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  1. Very sad news. When Martin Brent was head tutor at Missenden Abbey in 1996, Bob was one of the three original tutors. He was a great person to be with and an excellent tutor right up to the time when his illness stopped him coming to the Abbey. Suffering as he did, I would say he was one of the bravest people I knew because of the way he continued his modelling life despite the horrible effects of his illness. I remember seeing him recently on TV and thinking what a remarkable man Bob was. He will be sadly missed and I am sure fondly remembered.
  2. Hi Kathy, I am pleased that you liked the forced perspective backdrop, and we are flattered by your description of it "as a work of art". For those who are interested, we are running a course on this on our Spring Railway Modellers' weekend at Missenden Abbey. The tutor is Paul Bambrick and the dates are 1-3rd March 2019. Full details are at:-www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk. click onto the Spring Page and follow the link to Backscenes. Christopher Langdon Missenden Abbey Railway Modelling Courses
  3. Question - I would like to use my computer to operate my layout. How do I go about it? Answer - Our "Starting Out with JMRI Panel Pro" course is the place to start. Aimed at those modellers who want to understand what is involved in operating your layout from a computer. Assuming no previous knowledge, this course takes you from first principles to drawing on screen control panels, controlling points, operating sensors and train block detection. Pete, Brownlow, an expert in this field, will be running a structured practical course using a working 4mm layout “Missenden St Mary’s” with JMRI Panel Pro (Java Model Railway Interface), a free software package that you can download to your laptop. At the end of this course, you will have learnt (by actually doing it on the layout), how to set up the operation to the level you want, how to design the panel on a laptop, point and signal operation. Full details of the course content are on the Missenden Railway Modellers website here: www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk/JMRI.html. The dates are the 19th -21st October 2018, and there are some places available. We have arranged additional residential accomodation nearby, as all the bedrooms in the Abbey have been taken. This course is an introduction, there are also two follow on courses from MERG which take the basics onto more advanced signalling and automation, run by Pete Brownlow and Chris Noble. Details of those courses can be found here: www.merg.org.uk/merg_wiki/doku.php?id=public:courses
  4. Wiring Made Simple with Ian Morton at Missenden Abbey Autumn weekend (20-22nd October 2017) We have arranged a course specifically designed for the modeller who is building or planning a layout and suddenly realizes he has to think about how to make the trains run. The aim is to demystify the subject and avoid complication at all costs. We’ve assumed little or no prior knowledge of wiring and other electrical issues – in fact we positively welcome modellers whose knowledge of what goes on beneath the bas...eboard is limited to connecting two wires to the controller (and perhaps not even that . . .). Layout wiring is NOT rocket science and we won’t present it as such. However we understand that for many modellers getting things to work reliably is a necessary evil, so we’ll make acquiring the necessary knowledge and hands-on skills as painless a process as possible. The course is slanted towards analogue (DC) control but there is considerable overlap with wiring for Digital Command Control, so its content will be relevant to users of either system. These are the kind of questions we’re expecting: What should I be thinking about before I start? What are my options? What tools do I need? How do I decide where to put feeds, isolating sections etc? How do I document which wire does what? How do you bridge baseboard joins? What different types of wiring connectors are there? How do you wire points? Section wiring – how do you divide the layout up into power areas? Power requirements Choosing controllers Different types of wire and switches Cab control and how it works Interlocking, common return, track sections, block control Advice on building a control panel Fault finding (the multi-meter is your friend) Modellers who have attended Ian's courses before at Missenden Abbey have left confident that they have the skills and knowledge to wire their own layout. Full details and online booking at www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk
  5. At our Autumn Railway Modellers Weekend at Missenden Abbey we are running a course called "Wiring Made Simple" with Ian Morton The dates are 20th-22nd October 2017, and the course is specifically designed for the modeller, such as yourself, who is building or planning a layout and suddenly realizes he has to think about how to make the trains run. The aim is to demystify the subject and avoid complication at all costs. We’ve assumed little or no prior knowledge of wiring and other electrical issues – in fact we positively welcome modellers whose knowledge of what goes on beneath the bas...eboard is limited to connecting two wires to the controller (and perhaps not even that . . .). Layout wiring is NOT rocket science and we won’t present it as such. However we understand that for many modellers getting things to work reliably is a necessary evil, so we’ll make acquiring the necessary knowledge and hands-on skills as painless a process as possible. The course is slanted towards analogue (DC) control but there is considerable overlap with wiring for Digital Command Control, so its content will be relevant to users of either system. These are the kind of questions we’re expecting: What should I be thinking about before I start? What are my options? What tools do I need? How do I decide where to put feeds, isolating sections etc? How do I document which wire does what? How do you bridge baseboard joins? What different types of wiring connectors are there? How do you wire points? Section wiring – how do you divide the layout up into power areas? Power requirements Choosing controllers Different types of wire and switches Cab control and how it works Interlocking, common return, track sections, block control Advice on building a control panel Fault finding (the multi-meter is your friend) Full details and online booking can be found at www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk
  6. As you may know, we have had a flood of bookings which have come faster than we have ever known. Already, 59 modellers have booked and all the Abbey accommodation sold out within a week. In order to cope with the increased demand, we have arranged additional accommodation at Chartridge Lodge which is only 4.5 miles, 10 minutes away from Missenden Abbey. Details are on the website at www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk On the course front, Karl Crowther's Buildings course is full as is Pete Brownlow's DCC Course. There are still places for the other electrical courses -Layout Wiring, Electronics for the Bewildered, Electronic Kit Construction, Train Detection and Layout Control. Each one of these will also cover DCC, so anyone disappointed that they cannot do Pete's course will still be able to do DCC. There are also places on our Weathering and kit building courses. To cope with the increased demand for locomotive and rolling stock kit building we have additional new 4mm tutor for kit building - Steve Duckworth. We are aiming to open booking for our March 2018 Spring Railway Modellers' Weekend at Scaleforum at Stoke Mandeville on September 23rd and 24th 2017.
  7. In only 1 week, we have sold 48 places. Both the DC workshop and the Architectural Buildings courses are full. Please check latest availability on the website at:- www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk Like x 2 List
  8. Autumn Weekend 20th-22nd October 2017 BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN! 4mm (and smaller) Kit Construction with Tony Gee and Steve Duckworth 7mm (and larger) Kit Construction with Kevin Wilson Weathering and Airbrushing with Mick Bonwick Architectural Modelling with Karl Crowther *new* Layout Wiring with Ian Morton Electronics for the Bewildered with Howard Watkins *Final time* All about DCC with Pete Brownlow *new* Controlling your Layout with Mike Bolton *new* Full details and online booking at:- www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk
  9. Glad you enjoyed the weekend. Places for the Spring weekend are being booked at an incredible rate. Were are nearly full,a nd only have 5 non-residentila places left.
  10. With less than 2 weeks to go to our biggest weekend course, there are 2 places left due to last minute cancellations. Please call 01296 383582 to book your place. Thanks Christopher Langdon Course organiser
  11. We have had 2 cancellations due for medical reasons. That means there are 2 places left! Please call 01296 383582 or email [email protected] Christopher Langdon Course Organiser
  12. We have had 2 cancellations due for medical reasons. That means there are 2 places left! Please call 01296 383582 or email [email protected] Christopher Langdon Course Organiser
  13. we now have 70 people comingon this weekend course at Missenden abbey, so we are now full, andunable to take any more people. Our next event is the Summer Retreat, and we will be taking bookings in February,
  14. We now have 69 people attending the Spring Weekend. This leaves one placae left! Interestingly, 20 of these are first timers at Missenden. Should be a great weekend!
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