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  1. I take your point, but TBH if I ran a bricks-and-mortar model shop, I'd be delighted that most major suppliers don't want to know web-only traders. It's nothing new, btw. I met exactly the same problem 43 years ago, albeit in a different line of (retail) business.
  2. Dunno mate. You don't know what's going on. Maybe Hatton's see you as a threat?
  3. And while we're on about track cleaning ...
  4. And even then, it'll still catch on something or other. Verily, hardboard is the biz.
  5. I'm getting the hang of this scratchbuilding lark, and am generally happy so far except for one thing, and that's the best order in which to do the final bits and bobs. Right now, I have a plastic card factory building on the bench, the shell of which is Wills brick sheets and the roof of which is Slaters tiles. Still to is (brush-) painting of the walls and roof, then the fitting of the pre-painted window frames and doors from inside. After that, it's a couple of noticeboards, gutters, downpipes, and a pair of external sliding doors plus the track from which they hang. Question is, is it best to paint such fiddly bits then subsequently fit them to the walls having carefully scraped the paint off them where I need to glue, or what? Once you have the basic shell, what's your normal order of doing things to complete the building?
  6. Ref third picture down of Mr Penfold's post above, might I suggest to the owners of that nicely modelled mill that when folk tut tut about the spelling, they explain that Messrs Thirsk didn't realise until it was too late that the signwriter was a Yank who knew no better?
  7. It probably is. But both times I've tried making my own model soil, I've been defeated by its high organic matter content. By the time I'd picked bits out, dried it, picked more bits out, sieved it, sieved it again a couple more times and then seen how little usable stuff I had left, I'd decided that life's too short for any more such faffing about when I can buy a consistent first class product from Treemendous for a fair price. Same with Green Scene's ballasts, which I suspect are nothing more than walnut-shell blasting medium coated in emulsion paint. But do I fancy making my own ... ?
  8. This earth powder stuff does the biz very nicely indeed for me ... https://www.treemendus-scenics.co.uk/groundwork/
  9. No need for any greater thickness AFAIC. I've always found No 6 pan pozi self-tappers of the appropriate length (e.g. 0.25 inch for Gaugemaster SEEP point motors) to be perfectly satisfactory - and unless you use the stainless ones, they have the big advantage of sticking to the bit of your magnetic screwdriver.
  10. I can't imagine why anybody would use 12mm ply for a normal indoor model railway. If nothing else, decent quality 12mm ply is hellish dear, and heavy too. 6mm birch ply on a 70mm x 20mm works well for me and has done for the last three years in a room which gets more than its share of temperature and humidity changes.
  11. Hah! Thanks Bernard. That Slater's stuff looks to be just what I need. Wonder when they discontinued it ... Anyhow - sheet and batten. What was the "sheet" made of, and what sort of roofs is/was it used on?
  12. As per the heading, is this a form of Asbestolux sheeting or what? And does anybody make anything like it in 4mm scale? While I'm at it - sheet and batten roofing as in the Wills materials pack of that name. What material is the real-life "sheet", and what sort of premises would be roofed in it?
  13. That's as I remember them, including the primary school one for which the coal was delivered as per Fat Controller's recollection - except I've never met a "coal tanker". I do though recall one occasion when the delivery came just as for domestic coal, that is to say in sacks on the back of a flatbed lorry. We kids were ever in awe of the coalmen's ability to stand at the side of the coal lorry, grab a hundredweight sack full of coal, and drop nearly all the contents down the coal hole without it taking the sack with it ...
  14. Propblem no longer a problem, so nothing to see here now ...
  15. It's actually got three private sidings off a headshunt. It was going to have just the one, but that changed when it suddenly became essential for me to invest in a Hornby Ruston. So now it has a goods in, a goods out and a whatever, at the far end of which will be the boilerhouse. As to what it makes, I have no idea. That will depend on what's in the wagons going in. As long as the name on the sign's suitably non-specific and what goes out of the premises goes out in vans, we don't need to know. This way I also get to justify a wide range of tanker traffic too
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