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by b308
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Japan's Railway History
Replies: 13
Views: 316

Re: Japan's Railway History

Also worth bearing in mind that the secondary gauge in Japan was 2ft 6ins (and still is). The Japanese produce some very nice HOe models. British influence in both cases.
by b308
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ready made roads?
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Ready made roads?

Bufferstop wrote:road colour you want, usually much lighter than you imagine. .


Yes, very true... Most new modellers tend to use blackboard black when in reality black is very unusual for most roads, they tend to be "shades of grey"! ;)
by b308
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Papier Mache
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: Papier Mache

I use cheap white (or flecked) polystyrene from the local DIY store, in the past I've used chicken wire, in neither case have I had to use wooden or cardboard formers. Another reason I use Modroc is that it attaches itself to both of them and is strong and solid. It also takes Pollyfilla if I need t...
by b308
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ready made roads?
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Ready made roads?

Vollmer do blank ones so you can put your own markings down.

http://www.gaugemaster.com/search_resul ... ory&OB=c_d
by b308
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Papier Mache
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: Papier Mache

Modroc's cheap enough on Ebay, you don't need to resort to scrounging! I don't use PM any more because Modroc is far better, simple as that. When I did use it many decades ago i always used wallpaper paste, not flour.
by b308
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: How Did You Become A Narrow Gauge Modeller?
Replies: 14
Views: 309

Re: How Did You Become A Narrow Gauge Modeller?

You've now got some really nice cheap conversion kits (Smallbrook, etc.) in 7mm scale for the cheapo Hornby chassis so there's really no need for people to compromise. The trouble with using OO diesels such as the Dock Shunter or 04 is that the louvres, modelled to 4mm scale always look wrong... Eve...
by b308
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: How Did You Become A Narrow Gauge Modeller?
Replies: 14
Views: 309

Re: How Did You Become A Narrow Gauge Modeller?

I'm the opposite, Mountain, I prefer to see a model which is recognisable as a real loco , not a converted toy . I saw far too many of the latter in my early OO9 days 50 years ago (and still do, though now more in O-16.5 than OO9) and dislike them with a vengeance. To me they represent a slapdash ap...
by b308
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Legality or moral ethics
Replies: 43
Views: 1166

Re: Legality or moral ethics

A Collector's item, there, John!! :lol:
by b308
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Legality or moral ethics
Replies: 43
Views: 1166

Re: Legality or moral ethics

Depends on what country you are in, here's the UK's answer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/3 ... by-mistake

(The OP was based in Australia, though, so it's down to the law in his land.)
by b308
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: How Did You Become A Narrow Gauge Modeller?
Replies: 14
Views: 309

Re: How Did You Become A Narrow Gauge Modeller?

How? I was given some Triang TT3 stuff way back in the early 70s which I used to model in OOn3, never looked back... I got into Continental HOe when I visited the Welshpool and saw their Austrian 0-8-0T and coaches... Cost? Has never come into the equation, NG can easily be as costly, or as cheap, a...
by b308
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: New Collector, old Collection
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: New Collector, old Collection

Which also applies to any old controller you may get secondhand... Times move on...
by b308
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Thinking aloud.
Replies: 42
Views: 956

Re: Thinking aloud.

Material for the baseboard turned up from B&Q. Started going through it, the planed timber was completely unusable, warped all over the place. I don't bother with any of the big diy chains for wood, it's always warped. I use the local independent diy store or a timber merchant, both of whom see...
by b308
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Thinking aloud.
Replies: 42
Views: 956

Re: Thinking aloud.

I don't think they have a bricks and mortar shop though you do see them from time to time at specialist narrow gauge exhibitions of which there are quite a few these days...
by b308
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Thinking aloud.
Replies: 42
Views: 956

Re: Thinking aloud.

The L&B coaches are Peco and they are fine. All I'd suggest re Heljan is doing a search for the threads on NGRM and RMWeb, lots of tales of woe. They swapped manufacturer for the latest batch but would appear to be having the same issues! Such a shame. I'd forgotten about Fourdees, their locos a...
by b308
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Thinking aloud.
Replies: 42
Views: 956

Re: Thinking aloud.

It is well worth studying various scales and sizes used before one takes the plunge. True, but with one very large "BUT"! Unless you are modelling American O scale (Bachmann On30) there is only OO9/HOe which has a multitude of RTR and bear in mind that Brian said in his first post that he...

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