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A DEAN GOODS IN GAUGE 1

A DEAN GOODS IN GAUGE 1

Having made a couple of locomotives from an assortment of bought in and scratch built components (mainly from ‘Plastikard’) they have proved to be reasonably successful. I should state the obvious at this stage they are battery powered, radio controlled and have the luxury of sound which, in my opinion, does cross the divide between live steam and electric propulsion. It does however add to the overall cost.

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AN ARM1G IN PLASTIC

AN ARM1G IN PLASTIC

Moving from ‘0’ Gauge to Gauge 1 gave me the opportunity to join the ranks of the many ‘live steam’ enthusiasts, and having completed two Barrett kits, and a third well on the way, my mind turned to making a radio controlled, battery powered locomotive. I admit to not having a clue how radio control, or indeed anything to do with electronics, operate. Wiring a 3 pin plug is about the extent of my knowledge! Added to this I don’t have a workshop to produce any scratch built models.

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Under The Bench – Part II

Under The Bench – Part II

PAINTING & COMPLETION

Progress constructing the Barrett kits for the Midland 2P and GW Grange had progressed well and it was time to consider painting the models.

Recently, with tears in his eyes, a friend of mine showed me the twisted remains of an ‘0’ Gauge Milk Wagon.  The plastic kit had been beautifully made, and the primer sprayed on.  The top coat had been applied and was not compatible with the primer coat resulting in a poor paint finish.  Undeterred he attempted to remove the offending coat with paint stripper.  It removed the paint but attacked the plastic with disastrous results.  It literally melted before his very eyes!

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Holiday Snaps

Holiday Snaps

Dear Brian,

Do you remember, it must have been just after the war, when you and I, both train spotters of course, went on holiday to the Midlands?  You may recall camping on the farm just outside the little market town of Glendon.

Do you remember the day we spent on the Glendon Valley Tramway, the narrow gauge railway?

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THE WATER STREET DIORAMA

THE WATER STREET DIORAMA

It takes a lot to get me excited these days, but I am sitting in my workshop surrounded by my ‘O’ Gauge layouts and an assortment of model dioramas constructed by me.  However, it is not these that have caused this rare excitement!

Before me I have, what can only be described as, a masterpiece.  Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but it’s as good as it gets.  It’s the diorama of Water Street in Manchester made back in the middle of the last century by Jack Nelson.  Would I describe him as a master modeller?  Probably not.  A genius at creating an awe inspiring perspective diorama?  Absolutely!

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