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  1. Thanks, and yep, N/2mm. One of the big issues is finding suitable 1:148 scale road vehicles, particularly buses for the period and location. There are no RTP (or kit) 1:148 Daimler Fleetline DMSs, MCW Metrobuses, Leyland Titan B15s, Leyland Nationals, Leyland Olympians, AEC Merlin/Swift Red Arrows or even a decent AEC Routemaster - the ODC version is now dated, inaccurate and rather clunky and isn’t available in the common RML version. All the vehicles in the pic have been bashed and painted - most are 3D printed models which require quite a bit of work. The same goes for suitable trains - mainly EMUs. In RTR there's only the 4CEP but it is the early un-refurbished version which probably wasn't the best choice for Farish to start with although they are having a second bash with the Thameslink class 319 although that seems possibly a jump too far forward. However at least being dual voltage it should appeal to a greater modelling area. I'm surprised they haven't learnt from and shrunk some of their OO/4mm offerings.
  2. I've found these pics of what it should look like (although they're probably not old enough) which are quite encouraging. But it shows that there's still plenty of detail to add as well as grubbying down the whole scene (and layout - when it gets built);
  3. This morning I've been fiddling around with buildings. I have mocked up temporary view looking north up Borough High Street towards London Bridge using some of the buildings I've made to get an idea of how it will look. The roads, pavement and bridge are just rectangles of grey card. The vast majority of the buildings are incomplete and some aspects are only temporary card place-holders. There are structures to be straightened up and final positions established, as well details added. So still a lot to do.
  4. I've not posted to this thread for a while as my modelling recently has been about things other than making card structures such as completing a 3D printed diesel brake tender, experimenting with the perspective control on the retouch menu of my camera (to make the uprights vertical and not flare out or in on photographs) and upgrading/detailing some old Farish generic 4-wheel coaches: However, I have mocked up temporary view looking north up Borough High Street towards London Bridge using some of the buildings I've made to get an idea of how it will look. The roads, pavement and bridge are just rectangles of grey card. The vast majority of the buildings are incomplete and some aspects are only temporary card place-holders. There are structures to be straightened up and final positions established, as well details added.
  5. Good grief. Are really pleased that you got away with parking somewhere where you shouldn't and got someone sacked?
  6. And, no doubt, he only accepts coinage of the realm. None of that electronic trickery and traceable card payment stuff.
  7. It's certainly an interesting building.
  8. Thanks. It's just a bit of modeling enjoyment. I've had the old coaches and some of the parts for a while so it was opportune to use them, although not being a subject that is of great interest to me or fits a layout, my enthusiasm for it has waned a little. But I've perservered.
  9. Does he supply it in a plain brown wrapper?
  10. I'll interject for the last time with regards to updating some generic N/2mm 4-wheel coaches with a quick pic I've taken of them at their latest current stage. The loco is a white metal Thameshead Models kit-built BR 97xx condensing pannier tank - it's probably the only small steamy one I've got. It's not really my bag so I'm a little out of my comfort zone but at least the whole train is a modelling project rather than simply emptied out of a box.
  11. I got the impression that Arnold were happy to try and get established in the British 1:148 market, hence the Brighton Belle. But Hornby, as the parent company, were not in favour and apparently were initially unaware of the project. As Woodenhead says, many were expecting a follow up to the BB but that has never materialised. I don't think anyone, certainly not me, is comparing the two companies but the fact remains that both Hornby Arnold and Hornby Minitrix are not currently established in the British N gauge market and do not have a range/choice of models for enthusiasts to purchase. A lack of commitment to the British N market also goes for Peco who have effectively pulled out of producing RTR motorised items (like locos). No doubt they, as with others, feel the market is not of sufficient size or too difficult. It a shame especially as Peco were involved and instrumental in establishing the scale/gauge. Yes, it would be nice and interesting if a range of SR/BR EMUs could be developed. The early unrefurbished 4CEP probably wasn't the best choice for Farish to start with but they are having a second bash with the Thameslink class 319 although that seems possibly a jump too far forward. I'm surprised they haven't learnt from and shrunk some of their OO/4mm offerings.
  12. I didn't say the Brighton Belle was unsuccessful, I've said that Hornby Arnold, as a manufacturer, have been unsuccessful in establishing themselves in the British N gauge market - just the one product to date and with no intention to follow it up or expand the range. Also Hornby Minitrix are no longer making British N gauge and are no longer in existence so have hardly been successful with regards to longevity.
  13. The upgrade to some Farish N/2mm 4-wheel coaches is starting to drag on a bit . . . . . . . . . . apologies.
  14. Have Farish suggested any particular level of increase, or has there been any speculation and evidence of a figure? I'm under the impression that the Chinese government's plan to double workers wages over five years (that helped fuel large price rises) has now finished. It will certainly be interesting to see what does happen and the actual rate applied. And any justification for it.
  15. It has the number and month of the title of this thread on the front cover.
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