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  1. I was fortunate to have worked on exchange service with the USN some years back and I bought a heap before I left to come home. In recent years I have found a backdoor route to get any extras I have need - mainly to deal with my needs for NEM fitted stock which wasn't quite so common when I bought my original stock: I have an American friend who works permanently as a civilian for the US Military in Germany, she mail orders them for me to her AFPS (BFPO equivalent) address and we then find some way of couriering them to the UK (or more often collecting them when we see her). Ell
  2. The one in your pic has no corridor connectors and a guard's compartment.
  3. I don't know if I am mis-remembering something I heard years ago, but I thought that the only one of these with windows in the central set of doors was the one that was used as the hearse for Sir Winston and that this was a special conversion done for use in the funeral train. However, the era 4 one shown at the top of the thread in maroon also has windows in the central set of doors. Does anyone know if this was a late-life conversion on more than just the hearse wagon?
  4. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    I think that may only be a part of the story...
  5. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    Unfortunately. you and me both... I've had to dismantle my "study" ready to move house, the room is decorated and all the "stuff" transferred to what will be the joint hobby room in my late parent's house where it and my wife's craft bits are piled up in boxes.
  6. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    Rather than an opportunity for Hornby to provide a layout that fits around a home office surely that's a cue for people who write for magazines to start producing articles describing how it it could be done? After all, all Hornby can do is to provide the wherewithal to enable layouts to be built, inspiration for the design is in the hands of the designer/builder. I did do a presentation for an exhibition a few years back on this very subject where I showed how a layout could be built round a room (what was my home office when I had to take medical retirement from the Navy and had
  7. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    That's exactly what happened when the credit crunch first hit back in the late naughties. In the shop I part time in there was a very definite "bounce" in trade once the recession was declared although as the depth of the mess the US banks had caused started to sink in it then dropped away again.
  8. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    Basically agree Phil in principle, but the point I was making is that a lot of people just don't have the room. Take my lad (31) for example, he lives in a 2-bed flat over a shop in the New Forest and has gone away from model railways in favour of wargaming because he can display his works 2 x 2' square glass display cases sat in opposite corners of the room. Suggest to him that he has a 4' x 2' micro layout and he's asking which piece of furniture would we like to store until he can afford to buy a house. In that circumstance even a basic trackmat layout is a complete non-starter.
  9. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    I recognise and agree with the sentiment, but we have to recognise one reality: space (or more correctly lack of it). In this froth-fest I have mentioned things like a 4CORs, 4CIGs and 5WES but the reality is a 4 car unit is 4 feet long, the 5WES a bit over 5 feet, a 5BEL about the same. I'm lucky, my Club has a couple of layouts and a test track that are able to cope with trains that long but most people don't have that luxury and putting a modern unit on a shunting plank or shelf layout - which, let's face it - is all most of us have space for is not a very fulfilling experience.
  10. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    As it's New Years Eve and others are doing it, I want a model of one of my wife's ancestor's engine.
  11. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    Quite agree, they were all over my particular part of the BR(S) Network and I would easily find an excuse to put one or two on the exhibition layouts I provide stock for - especially if they were to do a "Southern-ised" version with a 2P/2FA power classification on the cab sides. Here's hoping...
  12. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    Tuesday 5th Jan @ 1000. My suggestion is that - as usual - the site would either crash or become totally unresponsive so checking in at 1000 on the 6th is your best bet
  13. https://sremg.org.uk/misc/dept01.html Middle of the page
  14. Sorry, the bubblecar thing has been done already... I do have an MP4 of it running round on a part of Watt Estate but apparently MP4 is not an acceptable file type. Origin: My car found when we cleared my parents loft, donated to the Watt Estate crew (Club 09 Layout - That's 0 scale on 9mm gauge track) who motorised and repainted it.
  15. DutyDruid

    2021 hopes

    I once saw a split screen Morris Minor that had had the 945 side valve engine surgically removed and a 1998 Dolomite Sprint engine transplanted under the hood. To be fair, if you looked at it end on you realised that something had been done to the suspension and it had somewhat fatter tyres - but at a quick glance it wasn't that obvious...
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