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Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:03:16 am »
Hello. Well now that I have the house move out of the way and have use of the spare bedroom I can now finally get the Magnum layout out of boxes and built :claphappy:
The printed plan has suffered a bit of damage from mice I think whilst stored in the garage, a few bits missing round the edges and a rather big hole in the centre, but I should be able to disguise them with extra scenery/ground cover and the road -where the hole is- I might cover with the road set from Scalescenes.
Have to get the rest of the track needed, now with it being 1st radius curves not sure what I will be able to get running on it. I have tried with the 3F Jinty from Bachmann and that seems to cope ok (front wheels lift every so often going round) I know the Union Mills models go round 9" curves ok and seeing as I am on a very tight (ie small!) budget I will be having to buy 2nd hand anyway, maybe I should stick with GF Poole built models only :hmmm: Any suggestions would be welcome.
Anyway here are a couple of shots showing the plan stuck to the baseboard and the 2 boxes full of buildings etc.
hopefully have regular updates as the layout takes shape






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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 03:56:59 am »
A few memories here! I'd forgotten about the GF buildings - white plastic cubes you'd put together in various configurations, then stick the printed building sides on, if I recall?  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 05:43:06 am »
Hi Bealman, Yes that is correct. Though the early ones (I think) were polystyrene, the majority of the ones I have either made up or in boxes still to be built have black,grey & white plastic cubes. The engine & goods sheds were white 1 piece mouldings.
Should be fun, mind you I don't know how good the sticky back printed overlays will be, may have to glue them on the blocks.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 06:00:06 am »
Yeah, probably wouldn't hurt, given their age. :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 01:12:36 pm »
Somewhere I still have a box of those Farish buildings (mine had black plastic 'cubes')
Must find it and chuck it out >:D

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 06:16:47 pm »
I think the printing on some of these old kits is quite good, with weathering included.

I've built some using 3mm foam  board shells instead of the plastic blocks.

I do agree that the adhesive is not that good, at least on foam board.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 08:06:45 am »
I used to dream of owning one of these as a teenager in the 90's!  Would like to see one on the exhibition circuit as a bit of nostalgia.  :)  Looking forward to seeing it up and running.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 10:44:13 am »
Yes I did as well, but having left the UK for the land down under did not really have the spare cash or time to try and get one. Back then as well I seem to recall that it was almost $2 Aussie for 1.
Now of course I have the time but still can't really afford the trains as they are collectable (& retro, nostalgic etc!)
I was thinking as well it would be good to exhibit, but we don't have the number of exhibitions here like you guys do. The next one for me is at the end of March in Melbourne, don't think I would have enough stock by then to keep it interesting - decided I am going to have all Poole built models to keep it totally authentic- might take photos along and enquire about the following year.
Will certainly record the progress as I go.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 01:28:55 am »
Hi Newport Nobby,
Before you do chuck your box of buildings out would you be interested in selling any? (I'm after the Church and another footbridge)
Sorry if this is a bit forward and I apologise if I have caused any offence or broken Forum rules.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 11:55:11 am »
I'll have a look and see what's in the box, Taz.
If there's anything you'd want I'd only want postage costs.
Be back to you.

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Re: Graham Farish Magnum II Layout
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 01:10:14 pm »
 :thankyousign: NPN,
All the best,
Simon

 

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