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    4mm; LMR early 60s; Green diesels; DCC sound; architectural modelling; weathering.
    Also a keen artist (trains, ships, planes, landscape, portraiture).

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  1. aac

    Holland Beck

    Happy times! Keep the thread going. Very nice. aac
  2. aac

    Holland Beck

    Yes, one blade should be front dead centre. (I'd been flying for 17 years by '93, left in 2007 and still miss my army-issue e-type - the most lovely piece of kit from which to view this good earth!) Keep up the good work. aac
  3. aac

    Holland Beck

    Sorry to see Treble Three out for the count. I last flew her on 8 Oct 93 and she behaved very well! Nice vignette to add to your layout. The rear blade needs to be moved before residual engine heat melts it. Enjoying the thread. aac
  4. Is your board braced in any way? If not, it will bend out of true very quickly if you stand it on end or lean it against a wall, etc. aac
  5. I would use MS Paint, a standard, easy to use facility on your PC. You could reproduce this photo above and be sticking it or chosen portions of it onto a plasticard backing in a couple of minutes. Move the captured image (via CTRL+PRINT SCREEN) through the MS Paint programme into a blank WORD document, Print as large or small as you need (If you go to VIEW on the top of WORD toolbar and select GRIDLINES, these will show on the image but not appear on it when you print. This will allow you to size it for scale by dragging the corner of the image on the WORD doc. I find one grid square equal to about 9 scale inches in 4mm scale, so you can play around and adjust for any scale). I then print whatever is required, and cut it out, using printer paper, not photo paper, to keep it matt. I then brush liquid poly onto the back of the printed image and it can dry if it chooses to. Then lay it on plasticard and re-soak the image with liquidpoly. This goes through the paper and sticks it onto plasticard. If not fully fixed, give it a minute and the add more liquidpoly. BE WARY - ENSURE GOOD VENTILATION. You will now have the brickwork you had in the photo fixed to plasticard which you can trim as necessary. Align another print-out of the wall and by joining print-outs you can make it as long or as high as you need. I copy photos of signs, make my own signs in Powerpoint and copy those across, and lift bits of useful photos I find or took myself. Once you get used to MS Paint and the transfer to WORD, it is very quick and easy. You would get about 18 scale feet width of brickwork from the above photo. aac
  6. If it's of use, here is a photo of a vineyard on the Moselle just before picking time last September. The vines are not too wide, about 5 or 6 feet high at most, and quite a light green. Very richly coloured soil - and this was in the 2018 hot summer which also occurred in Germany. aac
  7. I've either gone word-blind, or Newton Heath isn't on the forum to see. Advice please? aac
  8. Cheers. I'll look into that. aac
  9. Nice layout. I'd be interested to hear more about the iphone speakers for the sound systems. I've seen a Youtube video of a Class 50 using one, and the sound was superb. Reading up as best as I could, I was never sure whether there was a danger of blowing a decoder or speaker, etc, due to unmatched components in the circuitry. Any views and thoughts welcome. aac
  10. I use plasticard for curves, lightly glued (No nails) for an inch or less down either vertical edge. For the flat areas, half an inch strip of glue on each of the four edges, butted onto each other and the curves. Sand lightly for a perfect match. It makes the curves easily and then a wash over with acrylic and a little water flattens the paint to stop shine. Sky colour to choice. More expensive than card, but it takes knocks, resumes its shape, and won't succumb to damp over time. aac
  11. It's one thing to see a layout and say you recognize the place it portrays. But with this video of the real thing, you can say that in seeing the place, you recognize the layout! Congratulations on your awards. aac
  12. Take a look at St.Minions, small space, Class 25s, freight and DMU.
  13. I have never used ready made boards, but I would recommend drawing up a full size track plan on a roll of old wallpaper or lining paper so that you are quite clear how big the boards should be. Any approximations of ideas and dimensions might end up badly! aac
  14. Just to share a method I have used for some time, I use screen shots (Ctrl+Print Screen) and the PAINT programme which comes free in the Windows system. As an example, your Poole destination board is in the first photo (Quick photos off my mobile, of my computer screen) having been sized in seconds after the image was screen shot, cut from PAINT, and pasted onto a WORD document. The POOLE board is now shown in 3 sizes, the lower one is then dragged into a larger version in a second as seen in the second attachment, simply by left clicking on the image, and then left clicking again to put the cursor on the bottom right hand corner and dragging it to change the size for scaling as you require. The third attachment is a series of images pulled off the internet, pasted from PAINT into WORD and doctored in the same way. The WORD toolbar offers VIEW. Select that and then go to the toolbar below for GRIDLINES. Tick that and a grid appears behind your image(s). I find 3 squares across and just a bit less than 5 high gives posters, adverts, timetables, etc, that are 9mm wide and 15mm high. Dragging the corner dot on any image enlarges or shrinks it, so you can fit it to any location, be it a large hoarding or a small notice board. When you have made the image(s) to the size required, print. The gridlines will have disappeared. Cut out the image, lay it on thin plasticard and wet it with liquid poly. It will dry onto the plasticard, then trim that to size. This also gives a matt finish rather than gloss as you see when buying sets of posters printed on photo paper. If you want adverts from any particular era, just Google, say, "1960s adverts", or "beer adverts", "soap adverts" etc, and do the routine described. You can add more to the WORD doc over time as something catches your eye. You can also create your own posters or platform notices using appropriate background colours, fonts and pictures in Powerpoint, and capturing the results of that work too. I just don't buy posterwork these days. You can store all the different images that you capture on one saved document. Just make sure you select what you want to print and paste it/them onto a separate page, otherwise you will print everything stored in the document every time! aac
  15. Good stuff. Looking forward to seeing things develop. aac
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