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  1. Chris

    Chris's Fleet

    New coaching stock has also arrived.... BR MK1 Tourist E4536 Second Open Coach in Crimson BR MK1 M4363 Second Open Coach in Crimson and Cream
  2. Chris

    Chris's Fleet

    Recent addition to the fleet ahead of a possible new version of Somewhere in Shropshire.
  3. Lovely backscene, Dave. How effective it looks in those last two pics. Quite the place for a holiday! What are the hotel rates like in New Walmington? 🙂
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    Chris' workbench

    Finally, an update on the Sentinel project! The repainting was done ages ago and so was the lining on the side panels. However, I couldn’t fashion any lining for the side of the bonnets – and there were none on the decal sheet I bought – so I have ummed and arred about what to do for a long time. Add in the fact I hadn’t put the windows back in, or attached the nameplates, and you can see the project was in limbo. Not any more. I bit the bullet and left the lining as it was, quickly added the nameplates and then wrestled the ‘bottom of the beer glass’ windows back in place. Therefore, it’s as finished as it will be for a now and I’m pretty pleased with it.
  5. Is there any 'off stage' area Dave? That tamper is quite a piece of modelling!
  6. Nice! That'll take up a fair portion of the board won't it?
  7. This layout in a box board looks excellent. It's something I'm considering myself too. Really liking the thoughts behind your new layout, Dave.
  8. Excellent! I seem to recall you've had this idea floating around for a while? Be good to see it.
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    Corr-ish

    Despite never having visited, I have a keen interest in the Corris railway. Aside from the Thomas the Tank Engine links (I was a huge fan of the books as a child, with a particular fondness for the Skarloey railway) the only other explanation I have is that I always develop an affinity to the smaller, sometimes more downtrodden. It’s evident in my choice of sports teams (Crewe Alexandra and Derbyshire Cricket Club) for starters! Anyway, as I start to dabble in 009, I wondered if the Corris railway actually offered a good possible starting point. Corris station is, simply, a tuning fork. The line then runs in front of a Welsh slate wall, behind which is housed a church. The line can be seen roughly drawn in on the photo above. This got me thinking. I have a Tim Horn ‘scenic board,’ just 25 centimetres deep by 45 centimetres wide. What if I made the curve out of the station more severe, bending it around the wall in front of the church (see red line on photo below)? The blue dashed lines are purely there to indicate a back scene, although I would imagine the the layout would end at the station fence on the right hand side, with the track being sandwiched along a wall at the front and the church wall. You might spot that there is a lot of inspiration taken from the excellent ‘Shifting Sands‘ by Colin Peake. The slate walling looks like it could be fun to do, whilst the church is as close as possible to a dead ringer as the church in the Dapol range. All in all, it’s a project that I am feeling very excited about. The first job is to work out f I get the flexi track to bend appropriately.
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    Chris' workbench

    Thanks class 66. So, here's an update on the Sentinel. It's painted and I've lined both sides higher up. The yellow ends weren't as bad as I thought, using a cocktail stick to place the paint on worked well. Still lots to do and the above is just plonked in place. It's getting there, though.
  11. The 'nameplate' is very effective. Great work.
  12. Chris

    Chris' workbench

    The past week has seen me get a bit of time, here and there, on the Sentinel. Its coming along pretty well, and is now resplendant in the maroon/crimson of the Living Ironstone Museum’s very own Sentinel fleet. This is destined to become Betty, therefore I’ve acquired the transfers from Railtec (stunning service, satisfied customer etc) and need to place the order for nameplates with Narrow Planet. Currently I’m undecided on the glazing. It’s a bit ‘bottom of a beer glass’ using the Hornby inserts, but am unsure whether I want to splash out of the Shaw plan lazer glaze. There is a few bits that require tweaking – and I’m dreading adding the yellow on the front and back grills – but I’m pleased with how it’s come along so far.
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    Chris' workbench

    I recently dipped my toes into the transfer market and swapped my Hornby Sentinel, Clara, for an outside crank variety. I’ve long wanted to model Betty, based at Rocks by Rail, and when I was offered a straight swap I jumped at the chance. It was a Wabtec liveried beast but, no problem there. Once it arrived it was soon stripped and is currently sat in the state you see above: primed and ready for the crimson.
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    Aberforth

    Wow, not seen this in quite a while. Excellent work. How beautiful is the Arriva livery too!
  15. 737 would surely be doable wit a plastic boat kit suitably bashed? Excellent photos.
  16. Are they 'stackable,' Dave? Could build up the base of a skyscraper and have some window cleaners at one as a cameo?
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    Aberforth

    I do like this - it's really getting there. The station building is super. I'd have been tempted to make it slightly less so low relief but I don't know whether space dictates what you've done or not, not withstanding the fact that it's your layout as well, so it's up to you :-) Any more progress since your last update?
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    Couplings

    Great! Thank you!
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    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
  20. 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...!
  21. Chris

    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!
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    Little Lawley

    Hi John, the platform 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.