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They were worried no-one would turn up to salute an RAF hero at his funeral. Hundreds did. Strangers and members of the Armed Forces arrived to pay their respects to war veteran Walter Bentley who died leaving no family.

This Week in Buffalo: Holiday Pops at Kleinhans, Onesies at Canalside One sign Buffalo is in festive spirits is the quick ticket sales for Hotel Henry's Jazzy Christmas - featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls - which has sold out in advance. After a busy weekend, the pace unexpectedly slows down this week, but there's still ample opportunity to go dashing through the snow to a Buffalo event.

Rocket in 009: basic structure primed… The beauty of working in styrene rather than 3D print and etch is the speed at which you can turn an idea into a reality… Last week…

Changing sticks One of the more useful things in my bag after the IPMS show was a new pack of abrasive sticks. I'm terrible at changing these things when they are badly worn as you can see from the state of the old ones. In my defence, they still worked quite well when handled properly, but you couldn't sand up to the edges of the stick.

Minitrains Bagnall - Transformation Complete My 009 Minitrains Bagnall wing-tank rebuild and repaint is now completed. Stripped right back and new paints purchased the result after a couple of coats of Dullcote are most satisfactory. Having given it a run on my 009 layout 'The Old Quarry Line' I had a play with the camera and software….

Ipms 2018 Travelling to Telford can be interesting. Or more accurately, frustrating. A couple of years ago, I arrived at Birmingham New Street to find all the trains to the town cancelled. On that occasion, I turned around and went to the NEC classic car show instead.

Train enthusiasts flocked to Christmas model rail show in Highbridge A Christmas model rail show is underway in Highbridge this weekend, with scores of displays on show alongside railway-themed stalls.

Christmas model rail show is underway in Highbridge this weekend A Christmas model rail show is underway in Highbridge this weekend, with scores of displays on show alongside railway-themed stalls. The Burnham and District Model Railway Club Christmas Show 2018 continues today at King Alfred School from 10am-4pm.

Eighth anniversary of this blog It seems impossible, but this post completes eight years of my writing this blog; the first post was on December 8, 2010.

Saturday Film Club: A tram ride in 1900 A remarkable bit of film showing a tram ride through Rochdale in the year 1900. Amazing film, very clear and showing a world that is long gone. I'm thinking this was shot on a Sunday as everyone is smartly dressed in what I assume is their "Sunday Best".

Diversionary Tactic Work, my final dissertation, and family needs are combining to make sure I don't have a lot of time for anything else at the moment, and therefore was short of blogging material this week.

Weekend Outlook December 7-9, 2018 The Midtown Neighborhood Association invites you to tour historic Springfield homes decorated for the holidays this weekend. The Midtown Victorian Christmas Homes Tour is Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5.

PW Crew Comfort Spurred on by reviving the semi-complete 'not DA1' I looked into the incomplete projects box to see what else might be revived.

7 things to do in Western New York this weekend: December 7th - December 9th - We're a little over two weeks from Christmas Day. But no worries, you still have time to find that local perfect gift. Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Zoo. You'll have a shot at showing Santa what a good person you've been twice this weekend. Enjoy a buffet, arts and crafts and of course breakfast with the man of the hour.

Motor Rail 60S in 7/8ths… It's been a highly enjoyable build, but it has come to an end… my Motor Rail Simplex 60S, built for a customer is finished… The mo…

Snailbeach No.4: plates… A few months ago I began work turning my model of WHR 590 from Bachmann into one of the pair at Snailbeach… Well I decided to order…

Painting stuff in BRM It's painty fingers time in the January issue of BRM. I pick up a couple of old projects that we last saw in the raw plastic and metal and give them a coat of many colours. My subjects are the Slater's Conflat and Roxey etched shed, both of which I've shown the construction of in 2018.

Upgrading the Roco “Army” flat car Long familiar on the outskirts of prototype modeling in HO scale has been the flat car produced by Roco in Austria and marketed in the United States by AHM. This flat car was usually sold with Buckeye 6-wheel trucks, and was usually painted black, though it has been produced in Army olive drab and even in a camouflage scheme.

Warehouse Wednesday: Bressingham hut When shooting photos from a train at Bressingham, most people don't aim the camera at a grotty hut with a huge water tank on the side. It looks like a building cobbled together from stuff lying around. That window isn't in its first location, is it? I suspect this has something to do with water treatment but can't be sure.

Train show packs new venue Model train fans conducted a small feat of engineering during the 23rd-annual Quinte Train Show in Belleville. Held for the first time in Belleville's Centennial Secondary School, it brought out more than 1,000 people of all ages. They walked through rows lined by 27 vendors and at least 23 exhibitors.

B Is For Brave This is not because I am in any doubt about its benefits as a method of construction, but more that I have never done much of it and when confronted by a situation where it might be an option I am likely to either pass it over to Himself to do, or find a way of gluing the parts together.

Adding weight, losing sound I think this is a nifty idea. While at a classic car show, I picked up a square of self-adhesive soundproofing material for a couple of quid, and am using it to add weight to the tugboat. What I'm hoping is that the dense, bitumin-like material will stop any resonance from the plastic hull and deck.

Helensburgh model railway club wins award for WW1 display MEMBERS of Helensburgh and District Model Railway Club won a prize for 'best layout' at a top exhibition in England recently. The local group's 'Trenches' layout was voted the best by visitors to the Tolworth Showtrain event in Surrey.

Restoration appeal on steam railway Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society chairman, Ian Drummond, said: "Even when the shed fell out of use, locomotives continued to take water here when they shunted wagons between Abergynolwyn station and the base of the first incline to the Bryn Egwlys quarry at what is now Nant Gwernol station.

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