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    Trains. I'm also into running, hillwalking, guitars, and trains. Mainly trains to be honest. I need to get out a bit more.

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  1. A bit of 1/350th modelling, anyone? Going back to what was said about N, it's actually no fiddlier building a plane in this scale than in one of the larger sizes, it's just that the tiniest bits represent different things. One advantage was that I could hold the whole plane with a cocktail stick (inserted through the base) while painting it.
  2. N gives me a scenic depth that I couldn't hope to achieve in the larger scales. There's no Photoshopping here, just a deep scene with a reasonably high backscene. In HO or 00 it would be impractical due to the reach-in distance. The scale is at its best, for me, when viewed from a few feet away, taking in a large scene in which the trains are just part of the overall effect, rather than being the sole focus of attention. With careful work in ballasting and painting, too, the rail profile can be disguised to some extent. Although a lot depends on viewing angle and lighting. Four F units would look daft unless pulling a reasonably long train (25 box cars in this case) which I can achieve in N, even in a 12 x 11 foot room. N also gives me the chance to drop the scenery below the track level very easily, as just a couple of inches pf depth is enough to convey a sense of the railway cutting through the landscape. It also lends itself to big scenic features such as this bridge across a swamp, which would consume an awful lot of space and depth in one of the larger scales. And what would normally be a space-hungry feature like a roundhouse becomes practical: Al
  3. Thanks for that. Apparently the Monogram one was released in 1977 so that could be well it, assuming no larger kit was around at the time.
  4. It's certainly more spacious and by luck more than anything else, it's ended up being a bit better balanced. I'm just hoping that by the time I switch back to King's Hintock, it'll feel fresh again!
  5. It does indeed look similar to the Midsomer one. One would almost expect it to be brick given the construction of the station building. If you back a bit earlier in the topic there's a pic of 44422 and a 7F. I'll take some more in due course.
  6. Help me out here, knowledgeable types. As a youngster I remember starting and failing to finish a large scale kit for a Douglas Skyhawk - at least 1/48 and possibly 1/35th or 1/32nd. This would have been late 70s, but I can't remember who the kit was by. Anyone remember what kits were on the market for this aircraft?
  7. Work progresses on Stourpayne Marshall at an extremely leisurely rate, interspersed with more running sessions where I can get some of my S&D-related models out of their boxes. As mentioned, I decided to replace the LSWR-style covered footbridge with a Ratio concrete one, which I felt was more in keeping with the S&D ambience, The Ratio kit is good value and goes together nicely. In common with the other two bridges that have occupied these platforms, I needed to build it with the steps facing in opposite directions, which meant some cutting and joining to work with the existing parts. The end result, at least, is something a little different from the standard build of the kit. I very much like the humdrum, low-key ambience of these concrete footbridges, in contract to the ornate structures which were here previously. The kit reminds me that I used to have a plastic Tri-ang bridge to a similar design. One consequence of the moving around of scenic elements for Stourpayne is the opening up of viewpoints that were not available before, such as this glimpse of a 9F on the far platform, In general the new version of the layout is more open and affords a less obstructed view of the platforms and any trains passing through, although at the cost of closing off certain sightlines elsewhere. The 9F, incidentally, is another S&D regular, one of the four that were transferred to Bath near the end of the line's existence. This model is an old Margate-era Hornby 9F which has been extensively tarted-up with a lowered body, new wheels and valve gear, brake shoes, and Comet detailing parts. Again tender drive, it benefits from 8-wheel pickup and a decoder, for very good slow running. A more general view of the platforms and goods yard. Some work has been done on the far platform with a hint of a greenhouse behind the 9F's firebox. This week several etches for LSWR seats and luggage trolleys arrived, so the GWR examples still in place will soon be removed. Taking in an even wider view, the Shillingstone goods shed now occupies the spot occupied by the removable cattle dock. The goods shed is a bit of a curate's egg, I feel, compared to the excellent model of the station. Obviously the sliding doors are far too thick and will need replacing. But from the side, the entire structure looks a bit askew, with the left-hand window opening (and associated stonework) sitting at an awkward angle. Perhaps there was some subsidence in the real shed which has been captured in the model, but since I've never seen a photo or a drawing of the structure in question, I'm not sure. The shed doesn't exist now and it doesn't show up in any of my many S&D volumes, so how the Bachmann model has been derived is a bit of a mystery, unless some some drawings were made available. In any case, it's nicely proportioned and doesn;t dominate the yard as the King's Hintock shed (intentionally) did but I feel it needs a bit of attention. Incidentally, a Ratio provender store will most likely sit next to the shed, but I removed it for this shot. Another option in the pipeline is one big provender store occupying the whole footprint of the shed. Finally, I didn't like the colours of the signal box as supplied (they're not necessarily wrong per se), so I've repainted it in stone/faded cream and green. Even though the WR took over control of the S&D, and certainly implemented a repainting scheme, many structures appear to have retained cream/green until the end, including I think Shillingstone box itself. Now at least it doesn't display the wrong name, which is a step! Thanks for reading all, and hooe this has been of interest.
  8. The flange profile looks excellent, though, so I think they'll look fine once the wheels are painted, as I'll be doing to mine. My more immediate personal concern will be setting on an alternative coupling solution.
  9. You did take this picture, Tony: This is the Airfix body on a Comet chassis. The body also has parts of the Kitmaster/Airifx/Dapol kit, mainly the steps, which had broken off the body. The central strap should be flush, I think. Al
  10. A Mashima 1015 initially, as recommended by Comet, but despite trying several of them, I could never get it to develop enough torque to run well at slow speeds. When I put in a 1024, it was a big improvement.
  11. I hope you get it sorted. Mine uses a rigid Comet chassis and their own gearbox and Mashima motor, with Markits wheels. I had a real struggle getting it to run well until I went up one motor size compared to what was recommended (there was just enough room under the Airfix body), and now it's easily one of my favorite runners, smooth, silent, stall-proof and able to shift a 30 wagon train without slipping. But it was a trial to get there and for most of the time it lived in the tupperware box of doom.
  12. Looks good to me. In what respect is not a good runner?
  13. I think a non-working trap point would be more than enough to give the right impression from the usual viewing position, as well as giving less to go wrong. After all the main intention was just to improve on the original view, not to create another section to the same standard as the rest of the layout. Even simpler just bung a big shrub in the sightline between the two converging tracks, or a couple of portly gangers! Excellent work, in any case.
  14. Yes - familiar sentiments here, usually whenever its something pretty/pre-grouping/limited/industrial etc.
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