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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. That's very kind of you Duncan, thanks. PM sent.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The models all look amazing and I especially like the OTAs, they look very good. But far more importantly than any of that, best wishes to your daughter and I hope she has a speedy recovery. All the best, Dave
  14. Looking forward to that Ben. I agree with Justin, those diagrams you guys do showing different train formations over the life of the loco/wagon are both very interesting and very useful. If you find any workings between 95 and 99 on the southern section of the wcml I'd be very interested, but I also appreciate that you guys already go above and beyond to bring us all the wonderful models revolution is churning out, so no problem if you don't find anything. I must admit I don't have any idea if there has ever been anything other than the ARC Merehead Quarry to Purfleet working that was posted at Willesden Junction on the previous page, but at least knowing exactly which wagons were used in that working would help if anyone is more knowledgeable than me, every time I think I've found the right wagon I find the said wagons entered service after that photo was taken . All the best, Dave
  15. That looks like a good excuse for the northern stretch Simon, you'll have yet another excuse for an early 90s running day . I've spent the lunch break trying to find an excuse for the southern end. Looks like this Merehead Quarry to Purfleet working is just the thing. Not sure of the exact route but it's here at Willesden Junction (photo found on Flickr, not mine) and that's more than good enough for me. All the best, Dave
  16. Cracking modelling Jo. Nice to see the last picture with the 1pence as well. When N gauge is done as well as that it's easy to forget how small the models are. All the best, Dave
  17. Hi Andy, I don't know if I am disappointed because I won't get to see the usual flow of cracking pictures from Seven Mills Sidings or excited because you will no doubt be sharing your progress on a cracking new OO project. Thanks for all the posts, I've very much enjoyed them. All the best, Dave
  18. The last of the track got weathered. It's probably good to stop here before I over do it. It's always temping to do 'just a tiny bit more' and then regret it later. All the best, Dave
  19. Hi Rich, Sorry to hear you've had a challenging modelling session. Days like this are just the little set backs that will make the result you get to at the end feel like an even bigger achievement and something to be proud of. If it's any consolation you are not alone I (and I am sure plenty of others) have days like this as well. Have a good weekend. All the best, Dave
  20. Thanks for all the replies, I am always overwhelmed by the collective knowledge on the forum. Managed to get a quick modelling session in and got some weeds and grass down. Ran out of brown wash I was using to base weather the gravel so it's hopefully pretty obvious which half's been attacked today and which half still needs doing. The OHLE storage solution probably wasn't typical of the late 90s, but it keeps it handy when needed as a template Then a shot with no train before realising I had a sprinter to hand. Said sprinter ended up posing everywhere. I got a little carried away, but great to see a train out and about on the layout. I also find the photos useful to help me notice all the little bits that need tidying up. Have a nice weekend, All the best, Dave
  21. Small update, some more little details have been added. relay cabinets: The last of the point motors went in and the platform top surfaces got dulled down and blended into the rest. Still plenty to do. I just starting wondering what's next and in a about 30secs I managed to make the list below and realized that's probably going to keep my quiet for a long while: Detailing the platform top surfaces (drains, concrete patches and yellow + white lines) Finishing the track weathering and detailing Getting the tunnel mouths stuck down and blended in Getting some weeds and grass tufts down Weathering the lamp posts below without making them look pink will be a good challenge as well. The picture at the bottom does show them to be 'pink' but I am sure that this is something that could very quickly look outrageously bad if I get it wrong All the best, Dave
  22. Night and day difference there Duncan. Superb modelling like usual. Looking forward to seeing the speedlink working on the layout. All the best, Dave
  23. Hi Simon, Great to see the shots of trains running. The 31 looks like a nice new addition and the double header of 92s looks very smart indeed. My favourite has to be the 86 though. The 86 on the parcels was one of my favourites when I was still able to run trains. I think it epitomises the era perfectly, with the mix of old BR stock and royal mail livery together with the new (at the time) EWS livery. Great to see the same working 'down the line' at Dallam. All the best, Dave
  24. Hi Rich, That's coming on! It's really starting to take shape now isn't it. Thanks for the top view, plenty of space . All the best, Dave
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