Scalefour North, 2015

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Today, I spent a good day with a good friend at Scalefour North.
Always one of the high points of my year, it was, as expected a high quality show with a host of lovely layouts and useful suppliers. Some useful etches for this year’s planned wagon production were acquired along with a set of Mike edge’s handy little etches, designed to convert Bachmann’s Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 to the BR Standard version. These latter are a very, very ubiquitous feature of the 1960s’ ScR scene, being as they filled the boots of the Jumbos, 812s, J35s and assorted four-coupled types on the lighter end of the region’s operations. This kit and its host model are planned to assume the mantle of 78026 on ‘Beatles-era’ Culreoch.
Subsequent kits may portray Hawick’s 78047 and one of the Stainmore locos of the 1950s.image

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The above images show the host of lovely layouts on display. Not only my perennial favourites, Portchuillin and Blackgill, but also, among others, Danby, Eastwood, Kerrinhead and Elcot Road. The latter was the complete opposite of my normal modelling interests, being 1980s era Network SouthEast but it really caught my interest due to the way it managed to pack a station, yard and operational interest into two 4′ x 2′ boards without looking remotely crowded. As a layout, it was perfectly executed; it worked and looked absolutely right.
Being the owner of four similarly sized boards now, I am rapidly running out of excuses not to get started on a similar kind of project!
It was also good to meet up with a number of friendly faces at the show today, both friends and traders.
Anyway, bedtime beckons so I hope you enjoy the images from the show!

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About maxstafford60093

Scotsman in exile. Lover of Scotland's railways, land, people and culture. Always got an ear for new and interesting music. Politically of the left and most definitely repelled by the shallow and narcissistic. An unlikely jazz-cat mod rocker with punk tendencies; a bit 1968, a bit 1977 with a distracting overdub of 1958... Most often found outdoors with my four legged buddy!
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7 Responses to Scalefour North, 2015

  1. Bob Reid says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing your 2MT Dave – if your past productions anything to go by!

  2. stuart1968 says:

    Thanks for these Dave. I realised after I’d booked this year’s holiday that the ‘travelling home’ weekend coincided with S4N, you must have been leaving Yorkshire just as we re-entered it ! I could have got up early and gone this morning I suppose but after a week sleeping on what felt like concrete my own bed was just too comfy …

    Looking forward to seeing 78026 🙂

  3. Paul B. says:

    I went yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Layout-wise it was (mostly) a case of quality over quantity. Kerrinhead, although very much a work in progress, was I felt superbly executed. The houses on the r/h end I found especially captivating. Portchuillin is a layout that I could spend any amount of time watching, even when there’s nothing happening. And when a train does appear it blends in with the layout rather than being the main attraction, helped by the muted sound (its probably the only DCC sound equipped layout that sounds ‘right’. Take a hint eveyone else – louder is NOT better!). And seeing some fine pre-groupling modelling is always a pleasure, even if I do get tempted to turn back the clock.

  4. Dave Franks says:

    Hi Dave, saw you briefly at S4N, didn’t get a chance to talk sorry, layouts were very good, trade was very busy which was also good. Should be able the spare a day at the club now it’s over.
    All the best,

  5. Jamie Wood says:

    Standard 2 would be very welcome on Cully. With any sense I’d convert one of mine, but I’ve no plans to do so.

    Glad you enjoyed the show and I was sorry to miss it. Will try and make it to Expo though.

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