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  1. Brilliant and way better than the sequel!
  2. Many thanks for the kind compliment. A lot of it is down to luck rather than judgement and also patience. Thank the heavens for digital cameras because you can snap away indiscriminately until you get the right shot.
  3. Thanks Mikkel. It never occurred to me to liken it to that world of Jules Verne or HG Wells, but as soon as I read it I instantly got it. The shape reminds you of all those flying blimps, futuristic cars and submarines seen in contemporary drawings of their time. The designers would have undoubtedly been influenced by what they had read themselves in their youth and it clearly shows through. This made me think about the influences on me and the way I love playing about with light, dark and shade. Also that grubby industrial background that appeals so much. This is undoubtedly down to f
  4. Just a couple of update pictures. A slighty alternative view of the Fowler showing a stronger sunlight streaming effect and one of the front of the North Screen taken from the overbridge.
  5. Hi Dave, Thanks for your glowing comment. Yes it’s hard going trying to get the conditions just right but worth it in the end. I had no idea about your work until I clicked on your profile - those shots of your station at night are absolutely brilliant. Regards, Mike
  6. The picture of the real thing (Mike Morrant Collection - Fowler 2P) that started the journey on this layout. I've managed, after many hours messing about with a spotlight and my Panasonic Lumix, to capture the streaming sunlight effect I wanted. Just wish I could photoshop some steam into the shot - I'll just have to put up with cigarette smoke for now! A couple of sepia images of a Duchess in LMS war time black. I really like this loco - the streamline shape must have made for an impressive sight in the 30's when first introduced. It's a great pity t
  7. Brilliant little tale and great use of the Airfix soldiers. That brought back memories when me and my two best friends played war games using Airfix 1/76th kits in our early teens (gosh - what a long time ago that was now). We each had a very eclectic collection of figures and tanks and it seemed not to matter if we had US Paratroopers fighting alongside German units etc. However, to distinguish each other’s armies we’d have our own paint scheme and my friend, Roy, painted his stuff up in white and black to represent snow troops. Simply because his favorite was the German Mountain Troop pa
  8. Beautifully done and very useful account about the techniques used. Absolutely love that last photo.
  9. Hi Locksley, just having a browse this morning and happened on this fantastic project. That Sentinel is just amazing and the workshop is just brilliant - you just wish you could walk in those doors and explore it! That night shot photo of the workshop is a real piece of art - good photography of railway layouts is of great interest to me. Lots of inspiration here and I look forward to seeing more. Mike
  10. Cheers for the advice, Barry. Know exactly what you mean. I’ve got a later early BR version that looks much better and that’ll appear in later pics once the layout is finished. In the meantime, I’ve merely used a black piece of card behind the Margate version for taking pics - this helps hide the hideous gap between rear bogie and the incorrect footplate profile. It just shows how far the manufacturers have come over the last few decades. I doubt we’d put up with now what was available then - even Hornby’s Railroad Range is superior to the early stuff. Many thanks again. Mike.
  11. Gosh, Alex, that’s a real compliment. Thank you and it provides plenty of encouragement for me. Making these roofs, and I’ve done a few now, has been a long learning process. I guess, because I made this, then I’m aware of the wobbly bits so having others appreciate the work is very gratifying. I understand that bits of wire and cornflake box card is not everyone’s idea of proper modeling, but it is surprising what you can achieve using humble materials. Necessity is the mother of all invention, so they say, but if I had the cash I’d certainly would use brass and have things laser printed
  12. Just a few pics showing how the wire roof was constructed for anyone interested. These roof structure may look very complicated but they are relatively easy to make once you break it all down into its respective components etc. As a builder, I've a bit of understanding of how they are constructed in real life - this knowledge has helped enormously. The bundles of wire are seperated into seperate strands. These are then G clamped to either end of a furniture clamp - the clamp is turned in reverse to stretch the wire straight and introduce a little tension. I've alre
  13. Thanks for the glowing praise, Pete. However, if you were employed as a 4mm scale consultant engineer then you’d condemn the structure immediately. There’s loads of wonky bits and if you were able to put your eye along the beams you’d see just how out of true parts of the roof is. I’m also not totally happy with the screen, it’s all down to rushing a bit and the choice of materials out of economy. Believe me, if I had the cash I’d have the roof parts etched separately before assembly and the screen laser cut or printed. That was if I could use CAD or the like! Thanks again for the commen
  14. Thanks, Mikkel. Well she holds the purse strings so all consultation starts with her first! Joking aside, I actually respect her view on most things as she’s not given to false flattery and also has quite a fair and balanced opinion of things in general. Whilst initially taking umbrage, as always, I did actually see her point after pondering for a while. She’s actually the better photographer in reality and I always encourage her take charge of the camera on holiday. With my layouts, however, that’s a different matter and so she’s only allowed to critique!
  15. Brilliant and unique. Those lithographs are a fantastic source. You can tell from them that Broad Gauge really was broad! There aren’t many modelers that have tried to tackle this period of railway history simply because, I suppose, that absolutely everything has to be made from scratch. This nicely mirrors the difficulty those first railways pioneers, like Brunel, had in as much as that they also had to invent from scratch for the new technology. Standing at that station in 1842, a passenger must have felt like how it is for us getting on Concorde etc. (not that I ever had the privilege
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