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by Bufferstop
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Crafter's Companion Evesham
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Crafter's Companion Evesham

If you are in or passing through the Vale of Evesham a new outlet that has opened at "The Valley" in the Vale of Evsham Country Park, is Crafter's Companion, a similar range to Hobbycraft, very large stock of Javis Scenics, and a huge range of cards, papers, mylar film, paints, glues and t...
by Bufferstop
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: overly complicated point work in old photos
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: overly complicated point work in old photos

Parallel routes, demands parallel crossovers, with multiple heavily trafficked routes it had to be possible for two trains on parallel tracks to cross over to parallel lines out of the junction without conflict. Even if platforms were reserved for up and down movements, it would still have been nece...
by Bufferstop
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 21
Views: 520

Re: Making minories in settrack?

(Sorry, couldn't resist!) That's what happens if you leave the top off whilst using it :twisted: I've got a jar of something even worse, one of the plumbers had to be helped out of the loft and taken to A&E whilst joining plastic pipes with it. You can tell which PVC window ledge ends were stuc...
by Bufferstop
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 21
Views: 520

Re: Making minories in settrack?

An article from around the same time as Minories was first published showed how to take two Triang suburban coaches and turn them into a three coach articulated set with not much more than a razor saw, some plasticard and a bottle of MEKPAK. It was before the clerestories had been produced but they ...
by Bufferstop
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 69
Views: 1458

Re: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19

We certainly didn't anticipate such a problem, the first post programme posting wasn't until 02:06 if that can be relied on. I'm glad you folk are less volatile, - or just too tired, 02:06? It beats my latest posting by at least an hour, and from the comments about it's unavailability beyond our sho...
by Bufferstop
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: And now a class 91 + mk4 IC 225 set from Cavalex
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: And now a class 91 + mk4 IC 225 set from Cavalex

Who knows, a small firm setting out to launch a top end product can't turn round and say it passes the "three foot rule" which Hornby's existing product just about passes. Depends on how the "must have all the bells and whistles" collectors combined with "it's good enough fo...
by Bufferstop
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Steel rail
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: Steel rail

Mostly what people from the UK call steel rail is "Sheradised or Galvanised" steel, it has a matt silvery grey appearance, apart from where the coating has scratched away and rust has set in. Yes real steel looks like steel but 1/76th scale wheels just don't have the weight to remove the r...
by Bufferstop
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 21
Views: 520

Re: Making minories in settrack?

Due to either luck or good planning the line has been left unbuilt on, and they have left a space for the new station. That was my impression when driving in to Portishead, whether or not it was on the original line I wouldn't know, but there's definitely room for a modern terminal station. (ie. pl...
by Bufferstop
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Do the increasing prices of model railways effect how much you spend?
Replies: 32
Views: 768

Re: Do the increasing prices of model railways effect how much you spend?

Some the the design practices on new models also put me off .............I'm not against all progress.............properly fitted NEM sockets The huge gaps between wagons because the NEM fitted tensionlock sticks out so far, gets my goat, it wouldn't have existed if they'd designed the version for ...
by Bufferstop
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 21
Views: 520

Re: Making minories in settrack?

That was station number 3 for Portishead and there have been rumblings and mutterings about building station number 4, as they demolished number 3 just as the place started growing, now they are all complaining about how long it takes to get into Bristol of a morning. total lack of foresight as usual.
by Bufferstop
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 21
Views: 520

Re: Making minories in settrack?

There should be some room for compression, I seem to remember it had a very long platform that would stand a bit popped off.
by Bufferstop
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 69
Views: 1458

Re: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19

The discussion over the minute error in the taper of the Terriers dome got me. It was a tiny amount but was very obvious from some angles, cue for much swearing from the toolmakers. I wonder if it was deliberate to try to improve the release from the mould.
by Bufferstop
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: 00 gauge semaphores, whats best?
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: 00 gauge semaphores, whats best?

My signals are combinations of old Hornby-Dublo posts with some scratch and some Ratio parts. The one thing I learned was don't try to replicate the cranks and linkage just to get out to the end of a bracket or gantry. Use a stiff wire with two bends in it and the horizontal part hidden under the fo...
by Bufferstop
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: My other workbench
Replies: 19
Views: 854

Re: My other workbench

The before pictures look like some of the PC's that I've had the misfortune to have to open up. When something "just works" for years and years you know that when you do have to go in there it's not going to be nice.
by Bufferstop
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 69
Views: 1458

Re: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19

Whilst you wait to get to see the programmes down under, a lttle explanation. The 4 metre high banners on the outside of Rails stand at Warley which completely overshadowed Hornby's stand when viewed from the entrance, led to a verbal punch-up, which was great to watch knowing that Simon K had got H...

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