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by Michaelaface
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1342

Re: We need to talk about costs

so I've dug out a copy of Railway Modeller from may 1996, which is around the time I got my first train set, the hornby flying scotsman one, and it's listed on Hattons at £79.50, and I remember my parents telling me it was a very expensive set another issue, this time from October 2000, Hattons adve...
by Michaelaface
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1342

Re: We need to talk about costs

I can see that the hobby is completely inaccessible for kids of lower income families whereas it probably wasn't a couple of decades back. 20 years ago you probably could pick up some playworn but useable stuff from the local free ads paper if you were lower income. If stuff was broken, quite a lot...
by Michaelaface
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1342

Re: We need to talk about costs

a model railway is an expensive hobby, and as far as I remember it's always been an expensive hobby, I remember saving up my pocket money for nearly a year just to be able to afford one loco, and that was in the 90s, I also find a lot of the time its a "you get what you pay for" hobby, and...
by Michaelaface
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM

I am able to get some Peco code 75 loose rail and feel I will only admit defeat after at least 3 trys Geoff T. If its flat bottom rail you're getting, I personally don't like using that for track, I find its larger profile more awkward to work with when filing down the crossing Vees etc, bullhead s...
by Michaelaface
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Michaela's Layout

It is a balancing act. I used to fill every available space with track and then discovered that I had no room whatsoever for signals! oh theres still plenty of room for them and other scenery, the track plan is inspired by the stations within central Manchester, raised above road level, with loads ...
by Michaelaface
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Michaela's Layout

thank you everyone! not done much more work on it lately, been trying to put together some footage of it all to upload to youtube Coming along well. I love the raised section with the line up above the streets, that's going to look awesome. Just a tad jealous of your fiddleyard :D thank you, yeah I'...
by Michaelaface
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Michaela's Layout

TRACKPLAN you asked for it, so here it is, its a little skewed its its a composite of 4 images to get around anyrail's 50 pieces of track rule the total size of everything is roughly 3.5 meters x 3.5 meters https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49412223996_470eb07a3c_b.jpg POINTS So in a previous pos...
by Michaelaface
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM

I have found RMweb invaulable for advice/tips etc, when trying to learn how to build my own track, plenty of people on there eager to share their knowledge, even if some on there can sometimes get a little too passionate about the accuracy of things, I also find going on there and looking at what is...
by Michaelaface
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM

looking forward to seeing this develop! building (working) pointwork seems hard, but then you do it once and all of a sudden its not so bad, I'm sure you'll have no trouble going off your other work How are you going about doing the locos and stock? the "wheel pulling" technique? or buildi...
by Michaelaface
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: CHINESE HO LAYOUT BASED IN THE UK
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: CHINESE HO LAYOUT VIDEO

ahh I've been watching this layout grow on RMweb, absolutely fantastic work!
by Michaelaface
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Steampunk models
Replies: 27
Views: 672

Re: Hornby Steampunk models

It really plays to individualism and the things the enthusiast can dream up for themselves, not something mass produced. The item I saw and most liked was a keyboard and screen given the treatment. The screen was mounted in an ornate wooden cabinet with brass fittings and a large on-off lever on th...
by Michaelaface
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Steampunk models
Replies: 27
Views: 672

Re: Hornby Steampunk models

I read a comment saying that the "steam punk" layout from "the Great British Railway off" is quite popular at shows and the like, and I think the guys youtube is quite popular that being said, I really don't understand this range Hornby have brought out, now I'm not entirely sure...
by Michaelaface
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Michaela's Layout

I'm very interested in the build your own pointwork idea and would like to hear how you get on. I'm still undecided on it, the layout already features points I've built myself, and they seem to work okay so far, but I still don't feel I'm up to the standard where they could operate reliably on the ...
by Michaelaface
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 376
Views: 145920

Re: BARGAINS!

Not sure if this'll be everywhere, but Asda, in Trafford park, have basic Hornby train-sets for £25 HR pug loco, 2 wagons and a small oval of track with 3rd radius curves Controller looks really basic Think they might be unsold black Friday stock, saw them for £60 a few months ago, I considered gett...
by Michaelaface
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Michaela's Layout

hello forum, and welcome to my new layout its roughly 3.5 by 3 meters, 00 gauge and loosely set up north somewhere in the BR steam era here are some photos of where I've gotten up to Fiddle Yard I think one of my stumbling points of previous layouts is that I've never properly put enough thought and...

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