The Sheep Chronicles. A Sheep dips his hooves in various bucolic backwaters.

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by NHY 581, 20 August 2018.

  1. John Duffy

    John Duffy Western Thunderer

    Welcome to the dark side!
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  2. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    How about an internal door? I bet you could pick up a “shop damaged” one at one of the sheds at an advantageous price. And a little bit bigger.

  3. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Good thought Simon but it has to be move able and store able as I will not be in a position to leave it up.

    Besides, the IKEA Lack table tops etc are thicker and something I have confidence in.

    That said, I could make my own...

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  4. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    For ideas of using a domestic door as a baseboard, have a look here at the Pawsons Pickles layout. It was recently featured in Railway Modeller (March 2020): Pawson's Prize Winning Pickles
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  5. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Dare one say, "About time too" Welcome to the small dark side Rob.
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  6. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Thanks Alan.

    I have a 58xx waiting in the wings but need to move on some 4mm stock first. That and the 14xx should be enough motive power for now....

    Unless I end up with a Pannier as well......

  7. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Just a Pannier Rob? Obviously you need a wagon or 10 and Minerva do some nice little industrials...
  8. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Stop it...........I can see what you are doing here.......
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  9. Captain Kernow

    Captain Kernow Western Thunderer

    There is no trick that these 7mm folk won't stoop to, in order to convert another to their cause!
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  10. GrahameH

    GrahameH Western Thunderer

    Just enjoy your first purchase the rest will follow and you'll wonder why it didn't happen sooner.
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  11. andytrains

    andytrains Member

    Watch out it will be a King and a Castle next!:)
  12. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Rest assured Andy there is no danger of that happening. At all. :)

    I have a soft spot for certain smaller GWR types but that's as far it goes.
    If I had a choice then this would be a RTR Southern tank loco, not a Terrier but something from the real Western Railway.........L&SWR........:thumbs:

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  13. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer


    Rob likes small, cute locos. So I predict a visit to Minerva before too long.
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  14. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    It was the promise of Dapol doing a 7mm Beatty Well Tank 5+ years ago that got me to take the 7mm plunge. They then bottled it, which was a little upsetting.

    I'd still like to see something Southern other than a Terrier in RTR form. An O2 or M7, P or B4 surely must be candidates at some point?

    All smallish locos that would get new entrants going on the ladder.
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  15. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Misread that as going on the 'larder'...........

    Totally agree regarding the Well Tank and the O2. The B4 would be a really nice addition as Dapol's 4mm version is just fab. An announcement of any one of these would lead to further big trains heading my way. Bachmann then release a L&SWR ground frame as per Kernow's 4mm version in 7mm and job done.

  16. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I'm just doubtful about the future of rtr plastic O gauge let alone the lastability of the steam outline locos.
  17. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Go on, Larry, I'm curious.........Why for you do say that?

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  18. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    There's quite a substantial amount of metal in O gauge RTR locos. Certainly the ones I have seem to be robust (apart from the fine detail, but that's the same for OO too). Cast metal footplates are quite common.

    Having taken drill, saw and files to a Minerva Pannier to make prototype specific alterations, I can certainly vouch for its robustness.

    I don't see RTR as a replacement for kit building though, just a step up the ladder to getting things running and a greater variety of stock. I don't see O RTR being any worse in lastability terms than the smaller OO. If anything the greater size may make it more robust.

    The point we were discussing above was the parcity of SR RTR, where as there's the usual bias towards GWR prototypes. Plus many, many diesels of course. There are the companies that supply large engines with equally large price tags but for the majority of us those are out of reach.
  19. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Totally agree, Chris.

    Ordinarily I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a GWR loco but I have a soft spot for the 14xx and the Culm Valley line. South Western would have been my first choice.

    The 14xx seems well made and well up to the standard of the dogs dinner(from the point of view of the non running qualities) that was the Hattons 4mm version.

    I'm not and won't be a kit builder through choice. Hats off to those that do and there are some quite magnificent models on here but it's not for me. The introduction by Dapol of the RTR models, crucially at a price we can afford has opened the door for me and many others to 7mm modelling.

    I wouldn't have bothered otherwise.

    I personally see a good future for rtr 7mm.

  20. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    I agree and I'm rather surprised that a B4 hasn't been proposed by at least one of the manufacturers. I have to say it's not one I would personally consider to avoid any accusations of "wish-listing" but there was a nice kit produced years ago by Vulcan/Eric Underhill but they are very rare and there has been nothing since to my knowledge. So I do think there is a gap in the market for such a loco and yes if it was RTR and gets people interested in 7mm all to the good.