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  1. I know him when he was young Queensquare. The lad done well for himself.
  2. Understandable but that's punishing the innocent. it's the web designer behind this that needs to be put in the stocks and pelted with rotten vegetables. If I might make a suggestion, it would be helpful if the adverts could be in proportion to screen size. On a larger screen, the drop-down box at the top is just about tolerable but on a smaller screen, it really eats into the screen space.
  3. I'm a volunteer at Brooklands Museum. We're seeing much improved daily attendance and the numbers attending our special events are getting back to the levels prior to Covid. It's very apparent that people are keen to get out and about. The recent "Brooklands Relived" 1930s revival event was well attended despite some heavy rain during the morning - this normally deters visitors. Now I know this isn't fully comparable to indoor model railway exhibitions as a good percentage of Brooklands is outdoors but it's possibly an indicator to the mood of potential visitors.
  4. Possibly a good reminder that the economics of a model railway show are finely balanced. Cancellation insurance in the current climate is likely to be expensive, if it can be obtained at all. Any debate about risk sharing would be... ...interesting! While some manufacturers have indeed benefitted from increase sales during lockdown, I wouldn't expect all of them to have the sort of deep pockets that might be required should a show the size of Warley be a financial disaster. A lockdown is easy to deal with, because it's a known quantity. The early months of recovery are much more tricky because of the uncertainty. Mark
  5. Copenhagen Fields is now safely tucked away in its cases until the next outing, whenever that may be - currently planned for Alexandra Palace in 2022. Keeping the vulnerable parts of the layout in cases is why Copenhagen Fields has lasted this length of time. Still gets dusty but very little gets damaged. It's much more at risk during the setup and dismantling process. We all breathe a sigh of relief when the final scenic section is boxed up. For those who've not visited Keen House, this is the lower ground floor, partially a basement. Even in the current hot weather, it remains comfortably cool. Rather handy for us last Saturday when we were packing it up! Mark P.S. We no longer take the kitchen sink to exhibitions.
  6. Nice re-use of the etched frames. I prefer a more "heavy-duty" frame than is provided by etching, although the convenience of them is tempting. A good quality sharp HSS drill ought to be perfectly OK for phosphor-bronze. Looking forward to seeing more progress on this Mark
  7. I think a lot of Triang's success could be down to their annual catalogue. As I remember the early issues had busy looking layouts that, even if you only had Nelly, Polly or Connie and a handful of wagons, it was something you could aspire to. Very striking visually inside too. Then to commission Terence Cuneo to paint a new front cover picture each year, that was a masterstroke. Each catalogue showed the new products and their release schedule for the year, which created a sense of anticipation. The addition of Minic motorway offered a matching road system that integrated well and the company were prepared to innovate, such as the announced but never released motorised 1:72 BEA Trident. Mark
  8. That's correct, no reinforcement required, the box is very strong, neatly box-jointed at the corners. I've modified mine so the front hinges downwards, a fairly simple bit of woodwork. The top & bottom are 3mm ply so the track is laid on a removable sub-base of 9mm ply & Sundeala board. Mark
  9. Great idea, well executed. I shall await subsequent issues with interest and can possibly offer some content too. The "four square feet" is an interesting definition, it does considerably favour my chosen scale, especially if it's narrow gauge. I wonder if there ought to be a proportionality of layout size to scale? Here's a sneak preview of a micro I'm currently working on, the Holzkastenbahn, German metre gauge 1:160. Roughly box file size but in a solid wooden box, sourced from ebay for not a lot more than a box file costs. Mark
  10. The Farish mechs that we're discussing are like the classic British bikes of which I'm so fond. Ostensibly very simple and basic but requiring skilled assembly ("blueprinting") to make them work well. I suspect they were designed to make production and assembly affordable in a UK operation. Peter Graham-Farish was quite proud that everything they produced was designed and made in the UK. On the plus side of this, the mechanisms are relatively easily servicable and repairable. The Mazak chassis blocks are fine, the variation comes in the plastic armature holder. I've seen the same as Nigel, simply altering the tightness of the fixing screws can make a difference. Other benefits of changing the motor for an enclosed type: more space for lead weight and also a decoder, a cleaner running mechanism with none of that black carbon muck from the brushes. The truly sensible option would be to ditch the chassis entirely and build a new one using the Association's chassis kit and components... Mark
  11. The gear looks very similar Valentin. Got to be worth a try for £1.79. I believe Farish gears of this period are 72DP
  12. Ian, simple answer, yes. The Tramfabriek motor spins very freely compared to the Farish motor. The improved mechanical efficiency alone improves things. The basic "Poole" Farish motor design dates back to at least the early 1980s or maybe even before that. The only change was from 3 pole to 5 pole armatures. They respond well to early feedback controllers (ECM, AMR etc.) but this can will overheat them with bad results for the white plastic bearings. I can personally vouch for that! Farish did not recommend using this type of controller but it was just about the only way to achieve steady slow running. Motor technology, size and cost have all moved on massively so what you're seeing is a vivid illustration of the developments. The Tramfabriek website dedicates a whole section to coreless motor upgrades. Here's an example of a Poole designed Farish class 37 being converted https://www.tramfabriek.nl/gf-class37.html Mark
  13. There's this chap on email in Nigeria with a bob or two going spare...
  14. That bicycling bellend! I wouldn't give a penny-farthing for his thoughts.
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