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  1. If they are not the real thing why a repo box? At least they won't rust like the originals..........nor will the bogie sideframes.....but then there aren't any!
  2. If you don't wish to stick your track down you could lay ply over the MDF (stick it down)and pin to that, but at some point you will be laying ballast and that will have to be stuck down. I have used some MDF as well as ply, they are covered with cork (Evostick used) and the track pinned to that, after ballasting the pins are removed and I have not experienced "concrete". Either using foam or cork will cut down the "resonance" that you hear with a moving train.
  3. If it's just a case of sealing the board you could try some old emulsion (not vynil though as that will put a sheen on it) or just some diluted PVA. When I have used Sundeala in the past I have sculpted papier mache over it first and the paste did the same job.
  4. I know what you mean, luckily for me they fitted the track plan I had
  5. I have 3 crossovers using Peco code 75 as well as a few single ones and all run reliably without problems, when I laid them I was careful to lay them so they sat correctly and then laid track to them rather than make them fit a situation.
  6. I popped in a couple of years ago on my birthday with my wife, although the hobby is not her "thing" she did enjoy the standard of modelling and it was a nice afternoon out. Think I'll put it in the diary for this year.....
  7. It's funny but I've never had a problem describing myself as a modelmaker, my wife is interested when scenic work starts and on occasions has said "go to your room". One of her friends is quite bemused by my hobby and I did hear her say "I wouldn't let my husband do that" the notion that you would forbid your partner from doing something was odd, but then I thought "that explains why he goes fishing". I do remember though when applying for my first job on the railway (1978) that the girls in the Area Managers office told me not to mention any form of hobby that involved the railway as I would be shown the door, so in my interview I said i was interested in photography and had been in the school photographic society, he was suitably impressed and I got the job, imagine his disgust when he found out i took photographs of trains! a thoroughly nasty man he was too it turned out, from that point on he did his utmost to make life awkward, although he ran out of steam before I did. The only recent example I can give is of someone shouting across a crowded bar "choo choo" sadly for him he was wearing a Norwich shirt which seemed to attract enough attention for him to shut up!
  8. Many thanks to all those who attended yesterday, we hope you all had an enjoyable time and the date to put in the diary for next year is the 11th February 2012. See you all there..
  9. And I'll be more than happy to take the money off you on the door........is that Adult or concession.....
  10. Next Saturday (12th) is the East Beds exhibition at Stratton School, Biggleswade. It's a nice friendly show and well worth visiting. Date: 12th February 2011 Opening: 10:30am - 5pm Admission: Adults:£4 Children:£2 Concessions:£3 Family(2+2): £10 Layouts: Cheriton Bishop (4mm '00' / 16.5mm) Devon Southern/GWR location Ringburn Yard (00) Rural Scottish branch line in 1980s Club website is http://www.ebmrs.org.uk/index.htm Ilfracombe (East) & Brinscott (009) Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in 'Southern' days Felsen (HO) Imaginary DB location in Mosel valley Koln Vorstellbar (HO) Summer Time in the outskirts of Koln in 2004 Ardez (HOm) Rhaetian Bahn in Switzerland Foxup (P4) Midland Railway branch line in early 1900s Niederfell (N) Modellers licence with DB in the Mosel valley Mytchett Green (00) Trams in a fictitious diorama Roundhouse (HO) Western USA in the 1950s with DCC sound Loch Ayling (OO) Eastern Scotland in May 1979 Willowbrook Marsh (0) Fenland Goods Depot and Maltings Complex in the late 1950-60s Shanklin South (OO) Small fictitious IOW station post-1967 The Wagon Works - A Pointless Layout (O) A fictional minimum space shunting layout based on a Railway Workshop Havnegade (HO) Harbour Scene from North Jutland in Denmark Ullapool (O) A might-have-been Highland Railway branch line between Garve and Ullapool Kettle River Railway - Franklin (ON2 1/48) North American 2ft narrow gauge with DCC operation and full sound based on the lines in Maine USA Milcombe (OO9) Modular fictional layout with 'Fawn Electronics' demonstration attached Cornard (00) Great Central branch line location set between 1960-68 Traders: Ian Shave Modellers Mate Nine Elms Models Isinglass Model Roads & Tramways Geoff Gamble Books (rail-books.co.uk) H&A Models Ians Trains Rural Railways Society Stands: Sandy Transport Society GNR Society Leighton Buzzard Railway Friends of NRM
  11. Just to be a little different, mine is made up of a mixture of 12mm birch ply, 12mm far eastern ply and 12mm MDF. If used correctly and in the right place MDF is a suitable material, just a bit hard to put pins in. They were made on the ply box principle and what I would of done differently with the main boards is to have made the sides from 12mm ply and the infill bearers from 3" x 1" this would of taken the "whippiness" out of the frame and avoided cutting endless corner blocks. As this layout does not move from home (but has been constructed with any future house move in mind) you can make boards out of just about anything, it's when you want to exhibit that some of the lighter options would be appealing.......that said the fiddle yard boards are 8" x 2" and I can lift them with ease myself.
  12. Nice show, lots of good layouts, good trade support. But here is my gripe, I couldn't get there until 3pm Sunday (work) but it does bug me that some start taking stock off nearly 2 hours before the end of a show, entered through the doors and spotted county gate which is always worth a look, stood waiting for what seemed like an age as the team stood behind taking stock off and packing it away, with nothing running for in excess of 5 mins I gave up and moved on. it was not sadly an isolated case, I did mention to one operator that it's not really cricket to do this, the reply was "we've been here all weekend" my reply was "don't take 2 day bookings if you don't want to do them". That said I was there right until 4.30pm and there were several operating as normal until the end, as it should be! I like the show and will go again but it does annoy me when that happens.
  13. Thanks for the help everyone. I ordered a selection from SEF and they are just what I wanted, nicely formed with a good selection of arches/lintels. Also have to say service was top notch ordered them about 11am in the morning and postie delivered them at 9am the following day, if only I could build that fast!
  14. Sorry, I don't understand the problem.......he says from Sandy on the ECML
  15. Wife and I sat and watched it, a very enjoyable programme and much better than the "great railway journeys" formula where it's yet another celebrity "look at me I'm a wonderful traveller" style of filming.
  16. Favourite for me was probably Farkham, nice looking stock and well detailed scenery, I like the idea of the buildings at the front of the layout as you have to look around them, much as in real life.Brockley and Lapford come a close second, but then I thought they were all good quality.
  17. Me, helping the club on the door and look just like my avatar! nice selection being set up last night. Dave
  18. Thanks for the replies eveyone, I didn't know SEF & Howard scenics did those sheets, I'll pick some up and see how I get on with them. The way I've done it so far may look ok after it's been painted and weathered but I need to find a better way for all the other arches. I'll also search again for that topic. Dave
  19. Getting onto some structure modelling at the moment and I've come up against something I've not had to do before. How do others cope with replicating arched brickwork? I am using plasticard as a base with either Wills sheets or slaters embossed brick sheets, building the structure is not a problem or dealing with straight cut sheets, it's the arched brick lintels over windows or the arches in bridges, I've tried scoring using a protractor but there is so much difference between the shhets and the arch. I wonder if it might be easier to flatten the wills/slaters a little to make them more like the arches without losing too much detail.
  20. I've bumped this to the top as it's next weekend.
  21. East Beds MRS are holding their annual exhibition at the usual venue of Stratton School, Eagle farm road, Biggleswade on the 13th feb, it's always a good show and very friendly. Date: Saturday 13th February 2010 Opening: 10:30 - 17:00 Admission: Adults:??4.00 Children:??2.00 Seniors:??3.00 Family(2+2):??10.00 Layouts: Cheriton Bishop (4mm ???OO??™ / 16.5mm) Devon Southern/GWR location A Glimpse of the Algarve (N) Small Town in Southern Portugal Crichel (O-16.5) Rural Industrial in Dorset Farkham (OO Finescale) Urban Modern Image in 1990 Camp 93 Parsons Lumber Company (On30) Logging Layout with Atmospheric DCC Wansbeck Road (2mm finescale) Ex-LNER branch terminus in the late 1950s Lapford Road (EM) BR Blue in North Devon Milldale (Z) LNER in North East of England Haverhill South (2mm finescale) Essex/Sussex border location in 1965 Gamle Carlsberg (Oe) 1930s narrow gauge brewery Harlyn Road (7mm finescale) Ex-LSWR branch in North Cornwall Victoria Park (7mm) 1970 Terminus based on Helensburgh Central S?¶lden (3.5mm Scale /???HOe??™ - 9mm Gauge) A fictitious town in the Austrian Alps West Harptree (3mm) GWR Branch Line Brockley Green (EM) Fictitious SR/BR in the 1960s Bensen (HO) US Switching Stub Yard Winter Overcotes (009) Early 1950s freelance More info can be found at http://www.ebmrs.org.uk/index.htm
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