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  1. The AEC Y-Type prints have arrived, with very many thanks to Nick Bastable. Sadly, I think that the way the parcel company works is to form a chain of people between here and Scotland and then to drop kick the parcels from one to the other. As a result, only half the prints have arrived completely intact, but I think I probably have the bits to make up a further three that are not so badly damaged, so I am fairly confident that we can get at least 8 out of the 11 (the 10 requested and the test print), and perhaps more. However, worst things happen at sea, and this has been the end of a week during which I suffered 2 double punctures, needing 4 new tyres and one new wheel. Then a black cat decided to cross my path.... In the circumstances, it's a bloody miracle the Holmes 0-6-0 arrived intact! These are excellent prints from Nick, and just what we needed. In the picture above, the five along the front appear intact. The five behind have suffered damage en route, typically to the dashboards, mudguards and wheels. The mudguards will be a B*gger to reconstruct, but we'll have a go! Here is a closer look at what we have to work with: Here is a better view of the intact prints, showing what excellent models they will make:
  2. Something I also noted in relation to 517 development; I do find it a little hard to love those Wolverhampton chimneys.
  3. That looks like a Hallford subsidy lorry and an AEC Y-Type. Never seen the former example before. Lovely, thanks. So, the layout's 1917 setting.... The first loco is the Kerr Stuart Victory tank, some of which, including No.12 went to France in, IIRC, April 1917. It is said that they rapidly went into ROD service, some, perhaps having a hybrid livery. I've gone with the 'as-delivered' look. April 1917 is also when the Y-Type lorries appear to have taken over as the mainstay of the lorry-force, so arguably this is the most appropriate type to be bulk-landed in France from this time. It was also 'Bloody April' for the RFC. The losses over the Western Front were horrific in the first week in April. This may have something to do with the fact that Germany had regained the lead in fighter developmnet, with the hordes of Albatrossen dominating the sky in the months before the RFC won back the edge with squadrons of Camels and SE5s. The losses have a lot, however, to do with just how many vulnerable 2-seater 'planes the RFC was putting up to spot for artillery and prepare maps etc. In other words the losses reflect in some ways the dominence of the RFC in aircraft numbers over the Front in preparation for the offensives to come. Following on from this, the RFC made a huge effort fighting for air superiority in the sectors of the Allied spring offensive. . In April the Nivelle Offensive was launched by the French. Empire and Commonwealth Forces supported this in the Battle of Arras. The main force were four Canadian Divisions. While the French offensive failed, the Canadians seized the vital high ground of Vimy Ridge. June saw the massive mine at Messines Ridge blow up under the German lines preparatory to an attack. This was a British attack in Flanders designed to take pressure off the failing French offensives. The main offensive came in July and continued until November. This was the Third Battle of Ypres. British and Empire forces did break the front line, and advanced five miles, but only five miles before brought to a standstill and at the cost of horrendous casualties. Further advances were attempted at Cambrai on 20 November. This did penetrate the German Hindenburg line and was notable for the use of RFC scout aircraft in the ground attack role and the mass use of tanks. While a shock to the Germans, and causing them significant losses, the Germans managed to counter-attack leading the British to withdraw from most of the ground gained. The build up to Cambrai saw significant movement of tanks by rail from the French channel ports, generally to the the forward Royal Tank Corps base at Erin. The tanks were sheeted, for secrecy for this journey. At Erin they were prepped for battle and then sent by train to rail-heads behind the front line for unloadoing. As they came as a complete surprise to the Germans, it seems a further testament to the RFC that German aircraft were effectively kept away. So I think that this gives us a good timeframe for the layout, the vast influx of men, matériel and supplies of all kinds April-November 1917. Thus, I have bracketted the other end of this period with my second locomotive choice. I understand that NBR Class C 0-6-0s arrived in November 1917 and were used to haul traffic to the Western Front. I know very little indeed about the NBR, to my shame, so I cannot say where this loco should have coal rails, or, whether it was Westinghouse fitted for war service to conform with local requirements, but it retains its NBR number plate, 620, so is one of the original Holmes rebuilds of 1913, all of which, I think, the WD snaffled up for war service. It works and is a tidy example. Much as I am seduced by gorgeous RTR models, there is something about a solid white-metal kit-built loco you cannot beat. The coupling to the tender is snapped, so probably I will drill out and insert a wire pin, and there is a bit of tender framing that needs repair, but otherwise, if I remove the LNER tender lettering and replace with large 20" ROD lettering, I have a November 1917 loco. Should it be Khaki? Possibly, yes, but the one book I have on the subject suggests the ROD livery was black and I vastly prefer this. Khaki is not a good colour for a steam locomotive, and ROD standard gauge locos surely did not operate sufficiently near the front line to need its camoflage effect.
  4. Wow, I will be busy. Thank you, Nick. I have managed to de-support the 3D printed men, but was struggling for time last weekend. I need to find my styrene scriber and then will be in a position to build some bodies for these.
  5. Quite so! I recall a friend from an island of Wee Frees, or possibly Wee Wee Frees, (so one or two steps further toward the opposite of fun) telling me of the time she had to hurry some guests along on a country walk. It was a Sunday and she spied another group abroad, led by their Minister. We must hurry, she explained, lest we are accused of walking for pleasure. I rather think she got her own back in the end by marrying a Roman Catholic. Meanwhile, in the CofE...
  6. Thanks for that. Most interesting, though I had hoped it was because the Church of Scotland needed someone to curb its riotous excesses.
  7. "Moderator" is an interesting choice of term in the context. No doubt there is interesting history there. Where I grew up, there were often chapels engraved as "Primitive Methodists", which still makes me smile, whereas, whenever I see a United Reform Church chapel, I cannot help think that in history it has been but rarely that any church has for long stood united, or reformed, let alone both at the same time!
  8. The church should never be open to people who have round dining tables, that's the real problem!
  9. Wow, that does look good. I assume you, and your acquaintance in Bristol, had managed to obtain drawings. As to the prospect of someone manufacturing these vehicles, that is of interest. Any idea if/how one could obtain same?
  10. Yes, that's just your recusancy talking, though! I am sanguine at the prospect of North Britons holding the great offices of state on the basis that it would be unfair to assume they would all be like Tony Blair or Gordon Brown. Which does nothing to persuade me that they're not all part of the same Establishment and that changing the colour of a rosette means litte these days, as three convservative MPs have recently demonstrated!
  11. I agree, though there is enough to worry about at home. Forgive me for observing that you live under a populist-nationalist systemically corrupt one-party state Hell bent on the Balkanisation of the UK, while the UK as a whole has spent 14 years living under something even worse, with political and financial constraints precluding any decisive post-election improvement regardless of whose greasy palms seize the levers of power! Though I do agree with you, and feel it is little comfort to reflect on how the US is an order of magnitude more broken and divided.
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