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by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: One of my turns coming on...
Replies: 7
Views: 69

Re: One of my turns coming on...

The headteacher who let some of her pupils join in some "singing practice", offered by the studio went on to become our "Director of Education", but she never lived down the lyrics of The Wall.
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Station signage
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: Station signage

Named "fonts" or typefaces were not in common use outside of the print industry until the 1930s and then their adoption was fairly slow until the 1960s. London Underground, and the "Big Four" were amongst the first bodies to develop house styles. The Undrground adopted a typeface...
by Bufferstop
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Great Model Railway Challenge
Replies: 71
Views: 3302

Re: The Great Model Railway Challenge

The team that best matched the breif won again, they managed to convey Santa from the desert to England and on to the North Pole. Their animations worked, and the forced perspective with the same train in N showed some Innovation. The Steampunks failed to exploit their own possibilities and paid the...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Great Electric Train Show - 13th-14th October 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 192

Re: Great Electric Train Show - 13th-14th October 2018

Going on a Saturday often means there are shops open to keep the other half busy, whilst you are at the show. I'd got a ticket for the Sunday, but when I realised Mrs W would be at a meeting for most of Saturday I decided to go on Saturday, flogged the Sunday Ticket to Sishades. I suppose I'm fortun...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Vintage Hornby TV Adverts
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Vintage Hornby TV Adverts

AFAIK Hornby are the only manufacturer to have advertised on TV in the UK. The company that imported Lima were so tight a**** they wouldn't contemplate it.
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Great Model Railway Challenge
Replies: 71
Views: 3302

Re: The Great Model Railway Challenge

Channel Five is doing the hobby proud at the moment, we have TGMR Challenge, Paddington 24/7 and Walking Britains Lost Railways. Although it's reality TV , Paddington isn't frightened to get real technical' showing scenes of the cutting in of a replacement crossing, and replacing sections of the cat...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: What I'd like to see in this excellent forum, if I may...
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: What I'd like to see in this excellent forum, if I may...

I can see what you are looking for, a video version of the stories that PD Hancock and The Rev. Peter Denny published in the 50's and 60's. Producing video (or film) if done well is a time consuming activity and what do most of us, particularly those around my age have a limited supply of, time! Ear...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad range
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Railroad range

The items to avoid in the Railroad range are the wagons with the large tensionlock D shaped bar moulded into the chassis. The couplers look hideous, they derail items with the mini coupler when pushed around curves. The slab of black plastic that extends the buffer beam down to the coupling destroys...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Great Model Railway Challenge
Replies: 71
Views: 3302

Re: The Great Model Railway Challenge

Warleyy usually gets a. Couple of minutes on BBC/WM unless it's a slow news day, then we might get an interview with, you guessed didn't you, Pete Waterman again. He's easy to film he knows the ropes. We did once get a decent length programme about his layout, which took a sensible line about it.
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Hattons new Website Oh Dear.....
Replies: 25
Views: 826

Re: Hattons new Website Oh Dear.....

Flashy new website to go with their very grand exhibition stand. All very refined and minimalist, definitely trying to out do you know who, " our big H is bigger than yours :P "
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Great Electric Train Show - 13th-14th October 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 192

Re: Great Electric Train Show - 13th-14th October 2018

I went Saturday morning, they still need to improve on their hall layout, there should definitely be one cross aisle in rows of that length. The hall's lighting made Hall_5 at the NEC look good. Free parking was a bonus. A couple of layouts seemed to be running their timetable in real-time without m...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Yet another newbie seeking advice
Replies: 9
Views: 158

Re: Yet another newbie seeking advice

It's not good for a car to be put away wet, better to leave it outside for the wind and sun to dry it naturally, unless you are a masochist and prepared to leather it dry :wink:
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?
Replies: 42
Views: 4923

Re: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?

About 30 years ago the company I was with was suffering a sudden rash of failures in a previously trouble free item. The failure was a plastic sleeve spindle which cracked and jammed in its plastic bearings, the odd thing being that no new ones had been made for about 5years and as far as we could t...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Great Model Railway Challenge
Replies: 71
Views: 3302

Re: The Great Model Railway Challenge

I think that we have to accept that the layouts will be rather basic, it's more a case of what each group can acheive given a specific theme. I'm a bit surprised at some of the tracklaying abilities. Gaps and misalignments aren't that difficult to avoid.
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?
Replies: 42
Views: 4923

Re: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?

I suspect poor choice of lubricants and the dreaded WD 40, were responsible for many of the problems, or at least hastened the onset of problems that wouldn't have come so soon.

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