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  • Birthday 25/09/1969

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    I've always been interested in model-making since a very young age, working my way through a myriad of Airfix and Matchbox 1/72 scale aircraft, until, with a bit of direction from my late Dad, I found railway modelling.

    Dad and I embarked on several GWR branch line layouts, never quite finishing them before they evolved into bigger and better schemes, and then through my mid-late teens I became interested in vintage sports cars, MGs in particular. Again, Dad's influence!

    Although we never completed a layout, the interest has remained, waxing and waning. Now, many years later, having lost Dad to cancer at a far-too-young age, and having been through marriage, children and divorce, my interest has been rekindled.

    My resurgent interest in railways is far more wide-rangeing than ever it used to be, although I tend to be drawn to the same time period of 1900-1905, and this has spawned a number of ideas for layouts.

    Most likely to appear first is an EM gauge Cambrian Railways BLT, which will initially be just fiddle yard to goods yard but will hopefully have an additional board with passenger facilities inserted between the two.

    Other interests are Irish Broad Gauge, Midland Great Western and Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties, which may well result in small a 21mm-gauge micro in due course, an exhibitable layout in OO9 conceived around a fictional twig off of the Ashover Light Railway in Derbyshire, and another OO9 layout featuring the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. I'm also inexorably drawn to the West Somerset Railway having grown up nearby and visited it so frequently as a youngster, and a micro layout of my favourite station is planned, again set around 1900-1905.

    And I've only managed a few wagon kits in the last twenty years.....

    Wish me luck!


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    Trains, planes and automobiles! But not necessarily in that order.....

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  2. Noel, The cattle wagon is looking really splendid! With regard to cattle, good ones are available from Dart Castings, Langley Miniature Models, and John Day Models. IMHO, the John Day ones are the best available, but all are good (no connection with any of the vendors other than as a satisfied customer!). They're all whitemetal castings, so add a decent amount of weight to the finished wagon. HTH! Kind regards, Mark
  3. Thanks, again, chaps - that sounds like a plan! The code 55 rail does look nice, and I think it'll contribute nicely to the overall look of the thing (when it gets built!). That 5thou is well beyond my limits of perception - the reason I don't have an HD TV is that I don't have HD eyes! Kind regards, Mark
  4. Thank you @Galteemore and @Angus, that's brilliant info! I'm ashamed to say I haven't properly read my copy of "Baronial Lines".....slapped wrist.....so the equation of rail weight/section to model "code" is great, thank you. I bought some Micro Engineering code 55 N/S rail a couple of years ago for an 009 inglenook project (yet another project that remains unfulfilled!) and I was very impressed with the quality and finish. ME is an American company, of course, but their rail is available in the UK from a few outlets. I got mine from NGTrains with whom I have no connection other than as a satisfied customer. Code 55 rail sounds like it would be about right for an MGWR branch line, if perhaps just a smidgeon on the light side, but I wonder if code 70 would be more practical..... Thanks again and kind regards, Mark
  5. Dear All, In planning my MGWR 4mm scale/21mm gauge branch line project, I would like to know what weight of rail was most likely used on branch lines around 1900-1905, and what "code" or model rail would be most appropriate to replicate it. I'm presuming flat-bottomed rail would have been the norm on branch lines. Thanks for any advice! Best regards, Mark
  6. Hi David, I got mine from Historex Agents. They cater mostly for military modellers, but of course a lot of materials and techniques are applicable to railway modelling, too. As I mentioned above, Archers do rivet transfers intended for various scales, I would say something like their sheet no. AR88032 might be suitable. Cheap, they ain't, but worthwhile IMHO. Kind regards, Mark
  7. Hi David, For the rivets/bolt heads, have you considered Archers Rivet Transfers - neat straight strips in various spacings and different sizes for nominally different scales. I've got their 'S' scale rivets for my 4mm wagons. As @Galteemore says, Plastic Weld is pretty strong stuff. I use MEK which I got in a large bottle from fleabay, and I decant a small quantity at a time into a glass jar with a screw lid. Excellent work on the 'H'. Kind regards, Mark
  8. My copy has arrived - excellent service from Martin Bott (no connection other than as a satisfied customer). Fascinating stuff, and Ahrons' prose is an absolute delight to read. Many, many thanks @Galteemore for the suggestion! Kind regards, Mark
  9. Hi David, There's no doubt that the article and photos do fair justice to your superb modelling, and the fee is a nice little bonus, I'm sure! I hope you'll forgive my little observation on the track diagram, though - it was a combination of OCD and worrying that I'd completely lost the plot (again!). Kind regards, Mark
  10. Fantastic results, David, this should certainly get you back into the rolling stock groove! Lookingforward to seeing your next build. Kind regards, Mark
  11. I've ordered a copy from Martin Bott, one of my favoured booksellers - always worth a look for anything you need. Looking forward to its arrival! E L was Ernest Leopold, apparently! Kind regards, Mark
  12. Thanks @Galteemore, I'll be looking for a copy as well! Kind regards, Mark
  13. Hi David, It may be me (probably is!), but isn't the connection to the exchange sidings shown trailing instead of facing (or vice versa!)? Not that it matters, it's a fabulous layout and I do hope to be able to see it in action one day! Kind regards, Mark
  14. Reading the RM article again - is it me, or have Messrs PECO drawn the track diagram incorrectly? Kind regards, Mark
  15. I wonder if they could be persuaded to broaden their horizons slightly.....
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