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davefromacrossthepond

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    Rhode Island, United States
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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. Perhaps this is the time to finally work on those kits that have been piling up for quite some time!
  2. While I won't be able to attend (it is quite a trip from the East Coast of the U.S.) I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that the attendees have a terrific time, the vendors do well and the layouts run great. It's been a long time (I have been to a show here in about 2 years) and it is great to see the exhibitions starting up again! Stay safe! Dave
  3. Mikkel, While I understand that there are a number of unknowns concerning what the interior of those wagons should look like and no one has "signed off" on those drawings, I have to say to me those interiors just "look right." Indeed they look fantastic! Thanks for sharing and giving me some encouragement to give a similar project a go! Dave
  4. Tim, Are your dual gauge points hand laid? They look fantastic! Dave
  5. I've often thought that perhaps the most "flexible" U.S. prototype layout themes would be a 1950s/1960s urban scene - first generation diesels before the run of mergers. Most industrial type buildings kits on the market could arguably be used in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, New York or Boston (with some minor usage of Rule 1). Thus you could run a number of various railroads somewhat convincingly on the same layout. Of course if you are wanting to limit locomotive purchases, then this would be a very bad idea. Dave
  6. What is the prototype of the Peco LK 715 or at least what prototypes does it most resemble? It looks to be a great model and I'd love to give it a go, but would like to know a bit more about what it is supposed to be first. Any help at all would be most appreciated. Dave
  7. Ade, Are these available in the UK? https://www.sceneryexpress.com/Tree-Kits/departments/1017/ Dave
  8. This looks like a fantastic device. So simple, but why wasn't it thought of earlier? I also like the method used to attach power wires . . . . sure beats soldering wires directly to the rails. Looking forward to results of testing!
  9. Okay, it's been a while since this pic was posted, but I can't help but going back and looking at it. While I never went trainspotting with my friends (no nearby tracks and not growing up in the UK), this picture does remind me so much of the things I did do with my friends from the neighborhood and from school. This picture borders on . . . what's the word - iconic? Everlasting? Since its posting I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about and seeing if I could name my classmates from way back when. I wonder if someone with computer imaging skills could work some magic on this - adjust the lighting, a bit more sharp etc. Would make for a piece of trainroom wall art!! Thank you so much for posting. Dave
  10. While not a Modratec customer, yet, I have found the products to be very interesting and perhaps someday, depending on where I see my layout going, I could see me using some of the lever frames. I have to say that I find Harold's approach an interesting one - ask the hobby for some ideas to keep at least your concept/product alive rather than just closing the thing up whereby everyone loses (I have in mind an entity that produced card models of Southern stations and signal boxes). I think this foresight is commendable. For an idea. Would it be possible to put the various drawings and some descriptive narrative into a pdf format that could be either downloadable to the masses or sold at a somewhat modest cost through a self publishing entity? Could at least some of his things be uploaded to something like shapeways so that they will be around for a long time? Again, not being that familiar with his products, I am very interested to learn more and will look through the Modratec website to get a better idea of the products and perhaps make a suggestion or two that hopefully may help. Just some thoughts. Dave
  11. 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
  12. 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
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