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  1. Another pleasant half hour sifting through your first blog. There are some brilliant modelers on RMweb - the likes of Mikkel and Alex Duckworth stand tall amongst them. You have what Alex calls ‘the eye’ and you have it in spades. You are indeed an artist rather than just a modeler. I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that Monk’s Gate and Midland in Bristol are your first layouts, it’s no wonder you’ve caused a bit of splash on here. When I saw that first picture of the Goods Office I swear I was looking at the real thing; the scribing and painting of the brick walls was modeling perfection. The idea about printing on the crates with Laser print and nail varnish was also genius; how on earth did you come up with that? I look forward to seeing much more from you and I’m seriously thinking of going to 7mm from 4mm myself because of your layouts. Really inspiring stuff and thank you for sharing it on here.
  2. I only came to this beautiful layout via MRJ yesterday. It is a truly stunning piece of work and I spent a pleasant time reviewing the whole blog. I lost count of the amount of oos and ahhs emanated along the way. Despite the speed of this build, the attention to detail is incredible and it seems to have been wrought from hands that have been modeling for a whole lifetime. Yet, I understand from the MRJ article, that you have only been practicing the hobby for a few years since your family has all grown up! There is always a danger that layouts try to stuff in too much, yet your creation is exactly the right balance. Truly blown away by this work and my mouth waters at the thought of future creations from you. Midland in Bristol is testament to what can be achieved in the hobby when the creative juices are allowed to flow untapped. A lovely work of art that has been precisely executed.
  3. Welcome to world of model railways my friend. I’ve been back at the hobby for the last 11 years and I still get things wrong regarding track laying and electrics etc. The hobby can be very frustrating but also very rewarding. Just keep plugging away and it’ll all come together in the end. Keep posting too - you’ll get plenty of help on here. Good luck and regards, Mike.
  4. Lovely work, Wenlock. Fabulous paint job. Really impressed with the accuracy with all the leather horse tackle. How I wish I had your patience and steady hands.
  5. Lovely woodwork. Really admire those that take the time to get this right. Badly made boards always warp and throw the track out. Patience really is a virtue.
  6. Great recovery! Painting stuff is a pain in the proverbial. Loved the four stages video and you are, as per usual, brilliant at the technique of showing rather than telling the tale. A great example of the trials of the modeling bench.
  7. Great piece of modelling. Love the accuracy and how dead square you have got everything - great craftsmanship and attention to detail. Beats my wire efforts hands down. All that brass must of cost a pretty penny? How much has been your outlay so far? Mike
  8. Thanks, Andy. That film is brilliant. I’ve just watched ‘First Man’ and a documentary about Armstrong - fascinating stuff. He must have been an easy choice for the administration - just all the right attributes.
  9. Nailed it with this post, Mikkel. I often get called out of my dream state, it takes at least four times before I start to take notice. Sometimes she is even reduced to screaming the house down!
  10. Cheers, Mikkel Yep, I’m a bit of a space geek in addition to a railway modeling nut! I don’t do too much space modeling though. The Dragon rocket was picked up about 16 years ago from a shop in an airport lounge and had languished in the box for about ten years so I decided to have a go at a launch tower for it. Think I saw that doc too - there was also another one on Elon Musk and his Falcon rocket. In spite of his obvious flaws I actually think he is a bit of a genius. Got a lot of guts starting from scratch in the rocket business and actually making a success of it. His crew ship made the first unmanned test docking with the ISS last month or so. He has also sent up about ten successful supply ship deliveries to the station so far. The current Boeing effort is still in the build and test stage even though there’s a lot of talk about it. Branson seems to have been shaken by the death of a test pilot a couple of years ago - probably why there has been nothing in the news about his space plane. Think it’s very much the case that private enterprise will make the next big leaps over the coming decades. Mind you, whilst Apollo was government run it was actually private businesses that built the hardware - Boeing, Grumman, Rocketdyne etc. I think if the business people dance to the tune of government bodies then things will go alright in the end. It has to be said though that NASA has had its fair share of cowboy types that have made dubious decisions down the years. Ones that have led to unnecessary deaths. There’s no guarantee of ability/competence with either public and private sectors it seems.
  11. Thanks, Pete. The tower is another one of my soldered wire constructions. It helped that the actual tower is a square construction apart from the angled legs. It meant that I could make up each side in the same jig etc. The rest is cardboard and bits from the spares box. In fact, the gantry arms are made from a discarded handrail that came with the Walthers turntable used in my Barrow Hill Roundhouse layout! The cardboard pad is indeed pure Thunderbirds/Bond and it even has the blast channels built in. It helped that I was able to source the almost side on shot of the prototype from the NASA site - this made it easier to work out the correct dims etc. Alas, the modern world seems to be in a very sorry state. Perhaps it’s because the West no longer has any real common enemy to threaten it anymore? Societies that don’t seem to pull themselves apart from within. It seems a pity we haven’t forged a solid goal like we did with Apollo - for one small moment in July 69 the whole world seemed to come together. Ah well, at least we all have our hobby and RMweb to distract us from the depressing news we have to face night after night!
  12. Cheers Dave. Yep, when it rains over here it can get quite biblical in proportion. Yet we do have our lovely days and it can be a really beautiful place. Besides the pace of life more than compensates for the bad weather. I always remember my Dad waking me up to watch Armstrong’s first step. Again, a grainy black and white image and I wasn’t sure what was happening. It was just great to be sat against my Dad’s knee and enjoying all the excitement. My parents are both sadly gone now too. I remember Mom buying me a little book called ‘The Space Race’ from the Brooke Bond Tea company and I had to collect the cards from tea packets to go with it. I used to pester her to buy the tea and there was a competition amongst my friends to get all the cards. I never managed to get all of them, but I took that little book everywhere with me - such a treasured possession. Of course, it got lost like everything else, but a few years ago I came across a completed version at an antiques fair here in Tralee. Opening it up brought back all the memories and even the sensations of the time - a magical experience. It was a great time to grow up and the future looked so bright to our generation. The wires went up in Perry Barr where I grew up and we had those fantastic electrics. But we also had the Harrier Jump Jet and Concorde to wonder at. Not forgetting the brilliant APT and the magical 125 that came hot on the heels of all the rest. We had so much to look forward to back then and I often wonder when and where it all went wrong.
  13. Just a few pictures of a model of the Launch Umbilical Tower in 1/400 scale I made a few years ago. The Saturn V is a Dragon model. This is my tribute to those magnificent people that worked to put a man on the moon before 1970. I still quite can't believe that there are still people who refuse to believe in this brilliant achievement. Especially given the plethora of scientific information available on the web nowadays. I'm really enjoying the event and there has been some great stuff on the TV showing a load of previously unseen footage of the event. A picture sourced from NASA showing the real Apollo 11 en route to Pad 39A. My take of the Launch Umbilical Tower as copied from the picture of the real thing behind. Outside shot in the garden. The plane going over was just a lucky coincidence as I took the shot. All the way from Cape Killarney! This is where I live in Southern Ireland. A night shot - the tower has been stuffed with a set of cheap LEDs run from a battery. The light shines out of small drilled holes in the tower. I was a young boy in 1969 and the Apollo moonshots dominated our lives. It was an exciting time to be alive during an era full of hope for the future. We were a lot less introspective back then and all of us thought we'd be living on the moon by now. What a wonderful achievement - the benefits of which we have been living off ever since.
  14. Smarter they often are, but not necessarily wiser. Only age can bring that edge. Unfortunately, the young never quite get that. Oh, the way of the world indeed. Each generation wants to build its own set of wheels, yet they always end up using the same old spokes! Does this, I sometimes wonder, mean that our species is ultimately doomed, or, will we always somehow manage to scrape through?
  15. You know a lot has been said about the late Rev Denny and his Buckingham layout, but every once in a while you come across a modeler who is every bit as good as he was. You have scratch built an entire fleet of WCML locos, built a masterful layout and wired it up like a real railway. Totally blown away by all this. You need to write a book with some beautiful double spread photos. I’d be the first in the queue for it. Really inspirational stuff. Mike
  16. OMG you are a real genius. That wiring and control board looks like it took a team of NASA engineers to construct! Brilliant stuff. Need to see a book about how you put all this together. Really inspirational stuff and it’s so good for the rest of us to be put in our place by an expert modeler and engineer from time to time. Mike.
  17. Brilliant scratch build on the 304. Great work. Mike
  18. Absolutely excellent work. You have to be congratulated for sticking with this to the finish. Well planned and brilliantly executed. Puts my efforts to shame. Well done and thanks for sharing. Could you give me a link to your YouTube videos please. Mike.
  19. What an absolutely fabulous layout. Can’t believe the detail for 2mm. Has this been in any of the magazines? If not it should be so we can see some double spread pictures. Brilliant modeling. Mike.
  20. Super, super, super story telling as per usual. Beautiful photography and figures too. Love the cloud of steam shot. I’m from that generation that has also found it slightly hard to adjust. Especially for someone who was involved in the rough and tough civil engineering world for most of his life. Yet, I’ve been constantly surprised by the capabilities of women when they’ve been given a chance to prove themselves. Take the Women’s football cup final matches; they put the men to shame with the quality of play. I’ve really enjoyed the World Cup tournament. For once it has reminded me of the sort of football I grew up with; no grandstanding, no prima donnas and no pampered pouches. Just great football and bags of fair play. Given that there are no special concessions like smaller pitches the women run, head, tackle and pass just like the blokes for the full 90 mins. The American v England match was really hard fought and had me on the end of my seat. The quality of the goal scoring was outstanding. In fact I’d love to see a match between the sexes. Bet it’d be a close run thing. Just wish more women would get a bit more involved with our hobby.
  21. What an excellent thread. All that BR Blue - what a treat. How come I’ve only just found it now? So glad I have - wonderful stuff. Thanks so much for sharing these shots with us. Loads of inspiration. Mike
  22. Super little cottage. Another lovely build from the master of card. Love the porch with its neat flashing.
  23. Thanks for the compliment. The hobby doesn’t have to cost too much. However, If I had the spare cash I’d love to populate my layouts with top of the range models. I’d probably also go down the 0 gauge route. Yet there’s plenty of fun to be had detailing older models. Sometimes the doing and making of things brings much more satisfaction than just buying and admiring stuff.
  24. What a blast from the past. A fantastic picture Of Paddington. Thanks.
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