second machine now, the first one broke down - I’m claiming it was entirely coincidence that I’d previously been experimenting with plasticard on it.
  10. Things have moved on a fair amount with this project now, and has reached this stage (I really should have filled in more progress as I’ve been going along!): the vents on the end warehouse roof probably didn’t exist, but they do break up a large otherwise rather boring extent of plain roof! however, I’ve come up with a dilemma (or more accurately a trilemma) of how to fill in the centre section of roof on the main building. I’ve come up with three alternatives so far which I’ve mocked up: this one I call the ‘barely legal’ option. A single ridge, but the slope either side is only about 22 degrees, which, reading around is borderline for the minimum slope allowed for a slate roof. This one echoes the double peaked roofs of the boiler house and shed at the left end of the building (looking from the ground side). The pitch is a more sensible 40 degrees, and more aesthetically pleasing, matching the pitch of the gables either side. However what happens when it rains? like the second option, the front and back pitches are a sensible 40 degrees, but the water trap in the middle is replaced by a flat roof - but is that realistic for a building built in the 1870s? I’m not completely convinced with any of the options I’ve come up with so far. The side and end elevations in the article I originally linked, and the few photos I’ve found don’t appear to show the centre rising higher than gables either side, so a single ridge with a steeper pitch doesn’t seem to be an option.
  11. They appear to be a wee bit busy reorganising their systems at the moment and trying to get orders out before they switch systems - I thought it best to ask here first. From the front of their website: “SERVICE INTERRUPTION OVER THE END OCTOBER / BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER ...We will be very busy getting the new systems in place so will find it difficult to answer the telephone and take phone orders during these few days.”
  12. I’m putting together an order which includes some T-section strip. Where items are listed, e.g. Brass T-Section 2.0mm x 1.0mm, does anyone know, is that W x H or H x W? I’d ask them directly but they appear to be busy restructuring their internal systems at the moment!
  13. Excellent news - SWMBO passed her Psychology degree with a 2.1 

    1. chris p bacon

      chris p bacon

      Good news....but Come lay on this couch and tell me how it's affecting you..

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