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 Posted: Fri Jan 28th, 2022 10:41 pm
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Once again, I can say that I’m trying to “be back,” and I'm very happy to see so many familiar names still here and modelling - names from the very olden days!  I’m not going to burden members with my trials and tribulations over the last few years, but simply to say that I am now able to restart the hobby in a fairly decent space. Something HO/OO may come later, but for the time being I’ve started on a plan that I’m calling the Wen Valley Railway. My intentions are:


Baseboard: 4’x 3’ plywood with insulating foam board top.
Gauge: N 1:160
Track: Kato Unitrack
Power: DC
Era: Well….. ?
Setting: English rural branch line with small passenger station and some local freight.


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 Posted: Sat Jan 29th, 2022 08:41 am
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Absolutely fantastic to see you posting on here again Tim. :cheers :cheers

I for one, had often wondered where you were and what had happened since your last reports but had no way of contacting you.  Hopefully, your luck/health situations have finally turned a corner and we can look forward to more modelling and less axe ..................... (Only longer standing members will understand that comment)

You say you have no desire to burden us with your trials and tribulations - on the contrary, I'd be very interested to hear what's been going on over the last year or so - by PM if you think it's of little interest to anyone but those who remember black and white days on here ..............

As I said, great to hear from you again.  :doublethumb



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 Posted: Sat Jan 29th, 2022 09:45 am
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I second Peters remarks Tim. If you do go down the pm route, please copy me - I was following you on a couple of blogs, but you disappeared ...
I remember the axe very well!
My very best regards to you,
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Hey, welcome back! I don’t think I was on the forum when I joined. I look forwards to seeing your progress!



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G’day Tim, 
Nice to hear from you again and welcome back… looking forward to following along with your build.

Are you snowed in? Or have you moved away from the cape.



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Thank you all!  Maybe I will tell my story here in a little while.  In the meantime, I'm just happy and confident in that I have a bit of stability in my life, and that I can get back to modelling. As I described above, small start etc.  I'm only just getting used to N gauge (so are my eyes :shock:) but it's proving an exciting challenge.  I do have a fair amount of HO track, buildings and rolling stock, so maybe some limited size shelf layout/shunting etc in the future.
Now what's that about an axe?  Axe?!! Hang on.  Let me look in my photos (which are still there from 2009 onwards...)

Oh, this!!! 

:mutley :mutley :mutley



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Marty wrote: Are you snowed in? Or have you moved away from the cape.
G'day, Marty.  I have.  Now fully retired and living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, South Carolina. We do get snow from time to time, but it's quick to melt.



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Welcome back Tim, I remember the axe,you may need to get it out again.



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Spurno wrote: Welcome back Tim, I remember the axe,you may need to get it out again.
Oh, I hope not, Alan! Well, not too often anyway! :mutley :cheers



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I've started to slowly layer plaster cloth to create an upland scene - and I'd forgotten how messy it can be. 



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Heck of a mess, I know, but the uplands are slowly taking shape. I'm not sure about what will be on the top. Definitely a church and cottage or two. Road/track. Field of sheep.  Trees. We'll see.





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Ah! Plaster cloth.... it might be messy but it's great to see the land forming.  And a very nice job you have made.
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Headmaster wrote: Ah! Plaster cloth.... it might be messy but it's great to see the land forming.  And a very nice job you have made.
Michael
Many thanks!  :cheers



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I made a decision  :roll: this afternoon when pottering about with filler and paint on this layout. I had made a list of structures and various bits and pieces that I would have to order, and did some adding up of costs and shipping etc. My original idea was to make this into an English railway with suitable rural scenery. Well, given where I live that was going to cost me an arm and a leg – especially when it came to rolling stock. Much stuff would have to be imported, and that’s pricy. ☹ So it will now be American in design and scenery. That frees up filthy lucre to spend more on everything. The name will stay the same – as will the track-plan. (Which, of course, is firmly in place!)
 
And, Petermac?  This is not an axe being used!  :mutley[size=]



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rector wrote:
 
And, Petermac?  This is not an axe being used!  :mutley







:mutley



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Barchester wrote: rector wrote:
 
And, Petermac?  This is not an axe being used!  :mutley







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:mutley :mutley :thumbs



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:mutley :mutley :mutley

A sensible decision to go for US Outline Tim.

This side of the pond, we had few, if any problems sourcing UK outline stuff from the UK until the reality of Brexit kicked in.

Whilst it's probably still early days and the French customs are hopefully trying to work out what does carry duty and what doesn't, recent charges have severely curtailed most of my purchases from the other side of La Manche.  I have bought stuff both VAT free and duty free since Brexit, but my most recent purchases have attracted hefty import tariffs.  VAT shouldn't pose a problem - we should buy VAT free from UK then pay French VAT which is only 0.5% higher than that in UK but, for some reason best known to themselves, Customs appear to add an arbitrary figure to the quoted invoice price to cover "handling and duty" - my most recent being an additionsl 50% of the quoted invoice value.

Buying from the States for here is even worse.  Additionally, Continental outline is a no-no.  Not only do I know very little about it, but prices are verging on ridiculous.  High quality it may be, especially German stuff, but the prices are way beyond my budgets.

The  only good thing is that German and French grass is the same colour as that in UK so we can at least do some scenic modelling without too much trouble.......................

It seems with the arrival of the global marketplace, we modellers are being squeezed into Nationalism !!




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A tiny flock of N gauge sheep has arrived for the Wen Valley. I will [color="#e61942" style="max-height: 1e+06px; overflow-wrap: break-word; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; background: 0px 0px;"]not be painting each one by hand.  



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It's been slow, but the uplands are nearing the final furlong. A few hedgerows (kitchen scouring pads cut into scale strips and covered with flocking) near the church, with fencing, and some sheep to paint. ( )  I also have about three dozen mixed trees to plant. I have an N gauge tractor, but that for parliamentary reasons they can't be shown at the moment.





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