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AUGUST 2016 UPDATE  

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HYWEL THOMAS (MORFA BANK SIDINGS)


Here's a brief update from Hywel Thomas' Morfa Bank Sidings showing recent activity around the quayside.


Rivet detail aplenty!

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KEITH TRUEMAN (LESNEY PARK)


Just a quick note to mention that Lesney Park will be at the Pine Rivers Model Train Show in Brisbane, Australia on the 6th & 7th of August. Luckily for Keith, it's only half an hour down the road from home.


A recent addition is this Bachmann class 37. We wish Keith and his team all the best for the layout's first outing.

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PETE JOHNSON (CANADA STREET)


A work assignment in Western Australia has kept me away from the hobby bench for over a month during June and July, so most of the models in progress have been at a stop. However this Parkside kit has been built, and is ready for paint. It adds more variety to my small bunch of ventilated fruit vans, being the BR Dia 1/230 based on the final LMS design for the traffic. Just 200 were built before BR adopted their own standard format under Dia 1/233. A few minor details have been added to the kit in black and white styrene, based on a photograph of the chosen example.

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KIER HARDY (HORNSEY BROADWAY)


Having travelled up from the Southern Region on the 3rd rail, E5004 heads an excursion over the fly-over at Hornsey Broadway. This model from Hornby is the latest to enter Greg's Shenston Road fleet, and can normally be seen running around demeshed behind a class 33.


Class 71 number E5004 at rest in the station holding siding.


Another recent addition also to Shenston Road is this Bachmann class 40 number 236, seen here on a running in turn on the postal vans.


This row of pre-fabricated shops have been empty for some time now, and with them being right at the front of the layout it seemed logical to fit some detail.


When all the units are occupied, the building can be bedded down into the scene, and final detail can be added such as drain pipes and street furniture.


The shop fronts are made from a piece of 2mm acrylic sheet, the sort of thing that is often found on a gift boxed bottle of beer with a waxed cheese. It's rigid and simple enough to deep score and snap. Spills of paint and solvent can be wiped off easily without affecting the surface, and it takes bonded microstrip (using superglue in this case) to give the desired window and door configurations.


Just for added interest, LEDs have been fitted.... I'll meet you for a coffee in the Cosy Cafe under the funky lampshades!

   

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