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    Anything Southern Region based!
    I model mainly in 009, but also in OO.

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  1. That's precisely why I love using Google Maps and the NLS maps - the amount of old railways and industry you can find even in your local area is quite surprising. I've you haven't done so already, create an account with Britain From Above - that alone gives a fascinating aerial photographic insight into history. Granted, it may not be as comprehensive as modern satellite photos, but it's much more interesting! Either way, there's plenty to think about, and plenty of industry and inspiration along the New Forest coast. The only problem is condensing it all onto one small layout!
  2. You raise a great point! I've only looked at Eling Tide Mill once before (via Google Streetview), but having another look now, it is certainly a lot smaller and more manageable than Ashlett Creek. My design for Coastguard Creek is still very much in the planning stage, and I have been playing around with various ideas lately; it would certainly be nice to get a tide mill on the layout (especially since there are/were at least three tide mills along the New Forest Coast). Eling would be a much better bet, and I do love the little toll booth and bridge as well. Take a look at this li
  3. Many thanks, Mikkel! Something I was keen to avoid were any areas of wasted space - most paint racks that you can buy feature a tiered shelf system. That's great for access, but very wasteful. And yes, it would be very nice to have my Dad's woodworking skills; I do try to learn, but some things are best left for him to do!
  4. I've happily spent some of lockdown converting part of our garage into a studio so that I have more space both for modelmaking and music production. Now that most of the hard work has been done and I've been working in the studio for a couple of weeks, I'm working out exactly what I need with regards to storage/shelving, and how to make the most of the space. Railway modelling is a hobby that seems to bring with it a lot of stuff. Too much stuff, in fact (hence the need for a dedicated room)! Something that always annoyed me about my "workflow", if you can call it that, is that I've never had
  5. If he's not sure, tell him that it's like saying "Sarah", but forgetting half-way through!
  6. (With the usual apologies to those that have seen this on my external modelmaking blog) A few weeks ago, I decided to take a break from work-related projects, and dedicate some time to Coastguard Creek. Rather than work on a mock-up (as the studio is still in disarray), what actually ended up happening was that I spent a few days producing an information panel showing off inspirational locations across the New Forest coast! In all honesty, I'm not quite sure why I've drawn this, but if nothing else it's both a nice reminder of what I want to get out of the project, as well as being something
  7. As is tradition, I've written a show report of this; the third installment of the BigWORshow. This time, thanks to Andy & others, I have photos to go alongside the report to help refresh your memory of the fantastic exhibits on show. You should be able to click on the image below to go straight to my report, but there's a link underneath just incase. https://jamsmodelrailways.blogspot.com/2021/03/show-report-world-of-railways-virtual.html I think it was a great all-round show, but to help the WoR team out, do make sure you comment in this thread on the
  8. Good point... Please, sir! Can I have some photos? It did cross my mind, but I didn't really want to bother you considering how busy you've been!
  9. I think I've looked at probably 80% or so of the content, it's an amazing amount to digest in one weekend, but I think I've seen most of what interests me; not dissimilar from 'real' exhibitions! The only problem I have with virtual shows is that I've just finished writing a 1400 word report on the show, but I have no photos to go alongside it...!
  10. It's been my pleasure! RMweb as a collective has helped me grow as a modeller over the years, the least I could do is it pay forward. And besides, I'm really enjoying producing the content I do. It also gives me a chance to try different techniques, and perhaps show people different ways of thinking. I was trying to work out yesterday what was missing from the show, took me until today to realise it was the puzzles. I don't know why I liked doing them so much to be honest, but I did! Still very much enjoyed the fiendish spot-the-differences (although I actually managed to find all of them
  11. Surely not with him wearing his finest tweed! Preposterous! In any case, I've really been enjoying the show all weekend. Barely got any work done, but it's given me renewed purpose to get on and finish the design for my latest layout, Coastguard Creek. Many thanks to everyone who has worked hard behind the scenes recording and editing the vast swathes of content. (P.S. No puzzles this time around?)
  12. Unfortunately not; like I said I was originally pressed for time so I made do (against my own advice) with what I could find on Amazon (I spent hours trying to study reviews, customer photos, and specifications to try and whittle it down to stuff that looked promising, but you never truly know what you're going to get on these sites!). A quick search brings up a few UK suppliers/manufacturers, but you'll have to look yourself and see if they have a good reputation. For me, I'd consider getting into contact with one or two; if they want your business, they'll probably help you out as much
  13. Thanks Huw; yes, the photographic rig will feature in the article, though I do need to take some proper photos of the finished thing as the "studio" was an absolute mess when I started filming this back in November (yes, I have been working on these videos on and off since the last virtual show)! I'll do a normal how-to section in the article explaining the build step-by-step; so almost everything from both videos will be condensed into the article. Thanks Colin! The aluminium mini-trunking was actually bought from Amazon, mostly because I was originally rushed for time (these v
  14. So long as you use the high density strips (60 LEDs/M) and your rig isn't a million miles in the air from the layout itself, 3 runs should be plenty. Of course, as explained in the video, so long as you buy a bigger driver than needed, you can always add additional strips should you find that you need that bit more light in the future. Cheers Al! Glad it was of use. Look out for an article in BRM at some point (hopefully this year). As we speak, I'm about 60% through the article creation stage, so hopefully it won't be long 'til it appears.
  15. I expected such a layout to be between 2ft and 3ft (as per most layouts I've exhibited in the past). Generally speaking I would still suggest 3 runs of LED strips wherever possible. My layout is only 2' 2" wide, and still uses 3 runs; any less wouldn't be as effective at lighting the whole scene. Ultimately there is no hard rule, and you are free to experiment, but if it was me, I'd play it safe with 3 runs.
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