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  1. Dave

    Ballybrophy.

    It amazes me they go to the trouble to fabricate steel to protect people from falling roof tiles rather than fix the roof! Iv'e seen this on a number of buildings around Offaly. They still won't stop roof tiles in high wind from hitting someone.
  2. Dave

    barrow street

    Absolutely stunning. The attention to detail is amazing. This layout was the talk of the show at Bangor over the weekend. Beautifully crafted, well done. Have you any plans to exhibit it?
  3. Dave

    North Down Model Show

    Model Rail Baseboards will be there. Drop by and say hello!
  4. Dave

    Track Cutting Razor Saw

    The best method is a dremel with a flexidrive and a thin cutting disc. I use an Aldi one and have had it in use for the last 6 years! I nearly splashed out on a new Dremel with all the bells and whistles but can't justify the cost against the cheap one. I use mine at least twice a week for nearly a day at a time building layouts.
  5. Dave

    Please vote for IRM!!

    Well done, an incredible achievement.
  6. Dave

    New Irish Lines

    I had a subscription but only got one copy
  7. Dave

    AddressPal - New Home Delivery option

    I use it too! I get most of my bits from the UK through it. Saves a fortune on postage.
  8. Anyone staying over? Think I'll have to book a room
  9. Dave

    UK Model Railway Exhibitions

    I have had a good few customers that had wanted a layout and wait years, then see the baseboards and order. Now that I am set up in the new workshop I have a guy making baseboards full time so waiting periods have dropped from months to a week or so.
  10. Dave

    Trackwork Underlay

    Most of the layouts that I build the track goes straight onto the baseboard. Most people don't mind the noise. They method of construction of my boards help reduce noise over ply and softwood boards. A trick if the noise is too much is to glue blocks of 18mm MDF to the underside of the layout. They absorb the sound really well. I use PU foam over cork and I stay away from the Peco open cell foam as it can degrade over time. The PU foam (closed cell) is good and for clients that want a quiet layout I cover the whole baseboard in it. Then glue the track onto it then ballast, this way there is an insulating layer between the baseboard and the track. However the ballast becoming one hard piece will be noisy.
  11. Dave

    UK Model Railway Exhibitions

    A lot of companies get complacent and think they have made it then pull back from the public eye. I have worked in sales and marketing for years and seen this time and time again. Promoting a business can be expensive but well worth it, some of the shows I do here can be quiet and product sales can be slow. But when someone picks up a leaflet you could get a call months later for a layout or baseboards.
  12. Dave

    OO Layout - To be Named

    Very nice George, really like the curves. Looks very natural.
  13. Dave

    UK Model Railway Exhibitions

    Thanks Chaps, it does seem that the baseboard manufacturers don't do many shows anymore. Maybe it's a case of they feel they have their name out there and don't need to be at the shows anymore. It's just going to take a bit of time to get established with the club's. Many thanks for all your input. Keep the ideas coming!
  14. Dave

    UK Model Railway Exhibitions

    I tried a toy fair in Cardiff and one in Carmarthen the following day, it was a complete disaster! If I'm doing shows in the UK I would rather them 100% focused on railway. I also plan to deliver layouts when going to the shows. I have 2 layouts to deliver around London next month and I'm booked into Alexander Palace so hopefully it will be a good weekend. Looking at the pictures you posted there seemed to be a lot of free space at that show.
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