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Size matters?

Reading the latest Model Railway Journal, a letter from Alan Fell caught my eye.  It’s quite long, but I’ve quoted it in full, as it could be helpful to us modellers.  There had been some discussion in previous editions as … Continue reading

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Some small layouts

Three little layouts caught my eye recently. The first two come from this month’s edition of British Railway Modelling.  Both are in 4mm scale, and both are just 5′ long (say 3′ in N.)  Some of you have probably seen … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary – Kuritu II – 4 – electrics

Next job, the point motors.  The switches are just recessed into the baseboard.  All the switches come off my old ‘Earl’s Wood’ layout.  I think the little plastic push button switch is about 50 years old and came from an … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary – Kuritu II – 3 – it moves!!

A quick update on Kuritu II.  Not much work done, as I’ve spent a lot of time putting up a fence at church, hedge cutting and shredding the prunings.  Plus, of course, rugby and a football match on television caused … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary – Kuritu II – 2

A spare trestle from the original layout made a set of legs for the new one.  Hinged at the back, making it easy to fold up and transport.  And a shelf for controller and tea cups.  I think that this … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary – Kuritu II – 1

I’m still fettling point blades for the Minories, but I thought that I needed a diversion. You may recall that I got Kuritu up and running during the first lockdown last year…. I then ran into the problem that a … Continue reading

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Some excellent viewing

Unfortunately, I’ve never seen Kier Hardy’s Hornsey Broadway at an exhibition (remember those?)  It is, though, one of the best models that I’ve seen for a long time.  If you’ve got a little time to spare, these two videos make … Continue reading

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‘OO9’ – Jon’s old trains #5

Turning out a few more boxes, and found some early, probably teenage, modelling.  My two favourite railway books at that time were these….. Don Boreham’s book is a classic.  Instructions in how to scratchbuild all that was needed for a … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #31

Not much modelling progress, but pre-lockdown I did raid Champions in Dorking and came back with a stock of 6mm plywood.  The wood is all flat – the photo makes it look twisted. I’ve been looking at the mysterious boxes … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #30

Still no modelling progress.  It’s been great to see some of the club on Zoom, but I’m pining for club nights and exhibitions – and that’s a surprise for an anti-social loner like myself!  Still – I have read a … Continue reading

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