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    Railways model and prototype. Cycling. Staying alive for as long as possible.

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  1. Jack Reacher anyone? Little Tommy Cruise pretending to be a 6'7" 17stone of solid muscle type of guy. Perfect bit of casting..........................
  2. Not to mention some other 'naturally induced' aromas which I am sure resulted from the imbibing of the ozone from those motors! Doesn't seem to happen quite so much these days since the more prevalent use of can motors etc. - or is it just that my nose ain't working so well?!
  3. I remember Peter said he always carried a 16mm scale figure around with him so that he could use it to check 'things' he saw for sale for scale. To create the figures seen above (plus LOADS more!) he would carve and add Milliput and paint to all sorts of unlikely subjects. Several of the figures were created from individuals he had met and photographed when in Burma.
  4. No, that would have been one of Roy Jackson and friends creations such as 'High Dyke' or 'Dunwich', hooked onto the end of the last train of the day. A two-wheeled EM gauge bright red rat running at a scale 80mph. Priceless.
  5. I'm very sorry to report that Peter Dowd, the last surviving founder member of Wakefield Railway Modeller's Society, has passed away. He had been club President for some years and had been an active member of the society, visiting the clubrooms most weeks, often modelling figures for his 16mm narrow gauge garden line, the Mogok Ruby Mines Railway. This 'commemorated' his time in Burma when in the services and was also a reference to his love of the Midland Railway which he had modelled for many years in 4mm scale as an early exponent of EM standards and member of the EM Gauge Society. With him taking up 16mm narrow gauge he was an active member of the 16mm Association and was involved in the construction of the 16mm outdoor layout at the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley, a situation which enabled him to satisfy both of his interests. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family. His funeral will be held at Wakefield Crematorium on Monday 2nd December at 1.00pm.
  6. 'Braynerts Sidings' can be found here - https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/143075-new-beginnings-aka-the-chronicles-of-braynerts-sidings/ It will be shown as a 'work in progress'. To determine the amount of progress you will have to come along and find out!
  7. Got my Vol 5 S&W from James Hudson at Wakefield show over the weekend. It was still warm from the printing press.................... I had to resist 4A and 4B as I've absolutely no room left on my shelves to put them.
  8. Just misses my house! Obviously not spectacular enough to warrant inclusion.
  9. Ann Diamond I think too.
  10. My daughter rang me from her car journey to tell me it was on. I caught the last 10 mins or so. Seemed to be a quite 'adult' discussion rather than the often experienced condescending one. I didn't know JV was a modeller. Another show business one.
  11. A common fault on the MAJ kits. They etched/milled the plank lines into the mould rather than etch the planks themselves hence the 'back to front' appearance.
  12. Why should anyone think it wouldn't? It's a 4-wheel chassis no different to the Hornby Peckett, the Hatton's Barclay etc. and these run well without any external assistance. The 'runner' wagon seems to be a bit of 'belt and braces' thinking by Hornby!
  13. Just because I haven't posted anything for a while (2 months!) doesn't mean that I've been idle. Well, not much anyway! I was banished to the garage while Mrs 5050's sewing sweatshop has been active in the dining room (2 blouses, a skirt, adjusting several pairs of jeans and another skirt etc.). Now she's finished I'm able to reassert myself and have brought it all in from the cold. During my enforced exile I have been able to make and finish a/the fiddle yard and the lighting pelmet and paint most of it using a tin of 'battleship grey undercoat' that I found amongst all the old tins. It must be many years old but when I (eventually) managed to prise off the lid I found it quite usable. It has a slight blue cast to it which I find acceptable. The inside of the 'backscene' board has received a couple of coats of 'Bahama Breeze' emulsion left over from the downstairs toilet we had installed a couple of years ago and the transverse 'strut' (which was only a scrap of waste ply pinned in place) has been replaced by a stiffer length of solid wood screwed to blocks. This is intended to support some lighting to highlight the back of the layout - and hopefully make coupling up wagons easier! The pelmet, strut and inside of the fiddle yard have been painted white gloss to reflect light onto the layout etc. The lighting will be some LED strip that I bought from Aldi some time ago, complete with power supply and 5 metres of lights which seem to give off an excellent amount of illumination. I will have 2 lengths under the pelmet, 1 under the strut and at least 1 length along the fiddle yard, all linked by speaker cable and in-line plugs and sockets. Track power to the fiddle yard is by springy brass/phosphor bronze strips as seen in the photo. Works well and is easy to fit and maintain. First, the Lighting Pelmet in-situ. It is secured in place by a couple of over-centre 'case clips' - Fir And with the fiddle yard attached . The strange 'greenish' area just below the fascia is a shadow from the flash on the blue backscene. A bit weird I reckon! And the fiddle yard - For location while attaching, the board rests on the 2 strips on the main board and a 6mm bolt and wingnut, threaded into a 6mm captive threaded fitting, keeps it in place. The electrical continuity strips can be seen. Next job is to actually fit the LED strips and then onto the scenics!
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