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Keith Addenbrooke

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  1. Thank you - I don’t know enough to know if a 3’ car (passenger or freight) would have the same / similar prototype dimensions as a 2’ car - ie: if you could take an HOn3 car and replace the trucks so it would run as HOn30. I suspect it would look rather too big behind an HOn30 locomotive? Of course there are modellers who properly re-size rolling stock, but I’ll hazard a guess it isn’t often done with items as valuable as Blackstone Models products?
  2. As you indicate, very nice, and if I’ve remembered the Yen : £ exchange correctly rate the prices look reasonable too.
  3. Good point, thank you - the Merseyside and South Lancs Group mentioned by @stan williams above is part of the Society. Prior to lockdowns I wasn’t a member of any clubs or societies, as the combination of my job and family life filled my time. I have appreciated the help and encouragement of RMwebbers over the past year, so I should definitely think about it: there are a number of good societies covering my areas of interest.
  4. Thank you for this - it’s good advice, but sums up my dilemma quite nicely: Basically, any undiscovered skills I might have currently remain untried and untested: I’m only now having a first attempt at scratchbuilding a small structure, for example - and haven’t used a soldering iron for over forty years. Most of my posts on RMweb have been about research or planning (and appreciating the inspirational modelling there is on here). I have a number of simple standard gauge rolling stock projects to undertake, mainly fitting couplers and trucks, and some repainting. These would be
  5. Hi Stan, thank you - that’s really helpful. (I’ll send a separate PM with my details, but wanted to acknowledge the offer on the thread). Appreciated, Keith.
  6. Thank you - from what I’ve read the modern (2010 onwards?) revival of Roco Minitrains has seen much greater reliability than the earlier versions? The Forney locos look good to me for Maine 2’ modelling - the Fiddletown and Copperopolis liveried coaches are interesting: freelance as you say but with that interesting ‘backstory.’ I’ve seen @PaulRhB’s thread for an F&C layout, and I think he says on it they’re not producing any more of those models - a good example perhaps of the short-run models we now see (I don’t know Paul personally, but he’s also contributed helpfull
  7. This is a really nicely composed diorama - doesn’t look at all cramped. Really like the details you’ve added to the Cottage and the way they’ve been done.
  8. Day 56 - no longer a biscuit box I haven’t quite managed to finish the building part of the diorama by the end of February, but I have managed to glue together and fasten the end roof brackets I marked out and painted on a bit of biscuit box yesterday: That just leaves the side (angled) brackets to cut out, glue together and fasten on, the tips of the card to be painted (and the corner joints of the building) and the chimney to glue down. I realise I’ve posted more detail than I needed to this weekend, sorry, but if I make another buildi
  9. I’m sure this type question comes up regularly, so I should first ask the forgiveness of dedicated members of the Narrow Gauge Modelling community, who no doubt keep patiently reprising the answers each time a novice like me comes along. As my thread title indicates, I’m tentatively interested in finding out more about American H0n30 modelling in the UK? With a limited budget and other interests I’m also actively pursuing, I’m wondering how much is ‘out there’ in HOn30 these days, noting the current wide range of models available in OO9? I know there’s some amazing HOn3 equipment
  10. Day 55 pm - a sunny day The window where I left the paint to dry catches the sun, so although the gloss-painted brackets won’t be dry until tomorrow it’s been possible to make up some time after lunch with the other bits: The published plan doesn’t show a ‘chimney pot’ so I made one as short as possible using the ‘Metcalfe’ method of tightly rolling some painted paper around a cocktail stick, then cutting off just a short bit to use. I have seen a photo of a similar Depot with a chimney like this. At normal viewing distance I don’t see the wobbly bits
  11. Having watched the video link posted by @long island jack, I’ve had another look at the photos on the Kalmbach book: The principal locos of the Graham County were Shay locomotives Nos. 1925 / 1926. The video indicates these did have tenders, but with the gearing extended to the tenders. It is probably #1926 in the photo posted above by @DanielB A different loco, #1923 was used for a while and was a two truck engine (with no tender), as there’s a clear side-on photo of title. Apologies for my confusion earlier.
  12. Day 55 am - Attention to detail Any collection of post-Christmas card in our house is likely to include the ubiquitous Family Circle biscuit box, and I’m using one to add some roof details to finish the building off, specifically the brackets used to support the roof overhangs, ridge tiles, a bit more trim on the bay window and painted undersides to the roof overhangs. I’m also making a chimney, from some darker cereal box card. This morning has been about marking out and painting components before cutting them out - hopefully tomorrow once the paint is dry:
  13. The Graham County was included in Kalmbach’s 1978 “More Railroads you can Model.” There are a couple of pictures in the article showing engines pulling trains bunker first, but no references I can see in the text (I’ve just had a quick skim through). The steam locos were all geared Shay locos by the look of it. The photos aren’t entirely clear to me, and I don’t know much about Shays, but I think the gearing extends beneath the coal bunker / water tank in all cases. Some Shays weren’t tender engines. The track layout diagrams suggest there was a small Wye at the terminus, but not at the j
  14. I would make a distinction between ‘a fiddle yard’ and ‘staging loops’, with the plan you’re sharing looking more like staging to me. In a ‘fiddle yard’ hands-on time will be spent rearranging trains, and I’d agree that I’d rather not use up operating time driving a fiddle yard if there is an alternative. The earliest reference I have to ‘staging’ is in an American Kalmbach book first published in the 1940s that shows a track plan with a double-ended yard part way round the layout where trains can be paused to wait their turn in the main Station - it is a passive means of managing the pr
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