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 Posted: Tue Aug 15th, 2017 01:43 pm
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Though I'm only scratching the surface here where a good deal of what  me and my ego would like to share with you was never recorded and, of course, never filed back in the 'good ol' days ' before we got bogged down with computers and stuff.


There's thousands of pics to choose from ( read that as many hours of ploughing through files and magazines ) so I aplogise if you find this thread something of a long haul and especially where I shall have to limit six pictures to each post. 


So, and without any particular reason, I would like to kick off  with a selection of church pics and, as one will notice, built out of Wills stone sheets that, for me, took over where fire cement ended way back in the 70's/80's.


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Next up. Cottages and the first buildings I ever modelled using fire cement over card where the stone work was worked in by hand with a guitar pic. The finish left a lot to be desired but back in the 70's - well, what else was there ?



Here then a Cotswold village theme, in 4mm and in black and white photographed by Mike Boardman on a hill somewhere is Sussex.



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Cottages continued where later models benefited from modern materials - or did they ?

Could be like comparing the clock work key to DCC.


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And the old Post Office, Tintagel.

I don't very often model prototypes - too many restrictions where what is, is more important than what isn't.


So, modelling Tintagel Post Office proved to be a right PITA since there were no plans available ( which was just as well because I couldn't have read them if there was ) and a trip down to Cornwall with tape, rule and ladder was definitely out of the question which had a lot, if not everything,  to do with wifey's map reading.


Anyway, Tintagel Post office, the fire cement version.


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Hello Allan,
Its only me again! I must say Tintagel post office is a real gem
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Your modelling has enthralled we mere mortals for many years Allan - I'm certain it was your use of computer chads that nearly drove me insane trying to source them in the days when, to me, an abacus was an advanced piece of mathematical engineering !!!  

You were demonstrating at some model railway show I attended just because you were going to be there !!!  Don't remember the layouts nor the venue but I do remember seeing what I suspect was probably your steel works on display.............. :roll:    I was blown away then and still am.

Seeing these shots simply boggles the mind !!!  Absolute masterpieces, each and every one of them.  Looking forward to seeing more. :thumbs :thumbs :thumbs




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Many thanks for your kind comments, Peter. Most appreciated.

I think I remember that show, wasn't you the dashing gent that my wife was forever going on about !


Anyway, it's always nice to see one's work appreciated and there'll be more to follow.


I did try to copy paste what I had posted on here and share it with RM web of whom I also subscribe to - but first the photo's came up , then they disappeared ! So, I had to start all over again, rummaging  through my files which takes hours.


Again, many thanks


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allan downes wrote: ........................................

I think I remember that show, wasn't you the dashing gent that my wife was forever going on about !


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Spot on Allan - that was the show. ;-) :cheers :cheers



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And a little Welsh narrow gauge.








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