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  • Interests Crewe Alexandra FC, Derbyshire Cricket Club, Brass Bands
  1. Couplings

    Great! Thank you!
  2. Couplings

    Hi all, I've recently started making some Parkside Dundas 00 gauge kits - and super little kits they are too. However, I'm unsure what route to go down with the couplings. All my stock currently has the standard tension locks, but I find that, when I've shunted on previous layouts I hate how fiddly they are (not to mention their lack of aesthetic appeal). I've seen lots about Kadees - but they confuse me with all the different types and how you go about installing/aligning them. I think I''m leaning this way though? I'd also been pondering three link? Do it the way it's done in real life and use a 'hand in the sky' shunters pole? Thoughts? So, what's the best method? Thanks in advance, Chris
  3. Which railway modelling mags do you read?

    I've actually cancelled all mine recently, moving to the Railway Modeller online subs. Like you say, it's a great way to look at old issues. I'm unsure if I'll keep it much longer or not though as I'm unsure how many articles actually float my boat. I find I'm preferring to buy books on specific topics - kit building, weathering etc - rather than looking at endless articles of 'unique' GWR branch termini! Now, if there was an industrial modelling magazine...!
  4. Little Lawley

    Sadly, at this moment I think the layout is receiving the Beeching axe. All enthusiasm, as usual around this time, has completely gone. I need to remember that I really enjoy working on kits, stock and buildings, but I really struggle with keeping the motivation for a layout, so anything planned needs to be micro-micro, nano, if you will.I’ve been mulling lots of things recently; possibly 0 gauge (ruled out, too expensive) or building up more 00 gauge wagon kits (possible). . For now, no major modelling. Not a bad place to be in as, even though it’s Easter, I have lots of university work to do!
  5. Little Lawley

    Hi John, theplatform has been ripped up currently due to the mess I made of it. There are plans to add fencing around it but, due to the prototype, there won’t be a ramp. Personally I prefer ramps on a platform but I want to stay reasonably prototypical, whilst adding a ramp will also eat up valuable platform length... which is pretty limited as it is.
  6. Little Lawley

    Motivation: draining. Rapidly.
  7. Little Lawley

    Ballasting. My new least favourite job.
  8. Little Lawley

    The more I looked at the platform the more I disliked it. I tried adding the ballast, hoping that would help. It didn't - which is hardly surprising as I didn't like the ballast - so the platform is gone. This is the view at Little Lawley now. No platform. No trains. I've decided to start a bit of ballasting whilst I work out how to sort the platform out - luckily I kept the template for the platform top!
  9. Little Lawley

    Today I've done a bit of work on the landscape at Little Lawley. I've decided to experiment and have used floral foam. It's lightweight, easy to shape and easy to cut. The next step is to paper mache over the top and paint it before applying static grass and other green scenic items. P.S. I mentioned doing the platform next on my last post. You'll spot I've started it, however it's a work in progress. Once it's done I'll post about it.
  10. Going round the bend

    Thanks for the info, Bob. Much appreciated. Its all looking very good!
  11. Little Lawley

    Today, in an effort to do some actual modelling, has seen me paint my Toad. Formerly an Acton, GWR grey, it is now bauxite, in keeping with the TSR's version. I've used Humbrol acrylic (no 70) and brush painted. It's taken well and the few areas where the coverage isn't perfect don't overly matter as some weathering will take car of them. I do want to add the Wellington R. U. letters and any other relevant signs as well - they'll have to be a custom job I think. Finally, here's a quick shot just to check how things look overall on Little Lawley. Quite happy if I'm honest, but as Mr Portillo will have quite a climb to get on any carriage currently, I'm thinking the platform should be my next job.
  12. New Walmington Pier - 2018 Exhibitions

    You just need to get your big coat out, Dave ;-) In all seriousness, don't blame you. Safety first!
  13. Going round the bend

    Hi Bob, Layout looks good - follow the blog closely and enjoy watching the progress. Quick question; where do you get your hanging basket liner from? All I seem to be able to get is the brown stuff. Cheers, KUTGW Chris