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Hi all, and welcome to a topic about our Team's (Railway Video Division) Great Model Railway Challenge - TV Themed Heat Layout, "Go Forth". 

 

The Great Model Railway Challenge has certainly been the talking point of not just modellers, but the general public too. Each week 3 Teams go head to head over the course 24hr, to build model railways, set to a certain theme, with the winner from each week going through to the final. 

 

Our Team the "Railway Video Division", made up of a number follow YouTuber's, Friends, and Family (including my Granddad, who got me started in the Hobby when I was 3) entered Heat 2 of the Challenge, with the Theme - TV Shows. We all quickly came to the conclusion, that 'Blackadder - Goes Forth' would make the perfect theme for our layout, with us all being big fans of the series, plus having an interest in the Railways of the First World War, it seems the perfect pairing!

 

I think the best way to kick off this topic, is to take a look at a 'Behind the Scenes' video, of our Teams Time on the Show, showing the construction "Go Forth". 

 

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A look Behind the Scenes of our Team (The Railway Video Division) debute on the "The Great Model Railway Challenge", featuring the construction of our "Black Adder" inspired layout, "Go Forth". Joined by fellow YouTubers 82A Studios, Bluebell-Railway Hawks, Northern Soul Express, plus Adrian and my Grandfather, we take a look at our experiences during the filming of Heat 2, where we were tasked with the construction of a layout, based on a 'TV Show' Theme. So stay tuned to see how we get on!

Hope you enjoy!

 

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One of the most asked questions about the "Great Model Railway Challenge" is what happened to the shows Layouts after filming? In this video we discuss what happened to our team's layout after the show, as well as future plans, plus information about a special 'One Day Only' Public Display, at Signals Models Midsomer Norton on November 3rd 2018 (A Full Video with more info on the Show will follow soon)! 

Hope you enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCx9G6UaSDI

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Great job, really enjoyed watching your layout. In my opinion it was definitely the right choice for the win. Well executed and well deserved. Congratulations!

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Great job, really enjoyed watching your layout. In my opinion it was definitely the right choice for the win. Well executed and well deserved. Congratulations!

Thanks ever so much John! Glad you enjoyed it! 

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Some photos from Day 1 on Set - 21st May 2018

 

After arriving a Fawley and meeting the Crew, we quickly got onto sorting our main goals on what we wanted to get done on the layout by the end of day 1, and ser each other tasks.

Once we had settled we got cracking with laying of the track, ballasting, getting the hill forms in place, Backscenes Painted and fitted, plus starting to get the mud down (PVA and Woodfiller mix).

 

Me, Adam and Will set about sorting the track and wiring for the layout, while my Grandfather, John, painted and fitted the Backscenes, give our layout the Go Forth vibe with Blue to Grey Skys. 

 

Callum (other Callum) and Adi, set up shop building the many card and plastic building kits that made up the Manor, Farm and Field Hospital Scene. Callum, who had never built a Kit before, was like a Duck to water and by mid-afternoon had turned out 6 Metcalfe Nissan Huts!

 

By the end of the day, the layout was starting to look very much like our plan! Naturally it was off to a Pub in Reading where our digs for the night were for a little celebration drink!  ;)

 

 

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Day 2 on Set - 22nd May 2018

 

With all the main goals sorted on Day 1, we all set about getting on with the landscaping. This included, adding static grass, trees, bushes, grass tufts, painting the road for the bus, plus making a start on adding the many hand painted figures, that made up a number of our cameo scenes.

 

Day 2 also saw us test fire our Rail Gun. As you saw in the program, we had a few teething issues at first, but these were soon sorted. 

 

Also managed to get a quick picture of my Grandfather wearing his Station Masters hat which he brought along!  :locomotive:  

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Day 3 on Set - 23rd May 2018

 

​Day 3, judgment day!

Final touches were added, including the final few figures, vehicles and yard details. Then we set about thoroughly cleaning the tracks and checked everything was working, including all the animations and lighting effects. 

 

Once happy, we then started adding all our rolling stock, including our personalized ROD Locomotives and WDLR Trench Stock.

 

​Here's a good selection of photos taken on the day, showing the layout in closer detail, plus the whole team, and presenter Tim Shaw around the layout, after we heard the result from Judging! :D 

 

As you can imagine, we were all over the moon! Especially me and my Grandfather :)

  

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One of the most asked questions about the "Great Model Railway Challenge" is what happened to the shows Layouts after filming? In this video we discuss what happened to our team's layout after the show, as well as future plans, plus information about a special 'One Day Only' Public Display, at Signals Models Midsomer Norton on November 3rd 2018!

Hope you enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCx9G6UaSDI

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A quick shout out video for a chance to come and see our Great Model Railway Challenge Blackadder Themed Layout - Go Forth! On Saturday 3rd November 2018, Signals Model Shop in Midsomer Norton will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary of Opening. To Mark the occasion me and the Railway Video Division team, will be displaying our GMRC Blackadder TV Themed Layout - 'Go Forth' in Store, to the public for the first time! As well as the layout, there will also be 10% off everything in store! So pop along and grab yourself a bargain too! Doors open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 3rd November, and enter is Free! So pop along and come and say Hi!

See you there!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVswkOa96dc

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Tuesday 16th October saw the start of the restoration of the Layout at Signals Model Shop, Midsomer Norton.

 

Signals who had just moved into their new shop a week or so before the layouts arrival, kindly had a spare room going were the layout could be stored and set-up for a special 'One Day Only' Public Display, to Celebrate their 10th Anniversary of Opening! 

 

After being transported home by in 3 sections, stored in two of our Garages for a few months, then transported in a van once again to Signals, the layout certainly suffered a bit of ware and tare after the filming of the show. 

 

Once safely in at Signals, me and team began the restoration. First step included getting the layout back on it's legs and storing out the wiring, before joining all 3 sections back together. As you can see, there's a mass of mixed wiring under the board, which includes track power and droppers, lighting and smoke generators. 

 

When it came to putting the board back together, we found some of them had twisted, which made things a bit difficult. But with a bit of persuasion and a hammer, all were back together. Next up, that backboards were attached and landscaping moved back into position. 

 

Surprisingly the scenery had held up pretty well, but of course needed some work. The bridges were put back into position and tracks on them connected. We then sort about getting the many animations working again, including the two smoke generators, bunker lights, explosion flashes and rail gun recoil. After a bit of simple wiring, we were amazed that all worked first time! 

 

Here's a few pictures of the progress made over the course of the day.

 

 

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Saturday 20th October.

 

Join by fellow team member Callum (Number 2), we set about getting the tracks running and the scenes back into place.

 

Callum checked images of the layout taken on his phone during the filming of the show, to make sure we got most the items back in their correct locations. This included Tree, Huts, Builds and rubble from the farm house, as well as the odd figure that had come loose.

 

By the end of the day, the layout started to look a lot like what it did on set! 

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A look at the Rebuilding of our "Great Model Railway Challenge" Black Adder TV Themed Layout, "Go Forth" at Signals Model Shop in Midsomer Norton. Joined by fellow YouTubers 82A Studios, Northern Soul Express, plus Adrian, we take a look at the process of the rebuilding of the layout before it's 'One Day' Public Display at Signals Models, Midsomer Norton on Saturday 3rd November 2018!

So stay tuned to see how we get on and plus be sure to pop in and take a look at the layout for yourselves on Saturday 3rd November, 10am - 4pm!

 

Signals Models

10 High Street

Midsomer Norton

Somerset

BA3 2LE

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B96wt091hXE

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Saturday 3rd November 2018 saw Signals Model Shop, Midsomer Norton, Somerset, Celebrate their 10th Anniversary. To mark this special occasion, me and fellow team members of the "Railway Video Division" displayed our 'Great Model Railway Challenge' Blackadder Themed Winning Heat Layout, "Go Forth", to the public for the first time!

A full running session from the event will also follow soon!

Hope you enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxAzcu7Sdrs

 
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Saturday 3rd November 2018 saw Signals Model Shop, Midsomer Norton, Somerset, Celebrate their 10th Anniversary. To mark this special occasion, me and fellow team members of the "Railway Video Division" displayed our 'Great Model Railway Challenge' Blackadder Themed Winning Heat Layout, "Go Forth", to the public for the first time!

Hope you enjoy!

 

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Very nicely done. Quite inspired.

 

My only recommendation is the trench. It is far too large (with/height). They were kept narrow to reduce the risk of a shell landing in them (which would have made a mess).

There would have been a ledge for soldiers to stand on, to see over the top, to fire rifles and you need machine gun points which were heavily protected. And there zig zagging runner trenches running behind to bring in supplies, swap out the troops etc.

 

Big guns were held way back from the front, partly to avoid detection and partly because they could shoot a long way anyway.

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Very nicely done. Quite inspired.

 

My only recommendation is the trench. It is far too large (with/height). They were kept narrow to reduce the risk of a shell landing in them (which would have made a mess).

There would have been a ledge for soldiers to stand on, to see over the top, to fire rifles and you need machine gun points which were heavily protected. And there zig zagging runner trenches running behind to bring in supplies, swap out the troops etc.

 

Big guns were held way back from the front, partly to avoid detection and partly because they could shoot a long way anyway.

Thanks for the tips. Of course this was all built in 24 for the GMRC so we had to improvise.
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A channel update for December 2018, in which I discuss plans for the SDJR7F88 Channel over the coming festive period, including an exciting extra display date for my 009 Scale WW1 Trench Railway - Amiens 1918 at 'The National Festival of Railway Modelling', Peterborough on 8th & 9th December. This will be the layouts furthest and biggest outing to date so be sure to pop over and say Hi!

Other news, includes another Public Display of our 'Great Model Railway Challenge' Layout, "Go Forth", as well as a chat about a number of future projects, that will hopefully be coming to the channel in the not too distant future.

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Breaking News!

Following the success of the last show and the interest in the gernal public for another, the 'Railway Video Devision' are going to be having one more Public Display with "Go Forth" at Signals Models in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, on Saturday 22nd December 2018. The will be the last show before we sadly have to part with the layout.

Like last time, the show will be held in the shop, where the layout is currently being stored and entery is completely FREE!

Door will be open from 10am - 4pm, so be sure to pop along and say Hi!

 

Saturday 22nd December 2018

10am - 4pm

 

Signals Models

10 High Street

Midsomer Norton

Somerset

BA3 2LE

 

See you there!

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What a start to the week! Railway Modeller Editor and Great Model Railway Challenge Judge Steve Flint has come and re-visited "Go Forth", for a future article in Railway Modeller!!!

Final testing is underway for the layouts last public show at Signals Models this coming Saturday (22nd Dec)10am - 4pm

See you then!

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Monday 17th December 2018, saw Railway Modeller Editor and Great Model Railway Challenge Judge, Steve Flint, visited Signals Model in Midsomer Norton, to take a few snaps of our 'Great Model Railway Challenge' Blackadder Themed Heat Layout - "Go Forth".

During Steve's visit, we had a good chat about our time on the show, as well our own projects we had been working on, including my 00 Gauge - WW1 Armored Train, which I had also brought along to the shoot.

A massive Thank You to Steve Flint for the Photoshoot, and be sure to keep an eye on future issues of Railway Modeller for more details.

Following the success of the last open day, the 'Railway Video Devision' are going to be having one more Public Display with "Go Forth" at Signals Models in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, on Saturday 22nd December 2018. The will be the last show before we sadly have to part with the layout.

Like last time, the show will be held in the shop, where the layout is currently being stored and entry is completely FREE!

Door will be open from 10am - 4pm, so be sure to pop along and say Hi!

 

Saturday 22nd December 2018

10am - 4pm

 

Signals Models

10 High Street

Midsomer Norton

Somerset

BA3 2LE

 

Hope you enjoy!

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Well, tomorrow our final running day with "Go Forth" before we sadly will be parting ways with the layout.

Be sure to pop into Signals Models at Midsomer Norton, 10am - 4pm and come and say hi! :)

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Saturday 22nd December 2018, saw the last public display with our 'Great Model Railway Challenge' Blackadder Themed Layout "Go Forth", at Signals Model shop - Midsomer Norton.

The day saw a good turnout of visitors, to say farewell to the layout before it's sold onto a new home.

A full running session from the event will also follow soon!

Hope you enjoy!

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A video of the final running session on our Blackadder Themed - Great Model Railway Challenge Layout - "Go Forth".

Featuring a wide variety of Period WW1 Rolling Stock, as featured on the show, plus a number of new additions, including my recently completed WW1 Armored Train, we give "Go Forth" a fitting send-off before it's sold onto a new home.

Hope you enjoy!

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FOR SALE

 

Channel 5 - Great Model Railway Challenge Blackadder Heat Layout - "Go Forth".

 

10 X 5 ft GMRC Winning Heat 2 Layout, as built on Channel 5's Great Model Railway Challenge, by team; "Railway Video Division", and is due to feature in Railway Modeller Magazine later in 2019.

 

Layout features both 00 and 009 loops, with helix, sidings and operating 00 Gauge Railgun. Features lighting, smoke, operating Faller Road System, plus Red Baron.

 

Layout includes all of the above, plus buildings, figures, ect, as well as a box of spares and little Details.

 

(PLEASE NOTE; Rolling Stock and Controllers are NOT provided)

 

Viewing available at Signals Model Sho, Midsomer Norton;

 

Signals, 10 High St, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2LE

 

(COLLECTION ONLY)

 

PM for more Details.

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Well it's almost time to say goodbye. Work has started on disabling our Great Model Railway Challenge Blackadder Layout, "Go Forth". Going to be a sad day when it finally goes.

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