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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #270 on: October 29, 2019, 03:02:56 PM »
Miles of fences

At long last the storage facility at Cotton Hill as been fenced in. Yards and yards of 8' high palisade fencing are now in place. (Laser cut card by N-Scenic).
Turfs and block paving have been laid by Willy Eckerslike and his gang to give a neat finish.



Hedges

The well heeled residents of Upper Crust Mansions have clubbed together and had their hedges trimmed.
A quote had been obtained from Jimmy the Chiseler but found to be too expensive as usual.
Bodgeit & Scarper did such a bad job last time they weren't even approached. Neither were Buffalo Bill & Sons, as it was felt they were just a bunch of cowboys.
Young master Spotter said "My dad will do if for firty quid, cash in 'and." And so it was agreed. Tightwads!




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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #271 on: October 29, 2019, 04:02:45 PM »
@Invicta Alec   Have you got a spare off-cut / leftover from that laser-cut fencing,  I'd like to see what it's like? 
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #272 on: October 29, 2019, 04:09:21 PM »
The fencing looks really good. You’ve made an excellent job of getting it straight and the block paving/turfing skills of Willy Eckeslike and co are to be applauded.
The residents of Upper Crust Mansions could, I’m sure, have afforded to pay a bit more for the hedge trimming. Master Spotter’s Dad deserves a twenty five pond bonus for a job well done.
Great modelling all round.
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #273 on: October 29, 2019, 05:11:51 PM »

The residents of Upper Crust Mansions could, I’m sure, have afforded to pay a bit more for the hedge trimming.


Martin,
I suppose £30 doesn't sound a lot, but remember this was 1987!
(Well if you ignore the 350 EMU in the photo, it was!)  :D

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #274 on: October 29, 2019, 05:17:28 PM »
@Invicta Alec   Have you got a spare off-cut / leftover from that laser-cut fencing,  I'd like to see what it's like?

Nick,
I would have, if I hadn't messed up the last piece! I will probably get another packet from them, but for the moment I can only offer you a cup of tea and an in-situ viewing.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #275 on: October 29, 2019, 06:57:09 PM »
Many thanks for these great pictures, Alec.  And the amusing captions!

There is a kind of magic about 'N' gauge when something as vile as that fencing in 1:1 scale looks charming in 1:148.  John Sutton said something similar about modelling in 3mm scale, where a decrepit East Midlands' locomotive from the last days of steam looks wonderful in a small scale.

Anyway; great modelling - congratulations.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #276 on: November 13, 2019, 07:36:49 PM »
Meet Mog

Fellow modelling chappies, please allow me to introduce you to Mog.

In the last week or so I've been fiddling about making a little supermarket for the layout. Importantly the construction uses only scraps and odds and ends of previous projects. I fancied a bit of scratch building for a change so I spent an hour or so sorting through all my bits.
I found some brick paper, some stone sheets, bits of balsa wood, an A4 piece of 3mm foam board etc. and designed the building around what I had rather than doing a design and going off to buy the necessary parts.

All the component parts were stowed in the little open tray under my tiny modelling work station.
Noticing I had a cardboard shoe box in the tray and seizing his opportunity Mog decided to sit in the box. In fact he sat in it for ages, stopping my progress completely.

I can't get mad with him though as a couple of months ago he was run over by a car. £1,800 of vets bills later he now has nuts and bolts holding one of his legs together. Last night he brought a mouse home, the first since his accident. He's obviously getting better if he's able to catch mice once again.




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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #277 on: November 13, 2019, 08:26:59 PM »
Welcome to the forum Mog, glad you are on the mend.  :thumbsup: (Don't you just love it when they bring you a 'present'?).
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #278 on: November 13, 2019, 08:41:21 PM »
Welcome to the forum Mog, glad you are on the mend.  :thumbsup: (Don't you just love it when they bring you a 'present'?).

Seconded; welcome, Mog - you are a fine-looking chap.

Poppy brings lots of presents into the house... not always dead.  Once the live present is deposited in front of me, she has absolutely no inclination to help catch it when it scarpers.  It appears to be a case of, "Your problem, matey!"

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« Reply #279 on: November 15, 2019, 03:46:32 PM »
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:
  Many thanks Alec, really is MOG in a box, hope the supermarket is ok though
      regards Derek.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #280 on: November 15, 2019, 10:25:44 PM »
Hi,

I'm a bit late with this question, but as I have an aversion to Dapol 66's I thought I'd ask.

What is that Gaugemaster collection 66 like, specifically what's it's haulage power like? Have they updated the lighting circuit, are the lights still connected by a cable? Have they updated the motor?

I have been tempted to buy the BR Blue and the BIffa loco but I've been disappointed in the past with the haulage capacity of the Dapol 66's compared to the Farish 66's that I've got.

Thanks,

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #281 on: November 16, 2019, 12:46:04 AM »
Hi John,

I have bought both of them, and they still have the same haulage capacity as before. the only difference appears to be the pcb which has been changed to have the NeXT18 socket, and lighting options.

On the advertising it talks about 6 axel drive but the middle axel of each bogie is still not powered.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #282 on: November 16, 2019, 01:40:35 PM »
@Graham thanks for answering the queries from @jpendle.

I don't do much in the way of freight so I'd have nothing to compare it to really.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #283 on: November 18, 2019, 10:16:50 PM »
Watching the trains go by

I've no progress photographs to show you chaps in this evenings post. I went to the train room with the best of intentions initially. Shall I continue with making the supermarket or maybe try painting a few of my naked little people recently arrived from China? Hmmm ......

Before I start though, let me just do a couple of circuits of my main line. My class 411 EMU had been resting at Farningham Central's platform 1. Speed step 1 and 2 as it crept so slowly out of the station and made its way towards Saxon Street gathering a little speed. Chaps, if there is a more convincing (or spiffing) N gauge model train then please let me know what it is. My chum @Train Waiting over at Poppingham waxes lyrical about his new 3F and I'm pleased for him. After all isn't this the whole point of the hobby? All that wiring, scenery making and general messing around is all done with the aim of sitting back and just watching your trains, isn't it?
My 411 is in blue/grey and looks unbeatable as she trundles along on her daily mundane suburban routine. I shunted my little sad faced class 22 in the siding where the diesel tanks are. I'm lucky to have a class 171 in the fabulous current Southern livery so I sent her off following the 411 at about half a scale mile distant.

I backed my new class 66 (with her large BR logo) out of Cotton Hill depot lane one and after moving EMU class 350/1 to take her place let the 66 with seven or eight wagons circle the layout smoothly at a moderate speed for about fifteen minutes. Platforms one and three at Farningham Central are both through lines and here I get to play with the turnout switches allowing one train to stop and letting the other overtake.

My layout gives me plenty of operating possibilities. Sorry to have rambled on, I'm going back to play for a while longer.  :)



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« Reply #284 on: November 18, 2019, 11:25:33 PM »
sounds like an idyllic evening to me. You forgot to mention the glass of wine you were drinking at the time which would have made it perfect.

 

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