A single picture of yours exceeds all of my scenery!You're very welcome
You've just given me a brilliant idea - a bus service between the two pubs! Pubs are definitely the heart of a lot of small villages and so having another one for the centre of the town was a must. Definitely go for one if you've got the opportunity - great little things to add to a scene because you can do so much with them.
Thanks! I rather like Metcalfe kits but that's maybe just because I've not built kits from anyone else. They tend to be quite fiddly in parts but I've found that using a small piece of card to apply the glue makes a massive difference.
The sound quality is alright - nothing to write home about but nothing bad to comment on either. I'm not sure it needs any more bass because else it can be too deep. There's not a lot of space in the tender for the sound to reverberate but it seems to work.
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Update on the new pub - it's finished!
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After a couple of hours' work this afternoon - admittedly at a fairly slow pace - I've finished the coaching inn. It's a bit larger than I thought it would be, but it's a problem I can solve.
I've tried to finish this one off to a higher standard than some of the other kits on the layout, so I spent some time colouring-in the white edges of the card with a pencil and things like that. There's also the bits of greenery about the place, which seemed to work fairly well on the cottages (which are next to this building) and they work really well at hiding the joins between the main building and the wall/shed and a few other bits.
One of the most interesting bits about this kit for me was the yard out the back and the archway through; it's something a bit different but a pain to put together! The archway is formed from some bits which fold back to create the holes in the walls at each end, and then you stick the brick-textured piece behind those on either side (if that makes any sense). I didn't realise that was how it made until I'd chopped off the "fold-these-bits-back" bits and had to glue them all back together
At one point, I had a small plastic kit for a small barrow carrying fruit and veg and the like. It came with a copy of Railway Modeller I believe but it's one of the many things which seem to have gone missing in the many changes to the layout! Something like that might've been perfect for the yard out the back so I'll be looking on eBay I expect!
Next thing now is to work out what on earth I'm going to do about the road in front. So there's enough room at the back for the gate from the yard to make some sort of sense, the building needs to be set fairly far-forward from the tracks behind. This means the pavement at the front sticks out onto the roundabout - creating a bit of a Countdown conundrum. The easy option would probably be to remove the roundabout altogether and then just turn it into a bog-standard junction, but that sounds a bit boring really so I might try and make a mini-roundabout (as if the one there wasn't small enough already!). In my experience, a fair few mini-roundabouts tend to be really quite small indeed so there doesn't need to be enough space for cars to go around it properly, just enough so they can go straight over the middle