DEFine Modellers Day CANCELLED

Please note that due to Covid Restrictions and availability of exhibitors we have had to cancel the even planned for the 15th January. We hope to host this event at the earliest opportunity

Apologies for any inconvenience

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DEFine 2021 Review

So as we say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2021, we can only hope that things improve regarding the pandemic and restrictions in 2022. Despite the restrictions regarding meeting up face to face weekly, the group have pulled together and managed to maintain our meeting schedule

From the beginning of the year through to May we managed to keep in touch via Zoom and enjoyed a few quizzes and discussions, show and tell etc., over those early months. Unfortunately, but unavoidably, we had to cancel the DEFine Modellers Day planned for January. We were disappointed, but understood the reasons and the need to keep everyone safe.

We continued with our face to face weekly meetings in late May and it was great to get back together and do some modelling, tea/coffee drinking and resume biscuit consumption. As in previous years we had some workshop days on the weekend so we could have a full day of working, layout running and a chance to help each other with our projects. We held these on Saturday afternoons in June and October.

We started planning for the 2022 DEFine Modellers Day in mid-year, and as the date for the event approaches (15th January 2022), we are hopeful that it will get the go ahead and as of today are waiting to hear if any new restrictions on meetings will come in to place after the new year celebrations.

In December we planned to have a Christmas day out in Derby but due to various reasons surrounding shopping, work and pandemic health concerns only Paul and Pete participated. We started off in The Brunswick, followed by a visit to The Alexandra and then The Smithfield. We then proceeded to The Exeter where we had “Derby Tapas” and a pint. To finish off the day we headed round the corned to The Tap. Great beer and a great day out.

So on to 2022. Let’s hope our Modellers Day can go ahead as planned and we look forward to starting our meetings again in early January

Happy New Year to all our followers and readers.

Here are some photos from the October Saturday workshop day.

Bill working on point motors for GQS
Pete starting to convert a RHTT to P4
Rob and Paul hatching another design project no doubt
Bill working on the underside of one of GQS’s boards
Bertie with a production line (shoal?) of Salmon wagons
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DEFine Modellers Day Jan 15th 2022 – Update

Covid-19 Update

As of today (16/12/21) we are still on plan to host the above event. This could of course change as we get nearer the date of the event due to the situation with the latest Omicron variant. We will keep everyone up to date via this blog and other channels should the situation change. We will probably have to maintain improved ventilation in the hall during the day.

The latest layout line up is as follows:

NameGaugeOwner
Boston FrodshamP4Mike Knowles



Brook St (under construction)P4Phil Eames



SplottP4Paul Spencer



Templegate Wagon Works ODave Tailby



Unit Lane SidingsOOAshley Toone



Shelfie 2OOPaul Marshall-Potter



The latest demo line up is as follows:

Building wagon under frames
Robert Austin



Building and researching PGAs
Rob Griffiths



Researching Coach Stock for GQS
Andy Clayton

As in previous events, there will be no traders present. There is lots of parking and refreshments will be available to purchase 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 £4 as this is a not for profit event.

Any changes/additions etc. will be communicated ahead of the event and we will keep our blog updated with any more news and reminders nearer the date. 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 Modellers Day 15th Jan 2022

DEFine are pleased to announce that we will be holding our fifth DEFine Modellers Day on Saturday the 15th of January 2022. 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

Boston Frodsham……..Mike Knowles

Brook St (Under construction)…..Phil Eames

Splott……………………Paul Spencer

Unit Lane Sidings……..Ashley Toone

Shelfie 2………………..Paul Marshall-Potter

Demonstrations

Building wagon underframes….Robert Austin

Building and researching PGAs….Rob Griffiths

Researching coaching stock for Glasgow Queen St in EM – Andy Clayton

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 £4 as this is a not for profit event.

Any changes/additions etc. will be communicated ahead of the event and we will keep our blog updated with any more news and reminders nearer the date. 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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Getting back on track – May 2021

Its been a funny old year as the saying goes but the time is now approaching for us to get back down to Risley for our weekly sessions. We have been told that from w/c 17th May we can start using the premises again. Over the various lock down periods we have been keeping in touch via a weekly Zoom session which has included quizzes, show and tell and illustrated research discussions. Its been a great way of keeping in touch and a lot of fun too.

The weekly activity is also sometimes interspersed with a visit to the Crewe station webcam if something interesting is passing through.

We have also agreed that having had to postpone our modellers day back in January 2021, we should start making plans for DEFine Modellers Day 2022. We will publish more information on that as it develops but its looking great so far.

So that’s it just a quick update to let you know we are still around and looking forward to a fruitful second half of 2021 and a successful modellers day in 2022.

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DEFine update November 2020

Having got back into the routine of our weekly meetings, things were looking good and then Lockdown V2 came along at the beginning of November. Once again we were facing the meeting hall being closed and reverting back to our weekly Zoom meetings. These meetings have been great for keeping in touch and usually consist of a quiz set by Pete and a general chat. The quiz sessions have been interesting with Rob using his knowledge of all things steam era to grasp valuable points.

So whats been happening on the modelling front then? The group have been very busy with personal projects and some great progress made. Here is a brief summary;

Bertie

Wagon construction and painting has progressed with Highfit and HTV painted, transfers and weathered. Class 25s and 37 painted ready for transfers. Grampus, some done some nearly done.

Bill

Bill has been busy working on his coaching stock and locos for Glasgow Queen Street. This has involved reworking a 2nd hand Heljan 26 that had seen better days, prepping 8 Oxford MK3 coaches with Exteme Etchings window frames ready for paint and converting 16 Oxford MK3 bogies to P4 using the Stenson Models inner brass frames . He has also been updating Airfix MK2 coaches under frames using Dave Roome’s castings

Pete

Pete has been working on his Bachmann Class 37 and 66 bogies that don’t like P4 running. Using the “PaperBits” bogie technique this has leveled-off the axles and they run great now through P4 track. He has also been putting the finishing touches to “Brunswick Yard” by building, adding and fixing a lot of the scenic details. Next thing is to get back on to stock P4 conversions, weathering and detailing

Paul

Paul has been working through some RTC stuff. These pictures show the Tribology train, Mentor and Prometheus on the go. He has started the structure gauging vehicle too. He just needs to finish the chassis now then a splat of black, throw on some transfers and done! Just the 2 coaches to do after that- the easy bit hopefully.

Dave

Something different from Dave, a custom bass guitar build. Its a kit but the absence of instructions made it a challenge. The image of Phil Lynott on the back was applied by Dave, employing his painting skills.

No reports this time from Brian or Rob.

Rob is probably too busy swatting up on his steam knowledge for the weekly quizzes and Brian assures us that although he has nothing to present he has been very busy keeping the wheels of the hobby turning!

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DEFine Workshop Day Oct 2020 and Catch Up

As previously posted on this blog, COVID-19 lock down didn’t deter the group from meeting up albeit virtually, but when restrictions were relaxed a bit at the end of August we resumed our Wednesday night meetings. Strict rules were in place though and social distancing and clean-up procedures were in place. It was great to meet up again face to face and spend some time modelling.

During the lock down period some of the group challenged each other to produce a small diorama in time for the AGM in September. The only rule was it had to be no more than the surface area of A3 paper. Only Bertie, Rob and Paul took up the challenge.

Bertie went for a small loading dock design and only got so far

Rob got a bit further along with his embankment design which bravely included one turn-out (point). Another good effort.

It was unanimously agreed that Paul had exceeded expectations with his excellent diorama of Lincoln, complete with Battenberg box and cakes. A great display.

We managed to hold our AGM in September and that month, 23rd September to be exact, marked our tenth anniversary as DEFine. Although any of us had known each other a lot longer than that it was a significant milestone for our small group of friends.

With the model railway exhibition season wiped out for 2020 due to the pandemic, and for the foreseeable future, its been a very strange year. These events are great social occasions for our model rail community and we hope things get back to normal soon. Given the opportunity to hire the large hall at our meeting venue on weekends, we decided to have another DEFine Workshop Day on 10th October.

Working within the COVID-19 restrictions of distancing, cleanliness and 6 persons maximum, we met up early on the morning of the 10th October and had a very enjoyable day. The whole group were there except for Dave who was off on his birthday weekend jaunt to Whitby. It was great to see Bill again now he has moved a bit further away.

On the modelling front, Bertie was mainly busy modifying hundreds of plastic sleepers by removing the “Costain” branding. His patience knows no bounds.

Paul was constructing a version of “Mentor” out of an NSE donor coach and some brass sides. There was a lot of surgery going on!

Rob, was modifying a stock of wagons he had brought along as well as supervising the tea area.

Bill had brought along the main boards from “Queen Street” and following some repair work he had to catch up on, spent time running stock through the P4 track work to test it out. It is looking and running great.

Pete had brought along “Brunswick Yard” complete with fiddle yards. Most of the time was spent moving stock around but he also found time to fit Dingham couplers to “Caroline”. The layout is really bedded in now, even the Class 66s are flawlessly running.

Brian joined us around lunch time and brought himself up to speed on all our projects as well as sharing some of his recent non-railway related modelling projects too.

It was a great day modelling, chatting, drinking tea/coffee and not forgetting the chips at lunchtime

So that’s us up to date. We will continue to meet up so long as we are permitted and hopefully we all remain healthy. Its a pity we have had to cancel our DEFine Modellers Day in January 2021 but it will be back when the time is right.

I will close this post with some photos from our workshop day on Saturday 10th Oct 2020.

Cheers

Robb working on wagon modifications
Paul’s workbench
“Brunswick Yard” having a rest whilst Pete takes the photos
97304 and “Caroline” sit in the stabling point on “Brunswick Yard”
Brian takes the controls on “Glasgow Queen St”, which seems to be amusing Bill.
“Glasgow Queen St” running session.
Pete back playing on “Brunswick Yard”

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Virtual DEFine 15th April 2020

With the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the lock-down being in place, DEFine have had to postpone our weekly meetings and upcoming workshop day until further notice. Although disappointing it pales into insignificance when we consider the hardship some people are having with the virus, not forgetting the many souls that have been lost to the disease.

This week we decided it was time to get talking again and utilise the technology we have at our fingertips, so to that end we used the Zoom application to hold a virtual meeting. It was great for us all to catch up again and swap stories on current lock-down projects and job situations again. As it was deemed to be a good laugh and a successful exercise we have agreed to keep it going as a substitute for our face to face meetings until such time as things get back to normal.

We had Pete, Paul, Bill, Bertie and Rob all calling in from home and Dave from the back of his patient ambulance en route to keeping the NHS wheels turning.

Rogues Gallery

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DEFine Modellers Day 11th Jan 2020 – Event Report

This January saw us host the fourth DEFine Modellers Day at the Risley Village Hall.

A lot of planning goes into these events so it is a blessing if everything goes to plan and there are no last minute emergencies. This year we had our fair share! With just over a week to go to the event, and everything planned out, we got our first call-off. Unfortunately the layout owner had been unwell and could no longer attend which was a shame, but health comes first. Thankfully we managed to get Bevis Heap to step in and bring along “Manston Brewery”. Fast forward to a few days to go and another person who had planned to do a demo had to pull out due to illness which was unfortunate but again, health comes first. As Phil Eames had told me he was having a year off from doing any demos he was the first contact I made as I know he would be free. So there it was that 11 days into his “year off” he was back behind a table doing a track demo for the event. Thanks Phil.

The day started eventful. As I was struggling into my trousers at about 6.30am my phone pinged. It was a text from Guy from the “Oldshaw” crew to say that they were on their way north but had broken down on the M40. Thankfully they managed to get the car repaired and back on the road but were not going to make opening time.

When we arrived at the hall to set it up we faced the challenge of moving a piano that had been left out from a previous event and also relocating a large Christmas tree and assorted props that adorned the main hall. The hall still had all its Christmas decorations up which was a bit surreal too.

Our first visitors arrived just before 10am so we opened the doors to let them in. Everything was set up by this time except for the 12ft “Oldshaw” shaped gap at the end of the hall. As usual Sylvia and the team in the refreshments area had been frantically making up filled rolls and boiling the urns in anticipation of a busy day. A steady crowd so0n filled the hall, chatting on demos, drinking tea and coffee or watching the excellent layouts we had lined up. Popular once again was our central community area where visitors could relax, and help themselves to a large number of magazine back numbers.

This year we trialed having a members sales area which proved popular and a good number of books, stock and accessories found new homes.

At around 11am we were happy to see the “Oldshaw” crew in the shape of Tom and Guy arrive safely with the layout, Mike had made it up by train so he missed out on the drama. I have never seen an exhibition layout get set up so fast as it was all hands to the pumps and in no time stock was moving.

As the day went one it was obvious from the feedback that our visitors were pleased with the way the event had gone. Some were there from around 10am until closing time at 4pm, which says something for the small more intimate modellers events.

As with previous years when the 4pm closing time came we still had a number of visitors in the hall, and we had to tidy up and sweep around them as they continued their conversations. With all the layouts and demos packed back into their owners vehicles it was time to close the doors on DEFine Modellers Day 2020.

We may not be the biggest event on the model railway calendar, or get huge numbers through the doors, but feel we get the right people attending. Watching people share ideas whether it be sitting chatting, working on demos, or talking to layout owners is very rewarding for us. At one point a few laptops appeared and discussions on projects and designs were holding people’s attention. We have already agreed to hold our fifth event next year (2021) so look out for details being posted here and on the popular forums.

What follows are a number of un-captioned pictures from the day. If you weren’t there hopefully it will give you a flavour of what the event looks like, if you were there you may even see yourself  (I must try and get a picture of me at the event next year).

Thank you for your support.

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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

Manston Brewery      P4      Bevis Heap
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

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

We will also be having a DEFine members “Pre-Loved Items” table with some stock and books etc for sale on the day

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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