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  1. WD Models (http://www.wdmodels.com) make a kit for a Clyno dispatch rider's bike. The kits are resin and etched brass; two bikes for £12. These are my efforts:
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    Missenden Abbey

    You might not have achieved your own objective - it is very common to over-estimate what you can achieve in the time - but you did achieve an awful lot. Taking things more slowly should lead to a more thorough job and fewer mistakes. From our (the Missenden organisers') point of view you achieved our objectives of a) learning and improving techniques, b) knowing what you are going to do next when you get home, c) enjoying yourself and d) making new friends (I hope). Other feedback has included a line, 'Missenden provides not only the knowledge, but gives me the confidence to use it.' It sounds to me that you have achieved that in spades! Well done. We look forward to seeing you again.
  3. A new chassis, including valve gear, is being developed by Jeremy Suter of the Scalefour Society. I have made a test etch for Jeremy and it is very promising. The valve gear has proper forked joints. It is a considerable improvement on the Mallard version. I don't know whether this is viewable unless a S4 member, but there is a thread on it's development here: https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=132&t=5287
  4. As seems often to be the case on this Forum, some people are inclined to make ill-considered comments. It takes no time to check facts and in this case, although Coopercraft and Ford Nursery share the same road in their address, they do not share the same precise address and are not connected. Has anyone considered that although the website and Worldpay have led people to place and pay for orders, that money might still be sitting in Worldpay's account and not in Coopercraft's? I would agree that if orders cannot be taken, then the website should have been corrected to show this but sometimes even website owners are shut out of their own sites because of technical glitches - it has happened to me. Website registrations are commonly renewed automatically, so if the registration has been renewed, it does not imply any activity on the part of the owner. The very fact that the site has not been updated for more than 3 years should tell you something. I put these things up to show there can be different ways of looking at things. Coopercraft's problems and inability to produce items have been well known and documented for years. There have, in that time, been many opportunities at shows for people to see Paul Dunn and ask questions. I have not seen much evidence of that here but lots of evidence of people continually going over old ground and taking swipes at someone who clearly does not read this Forum and therefore not in a position to respond. I neither condone or condemn Coopercraft from whom I have purchased items this year with cash. At shows, I have found him, like Kelly, polite, helpful and completely open about what he is and is not able to do with the range. If he is going to be at any shows in 2018, one will clearly have to scan show literature. Caveat emptor! Responsibility does not necessarily lie entirely with the vendor.
  5. Just stumbled across this thread. I'm free! Not been pegged down yet for any Friday between now and the beginning of February.
  6. I bought kits from Chris back in May and he told me to get in touch if I wanted anything. I sent an email in August but got no reply. The website was not accessible. It would be a shame if this range has disappeared.
  7. I disagree. I use a croc all the time with no trouble though it can get warm if I am soldering thicker brass. I filed the teeth off the clip and have had no problems. I either clip the croc on to a convenient bit of the kit or just apply it like a second handpiece. However, much depends on what you are using the unit for. Thicker brass and larger joints require a bit more 'oomph' which, if you leave your foot on the switch for any length of time, does make the croc clip hot. The voltage also makes a difference. With the clip, I invariably have my LRM unit on 2 volts, 2.5 volts for a bigger job, 1.5 volts for more delicate soldering like half-etched leg supports on platform trolleys. If one is using a metal plate, because the plate acts as a heat sink, higher voltages may be needed. I suggest the bottom line is the need to try things out, to test and experiment on scrap brass before attacking your kit. Keep the voltage as low as is necessary, your foot on the switch for no more than 1 or 2 seconds and, if soldering overlays where there are repeated 'zaps', leave a gap at least as long as the time you keep your foot down. This should avoid the handpiece (and clip) getting hot. Warm is normal; hot is not, so if it does get hot, you are either doing something not right, applying the current for too long or applying it too frequently. I also see tips of probes glowing red hot. For a 4mm model, this should be a rare occurrence and only with heftier soldering jobs.
  8. I bought some of these recently, once I had got round the wrong email address. They are very good. I was also supplied, on request, with a sheet of plain black tarps for use with road vehicles.
  9. It would be easier to take some photographs and work on them. Tare, Load, various figures and the G and W can be cut out, scaled and printed. Once you have a selection of letters, other words can be made. I was speaking with a Gauge O modeller the other day and he had an A4 sheet of decals (waterside) made by Precision Labels. He made his up in Word - the subject matter was WW1 military, not one of the common sets - and they dealt with them very quickly.
  10. You have missed all those P4 layouts, Andy. Special 40th birthday gathering.
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    Railwells

    Railwells is next weekend - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th - with 14 layouts plus demonstrators and traders. This is a lovely show in a delightful setting, well worth visiting. Each day opens at 10.30. Details: http://railwells.com/railway-show/railwells-show-2016/
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    MRJ 248

    There have been some dire editions of MRJ in the past and I very much lament the shift, which occurred a long time ago, away from showing how to help modellers improve their skills and achieve better models to the recording of layouts, some of which have occupied large parts of an edition. There has been some move back to the earlier aims but the magazine is still largely pedestrian. I would very much like to see more of the diversity of this hobby given a practical airing, to inspire, encourage and help people expand and improve their modelling. Finescale Review was more inspiring and it's success in such a short time showed the need for this, but since it's demise, MRJ has not taken the hint. Most of the articles in 248 are interesting but I thought the review of the Iwata airbrush a complete waste of space. There was so much unsaid and questions unanswered. Why a 'Rolls Royce'? What set this airbrush apart from any other in the Iwata range? What set it apart from any other airbrush? What was it like to use? Why was it not tested with acrylics? Much was said of the price, but nowhere was this mentioned. How does it perform at different distances, for different situations, with different paints. What is the point of any review? I look for a proper analysis and we had a passing reference to the type and build, but we also need it to be put through it's paces. If it is meant to be top-end, then what makes it so? More than anything, why should I buy this airbrush rather than, say, a Badger, Iwata Eclipse or any other model? Is this something I should buy? Whether it is suitable or not for 'my style of painting' is no good to me unless a) I am given a clear description of that style and b) it has been given a thorough work-out across the board. If anything is going to be reviewed, give it to someone who can do a proper job.
  13. Booking is open and places going fast for the Autumn Weekend - 30th September to 2nd October - at Missenden Abbey. We are already more than half full with 45 of the 70 places available booked. Cost: £325 residential, £205 non-residential. Residential is full board - 2 night's accommodation with breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits, non-residential is the same less the bed and breakfast. 5 bedrooms remain at the Abbey after which you will need to book b&b separately (I have a list). Following a major change in the administration, with Buckinghamshire County Council withdrawing from residential adult education, we (the Railway Modellers Courses) now deal with the Abbey's owner, Buckinghamshire New University (BNU). Negotiations with BNU have gone well and the courses are secure for the foreseeable future. What changes will there be? On one hand, very little as the courses will run as they have done for more than 30 years, being practical and hands-on with some of the best tutors in the hobby where you can learn new skills, improve existing ones, receive help from experts or just come along and spend time modelling. You provide the kits and tools, we provide the expertise. The major change is in paying. You now book a place and pay through the Missenden Modellers' website. You can pay on-line by Paypal or card or, if you prefer, by bank transfer or cheque. Details are given in the booking process. What is on offer? Signalling – below the baseboard with Martin Lloyd - This is NOT a course on building signals but on getting them to work. You should have a signal already built. Details and booking for the Spring Modelling Weekend - 3rd to 5th March 2017 - will be available later in the year. If you have any questions, please contact me through the Missenden Railway Modellers' website, the website having more details about Missenden Abbey and the courses.
  14. Booking is open and places going fast for the Autumn Weekend - 30th September to 2nd October - at Missenden Abbey. We are already more than half full with 45 of the 70 places available booked. Cost: £325 residential, £205 non-residential. Residential is full board - 2 night's accommodation with breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits, non-residential is the same less the bed and breakfast. 5 bedrooms remain at the Abbey after which you will need to book b&b separately (I have a list). Following a major change in the administration, with Buckinghamshire County Council withdrawing from residential adult education, we (the Railway Modellers Courses) now deal with the Abbey's owner, Buckinghamshire New University (BNU). Negotiations with BNU have gone well and the courses are secure for the foreseeable future. What changes will there be? On one hand, very little as the courses will run as they have done for more than 30 years, being practical and hands-on with some of the best tutors in the hobby where you can learn new skills, improve existing ones, receive help from experts or just come along and spend time modelling. You provide the kits and tools, we provide the expertise. The major change is in paying. You now book a place and pay through the Missenden Modellers' website. You can pay on-line by Paypal or card or, if you prefer, by bank transfer or cheque. Details are given in the booking process. What is on offer? Baseboards, Scenery, Buildings and Dioramas with Barry Norman Details and booking for the Spring Modelling Weekend - 3rd to 5th March 2017 - will be available later in the year. If you have any questions, please contact me through the Missenden Railway Modellers' website, the website having more details about Missenden Abbey and the courses.
  15. Booking is open and places going fast for the Autumn Weekend - 30th September to 2nd October - at Missenden Abbey. We are already more than half full with 45 of the 70 places available booked. Cost: £325 residential, £205 non-residential. Residential is full board - 2 night's accommodation with breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits, non-residential is the same less the bed and breakfast. 5 bedrooms remain at the Abbey after which you will need to book b&b separately (I have a list). Following a major change in the administration, with Buckinghamshire County Council withdrawing from residential adult education, we (the Railway Modellers Courses) now deal with the Abbey's owner, Buckinghamshire New University (BNU). Negotiations with BNU have gone well and the courses are secure for the foreseeable future. What changes will there be? On one hand, very little as the courses will run as they have done for more than 30 years, being practical and hands-on with some of the best tutors in the hobby where you can learn new skills, improve existing ones, receive help from experts or just come along and spend time modelling. You provide the kits and tools, we provide the expertise. The major change is in paying. You now book a place and pay through the Missenden Modellers' website. You can pay on-line by Paypal or card or, if you prefer, by bank transfer or cheque. Details are given in the booking process. What is on offer? 4mm (and smaller) Locomotive Kit construction with Tony Gee 7mm (and larger) Modelling with Kevin Wilson Details and booking for the Spring Modelling Weekend - 3rd to 5th March 2017 - will be available later in the year. If you have any questions, please contact me through the Missenden Railway Modellers' website, the website having more details about Missenden Abbey and the courses.
  16. Booking is open and places going fast for the Autumn Weekend - 30th September to 2nd October - at Missenden Abbey. We are already more than half full with 45 of the 70 places available booked. Cost: £325 residential, £205 non-residential. Residential is full board - 2 night's accommodation with breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits, non-residential is the same less the bed and breakfast. 5 bedrooms remain at the Abbey after which you will need to book b&b separately (I have a list). Following a major change in the administration, with Buckinghamshire County Council withdrawing from residential adult education, we (the Railway Modellers Courses) now deal with the Abbey's owner, Buckinghamshire New University (BNU). Negotiations with BNU have gone well and the courses are secure for the foreseeable future. What changes will there be? On one hand, very little as the courses will run as they have done for more than 30 years, being practical and hands-on with some of the best tutors in the hobby where you can learn new skills, improve existing ones, receive help from experts or just come along and spend time modelling. You provide the kits and tools, we provide the expertise. The major change is in paying. You now book a place and pay through the Missenden Modellers' website. You can pay on-line by Paypal or card or, if you prefer, by bank transfer or cheque. Details are given in the booking process. What is on offer? Electronics and Control Systems with Mike Bolton Electronics for the Bewildered with Howard Watkins Signalling – below the baseboard with Martin Lloyd Wiring Made Simple with Ian Morton Towards Automation- working with JMRI Panel Pro with Pete Brownlow Only one place remains but if there is sufficient demand, this could change so do let us know if you are interested. If you have any questions, please contact me through the Missenden Railway Modellers' website, the website having more details about Missenden Abbey and the courses.
  17. Booking is open and places going fast for the Autumn Weekend - 30th September to 2nd October - at Missenden Abbey. We are already more than half full with 45 of the 70 places available booked. Cost: £325 residential, £205 non-residential. Residential is full board - 2 night's accommodation with breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits, non-residential is the same less the bed and breakfast. 5 bedrooms remain at the Abbey after which you will need to book b&b separately (I have a list). Following a major change in the administration, with Buckinghamshire County Council withdrawing from residential adult education, we (the Railway Modellers Courses) now deal with the Abbey's owner, Buckinghamshire New University (BNU). Negotiations with BNU have gone well and the courses are secure for the foreseeable future. What changes will there be? On one hand, very little as the courses will run as they have done for more than 30 years, being practical and hands-on with some of the best tutors in the hobby where you can learn new skills, improve existing ones, receive help from experts or just come along and spend time modelling. You provide the kits and tools, we provide the expertise. The major change is in paying. You now book a place and pay through the Missenden Modellers' website. You can pay on-line by Paypal or card or, if you prefer, by bank transfer or cheque. Details are given in the booking process. What is on offer? Electronics and Control Systems with Mike Bolton Electronics for the Bewildered with Howard Watkins Signalling – below the baseboard with Martin Lloyd Wiring Made Simple with Ian Morton Towards Automation- working with JMRI Panel Pro with Pete Brownlow Only one place remains but if there is sufficient demand, this could change so do let us know if you are interested. 4mm (and smaller) Locomotive Kit construction with Tony Gee 7mm (and larger) Modelling with Kevin Wilson Baseboards, Scenery, Buildings and Dioramas with Barry Norman Weathering and Airbrushing with Tim Shackleton Details and booking for the Spring Modelling Weekend - 3rd to 5th March 2017 - will be available later in the year. If you have any questions, please contact me either by PM or through the Missenden Railway Modellers' website, the website having more details about Missenden Abbey and the courses.
  18. Why don't you ring the contact number for the exhibition - 07595 255 150 - to find out then let us know?
  19. I spoke with Brassmasters on this subject - as I understand did several other people - at ExpoEM. Work has resumed. I was shown the development of new sides and pistons which were exquisite. The desire for the detailing kit has been firmly transmitted so I sincerely hope we might see something to purchase later in the year.
  20. . . . and now I have painted them. They are on 14BA bolts soldered to 13amp plug pins.
  21. There is a lovely civilian combination here on the Bonham's site - £17,841 worth.
  22. The bike is a Clyno. I hadn't heard of them either. The firm was not long-lived. Wikipaedia has a bit about them.
  23. I know there are some of you who, like me, are interested in pre-1920 vehicles. I have just made a couple of WW1 motorbikes: They are a mixture of cast resin and etched brass, quite exquisite. It is unfortunate that the only two air bubbles show in my photograph but they have been filled easily. The bikes come in kit form as a pair for £12 from WD Models.
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