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Keith Addenbrooke

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  1. I may be wrong, but when I clicked on the link to the Facebook Group in Long Island Jack's post, the picture that came up as the banner for the Facebook Group looked to me like the same train in the post by PhilH (having dropped off a 2nd box car at some point - at first I thought it might be the CN one in the photo on RMweb but on closer inspection - bigger screen - I don't think it is).
  2. Go for it! One thing I'm learning is that, when I'm looking at plans and ideas to modify for my own projects, it can also help to refer back to protoype photos as often as possible too for details. I don't do it nearly often enough, but there are plenty of resources to refer to.
  3. Echoing the comments from Marc Smith above, a design I submitted to Carl Arendt's Micro-Layout website nearly fifteen years ago now worked on just that principle - it was designed for 4mm scale / OO gauge, not 7mm, but was intended to fit into a shoebox, with a traverser (rather than a sector plate) on the lid. I'm afraid I didn't get very far building it and it never progressed beyond a lined box, but it does incorporate some of the ideas Marc suggests if they're of interest. Keith.
  4. To add to the comments above - I had a wonderful afternoon at the show: well worth the drive down from Merseyside (and back). Thank you to all involved - the organiser (it was nice to be able to say "thank you" in person this afternoon too), all the exhibitors, some of whom had made very early starts, to the team and the traders. To see 20 layouts (NB: more than the 18 on the programme), well presented, running well and representing a very good mix of scales, gauges, prototypes and eras was a treat, but best of all was the readiness of everyone to engage in conversation (including a trader happy to offer modelling advice too). In just two hours I picked up helpful and achievable tips on: Baseboard construction (including legs) Track and Wiring Simple Point control Ballasting and Weathering Buildings and Scenery, including backscenes Layout presentation (including use of background sound) This may well be the only exhibition I make this year - if so, I have been both satisfied and encouraged to press on with my own small layouts and dioramas. Thank you.
  5. Would love to see some photos of the show on this thread if it's possible: I'd hoped to come on Sunday afternoon, but timing was very tight - and then 3/4s of a million people turned up in Liverpool city centre at next to no notice meaning I couldn't risk it (due to an evening appointment). Do we have the dates for next year?
  6. In the last post I said my next step would be to practice with a static Dapol OO model of City of Truro kit, as I've not made many plastic kits. The packaging explains the tooling is from Rosebud / Kitmaster kits that have been around longer than I have, so there's some tidying up to do along the way. I've built this as a test piece, and will happily admit to making plenty of mistakes - it has stretched my basic modelling skills, however I have been able to produce a model with relatively free-running wheels and coupling rods, which for me is an achievement. Painting is one of my many weaknesses, and there are some errors (the 'fly cranks' and axle boxes should have been red - and I know the safety valve cover, chimney cap and whistles need repainting when I have a metallic alternative to hand), but I am encouraged by how the cab detailing has turned out: The principal learning point is that the satin and gloss paints I have 'in stock' are very shiny - the tender coal above and the close up below show this: For a display model in ex-works condition, that will be viewed from much further away than the 'publicity shot' below when on a bookshelf diorama, the time has been well spent - these kits are a good way to practice, and I would encourage anyone to have a go (this one cost less than £10 from a local model shop). Baseboards will probably have to wait until the summer holidays now, but in the meantime I'm planning to work on a couple of Ratio building kits, including the Castle Cary Station Building I need for Short Edge, and for which more sombre colours will be a must.
  7. Thanks for the reply - I realised after I'd posted that it was my rushed reading of the opening post: it does say OO gauge shunting puzzle. Are you including the fiddle yard within the 7' length (some do, some add on space for a "fiddle stick" or loco lift as an extra)? I agree a run round and fiddle yard for two coach trains will be tight in 7' - I've tried many times to crack that one in similar spaces. Sounds like DCC is giving you an alternative. Will be interested to see what you settle on. Keep having fun, Keith.
  8. Afraid I don't know anything about motorbikes, but it's the display case* that's the first thing that stood out for me (followed by the quality and atmosphere of the model itself). Are you able to share anything about how the display case was made? It looks like a metal structure of some kind? I also like the way the sloping front draws us into the scene, and the suitably weathered road sign is a nice touch to finish. Thankyou for sharing your model. * the word 'baseboard' seems inadequate here.
  9. Could I ask what size the module is (front to back)? This will help me understand the effect of the forced perspective. It is a very effective model.
  10. The next buildings I need are from plastic kits, for the main Short-Edge layout, and my other project: Union Station. I have a couple of kits not assigned to a project, including a static Dapol City of Truro, which will give me some practice at assembly and painting. Ironically, I suspect it's probably not the best loco to try weathering - my guess is that more effort went into keeping Truro clean when it was in service than most other engines. I've been thinking further about the right hand end of my Short-Age Brewery practice piece. The idea I keep coming back to is that of linking the two layout modules together for operation, which will influence my approach to building / joining baseboards: This gives 5 places to 'spot' wagons, and the schematic starts to resemble a stretched-out variation on John Allen's classic Timesaver shunting puzzle. Joining the Brewery to the Station gives the run-round needed for the kickback siding (5). I'm still thinking about the "?" area, which now needs to fit next to the Station. Granted, it's not realistic when set up like this - I can't think of any examples with an Engine Shed in that central position, but the enhanced operating possibilities give something to concentrate on, and when the modules are separated and put back on their shelves, they should still each look OK.... ...as long as I move forwards to actually building them. Given the pace I can work, and the practice I need along the way, a realistic deadline for 'completion' of this project (and Union Station) is starting to look like December 2020: the overall space I'm looking to cover is the size of 18 cakeboxes, and it took me three months to complete just one of those (with two practice pieces along the way). There won't be much to show for a while yet, but I'm enjoying getting started.
  11. Go for it - it ought to be possible in 7' x 2' (OO gauge by the sound of it) to develop a plan that offers both the run-round (1.) and Inglenook Shunting Puzzle (2.), but I would certainly encourage getting out the track pieces and some rolling stock to see what works and looks right.* As for baseboards, I've come unstuck at that point too - I think the key to overcoming is to have a plan you really want to develop to give the motivation to push on past that point (at least, that's the basis I'm working on). * the definition of "looks right" in this context being what you want it to be, of course
  12. Afraid I just came across this news this afternoon rather belatedly, and like everyone who has already commented above, am deeply saddened and shocked. As with many others, I first encountered Jack's ideas on Carl Arendt's website well over a decade ago, and was struck by his capacity to not only generate simple yet effective micro-layout ideas, but also to bring them to life: whenever I saw the name "Shortliner" I knew I'd be seeing something good. As an earlier contributor to this thread also noted, it was a proud moment for me when Jack commented only recently that an idea of mine had prompted one of his - which led me to stretch my own thinking further too. For me, that is the mark of a true encourager, who we will all miss. My condolences to family and friends, Keith.
  13. Steve, I hope it's OK, but I've referenced your layout in a post on my own build thread in this Forum this evening. I'm including a Metcalfe Brewery Kit in a Test module I'm making, and yours is the best example I've seen as to how effectively the kit can be weathered. I've never tried weathering, and won't expect to achieve much (my build is a test piece after all), but I wanted to point towards an example that I've been very impressed with, that shows what can be done. Keith.
  14. Luke, I hope it's OK. but I've referenced this layout in a post this evening on my own thread. I've often thought it would be nice to include a small wharf / dockside on a layout, and you've clearly demonstrated there is room. I doubt I'll be able to produce anything as effective as you've got if I do go for it, but I'm encouraged to consider it having seen how well you've made it fit into the sort of space a micro-layout offers. Thanks, Keith.
  15. First signs of progress – the Metcalfe Brewery Kit for my Test Piece – “Short-Age Brewery.” The kit fits together well and is the perfect size for what I need: there is room for the siding I want between the two larger buildings. I’ve built the kit as supplied, other than one minor modification: shortening the side entrance I’ve fitted to the small store, as it would otherwise partially obscure the ground floor window in this position. I’ll admit to feeling nervous about further work on these buildings, especially as this kit is now discontinued, but there are three commonly recognised areas where the kits are often improved on RMweb (see Metcalfe Yard by sb67 for a current example of what can be done with this kit: Metcalfe Yard) 1. Rainwater goods (gutters and drainpipes) are needed but not included. These shouldn’t be too difficult but I’d like to find a “no-cost” way to do this that I’m happy with (as I have several other kits to complete in this way now too). 2. The roofs used on Metcalfe Kits are very uniform and quite obvious on my model. They’re not as visible on all models – I made a couple of the low-relief department stores (below - not for this layout), and the dormer windows and roof detail largely hide those roof tiles. 3.The colouring on the brewery buildings is nice and bright, but not very realistic, particularly for industrial buildings in the steam-era. I’ve never tried weathering before, but it is one of the areas where the hobby has progressed hugely in recent years (while I wasn’t really paying attention). I’ll probably try out some test-test pieces before risking these models. Card kits can be realistic – the real picture below is from Altrincham, and I think it compares well with the Metcalfe Department Store, though I suspect the buildings haven’t always been this clean! Finally, even on a Billy Bookcase layout, I’ve space to play with at the right hand end of the model…one idea I'm tempted by is a small wharf behind the tracks (Marmalade Wharf by Luke the Trainspotter is an example in this Forum that shows there is room for such a feature) What I really ought to do is build some baseboards, now I'm satisfied this Test piece will work.
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