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13 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

Going back to my previous observations, it would seem (talking to the RTR manufacturers) that the most-popular period right now for modelling is the BR steam/diesel transition time - the late-50s/early-'60s. Why? The trainspotting generation - that's why. 

Tony,

 

I think theres more to it than just just being the ‘trainspotting generation’. That is the fact that in the ‘transition era’ one can (obviously!) run both steam and diesel models on the same layout. So for those, like me, who like both, we can have the best of both worlds.

 

Personally, I grew up in the blue diesel era, and did once have a layout based around that period. But I found it rather boring and I’ve been gradually drifting back in time ever since. I’m now in the transition era, but have started to put together early ‘50s rakes as well, and you even managed to sell me that silver jubilee set, so I may be tempted back even further. On the other hand I still love a Deltic+8 so who knows! My indecision is likely to be good for Hornby, Bachmann and kit manufacturers...and bad for my wallet!

 

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Personally, I grew up in the blue diesel era, and did once have a layout based around that period. But I found it rather boring and I’ve been gradually drifting back in time ever since. I’m now in the transition era, but have started to put together early ‘50s rakes as well, and you even managed to sell me that silver jubilee set, so I may be tempted back even further. On the other hand I still love a Deltic+8 so who knows! My indecision is likely to be good for Hornby, Bachmann and kit manufacturers...and bad for my wallet!

 

Fear not Andy, because as others have demonstrated the basic infrastructure of most railways altered very little between say, 1929 to 1969. Obvious examples such as the electrification of the WCML apart, it is quite possible to run trains of stock from different periods if one is careful regarding the area modelled. Mr Wright himself demonstrated this with his 'LB LNER' weekend, and I believe 'Grantham' has also run depicting quite widely differing time periods.

 Some of this is also made possible by the slow pace of change during periods of transition; much as BR would have wished it thus, all LNER teak stock was not miraculously blood & custard by the end of 1948, nor all blood and custard changed to maroon by 2nd July 1958. Similarly, introduction of diesels into the scene was done over a period of time and so it is relatively easy for the modeller to repeat this in his/her chosen scale.

 Care should obviously be taken to avoid the obvious howlers, TW's favourite of a blue class 50 on an immaculate rake of RCH private owner coal wagons....? Anyone?

Cheers from Oz,

Peter C.

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36 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

How old are you, again? 16 - 17?

I turned 15 yesterday.

 

Tony, you always seem to know how to encourage people. It’s posts like your last one that give me all the inspiration and motivation I need; Thank you.

 

Regards,

Jamie

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2 minutes ago, JamieR4489 said:

I turned 15 yesterday.

 

Tony, you always seem to know how to encourage people. It’s posts like your last one that give me all the inspiration and motivation I need; Thank you.

 

Regards,

Jamie

He’s the best mentor any youngster could have! 

 

Goodluck with the Long Tom, if you’re attending Warley, I’d love to meet you and have a chat! 

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1 minute ago, JamieR4489 said:

I turned 15 yesterday.

 

Tony, you always seem to know how to encourage people. It’s posts like your last one that give me all the inspiration and motivation I need; Thank you.

 

Regards,

Jamie

Happy birthday for yesterday, Jamie,

 

15? What was I doing model railway-wise when I turned 15, in the early autumn of 1961? Motorising Kitmaster kits by butchering RTR chassis? Bleeding profusely because of incompetence with tools? Making (a not very good job of) Airfix rolling stock kits? Building Kitmaster Mk.1s and finding out they didn't run very well on Tri-ang track? Not only that, getting glue all over the windows! Making Superquickville? 

 

The notion of soldering a metal kit together would have been unthinkable (though I had learned to solder by then).

 

Keep it up. Just think what you'll have achieved by the time you become a man. I know many, many men in this hobby who'll never achieve what you've already done. Not by themselves, anyway. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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7 minutes ago, Jesse Sim said:

I’ve posted these on my own thread, but I can’t help not post again. 

 

The layout and room has been cleaned, as well as the track, ready for the BRMA running session. Sitting back now watching the trains go by, between last years BRMA running session and now, I’ve built so many kits, it’s great to sit back and say to yourself “wow I’ve built that”. Seeing about 20 wagons go past, some still unpainted, some need lettering and numbering, but it’s good to sit and watch them go round, they actually work too, can’t believe it!

 

The SEF J39 arrived today, I’ll get cracking on that and a few other jobs that need doing. 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_05/BA8951D9-397A-48B6-9C93-56B556D6A224.jpeg.0911018440b63dcd5c05b463cc561f43.jpeg

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Thanks Jesse,

 

What terrific progress. Well done, my friend.

 

I'd better become more taciturn with regard to my somewhat lugubrious views on the future of the hobby. With the sort of chaps such as you and Jamie, plus several others of less-mature age, visiting LB and speaking to me at shows, one could argue that the future of the hobby has never been more secure. 

 

Anyway, it's in the likes of your hands now - not the likes of mine.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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Jesse, do I see that NER van with primer and a lid on?  Good man.

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8 minutes ago, Jesse Sim said:

He’s the best mentor any youngster could have! 

 

Goodluck with the Long Tom, if you’re attending Warley, I’d love to meet you and have a chat! 

Couldn't agree more!

 

I might be going to Warley. I'm going to Spalding 3 weeks before so my chauffeurs parents might not be willing to take me to two exhibitions so close together. I really enjoyed Warley last year though so I'd love to go again. It would be an honour to meet you.

 

Regards,

Jamie

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10 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Thanks Jesse,

 

What terrific progress. Well done, my friend.

 

I'd better become more taciturn with regard to my somewhat lugubrious views on the future of the hobby. With the sort of chaps such as you and Jamie, plus several others of less-mature age, visiting LB and speaking to me at shows, one could argue that the future of the hobby has never been more secure. 

 

Anyway, it's in the likes of your hands now - not the likes of mine.

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

Taciturn? Lugubrious?  Tony, be gentle, small words please. 

 

Jamie by the sounds of it is really cracking on, good to see it at his age. Your kind words, as always, lift the moral. 

 

Ill be sure to bring, for the first time, some of my own work along to LB this November. 

 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, jwealleans said:

Jesse, do I see that NER van with primer and a lid on?  Good man.

Indeed you do, now for a paint job to be completed sometime in the next 10-30 years. 

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14 minutes ago, JamieR4489 said:

Couldn't agree more!

 

I might be going to Warley. I'm going to Spalding 3 weeks before so my chauffeurs parents might not be willing to take me to two exhibitions so close together. I really enjoyed Warley last year though so I'd love to go again. It would be an honour to meet you.

 

Regards,

Jamie

Well, if you are there, I’ll be more or less wandering around for the two days. I hope my chauffeur (Tony) is still willing, need to book it still. 

 

Hopefully see you in November and the honour would be all mine Jamie, good on ya bud. Keep modelling!! 

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12 hours ago, Headstock said:

I think that Wright writes is better than a club.

I have to agree. In fact, as an impecunious (tight-fisted) pensioned off railwayman, I view the totality of RMWeb as my “club”, you are a great bunch of people

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5 hours ago, Tony Wright said:

 

Regarding D&S kits, they're among the finest on the market. However, out of necessity, they're complex. That doesn't mean they're inherently-difficult (far from it), but there are so many (often small) components supplied that patience and care are prerequisites for construction. Soldering is essential, too. I offer these words, not to put you off but because I know you'll make a fantastic job of it.

 

When finished, they do make lovely models.............................

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_05/1272944724_Isinglassmilkvan19DSDia.jpg.461b8369e2dfa4af944d42c444c24112.jpg

 

D&S Dia. 86 Milk Van built/painted by John Houlden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quite agree; here's one I made earlier:

 

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Although the 4 wheeled brake is from a Chivers plastic kit.

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5 hours ago, JamieR4489 said:

Couldn't agree more!

 

I might be going to Warley. I'm going to Spalding 3 weeks before so my chauffeurs parents might not be willing to take me to two exhibitions so close together. I really enjoyed Warley last year though so I'd love to go again. It would be an honour to meet you.

 

Regards,

Jamie

 

If your Chauffeurs are at all interested in YOU as a person, they won't mind.  You are taking part in something YOU love, and as a parent, that's what we're supposed to do.  My lads are 9 and 13, and get dragged to some events...they like the Lego, but aren't as keen on trains as I am.  Though the 9 year old will occasionally say "dad, let's go make a cup of tea and run trains" :).  Both have all kinds of neat toys to play with, ranging up to live steam engines (a traction engine which is new to us, and a wagon which is ~10 years old, in 2"), through a vast lego collection (450 000 pieces, often to be found being built by them...), and the models.  The young one has OO9 in his room, and the older one currently has a Lego PF railway around his room...

 

My kit building really started when I turned 14, with the DJH 02 in white metal.  Mine is glued, not soldered.  Though the Barclay (when I was 17?) is soldered...done with 63/37, which was exciting.  I could have used a bit more mentorship building it.

 

James

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5 hours ago, Jesse Sim said:

 

Complete with a bus on a bridge...  good to see you holding up the hobby's traditions, Jesse!

 

The scale of the cutting is impressive, it will set your models into their environment very well.

 

Phil

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I might be going to Warley. I'm going to Spalding 3 weeks before so my chauffeurs parents might not be willing to take me to two exhibitions so close together. I really enjoyed Warley last year though so I'd love to go again.

 

Direct trains from Ely to Brum International and twenty quid if you book early enough.  Couldn't be more convenient.

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1 hour ago, jwealleans said:

 

Direct trains from Ely to Brum International and twenty quid if you book early enough.  Couldn't be more convenient.

That’s what my mum and I did last year. I think we’ll probably drive this year. I have mock exams in November so that will affect what I can and can’t do.

 

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Jamie

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Yes, of course.  My younger son is a few months older than you, so I should have remembered that.

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6 hours ago, 31A said:

 

Quite agree; here's one I made earlier:

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_05/P1020781.jpg.411c049f102ebf8b139ae39d56a9ea9c.jpg

 

Although the 4 wheeled brake is from a Chivers plastic kit.

Yea. I recognise the curse dents and swearing stripes on that magnificent item Steve. :)

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On 09/10/2018 at 11:23, Lecorbusier said:

Roger Daltrey is one of the great and the good involved in this ... The Aimrec model railway museum, Ashford, Kent.

 

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/ashford-on-track-to-get-4-million-model-railway-centre/25/05/

 

Don't know where things have got to since the article. This is the web site

 

http://www.aimrec.co.uk/

 

Just found this recent article ... so still alive and kicking!

 

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/historic-sheds-could-house-ambitious-159198/

 

Is there any further update on this project?

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3 minutes ago, ScRSG said:

 

Is there any further update on this project?

 

I spoke with Cliff Parsons about AIMREC at the recent Railex show.

 

There is lots happening behind the scenes but after a couple of raised and dashed hopes for premises, I don't think he wants to say anything until he is certain that the latest plan is going ahead.

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18 hours ago, 31A said:

 

Quite agree; here's one I made earlier:

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_05/P1020781.jpg.411c049f102ebf8b139ae39d56a9ea9c.jpg

 

Although the 4 wheeled brake is from a Chivers plastic kit.

This is splendid work, Steve,

 

Thanks for posting.

 

Isinglass also makes an LNER milk van kit.

 

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There's something about sheet brass models which makes the completed things look very attractive in my opinion. In fact, several commentators at shows (often women) I attend with models in this condition think it's a 'shame' to paint them. 

 

Regards,

 

Tony.

 

 

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