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  1. I've just completed a steampunk diorama, my entry to a competition run by Bassett-Lowke in association with Steampaper.
  2. And it's pretty much there. A couple of open wagons loaded with gears (both ornamental inbounds and functional outbound), plus the odd pile of them scattered around the place and a little scenic tittivation with grass clumps and the like. I'll hopefully find out later this week how I did and get to see some of the other entries via Basset-Lowke's various social media feeds.
  3. For the danglewagen, I wanted to repurpose some old Hornby 4-wheel coach bodies, adding the danglebits and a rear-mounted boiler/cylinder from Lego, mounted on a new frame of 4mm Evergreen I beam. A new window cut in the end allows the driver to see where he's going.
  4. The premise behind my diorama is a gentle poke at the 'just glue some cogs on it and call it steampunk' meme - having been active in the steampunk scene for over a decade, I've long 'outgrown' the need to have decorative gears on All The Things So the Centre for the Repurposing of Ornamental Cogs* (CROC) was born. It takes those shiny decorative and Ornamental gears of no discernable purpose and fettles, greases and transforms them into good machine-ready gears, up for any type of engineering challenge. * and yes, I know it should be gears not cogs, that's another subtle dig
  5. Back in the spring, Bassett-Lowke announced a competition in SteamPaper (the monthly e-newsletter detailing steampunk happenings around the UK and beyond) 20 applicants would be selected to receive a bundle of items to then construct a steampunk diorama of fixed size 50cm x 50cm by the middle of June. I was one of the lucky 20 and started sketching ideas based on the bundle items (loco, length of track, 2 resin buildings and some paints) and the contents of my various crates and boxes and folders. I used a spare Ikea Lack side table as an 'instant baseboa
  6. My friend Graham Clark captured one of the original SR trio, possibly withdrawn by this stage. I'll dig through his notes later and post the date/location. He also photographed 2 of the later Class 12s: 15218 at Ashford 15222 on shed somewhere
  7. Hindsight 9.0 details and registration are up. http://speedwitchmedia.com/product/hindsight-20-20-9-0-registration/
  8. Like Phatbob, I use them in my fixed rakes only, where they do give a good close coupling with virtually no 'give', so a rake of coaches moves nicely as one. For shuntable stock and at the outer ends of the fixed rakes, I use the NEM Kadees, #17 and #18.
  9. Isn't part of the problem nowadays that, with smaller production runs, often to satisfy pre-orders with few 'overs', by the time a review is published, said model has long since sold out. So many modelers are buying having perhaps only seen a decorated pre-production model (or CAD). On that basis, are reviews actually superfluous, aside from informing the pre-owned market?
  10. While the 'dressing up' is certainly a big part of steampunk, the scene encompasses all sorts of creativity, with many steampunks very much into physical 'makes' including models. One of the chaps in the ME exhibition pic is Herr Doktör, one of the top steampunk makers in the UK. I was part of the steampunk contingent at the ME show and we attracted a lot of interest across the weekend. I'm also a part of the 'Ministry of Steampunk' group who exhibit at the big comic conventions in the UK and will say that these events are easily bigger than any UK model railway exhibition - 100000 across a we
  11. I use one strip each of warm and cool white on my micros, just the regular cheapo strips off ebay. They are wired together and fed down to a 2.1mm jack/socket pair, standard on all my micro layouts. I run them off either an 8 x AA battery pack or a 9v wall wart.
  12. The cranes do slightly overhang the deck, based on the photos on Paul Bartlett's site: https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/p737727572/h24cb414e I'll dig out my unbuilt Salmon and compare it to the dimensions on the weight diagram, but I don't recall the Cambrian kit being out by very much at all. Edit: Cambrian Salmon measures 31mm across the deck (over the outer face of the solebars) or 7' 9" in 4mm. BR weight diagram says 8' 1.75" overall width, though its not clear as to what that is, it could be the brake wheels or over the outer edge. So potentially the Cambri
  13. Here's one on another of my layouts, with the fiddlestick plugged into the diverging road. I hope you can see how the rails are cut to be square across each road.
  14. Some 30 years ago, a friend (who does post on here, so I shall spare his blushes) built an small EM Gauge exhibition layout, which I helped operate and provide some extra stock. We occasionally had wagons with the finer wheels sets drop into the four-foot, but it was only occasional and so we didn't investigate too deeply. I subsequently acquired said layout and ran it for a time, before stripping it back to bare boards sometime later. Upon doing so, I realised that some of the SMP flexi was actually marked '83'...
  15. Hi John, Yes, Ian has made his H0 buffers (48 per set, 12 each of 1'6" spindle, 1'8" Dowty ribbed and unribbed and 1'8" Oleo, all with the 13" head) and 5'6" Gloucester bogies available through his Shapeways shop: https://www.shapeways.com/product/LM6X2FHA7/br-huo-hopper-wagon-buffers-in-ho-scale?optionId=191062682&li=shops https://www.shapeways.com/product/M8X8TF88G/gloucester-5ft6in-bogies-in-ho-scale?optionId=159123089&li=shops Having ordered both in both Smooth and Smoothest Fine Detail, I'd say the cheaper option is just as crisp an
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