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Canal Street Wharf: greening up… This morning I broke out the scenic materials and now the new layout has all the basic ground cover complete… This is a mixture…

This One's for Harry Harry is my wife's great nephew. He is six years old and, at this point in his life, very keen on trains. How long this fascination will last remains to be seen, but for the moment, his interest is very strong.

Milang Station South Australia DWF 266 a 4 wheeled lovred van SLC 3K a bogie louvred van An unknown passenger coach AZXP-31P brake van ABXY 3U…

Servicing a Micro Scalextric Alfa 159 A couple of years, I bought a friend a Micro Scalextric Alfa 159 set as a bit of a joke. She liked her Alfas and driving fast, and it was stupidly cheap. There have been very few presents that I've enjoyed handing over more. I didn't care if it never came out of the box, the gifting was the fun.

Upgrading a Roco flat car, Part 2 In the previous post, I discussed the Roco 53-foot flat car, modeled as a 100-ton car owned by the United States Army and often sold with military vehicles glued to the deck. This is a model I wanted to upgrade so I could model military loads myself, using some of the fine vehicles available in HO scale.

Canal Street Wharf: ground texture… Well the good thing about Christmas projects is that they tend to progress quickly, and that suits a micro layout. The downside is waiting…

Canal Street Wharf: cinder ballast… My Christmas holiday project is taking steps forward every day, and I've made a start on the scenery now the track has been laid on the boa…

Mending Ben's Loco For the last couple of years, there has been a project sitting on my shelf - my friend Ben passed me this loco for repair while we were out having a drink. It's a Hornby L1 that has been dropped in it's front buffer beam. All the buffers were off, and the front bean was a bit of a mess.

Finally, A Throwbar As I may have previously mentioned, actually hooking up turnout points is one of the mental hurdles in my path to layoutdom. Today's project was getting started on hooking up the points for high track with a throwbar. The method of pinning the two together was the challenge.

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 for the Christmas Season and the New Year in 2019.

Jools Holland reveals incredible model railway he spent 10 years building Jools Holland has revealed the incredible model railway he spent a decade building, because why not? This train truly is bound for glory. The musician and TV presenter has revealed that he loves getting a bit of peace and quiet by hiding away to watch the trains with a glass of wine.

Archive pictures show Leicester's Abbey Park over the years Pictures from the Leicester Mercury Archive.

Ready For Christmas While ps… Himself has been working on adding detail to the boiler unit of 143. Various pipes, manifolds and whatitsnames have been bent and solde… A significant milestone has been reached in the 143 project.

Festival of Railway Modelling 2018 The Festival of Railway Modelling this year moved to a new weekend at the start of December and so we decided a Christmas theme would be a good idea.

A Winter's Tale For some reason the last few weeks have been full of thoughts as to "what comes next" and I'm sorry to day that I'm no further forward than usual.

The Italian Job - in Scalextric form A trip back to June where I saw this model at the UK Slot car show. When I was watching they seemed to be having all sorts of technical problems, so it's good to see that these were resolved and the "stunt show" as it was described went off properly.

That time of the year again, and a milestone The last twelve months have been somewhat tumultuous to say the least, with the relocation of the family and the layout. Yet here we are staring down another Christmas, so as per usual, here is this years Christmas card.

Track car turnouts In an earlier post, I wrote about some of my thoughts stimulated by visiting layouts, either to operate or just for viewing. As an example of something learned, or more precisely, finding something I should add to my own layout, I mentioned the pull-outs for track cars that I saw on Paul Chandler's fine layout.

Rod Stewart wants biopic Rod Stewart wants his own biopic - and his son wants to play him in his younger years. Rod Stewart. Rod - who has Alistair and his youngest son Aiden with spouse Penny Lancaster-Stewart - said of the prospect: "I'd love it, my Alistair is 13 now and said 'Dad, they've gotta make one about you because I could play a younger you.

Canal Street Wharf: baseboards… As a professional model maker it's sometimes hard to switch off from the day job, as such I like to have little personal projects on the go…

Jools Holland shows off his spectacular model railway he spent A DECADE building The 100ft long super train set transports the music legend back to his childhood… and he's got more to do yet.

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Debonder to the rescue My Dad needed a coupling for a boat project. Finding one in the stash of bits, the only problem was that the brass connector on one end was the wrong size. We had the correct version, but the old one was stuck in using superglue. I do this because these things slide in and out when you don't want them too.

Kit Malthouse: The Building Beautiful commission is an attempt to win architects work Those who think the Roger Scruton-led commission is an attack on the profession are misunderstanding its intent, writes housing minister Kit Malthouse.

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