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  • cbngr
    Hi Chaps Just signing in. should have done this a loooong time ago but... Moved to Spain ten years ago and soon realised that they don t really do model
    Message 1 of 11 , Feb 8, 2013
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      Hi Chaps

      Just signing in. should have done this a loooong time ago but...

      Moved to Spain ten years ago and soon realised that they don't really do model railways out here bar the odd Bemo train set. Model shops are few and far between as well so no popping down to the local one for supplies either, but since when has that ever stopped a modeller!

      Had a fire some five years ago when I lost ALL my models so have had to start again and to be honest arthritis hasn't really allowed me to work in the smaller scales for a while now, so have to admit I am scratch building in 1:13.7 (7/8" : 1ft). I still do enjoy reading my Narrow Lines which fortunately manage to reach me without fail every issue. Nice to see folks keeping up the good work and standards started all those years ago.

      Cheers for now

      Mike Brown
      Member No.8
    • David Hughes
      Member No 8 - respect! Glad to see you re modelling despite the dearth of local support, Mike. I spent a short time in Poland recently and the newsagents were
      Message 2 of 11 , Feb 8, 2013
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        Member No 8 - respect! Glad to see you're modelling despite the dearth of local support, Mike. I spent a short time in Poland recently and the newsagents were full of hunting/shooting mags, but I didn't see any on railways whether models or real!David HNumber 1603, WIltshire UK
        To: 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com
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        Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:44:41 +0000
        Subject: [7mm NGA] Better late than never...


























        Hi Chaps



        Just signing in. should have done this a loooong time ago but...



        Moved to Spain ten years ago and soon realised that they don't really do model railways out here bar the odd Bemo train set. Model shops are few and far between as well so no popping down to the local one for supplies either, but since when has that ever stopped a modeller!



        Had a fire some five years ago when I lost ALL my models so have had to start again and to be honest arthritis hasn't really allowed me to work in the smaller scales for a while now, so have to admit I am scratch building in 1:13.7 (7/8" : 1ft). I still do enjoy reading my Narrow Lines which fortunately manage to reach me without fail every issue. Nice to see folks keeping up the good work and standards started all those years ago.



        Cheers for now



        Mike Brown

        Member No.8


















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      • James C
        Dear Mike, See one of my articles in Narrow Lines, I lived in China and the nearest model shop was 2 hours flight. I used childrens toys to make up models.
        Message 3 of 11 , Feb 9, 2013
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          Dear Mike,
          See one of my articles in Narrow Lines, I lived in China and the nearest model shop was 2 hours flight. I used "childrens" toys to make up models.
          best wishes,
          James Corsi #3469 (Do we really have this many members????)

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        • corusman
          Good to here you are ploughing your own furrow. What track gauge are you using? I built a pizza layout using 0 gauge track but modelled to one twelfth. Have
          Message 4 of 11 , Feb 9, 2013
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            Good to here you are ploughing your own furrow. What track gauge are you using? I built a pizza layout using 0 gauge track but modelled to one twelfth. Have you been on the Gnatterbox website and seen the Woolacombe layout Frank Combe is building in 7/8.

            Sent from my iPad

            On 8 Feb 2013, at 20:44, "cbngr" <mike_brown@...> wrote:

            > Hi Chaps
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            > Just signing in. should have done this a loooong time ago but...
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            > Moved to Spain ten years ago and soon realised that they don't really do model railways out here bar the odd Bemo train set. Model shops are few and far between as well so no popping down to the local one for supplies either, but since when has that ever stopped a modeller!
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            > Member No.8
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          • Robin Edwards
            Hi Mike and welcome, I haven t seen or heard from you for years! It is good to know that you are still modelling. For the rest of you, Mike was instrumental
            Message 5 of 11 , Feb 9, 2013
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              Hi Mike and welcome,

              I haven't seen or heard from you for years! It is good to know that you are
              still modelling.

              For the rest of you, Mike was instrumental in the formative years of the 7mm
              NGA and was made an honorary life member in recognition of this. If I
              remember correctly I think he was involved with security at Heathrow Airport
              but had to retire due to ill health. He teamed up with Roy Link to publish
              the 'Review' and took it over completely for a period of time. I remember
              the two of them made quite a double act with their stand at Expo NG when
              they released the Lister kit.

              Good luck with your 7/8":1ft modelling - something for a future 'Review'
              perhaps?

              Cheers,

              Robin Edwards (210)

              -----Original Message-----
              From: 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com [mailto:7mmnga@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
              cbngr
              Sent: 08 February 2013 8:45 PM
              To: 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [7mm NGA] Better late than never...

              Hi Chaps

              Just signing in. should have done this a loooong time ago but...

              Moved to Spain ten years ago and soon realised that they don't really do
              model railways out here bar the odd Bemo train set. Model shops are few and
              far between as well so no popping down to the local one for supplies either,
              but since when has that ever stopped a modeller!

              Had a fire some five years ago when I lost ALL my models so have had to
              start again and to be honest arthritis hasn't really allowed me to work in
              the smaller scales for a while now, so have to admit I am scratch building
              in 1:13.7 (7/8" : 1ft). I still do enjoy reading my Narrow Lines which
              fortunately manage to reach me without fail every issue. Nice to see folks
              keeping up the good work and standards started all those years ago.

              Cheers for now

              Mike Brown
              Member No.8
            • Mike Brown
              Hi Robin and Chaps & Chapesses Thanks for the welcome! I have kept my interest in the Association even after taking a back seat from the Committee and have
              Message 6 of 11 , Feb 10, 2013
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                Hi Robin and Chaps & Chapesses

                Thanks for the welcome!

                I have kept my interest in the Association even after taking a back seat from the Committee and have been well pleased by the progress made over these many many years in modelling terms and quality of Narrow Lines. I still have every copy and comparing No.1, a typed and photocopied stapled at the corner version, to the latest issue is a wonder of technology and a testament to the growth in interest in the scale. I have always believed that a Society's magazine should be as good and well presented as money can possibly afford as it is often the first contact and 'shop window' to all prospective members and first impressions are so very important in attracting new blood.

                Lol! I well remember the day at ExpOng in Greenwich when Roy and I set up stall to present our very first issue of the Review and was pleased when we could see nearly everyone with a copy under their arm. At the beginning it was a joint venture but when Roy was struck down, almost literally in a car accident, and could no longer continue I took over completely only to hand it all back to him some years later when I too became too ill to carry it on. But all that is history and it is gratifying to see that magazine going from strength to strength after nearly 30 years too.

                7/8" scale is BIG and lets me carry on modelling, something I probably could no longer do in 7mm scale and after having lost all my models, especially the ones that I won Nosberts for, in a fire, haven't had the heart to do again.

                Keep up the good work folks!

                Mike
                Member No.8
                (in sunny and warm Marbella, Spain)

                On 9 Feb 2013, at 21:38, Robin Edwards <robin@...> wrote:

                > Hi Mike and welcome,
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                > I haven't seen or heard from you for years! It is good to know that you are
                > still modelling.
                >
                > For the rest of you, Mike was instrumental in the formative years of the 7mm
                > NGA and was made an honorary life member in recognition of this. If I
                > remember correctly I think he was involved with security at Heathrow Airport
                > but had to retire due to ill health. He teamed up with Roy Link to publish
                > the 'Review' and took it over completely for a period of time. I remember
                > the two of them made quite a double act with their stand at Expo NG when
                > they released the Lister kit.
                >
                > Good luck with your 7/8":1ft modelling - something for a future 'Review'
                > perhaps?
                >
                > Cheers,
                >
                > Robin Edwards (210)
              • Mike Brown
                Hi Bill I mainly use 45mm for the 7/8 scale but have also been experimenting with 63.5mm gauge with some 1 scale which is great as you can use all the Dolls
                Message 7 of 11 , Feb 10, 2013
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                  Hi Bill

                  I mainly use 45mm for the 7/8" scale but have also been experimenting with 63.5mm gauge with some 1" scale which is great as you can use all the Dolls House furniture and detail parts! I've kept up with Franck's Woolacombe seaside layout on the 7/8 Lounge Forums http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php. Some really wonderful detailing and weathering techniques to be found there that would apply in 7mm scale not just 7/8.

                  Cheers

                  Mike
                  Member No.8
                  (in sunny and warm Marbella, Spain)

                  On 9 Feb 2013, at 10:59, bill.bloombillet@... wrote:

                  > Good to here you are ploughing your own furrow. What track gauge are you using? I built a pizza layout using 0 gauge track but modelled to one twelfth. Have you been on the Gnatterbox website and seen the Woolacombe layout Frank Combe is building in 7/8.
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                • narolines
                  Have you noticed that as we get older we downsize our houses and upsize our modelling scales? Maybe something not quite right there! On the overseas modelling
                  Message 8 of 11 , Feb 10, 2013
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                    Have you noticed that as we get older we downsize our houses and upsize our modelling scales? Maybe something not quite right there! On the overseas modelling front, model railway suppliers are totally non-existent here in Cyprus, and if it weren't for the excellent mail order services of UK specialist suppliers I'd be completely sunk. I know of a few railway "modellers" here - though they're chiefly r-t-r American HO train-players - and as far as I am aware I am the sole narrow-gauger on the island.

                    Graham


                    --- In 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com, Mike Brown wrote:
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                    > Hi Bill
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                    > I mainly use 45mm for the 7/8" scale but have also been experimenting with 63.5mm gauge with some 1" scale which is great as you can use all the Dolls House furniture and detail parts! I've kept up with Franck's Woolacombe seaside layout on the 7/8 Lounge Forums http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php. Some really wonderful detailing and weathering techniques to be found there that would apply in 7mm scale not just 7/8.
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                    > Cheers
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                    > Mike
                    > Member No.8
                    > (in sunny and warm Marbella, Spain)
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                    > On 9 Feb 2013, at 10:59, bill.bloombillet@... wrote:
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                    > > Good to here you are ploughing your own furrow. What track gauge are you using? I built a pizza layout using 0 gauge track but modelled to one twelfth. Have you been on the Gnatterbox website and seen the Woolacombe layout Frank Combe is building in 7/8.
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                    > > Sent from my iPad
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                  • Howard Clarke
                    Hi Mike Good to know you are still active and keeping well. I will always be grateful to you and your mum for the kindness you showed me when we had an AGM
                    Message 9 of 11 , Feb 10, 2013
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                      Hi Mike
                      Good to know you are still active and keeping well.
                      I will always be grateful to you and your mum for the kindness you showed me when we had an AGM down south somewhere.
                      Always remember that if you are stuck for anything in the modelling line just send an email and one of us might come to Spain for a holiday, I have all mine in The Gambia so pass Spain usually at 35000 feet up.
                      As for Graham in Cyprus, home of what was a fabulous narrow gauge system at one time, just convert those HO us modellers to the real scale, there must be something of the CGR left to get interested in.
                      Since getting involved with the 7mm NGA I think I have built 60 steam locos, 30 yellow perils (Diesels) and over 250 pieces of stock and still at it, well err latest is a LBSC Railway 6-wheel brake van (0 gauge) etched brass kit
                      Best regards to all
                      Howard 215
                      On cold and wet North Staffordshire Moorlands


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                      From: Mike Brown
                      To: 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:12 PM
                      Subject: Re: [7mm NGA] Better late than never...



                      Hi Bill

                      I mainly use 45mm for the 7/8" scale but have also been experimenting with 63.5mm gauge with some 1" scale which is great as you can use all the Dolls House furniture and detail parts! I've kept up with Franck's Woolacombe seaside layout on the 7/8 Lounge Forums http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php. Some really wonderful detailing and weathering techniques to be found there that would apply in 7mm scale not just 7/8.

                      Cheers

                      Mike
                      Member No.8
                      (in sunny and warm Marbella, Spain)

                      On 9 Feb 2013, at 10:59, bill.bloombillet@... wrote:

                      > Good to here you are ploughing your own furrow. What track gauge are you using? I built a pizza layout using 0 gauge track but modelled to one twelfth. Have you been on the Gnatterbox website and seen the Woolacombe layout Frank Combe is building in 7/8.
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                    • Mike Brown
                      Hi Howard Good times! Sad to say mum passed away two years ago at 96 still fit as a fiddle just went in her sleep. Glad to hear you are keeping well and still
                      Message 10 of 11 , Feb 10, 2013
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                        Hi Howard
                        Good times! Sad to say mum passed away two years ago at 96 still fit as a fiddle just went in her sleep. Glad to hear you are keeping well and still at it!

                        Cheers
                        Mike
                        Member No.8
                        (in sunny and warm Marbella, Spain)

                        On 10 Feb 2013, at 19:46, Howard Clarke <carrage32@...> wrote:

                        > Hi Mike
                        > Good to know you are still active and keeping well.
                        > I will always be grateful to you and your mum for the kindness you showed me when we had an AGM down south somewhere.

                        > Best regards to all
                        > Howard 215
                        > On cold and wet North Staffordshire Moorlands
                      • daveandbec2001
                        Hi Mike, Good to hear you are still modelling and still in contact. very sorry to hear about the loss of your models though. Hearing from you takes me back to
                        Message 11 of 11 , Feb 12, 2013
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                          Hi Mike,

                          Good to hear you are still modelling and still in contact. very sorry to hear about the loss of your models though.

                          Hearing from you takes me back to the old AGM venue, the New Mechanics Institute in Nottingham, and a crowd of us sleeping on Don Mason's floor on the previous night. Also the hassle of getting layouts in and out of the venue via the minute lift (barely large enough for two people to squeeze in) from the equally minute underground carpark.

                          The Association has come a long way since then!
                          best wishes,
                          David Taylor, 146



                          --- In 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com, "Robin Edwards" wrote:
                          >
                          > Hi Mike and welcome,
                          >
                          > I haven't seen or heard from you for years! It is good to know that you are
                          > still modelling.
                          >
                          > For the rest of you, Mike was instrumental in the formative years of the 7mm
                          > NGA and was made an honorary life member in recognition of this. If I
                          > remember correctly I think he was involved with security at Heathrow Airport
                          > but had to retire due to ill health. He teamed up with Roy Link to publish
                          > the 'Review' and took it over completely for a period of time. I remember
                          > the two of them made quite a double act with their stand at Expo NG when
                          > they released the Lister kit.
                          >
                          > Good luck with your 7/8":1ft modelling - something for a future 'Review'
                          > perhaps?
                          >
                          > Cheers,
                          >
                          > Robin Edwards (210)
                          >
                          > -----Original Message-----
                          > From: 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com [mailto:7mmnga@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
                          > cbngr
                          > Sent: 08 February 2013 8:45 PM
                          > To: 7mmnga@yahoogroups.com
                          > Subject: [7mm NGA] Better late than never...
                          >
                          > Hi Chaps
                          >
                          > Just signing in. should have done this a loooong time ago but...
                          >
                          > Moved to Spain ten years ago and soon realised that they don't really do
                          > model railways out here bar the odd Bemo train set. Model shops are few and
                          > far between as well so no popping down to the local one for supplies either,
                          > but since when has that ever stopped a modeller!
                          >
                          > Had a fire some five years ago when I lost ALL my models so have had to
                          > start again and to be honest arthritis hasn't really allowed me to work in
                          > the smaller scales for a while now, so have to admit I am scratch building
                          > in 1:13.7 (7/8" : 1ft). I still do enjoy reading my Narrow Lines which
                          > fortunately manage to reach me without fail every issue. Nice to see folks
                          > keeping up the good work and standards started all those years ago.
                          >
                          > Cheers for now
                          >
                          > Mike Brown
                          > Member No.8
                          >
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