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by mickeym
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Food for thought on weathered buildings
Replies: 12
Views: 4144

Re: Food for thought on weathered buildings

If you look carefully at old photos, and indeed at some buildings you can still see nowadays, we have had our fair share of buildings in this country that are not in the best state of repair and decoration. It's worth trying to capture that appearance, rather than trying to create a 'perfect' world...
by mickeym
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: The 2mm Society'Easitrac' Point Kit
Replies: 45
Views: 8269

Re: The 2mm Society'Easitrac' Point Kit

I have casually wondered why no one has done, or tried to do, this in 4mm scale. The Finetrax ones in N gauge are pretty good and go together well - even I can make them work ok ;) Not yet tried an Easitrac one; mainly cos the Finetrax caught my eye as something in N gauge therefore easier for me to...
by mickeym
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Hornby Hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 5657

Re: Hornby Hobbies

Share price as I type this is 32.75 pps so someone has made a few £££ in this mornings trade - I wish I had followed my own advice and bought some at the bottom! ;) Share dealing is an absorbing hobby for some, but getting the timing right can be tricky. It is really a form of gambling. .... It onl...
by mickeym
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Kings
Replies: 12
Views: 2650

Re: Kings

Interesting that it was posted "there", rather than "here" ;) Bigger, if not better, audience ? Incidentally, today I saw a Hornby King next to a Castle from the same firm, and until now I had never realised just how much bigger a King actually is- Never having seen one up close...
by mickeym
Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Hornby Hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 5657

Re: Hornby Hobbies

Share price as I type this is 32.75 pps so someone has made a few £££ in this mornings trade - I wish I had followed my own advice and bought some at the bottom! ;)
by mickeym
Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Hornby Hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 5657

Re: Hornby Hobbies

Whilst I hope Hornby survives whatever current financial problems it has, I think we will be in more serious trouble if our wheel and etched brass chassis manufacturers had difficulties. John Really? For those of us that have a railway interest in the last 50 years I would suggest that making wheel...
by mickeym
Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Hornby Hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 5657

Re: Hornby Hobbies

I dont know what the price per share is as I type this, but I reckon if you want to help Hornby ( the train section) buying at under 28p would help....Especially if and when they are spun off from the main group.... It is a sad state of affairs, but hardly to be unexpected, despite the sayings of &q...
by mickeym
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Layout Location
Topic: Starting over again ...
Replies: 62
Views: 15585

Re: Starting over again ...

Depending on where it runs SWA cable doesn't need to be buried - Digging a 40 M trench half a metre deep is a fair old task; one that I have heard of people paying the electrician to do :shock: Im not advocating just running it along the bottom of the hedge etc, but out of the way of traffic on 6 in...
by mickeym
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

They are a bit long for shunting about on a plank that fits the SGWB criteria - So I added a few inches to the plan! Its now not a SGWB - but it does seem to have more play value; at least to me. Well rules were made to be broken. I suppose Brunel thought of his 7' gauge as a standard. :thumb But o...
by mickeym
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

With the task of building a new shed more or less from scratch "handed to me" by the fates :o I haven't really had time to think about, let alone progress this idea. However said shed now looks like a rural bus-stop, even if a rather down at heel version (its got solid sides and a roof) I ...
by mickeym
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Thorburn's - dipping my toes in the water...
Replies: 79
Views: 17476

Re: Thorburn's - dipping my toes in the water...

Crikey!
There is something about the bottom picture in the above post that genuinely made me think it was "real" !
It gives the impression of a damp grey sort of day so well.
by mickeym
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Storing straight things
Replies: 8
Views: 3044

Re: Storing straight things

I do go to proper timber yards several times a week, to buy timber (preferably straight) I think my next layout sub frame will be built of dried out "tanalised wood" - its cheap as chips and straight - or at least it doesn't go anywhere when in a frame :) I was referring to timber stored a...
by mickeym
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

Re: Scalefour North 2016

I thought 2014 was pretty awesome -Im sure that next year will be even better :) (dint get there this year )
by mickeym
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Tolerance B2B Gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 1630

Re: Tolerance B2B Gauge

Thanks
I did think that as you say is correct, but I kind of assumed the product would be right...... assumption eh!
by mickeym
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Tolerance B2B Gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 1630

Re: Tolerance B2B Gauge

Isnt that within the tolerance +/-
by mickeym
Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Storing straight things
Replies: 8
Views: 3044

Re: Storing straight things

If you store long thin things upright they eventually become long thin things with a a nice curve where the weight pushes down or into the pressure ..
That is where the often recited urban myth that places such as Wickes and BnQ sell crap wood comes from - They dont often, they just store it wrong.
by mickeym
Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: RTR P4
Replies: 71
Views: 14886

Re: RTR P4

The fun to me isn't particularly in the building, or rather not in the having to build - But I do like things to be "90% right" so anything that makes things simpler (not necessarily easier) is always going to be a good thing to me. I spend my days dreaming up and making things for a livin...
by mickeym
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Metal Shears/Tin Snips
Replies: 16
Views: 6203

Re: Metal Shears/Tin Snips

you mean to make them more like a guillotine in action there?
by mickeym
Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Layout Planning & Design Inspiration - Help!
Replies: 14
Views: 4352

Re: Layout Planning & Design Inspiration - Help!

In 15 foot or so, you could get quite a reasonable, representative section of something like the Falmouth Docks / BR interchange area at Falmouth station.
by mickeym
Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:27 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

Not much of an update, but I have finally found the bit of the Alan Gibson site that has the wheel conversions upon it :) With this info to hand I can side step the wait for Ultrascale to provide me with similar( I know they are good etc, but....) so that is a step in the right direction - To think ...
by mickeym
Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

It is certainly helping me to "get motivated" and the constraint on size does help the focus a lot. With the Wharf itself being Off Stage to the right, it does give a lot of freedom to imagine what may be situated along there..... For example I rather like CDA clay hoppers, but a whole rak...
by mickeym
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

Thank you for the clarification Ian; at the moment this idea has enthused me a lot, so I am trying to strike whilst the iron still remains pretty warm ;) I am also assuming that a separate, but closely related scene could be tacked onto each or either end? I do rather like the constraints imposed by...
by mickeym
Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Roseladden Restored
Replies: 4
Views: 1910

Re: Roseladden Restored

Wonderful!!!!
:thumb
I will most certainly be interested to see the new Roseladden arise - It is probably the main reason I'm still interested in, and sat reading about small trains 30 years after it was in YMR!
by mickeym
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

So, wind-swept, bleak, mud-flats, stunted hawthorns? IIiffe Stokes rather than ITV's Doc Martin. Could be really atmospheric! Ian That is more "round the corner" on the actual wharf, the scenery around Lelant changes rather dramatically as one enters the Hayle Estuary - Thats the place yo...
by mickeym
Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Norwayman's Wharf Junction
Replies: 14
Views: 5356

Re: Norwayman's Wharf Junction

I hope it comes out a fraction as good as Humber Dock , which I have seen on a flying visit to the Halifax (?) show a few years ago. I've not really thought about fiddle space, though "a lot of walking" isn't really a problem - IF if turns out all good I intend to extend to the right hand ...

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