Building up steam with Diesels…

January 30, 2018

Yes, spring is on its way together with longer days. Snowdrops have appeared in the garden already.

Max Stafford's Kennel

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February beckons. For me that means that the difficult part of winter has been ploughed through successfully and as the days stretch out,  the sun appears as it  did today and I start to emerge from hibernation mode.

February sees the annual Model Rail exhibition in Glasgow and is invariably a weekend where I get back to my home city, even for a day and catch up with old friends in familiar territory.

Meantime, when I’ve not been at work over the last week or so I’ve been getting into my modelling again and when it’s not been cold, I’ve had a little dabble with the airbrush and weathering materials out in the kennel.

I’ve been gathering up the stacks of half done projects that have been building up over the last few years and making an honest effort to clear them now the psychological barrier of gauge conversion is…

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God Jul!

December 24, 2017


Sales of kits: SNCV trailers scale G/IIm – 45mm (1/22.5)

November 17, 2017

Something different: trams! Models based on SNCV prototypes and very lovely looking models they are too.

Tramania

TRAMANIA is launching a subscription for the production of six kits:

Trailer A.806 with opional screw couplings

These models are very detailed, made in wood, steel and brass.
Based on original SNCV drawings, five different trailers are proposed:

– A.806  trailer 2d class 6 equal arched windows,
– A.1332  trailer 2d class 3 groups of 2 windowss
– A.871  trailer 2d class 6 equal rectangular windows,
– A.11514  trailer 1rst and 2d class 6 unequal arched windows,
– A.2309  Luggage van (original aspect – no platform windows)
– B.328 of the CBR (preserved at MTVS) (will be produced for a a total of 5 orders only)

Options: working screw couplings, waterdecals with your choice of car number, lantern in brass

Clic here for the detailed description and subscription of SNCV trailers – scale G/IIM

Two prototypes are already assembled, see a
A.806 2d class 6 equal arched windows  and a

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A Political Journey (Saying Sorry)

April 20, 2017

This wonderfully honest story by Elizabeth encapsulates the political journey that many are making in Scotland – things have changed so much for so many since September 2014. I feel sorry for voters in England who seek an alternative to the mainstream parties but find they have no real choice. In Scotland, we do.

Here’s a confession: I used to really dislike the SNP.  I’d go so far as to say I actively disliked them. Were my reasons valid? I’m not sure. I voted against Scottish independence in 2014 because I didn’t find the SNP’s case to be credible, and I believed Scotland would be out of the EU if we left the UK. 

From my perspective, the 2014 referendum was exhausting. For those of us on the No side, there were no marches, no gatherings, no messages of togetherness or hope. For us there was nothing but negative news (‘project fear’) and a really uneasy feeling in the gut that we were voting against fear instead of voting for hope.

As I’ve said many times, there was no joy in saying no, and I felt low for months afterwards – which is part of what caused me to dislike the SNP. I held them responsible for my…

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Colonialism is a Crime

March 19, 2017

Freedom to choose is a right enshrined in international law with its inclusion in the UN Charter in 1945. Article 1 of the Charter states that one of the purposes of the United Nations is: “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.”

With regard to Scotland, it looks increasingly apparent that the British Government is in violation of that law.

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703Molto grazie! An Italian newspaper devotes its front page to Scotland as “Europe’s Hope”

  • International law does not recognise the construct “Once in a generation”.
  • The British government, represented by their prime Minister Theresa May, her lickspittle lackey David Mundell, only Tory MP in Scotland, and Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish wing, tried to frustrate the mandate of the people of Scotland.
  • Having rejected proposals from the Scottish Government for Scotland to remain in the single market, refused joint negotiations with Brussels – we are supposedly in a ‘Union’ with England – Scotland is now told to take a hike.
  • There is a name for ruling over people while preventing them from being part of the political process that governs their lives. It’s called colonialism.
  • In international law, it is a crime against humanity.
  • Describing a constitutional debate as “divisive” – the most recent propaganda ploy to silence the debate –…

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Have you ever smashed a model?

January 13, 2017

Thankfully – no, not happened to me yet. However, there comes a time with a project where you have to cut your losses, at least in time and move on. Put it in a box and leave it for another day. I currently have a small layout project that has driven me a little insane last year. Put it aside for a few weeks and now I am back to it with renewed enthusiasm.

As for rushing projects – I sometimes blame exhibitions and train shows – they are a real deadline that focuses the mind but also focuses frustration at how long projects can take to complete.

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I mean really trashed it.

And not to recreate a prototype photo or to model an effect. Have you ever been soooo FRUSTRATED that something wasn’t working out the way that you wanted it to, that you just said ‘F*%K-IT‘ and smash…you destroyed it?I admit it,I have.

If by some super-human feat of self-control you have not, I bet you’ve been close and wanted to.

But here’s the thing. I don’t feel that way anymore. And I have the hobby of model railroading, in part, to thank for that.

This is a hobby for patient people.I’ve learned that projectscan’t be rushed, steps need to be followed in logical and methodical, well thought out order, or mistakes happen. First fill, then wait, then sand and wait, then prime and let dry, then paint one thin coat and let dry,then repeat…dear God can’t I get this done TONIGHT?And when I…

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Filthy, Dirty, grubby, meet the model of 2016… The Peckett is finished.

January 5, 2017

My modelling recently has been somewhat lazy, I have expected results from lacklustre effort and been pissed off with the outcomes, much like my recent work life. It has been a rubbish year really …

Source: Filthy, Dirty, grubby, meet the model of 2016… The Peckett is finished.