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by Firefly16
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Train Departure Announcement Generator
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Train Departure Announcement Generator

Bufferstop wrote: Got to get your pronunciations right. The bloke who did them for New Street about twenty years ago pronounced Alvechurch as Alverchurch, and they've never put it right. Oh that's nothing, Bufferstop. Commuting in and out of London's Victoria, years ago now, I would hear departures ...
by Firefly16
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 706

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

At £162. for this model, China is, as Bigmet says, pricing itself out of the model market. Well, if production is to go elsewhere, let's forget about next stop country X and bring Hornby products back to Margate. As prices have now reached this level, those that might be charged for home produced mo...
by Firefly16
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)

A new discovery I overlooked in my post above: the unbranded inner faces of the papier mache lids of those long one dozen egg boxes from supermarkets are a good starting point for ballast detail. Approx 3" wide when the sides are removed, when moistened (but not to the point of disintegration) ...
by Firefly16
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)

To the above I would add Tetrion, similar to Pollyfilla, very versatile - I have used it for things as different as infilling a half timbered building (for which DIY battens cut into scale sized baulks and roughly shaped provided the actual timber) and fashioning a replacement chimney for a Hornby '...
by Firefly16
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Austin K8 Three Way van
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Austin K8 Three Way van

4472, GeoFFO3 - Thank you for your replies Gentlemen. My project is 1/76 scale but having taken your advice re Hattons GeoFF and found exactly what I wanted, I see the error of my ways in seeking the specifications of the 1/1 scale item elsewhere online! Once again, Thanks to both.
by Firefly16
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Austin K8 Three Way van
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Austin K8 Three Way van

I am currently making a commercial building with a small yard for deliveries using Austin K8 35cwt vans. So that the yard will be of a credible size with regard to vehicles manoeuvring to access its loading bays etc., I need to have some idea of the overall dimensions of these vehicles. Can anyone w...
by Firefly16
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Edgware GN, A couple of A1's
Replies: 603
Views: 74950

Re: Edgware GN,

Hi manna The station building in the fourth shot of your August 14. post looks a real treat!
by Firefly16
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Can anyone identify these trees / bushes
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: Can anyone identify these trees / bushes

Hi heda Your example looks suspiciously like a cut down version of the kind of brush used to clean tea pot spouts. A visit to your local cooks'/kitchenware shop might yield a useful supply.
by Firefly16
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why do you do it?
Replies: 16
Views: 893

Re: Why do you do it?

The 50s weren't all you imagine them to be Phat Controller - I found a lot of it frightening then. But here's the thing, there were compensations, things that gave life a kind of zing that the present day just cannot provide, among them, the ACE gliding through Clapham Junction.... One could go on!
by Firefly16
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why do you do it?
Replies: 16
Views: 893

Re: Why do you do it?

Nostalgia? Perhaps. With ever more accurate models, being able to appreciate the finer points in the design of locos and rolling stock in a way that was impossible when confronted with the real thing has a lot to do with it. This is especially true of buildings, both railway and what I think of as '...
by Firefly16
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway 'Fixtures and Fittings'
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: Railway 'Fixtures and Fittings'

I like the 'Patent Pending' bit!
by Firefly16
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A 'Real' Tunnel
Replies: 0
Views: 185

A 'Real' Tunnel

I took delivery of a new carpet today. It came wrapped round a stout tube internal diameter 4" otherwise 102mm or 25' 6". At 3'3" long what possibilities this suggests for a tunnel where a double line of rails vanishes into a black void instead of some shadowy view of a fiddle yard. I...
by Firefly16
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: 'Rescue' mogul
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: 'Rescue' mogul

Thank you Mountain. It wasn't just the running/footplate - I changed the pick-up and wiring too. It has already done 2 real miles on a regular virtual run between Southampton and Cheltenham via the M&SW route. Another 48 whenever I find the time and I'm in the right mood and I'll know I did some...
by Firefly16
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A DIY Material
Replies: 10
Views: 647

Re: A DIY Material

Thank you again, Gentlemen and particular thanks to you rosenblad. A mystery well solved!
by Firefly16
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: 'Rescue' mogul
Replies: 3
Views: 442

'Rescue' mogul

Having had to set up a 'stage' for shots for another post here, I thought I'd take one of N class as fitted with a complete new styrene running plate unit after the mazak-rotted switchbacked original disintegrated when I tried to fix it ( the hole for the backhead securing screw was on the wrong sid...

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