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  1. While searching the internet for pics of the Old Kent Road gasworks I came across this fantastic photo: IMO it's a great inspirational urban scene that cries out to be modelled. There's a fantastic range of interesting building types and two class 33s on an engineer's train. And the detail on view is staggering. The bridge is over the Old Kent Road (near its south/east end). Cantor Motors no longer exists - demolished to make the junction with Ilderton Road wider. The prison looking buildings at the top left are the old New Cross hospital - also now gone - although the long angled building with a wall along the road is part of an ambulance station. The petrol station across the Old Kent Road almost opposite that angled road is still there although there is now a large overall canopy. One odd thing is that the car (Anglia?) and Transit van look like they are driving on the wrong side of the road. And there are cars parked at an angle to the kerb a little further up restricting the road width with what looks like a temporary barrier preventing vehicles coming the other way. The pic is from the late 60s and I lived a little further up the road in the early 70s.
  2. I guess it was the way those cash calls were 'sold'. The impression was that he asked for deposits and stage payments to cover the costs of the next part of development. I presume many would think that the money they paid was to cover those costs rather than to pay for business junkets (although that can't be proven but presumably he did take drawings from the business). And they probably thought that 'profit' would be realised at the end of the project (when the product was delivered) and could be calculated from the revenue less the total costs. It might be difficult to adjust spending when income decreases but not to do so is irresponsible and incompetent, and maybe foolish. And many are having to do just that now. Shame Dave didn't.
  3. Were there any profits in his business? Wasn't it all punters deposits for products they didn't get? No doubt he considered it 'legitimate business expenses'.
  4. I guess that depends on who/what one considers is the final arbiter of 'too much detail' and how far a normal viewing distance is. No doubt both vary depending on the individual. There is no one fixed specification. But yep, all scales/gauges have their place in the railway modelling hobby and each has various benefits that deserve to be supported. After all there are people who model in them and produce wonderful layouts. What is good for some is not necessarily appropriate for all. Just because a person can't see N gauge doesn't mean everyone else can't. I'm very myopic so tend to get close to my models to see them well focussed (consequently my NVD is very small) and N/2mm suits that well. I find that if I wear my correction glasses I need to be too far away from OO/4mm to see the detail on it.
  5. I don't think there has ever been a RTR EM1/2 class 76/77. IIRC those on Garry's layout are bashed from resin body kits from Cenpro (NLA). There have been several other kits; I've an etched NS class 77 and I understand that there are 3D printed bodies on Shapeways.
  6. grahame

    Kit instructions

    I'm after a copy, an electronic photo/scan would be more than adequate, of the instruction leaflet for a LMM/GEM kit of an N gauge S&DJR 7F 2-8-0 loco. Thanks in anticipation.
  7. I hope you don't drive. The figures on the speedo are smaller than a N/2mm loco.
  8. On top of the brown I've added some very thin black washes and then tied it together with a light dusting of the brown. I'm quite pleased with the look - I'm hoping to capture a look between that of the dark greasy Old Kent Road holder (as Phil posted earlier) and the very rusty look of many when full: The crown and top lip needs painting grey, but I've also made a start on painting the framing a blue/grey colour. It seems to be rather like painting the Forth bridge and is probably taking as long as painting a real gasholder. I've managed two standards and two sets of framing this afternoon so I've only undertaken one fifth of it. Then there's painting the dwarf wall a concrete colour as well as the crown to do . . .
  9. I'm resigned to the fact that with the framework fixed in place, painting and weathering the holder body would be rather tricky behind the framing and I'll need to carefully hand paint the standards and bracing after the holder lifts have been painted. Consequently the sides of the holder body has been given a coat of Humbrol acrylic dark brown from an aerosol. Although it is called ‘dark’ brown the finish is actually quite light and fortunately very much like rust, making it a good base for adding washes and powders to represent weathering effects.
  10. Shocking. It's obviously had a fright and turned white/pale. Place it in the recovery position and keep warm ;-)
  11. I've finally got all the bottom level cross-bracing on. And I don't fancy doing it again. Not only was it fiddly to make but also fiddly and difficult to fit. Being fragile and able to flex, plus with little gluing area, it was easy to touch them and they'd ping off or fall to pieces. Or because they flexed you'd measure carefully (twice) and cut just a tad oversize and then when trimming off a tiny bit (less than 0.25mm) to fit exactly they'd then suddenly be too small or the wrong angle. Plus they are a little chunky compared with the other kit part cross-bracing. And that's because the next size down of styrene strip was too small and this size is a very small amount larger than I'd have liked (but is probably the closest). Consequently, with the fiddlyness I've not made a very good job, but hopefully when I've got some paint on and it's at the back of a layout it won't be too obvious: Still, at least it now looks more like a frame guided, below ground water tank, with three lift sections, gas holder more akin to those one typically sees (or saw) in London. Even if a little small. Now for a break while I contemplate the best way to paint it - it's difficult enough to handle being all covered with fragile cross-bracing as well as having to paint behind it.
  12. The styrene strip turned up in the post this morning. I've drawn up a 'template' on a piece of card and made a start on making the cross bracing, hopefully to replicate, or at least look very similar to, that supplied in the kit for the upper levels:
  13. I know what marketing is all about, having been a professional and qualified senior marketing manager for 20 years, and its limitations. There is a litany of heavy marketed and promoted 'new' products that have spectacularly failed. Individual's hobby-horses don't always make the grade. Oh, and I don't believe in product placement by magic, not sure why you think I would.
  14. Small sensible progress steps I suspect, rather than a one big panacea thing. Sound is a two edged sword marmite thing. To those not directly engaged with the layout eminating the 'sound' it can be very annoying and seem like noise, especially at a distance. One thing that I find amusing is why do those who make and post videos on model railways usually add music over them rather than add the sound of the trains and environment if 'sound' is so desirable and helpful in making it believable? ;-)
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