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    The mean streets of inner-city Cardiff
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    Railways of course, especially those of South Wales, Photography when I can get out to do it, Latin American percussion, beer, ranting about stuff that winds me up and being a miserable old git.

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  1. By the pricking of my thumbs with a fresh Xacto blade... given up for time of lent something wicked, that way went! 'It lives, it lives'!!! Yes, that's the sort of thing I meant, a whiff of sulphur. Fetch our guests a glass of wine, Igor, I myself do not drink... wine. Mwah ha ha ha ha... Glad this discussion is taking place by daylight...
  2. Quite. If I thought any 4mm stuff was available it'd almost be worth my attending such a show; I miss the hours wasted going through endless packets and the delight of finding, say, a brass sliding roof ventilator for a 5101, or little lost wax nipples for pannier domes. There's nothing wrong with a little lost wax nipple, i tells ya!
  3. I'm slowly improving, and now have 30% chance of making a successful joint first time, but I promise you it's not 'just you'! Soldering is to my mind (and this is going I know to be controversial) a very bad way of making electrical joints and an equally bad way of assembling kits. I 'get' that etched brass is a convenient way to produce highly detailed kit parts, but I find it hard to get brass to 'take' solder and you only get one go at a neat joint between parts. Many of these kits would be better assembled by small nuts and bolts where the heads can be hidden, and even where they can't, with the bolt heads cut off and filed flat as a finishing off job. Electrical connections where they are not screw terminals should be sprung clip connected; in both cases you can solder afterwards for a belt & braces job. I have in the past successfully built a white metal loco kit with a nickel silver foldup chassis, some of which was soldered, but I kept the iron well away from the whitemetal parts, araldited them on instead. Loco ran for 30 years without anything falling off and eventually wore through the chassis; some whitemetal parts have been used to upgrade lower standard RTR (Hornby 2721).
  4. i wouldn't expect payment for published material of mine in the journal of any club, society, or guild I was a member of, but would if I were not a member. In the event, I'm not a member of anything and have never had anything remotely good enough to be published, so it's academic!
  5. All shows were like this for all gauges back in the day, by which I mean pre-internet, with all sorts of left field traders turning up with what was usually their entire stock; you found all sorts of stuff you didn't know you wanted and came away with a bag full of small goodies and an empty wallet after spending hours sorting through hundreds of items in packets hanging on hooks. More than a few of them had a sort of wild-eyed and disconnected eyebrows-missing look about them, and one imagined them as sort of latter day alchemists, poring over lost wax castings in dark cellars lit by black candles inside pentagrams at the dead of night to the accompaniment of sinister chanting in the background. This entire world was wiped out overnight by the internet, but exists online in spirit to some extent, as a couple of hours wasted on Shapeways' site will show. Most if it is either rubbish or inexplicable, but there are some gems to be found if you've got the patience...
  6. Googling Maliphant is interesting; it is apparently a ‘gentry’ name from pre-Norman times associated with Essex, but the origin of the word is apparently French, derived from ‘mal enfant’; naughty or sickly child. But it’s modern occurrence as a family surname is concentrated in West Glamorgan and Southeastern Carms. Perhaps the old nobility acquired land in the area. A similar situation applied to the Wyndham family, Normans who by marriage into Welsh families came into possession of land in the Bridgend area before the 1066 invasion, and whose roots are in Whyndmondham in Suffolk. They fought on the Saxon side at Hastings.
  7. We have a Malefant (spelt like that ) Street in in Cathays, Cardiff. Which throws no extra illumination on the subject, but I thought I’d relieve myself of the burden of this knowledge...
  8. And Malefant, the carriage sidings, were/are kickback in form as well.
  9. In which case 5572 is either carrying an incorrect livery or incorrect auto gear depending on which way you look at it. The auto gear was fitted to the next 4575s going through works in 1953, which is why the numbers appear random. The gear is entirely mechanical and, properly greased, should not deteriorate though it probably needs freeing up after a long period of disuse.
  10. Davos is an exclusive reservation for people with too much wealth and power, and as such would be high on my list for a direct nuclear strike; give me Telford any day. You can always go for a walk up the Wrekin; best views in England I’m told! I remember the Gay Joe Guild being thought of as a bit ‘Colonel Blimp’ back in the 60s, so it’s good to hear that traditions are being upheld. Clubs which are run for and by a small group of individuals at the expense of the rank and file usually implode or fail for lack of rank and file to lord it over, and are not restricted to 7mm scale, but, to give these guys credit, they’ve lasted the course. My suspicion is that a new society more accepting of callow youth and it’s RTR small locos will render them as obsolete as they’ve always appeared!
  11. No might be about it; photographers, especially amatuers, were considerably less willing in film days to depart from the ¾ front view formula, as film was not cheap, and developing and printing was decidedly costly especially if you couldn't do it yourself. Printing is still pretty costly of course but in those days almost everything had to be printed as there were no screens to view things on.
  12. Auto trains ran pretty fast on such main line services as they were able to everywhere, but the Chalfords were the last and attracted attention from enthusiasts not familiar with this sort of shennanigans, who wrote articles in magazines about it. The famous St Fagan's Pullman, a Pontypridd-Cardiff working that ran on the SWML between St Fagans and Cardiff General, used to run pretty fast along that section with a 64xx, smaller driving wheels than a 14xx, and the Marshfield Flyer in the other direction between Cardiff and Newport, also a 64xx job, could pop along a bit as well, as I'm sure other examples did, but these were not well known outside their immediate areas or by their regular passengers; enthusiasts generally ignored such humble workings.
  13. The 16xx is not really a modernised 2021; that would be the 54/64/74xx; the 16xx were a modern replacement for the 833 class if anything.
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