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  1. I will say that I think getting EOIs beforehand is probably the sensible way to go. This is a pretty obscure prototype, but I think it could sell for the novelty value. Plus I daresay plenty of people will find an excuse to have one "on trial" in all sorts of unlikely geographical locations. I Obviously I can't speak for KR, but I would imagine the difficulty with units is that you're tooling up for several models rather than just one. That being said, there are several units I'd certainly go for if they were available...
  2. I tend to keep them in boxes, purely because with today's level of detail, I can't think of a better way to store them securely. It's a bit of a pain in the backside, given how much more space the packaging takes up than the loco alone. I don't get to run them as much as I'd like, because my layouts are limited to micros at present.
  3. Thank you so much, guys. I honestly wasn't expecting to win, the standard was so high all round. I particularly liked Spotic's entry (I have a soft spot for those imposing buildings and 3mm is a great scale for that space/detail ratio). Looking forward to the next competition! (Incidentally, I've always pronounced it "Jay-go," but I don't know what the normal pronunciation is - I just picked it because it looks fancy)
  4. It looks pretty good with outside cylinders, gives it the look of a dock shunter or something, I might try that conversion myself. In addition to the suggestions above, one idea might be replacing the moulded handrails with separately fitted ones.
  5. Gah, curses! I work in Central London, an easy walk from Ian Allan, but I finish work at 17.00. Still, glad they're reopening, I was getting worried for a bit there. Well yes, but John Wick is a fictional character whose actions are dictated by a fight choreographer. On the other hand, it requires very little skill to injure someone with a modelling knife, and indeed I do so to myself by accident on a semi-regular basis.
  6. I think period 1 railway models are a novelty more than anything else. While I have no doubt that there are a few people trying to recreate those early days, I doubt more than a fraction of those who bought Rocket did so with the intention of building a pioneering layout. Therefore, any company planning period 1 models should think in terms of what people find interesting rather than what is needed for a complete picture. Lion is the obvious candidate - it's preserved, it has the Titfield Thunderbolt connection, it's participated in some major events. Locomotion would be appealing, but very hard if not impossible to recreate in 00 scale. I could see Sans Pareil, Novelty or Planet selling alongside Rocket, but not in their own right. I actually do think period 1 goods stock might have appeal for "serious" modellers, given how long some of those primitive wagons survived in industry. Particularly with the popularity of small locos and micro-layouts.
  7. Back then, metric measurements might have been considered dangerously French.
  8. Quite possibly this was an inspiration as well. I recall in Pat Hammond's history of Triang, he suggested that they deliberately kept a lot of their prototypes ambiguous for maximum appeal - he points out that the Transcontinental Baltic tank bears a resemblance to engines from South Africa, India and New Zealand while not being quite any of them.
  9. I have a feeling the Dock Shunter was based on a Bagnall export model, but I can't find any photos online. However, I understand the chassis was entirely dictated by the availability of a suitable motor bogie. I've always rather liked them, even if they aren't realistic. EDIT: This one? ANOTHER EDIT: Better view here.
  10. I did this conversion about a year back just for funsies. The cab is a little large and you do have to do a bit of chopping on the body, but I was quite pleased with the end result.
  11. Here's a new video, and yet again I can't figure out how to embed YouTube videos in my post. In today's episode, how to turn chocolate wrappers into free tarpaulins.
  12. I've used foam board for 00 micro-layouts before, but I glued it to a wooden frame to increase the strength and offer some protection from bumps. I've heard of people making their board entirely from foamcore (the late Carl Arendt was fond of this).
  13. Scale Model Scenery do a range of kits, including some that fit into plastic boxes for storage. To some extent, it depends how big a layout you want. Do you want an oval of track, or a more narrow end-to-end layout? What scale would you be looking at working in? If you're just starting in the hobby, I'd suggest starting small. That way, you can get a layout going in a fairly short time and decide where you want to go from there. A small shelf, the sort of thing available at any DIY store, can be a good starting point for a shunting layout. You might want to look into some classic designs like "Inglenook Sidings" or the "Timesaver" to see what's possible. If you want to go really small, a lot of people build micro-layouts in box files, which of course are very cheap, easy to work with and easy to store. However, they are limited in space, particularly if you model in 00 scale or larger. The Ikea "Knagglig" crate is slightly larger than a box file, but again is an increasingly popular venue for micro-layouts.
  14. I think the water looks great. Maybe it was a windy day.
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