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Middlesea John

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    Southern Region Steam - nostalgia for the real thing and modelling it in 00.
    Music - I play in an original rock/folk crossover band for which I write the songs.
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  1. We did it a simple way. We looked at the area where our layout was set, found a few place names that weren't served by the railway than had a vote. The group chose "Ladycross" so we have had to adjust geography by about a mile.
  2. Cheeky monkey it's weathering ! Although you do present a challenge - to model a layer of dust that's been on something stored for the winter in a shed or depot !
  3. Here we are. I've now renumbered it (again) to 82012, which was an Eastleigh loco in 1962 and added a bit more weathering. I think I've got it to sit level at long last. A bit of padding with plasticard did the trick. Hopefully it will make a few appearances on Ladycross (Railway Modeller July 2020).
  4. Don't forget the S15s, in particular those with a 6 wheel tender.
  5. I've found it ! Deep in the jungle of boxes. The problem was that I've shortened it to near correct length - mainly behind the buffer beam and as such the body didn't fit horizontally onto the chassis. I did a load of carving/sawing/hacking/throwing etc until it did. I now realise x years on that I'd glued the buffer beam on an angle so the buffers were pointing slightly upwards. I (not very) carefully snapped it off and I'm going to try again. I'll take a photo if it works. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
  6. Way way back many centuries ago, not long after Railway Modelling began......well in the 80s and early 90s, I used to have a stall every year at the Hull Model Railway Show, which was then held in the grandiose surroundings of Hull City Hall. There's a photo of one such show in the July 2020 Railway Modeller where you can see me, though not at my stand. Anyway, to get to the point, what I did was to detail and otherwise improve ready to run models. I succeeded, among others, with a Hornby Dublo 2-6-4T, A Kitmaster/Tri-ang 2-6-0 and two early Hornby M7s. Of course super-detailed RTR models
  7. I also remember Adrian from my time as a junior member of Poole MRS in the 60s. A character ! But it was an article in Model Railway Constructor about parcels vans that ignited an interest in such things that is still my excuse for having too many !
  8. Has anyone made a Mark 1 Open First from the old Tri-ang coaches ? I'd love to have one to go with Restaurant Kitchen. Photos with where the cuts / shuts / joins / mistakes were would be lovely. Not that I want to cheat or anything.
  9. Hull MRS have an L1 on our new SR layout Ladycross. Most of the work on it was done by Richard bird . I painted and weathered it. It looks like the brake is on the left. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Richard Bird (formerly I believe of Norwich MRS) please let us know as we've lost touch and we miss both him and his modelling ability.
  10. I've always thought that the modellers and the collectors amongst us represent two entirely different markets. It seems to me that the bulk of the 2020 Hornby stuff is aimed specifically at collectors whcih is not the market that they've been aiming at recently with their efforts to return to profitability. I'm concerned that the effort that has gone into creating replicas of items from the past that won't ever see light of day on a layout could be the start of a downhill slope which none of us want to see. I can't ever remember being so underwhelmed with a new Hornby catalogue since way be
  11. Some New Forest ponies grazing at the bottom of the embankment west of the station on Hull MRS's new BR(S) layout "Ladycross".
  12. My memory of the VEPs are more to do with noise than comfort. The windows would rattle after about a quarter of an hour in service. Plus they were plain ugly compared with CIGs and CEPs.
  13. Well the CIGs were OK on the Brighton Line but the VEPs - I think I'd rather ride on a Northern Pacer ! And that was when they wee about a week old. I did go on the Brighton Belle just a few days before the end. Loved it even though it was in that vile grey and blue. Inside hadn't changed and neither had the service.
  14. 30837 also had a Schools tender from Spring 1962. There are hundreds of photos of it because it worked the "Farewell S15s" railtours. I thought the tenders that went from Schools to S15s came from 30912 and 30921 because they got tenders from withdrawn Lord Nelsons. All part of the Hornets nest mentioned above.
  15. The Hull Model Railway Show - a welcome break from the weather as well as a darn good show. This weekend - Saturday and Sunday 9 & 10 November. Be there or be somewhere else not as good !
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