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    I was born at a very early age. I am still here and will remain until I am no longer with us.


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    I inhabit the parallel world, wherein lie gryphons, dwarves, changelings and railway enthusiasts.


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  1. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    It most certainly is. I think that for those with either the skills to hand-build everything to that gauge, or with the wallet to pay for it, 21mm is the way to go. I'm at "costing" stage now. My own skills are most certainly not those of Mayner, David Holman, Eoin or others of this planet, thus some stuff I would have to have made. It's as simple as this. If I can afford it once all the bean-counting is done, I'm going for 21mm. If practicality dictates, through a melted credit card, that I can't afford it, 00 it is.
  2. I'm left in limbo

    Hope you didn't pay him, Brassnut........! Good luck with your corrective endeavours. many on here can answer any questions you have.
  3. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    I'm convinced. The only issue will be budget. If I can afford the track, it's 21mm. If I can't, it'll be 00. I hope that whatever results will also appear at exhibitions once it's in a state fit to do so. Next challenge: proper 6-wheelers. I'll start with some old botch-job wooden stock in green, just to get things going but the intention is to have the likes of Worsley 6-wheelers behind J15s - thus, a proper GSWR train, none o'those oul Mk 2, 3 or 4 tin-can yokes for me!
  4. J M Design overlays for Dapol coaches

    I'll take two standards.
  5. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    Very many thanks, Tony. I'll consider this. Interesting - and highly persuasive! The layout can be operated with a max of two engines, but what will end up being the main issue is that there will eventually be a collection of about 15 locos, steam and diesel, possibly 20 carriages and about 40 goods stock. They will represent the GSR era, the grey'n'green and the black'n'tan eras. Conversion of all the lot is daunting, and 21mm will preclude any possible visits by stock from a friend's layout! I like Mayner's idea of eye level too - that is indeed something which had occurred to me. Do ye know what. Once I've walked the dog I'll go into town this afternoon and browse in the land of Mark's Models in Hawkins St.
  6. Finding old kits

    I made up a couple of their goods vans many years ago for a long defunct narrow gauge layout, and I didn't find them too difficult, I have to say.
  7. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    Remind me again, the difference between codes 75 & 100....
  8. 21mm gauge track; the pros and cons?

    I will indeed be in touch with Baseboard Dave shortly. In fact I'll email him tonight and get it over with!
  9. Folks I'm delving here into something which is outside my knowledge or comfort zone, and I'd be interested in anyone's opinion or experience. I am going to put together a small shunting-type layout (I know I'm not the only one here planning such things!) and once complete, while at any one time it won't accommodate a great amount of rolling stock, it's my intention to have a collection of locos and rolling stock spanning the 1930s - 1970s period, through GSR and CIE times. This will mean a lot of stock over a time, with one operating session being GSR steam era, and others being well into the "Supertrain" era. Clearly, 21mm gauge track looks WAY better than 00 and in an ideal world I would see this as the only show in town. I have a SSM J15 which would require doubtless very awkward surgery to convert its gauge, and a MM 141; that's all so far. I'm wondering is it all worth it, as with an eventual collection of wagons, locos and carriages, every single thing will have to be converted. Then there's the track, which I presume would all have to be handmade - again, not something I have any experience in whatever, and not something I would think I'd make a very good job of. So the question is, how does one find out what the easiest (or, should I say, least difficult) method is to (a) convert loco gauges, for example, and (b) laying track? If it all ends up a huge lot of hassle, or very expensive, it'll be 00.
  10. Kingsbridge - workbench

    That is just stunning. Superb finish too.
  11. Omagh GNRi Station

    A thought, Tony - you had mentioned doing an "end-to-end" layout - possibly you might be able to put in a lift-up flap bit across the doorway to make a continuous run? N gauge will be just right for that shed.
  12. Finding old kits

    I think the wheels would be too large, and the wheelbase too long? I'm unaware of the existence of drawings. I must ask around in the IRRS.... maybe the DCDR has them (though I never saw any....)
  13. David's Workbench

    Outstanding work!!!! Looks superb. ....presumably there'll be a number also on the rear of the cab?
  14. Finding old kits

    In terms of the O & K locos at Downpatrick, I've never come across anything even remotely close. You're looking at a scratchbuild, I would think, and the wheels would be a challenge - they're very small.
  15. Kingsbridge - workbench

    The BR livery vanished in its entirety before entering traffic - the entire coach was painted in the standard CIE livery with black roofs from the outset. Nothing orange and black ever ran with grey roofs. Dirt, of course, can throw up many shades of many things.....!

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