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DavidMcKenzie last won the day on September 28 2018

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    WCML during the 90s and AC electrics are my main passion.

    Swiss railways, especially through the mountains, are a bit of a sideline interest.

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  1. Nice wheel cleaning solution and cracking video. All the best, Dave
  2. That sir is outstanding! Especially like the last shot with the sprinter in it. All the best, Dave
  3. Outstanding photo Duncan, I know the locos at the front are the stars of the show, but I am still blown away by how well the shed and water tower behind just looks 'right'. It's perfect. The trains are still the main focus, but there isn't anything about it that looks out of place and it adds such interest without distracting the eye too much from the trains. It all adds a lot of depth without actually being too deep and needing an overly big baseboard. Very impressive. It's what I always aim for and usually fall far far short of what you have done there. I hope you enjoyed getting the layout out and seeing some trains run again. The HST-P is a nice mix, I am so used to seeing freight in the photos of the layout (which is great and all very interesting as well), but just nice to see something different in the mix. All the best, Dave
  4. I'm looking forward to Saturday to see what the two new models are going to be. Hoping for a class 90 and a class 325. Whatever comes though, I am sure it will be impressive and worth saving my pennies for. All the best, Dave
  5. That looks superb as always, I especially like the jumpers and sockets Simon. How did you go about it? It is wire pressed/glued into plastic 'sockets'. It looks very realistic and a big improvement . You've also got the handrails on the front spot on. Very impressive modelling. All the best, Dave
  6. Just enjoyed it with breakfast on holiday. Thanks for sharing . If your layouts keep shrinking, it'll be N gauge next I guess... followed by TT? All the best, Dave
  7. Hi Stuart, Do you post your progress anywhere? I'd be interested to see it (also like the HSTs in your profile pic!). I must admit my planning isn't always what it should be and I was pretty much going to make it up as I went along . But the symbols I do have in the photos above are far too small and there is no 'vertical' stripe in the pack either. I will wait to see what arrives from Duncan and go from there, it wouldn't be the first time his tips and advice have saved me from myself . All the best, Dave
  8. Thanks Porkie, it's a nice wagon to start with and then found a few pictures of them in the late 90s and tried to match the photo. I I would say the 31 is a very good model, without being outstanding. I haven't weathered it yet and that usually adds a bit to any model and makes it look a little less like a toy so hopefully it will only get better. A lot of the detailing is very good. The only reason I say "not outstanding" is little bits like the handrails on the front ends are not wire, very picky little things like that which only really show in close up photography and overall I am very happy. A big improvement over the old 31. All the best, Dave
  9. That's very kind of you Duncan, thanks. PM sent.
  10. Me too Duncan, it's a lovely idea and I can't wait for a few pictures, but I didn't feel especially safe flying last weekend (lot's of people without masks in the terminal and not keeping distance during the wait for security etc.) so I will be staying where I am for now, at least until the new baby is here. I hope you enjoy the day on the 25th. All the best, Dave
  11. A big thanks to everyone involved in making this happen, another brilliant model. Finally got mine out on the layout and you have one very happy customer. I am very impressed. All the best, Dave
  12. The finished wagon out on the layout Photos always show up things to fix, the lights in the post above earlier in the month always looked wrong but I couldn't put my finger on why until looking at the photos again today and realized the lamp posts are far too thick. So I will have ago at scratch building something (what out for the next disaster ). I was very happy with the background wall as well until I looked at the photo below...... I don't know exactly how I will fix this, but I guess a combination of weathering with powders and some mat varnish. I didn't realize it had a satin finish to it until seeing the pictures. it needs the light to be at the right angle before it shows and I have either never viewed it from this angle before, or just never noticed. A few shots below which have not been cut to only showed the finish view, still plenty to do on the layout itself. All the best, Dave
  13. It felt like Christmas had come early getting back to the UK and seeing all of the new stock from the last 18 months, lots to enjoy over the winter I got started on the Sturgeon, the end door which come with the model looked good. But I couldn't find a photo of them running with the end doors and no side doors during my period so the first job was to fill the location holes, followed by a chalk white wash to tone down the colours. It's always a horrible feeling when the first steps are making a lovely new model worse. Then some detailing of the buffer beam Then some adding some rust spots and a brown wash Then a little textured paint to give the buffers a realistic texture once painted in suitable colours I will post some pictures of it out on the layout once it is finished, but another brilliant model from revolution. In fact all of the models are really impressive. If I put them next to older generation stock the difference is night and day. About the only disappointment was my own fault for not checking properly. I wanted to re-spray the 31 into coal sector and have managed to order the wrong transfers. One of the downsides to not having shows at the moment, it's much easier to pick up the right thing when you have it in your hand. Never mind! Talking of shows, I am terribly impressed with what Duncan is doing with his wonderful shirebrook layout and having a running day at home and inviting guests. A great way to get a slice of normality through these difficult times. Link below if you don't know what I am talking about. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/136284-shirebrook-n-gauge-1980s-era-layout/page/44/&tab=comments#comment-4558328 All the best, Dave
  14. Hi Rich, Sorry to hear about your bad experience, but hopefully you are doing better now and you'll enjoy starting a fresh with all the learnings from the previous effort. I can recommend the code 40 track, I think you will notice a difference! All the best, Dave
  15. It's been a while since the last update, life's little ups and downs mean I haven't had so much modelling time in the last month or so. Managed to sneak an hour and have another go at getting a colour match on the station lights as well as dulling down the concrete of the platforms. I am always amazed at the tricks a camera can play, the colour on the lights below was feeling far too pink until I took a photo of it, in the photos it almost looks too red. The platform still has plenty of detailing to do, but it is nice to have the base colour about right now, I always find structures like this hard to get right, but a number of different light washes and dry brushing should get there in the end. I am also finally heading back to the UK this weekend after 18months of not visiting due to corona, so I will enjoy picking up all the new additions to the layout which have been sitting at my parents. All the best, Dave
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