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  1. "'Ere, what are you doing in the back room while I'm trying to get changed?" "Just grabbing my Hornby!" "I'll say!"
  2. I don't object to these figures per se - when it comes down to it, they're just tiny bits of plastic. And I guess Rule One doesn't just apply to the trains. If that's what you want on your layout, it's not for me to dictate otherwise. And yeah, sometimes that kind of thing is realistic in an urban environment (although I think the Internet has moved much of it behind closed doors, or the ladies are much more discreet than they used to be). But to be honest, I find those "ha ha look, a naked woman" visual gags slightly sad. A bit too reminiscent of those awful 70s "comedies" that we
  3. I think there's going to be a general trend towards more offbeat concepts from manufacturers. Maybe not quite at the level of Hornby's new Steampunk range (I will be interested to see how that sells, though), but we might see more models that are chosen because they're interesting or novel rather than because they fulfil a need. Look at the success of Hornby's 100th anniversary models, for instance, particularly the Rocket. I think we're also going to see a lot more pre-Grouping models, and perhaps a rise in pre-Grouping layouts. Plenty of manufacturers have dipped their toes into
  4. There's a Crooked Oak, so you could maybe go with "Oak." Or "Ash," from Ash Brook. If you wanted to push into Cornwall, there's Fal, Red and Par.
  5. No, probably not, but I would have thought in context that it was obvious that I was joking. Obviously this is one of those Super Serious Threads with No Fun Allowed, so I guess I'll bow out.
  6. With wagons, within reason, anything goes. I've seen a photo of a North British wagon in East London (I think at Poplar?) in the 1930s, so not only out of territory, but out of period! As @Flymo749 notes, the LBSC and the SER both made use of the East London Railway, and the LBSC at one point looked into building a connection to the London and Blackwall Railway (hence the fact that the Bluebell Railway has Terriers named Stepney and Fenchurch - they were named after places the LBSC wanted to serve). There was also the London, Chatham and Dover's river crossing at Blackfriars and the Snow Hill
  7. I'm very fond of playing around with older models to see what I can make of them. Sure, there are better models available now, but I find it immensely satisfying to start out with a basic wagon from the 70s and break out the paints and powders. I've made a few videos about it on my YouTube channel, on the grounds that they're an inexpensive way to get started if you're new to the hobby. I have a few books from the 70s and 80s and I have a kind of admiration for the ways people compromised. I remember one book that made much of a layout based on a North Yorkshire branch line in LNER
  8. The thing about the TV series, particularly in its early years, was that it used commercially available chassis. As a result, there were all sorts of scale compromises (you also got oddities like the ridiculous overhang at the back of Henry). And these have been replicated in the Bachmann model range, Fortunately, after the switch to CGI, the "modelmakers" visited the Talyllyn Railway to make sure the narrow gauge engines were as near as reasonable to their prototypes. With the exception of Duncan, because Douglas was being repaired at the time. I understand the thinking
  9. They're absolutely fantastic. Stewart E. Squires' The Lincolnshire Potato Railways is the definitive work on the subject. I like them because they have that "anything goes" feel that makes for easy scratchbuilding and modification, and there are plenty of RTR wagons that are perfect for the job. You could even adapt the Bachmann Thomas and Friends range's Rusty to provide motive power.
  10. Many thanks, I do suffer for my art. I'm a big fan of those old newsreels and really don't need much of an excuse to parody them. When I directed a production of Animal Farm with my theatre group, we did an entire trailer in the style of a terrible 30s propaganda film.
  11. I did a boxfile based on the Lincolnshire potato railways. Video about it here.
  12. Oh yes, forgot to add - the things-in-the-jib-that-the-hook-runs-on are taken from the Dapol signal gantry kit. Dapol are pretty good for easily repurposed girder-looking things.
  13. A little more progress, recorded through terrible photography. I’ve started building the tower and added the things in the jib that the hook runs on, whatever they are.
  14. Well, no photos yet, but I've done a bit of painting on the bits of the model that will likely be difficult to access once I've added more gubbins. These things are a real pain in the backside to paint, even not fully assembled, because there are so many odd little nooks and crannies. (If you're curious, I painted it grey. So to recap, it was grey, it's now a slightly darker grey)
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