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National Festival of Model Railways 2019 It's Christmas time at the model railway show - and the layouts have festive features. My day at Peterborough was largely spent working with the Market Deeping MRC who were building a layout in a weekend.

Market Deeping Model Railway Club will give a special gift to Little Miracles this Christmas Members of a model railway club spent the weekend building a working layout for children with disabilities. Following the vandalism of their own exhibition in May, Market Deeping Model Railway Club members were at the National Festival of Railway Modelling at Peterborough Arena over the weekend with their now rebuilt Woodcroft layout.

TV tonight: get glitterball ready for the Strictly final Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 7.30pm, ITV. Gareth Edwards's standalone spin-off tells the story of how the rebels got their hands on the secret plans of the Death Star, as in the original Star Wars. It's mainly down to Felicity Jones's fugitive Jyn Erso, a heroine in the Princess Leia mould, in a high-powered yarn with sombre notes.

Thomson River Bridge - 3 With the four piers at hand, all I had to do was to assemble them and get them ready for the finished effect. As mentioned I thought the best way to go was to apply Selleys Spackfilla Rapid over the piers, then colour them up to represent the real thing.

Saturday Film Club: Spray painting Minis In the meantime, wonder at the breathtakingly sexist comentry and enjoy the interesting industrial buildings in the background. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest I've been making models most of my life starting with a bag of balsa offcuts and a trail of badly painted Airfix kits.

What's on TV and radio this weekend: Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplanner. Viewing guide by Joe Clay. This is despite a lack of "Curse of Strictly" scandals and any seriously A-list contestants.

More Unfinished Business She still needs her fly… I had marked today down in the diary to get some modelling done, but a couple of things got in the way.

Meet the tech entrepreneur building the Matrix Tameem Antoniades is driving nervously. We're on the motorway from Cambridge to London in his brand-new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the same model that broke the record for fastest production car lap at the Nürburgring last year and which costs £350,000.

SP 200-ton flat cars, Part 3 In the previous two parts, I showed the Southern Pacific prototype 200-ton flat cars, riding on four trucks under span bolsters. I then followed up with a description of the Athearn model of this type of car, including my efforts to make it look better.

Friday Update: Thirteen Twelve Nineteen… Seasons greetings and best wishes for 2020 to all my customers past and present, and readers of my blog all around the world, thank you for…

R576 Tunnel A random lump of hill for your trains to pass through. Never mind that in real life, removing it would have been easier than making a path through the middle - that's for the finescale Taliban. Millions of young train-set owners have enjoyed watching their models vanish and re-appear.

Gig review: Rod Stewart at First Direct Arena, Leeds On Wednesday evening I went to the First Direct Arena with my sister to see Rod Stewart perform a hit-laden set of classic tracks by the ex-Faces frontman.

Power failure closes Aldi A handwritten sign up on the doors at the Aldi store on Plumstead Road in Heartsease, Norwich, put up on Thursday, December 12, said: "Due to power failure store is temporarily closed. Sorry for inconvenience." Staff in surrounding business said the discount supermarket had been closed throughout the morning.

Mollington Road: Class 07 weathered… I picked up this Heljan Class 07 a few months ago for my micro OO project, the Mollington Road shunting plank, because I'd always wanted an…

12 Coronation Street spoilers for next week Next week's Coronation Street will see Roy suffer a devastating loss, while Gary realises Derek is plotting to sell the factory, and Robert tries to prove his innocence. Here are 12 storylines that will be hitting your screens. As Roy continues to bond with his long-lost brother Richard, he brings around his model railway to show him.

Things Start To Come Online This morning I finally managed to get the first of the two new control panels installed and operating. The first was for the yard at Queens Wharf and I did this in conjunction with installing the mini control panel at the super phosphate siding which is outside the yard at QW but still within the control of the QW box.

Building flying Harry Potter cars I've never seen a Harry Potter film. Not properly anyway. I projected one once when that was my job, but to be honest I was nipping in an out of the booth and cashing up so I didn't really follow it. Nor have I read any of the books. I don't do fantasy and magic fiction.

Don't tell me model railways aren't art. My little engine is a thing of spirit and beauty It's a summer day at Llangenydd station, and the afternoon train is already late, not that anyone seems to mind. A smartly dressed man has leaned his bicycle against the station's water tower, and his terrier jumps up as he unwraps his sandwich.

Jesus. Because again this year, make no mistake, if I have any skill in modelling it is only because it's a gift from Him. Best wishes…

Burnham and District Model Railway Club Xmas Show cancelled due to flu outbreak The annual Burnham and District Model Railway Club Christmas Show - which was due to be held on Saturday December 14th and Sunday December 15th - has been cancelled due to illness. The event was due to be held at King Alfred School in Highbridge but the school is closed due to a severe outbreak of flu and is getting a deep clean.

Rod Stewart: ‘I thought it was a bit dodgy’ Singer, 74, speaks out on secret hobby ROD STEWART, who is married to Penny Lancaster, has opened up about a secret hobby he undertook for almost two decades.

Hamburg: meet one of Europe's most pulsating cities Germany’s second city is a rock and roll mixture of art, music, and the achingly cool; a gritty city with a heart of gold.

Conway Castle in 0-14… I've been working on this model of Conway Castle for a customer who supplied the body and chassis.

Hotchpotch Rd & Little Smoke Junction Professional Photographer, Model Maker, Writer and Pretend Musician Back in the summer I built this little customer layout to fit in 3 of those popular plastic storage crates that are a little under 3 feet long and around 10 inches wide and deep.

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