DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020

DEFine are pleased to announce that we will be holding our fourth DEFine Modellers Day on Saturday the 11th of January 2020.
The venue is as previous years, Risley Village Hall, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SU (beside the church).

Planning is well underway for the event and the line up of attendees so far is as follows.

Layouts

Braynerts Sidings      P4      Paul Gittins
Underhill Road          P4      Dave Roome
Longcarse West          P4     Terry / Simon Bendall
Oldshaw                     EM     Guy Molyneux, Mike Hale, Tom Harwin
Weedram Distillery   OO   Alex Hall
Tudwick Road             O      Dave Tailby

Demonstrations

On My Workbench               Robert Austin
On My Workbench               Rob Griffiths
Weathering 4mm Stock      Roger Manton
On My Workbench              Bill & Nick Wilson

As with our previous events, there will be no traders present. There is lots of parking and refreshments will be available on the day. Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm.

The venue can be reached within 5 mins off J25 of the M1. Take exit (Bostocks Lane) heading for Risley and then left at the lights on to A5010. The Village Hall will be signposted about half a mile along on the right hand side.

Admission is only £4 as this is a not for profit event.

We will keep the blog updated with any more news and reminders nearer the date. This looks like it could be another interesting show so we hope you can come along and enjoy the day. Pictures and coverage of previous events can be found in the blog archive https://definemodellers.wordpress.com/

Thanks

The DEFine Team

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DEFine Lads Day Out Sept 2019

It had been mentioned at one of our regular meetings that we hadn’t gone out for a drink and a curry for a while so action was agreed to rectify this by way of a Saturday afternoon out in Derby.

It was agreed that we should meet up in the Brunswick to kick off the day and by 3pm we had Paul, Dave, Bertie and Pete taking on their first pints of the day. Bill texted to say he was on his way up from Leicester on the train and sent us a photo of the heritage stock stabled at Leicester depot.

Grabbed from the train at Leicester station.

By the time Bill arrived we had finished our beer and decided to move on to the next pub. It looked like Brian had got a better offer and headed for a cultural weekend away in London with his missus, whilst Rob was tied up with family business.

As the weather was fine we took a stroll along the Derwent side footpath, dodging some idiots on trail bikes on the way. Within 5 minutes we were at stop number 2, The Smithfield. This pub had just won a major award for its beer so we had high hopes for what would be available and we were not disappointed. Pete decided to go for a Stroop Waffle stout that had strong caramel tones. I cant remember if anyone went for the other guest stout on offer but it looked interesting.

This was surprisingly pleasant

A beer and a desert in one at 7%, whats not to like?

Having sampled what the Smithfield had to offer it was time to move on to stop number 3, The Exeter, home to the Dancing Duck brewery. It was obvious from the shout outs on who was having what that Dancing Drake was the favourite, it being a lovely stout. We managed to get a seat together in the back room and had a good old natter before it was time to move on again.

Somebody didn’t get the memo, no names though.

On leaving the Exeter Arms it was a short walk to our next pub, The Tap. They had an excellent range of beers on offer at The Tap as usual but it was standing room only.

The small but perfectly formed ensemble for the day

As time was getting on we decided to get one last pub in before heading for something to eat and the Silk Mill was soon pulling 5 pints for us. It was quite busy in this pub so it was down the hatch and off to the Indian for a nice curry. Our restaurant of choice was Okra in Friargate as we had been there before and the food was excellent. No stout on offer in here so it was Kingfishers and Tigers all round.

One issue we had was that Bill and Bertie were time limited as they had to catch the last trains from Derby to Leicester and Mansfield respectively. The food was soon served and once again it didn’t disappoint. With minutes to spare Bill and Bertie boarded a taxi and were heading the Derby Midland Station. They made it on time thankfully.

So there we have it, a great day out was had by all. Pete headed round to Bold Lane to wait on his lift home arriving, and met Paul and Dave wandering aimlessly in the direction of the Flowerpot for a nightcap……..

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DEMU Showcase June 2019

DEMU Showcase is one of those exhibitions that seems to come around very quickly each year. This year due to the closure of the original planned venue in Burton, a quick re-plan involved a visit to a new venue in Swadlincote. “Where”, I hear you ask? Well its only a few miles from Burton so not too big an upheaval but to listen to some folk you would think it had been moved to outer Mongolia. Others may argue that Swad and Outer Mongolia are a decent match but it turned out very well in the end.

The venue was a leisure centre which meant that the exhibition was in one large hall which was good, but it was also bloody hot! Fortunately the Extreme Etchings stand we were working on was located adjacent to “Hornsey Broadway” which gave us something really decent to watch during less busy times.

The show was very good and it was great to see a number of smaller manufacturers launching new products at the show. Having the likes of Accurascale, RevolutioN and Cavalex there adds a new dimension to the show and gives them a great platform to showcase their current and planned products.

As usual, Showcase weekend would not be complete without the customary visit to The Coopers Arms followed by a nice curry. All the usual suspects were there and a great time was had by all. Given that it had been a knackering day in the heat it was no surprise that a few headed home after the curry to leave the non-driving contingent to return to the Coopers.

Firstly some pictures of the masterpiece that is “Hornsey Broadway”

Keir, looking sternly at the guy next to me using the edge of the layout to steady his elbows. Some idiots taking pictures don’t know how to behave and are worse than kids

A rather decent line up at The Coopers Arms but sadly no Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild

Uncle Albert sitting below a caption that reads “During the war……”

Discussion time in the Coopers

Rob, Bertie and Bill post curry, with Dave talking springy bogies with Ian no doubt

Mike and Mark checking their phones, they must have got bored

The other lot at the Eames table

I just cant keep up any more…..

 

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DEFine Workshop Day April 2019

Although we meet once a week to get together and try and advance our personal projects, it was suggested a while back that we should hold a workshop day one Saturday to give us a full day of working. As so it was that a few weeks ago we got together at the meeting hall, bringing along what we were working on, with a bit more space to set up layouts etc.

Bill brought along two scenic boards from his “Glasgow Queen St” in P4 project and was busy all day working on the finishing touches to track work and wiring. Being able to see the tack plan now with track laid gives a feel for the scale of the project.

Bertie also brought along a couple of the many boards that go to make his “Shirebrook” in P4 project. He too was working on his last few pieces of track to be built.

Pete had his “Brunswick Yard” in P4 scenic section with him and he was working on trying to eliminate some niggles in the track work/stock that had been causing intermittent derailments.

Our latest member to join the DEFine fold, Rob Griffiths, was with us in body only as a night out the previous evening was still taking its toll on him. Rob was working on his stock projects over the day.

At the tables were Dave, Paul and guest for the day Alex Hall. They were all working on stock projects. Dave was working on some wagon stock for “Underhill Road” whilst Paul and Alex were working on some stock items for “Splot” ahead of its appearance at the Derby exhibition in May. Last but not least Brian arrived later in the afternoon but didn’t get much done for looking around what everyone else was doing and chatting about our projects.

The day was punctuated by lunch which consisted of a take away from a local chippy. After about 7 hours of modelling we called it a day. All in all it was a great day both productively and socially so we plan to do it again in the second half of the year.

Bill working on GQS

Our latest member Rob Griffiths

Dave getting serious on his wagon stock

Alex and Paul working on the stock for “Splot”

Track work for “Shirebrook” keeping Bertie busy

More wagon building by Paul

Pete working on “Brunswick Yard”

Just a view of the hall on the day

Same but from a different angle

Some of Bertie’s “Shirebrook” boards coming along nicely

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Model Rail Scotland 2019

One thing that never ceases to amaze us is how quickly this event comes around every year. We have been attending this show for over 11 years now from our base in the midlands,  11 with the Shawplan stand. Although its a 3 day show, it becomes a 5 day event due to the traveling required to get to and from the venue.

Our trip started out on the Thursday morning with Pete dropping his car off and Brian’s before we started on the road up the M1 and across the A66. Its a great run and the weather made it very pleasant. We were in contact with Bill who was traveling up from work in Coventry via the M6 and he was trying to catch us up. Our first pit stop was Southwaite services for a coffee and a burger. Pete was bemused that what he had ordered looked like half the size of Brian’s, which necessitated a top up with a Gregg’s sausage roll. A bag of doughnuts for the trip also found their way to the van somehow. Onwards then up the road and by the time we got to Hamilton Services Bill was with us. Our arrival at the SECC was later than usual but we got the van into the hall quickly and set up, shoehorning into the gap left for us by our neighbouring trader, who never noticed we had had to shove him back a bit.

Once we were all set up it was a short walk over the Bells Bridge to the Premier Inn, our digs for the next few days. Soon it was time to get something to eat and as custom has it it was out to the Lord of The Isles at Braehead for Curry Night. The hotel offered to get us a taxi and when a Hackney rolled up I feared the worst regarding what the fare would be out to Renfrew. It turned out to be almost double the return fare using Braehead Taxis on the way back!  This year we were joined by James Hudson of Bill Hudson books. James is not one for curry so he played it safe, with the rest of us tucking in and taking on a few beers.

Friday morning was an early start as the early entrants (or window lickers as they are affectionately known), were already starting to queue up to get in.

Friday is traditionally the modellers day when it comes to the type of visitor and the busiest on the stand. The venue quickly filled up and it was show-on!

Calcutta Sidings 2 dominates the top corner of the hall.

The standard of layout at the show is getting better with many now invited from across the country, including this year the mammoth that is “Calcutta Sidings 2”. There was one other celebrity layout in attendance at the other end of the scale but more of that later.

As Friday drew to a close Bill had to head back home as he had other business to attend to so after a quick freshen up Brian James and Pete headed out to the Panda Chinese buffet and a call in at the Old Toll Bar on the way back. None of the group were tempted by the cocktails this year which included a “Peaky Blinders” selection.

After breakfast on Saturday it was back to work at the show. It was another busy day and lots of chatter and eating of Tunnocks products took place. We had to reign back on the eating though as Brian and Pete had lined up a meat-fest for that evening. With James deciding to stay at the hotel, Brian and Pete headed for Viva Brazil in the city centre. All you can eat meat and a very comprehensive salad bar awaited. No sooner were we seated we were presented with the first of many meats to try. In the end Brian tried about 16 meat offerings and I had about 13. Absolutely stuffed we headed out into the mild evening weather for a cultural tour of the city centre with Pete as the guide. One thing that really disappointed us was the mess they are making of the new look Queen Street station. Having exposed the full splendor of the southern glazed arch they are now proceeding to hide it again with some monstrosity of a building, sacrilege.

Sunday as expected was a quiet day which gave us a chance to see a bit of the show and for Brian to spend a bit more time liaising with other traders and manufacturers. By the end of the day we were ready to pack up and once the van was in the hall it was time to load up and get back to the hotel.

Due to being a bit knackered we decided to eat in the hotel on the Sunday night, and had a nice meal. Before that we joined the RevolutioN and Accurascale guys for a bit of banter in the hotel bar. We had a few laughs and it was a nice way to finish off the weekend.

And so in line with tradition we award the DEFine $hite Modelling award (just a bit of fun). This year it goes to none other than the celebrity layout by Aberdeen Model Railway Group that won the “Great Model Railway Challenge” on TV, “City of Tiers” (Or is it City of Tears?). Unfortunately the Shawplan stand was opposite this and we had to look at it for 3 days. OK, it was built in 3 days and it was TV entertainment but it doesnt represent railway modelling in its true form. It does for railway modelling what Charles Ratner did for the jewellery business.

And so that was another Glasgow Show weekend over. Pete stayed behind to fit in a visit to family on the Monday whilst Brian and James headed their respective ways home. Roll on next year. Its one of the friendliest and sociable shows on the calendar, but then I might be biased 😉

Pete and Brian on the stand ready for another busy day

The CS2 crew leaping into action to get trains running

Tim and Bertie manning the control panel on CS2

A shot of Phil operating his layout, collectors item

Terry and Phil having a chat over CS2

Nobby poses with the big layout, he had threatened to short it out with a 2p to give the picture interest

Nobby again, drinking tea whilst George does all the work

One for the ladies, Rodders and Dave pose at Dave’s layout

Who has been feeding Clive the blue smarties again?

James, the proprietor of Bill Hudson books adds up the weekends takings

Mike ponders what to spend his second million on whilst Ben checks out “This just in…” on his phone

Brian and Terry ponder the merits of Peco Setrack, is there a change coming?

Scottish Modellers stand hard at it

That’s better chaps, guest southern softie on the stand MikeC

Another gaggle of the Scottish Modellers contingent

And so to “City of Tiers” this years winner

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You can never have too many Lava Lamps on your layout

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DEFine Modellers Day 2019 – Review

Having decided that DEFine Modellers Day #3, would go ahead early last year its incredible how quickly it comes around. With all the planning done it was soon time for the event to take place. The week before involved a lot of work in the background sorting out insurance, signage and of course getting all the refreshments purchased.

And so to the day itself. It was an early start for the team with Bertie having to travel from Mansfield to open the hall and get the tea urns fired up. Bill had agreed to head up the A1 to help Paul Marshall-Potter get “Shelfie2” to the event and Paul was assisting Pete in getting “Brunswick Yard” over to the venue. No sooner had the hall opened for exhibitors, it soon started filling up with layouts and demo tables. We had a wide range of demos this year mainly stock based, with examples of coaches, wagons, weathered locos and on-track plant. Each of the demos, as in previous years, were busy all day. We had 6 layouts at the event, 7 if you count the small shunting plank that Mike Whitchurch had brought over from Spain in a suitcase!

By 10am we were ready and had people waiting to come in which is always a good sign. The attendance was similar to previous years and by lunchtime there was a healthy throng within the hall. Many people took advantage of our “Social Zone” to just sit and chat and help themselves to the piles of free magazines. The kitchen was doing a roaring trade all day in tea and coffee with a selection of pastries and filled rolls on offer served up by Sylvia.

We received many comments about the quality of the layouts in attendance. Our first 2mm layout at the event “Sutton St Annes” seemed to be a hit with even the 4mm modelers. The P4 gauge masterpiece that is Howard Bolton’s “Minories” was a big draw and had a healthy audience all day. It was the first outing for Pete’s “Brunswick Yard” with fiddle yards fitted and all went to plan. It was obvious from the interest being shown throughout the day that “Shelfie2”, “Caradon Junction” and “Ashton Steel” were all equally entertaining our guests and feedback on the layout selection was very positive.

As in previous years it seemed that no sooner had we let the first visitors in, we were starting to get ready to pack up. The day seems to fly by and there is never enough time to spend chatting with all the friends that come to support us. Again, as in previous years, we still had a good number of people in the hall, many of who had visited for the whole day.

If anyone is interested to see more of the event, a video can be accessed with this link. Credit for the video goes to Martin Edwards

https://youtu.be/-U4Ug3HkSYw

The DEFine team would like to thank everyone who turned up for their support and hopefully we break even and can do it all again next year.

PMP shunting away on “Shelfie2”

“Shelfie2” has some first class modelling on show

Chatting on “Caradon Junction”

A heavily weathered Sentinel shunter traverses “Caradon Junction”

Ashley on operating duty behind “Ashton Steel”

A very studious bunch of visitors

That’s better! Nobby, Richard and Mike share a laugh whilst Clive reaches for more reading material.

“Sutton St Annes” drew a lot of interest at the event and is a great example of 2mm modelling.

Time for a chat with Tom, Colin, Bertie, Paul and Dave

Andy and his excellent demo stock showing whats to come on “Glasgow Queen St” in EM gauge

Mike and Phil deep in conversation over “Span Yard”

Alex’s On Track Plant demo went down very well and had a full audience all day

The Demo Room

Bill takes a break from P4 and tries the smaller gauge for size. GQS in 2mm anyone?

Pete having a play on his “Brunswick Yard” layout

A view along “Brunswick Yard”

Alex with his weathered stock demo

The control side of “Minories” with Howard’s interlocking lever frame mechanism

A multiple unit awaits the signal on “Minories”

Bertie takes the helm of “Shelfie2” whilst a worried PMP looks on.

Fresh off the nightshift, Dave chats about wagons with Phil

Last but not least our refreshments hostess for the day, Sylvia

 

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DEFine Modellers Day 2019

DEFine are pleased to announce that we will be holding our third DEFine Modellers Day on Saturday the 12th of January 2019. The venue is as previous years, Risley Village Hall, Risley, Derbyshire,  DE72 3SU (beside the church).

Planning is well underway for the event and the line up of attendees so far is as follows.

Layouts

Sutton St-Annes (2mm)

Ashton Street (OO)

Brunswick Yard (P4)

Cromer (OO)

Minories (P4)

Shelfie 2 (OO)

Demonstrations

On-Track Plant – Alex Hall

Working on wagons – Phil Eames

Weathering stock – Dave Roome

Stock display for Glasgow Queen St in EM – Andy Clayton

Building a “plank” – Mike Whitchurch

As in previous events, there will be no traders present. There is lots of parking and refreshments will be available on the day. Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm.

The venue can be reached within 5 mins off J25 of the M1. Take exit (Bostocks Lane) heading for Risley  and then left at the lights on to A5010. The Village Hall will be signposted about half a mile along on the right hand side.

We are also pleased to announce that admission is being maintained at only £3 as this is a not for profit event.

We will keep the blog updated with any more news and reminders nearer the date. This looks like it could be our biggest show yet so we hope you can come along and enjoy the day. Pictures and coverage of previous events can be found in the blog archive.

Thanks

The DEFine Team

 

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