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2 hours ago, RJS1977 said:

I wasn't allowed to take part in the first series (I'd already recorded something for BBC and they wouldn't let me appear in anything else until it had - belatedly - aired) despite at least two teams inviting me to take part, and wasn't chosen for series 2.

 

I get some of the thinking behind the more 'wacky' ideas on GMRC - they don't want to be turning out the same thing each week - but Series 2 pushed it a bit too far IMO.

 

Similar - and slightly different - in my case.

 

I was initially a "reserve" for one team in the first series - then one team member had to drop out for family reasons - so I was now in this team. Unfortunately, at this point, my father's health took a nosedive - and my mother (having previously actively encouraged me to get involved) instantly announced that I was going to bail out. I'm not saying that I disagree with her decision - but it was clearly somewhat frustrating, to say the least.

 

(As I've mentioned elsewhere on this site, both my parents' health is no longer an issue - but I digress.)

 

In practice, I suspect that the team were probably better off without me - mainly because someone else (who did appear in the team that took part) has modelling interests so similar that there could easily have been conflict over who did what.

 

(Just for the record, I'm deliberately not making any claims about the standard of my model making.)

 

If this series were to return, there'd no longer be conflicting calls on my time - but I'd obviously jump at the chance to experiment with different model railway stuff on someone else's "coin" (especially if I were to find myself in a team completely from my "part of the world"). Of course, whether anything like this were ever to happen is outside my control.

 

I agree about the "left field" stuff in GMRC. Certainly, they'd be keen to encourage people to use their imagination about what to model and what to use when modelling it.

 

After all, I don't see anything inherently "off" about a lot of layout themes (also I was born - and have spent most of my life so far - in former GWR territory) - but, at one time, there did seem to be rather a lot of GWR "BLT" themed layouts "doing the rounds" of shows and magazines.

 

Meanwhile, whenever I've visited model railway shows (remember them?), I've particularly enjoyed visiting the demonstrators - seeing what they're building, how they're building it and what they're using. I suspect that the programme makers were trying to introduce this element into GMRC - even if some of us found certain themes (and some of the "materials" teams were expected to use) rather too "left field" for our liking.

 

In all honesty, I struggle to imagine how they came up with certain themes etc - I could certainly imagine these inducing dissent amongst a number of teams. Probably the best that could be said about some of these is that they would have been the same for all the teams.

 

Saying that, I'd still like to see further series of GMRC commissioned - whether or not I get the chance to be involved.

 

If a FTA channel were to put this on (even repeats) opposite the "soaps" or "Strictly ZZZZZZ List Celebrities Go Prancing On Ice" - put repeats and "extras" programmes on Sunday afternoons - screen these the same time every week - and perhaps also do repeats on bank holidays when there's traditionally nothing worth watching - I strongly suspect they'd get rather more viewers than they seem to imagine.

 

Clearly though, I know a lot less about this stuff than the people who decide what I "wish" to see on TV. After all, I merely get to watch the stuff - and pay for a TV licence ... .

 

 

Huw.

 

 

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1 hour ago, col.stephens said:

 

There was one of those medical programmes on tv a couple of nights ago which included the usual gory shots of operations taking place.  Amusingly, a respected heart surgeon, doing a piece to camera, said that he originally wanted to be a lorry driver!  He sounded rather disappointed that his career ambition didn't work out!

 

Terry

Wrong kind of bypass

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On 10/11/2021 at 23:56, Steamport Southport said:

Then again I'm pretty sure that Humbrol did a Fifty Shades Of Grey style advert.

 

Might have seen it in one of the plastic kit modelling magazines rather than a railway one.

 

Here it is.

 

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Brilliant, my kind of colour, having painted warships for much of my life. Only one grey appears to be missing (off-hand): squirrel grey, as applied to KaiserlicheMarineSchiffe (WWI Germany Navy Warships). Thanks for posting this.

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Going off on a tangent slightly...I know a number of people who have gotten in to Bob Ross tv painting show as a calming and enjoyable passtime. It makes me think that a similar TV program along the lines of the excellent Everard Junction would also go down well with modellers and non modellers alike. 

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3 hours ago, Brian Indge said:

Bit disappointed with this latest episode, I felt sure we would see Sam’s Trains putting up his Christmas Decs and shutting down the National Grid!

 

Probably just as well.

 

I was dreading what further "innovations" the "Variac Kid" might have come up with ... .

 

(Nothing personal, you understand - I just don't much care for the sort of "buzz" he appeared to be introducing to "the world's greatest hobby".)

 

 

Huw.

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2 hours ago, Wheatley said:

Anybody else notice that the people getting paid to build Mosquito kits for a living (Jealous ? Moi ?)  were using Tamiya Thin rather than the in-house product to stick them together ? 

 

It's no wonder Hobbycraft have dropped Humbrol paints when even Hornby HQ can't get hold of Humbrol products (like glue).

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4 hours ago, Wheatley said:

Anybody else notice that the people getting paid to build Mosquito kits for a living (Jealous ? Moi ?)  were using Tamiya Thin rather than the in-house product to stick them together ? 

 

I suspect they might have been using the Tamiya adhesive because it's good stuff - the quick setting one is amazing.

 

Saying that, Humbrol "Liquid Poly" smells quite nice - sorry, I probably wasn't supposed to say that ... .

 

 

1 hour ago, Nile said:

It's no wonder Hobbycraft have dropped Humbrol paints when even Hornby HQ can't get hold of Humbrol products (like glue).

 

Meanwhile, the Tamiya adhesive has recently been noticeable by its absence from a number of model shops in my part of the world.

 

Of course, if Hornby had actually had difficulty getting hold of their own adhesive, they could always have used cellulose thinner (which I believe they also market, in tiny jars) instead.

 

I know the stuff works - although I get it (in much bigger containers - usually under names like "professional" or "universal" paint thinner) when decorating supplies appear in the "middle of Lidl".

 

 

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3 hours ago, Wheatley said:

Anybody else notice that the people getting paid to build Mosquito kits for a living (Jealous ? Moi ?)  were using Tamiya Thin rather than the in-house product to stick them together ? 

Aye, I also spotted several different kit manufacturers products dotted around to desks too, Eduard was certainly one of them. There could be many reasons for this of course; seeing how the competition do certain things, break time projects brought in by the staff, or even discount purchases made through 'the trade' (if that's even a thing!)

 

Anyhoo, it's been enjoyable and relaxing so far, not ground breaking, but definitely watchable and an easy way to unwind after work!

 

Cheers

 

J

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1 hour ago, JaymzHatstand said:

Aye, I also spotted several different kit manufacturers products dotted around to desks too, Eduard was certainly one of them. There could be many reasons for this of course; seeing how the competition do certain things, break time projects brought in by the staff, or even discount purchases made through 'the trade' (if that's even a thing!)

 

Anyhoo, it's been enjoyable and relaxing so far, not ground breaking, but definitely watchable and an easy way to unwind after work!

 

Cheers

 

J

 

Yes said that out loud here when I saw the boxes in surprise and surprisingly it did not start a meaningful conversation with the missus about it either. :)

 

Best episode so far I think.

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21 hours ago, JaymzHatstand said:

Aye, I also spotted several different kit manufacturers products dotted around to desks too, Eduard was certainly one of them. There could be many reasons for this of course; seeing how the competition do certain things, break time projects brought in by the staff, or even discount purchases made through 'the trade' (if that's even a thing!)

 

Anyhoo, it's been enjoyable and relaxing so far, not ground breaking, but definitely watchable and an easy way to unwind after work!

 

Cheers

 

J

 Many years ago an acquaintance was in a group invited to visit Hornby at Margate. They enjoyed a comprehensive site tour, the only area they weren't allowed to see was behind a door marked "Kit Store".

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14 minutes ago, Jol Wilkinson said:

 Many years ago an acquaintance was in a group invited to visit Hornby at Margate. They enjoyed a comprehensive site tour, the only area they weren't allowed to see was behind a door marked "Kit Store".

It was where they kept Kit Spackman in case they ever wanted to do another APT.

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11 hours ago, adb968008 said:

Three people to repair a dodgy decoder.

How many to fix a light bulb ?

 

"11 ..."

 

9 hours ago, Hroth said:

The same, plus one to recognise it as an LED....  :scratchhead:

 

"... which now gives us 100."

 

Somehow, I can't see this binary malarkey catching on any time soon.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Huw Griffiths said:

Somehow, I can't see this binary malarkey catching on any time soon.

 

You don't have to understand the stuff to be able to use it, more's the pity.  Just look at the youbooktwits making a nuisance of themselves....

 

Of course, an understanding of binary is useful for setting DCC decoders, especially the permutations of CV29.  :scratchhead:

 

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I've just finished watching the latest episode and generally thought it was fab. The young chap who designed the Mosquito is clearly an extremely talented asset for Hornby.

 

I was a little taken aback, when watching the footage of the excellent 'Everard Junction', to note that Richard didn't appear to be using any fume extraction when airbrushing that coach, or perhaps that was off camera? I note that he is a regular contributor on here, so perhaps he may wish to comment?

 

I was also wondering if there is going to be a dedicated feature to Pete Goss and his layouts in a future programme, although the war-gaming modelling that he and his son produced was obviously high quality.

 

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52 minutes ago, Captain Kernow said:

 

 

I was a little taken aback, when watching the footage of the excellent 'Everard Junction', to note that Richard didn't appear to be using any fume extraction when airbrushing that coach, or perhaps that was off camera? I note that he is a regular contributor on here, so perhaps he may wish to comment?

 

 

 

 

Actually I thought that in an earlier one, where the chap at Hornby trying to paint-match the shades for the APT was seen using an airbrush.  He was working in a fume cabinet with an extractor fan running, but I'd have expected H+S regs to have him wearing a respirator mask too.

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2 minutes ago, Ben B said:

 

Actually I thought that in an earlier one, where the chap at Hornby trying to paint-match the shades for the APT was seen using an airbrush.  He was working in a fume cabinet with an extractor fan running, but I'd have expected H+S regs to have him wearing a respirator mask too.

 

Why?

 

PPE should always be a last resort. If their risk assessment proves that the fume cabinet (an engineering control) adequately controls the hazard to as low as reasonably practicable then no PPE should be issued. Locking the door to the room would be more effective as it removes anyone else from the hazard ;)

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