ALB-005 & 006

Some big stuff I’ve been working on for friends!

Alba Weathering and Effects









Two O Gauge Heljan Class 52 locomotives recently completed.
Finally, thereā€™s sufficient daylight to make outside photography practical again!

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Greece, Scotland and Hope

Another great and thoughtful post from the excellent Grousebeater blog.

Grouse Beater

Symbols of hope Symbols of hope

For those like me still suffering sorrow and anger over a lost opportunity to secure ā€˜once in a lifetimeā€™ empowerment, denied by people happy to leaveĀ Scotlandā€™s fate in the hands of another nation whose concerns become more alien by day,Ā there is someĀ Ā cheer to be had from what is happening in Greece. If fact, thereā€™s lot of parallels.

We should begin by recalling recent times. When the European Union and its banks forced draconianĀ  conditions on Greece for a bailout loan of billions of Euros the food parcel came wrapped in aĀ torrent of smears. Greece was riddled with corruption, a workforce so lazy it wouldnā€™t get out of bed even for a free bottle of ouzo, yet somehow everyone owned aĀ Porsche. No one paid taxes, and millionaires squatted in yachts in crowded harbours.Ā It looked like the end of Greek civilisation as we knew it and were taught itā€¦

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I almost forgot…


In all the excitement of the build up to Model Rail last week I forgot to mention that I’d paid a visit to the guys on the Monday which gave me an opportunity to test the J39.
Apart from the tender, which initially bounced around like a pished monkey before some wheel adjustments mostly rectified the issue, the locomotove ran very well, handling Obi Wan’s tank wagons with ease. We both concluded that some new tender chassis arrangement would, however, be desirable.
Like the guy who couldn’t pronounce ‘f’, ‘h’ or ‘t’; can’t say fairer than that…

Let’s end the reign of the Little Tin Gods

Some interesting thoughts here about local government functions that could be performed better on a smaller more local scale.

A wee Sovereign Scot


I cannot stand local politics, there, Iā€™ve said it out loud. Ā I need the council to empty my bins and keep the street clean and well lit and free of potholes. Ā I also need the council for the education facilities that my Daughter uses.

But I really donā€™t think I need an extra layer of politics to run these services.

Some Councillors are very good at what they do, they can get help to an elderly resident that wouldnā€™t normally be budgeted for, however, many have a day job and with the best will in the world that will take precedence over their council duties.

Then thereā€™s the committeesā€¦. thereā€™s the licencing committee, the planning committee and so on and so on. Ā Given that in many councils these committees arenā€™t fully staffed with Councillors then the decision making may be left to the very person that has some kind ofā€¦

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Captain’s Log, Stardate; WTF?

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As someone who’s been following Scottish politics since the great independence debate took off in 2011-12, I’m pretty used to ill-informed, bat-shit craziness by now but I have to say that this post, spotted on a well-known UK model railway forum by an ‘alert follower’ šŸ˜‰ still made me rather astonished in a Jo-La sort of way and it kind of proves that the UK media’s propaganda onslaught is having effects outside the expected sphere. Either that or Alan Cochrane’s taken up railway modelling!
Anyway the 5:15 to UKIP-land’s running a bit late so best take your meds now, old chap!