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I picked up an old copy of Model Rail the other day. As regular readers will know "The Trials of Treoch" is Robin Green's regular monthly column for complete beginners to railway modelling.

What I did not appreciate, or had forgotten, is that Robin Green has been working on Treoch since April 2004 and has only just got to where he is at 2 years and 3 months later!

In an age where a large number of model railway beginners want to have their layout up and running in half a day, with manufacturers offering product to enable this, I find this rather sobering!

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Thats because he's bogged almost everything he's tackled. I thought his bus efforts for DCC were a prime example of making an easy job difficult.
 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 11 Jul 2007, 17:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thats because he's bogged almost everything he's tackled. I thought his bus efforts for DCC were a prime example of making an easy job difficult.


I'll go along with that.

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QUOTE (Gary @ 11 Jul 2007, 20:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I picked up an old copy of Model Rail the other day. As regular readers will know "The Trials of Treoch" is Robin Green's regular monthly column for complete beginners to railway modelling.
Happy modelling
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Yes I think beginners would have have become "average modellers" by now!
 

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Well perhaps it's just me, but it's taking me as long to work out what he's doing as it is for him to do it!

If you see what I mean.
 

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Also If he had it all done quick he wouldn't be able to get everyone else to do things for him like lights in rail cars re numbering things and his track plan has changed several times since he started..

As you can see from my stuff It isn't a quick thing to build a layout but he's taking the p and I don't think its going to be that good a job when it's done.

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QUOTE Thats because he's bogged almost everything he's tackled

Yes, there is an element of truth in that. The layout seems to have been built about 4 times to date. There has to be a lesson here for all modellers somewhere!

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Well I am suprised!

Here's a guy making a buck or two out of spinning out a six month job to around 8 years (my estimated finish at the current rate), at the same time getting others to do the "difficult bits" ("it's for Model Rail you know") and then providing entertainment by making a b**ls up of anything and everything else.
Now MMad wants to can him!!
Where's the entertainment in that Peter
How will we get our monthly laughs then


Can him be bug**red, it's the only feature in any of the main mags that always makes me feel like a good modeller!!

 

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i dont like the column either but in defence of the author. i wonder how old some of the articles are. magazines are notorious for having articles in the shelf for months. it wouldnt supprise me in the slightest if he had the layout finished in a fourtnight but model rail are taking 6 years over printing the articles.

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Sorry to suggest putting a damp squid on your monthly entertainment.
Perhaps Robin Treoch is really Chris Leigh in incognito.
You should know that entertainment of this nature is officially frowned on.
The Government ministry of Modellers have set guide lines on how long a layout should take, and there is impending legalisation on determining the entertainment factor.
 

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I thought "spin" had gone out with that nice, warmongering, Mr. Blair


Not content with suggesting an end to my monthly entertainment, MMad is now starting to talk in "politico-speak"
and starting to sound like Alistar Campbell in his hey day!

Trouble is, government interferance in the field of model making is not far enough from reality to be funny


 

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Alistair Campbell shudder the thought " I'm a right wing Fundamentalist. "

your censored with a factor of 29+ government recommended guide lines suggest not exceeding a factor of 5 per day.
 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 12 Jul 2007, 16:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Alistair Campbell shudder the thought " I'm a right wing Fundamentalist. "

your censored with a factor of 29+ government recommended guide lines suggest not exceeding a factor of 5 per day.

SORRY!

 

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If you work full time and have a family then 2 or 3 years to get that far sounds about right to me.
If you are retired and can spend every day on your layout then it will be quicker. But he has made a hash of his layout.
 

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I'll be looking at the Trials of Treoch in a new light ( Gwent Rail ) following my re-education I hadn't realised it was the comedy section.
" And now readers a lighter look at the world of modelling as seen by Robin Treoch (Chris Leigh in disguise)" he might make a good TV chef
depending on his physical appearance.
 

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Allowing for one slight spelling error by using the words "The Trials of Treoch" as the base anagram you end up with.......wait for it.....................CHORTLE AT HIS EFORT.................

Perhaps it is tongue in cheek after all.


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At this point, if there is such a person as Robin Green, we extend a heartfelt apology for taking the p*** out of your modelling!
Having said that, it is only fair to issue an open invitation to you, Mr Green, to have the benefit of a MRF workparty to spend a weekend at Treoch helping to finish your layout.

The last time a member of another forum (the moderator actually) arranged to give you a hand, you may remember that you finished what he was going to do before he arrived! This meant that by offering to do a job, the job got done rapidly ... magic!! It therefore follows that Treoch will be finished in about three weeks (because we have offered to help).

Do not despair, thinking that you will have no column in Model Rail, as you can now start planning a series on scratch building rolling stock.
I for one can't wait for such a series, it should be hilarious and elevate railway modelling comedy to a new level. Think of the cock-ups you could write about whilst rolling a brass boiler shell, or fitting compensated spring axels. Your chassis construction could set a new industry standard!
And all the time a monthly donation from Model Rail, whilst us poor suckers buy the rag and discuss it!

Who really is the daft bu*g*r here
 

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Changing the subject : ( Gwent Rail ) can you locate the issue of the article by Alan Downes on Coaling Towers "it was recent". My filing system appears to have broken down ! again.
 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 14 Jul 2007, 08:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Changing the subject : ( Gwent Rail ) can you locate the issue of the article by Alan Downes on Coaling Towers "it was recent". My filing system appears to have broken down ! again.


Memory break down, not filing system perhaps


The only Model Rail Coaling Tower article I can find since January 2006 is by Chris Leigh, which starts on page 56 of the July 2006 issue.
Could this be what you are looking for


If not and you think it might be pre 2006 let me know and I'll have another look.
 
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