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  1. Hi Kevin, I've just got back into checking in on RMWeb on a regular basis and I'm really pleased that the great posts are still coming, to provide inspiration and ideas (and motivation when needed!).
  2. Great, many thanks Gopher. I didn't twig that they were Mk1s. I have Bachmann GWR coaches which don't have flush glazing, presumably older.
  3. Hi Gopher, are those Bachmann coaches? Did they come with the glazing that appears to be flush? I have some Bachmann coaches but they definitely aren't flush.
  4. Distributor of free copies of the famous '30s book "2 shades of grey", followed by the less popular sequel "3 wonky wheels"?
  5. Just in case anyone stumbles across this blog item looking for thoughts on Lifecolor paint and/or Modelu figures, I've posted a few things on the following thread, so just to close the loop and for the sake of completion (etc, etc) here is the link, I think I started posting around page 25:
  6. Hi Phil, thanks for confirming anyway!
  7. Thanks to Wamwig for pointing out that some of the figures can now be found at: https://finescalefigures.co.uk/shop-all/ plus some ones too. I noticed a lack of options for 'practicing skin tones" though!
  8. Hi Phil, upon reflection, I'm not going to have time to put that kind of scene together, so please disregard my off-the-wall query!
  9. Ha, yes, there was a moment of bemused silence! Well, it has been nearly a year in lockdown!!!
  10. Hi, I notice that 3 photos are required. I have a vague idea of doing a scene looking from within a shed outwards toward a platform (of sorts). Photography would only work from the one angle (inside, looking out). Or maybe two shots but the angle would be very similar. Would 2 similar scenic shots plus one of the construction be acceptable? Or must it be something that can be photographed from 3 separate angles?
  11. I do have the makings of a layout in a conservatory. The conservatory has a radiator and sometimes an extra convection heater for in winter. It has been very hot in summer, and rather chilly in winter at night (like now). I've used a modular approach so I can move it (to clean the windows, for decorating, parties if they ever happened, etc). Construction s of 9mm ply and backboard, with bracing underneath. Rigidity gained from the backboard screwed onto a baton along the back of the baseboard, and another strip of ply screwed along the front baton. The platform is made of a B&Q floorboard so that helps too. Touch wood, the baseboards haven't warped. The only warping is on one of the backboards, at the top . I do think that bit of wood was a bit warped when I bought it though. I've since added bracing along the top, which doubles as a wider rest for the top perspex sheet, and potentially for an LED lighting strip (and maybe a flying spitfire), but all in good time. The base and backboard are all well varnished, or painted and lacquered. This is to protect against errant condensation from the glass. It all seems fine. I have recently added a frame of strip wood over the top, and added a perspex sheet as a top to protect against dust and sunlight. I also have front sheets as well. These are attached to the wooden frame with magnetic strip as for secondary glazing. In time, I'll get some fancy wooden facia to go over the bits where the magnetic strip are, for aesthetic purposes. The overall effect when fully screened up is like a museum. Actually, the initial reason for the front sheets is to protect against my brother's dog's destructive tail, and little fingers of our friend's 3-year-old. But apparently, the perspexx has good UV protective qualities, which is reassuring. I did find with the first scenic work I did that there was some fading due to sunlight, so I'm glad I got the perspex ready for spring and summer. I would say though that the sun fading actually did me bit of a favour by nicely subdueing down the colours, especially of the foliage, so it wasn't an entirely bad outcome. So far, I haven't had any issues. Hopefully it will survive for many more years to come. I've only built a bit of it, however. Photos of the initial catalyst for a layout are below, using old train stuff I found in a loft from when I was young. And then a shot along the set to give an idea, although the front perspex isn't on, and one of the top perspex sheets isn't on. I took them off to work on the track laying.
  12. Hmm, good point about the security aspect. Maybe I won't mention it.
  13. Quite right! To get us back on track, here are a couple of Modelu chaps destined for a railcar (when I get round to it!).
  14. Hi wamwig, agreed, the figures are different sizes. The pmmstudio ones were big, suitable for foreground perhaps, but most of my figures are smaller and its a narrow board layout so tricky. So they did stick out. They were nice though, certainly different subjects. The Hardys OO ones come up slightly smaller than Modelu OO judging by the ones I got, but not too small, still suitable for sure. They are also nice, although they come on the sprue attached by their heads which is weird, makes them harder to paint on the sprue and they may have flash on the top/head area. The Modelu ones come up nicely in the middle for OO, and seem to be a good fit. They are good definition and nice to paint. Interestingly, the figures in the coach are actually Modelu but 1:87/HO, to ensure they fitted into the coach. It was a tip from the Little Muddle thread. I've got a railcar to do at some point, so I've got a mix of Modelu OO and HO seated figures to use... after all, people vary in size, and in the 1940s they probably were generally shorter. I haven't started thinking about painting them however. I'm trying to get my head around point motors and associated track laying. Just to say, I have no link to any of these suppliers, but I thought the info about comparisons, as I found them, might be useful to someone.
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