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  1. They look superb! A very unusual sight, possibly the first time the two have been modelled together?
  2. Job, I have just noticed the bricked up window. I don't want to think what goes on in there!
  3. A dark story! I think I remember Agatha Christie's version, her ability to come up with ideas for almost-perfect murders was always a bit scary Nice idea to use her work as inspiration, there will be hundreds of situations for diorama modelling in her books. Modelling-wise, it's another excellent diorama from you I think. I like how you capture several planes, from the lower steps to the roof top. The excellent cobbles are like a stage, you could show other scenes there too.
  4. That sounds good. I like inside/outside scenes. Before Alan Butler started Model U he was working on Oswestry Works. "Layouettes", I like that
  5. The discussion of road surfaces incl. (non-tar) macadam is a bit spread out, but it began here: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/136695-modelling-edwardianvictorian-roads/ Also here: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/97672-pragmatic-pre-grouping-mikkels-workbench/&do=findComment&comment=3793174 My own conclusion is a light gravel-like base colour but darkened as appropriate by horse dung etc. The chinchilla dust ia good idea, could be given some yellowish washes (rather than paint, which smoothes over the fine grain
  6. That's very effective. Layout mock-up or diorama? There's a lot of unexplored scope for the latter in railway modelling, I think.
  7. Yes please, I do like that look . A few thoughts, for what they're worth: I think plaster/polyfilla could be tricky if you're intending to use your already laid track? It's easy enough with handbuilt track because you can lay it smooth between the sleepers before fitting track and chairs, but with ready-made track the plaster or polyfilla solution tends to get very messy and sticks in the chairs. For that you may instead be better off with DAS á la Chris Nevard, or Chincilla sand using the ordinary PVA method. I've been experimenting with the latter on Peco track this week, and find the result
  8. They don't make them like that anymore. And I'm not talking about the loco. What a character!
  9. Yes, it was tongue in cheek . Hornby have had a habit of announcing models that others are also working on.
  10. No, those are the brand new Hornby ones.
  11. A well-deserved change of gears I think Grahame, you have done more in recent months than many people achieve in years. The carpet layout looks fun (just beware of the monster, I hear it hides under the couch sometimes). And such quiet running too, maybe we have all been missing the point all these years. Back to the roots!
  12. Many thanks Michael. And yes you are quite right, I need to add lots of horse dung, scattered straw and other pleasantries. I have been experimenting with it, but got distracted. The idea of a bloke with a shovel is great, will do that! Earlier we also discussed 'crossing sweepers', I'm planning to have such a gent outside the yard sweeping the road.
  13. Chris, don't look too closely at mine because I cheat: I leave out the black and the lining. My defence is that it's not very noticeable - but of course some people do notice, and ideally I'd like to go the whole way.
  14. Thanks Chris, I will have a go with Slaters for my next project. I have been using the Finecast English bond sheets as they have a slightly worn/old world look in close-up, but I have recently had problems with getting the mortar neat, and recent experiments suggests it's down to the groves in the Finecast sheets.
  15. Very impressive, John. I know you have a lot of structures on Granby, but this looks like it will be one of the highlights. Those corner entrances add a lot of character.
  16. Philosophy and railways, that sounds like a good combo. Different parts of the brain brought into play. I like the look of the wintry scenes in particular. Any chance of larger photos next time? (they come out thumbnail sized on my screen at least).
  17. That's a very nice cameo in the second photo. The structures in particular are spot on. It's sad to see so many buildings in this style having disappeared around the country by now. This is clearly going to be good, I look forward to following further progress.
  18. Congratulations, nothing like reaching an intermediate goal like this, keeps up the motivation I think. Nice idea for a stockbox. I'm wondering about the numbering, do those match the van numbers somehow?
  19. Have a look at 5&9's Victorian "Bricklayer's Arms" layout, superb modelling:
  20. A tour de force! Dave has already mentioned the colours, which are exactly the shades I associate with Victorian times (or maybe your modelling has brainwashed me ). The textures are excellent too, I think, just look at those setts. PS: Chris, can I ask what brick sheets you are using?
  21. Yes, the loco also worked the DN&SR line. The Lambourn bay at Newbury provided much inspiration for the bay at Farthing, including the trackplan, the platform arrangement, the clerestory "strengthener", the horse traffic and the 850. But heavily re-interpreted!
  22. Oh, well spotted - thanks Miss P. If anyone were to model that, people would roll their eyes! Apart from the fire hazard, I wonder again how it stays on board. Still, remembering hay loads from my childhood, once it was all tangled up I suppose it did have a certain mass and weight. Or perhaps no one cared about the hay and it was all an elaborate money laundering scheme.
  23. Mikkel

    Station garden

    Lovely work. The climbing rose is particularly convincing, I think. I am reminded of this photo of Lustleigh, which I keep returning to: http://www.lustleigh-society.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/station-flowers.jpg
  24. There is not much more wagonry, and most of the photos of LVR days are also on the LVR website. As the GWR took over fairly early in the line's history, it does tend to dominate. It is an excellent line history though. Lots of bucolic 850s and panniers on short auto- and goods trains (post 1920s bias). That and Robertson's work on the DN&SR are among the best line histories I know. He did a follow-up book called The Lambourn Branch revisited. This is more of a miscellany of his findings since the original publication. It has certain issues with the printing, though
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