Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Morton Stanley passed the test.... just. Two invites - one accepted. My thanks to the SDG for inviting us, even though they did poach Mrs F. for tea and Ted duties.
Photos of the event on young Mr. Campbell's page:
Photos of the event on young Mr. Campbell's page:
Friday, 27 March 2015
I bought my fist Railway Modeller in 1977 in Woolies in Middlesbrough - yes, Woolies remember them? I have religiously stuck to it ever since with the usual gaps for women and song and it now magically lands on the mat every month without any action from me at all. Of course RM is the only title that you could trace this far back; the rest appearing, if memory serves, in dribs and drabs starting with MRJ in 1985.
Why do we stick to one title? I rarely even look at the others and I'm one of that derided breed who will not buy if it's in a plastic wrap and I can't flick through it first. Come to think of it why is there more than one title at all? After all, they all do the same thing: ads-reviews- layouts-how-to's. So why not just one? There are of course parallels with the national press and there it is easy to make trite clichéd class distinctions:van driver -Sun, teacher - Guardian etc. That won't work with model mags although shifts can occur. In the same way that 25 years ago I found myself shifting from one of the middle ranking nationals to a (then physically) broadsheet, I find myself picking up MRJ a few times a year, and unlike RM which gets systematically chopped up and separated, the MRJs I tend to keep. Why? Is the future bright for printed model mags, or I we more likely to screen view now? And will the six still be around in a decade?
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Monday, 23 March 2015
My parents passed me this framed print. The family interest is the shop belonging to my maternal family centre left. But what is the date? No one could pin it precisely, the only positive mark is the post WW1 memorial in the centre. My guess is late 40s.
Friday, 20 March 2015
There are two thrusts here: 1) most of the foundation work is recycled - that is, the bulk of what you see here is from the 80s blue layout Rhiw which was broken up a year or so ago. The boards have been shorted to a pair of three footers from the 3'7" originals and were cleaned and sanded last weekend. 2) this is most definitely a home layout - it ain't going out. What the exhibition circuit doesn't need is another western branchline. This means I can logically use front operation and keep it all nice and simple. This has already started with the first point down: DPDT slider sunk into the board at the front and connected to the tiebar with a special piece of soft steel wire... a paper clip. Does this work? Of course. Rhiw used exactly the same set-up. If they are this close then the tube bit of the wire-in-tube becomes pointless;a thicker but springy wire does the job.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
So the run down from the top: roof 40thou plastic covered with my usual bog paper canvas, Wills Taximan's Rest Hut kit used more or less as per with the additions of end curves from 60thou and a door window cut out and framed, door handles from 7mm NGA sales, 60thou bufferbeams, solebars and steps, rummage-box wagon chassis from Dapol. Oh and the glazing which is so clean you can't see it is a left-over from the LBSCR coach build from a while back.
I pondered about grab rails, but decided against. Reading the account in Boyd on how these fully enclosed vehicles came about meant that they were bare-bones construcion and built only under order to prevent workers travelling in semi, or completely open coaches or on slate wagons.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Outside things are moving. I've got about 40' of trackbed down using concrete blocks and whatever else is lying around. This is very new territory for me and I'm still not convinced of its likely success. The target is to get about a third of it down this summer. In this respect I'm on the game with only about 10' to go with the substructure.
Monday, 9 March 2015
After a rather torturous route to me the fire buckets arrived. They really are rather nice although I've completely forgotten who they were made by, only that they were spotted by me, mentioned in Nigel's Gay Joe Gazette, I suggested them for Morton Stanley, he told his Scandiwegian mate who was going to Warley, but he lives in Basingstoke I think, so they met at the SRS AGM in somewhere or another, and I picked them up from Crawley. But they were only £3.20 for 12. Painted by self with a back board from a bit of scrap Ratio 2mm sheet and a couple of staples. A google search shows that (since I could not find one single period photo of buckets mounted on a station wall) the board should be bright red as well, but I thought that would be overkill and the buckets would not show up so a bit of 70 was used instead.
The lack of photos suggests that the fire buckets on platforms maybe one of those repeated un-prototypical modeller things that didn't really exist that much, a bit like coal staithes at branch termini, but is repeated ad-nausium by modellers copying other modellers and pretty preserved stations.
BTW welcome to the small spurt of Ukrainian readers... or reader.