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Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:00 pm
by jasp
There does not appear to be a list of traders attending, on the website.
Could this be sorted please?
Jim P

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:34 pm
by John McAleely
Yup. There's one in the linked guide, and I'm just waiting for an updated list (there have been one or two changes since publication).

Should get something up in the next couple of days.

In the mean time the guide is here (PDF)

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:06 am
by David Thorpe
It's astonishing how little discussion there has been about this show which is now less than two weeks away. Presumably it's because we all know how good it will be that there's no need to say anything!

DT

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:14 pm
by Tim V
The Bristol group is coming in force, only one member not coming - accommodation was booked back in December!

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:35 pm
by John McAleely
I've just been able to update the show page, so the traders are now listed, as are the bring & buy forms.

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:22 am
by Serjt-Dave
I Was looking forward to coming up to Scalefour North. But looking at the journey from Chatham it will take me over four and a half hours to get there. Thanks to Southeastern/Railtrack shutting the lines down in the Medway Towns again. It's been like this every other weekend since the beginning of the year. So to get to Wakefield by 10:00 I have to catch the 05:13 bus from Chatham Station to Ebbsfleet Station and then a train to London and the North from there. So it will be 4:40 hrs there, 4 hrs at the show and 4:40 hrs back. Oh joy.

Dave

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:53 am
by Ian Everett
I'll be there both days manning the SGW stand for some of the time and stewarding at others.

I'll also be bringing two big boxes of redundant goodies, including ex LMS loco kits and bits and pieces and some DC controllers (Compspeed Rambler, Gaugemaster) made redundant by my change in modelling direction and conversion to DCC.

Ian

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:34 pm
by jasp
Serjt-dave is fortunate that he can get to Wakefield for 10am, and it only takes 4 hours or so!
Oh that it was possible from Scotland.
Travelling on Saturday morning, the earliest one could get there would be around noon.
As I am working on the Scottish Line Societies stand I will be travelling tomorrow, so not a problem, but a friend is travelling on Saturday and the earliest train is around 7.30am, hence noon arrival.
Jim P

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:46 pm
by Jim Summers
The pedant timetabler in me has to point out that on Saturday the 0608 from Edinburgh Waverley is in Wakefield at 0923, which is a bit over three hours.
True, not everyone can catch something that early from Waverley, but connections run into the 0707, due Wakefield at 1022.

The service is hourly thereafter. Pretty good really, when you consider the service a decade ago. Pity they are Voyagers, though.

Jim

Scalefour North 2016 - Starting in P4

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:00 pm
by Flymo748
In a late addition to the Scalefour North programme, I'll be doing a "Starting in P4" demonstration over the weekend. That will include answering any questions that come along!

To give the weekend a little bit of structure, from my perspective at least, I'm aiming to cover four main themes:

1. Soldering

After recently doing the soldering demonstration at the Missenden Modellers Weekend, I'm fully prepared to spend as much time as needed to demystify what some people incorrectly judge to be a "black art". So if you'd like to talk about tools, techniques and tips, please just ask. I'll have plenty of scrap brass and whitemetal with me for people to go hands-on and have a try themselves. I'm determined not to let them go away unsatisfied!

2. Trackmaking

Straight track or pointwork. Copperclad, ply and rivet or plastic chairs. Have a look at the alternatives and decide what suits you best. For those new to P4, see how easy it is to put some trackbases together and have a length of flexitrack in finescale.

3. Locomotive chassis

Undecided between compensation or CSB? Not sure about what each means, or how to decide? I'll have examples of both on show, and demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each system. With a little bit thrown in about pickups, wheel quartering, and anything else that comes to mind.

4. Wagon building

A great way to access finescale modelling and develop skills and techniques. Again, what are the benefits of compensation or springing when building vehicles, or indeed why bother at all. I'll be looking at upgrading plastic kits to finescale standards.


So if you have anything that you'd like to discuss in these areas, or anything else for that matter, come along and say hello!

Cheers
Paul Willis
Deputy Chairman

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:02 pm
by jasp
Jim Summers wrote:The pedant timetabler in me has to point out that on Saturday the 0608 from Edinburgh Waverley is in Wakefield at 0923, which is a bit over three hours.
True, not everyone can catch something that early from Waverley, but connections run into the 0707, due Wakefield at 1022.

The service is hourly thereafter. Pretty good really, when you consider the service a decade ago. Pity they are Voyagers, though.

Jim


Apologies to Dave.
I stand corrected by the extensive knowledge of my friend and colleague in the Caledonian Railway Association, Mr Summers
Not sure about Glasgow to Wakefield though. No doubt Jim will enlighten me over the weekend.
Dave, please come and say hello so I can apologise in person.
Jim P

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:35 pm
by allanferguson
Jim Summers wrote: Pity they are Voyagers, though.

Jim

Ah well, the one I'm getting is the 0632 Dundee -- Plymouth which is an IC 125....... Unfortunately I have to slum it on the way home! Looking forward to the show, though.

Allan F

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:22 pm
by John Donnelly
As usual, a cracking show resulting in a lighter wallet and plenty of shiny brass making it's way back to the North East.

John

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:22 pm
by Tor Giffard
Evenin' all,

One of the best S4 shows so far in my view....severe wallet slimming pangs. Even the snow over Holme Moss added to the occasion.....straightforward journey into the school car park and much banter/chatter exchanged with various.

Well organised guys!!

Dave

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:34 pm
by Maitland
My first Scaleforum since about 1993, and thoroughly enjoyable. Every layout worth a long look, no less than three London Roads... (OK one of them was trade) but my vote went to Enigma Engineering in the end, as it's about the size of layout I'm looking at!

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:51 pm
by mickeym
Very good show I thought, though I only had a couple of hours there today - May have to return tomorrow and spend some money on proper things - All I bought today were some sheets of Exactoscale "road setts" (they are near enuff to represent breeze blocks in 2mm scale :shock: ).

I didn't vote cos all the layouts are good in their own way - so I can;t decide!

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:26 pm
by TEZBEDZ
What a wonderful day out, my excuse for attending with my wife was, i would be able to visit all the traders i wanted stuff from and wouldn't have to pay p & p.
Unfortunately i found more things to buy :shock:
It was great drive to and from Lancashire, the sun shining all the way. My wife even persuaded me to go to the Trafford Centre on the way home.
My only regret is I didn't get to talk to Paul about loco building especially pick ups, but, my wife is not very well at the moment and had to go and sit in the car, so didn't like to hang about.
Great show, wish it was nearer I would be back tomorrow

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:35 pm
by iak
Excellent show.
First one in some years due to my dodgy health and well worth the trip.
Well done to all the organisers :thumb

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:10 am
by Rifleman
Just like to say well done to all involved.
Sadly could only make it on the Saturday but it was well worth the 236 mile round trip.
And I actually came home with money in my wallet.....not sure how that happened!

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:04 am
by ChrisMitchell
A big thank you to James Dickie and all the team for organising a fantastic show, especially for the invitation to exhibit West End. I had a great time operating all weekend, and was so pleased with the many positive comments I received from so many people. I was especially pleased by the comments of a couple with their very young daughter, who I guess was less than 2 years old. They stopped by several times, as my layout was the only one she was interested in!

Of course I didn't get the opportunity to see much else, though I did manage to empty my wallet.

Thanks once again

Chris

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:33 am
by John Palmer
Thoroughly enjoyed myself and returned south with lighter wallet but renewed inspiration - well done and thanks to all who made it happen. I took some pictures of Port Solway and Halifax Kings Cross, a few of which, somewhat titivated, may be of interest.
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Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:38 am
by stevecarr
Port Solway signals very nice and very interesting. Good work.

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:42 pm
by Julian Roberts
A great show. Excellent layouts with big variety between them, convivial atmosphere, excellent catering from the lovely crocodile girls, spacious refreshment area, cups of tea still available even just half an hour before the end of the show...thank you, organizing team.

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:50 pm
by Tim V
In all only one member of the Bristol group couldn't go, so that was twelve people at the show. Excellent show.

And it wasn't just the show, there was beer and curry in the evening. So we left the curry to go to a different pub, which wasn't very good. Then we end up outside a lap dancing club (free admission Sir), so we send Robin in to suss the place out. He comes out says the whiskeys were so and so price. What about the women? "What women" says Robin....

Re: Scalefour North 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:19 pm
by jjnewitt
Just wanted to say a big thanks to the organising team for putting on a fantastic show. I didn't see an awful lot of it as the Rumney Models stand was pretty busy but there was a wonderful atmosphere about the hall all weekend. Looking forward to next year already!