DEFine Modellers Day – Saturday 20th January 2018

Due to the success of the Modellers Day we had on 14th Jan this year, and the very positive feedback we have had regarding the event, the DEFine team have decided we will do it all over again next year.

The date for next years event will be Saturday 20th January 2018, at the same venue, Risley Village Memorial Hall.

The format for next years event will be similar to what we had this year, with maybe a few changes based on what we learned from this years event. The focus will remain on providing an event that modellers can attend, socialise and engage with each other on their particular projects and also to hopefully learn and teach others. We will also be on the look out for some small layouts that we think can add to the experience of the event.

We will keep this blog up to date with developments as the year progresses.

The DEFine Team

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DEFine Modellers Day – The review

Back in December 2015 at one of our Wednesday night meetings the assembled DEFine members agreed that we should attempt to put on an event that would be aimed at modellers and provide an opportunity for a social event. Going by the feedback we have received so far its mission accomplished!

We opened the doors at 10am on Saturday morning and had a steady stream of familiar faces and some new friends that we have made due to the event. With a mixture of excellent layouts and some top quality demos (no traders) we managed to achieve what we set out to do and that was to get people talking about their projects, commenting on ours and generally talking about the hobby we are all so passionate about. Many of the demoers have reported being hoarse at the end of the day and the buzz in the room all day was due reward for the DEFine team who organised the event. We were impressed by the distances some people had travelled to get to the event and we were glad to enable them to say it was a worthwhile journey. It was also a lot of fun and thick skins were brought into use with all the friendly banter being dished out and taken in good fun. We were delighted to see a couple of our DEFine founder members manage to attend in the form of Gareth Bayer and Chris Messer. It was great to see Gareth again and Chris managed to join us for over an hour and by all accounts had a great time. A big thanks to our resident NHS expert Dave Roome for taking care of the arrangements that ensured Chris got to see the exhibits.

We are indebted to our friends who volunteered to support the event with either a layout or a demonstration. Without them we would have had no event. Thanks is also due to Carrie Wilson for doing entry door duty and to Sylvia Degnan for being behind the refreshments counter all day to make sure everyone was fed and watered as required.

It goes without saying that we really appreciate and thank all the modellers who joined us for the day. You played a big part in the success of the event so thank you all for your attendance.

By closing time at 4pm we thought we were going to have to throw people out as the chatting and socialising was still ongoing, but thankfully by just after 5pm it was time to put the lights out on what was a very enjoyable day. A group of our friends then retired for a beer at a boozer in Smisby whilst the rest of us stayed local and said cheers at the Risley Park.

Will we do it all over again? Who knows. We will be doing a review of what we can do in the future in coming weeks and keep everyone posted.

Some pictures follow that hopefully sum up the event, I hope you see yourself somewhere if you were there!

The DEFine Team

Chris and David look interested in the "library" are we provided with a selection of old magazines

Chris and David look interested in the “library” where we provided with a selection of old magazines

Bertie on Cob Watch

Bertie on Cob Watch with his “best jumper” on

Nick Gurney's excellent "The Sidings" commands an audience

Nick Gurney’s excellent “The Sidings” commands an audience

Dave Furmage in full flow on his OMWB demo

Dave Furmage in full flow on his OMWB demo

Richard and Simon operate "Cripple Sidings" and engage with admirers of the layout

Richard and Simon operate “Cripple Sidings” and engage with admirers of the layout

Tom Silsbury and Phil Eames had their very own demo corner

Tom Silsbury and Phil Eames had their very own demo corner, while Tim gives a nice pose

Dave and Alex Photobomb my pic of Alex's demo by trying to advertise some event in May

Dave and Alex Photobomb my pic of Alex’s demo by trying to advertise some event in May

Paul Marshall-Potter's excellent "Albion Yard" gets a rare showing much to the delight of attendees

Paul Marshall-Potter’s excellent “Albion Yard” gets a rare showing much to the delight of attendees

Time for a pic of Sylvia and Paul on duty on refreshments

Time for a pic of Sylvia and Paul on duty on refreshments

The hall gets busy whilst Howard chats with another visitor to his re-wheeling demo

The hall gets busy whilst Howard chats with another visitor to his re-wheeling demo

Some more visitors taking advantage of all the free magazines donated by Brian (sorry I cant make it) Hanson ;-)

Some more visitors taking advantage of all the free magazines donated by our missing DEFine member Brian (sorry I cant make it) Hanson 😉

Looking down the hall with Steve in discussion with Mr Flood

Looking down the hall with Steve in discussion with Mr Flood

What a motley crew

What a motley crew

Paul goes over some of the finer points on "Splot" with some friends

Paul goes over some of the finer points on “Splot” with some friends

Howard talking P4 whilst Roger is engaged in 7mm chat with Jim Smith-Wright

Howard talking P4 whilst Roger is engaged in 7mm chat with Jim Smith-Wright

Chris visits Pete on his work in progress "Brunswick Yard" layout

Chris visits Pete on his work in progress “Brunswick Yard” layout in P4

Bertie and Simon Bendall chat about Berties work in progress recreation of "Shirebrook" in P4

Bertie and Simon Bendall chat about Berties work in progress recreation of “Shirebrook” in P4

Paul and Gareth having a chat with Phil on his OMWB Demo spot

Paul and Gareth having a chat with Phil on his OMWB Demo spot

Colin and Brendan deep in conversation

Colin and Brendan deep in conversation

Bill doing door and doggie minding duty in the afternoon

Bill doing door and doggie minding duty in the afternoon

The Scalefour members were there in good numbers, Terry deep in discussion with Howard whilst Tony and Ken listen in

The Scalefour members were there in good numbers, Terry deep in discussion with Howard whilst Tony and Ken listen in

Gareth Tim and Simon give Bill Wilson's track work for "Glasgow Queen Street" the once over

Gareth, Jim and Simon give Bill Wilson’s track work for “Glasgow Queen Street” the once over

Bertie deep in discussion with Tom on the "Shirebrook" progress so far

Bertie deep in discussion with Tom on the “Shirebrook” progress so far whilst Ian looks on

Colin leads the discussion at Alex's OMWB demo with "Farkham" stock on show.

Colin leads the discussion at Alex’s OMWB demo with “Farkham” stock on show.

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DEFine Modellers Day – One week to go!

Where has the time gone? It was just over a year ago that we thought it would be a good idea to host a modellers day and now its upon us. We are looking forward to welcoming old friends and hopefully many new ones next Saturday (14 Jan), and hope that everyone enjoys the day. The object is not to put on a traditional model railway exhibition, but more to provide an atmosphere for fellow modellers to come and look at what we have laid on and spend some time chatting about their projects over a tea/coffee and generally enjoy themselves. We have a mixture of operational layouts, work in progress layouts and a varied list of demonstrations to entertain everyone.

As with most events, the line up changes due to personal circumstances and life/work getting in the way. We have a few minor changes to our published line up and as of today we are pleased to announce the line up now looks like this.

Operational  Layouts

Albion Yard……………………..Paul Marshal Potter
Cripple Sidings………………….Richard Coleman
Meadow Lane TMD…………..Alex Carpenter
The Sidings………………………Nick Gurney

Work in progress layouts

Glasgow Queen St…………Bill Wilson
Brunswick Yard……………Pete Degnan
Shirebrook…………………..Robert Austin                                               Splott………………………….Paul Spencer                                                                                  Brewery Sidings…………..Brendan Walsh

Demonstrations

SR EMU’s in P4……..Howard Boulton
7mm Modelling………Roger Manton
OMWB…………………Phil Eames
OMWB……………………Alex Hall                                                             OMWB………………….Dave Furmage                                                      OMWB…………………..Tom Silsbury (inc demo of axle bearing tuner, on sale)

The OMWB (On My Work Bench) demos. will cover a varied range of topics and those demonstrating will be pleased to help with or discuss projects with visitors. Likewise the WIP layouts will be available with the owners available and open to discussing methods and future plans for scenics and operation etc.

Doors will open to the public at 10am, and entrance fee is £3. There will be light refreshments available throughout the day and the event ends at 4pm.

We hope you can join us and support our event, which also features in this months edition of Rail Express Modeller

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The DEFine Team

 

 

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BUMP! – DEFine Modellers Day

With only 4 weeks left to go, we are putting the final touches to our event in January.

There have been a couple of changes since we issued the flyer.

We no longer have the “Extreme Etchings Workshop” in the line up, he got a better offer for that day apparently 😉  We are adding however another WIP layout from Brendan Walsh, his new brewery sidings layout in EM.

Its a new format for a modellers day and we hope it works out. It will only be successful if we have a good attendance so we hope you can come along and discuss, socialise, drink team etc in good company.

Se the post previous to this for location details etc.

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DEFine Day Update – 29th Oct 2016

define-day-flyer-jpgIn addition to the previous announcement we have added one more layout, and this will be “Underhill Exchange” by Dave Roome.

We have also added two more demos. There will be an “Extreme Etchings Workshop” with Brian Hanson. This is an opportunity to talk with Brian on your EE/Shawplan products projects and get some advice.

We also have Dave Furmage attending and Dave will be available to discuss wagons and locos, modifying, P4 conversions etc.

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DEFine Update 29th Oct 2016

We would like to formally welcome two new full members to the DEFine Group.

In late September both Phil Eames and Dave Roome joined our group as full members and are now regular attendees at our Wednesday night meetings.

Many will know Phil from his layouts “Calcutta Sidings 1” (EM) and more recently for the latest version “Calcutta Sidings 2” in P4, one of the biggest layouts on the current exhibition circuit depicting the area around Burton on Trent.

Dave is also a familiar face and is one of the creators and operators of “Farkham” which is a very popular layout depicting the modern era and this week is on show at Eurospoor in Utrecht.

Both Phil and Dave will be exhibiting and demoing at our DEFine Day in January 2017.

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DEFine Modellers Day Jan 2017

DEFine Modellers Day

14th January 2017
Risley Village Hall (just off J25 M1)
10am until 4pm

This will be a modellers day with a variety of layouts finished and work in progress, as well as demos. There will be no traders.

So far we have the following layouts attending;
Albion Yard……………………..Paul Marshal Potter
Cripple Sidings………………….Richard Coleman
Meadow Lane TMD…………..Alex Carpenter
The Sidings………………………Nick Gurney
Plus a couple more to be announced later

The work in progress layouts will include;
Glasgow Queen St…………Bill Wilson
Brunswick Yard……………Pete Degnan
Shirebrook…………………..Robert Austin
Splott………………………….Paul Spencer

DEMOS we have planned so far include;

SR EMU regauging……..Howard Boulton
7mm Modelling………….Roger Manton
OMWB………………………Phil Eames
OMWB………………………Alex Hall

The aim of the event is to facilitate a social gathering of railway modellers
with the purpose of promoting discussion and comment as well as providing a social event.

We hope as many people as possible can come along and enjoy our modellers day.
More updates to follow

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