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    Southern region 50s and 60s and a bit of the 70s

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  1. lash

    Portsea Town

    At the same show last year l bought a very old Horny signal box for about three quid. i think it’s based on an early 50s box in turn based on a postwar LMS box. It’s a bit narrow and I’ll need to fabricate some handrails for the stairs ( no not health and safety gone mad even 1/72 plastic people deserve a safe workplace) but it will be up against a resting wall which will disguise the lack of depth and if Portsea lost its lovely LSWR type 3a box to incendiaries in the war I’m sure this type of box can be justified . Anyway it’s my train set , it’s just the right size and after a scrub and a spray of grey acrylic primer it looks to me the basis of a half decent model and better and cheaper than a plaster plonk it down alternative not to mention re-using a bit of plastic !Oh and yes one day I will scratch build but in the meantime it’s good fun for this less than average modeller.
  2. lash

    Portsea Town

    Sometimes I get ideas above by station . So when I found this gem at the Newport IOW show at the weekend I couldn’t resist for a tenner . I have been aware of this old Hornby kit for a while and have noted it’s architectural similarity to Portsmouth and Southsea station . It’s a bit bashed and in need of tlc but as project or even a carve up really I couldn’t resist . A bit grand for Portsea maybe but who knows I may model a larger station one day .....
  3. lash

    Milton Quay

    Nice one yes A pint ! Why ,that’s very nearly an armful .
  4. lash

    Milton Quay

    Keith glad you enjoyed the reference and love your embellishments. I think I could get into a few cameos with the characters from 60s and 70s radio comedy on the layout ) Maybe Binky Beaumont and Dame Celia Molestrangler and their take on Brief Encounter ( no refreshment room at MQ but maybe a stolen pot of tea and a rock cake at the local Black Cat Cafe ) or Jules and Sandy escaping the drudgery of the Balls Pond Road for a bona day out at the seaside. If there are any young people out there who don’t understand a word of this ......welcome to my world!!
  5. lash

    Milton Quay

    The idea is to complete a few jobs on MQ and then take it to our house in the Isle of Wight to thoroughly test ( ok play with ) with a variety of stock from the mid 50s to early 70s over Christmas and the New Year. So Jobs to do. Final fix for the canopy . Starter and distant signal. Paint touch up . Second cassette. Signal box interior , may end up a Christmas project though. Platform furniture and manholes. Foliage here and there. Odds sods and detritus around the dock. Once out of the railway room there will be room for my planned revamp of Portsea Town ....
  6. lash

    Portsea Town

    Thanks Adrian your encouragement is as ever much appreciated The cunning plan is developing in my head and will involve some fun kitbashing .
  7. lash

    Portsea Town

    I’ve been pondering what comes next after Milton Quay ,my small dockside terminus . I’m thinking urban , with more structural modelling ( I have accumulated quite a few kits and second hand buildings for construction and bashing) but not too complex and a more conventional approach to baseboards and point control. Maybe a variation on the Ian Futers Haymarket theme using track and other components I already have with a view to keeping costs down. Then I looked in the corner of the room and stacked against the wall was Portsea Town looking a bit dusty but undamaged and with some nice trackwork and decent electrics all wired and working when last tested . A cunning plan maybe to remove a platform , a bridge here ,new retaining walls there. A new fiddle yard would be required but no big problem there or maybe even share with the slidy cassettes at Milton Quay . So watch this space ..........I might just have a cunning plan .
  8. lash

    Milton Quay

    Worked on the home and distant signal this evening then track cleaning and playing trains. It’s October 1965 , and a busy late afternoon at Milton Quay.
  9. lash

    Milton Quay

    Another signal pic showing work in progress before the masking tape came off . I used the v in the distant arm as a template to cut the masking tape . Result was ok but needed a little fettling .
  10. lash

    Milton Quay

    Back modelling this evening after a bit of a tidy up. Concentrating on bits and bobs and fiddly bits like painting a distant signal arm aaaaaargh . Good for the soul though. Looks good at a distance but as ever photos are cruel .
  11. lash

    Milton Quay

    Thanks Roland , no unintended finger BBQ this evening I’m pleased to report . I bought a soldering iron stand a while ago and thoroughly recommend its use to all cack handed modellers. Very nice comment and pleased you like MQ .
  12. lash

    Milton Quay

    All done tested and tidied. Essentially I have added on/off switches to the four feeds on the layout to create four sections that can be isolated . That means I can have more than one locomotive or dmu on the layout at once. It goes against the keep the electrics simple idea that was a key element of the layout when I started building it , but after some testing and playing it became clear it would add hugely to the operational and visual potential of this very small set up . So definitely worth it . I keep reminding myself Milton Quay is a learning layout for me and so alterations ,additions and applying lessons learnt along the way are all to the good . I’m not sure I’d use foam-board baseboards on a larger layout but it is brilliant how I can literally chop and change with little mess of disruption. Here I just needed to cut a rectangular hole in the baseboard side with a craft knife and steel rule and stick on a short length of thick balsa strip to attach an extra electric choc block to deal with the extra wiring . All very easy and no mess . So great for the hesitant beginner developing ideas but with few woodwork skills and nowhere comfortable to create sawdust .
  13. lash

    Milton Quay

    Work in progress.
  14. lash

    Milton Quay

    Layout on its side and clamped to avoid toppling damage and associated dreadful language. Didn't stop the platform canopy falling off though, count to 10 and no great damage done.
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