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Royal Mail Scam Delivery Shipping

At the moment many of us modellers (and our families) are using the postal services that get mail order products delivered. Obviously this increase means that there’s potential for the bottom feeders to attempt to rip people off. The above … Continue reading

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Transformation Tuesday Heljan 07

With the influx of small locomotives into the ready to run market, it’s becoming much easier to make industrial style layouts. Many mainline locomotives were sold off into industrial use, and taking this a step further for a magazine piece, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday, Going with the Grain

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Heaton Lodge Junction

Simon George’s epic 7mm scale project Is beginning to make waves in the mainstream media. About as far away from a shelf layout layout as you can get, and in a proper mancave of man caves, a warehouse basement! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9251581/And-stop-200ft-Man-recreates-rail-junction-Britains-biggest-model-railway.htmlContinue reading

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It’s snowing!

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Requiem For Steam

A year or so back I took a look at Essential Witness and Transition by Jim Shaughnessy and Colin Gifford respectively. This week our ever genial postie tapped on the door and left this gem, Requiem For Steam. If you’ve … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday, Back to the Future

Well this is certainly from the past, one of Albion Yards panniers drifts in to the yard with a typical coal train, quite a long while ago.. I can tell its one of the earlier images the warehouses are in … Continue reading

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Unconsidered Trifles

It’s an unconventional title for an unconventional book. Written and illustrated by Geoff Kent, (builder of the above scene), it takes a look at the everyday scene, with emphasis on capturing architecture, and signage and infrastructure that is gradually becoming … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday, Happy Christmas

Well, 2020! This should probably be a #throwbackthursday post, not just because it’s a Thursday, but if you actually caught 2020, you’d certainly want to throw it back.. 2021 will have to go some to make it as memorable as … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday MDV in the bag

A few weeks back I wrote on a Monday about these MDV’s, and the straightforward simplicity of the kits. Well as per the post above they all went together really easily, and once I’d finished them the force was strong, … Continue reading

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