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  1. My first thought was that while it looks a bit frightful would it have potential to be chopped up to something a bit more to scale? I'm reminded of those 60's cut and shut jobs on the Triang princess to make a black five or those 70's rehashes of the B12 into all sorts of LNER round firebox locos.
  2. Since the beginning of the month slow and steady progress has been made. The weather has been so good that I've spent a lot of time in the garden but I've managed odd moments at the workbench with the result that the Moyse now looks like this. I think that the slow and steady nature of the build has been a help rather than hindrance. There's been no rushing to finish at the expense of build quality and I've enjoyed each separate little step along the way.
  3. Firstly I find it sad that we argue about clapping/not clapping and sad that some in society feel the need to shame those who choose not to. For something to be a genuine show of appreciation it should be freely given without fear of repercussions if one chooses not to. Here in Tywyn I've been clapping on the doorstep each Thursday and it's been cheering to hear the echoes round town as we fail to synchronise the ending. I'm sure that most is in genuine thanks for those who keep us well and safe. As I understand it this Thursday will be the last and that's probably OK, once it becomes a habit then something of the heartfelt is lost. Heroes is an awkward definition. To my mind it encompasses anyone who would put themselves in harms way to help others. This certainly covers those front line staff, working without proper PPE whether it be in hospital or care home. I extend the same status to those who enable life to go while taking risks with their own well-being. As Mrs R has heart failure we're in strict lockdown here. This means that Asda deliver rations, volunteers do the same for medication, our fantastic postie other vital supplies; they take risks to keep us safe. My problem with 'hero' is that it can normalise sacrifice, suffering and death, it can dehumanise, it can be exploited as a palliative to silence disquiet. It's not easy to strike the right note, my best attempt would be heroic actions by selfless, normal people. Edit: I/we owe these people a huge debt of gratitude, all we can do at the moment is to do our part is to keep ourselves safe and by doing so lessen the chances of the virus spreading. Long term I'll have it in my mind that these groups deserve respect and value, I will remember this at times when I have a chance to influence how society works.
  4. Always an improvement when the nuts are covered. Will you be thumbing black plasticine into them, discs punched out of black plasticard or an etched plate?
  5. Over the last month I've been busy on the layout adding point motors and wiring. It's not very visually interesting so I'll try to whizz through things at a decent rate. Before I start I need to state that I really dislike working underneath the baseboards so I'm making all the connections on the baseboard surface where they will ultimately be hidden by removable panels. This extends to the point motors too, though there will only be six of these to hide (those points which I hypothesise would be controlled from the box) all others being hand points. The rodding from motor to point runs in grooves in thin ply let into the foam underlay. Microswitches actuated by the crank of the point motor change frog polarity. Note the thin black card used to cover the point rodding and wiring runs carved out of the underlay. I will contrive concealment of the point motors, avoiding a hut by each point by adopting a range of cunning disguises. The feeds to the point motors have been brought out to a shelf out of the way of the driving positions .... .... and connected up to the lever frame.
  6. Apologies for the late reply Jon. In total the layout is eight feet long, two feet of which is the fiddle yard. The width varies as it wiggles in and out but at it's widest point it's around fourteen inches front to back.
  7. This article in the Guardian gives a very positive message that CV19 can be tackled with success. By our standards you would think that the Indian state of Kerala would stand little chance when confronted by the pandemic. However the way they've achieved such low fatalities demonstrates that the quality of decision making, attention to detail and timely action are key in such situations.
  8. Over the past couple of weeks I've exhumed a part started project that last saw the light of day a few years and one house move ago. I'd bought a Kato HO motor bogie with the thought of building something on top. I started to cut out a few body components for a Moyse locotracteur owned by the SNCB. There the project stalled. A fortnight ago I found the bogie and the bits and decided I'd build up an underframe unit to drop over the Kato bogie and then set about building the body. Here's where I'm at now.
  9. This is probably not helpful in your case but the road surface is DAS. I apply it in two layers, the first and fairly roughly to the tops of the sleepers and the second from there to the rail head. Before applying the second layer I blank off the flange-ways with 1mm square styrene strip held in place by a few dress making pins. I level off the surface with tools formed from 80 thou plasticard and when it's dried to what potters would call leather hard I emboss cobbles into it, one at a time with a tool made from a reformed paintbrush. I only tackle a manageable section at a time and once embossed wait for it to properly harden before applying a fresh layer.
  10. I've had the e-mail too but it mentions delay rather than cancellation so I'm hopeful of a print copy arriving sometime, even if it's quite a wait.
  11. Not all silver linings will come from the UK. Compared to much of Europe Portugal seems to be managing Coronavirus far better. While not a happy by-product in itself it does demonstrate how it should and could have been done.
  12. You might want to take a look at this post before you do that:
  13. On a lighter note we get to see what people get up when they've time on their hands at home.
  14. It seems to me that there are two sorts of silver lining, those which we have no control over, need for lockdown has massively diminished travel leading to better air quality, and those which we do have control over, volunteering for community groups or the NHS, a choice to do something to improve society. One of the silver linings for me is that what we do, what our government does and what happens on the international stage is under the spotlight like never before, because it affects us all. There would seem to be an opportunity when we have got on top of CV19 to do things differently and better, to fashion our own choice of silver lining. My view is that this is one of the more cheering aspects of our current situation; hope for a better future.
  15. That's very impressive; I particularly liked the road crossing just after the industry, lovely work.
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