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Thatching – a novel way of making thatch

Thatching – a novel way of making thatch

There are few areas in Britain that do not have any buildings with thatched roofs.  It is almost everyone’s dream to live in a thatched cottage, and yet as railway modellers we tend to shy away from making any buildings with roofs of thatch.  This is understandable when we consider how easy it is to create an effective slate or tiled roof, using either proprietary products or card and paper, compared to making a realistic looking thatch.

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Clews Cottages

Clews Cottages

One of the highlights of my year is the AGM and exhibition of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Society held at Burton on Trent. It’s an intimate show illustrating all that is best in, what is for me, a fairly new found hobby. It has all the ingredients of a good day out – a variety of relevant trade stands, layouts second to none, and a warm welcome from fellow members. What more can you ask for? Oh yes, memorable beer from The Cottage Brewery and bacon cobs to die for. Perfect!

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Building a Dutch Barn

Building a Dutch Barn

It’s often very satisfying to have a project that can be completed in a short time – this is just such a project.

Dutch barns, in this case all timber with a corrugate iron roof, are not as common today as the many modern barns built with a steel or concrete frame, but most have some form of corrugated iron or asbestos roofing.  The purpose of these barns is for storage, usually over the winter period for hay and straw for feed and bedding respectively.  Being open sided the hay or straw remains relatively dry as the air is allowed to pass the outside of the rick.

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British Modelling Scales

British Modelling Scales

Britain’s railway network uses the international standard gauge of 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) but the loading gauge is narrower and lower than in the rest of Europe. This is one of the main reasons why the country has traditionally used its own distinctive model railway scales which can rarely be found outside the British Isles.

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