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Middlesea John

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    Southern Region Steam - nostalgia for the real thing and modelling it in 00. I'm the team leader for the Hull MRS layout Ladycross (July 2020 Railway Modeller)
    Music - I play in an original rock/folk crossover band for which I write the songs.
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  1. I believe the locos worked down from Eastleigh tender first.
  2. Sorry guys not been here for a few days. Thanks for taking my place Phil ! Ladycross is set in the New Forest (ie the Bournemouth Main Line) in 1962. We have an excuse for various farming and agricultural stock though to be fair there wasn't much freight on a Saturday in August. I'd like to have them in a pick up freight or similar but don't want it to look silly.
  3. Phil, I have 4 of these for Ladycross. Any thoughts on an excuse for running hem or having them in the goods yard ? I hope you're safe and well John
  4. I want to have a go at scribbling destinations on the sides of freight and parcels vans. Please does anyone have a suggestion as to the right pen to use ? I've found a post from 2013 from deltic17 of this parish who used a Faber-Castell Polychromos in colour Cold Grey 1. But I also remember an article in a magazine that suggested something else. I can get to a Hobbycraft or the Range relatively easily or do I need a specialist art shop ? Many thanks. John
  5. I did this exercise a few years ago and now have 32104 and 32105 - one of each type. Sorry no photos as I don't have access to the models during lockdown. I seem to remember, though, using an E2 body but with bits - like the tank extensions - from Thomas rather than using Thomas with other bits if that makes sense. That way you're starting from nearer to where you want to finish up.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 !
  8. 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).
  9. Don't forget the S15s, in particular those with a 6 wheel tender.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 !
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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