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  1. I would be happy to lend my copy of Railway Roundabout, there’s a good few hours of stuff on there with a nice chunk of BR western region footage. PM me your address, only cost is returning the DVD when you have enjoyed it!
  2. Engines were usually prohibited from passing through or entering goods sheds as well. In cases where there was no capstan system or similar a barrier wagon would be used to shunt loaded wagons into the shed. A short siding with a wagon turntable to access a shed or end loading dock or both would fill a corner with the running line behind it if you were looking for a view blocker, in situations where space was tight a trailing connection to a wagon turntable was occasionally used. You wouldn’t need the turntable to be functional but it would add operational interest.
  3. When you adjust CV’s start by writing down the pre set value, then adjust in smaller increments. Messing with the speed curve or table cannot damage the loco, it just might not run as you want it.
  4. I like DM Glue n Glaze. Dries clear, can be put on thin, repositioning is possible and excess can be cleared with damp cotton bud.
  5. Engineering plastic sheets are very much square, plus you will be cutting any sheet you use anyway, hopefully using a decent straight edge and a square. Some of the tea turned sheets like Slaters are not always square, but one cut usually fixes that. I have self printed buildings that are nearly 8 years old that kept their colour, I use fixative spray and a light coat of varnish before glazing to help and don’t leave them in direct sunlight, anything fades under too much sun! Another vote for Scalescenes, their stuff is superb.
  6. The Didcot loco shed is a Loan Act shed, built with money from the govt in the 1920’s. Townstreet Models do a finished one. They do both OO and O size I believe. https://www.townstreetuk.co.uk/7mm.html Scale scenes also have a two road shed that can be printed as many times as you like for one purchase, their stuff is really good and easy to make bigger. https://scalescenes.com/railscenes/ York Modelmaking do bespoke laser work. https://yorkmodelrail.com/bespoke-services/
  7. @bmthtrains - David I get that about 3d printing not being a magic bullet. Printed parts have limits, it can’t replace everything. I am forever reminding people that by the time they have drawn, tested and broken a 3d printed part I could often have made it by good old fashioned methods, without it subsequently breaking. I think it is part of the solution in more “niche” or smaller markets or as a way of hooking people in to the wider hobby. Once they have found the limits of a 3D printed model, they might like to try building a more traditional kit. If nobody is offering the models, then a growing home printing market is being ignored. I see kids of 15-20 making amazing stuff on home machines, they could be getting hooked into railway modelling via their printing for not much outlay once CAD is done and they don’t mind paying for a one use licence.
  8. Local traffic was handled by B sets and auto coaches, don’t forget “stoppers” on the mainline could be a pretty motley collection of usually non corridor stock. Also mixed trains with tail traffic and “brown” non passenger coaching stock should be included in passenger workings for variety and authenticity. Livery wise you might have some stock in wartime all over brown, check the excellent sites linked by previous commentators. There were even a few old top lights about until the early 50’s.
  9. With regards to 3D printing the initial cost of resin printers is now under £200 for a very capable machine, in other hobbies it is becoming more popular for people to sell files and finished product than just printed items. This could be a great way for small manufacturers to recover some of the CAD costs and reach more people. More Brio and mainstream trainset sales will help bring more people into the market for model railways later. I don’t care if Hornby stops making them, I don’t think most current buyers of trainsets associate them with that brand specifically.
  10. I put line side fences on that section today. It’s the easiest board to get finished, I think it might be not far from done now.
  11. I cheat on flesh tones, I paint them white then put a flesh toning wash on, job done. Vary the thinning of the wash or it’s tone for skin variation.
  12. Thank you. About 5 of those years it was just stored lol.
  13. Bloody hell, for the first time ever the whole layout minus fiddle yard is together, supported entirely on the leg units. Only took 11 years. As you can see from the thumbnail there was a degree of shock about this. All the boards. Each modular board is 3’6” long, with the two larger station boards individually sized. The classic view from above the signal box. Vs reality Side by side, I didn’t get quite the same angle, but close enough. Obviously there’s a degree of compression in play as well. I am very pleased with the flow of the landscape though. View uphill from the end of the modern Montague Road, towards the top of Hurrell Road, the reverse of the view I showed last time. Further static grass growth is visible in the foreground. View from Hurrel Rd to Motague Rd, as before but with the Lime Grove under pass bridge visible. Another repeat, fence arrived for here today. View from platform end, my view is more like you are perched on the locomotive water tower. “Drone shot” showing track re alignment and station throat. Shock My next challenge is to make it all work.
  14. Canopy is complete for the station building. Just got to finish painting it.
  15. Joined all 4 boards of “Kingsbridge” together for the first time yesterday on all their own legs. It’s MASSIVE lol. 

    1. Kris
    2. devondynosoar118


      It was too dark in the bat cave, I left it up ready to take them.

    3. devondynosoar118


      Rest is in the Blog!


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