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  1. Very important to have the right oil to seuthe a baby.
  2. Did you find that for some reason, visitors to your particular workstation tailed off... What would have really blown their minds would have been a model of the slip-wing Hurricane. "A biplane Spitfire!"
  3. Shall we meet in no-mans land for a game of football?
  4. Someone pointed to the wagon and said "The weathering needs to be more dire 'ere."
  5. I was wondering how the testing is going. It's certainly very thorough, judging by the length of time it's been going on. :-)
  6. Google developed a camera system for rapidly scanning books without the need to lay them flat on a scanner, which can potentially damage the spine binding. It worked but came a cropper on the legalities. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-08-10-what-happened-to-google-s-effort-to-scan-millions-of-university-library-books
  7. Do you have a smart phone? The Live Transcribe app can sometimes do a reasonable job with subtitles. The background music might not help though. Apologies if you've already tried this. My 92 year old mum has a hearing loss and finds Live Transcribe helpful.
  8. Neatly illustrating why a modeller shouldn't be narrating the TV programme.
  9. I had one, the clear cockpit canopy was incredibly fragile for something designed to be launched.
  10. I thought it a well-constructed and enjoyable 45 minutes of TV. Well done to those involved! Having worked on some of the filming of "Secrets Of The Transport Museum" (series 2 now filmed and in the process of editing) I could see a lot of similarities in the editing and presentation. I bet there's a lot of interesting material on the digital "cutting room floor" As Phil says, these programmes are aimed not at us but at the public at large. Let's hope the programme gets good ratings. We need this sort of stuff as an antidote to "strictly come bake me a celebrity get me out of a gogglebox". Narration is a whole subject on its own. There are some well known voices that will never go hungry, Ralph "Dave" Ineson for example.
  11. Reminds me of those BBC test transmission films from the 1950s & 60s. Please can we have the potters wheel?
  12. Yes, that's such a bother isn't it? Probably takes all of 5 or 10 minutes. If "can't be bothered" is your judgement ethos then maybe MRJ isn't the magazine for you.
  13. Mortenhampstead article - brilliant, superbly written and illustrated! A sure contender for the 2mm Scale Assocation's "Geoff Balfour" award. Demonstrating once again that erudite isn't just a sort of glue.
  14. The fact that we are now are at issue 285 of the magazine seems to indicate that MRJ's business model is quite sustainable and has survived a number of difficulties along the way, that latest being obviously Covid. The change to a four-issue subscription model shows a sensible awareness of the risks to a small business like Cygnet. Whenever I've had rare cause to telephone the office, the call has always been cheerfully answered. No call centre nonsense - "press 1 for this, 2 for that, your call is important to us blah blah blah greensleeves blah blah blah" I undertand that the initial production process is very traditional which is how Paul Karau prefers to work but somehow the end result is able to make the jump to into the computer typesetting environment. I rather like that and the fact that MRJ is an antidote to the rather garish "Hello Magazine" style of some other model railway magazines. It's like our very own Radio 4 compared to BBC3. Mark
  15. I'd suggest writing them a letter to express this viewpoint. Actually, I sort of envy them, looking at my own mailbox and the time I spend on emails for a voluntary membership organisation.
  16. Looking forward to this. There's some good material on Yesterday.
  17. I know him when he was young Queensquare. The lad done well for himself.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
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