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Customer Layouts

Are you particularly proud of your layout handiwork?! We would love to see your layout and even showcase it here for all to see and admire! If your photo happens to include a KMRC Exclusive - well we won't be complaining! Please send photos into sales@kernowmodelrailcentre.com and pop in the subject line 'FAO Hayley Newsletter'.

Keep an eye out on new layouts appearing weekly! Please note that it is me, Hayley, so don't expect any 'professional' opinions :)

I received the most wonderful email from Mr Maltby. He now lives in Southampton but is originally from Falmouth, Cornwall! He told me that his layout is a traditional train set shape and he is trying to fit in as much as possible! It looks lovely and busy I must say! My favourite bit from his email was when he told me that the Hornby King Arthur Class, as seen in one of the photo's below,  was bought for him by his wife (from our Camborne shop!) on the day they got engaged in St Ives as his engagement present! Absolutly brilliant!:

Maltby Layout
Maltby Layout
Maltby Layout
Maltby Layout

Mr Au emailed me and mentioned he was lucky enough to fire 'Calbourne' when it visited Swanage! He loved it so much he started volunteering on the Isle of Wight - brilliant! Here are photos of his KMRC 'Calbourne', which completed his BR set, on his superb layout:


Au Layout
Au Layout
Au Layout

Rather than a layout this week we have a lovely little helpful hint! Mr Murphy had a lightbulb moment on making spouting, or guttering as we know it in the UK, for OO gauge models! He makes a lot of the buildings for his club's layout (Greater Waikato Railway Modellers based in Cambridge, New Zealand - where 35 members mainly model OO in their version of southwest England, with the current layout almost all scratch built), and this has been a detail he has found almost impossible to achieve. Well not anymore!


Murphy Layout
Guidance for spouting - wording by Mr Murphy:
Making spouting for OO scale buildings has eluded me for years but I think I have cracked it in a most simple way. And it is free - or at least highly subsidised by the household budget - the humble cereal packet! Ignore the contents, we only want the box.

I use the folded corners of cereal packets as tabs to support the internal corners of my buildings - they come pre-folded. I noticed that the fold is 'rolled' to form quite a neat, rounded ridge of about 1mm (3" in 4mm scale). I spread the fold flat and trimmed along one side of the roll and then about 5mm along the other side. I tucked the 5mm side up under the eaves of a building so that the roll-edge sat about slightly proud and 'voila' - spouting!

The glossy surface of the cereal packet needs to be scuffed (wet & dry paper) to hold the acrylic paint. Although this side will never be seen again, black adds a 'shadow' effect under the eaves. The 'raw' side and roll can be painted to match the building. Once the paint is dry, glue the 'raw' side, tuck it up under the eaves, adjust the protruding roll so that it sits slightly proud of the eaves, clip in place until the glue sets, remove clips, and admire.

Commercial downpipes or florist's wire complete the job.

Graham, from Suffolk, is back with more images of his fantastic OO gauge Gosport Road and Stokes Bay layout. In his words...
"The theme is a summer Saturday, circa 1959, when strange things happened... 


Graham Layout
73029 arrives from Waterloo via Basingstoke (see the loco spotters comparing notes). Was it a "cop" I wonder? This is usually a 70A Nine Elms Schools but these were used on Lymington trains on summer Saturdays so Nine Elms nicked a 71G Weymouth Standard 5.

Graham Layout
31862, looking filthy, arrives on a Saturdays only Waterloo-Lee-On-The-Solent having replaced West Country 34020 "Seaton" as it lost a coupling rod pin (this was a genuine failure, I have since found it lying on the track). The N class has no doubt struggled and is running quite late, of course.

Graham Layout
30700 then takes the train back out of Gosport Road to Lee on the Solent and is seen behind the 700 Class running tender first for the short run up the branch (I think it really closed in 1932).

Graham Layout

30543 A Q class is used for the short run to Fareham with through coaches to Plymouth where they are attached to the Brighton-Plymouth train."

Graham Layout
Graham's latest re-naming is of a King Arthur class 30799 Sir Ironside to 30804 SIR CADOR OF CORNWALL. It was an Eastleigh 71A loco so suits his theme and, as Graham mentioned, also retained its 6 wheeled tender to the end (Feb 1962).

This superb diorama was built by Mr Ball as a retirement present for a colleague! Inspired by the KMRC Hornby DVT, Mr Ball created this little cameo as the gift receiver had worked extensively on the real thing! What a lovely gesture, and amazing detail!:

Ball Layout
Ball Layout
Ball Layout

Graham, from Suffolk, has spoilt us this week! He has sent in not one but two layouts - and in different scales! First up (first 3 photos) we have his BR Southern OO gauge layout - the theme being Gosport Road & Stokes Bay. He said that 'Since it lost it's railway years ago this is what might have been if it had survived after the emergence of Portsmouth.' He mentioned that everything is ficticious but it gives him an excuse to run most things Southern, including his O2 and Gate set! When Graham's interest in railways started around 1959 the last Gate set was running on the Yeovil Town branch and he was lucky enough to ride in it! His Thumper Unit has also made an appearance working from Stokes Bay Pier to Alton.

The 4th photo is of Graham's O gauge K&ESR themed layout:

Graham Layout
Graham Layout
Graham Layout
Graham Layout

 
Mr Young sent in these photos of his Ark Royal on his unamed layout but... as he sent it a while ago I am hoping to get news of a name! Looking splendid:  

Young Layout
Young Layout

Young Layout

A local layout to the Camborne shop - 'Barncoose Junction'. This photo, of Mr Ryders large N gauge layout, shows one of 5 stations, this one being the Eastern approach to the main through station. 
 

Ryder Layout

These locos are shouting 'look at me, look at me!' on Mr Howell's layout! Thank you for adorning your lovely layout with some of our exclusive models. It looks like someone in yellow is appreciating them also by having their photo in front of them!:  

Howell Layout

I have received a little update from Mr Boffy on his layout we showcased a couple of weeks ago. If you recall it looked as if they were practising some social distancing! He has let me know that, thankfully, the lock down has now lifted a bit and, as you can see, the stations are full again, the worker's are building again, the schools are open, and generally people are out and about! This layout took Mr Boffy three months to build and most of the buildings are from the 80s &,90s. It is 8x4 and he can have 6 trains on it with 3 running at any one time. Brlliant:

Boffy Layout

Boffy Layout

This superb N gauge layout was created by Mr Bracking. In his words 'It is not based on any particular location - and is a mix of town, industrial and countryside scenery.' I think it is a great mix!:

Bracking Layout
Bracking Layout
Bracking Layout

The brand new Hornby L&MR Stephenson's Rocket Train Pack on Mr Gower's layout 'Fox Hill Junction'. Stunning!:

Gower Layout

This layout was created by Mr Boffy. I am loving the unintentional social distancing in the last photo...!

Boffy Layout
Boffy Layout
Boffy Layout
Boffy Layout
Boffy Layout

Here we have a 4mm shunting layout, constructed during lockdown, by Mr Grainger! Brilliant! I knew good things would come out of this lockdown. Good luck with your next project :)

Grainger Layout
Grainger Layout
Grainger Layout
Grainger Layout

Mr Hunt set himself a retirement project to build a model railway in five years. In his words - "sounds easy enough but should it be a fictitious location or a real location? The decision was ‘a real location’. It had to be somewhere I could get to easily, somewhere that was compact, somewhere that had interesting traffic, somewhere that would be interesting to research, and would fit into the space available without losing the character of the real place." He decided on Bere Alston "as the station and most buildings still exist - what could go wrong?! A visit with a camera and a tape measure began an adventure that, after six years, is still far from finished. What I didn’t realise was that the research would be as interesting, and as time consuming, as actually building the railway." Well I must say that the six years you have spent on it so fair are more than worth it! It was hard to choose which photos to show as there were so many of this outstanding layout:

Hunt Layout

Hunt Layout
Hunt Layout

Hunt Layout
Hunt Layout
Hunt Layout

This is "Gromenfield, Change for Old Town" by Mr Mepham. He mentioned most of the track and a lot of the rolling stock was purchased from our Camborne shop back in early 2004 (when Chris had hair I believe!) when he lived at the beautiful Sennen Cove. He still visit's the shop when down here visiting his son and friends. The reason behind the layouts name - Gromenfield is the name of the street Mr Mepham grew up on in East Sussex, when he worked for B.R during 1959/60! Love a bit of background information - thank you!:

Mepham Layout
Mepham Layout
Mepham Layout

I am a big fan of Mr Gunstone's photos of his layouts! We showcased his layout 'Bleat Wharf' last year and I was impressed by both his layout and his photography skills! This layout 'Sheep Dip' is no different. In his words - "This is a small, overgrown industrial something, located just to the left of somewhere... All ready to run with use made of the Bachmann Narrow Gauge Slate buildings. The loco is one of the delightful Hornby Pecketts weathered by myself... as is everything else on the layout." Superb!

Gunstone Layout
Gunstone Layout
Gunstone Layout

Some photos of Mr Willcocks' latest project "Almost quite on the western front". In his words "The original picture is, I believe, near the Somme and I have tried to model it. The barn is a heavily bombed metcalfe model". Very impressive!
:

Willcocks Layout
Willcocks Layout

This is 'Bramley End' by Mr Jones. It has since been broken up because of a move but it was loosely based on the village from the film Went the Day Well. As Mr Jones puts it 'a piece of old England that we all have in our heads when we think of home!' He also said 'the only bit that reflects the village in the film, and which I am proud of, is the church and grounds.' He mentioned that Bramley End will be resurrected this year and he is looking forward to making it sharper. He is now in the process of starting from scratch a larger but more detailed layout, which I cannot wait to see!:

Jones Layout
Jones Layout

Jones Layout
Jones Layout
Jones Layout
Mr Hastings sent in these fab photos! In his words a "generic layout, recent addition is a 009 tramway... great fun converting a Matchbox tram to a fully working model. Also rather enjoy butchering your wonderful 02s to create other locos, push pull IW  No. 35 was interesting, donor was a Southern p/p model for equipment and smokebox door. The remains were renumbered in pre war IW series, two for the price of er...two! Other activity includes rebuilding 12" to the foot Drewry railcar for the IW Steam Railway" Looking brilliant!:

Hastings Layout

Hastings Layout
Hastings Layout
Hastings Layout

This week we have a wonderful example of a customer scratchbuild! Mr Burgess has sent us a couple of photos of his Southern Railway electric locomotive. He mentioned the model isn't yet complete, and it's not fully authentic in one or two respects (but pretty close), but he is building it DCC & sound ready so a little bit more work to do on it:

Burgess Layout
Burgess Layout

Mr Sinden has sent in these wonderful photos showcasing his Depot called St Stephen's Road TMD. You will have seen his amazing work in a previous newsletter showing his other project called 'Shillingstone'. You have been busy!:

Sinden Layout
Sinden Layout

Sinden Layout
Mr Dear has sent in his Cornwall branch layout - what a beauty!:

Dear Layout

Dear Layout
Mr Ruming, from Sydney, sent in this photo of one of his layouts that he calls 'a little bit of Pennsylvania in Oz'. He mentioned he took this shelf layout outside for this photo as the pure sunshine lifts the scene to a new level. I completely agree - I am loving the effect the sun has streaming in. Can't beat a bit of natural light - makes it very realistic!:

Ruming Layout

Mr Calverley has summed up just what the nation is doing during these uncertain times - taking a breather:

Calverley Layout


Mr Davis has shared a few more of his layout 'Mantles Wood'. I was blown away by the detail and realness of his layout last year so more than happy to show you a few more photos!:

Davis Layout
Davis Layout

Davis Layout

Mr Faulkner

FaulknerLayout
Faulkner Layout

Faulkner Layout
Faulkner Layout

Mr Squirrell

Squirrell Layout
Squirrell Layout
Squirrell Layout
Squirrell Layout
Squirrell Layout

Mr Thompson

Thompson Layout

Mr Darragh

Darragh Layout
37521 waits to head North at Rannoch with a pair of silver bullets for Corpach

Darragh Layout
Rannoch Station

Darragh Layout
62005 heading North with the empty coaching stock for the Jacobite

Darragh Layout
37521 heading south with the empty tanks from Fort William

Mr Hull

Hull Layout
Hull Layout
Hull Layout

Mr Clayton

Clayton Layout

Mr Calverley

Calverley Layout

Mr Hall

Hall Layout
Hall Layout
Hall Layout
Hall Layout
Hall Layout

Mr Dixon

Dixon Layout
Dixon Layout
Dixon Layout
Dixon Layout

Mr Plowman

Plowman Layout
Class 41 No D602 hauling the down 'Cornish Riviera' approaching Ashprington Road

Plowman Layout

Class 41 No D602 hauling the down 'Cornish Riviera' waiting to depart Ashprington Road

Plowman Layout

Class 41 No D602 hauling the down 'Cornish Riviera' leaving Ashprington Road

Plowman Layout

Plowman Layout

Class 41 No D602 hauling the up 'Cornish Riviera' leaving Ashprington Road

Mr Mytton

Mytton Layout
 Mytton Layout

Mytton Layout
Mytton Layout
Mytton Layout

Mr Easter

Easter Layout Easter Layout

Easter Layout

Mr Roberts

Roberts Layout
Roberts Layout
Roberts Layout
Roberts Layout

Mr Lynn

Lynn Layout
Lynn Layout
Lynn Layout
Lynn Layout
Lynn Layout

Mr Faulkner

Fulkner Layout
Fulkner Layout

Fulkner Layout

Mr Vickers

Vickers Layout
Vickers Layout

Vickers Layout
Mr Barden


Barden Layout
Mr Ludlow

Ludlow Layout
Ludlow Layout
Ludlow Layout

Mr Taylor

Taylor Layout
Taylor Layout

Mr Hampton

Hampton Layout
Hampton Layout

Hampton Layout
Mr Trevaskus

Trevaskus Layout
Trevaskus Layout

Mr Rich

Rich Layout
Rich Layout
Rich Layout
Rich Layout

Rich Layout

Mr Haigh

Haigh Layout

Haigh Layout
Haigh Layout

Mr Stone

Stone Layout
Stone Layout
Stone Layout
Stone Layout

Mr Lynn

Lynn Layout

Mr Jackson

Jackson Layout

James & Alex Morgan

Morgan Layout
Morgan Layout

Mr Hale

Hale Layout

Mr Goyvaerts

Goyvaerts Layout

Mr Steele

Steele Layout

Mr Potter

Potter Layout
Potter Layout

Photographed Mr Wildman on behalf of Mr Turner

Turner Layout

Mr Harris

Harris Layout

Mr Bagaley

Bagaley Layout
Bagaley Layout
Bagaley Layout

Mr Clarke 

Clarke Layout

Mr Warren 

Warren Layout

Short of local milk for the production of their clotted cream, two famous Cornish dairies have dispatched tankers to collect milk from Hemyock.

Warren Layout

Arriving at Hemyock with a load of dairy produce for distribution under the United Dairies banner, another famous Cornish dairy's vent van is followed by a GWR Toad, branded "Hayle RU". It has just passed the PW Gang fully equipped with it's Holman/Compair compressor.

Warren Layout

Four of Mr Warren's hobbies captured in one photo - railway modelling/caravanning/South West Dairies and Morris Dancing! 

Warren Layout

A busy morning in the Creamery yard.

Mr Siden

Sinden Layout
Sinden Layout
Sinden Layout
Sinden Layout

Mr Spooner

Angus Layout
Angus Layout

Angus Layout

 Mr Jones


Jones Layout
Jones Layout
Jones Layout
Jones Layout

Mr Nall


Nall Layout
Nall Layout
Nall Layout
Nall Layout
Mr Lynn

Lynn Layout

Mr Gunstone

Gunstone Layout
Gunstone Layout

Gunstone Layout
Mr Hill

Hill Layout
Hill Layout
Hill Layout
Hill Layout
Hill Layout

Mr Davis

Davis Layout

Davis Layout
Davis Layout

Kevin and Robin

Pinnock Layout
Pinnock Layout
Pinnock Layout

Mr Potter with his friend Steve

Potter Layout
Potter Layout
Potter Layout
Potter Layout

Mr Cole

Cole Layout
Cole Layout
Cole Layout

 Syd

Syd
Syd
Syd

Syd Layout
Syd Layout

Mr Ruming

Ruming Layout
Ruming Layout
Ruming Layout

Mr Evans

Evans Layout
 Evans Layout

Mr Carter

Carter Layout

Mr Calverley

Calverley Layout

Mr Palmer

Palmer Layout

Mr Evans

Evans Layout
Evans Layout
Evans Layout
Evans Layout
Mr Hayes

Hayes Layout
Hayes Layout

Mr Lenz

Mike Lenz Layout Mike Lenz Layout
 Mr Willetts

George Willetts Layout

Mr Hemming

Hemming Layout

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