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Blackcloud Railways



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
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Location: Sandbach UK

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we've become used to regimented buildings along neat roads, Britain certainly wasn't like that in the era modelled and the buildings on Great Sutton's backscene capture this well, very much like the almost random positioning of the buildings in this old photo of Sandbach.

Origin - http://www.coldmoss.co.uk/html/lower_chequer.html
I was drinking in this pub last night, it still looks as if it's been lifted straight out of a Discworld book. Very Happy
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Graham W



Joined: 15 Jul 2014
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Location: London

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles, it was Chris Ellis who did the article on making up Merco wagons, although I did do an MTI article on constructing old Kenline & ERG cardboard wagon kits. Incidentally, the whitemetal axleboxes/springs from those kits (which I didn't use) have probably ended up under some of your 1860 stock!
Re. Merco brickpapers.....back in the 1980's, when Hamblings closed down, the copyright and existing stocks of the Bilteezi sheets were acquired by the Engineshed Shop in Leytonstone. Included were the remaining stocks of the Merco sheets. There were plenty of the wagon & coach sheets and some slate papers, but the Brickpaper sheets were long out of stock and the masters were never found. Ken Stubley who was the owner of the Engineshed then, tried in vain to find complete sheets of the brick papers so that he could reprint them but none were forthcoming. Today, with modern scanning and printing, you would probably only need a scrap of brick paper to do it, but back then Ken needed complete sheets.
When the Engineshed changed hands, the new owner was not at all interested in Bilteezi, so he sold the range to FMA. Although I understand FMA have re-printed some Bilteezi sheets, the Merco sheets never have been and the old stock is being (very) slowly sold off. What FMA have is the remaining sheets that originally came from Hamblings!

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ruedetropal



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Accrington, Lancashire

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles, I have the catalogue. The Merco slate one is on the list, along with Bovril adverts sheet and a sheet of doors and windows.
I am just about to order a lot of the Bilteezi sheets, because I still believe they are the best ones I have seen for rural areas. For me they should NOT be glossy and in your face. They are background, and anyone who knows my work, I use an impressionist approach to backgrounds. It should not compete with what is in the foreground.
Also noone else , as far as I know has done a road that appears to continue into the 3D world effectively.
I would never actually use the Merco sheets to model, they are far too valuable for that, but i do want to get one of each remaining sheet. I have a couple of the LT ones, and was thinking of mounting one on a thin sheet which could be moved along the background, but as I am nt dong much more OO I will just keep them complete. They are good enough to frame and put on your wall.
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