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  1. Other people will have better ideas but maybe consider there's no way for trains to move between the two loops maybe swap the 4-road engine shed for more offshoots from the turntable - that could free up some space in the middle of the layout What are your aims for the layout? Does the rolling stock fit correctly?
  2. My copy arrived today, only ordered it on Monday. Not actually read it yet but for those wondering it's got decent quality paper. Covers are good and thick with a bit of gloss shine front/back. Pictures inside seem to be of decent quality and rendering. Seems to be a mix of content from some layouts, kitbashing, tips on building in multiple different materials; card, resin, plastic etc. One minor critique, I'm not a huge fan of the red background/yellow bubble font section headers. It's nice to see a dedicated N magazine, although N is a less popular scale it sometimes feels a little lost in other media. Maybe that's due to fewer modellers = less content so let's see how this gets on.
  3. If it's got the older Masterpieces in Miniature branding it's likely to be relatively old, and basic in detail compared to the newer Dapol. Things like DCC compatibility or lighting are also likely to be missing.
  4. 'Tanks' for the update! It'll be good to have a tank rake. The yellow of the Shell tank certainly stands out between the sea of black.
  5. Hi lwnameplates - I believe that's the difficulty right now, determining genuine reason without it coming across as hostile. Around here (Leicester) the majority of people I see maskless in shops don't have a lanyard and that is likely where the most of the problem arises, nor however do I think it's fair to 'label' people either by forcing lanyard wearing. It's tough for both sides. How we respond is important. At least throughout the discussion everyone feels that assault is absolutely uncalled for.
  6. "By law businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where they are required, for instance using signage. If necessary, police can issue fines to members of the public for non-compliance." Quoted directly from the Government website guidance for shops - Section 6.2 - Face Coverings. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches#shops-6-2 Yes - the same guidance in Section 6.2 also states "Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons." If a shop worker politely asked someone to wear a face mask, and you say you are exempt then the shop has done 'all it can'. Staff cannot prove you are exempt. The staff are unlikely to know of every exemptible medical condition out there. On the flip side you must also consider the shop must take into account the safety of it's own staff and other customers - and the laws they are being required to follow right now. Without a full recording of interactions, had the shop staff been rude about the lack of face covering then maybe there is a right to complain, and it is always within your right not to shop there. If the attitude from the customer is immediately rudely defensive from a polite question then that would be a cause for concern. It's annoying to be the outsider, to be the one who is always questioned, to feel like you are being picked on - but that is how it is right now. No it's not fair. It's not fair to put you in a position where you feel like you need to defend yourself, and it's not fair to put shop workers in a position where they may not get a polite response. Edit: If either side takes a hostile approach to the situation, that's when things get unacceptable.
  7. There is no excuse for any kind of threat or assault regardless of 'exemptions', COVID or not - at any time past, present or future. That's just a lack of basic human decency. Keep safe. Customers who are worthwhile will understand.
  8. Recently got some custom boards from Grainge and Hodder - was about 12 weeks total but I think the normal standard range ships faster. The three main suppliers recommended to me were Tim Horn, White Rose and Grainge and Hodder.
  9. One problem with having the CAD sold is if it's cut by a third party and there's alignment issues, who gets the blame? Hattons for a 'faulty' CAD? The company cutting the boards? Each type of cutter will be different, laser v. water, types of wood will differ. Then you've got the can of worms that is intellectual property rights. What's to stop someone opening their own baseboard business with the hard work Hattons have done so far?
  10. Sadly better to disappoint with the pre-orders being cancelled than having to deal with substandard items going to customers and risking return / knock to reputation. Presumably Hattons will have the CAD work for these boards should a supplier be found in the future.
  11. Nice heavy box arrived this week with boards, whilst the parcel was weighty the boards themselves are quite light individually. Much better than my previous homemade attempts which were difficult to move.
  12. All resolved now, many thanks to folks at Grainge and Hodder.
  13. Interesting. I'll send another email and then call next week. They've always been highly recommended so I don't think it's anything purposeful. I may have just gotten lost in the system!
  14. I saw the notice on the website but it says they prefer email, so I didn't want to call and bother them too much.
  15. Has anyone heard from Grainge and Hodder recently? I placed an order for a few boards about 8 weeks ago but all seems to have gone quiet. I suspect COVID-19 + lockdown 2 aren't helping and may be causing delays, just wanted to check everything was alright.
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