Category Archives: skill

Transformation Tuesday Mosquito

Today has been a ‘down day’, a short gap between work cycles, and a day off from Viking Challenge preparation, I thought I’d ring the changes by breaking out some other plastic. Like many in the hobby I started out … Continue reading

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21 First One In

A while back I looked at Space and how we use it, in particular looking at a Fremo layout I’d been invited to see. I really like the concept of joining layouts together for an operating session. Last year 2020 … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday Southern Alberta Rail

As many friends and quite a few readers know I have a thing going on ref North American and Canadian short lines. I’ve primarily worked in HO (see above), but not long ago Chris Mears of Prince Street turned my … Continue reading

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Transformation Tuesday & The Skill Fading Shelf Queens…

We’ve all got them. Projects that get started and then ‘mature’…. I can look around the man cave and see an almost embarrassing number things that have been started and are yet to reach conclusion. This one above is just … Continue reading

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Essential Witness and Transition

Essential Witness and Transition are two books that do that rare thing of capturing the railway in an engaging and artistic way. Each book contains the work of one photographer, Jim Shaughnessy for Essential Witness, and Colin Gifford for Transition. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday Brew Street

Chris Nevard

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Cover it!

Copyright Rutland & Stamford Mercury https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/four-arrested-at-welland-academy-after-vandalism-of-model-railway-exhibition-9070661/ https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/144657-cancelled-due-to-vandalism-stamford-show-18th-may/&ct=1558185829 Really depressing news for the exhibition circuit today. Recently we’ve seen prototype preservation organisations suffer vandalism, and this is the first time (I recall) a similar issue  within the hobby at a show. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday (one for a mate)

Posted in blog, Branch Line, Eastern Region, EM, finescale, Friends, Great Western, heljan, hero, HO, hobbies, Hornby, humour, Inspiration, Kalmbach, Layout, life, llangunllo, LMS, LNER, media, Midland Region, model, model photography, Model Railroad, Model Railway, Model Railway Journal, modeling, Modelling, Narrow Gauge, New Radnor, Old school, Photography, research, scale, scale modelling, Scottish Region, skill, Southern, Southern Region, Swindon, Wales, Welsh Marches, Western Region, wild swan, wordless wednesday | 1 Comment

The numbers all go to eleven…

If like me going into the mancave has the potential for a bit of cheeky petrol sniffing, this’ll work for you… 919 record Porsche’s record breaking Nurburgring lap with an hybrid 919, unleashed, with everything turned up to eleven, and … Continue reading

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Twee Trees

Here’s some of today’s work. Whilst I’ve still got the exit end to work out in terms of view blocks and structures, the head shunt end is pretty much finalised. These are Woodland Scenics tree armatures, with micro mark dark … Continue reading

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