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Scaleforum 2019

Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Guttman Road

Aylesbury

HP21 9PP

 

Saturday 28th September – 10:30 to 17:30

Sunday 29th September – 10:00 to 16:00

Advance Ticket holders admitted 15 minutes earlier

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Any general questions about Scaleforum: layouts, traders, demos, workshops etc please e-mail: [email protected]

 

Advance tickets

 

Any queries regarding advance tickets please e-mail: [email protected]

 

We hope to see you there.

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Time for a bump I reckon seeing as how it's now less than 2 weeks away.  The show is open to ALL, not just Scalefour Society members and has a raft of traders that are seldom regularly seen.  Sadly I won't be able to get there this year, it clashes with something else (World Cycling Championships in Yorkshire) but otherwise I would have, even with the travelling distance.

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A few more details

 

Layouts

 

Burntisland 1883 - Presented by the East of Scotland 4mm Group

The year is 1883 and the railways of Fife are largely isolated from the national network by the Firths of Forth and Tay. They will remain so until the Forth Bridge is completed in 1890 and the Tay Bridge is rebuilt. All passenger and goods traffic must transfer from railway to shipping at Burntisland for the onward journey to Edinburgh and the South. The model shows the passenger station, the nearby train ferry and the infrastructure of the immediate area as it was in 1883.  Given the period, the majority of the locos and stock have been scratchbuilt.

 

Clackmannan Goods - Presented by David Furmage

Clackmannan Goods is a new iteration from David of the principles behind his first layout Longcarse West.  The scene is set in the twilight months of wagonload traffic in a small yard during the mid 1970s.  The yard is fictional but is imagined to be on the site of the Caledonian Railway good yard in Alloa.  Some liberties taken with the history of other freight yards in the area mean that Clackmannan Goods handles more traffic than might otherwise be the case but the precarious nature of them means that the threat of closure is very real.

 

Glenmutchkin - Presented by Mark Tatlow

At the time of the 1840s railway mania, the Glenmutchkin story was a lampoon about the promotion of a line to the depths of the Scottish highlands but for Mark, the story is merely an excuse to have an unexplained town in the otherwise sparsely populated part of the Scottish Highlands that deserved a fair-sized railway connection!  Its trackplan is a cross between the Highland Railway’s station at Wick and the engine shed area from Kyle of Lochalsh. The layout is presented very much as a work in progress but there will be a fully operational layout including a substantial set of signals but with only limited amounts of scenery complete. 

 

London Road - Presented by the Friends of London Road

Originally built as a terminus station, London Road has now been modified to create through platform lines, carriage sidings and a head shunt to an offstage loco shed.  The layout is set in 1907 during the elegant Edwardian era which allows the operation of the later Webb locomotives as well as the new Whale engines and the earlier elliptical roof carriages.  Although the LNWR was the largest of the pre-group railways, there are very few RTR locos or stock available and everything that moves on London Road (apart from the operators) is kit or scratchbuilt.

 

Ouse Valley Viaduct and Balcombe - Presented Rod Cameron and John Farmer

The viaduct is a model of the famous structure on the Brighton main line, designed by engineer John Urpeth Rastrick in association with LBSCR architect David Mocatta. The 37-arch structure reaches a maximum height above the valley floor of 96ft (29m), and overall is 1475ft (450m) long.  Balcombe station is just north of the viaduct. Some signature workings are the Brighton Belle and Newhaven boat trains. Some of the traffic might indicate that there are some Oxted line diversions operating today!

 

P76 Engineering – Sentinel Street - Presented by Brian Harrap

It's a layout but probably not as most would know it.  It's been an exercise in breaking away from the conventional presentation as so often seen. Most of the buildings have been deliberately set facing in toward the industrial scene presenting, at first, a blank wall to the viewer all around the layout necessitating looking over their roofs to view the scene opposite and walking around the layout to see the rest which was under the viewer’s nose. More difficult to describe than to see.

 

Pulborough - Presented by the Mid-Sussex 18.83 Group

Pulborough is a model of the station of that name located in rural West Sussex on the former LBSC main line from Horsham to Ford Junction with the model representing the station as it would have been around 1910.  At that time, the station had extensive facilities with up and down goods yards, cattle pens and coal staiths.  The branchline to Midhurst and Chichester joined the main line at Hardham Junction, a few miles south of Pulborough and the model shows branch line trains running into the up loop platform.  The period modelled allows the operation of locomotives and trains featuring both Stroudley and Marsh liveries.

 

Splott - Presented by Paul Spencer

Set in the late 1980s, Splott depicts a small transfer yard located between Cardiff Tidal Sidings and Tremorfa Steelworks.  Whilst it is fictional in location, the layout aims to showcase the variety of freight stock and locomotives seen in the South Wales area around that time.  Locomotives have been detailed using parts from the Extreme Etchings range and much of the stock is either scratchbuilt or heavily modified kits and ready to run items.  All the stock has been weathered to varying degrees.

 

Waterloo Street - Presented by James Dickie

Waterloo Street is an exhibition layout inspired by the real-life Waterloo Goods branch in Aberdeen. Originally opened by the Great North of Scotland Railway in 1856, the branch is still in use and has recently been upgraded. Where it was once possible to see little Manning Wardle tank engines steaming around the docks, Class 66s now deliver block trains of calcium carbonate slurry.  The layout represents what traffic might have been like on the Waterloo branch from the 1950s to the present day.  

 

Please note that this year's special guest layout Shelfie2 by Paul Marshall-Potter will unfortunately no longer be attending due to personal reasons.

 

Demonstrations

The demonstrations and workshops at Scaleforum are an essential part of what the exhibition is all about and this year we have will have a special focus on aspects of track construction as well as the usual range of demonstration.

 

Track construction workshops

Turnout construction workshops will take place on both days at Scaleforum and will be run by Phil Tattershall and Tony Wilkins.  Two workshops will take place on each day.

 

Turnout kit construction

A workshop covering the construction of an Exactoscale A5 turnout kit will take place on both days at Scaleforum and will be run by Tony Sullivan. 

 

Getting started in P4

An introduction to what is involved in modelling to P4 standards by Gavin Clark.

 

Locomotive construction, suspension and continuous springy beams

Will Litchfield will be giving a demonstration of loco building from both cast and etched brass kits with a particular emphasis on the chassis.

 

Carriage construction

Keith Bradbury is an acknowledge expert in the art of carriage construction and will be showing the techniques he uses. 

 

Improving and detailing models 

Experienced model makers Phil Eames and Jim Smith-Wright will be showing how models and kits of different types and ages can be improved with the aid of some simple techniques and detailing parts available from the trade

 

Using a laser cutter to produce buildings

Back in April 2018, Ralph Robertson started a series on the Society’s web forum on the construction of Alpha Mill, a model of a traditional Lancashire cotton mill that would be used on Slattocks, the P4 layout being constructed by members of the Manchester Model Railway Society.  At Scaleforum the model itself, now substantially finished, will be on display and Ralph will explain the techniques used in its construction.

 

Resistance soldering

David Brandreth will be demonstrating resistance soldering and soldering of small parts made from nickel silver, brass and white metal. 

 

Painting and weathering using acrylic paints

Mike Cubberley and Mark Lambert will be showing how to paint and weather diesel and electric era wagons using acrylic paints

 

Battery power and radio control options for model railways

Ted Scannell has been investigating the possibilities of using battery power for locomotives with radio control and will be showing what he has found out.

  

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Traders

Scaleforum probably has the best trade section for the finescale and scratchbuilder of any exhibition in the South East, covering everything from electrical components to the finest scenic details and everything in between.  Those booked to attend are:

 

247 Developments 

Acc+Ess Protocab Limited

Alan Gibson (Workshop)

Ambis Engineering

Attwood Aggregates

Bill Hudson Transport Books

Branchlines

Brassmasters Scale Models

C&L Finescale Track Building Systems

Dart Castings

Dave Bradwell  

Eileen’s Emporium

Extreme Etchings/Shawplan

GW Models

High Level Kits

Hobby Holidays

Isinglass Drawings

Judith Edge Kits

London Road Models

Model Railway Developments

Mousa Models

Penbits Model Railways 

Phoenix Precision Paints

Prickley Pear Products,

Powerbond Adhesives  

Rumney Models 

Roger Carpenter

Roxey Mouldings

RT Models     

South Eastern Finecast

Stoneybridge Structures

Tim Horn Baseboards

Wild Swan Books

Wizard Models

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2 hours ago, PenrithBeacon said:

Is there a bus from Aylesbury?

 

The travel info is all linked to in the thread above.

 

Have a look at page xiv.

 

scaleforum2019guide.pdf

 

You could also use other tools that are at you disposal such as:

 

http://app.arrivabus.co.uk/journeyplanner/query/en?ld=std&OK#focus

 

Which gives such info as below.

Your Journeys

↑ Earlier  |  ↑ First connection

 DateStartArriveDurationChangesJourney

28.09.1910:0110:120:110 300

Details

Map

JourneyTimeBus Stop 

10:01 fromAylesbury Railway Station 

 Walk3 Minutes, 682 ft

  

10:05 atAylesbury Bus Station

10:05 fromAylesbury Bus Station, Stand Bay 7 

 Bus 300⇒ High Wycombe
Operator: ARRIVA the Shires (AY)
next alternative departures: Bus X30 10:15, Bus 300 10:35, Bus 300 11:05, Bus X30 11:15, Bus 300 11:35 ... more than 5

10:12 atAylesbury Stoke Mandeville Hospital Main Gate

runs Sat, Sun

Please note: The scheduled times are estimated.

28.09.1910:0310:120:0918 300

28.09.1910:1110:220:110 X30

 

If you have one of those new fan-dangled communication devices you can even track the position of your intended steed.

 

http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/journeyplanner/help/en?tpl=livemap

 

Please don't forget to report back with your usual account of what the food smelt like and if the catering is not up to your expectations there is an Asda a short walk away. If Asda's not to your liking there is a Co-op just round the corner  (next to the fish & chip shop).

 

P

 

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10 hours ago, Porcy Mane said:

 

The travel info is all linked to in the thread above.

 

Have a look at page xiv.

 

scaleforum2019guide.pdf 3.88 MB · 3 downloads

 

You could also use other tools that are at you disposal such as:

 

http://app.arrivabus.co.uk/journeyplanner/query/en?ld=std&OK#focus

 

Which gives such info as below.

Your Journeys

↑ Earlier  |  ↑ First connection

 DateStartArriveDurationChangesJourney

28.09.1910:0110:120:110 300

Details

Map

JourneyTimeBus Stop 

10:01 fromAylesbury Railway Station 

 Walk3 Minutes, 682 ft

  

10:05 atAylesbury Bus Station

10:05 fromAylesbury Bus Station, Stand Bay 7 

 Bus 300⇒ High Wycombe
Operator: ARRIVA the Shires (AY)
next alternative departures: Bus X30 10:15, Bus 300 10:35, Bus 300 11:05, Bus X30 11:15, Bus 300 11:35 ... more than 5

10:12 atAylesbury Stoke Mandeville Hospital Main Gate

runs Sat, Sun

Please note: The scheduled times are estimated.

28.09.1910:0310:120:0918 300

28.09.1910:1110:220:110 X30

 

If you have one of those new fan-dangled communication devices you can even track the position of your intended steed.

 

http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/journeyplanner/help/en?tpl=livemap

 

Please don't forget to report back with your usual account of what the food smelt like and if the catering is not up to your expectations there is an Asda a short walk away. If Asda's not to your liking there is a Co-op just round the corner  (next to the fish & chip shop).

 

P

 

Thank you for the above information re transport.

 

As for the last paragraph, I normally take my own food/drink to exhibitions and if I find, as I did at Wakefield, the experience of visiting an exhibition (which in that case, involved a round trip of some 380 miles and an overnight stay) is compromised by the catering then I will say so. Having said that there aren't any issues of this sort at Stoke Manderville Stadium.

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Advance Tickets for Scaleforum 2019 are still available:

https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/tickets

There is also a link on the main page of the Society website.

Advance ticket sales will be closed sometime late next week (usually Thursday) a couple of days prior to the show.

Any queries relating to advance tickets please e-mail [email protected]


 

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Ouse Valley Viaduct and Balcombe has progressed significantly since it was last mentioned on here. These are from last month, only the 6th time it has ever been put up in full, Scaleforum will be the 7th. More has changed since. 

 

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Just a quick note to say that if the M4 is on anyone's route to Scaleforum, there's a full carriageway closure between junctions 5 Langley and 6 Slough East from 20:00 on Friday 27th Sept. (today) to 06:00 on Monday 30th Sept. 

 

I guess the diversion route is through Slough on the A4. That is likely to be sloooooow!

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I had a good day out at S4um yesterday, only spoilt by getting there at 09-45 to discover the big brekkies finishes at half nine :(

Some good layouts, and learned a fair bit from the demonstrators (particularly from David Brandreth - Resistance Soldering, and Ted Scannell - Battery Power & R/C Control.  Thanks Guys :)  )

Good to see Brian Lewis (of C&L Fame) wandering about, also Ray Hammond (ex. S4Soc. Chairman/President?).  The Bring & Buy was very busy - perhaps a way could be found to speed up the payment system for next year?  Whilst both card and cash was accepted and there were two volunteers working very hard at the desk, the queue in the morning was at times 20+ deep.  Still, the goodies purchased were worth the wait :) :)

It did appear very quiet though, especially for a saturday - even the queue at opening time was noticeably short.  One of the traders mentioned to me that he didn't see any money at all for the first hour.  I really hope the weekend works out for the society and traders - many volunteers, exhibitors and traders put a lot of effort into making it all happen for us.

Thanks to all concerned.

 

Brian

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I too had a cracking day there yesterday.

 

As Brian (above) has already commented, the Radio Control chaps were incredibly helpful and I learnt a lot from them as I too have standardised on the Deltang system.

 

Lots of demonstrations too.

 

As already noted, the Bring'N Buy was hectic, but they then separated the queue to pay into two - cash and card. Two visits lessened my wallet by £120! But several traders seemed to have problems doing card payments which made me happy that I'd brought cash for all my pre-ordered purchases.

 

No box shifters for those hoping to find bargains but this can only help direct spend towards the specialists on whom we rely.

 

Slight downside - last year, after a bit of badgering, they did finally slot in odd chairs and tables around the hall for us who need a brief rest and to pack our purchases. Not so evident this year. And it did seem a bit more spacious to me. But this did make me go upstairs to the viewing area to eat my lunch which then produced the bonus of realising the delight and expanse of Balcombe Viaduct.

 

But once again thanks to the Scalefour team for putting on another excellent show.  A 200 mile round car trip for me but well worth it.

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I also noticed that many of the tables in the cafe area were short of chairs, which made searching for somewhere to sit in that area problematic at times.  Admittedly there is the balcony area, however there are no tables there.

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I took my 10-year old daughter with me yesterday. She enjoyed the show; no rucksack of hygiene issues to speak of, and a some excellent layouts. Burntisland is the best P4 layout I have ever seen, and had tons to interest us both. The new roundhouse was fabulous, and I was impressed to see that the capstans turned when wagons were shunted to the coal loading dock. Really lovely people on the layout too - thank you.

 

We were also impressed by the demonstrations, and the team on the Isinglass stand were particularly helpful too.

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