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Speaking as a hat wearer (flat caps for site work and a Tilley for walking and boating) I wouldn't mind a browse to see if Harry Hall has anything for me. Perhaps a straw boater? But you'd struggle to get me out of Juckes if I ever got in. Just think of all those English-made tools, best Sheffield steel saws, ash or hickory handles, made to last a lifetime and beyond. I still have two of my father's saws, a cross-cut and a rip. 90 years old now. You wouldn't know it. Files that will cut and cut and cut and seemingly never go blunt. Hammers balanced so you hardly feel the weight. Lovely tools. But a big chunk of the week's wages to buy a good saw in those days, so mustn't get dewy-eyed.

Beautiful model-making. How on earth do you find the time to fill a shop with stock like that? Hours and hours of fiddly work. The fine-art miniaturists typically only produce 3 or 4 pieces a year.

Amazing.

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13 hours ago, PaulRhB said:

Beautiful, I’m looking forward to some shots to see the wider picture when you’re ready for the reveal :) 

Good idea Paul

 

I will get some overall workshop pictures later today and a picture of each board to show what exactly is happening.  Boards are in separate parts on the workbench at moment as they are being worked on top and bottom. After wires all connected up underneath for building lighting, I will put them together again and take more pictures.  

 

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There’s some fabulous detail there and many hours just painting barrels! :)

Thanks for the wider shots and the backscene looks great too. 
One to go to see once lockdown allows shows ;) 

I really ought to get on with my little micro brewery/ biscuit factory but it’s not going to rival this for detail or originality! 

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10 minutes ago, AY Mod said:

 

Oh my word; this is remarkable Pete. So much so that I've had to go off and create a new reaction icon in your honour. :biggrin_mini2:

 

Then let me be the first to use it. Well done Pete.

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Oh thanks very much for the very kind comments!  Certainly a big grin there.

 

There is still a few bits to do but definitely getting there now.  I am marking up a plan up stuck on the wall with any missing bits, gates, fences, walls as I am going round sticking buildings down; and I would like to do some dusk / dawn photos when all the lighting is connected up!

 

Cheers!

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17 minutes ago, Ben B said:

Those greyscale shots are terrific, they really show off the artistry of the layout!

Rich (my eldest) took them this afternoon during a running session.  They are excellent and very worthy of sharing.

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I agree with all the comments made. An original concept extremely well thought out and researched with fantastic modelling skills let alone the patience to paint all the figures & barrels. This is going to be up there with the best layouts on the exhibition circuit.

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Those shots shout Burton on Trent, High Street Crossing, by the Blue Posts pub, now a street called Worthington Way. Takes me back about 60 years, I can almost hear the crossing box warning bell before he opened the gates to let a darkish blue Worthington steam loco or smelly, smokey, petrol Motorail through, though the latter would be later than your chosen era, great modelling. 

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