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Liking this a 'ell of a lot, keep the pics flowing

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Thanks for the mention Marc...

 

You've gone and done it again...another cracking 7mm micro layout and yet again you have achieved so much in so small a space...the gag with the mirror working very well to this effect too.

 

Excellent work...highly inspirational...and no doubt along with that new Dapol 08 you will both be responsible for the birth of a number of similar 7mm micro projects ;)

 

Many thanks for sharing this...

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Hi Marc,

 

Great to see the photos on a thread!

I didn't have any time at Taunton to take any photos, so really pleased to see these photos on here now!

I will make sure I get some more time to study and photograph when I see you next time!

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Hi Marc

 

Really good to see these high quality photos of the new layout! I am really looking forward to seeing the layout in the "flesh" on 4th August at Exmoor Rail in Minehead!!

Don't forget to bring your mug!!

 

Best wishes

 

exmoordave

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Hi Marc,

 

I really like this. I think it is the way you've got a wealth of detail in a small space without it feeling at all crowded. In 5' in O that is no mean feat.

 

As someone who is teetering on the edge of starting something with foam, can you give some details of how you constructed the board? Did you brace it underneath, or is it just faced with timber? Is there any chance of a photo of the underside?

 

Thanks for sharing and keep the photos coming!

 

All the best,

 

Rob.

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Another gem there Marc, when is it's next outing, will it be coming to the stafford members day at all?

Steve

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Another cracking 7mm layout, please post some more pictures

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I really like this; smashing idea and scenic work :nyam: .......the 08 and wagons look marvelous: well done! :good:

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Hi Marc

 

Really good to see these high quality photos of the new layout! I am really looking forward to seeing the layout in the "flesh" on 4th August at Exmoor Rail in Minehead!!

Don't forget to bring your mug!!

 

Best wishes

 

exmoordave

 

Hi exmoordave,

I'm bound to forget a mug!

I always do - you just ask Captain Kernow :)

 

I'm looking forward to the show too,

and to seing "Orchard Rd" again

 

Many thanks for the kind comments folks....

I've plenty more thoughts to waffle on about.....

More later

 

Marc

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Another gem there Marc, when is it's next outing, will it be coming to the stafford members day at all?

Steve

 

Hi Steve,

Haven't had an invitation yet, but I'd definately be up for another members day

I honestly can say that I have hugely enjoyed every rmweb members day I've been to

And so far, that's 1 in Stafford, and 4 in Taunton...

Never on my home patch, but always worth going along :)

 

Cheers

Marc

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Hi Marc, another inspirational layout I have to say, right up there with Hendre [and all the others!]

 

Your avatar? Hengoed?

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Hi Marc, another inspirational layout I have to say, right up there with Hendre [and all the others!]

 

Your avatar? Hengoed?

 

Hi Matto

Long time no message!

Thanks for the kind words

 

Yep, the new avatar pic is the sculpture at Hengoed

A rather nice sculpture it is too

Shame about the ugly mug in front of it tho.... Lol

 

Marc

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I've been trying to keep track [no pun intended!] of your various projects but intermittent internet access have meant I haven't really been able to keep in touch.

 

I've seen the sculpture a few times but not been up that neck of the woods for a while now!

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Hi Steve,

Haven't had an invitation yet, but I'd definately be up for another members day

I honestly can say that I have hugely enjoyed every rmweb members day I've been to

And so far, that's 1 in Stafford, and 4 in Taunton...

Never on my home patch, but always worth going along https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_smile3.gif

 

You'd be warmly welcomed if you wanted to come up Marc! Just let me know, I'm sure I can find 5' + a bit.

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I've spoken to quite a number of modellers who cite cost as the main barrier to building something in O....

 

Seems a fair comment on the face of it, but on seeing the price of some OO offerings lately,

I wonder if that is still a fair presumption?

 

Even more alarmingly, I've seen sound-fitted N gauge locos,

marketed by a company called "You Choos" priced at £350!

 

Several members commented that the announcement that Dapol are going to be selling

an O gauge 08, for around £150 will mean that more modellers will be attracted to build a small shunting yard,

or depot based layout. I certainly hope so, and eagerly anticipate Dapols new arrival :) :)

 

Could it be that I'm tempted by a third 08? - yes, I just love 08's.....

 

Doing some rough mental sums, Poynton Sneer was cheap to build...

very cheap, in fact! Only my layout-in-a-crate "Bracty Bridge" has so far been cheaper....

that also utilised some second-hand, or built but never used odds & ends.

 

Talking to some about low-cost O gauge (Yes, there IS such a concept)

I have attached here some photos of my own low-cost O gauge locomotives

 

The Skytrex Sentinel has, sadly increased considerably in cost,

from it's anuagural price of around £150, but I have seen 1 or 2 second-hand

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The other generic "industrial" loco, is an American locomotive

by Atlas. I have yet to completely "Anglicise" it - or indeed "Cymru-cise" it :)

but it cost me just £40 or so, on ebay, and it runs pretty well....

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I was at the Rivermead ALSRM show last weekend,

and I did notice a few bargains to be had, in 7mm scale...

They are out there, honest - you just need to keep looking....

 

Cheers

Marc

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I totaly agree with your statement above Marc, keep looking it can be done on the cheap! I love the layout by the way, a lot can be done in a small space in 7mm.

Tony.

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I agree with you about the costs for 7mm.

 

I've had plenty of discussions with other modellers and reckon that for a give area, it will cost you roughly the same regardless of scale. The base boards (wood / foam etc), scenic materials, controller etc will be about the same cost. The smaller the scale, the more track and stock is needed, a 7mm 08 with three wagons looks right, a 'N' gauge 08 with 3 wagons, does not somehow....

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Good to see this here, Marc - welcome back into action! Love the pictures, when I saw the thumbnail of the Sentinel with added smoke on the front page I honestly thought it was one of Mr Nevard efforts.... :)

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Yes Richard,

I've often quoted this myself

I first read the theory in MRJ, years back.

I think it was a modeller by the name of Ivan Maxted,

who built his layout "Darenth" - first in 4mm scale

and then again in O

 

The larger scale meant that he used less track,

less buildings, and less stock - but in the same area

 

When Dapols 08 is released,

we'll definately start to see more small O gauge layouts...

 

It's true that initial costs can be more in 7mm

But I always say you're happier with less stock

ANyone thinking about starting in O

really should just build 1 or 2 wagon kits....

They generally go together very well (depending on manufacturer of course)

but you notice detail more readily...

 

I've spent ages on weathering 4mm stock,

adding pipework / details etc, only to never see it again

I've even later noticed some small detail has fallen or been knocked off

and then wondered "when did that happen?" - could have been weeks ago! ....

 

However, in 7mm, you just see all sorts of detail

and weathering / improving models is much more obvious

 

Of course, I'm still modelling smaller scales too

But now I've started building more in O, there's no going back :)

 

Cheers again

 

Edit; Thanks for that Ramblin Rich - praise indeed....

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Nice one Marc! Well up to your usual standard The backscene works really well on this one and as you say screams Port Talbot. Particularly like the grounded van body with the ivy growing on it, along with the vegetation in the foreground.

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Ah, the old cost debate yet again. There are 7mm kits that are still good out there for less than £100 just add the usual wheels, motor and gearbox which are more expensive than 4mm though an 0-4-0 0-6-0 diesel shunter requires less than a Pacific. I still think what holds many back is the knowledge they will not be able to fit in a large tailchaser in the available space. This is another really excellent example of how you can play 7mm is a small space as long as you get over the size of layout barrier and the belief that all 7mm locos will cost over £500.

 

Just one question - layout dimensions? did I miss them or is Andy's hint at 5' a clue.

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Just one question - layout dimensions? did I miss them or is Andy's hint at 5' a clue.

 

You missed them - from the original post: "Poynton Sneer is just a tad under 5 feet in length" :)

 

John

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