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Author Topic: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1970s  (Read 101257 times)

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #75 on: October 22, 2012, 05:38:43 AM »
Looking good  :thumbsup:

Great pic of the HST (I would say that wouldn't I? :D ), may just get myself one purely for selfish purposes as it wouldn't fit in on my layout, might upset the IC Swallow one  ;)

On an aside I used car pin-striping tape in two colours for my mimic panel, laid onto a white background. There's a full explanation on my website but this is how it came out:-




Paul


Many thanks Paul

I will be frequenting auto parts stores looking for the 'go faster' stripes I promise! your mimic panel looks great, just the look that I want to achieve.

I am also a great lover of HSTs. I remember taking a return trip to Bristol Temple Meads with my dad and my sister when they were first introduced  - if I recall correctly we got free tickets from a coupon off a breakfast cereal box!!! I remember being at Paddington when we set off seeing Westerns, Hoovers and our brand spanking new Inter City 125 -I can't believe they are still running over 30 years later!!!

Chetcombe's 'era' very deliberately includes the early 1970s - which I define as up to 1976. This allows me to include my b/g HST and I am very proud of it! I had a few problems with the height of the couplings in the Dapol Mk3 coaches, but since I solved that little issue, I think the HST is one of the highlights of my layout. I have 4 TSOs and 2 FOs, just waiting for the buffet to complete the 7 car rake...

Mike

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #76 on: October 22, 2012, 05:49:54 AM »
Good work, love the pub, how many real ales do you have on offer? paid up CAMRA member enquiring


Now that is a great question! I am an ex pat living in the US for the last 16 years - if there is one thing I miss it is a cosy rural English pub with a great selection of real ales on draft...

The inspiration for 'Chetcombe' comes from real world locations in West Dorset. The 'Chet' in Chetcombe comes from the village of Chetnole, which is between Sherborne and Dorchester. My sister and her husband actually own the village pub (The Chetnole Inn), so I guess this model is inspired by them! They won the national 'Free House of the Year' award a couple of years ago, not the least of which because of the real ale they serve. My particular favorite of theirs is Doombar, which I think comes from Cornwall. Anyhoo, I will be over at christmas and will no doubt enjoy a pint or two...

If you know of any appropriate brewery signs in N gauge be sure to let me know!

Mike

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #77 on: October 22, 2012, 10:23:16 AM »
I suffered quite badly at the hands of Doombar last Saturday night as someone who shall remain nameless insisted I pour copious quantities down my neck :help:

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #78 on: October 22, 2012, 10:35:20 AM »
I suffered quite badly at the hands of Doombar last Saturday night as someone who shall remain nameless insisted I pour copious quantities down my neck :help:

That's just awful!  :o

I tend to partake Doombar with a little Spitfire - in separate glasses of course. The effect can be quite mellowing.  :beers:

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #79 on: October 22, 2012, 05:05:02 PM »
Any suggestions for how to disguise this?

Looks really well put together. For disguising it you could look at the thread about packs of 144 3D printed pigeons ?  :laugh:
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #80 on: October 22, 2012, 06:50:28 PM »
Fantastic scenery or should I say landscaping? as it is that good  :thumbsup:
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #81 on: October 22, 2012, 09:30:51 PM »
Thanks for that, Mike! Being an expat myself, the kits sound like a great idea. Have to get a new colour cartridge for the printer, though. My only concern is the lack of 3D in the brickwork and tiles, but I guess they could be scribed. I know it's a matter of taste.... some folk say that because N scale is so small you don't really notice the lack of depth in the brickwork, and I guess to an extent that's true, but it's just me - I've always loved the detail on Ratio kits. Also, just before work came to an abrupt halt on my layout all that time ago, I'd actually started scratchbuilding stuff with embossed plasticard.

But I will certainly investigate this new medium. Thanks again!

George
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2012, 12:06:52 AM »
I suffered quite badly at the hands of Doombar last Saturday night as someone who shall remain nameless insisted I pour copious quantities down my neck :help:

He's referring to me by the way peeps..... :smiley-laughing:  :laugh3: :beers:
(he didn't take much encouragement either :-X)


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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #83 on: October 23, 2012, 01:31:02 AM »
Sounds like a good time was had by all

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #84 on: October 23, 2012, 02:40:25 PM »
I will be frequenting auto parts stores looking for the 'go faster' stripes I promise!

If you can't find them locally you can get them in various widths and colours on ebay  ;)

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I am also a great lover of HSTs. I remember taking a return trip to Bristol Temple Meads with my dad and my sister when they were first introduced  - if I recall correctly we got free tickets from a coupon off a breakfast cereal box!!! I remember being at Paddington when we set off seeing Westerns, Hoovers and our brand spanking new Inter City 125 -I can't believe they are still running over 30 years later!!!

Chetcombe's 'era' very deliberately includes the early 1970s - which I define as up to 1976. This allows me to include my b/g HST and I am very proud of it! I had a few problems with the height of the couplings in the Dapol Mk3 coaches, but since I solved that little issue, I think the HST is one of the highlights of my layout. I have 4 TSOs and 2 FOs, just waiting for the buffet to complete the 7 car rake...

I used to regularly visit Kings Cross station in my early teens (mother would have killed me if she'd known I was in Central London at that age :D ) and see plenty of BG HSTs. I also chose my era around the trains, IC Swallow being my favourite livery so late 80s to early 90s (deliberately vague), means I can also incorporate my other passion - Ford Sierras  :claphappy:


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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #85 on: October 24, 2012, 12:18:40 AM »

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my other passion - Ford Sierras 
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Hey Paul

Have you found a Sierra in N gauge :D

I was more of an Escort man. One after the other in the 80s I had a 1.6GL, a hated 1.6GL Orion and an XR3i - oh boy was I proud of that one :-X  The only other Ford I ever had was a Granada in about 1992. Sadly not either of the Sweeney ones, but the more Sierra like bubble one... :laugh3:



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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #86 on: November 08, 2012, 12:00:58 PM »
Hi Mike

After our recent correspondence on this forum regarding Peco And Minitrix memories I clicked on your Chetcombe link to reacquaint myself with your layout. It is a great piece of work.

Your Dad's spirit lives on there, mate, for sure. I think that if he was still around he would confirm the Hymeks as being Peco kits, circa Christmas 1966-67.

Cool! Wish I could say that about your affection for Sierras.  :angel:

Cheers George
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #87 on: November 10, 2012, 11:20:48 PM »
Hi Mike

After our recent correspondence on this forum regarding Peco And Minitrix memories I clicked on your Chetcombe link to reacquaint myself with your layout. It is a great piece of work.

Your Dad's spirit lives on there, mate, for sure. I think that if he was still around he would confirm the Hymeks as being Peco kits, circa Christmas 1966-67.

Cool! Wish I could say that about your affection for Sierras.  :angel:

Cheers George


Many thanks George

Here is a photo of the (sadly) static exhibits from the 1970's which are tucked in a corner of my fiddle yard: From the back there are:

~ 2 of the Peco Hymek kits (my guess is these were built around 1975 - I remember my father making them and me painting them) - these were incredibly reliable runners.

~ A Peco Jubilee - my father had this DCC converted before he died, i'm afraid I can't get it going.

~ A Minitrix Warship - these could pull anuthing in their day.

~ A Minitrix Britannia - Still goes if I hook it up to DC, but is jerky. In fact it runs as well (or badly) as when it was new ::)



In a box somewhere I also have a Minitrix 9F and and a green Warship. I have to say I have better memories of these old timers than I do of the Sierras and Escorts that somehow crept into this thread!!!

Cheers

Mike

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #88 on: November 11, 2012, 12:50:39 AM »
Thanks for that, Mike. From the looks of the photo, you did a good paint job on the Hymeks. Wrong colour, mind you.....  :D

George
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #89 on: November 11, 2012, 12:53:25 AM »
But it was sooooh modern and up to date when I painted them!!! :D

 

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