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    My main interest is U.S. HO scale modeling Pennsylvania Railroad. I also am very interested in British model railroading in all scales/gauges.

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  1. Barnaby, Here's something that might be of interest: https://www.micromark.com/CAR-ROUTING-SYSTEM Not sure if micromark ships overseas or not. While perhaps not as fun (nor as cheap) as doing it yourself, it is an option. Dave
  2. Actually, they're from Germany. https://www.wihatools.com/wiha-features/made-in-germany But a quick search shows there are quite a few retailers (stockists?) in the UK. https://www.screwfix.com/c/tools/screwdrivers-hex-keys/cat831030?brand=wiha https://www.axminstertools.com/wiha What sold me on Wiha was how they felt in my hands, very comfortable, and how tightly the hex drivers fit tighly reducing the risk of rounding corners off. Dave
  3. I've found Wila screwdrivers, nut drivers and hex drivers to be high quality tools. A bit more expensive, but worth every penny.
  4. I have to say that my wife has been nothing but supportive of my hobby and she tracks the various shows as closely as I do - and yes, she attends them all with me and often assists when there is something in particular that I am looking for. Needless to say I am fully supportive of her hobbies and interests. Yeah, I'm a pretty lucky guy!
  5. Art, No fair using prototype photos and trying to convince us they are of models!!!!! Seriously, what a fantastic job. Everything just "fits" into the whole so well. The weathering, the setting, the scenery, the driver. I can almost hear the clanking and smell the diesel exhaust. I will use these pics as inspiration for future projects - an objective to strive for! Dave
  6. Jonathan, Enjoy your well-deserved vacation!! Dave
  7. What about the Atlas HO 9 inch turntable? Not sure about criteria #2, but looks to meet all others.
  8. I've seen similar things over on this side but I can't recall if it was on a model railroad forum (http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/default.aspx) or perhaps one of the magazines (Model Railroader or Model Railroad Craftsman). This was several years ago. At the time I was highly curious about the idea, but unable to find a local distributor so that I could play around with the various pieces. I ended up losing interest until seeing Richard's initial post. While the system still looks very interesting to me, I do wonder how much it would be subject to twisting given that the finished pr
  9. Truer words have never been spoken. I so do wish when I was 13 or so and working on a layout I had something along the lines of this forum to see what others have done, and most importantly ask questions. The key is realizing that there usually is no one way to do something, but when asking here, you will get a collection of ideas to sift through and think about. And if something doesn't go right, see if you can determine why and how to avoid that in the future. I would bet that every person here has stories about "messing something up" when they first started. Good luck!
  10. Was it worth the wait? Sure looks so!! Dave
  11. John, Well gosh darn it. Regardless of the method used, your signal box is outstanding. Thanks for sharing, though, Gonna have to give that a go! Dave
  12. John, Excellent job. Your painting of the bricks and the gutters really took the building from "very nicely done" to "wow, awesome job!" Please share how you accomplished it. Dave
  13. In looking again at the pics you posted, and the Mk1 set and Artwox deck, all I can think of is the phrase - "Go big or go home." I truly am looking forward to see your progress on this kit. I have to say, you've inspired me to pull down a couple of my kits and give them a look-over. I'm feeling the itch and I can't wait to see what I can learn from following you!! Dave
  14. Sounds like a great idea. There were a couple kits I had my eyes on, but I waited too long. Too bad no one carried on the business.
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