A Storm Hits Dylington, Building A Railway Pedestrian Crossing, A Fictional Railroad

A Storm Hits Dylington, Building A Railway Pedestrian Crossing, A Fictional Railroad

Morning gang!

How's things? Hope you've had an amazing week… The sunny weather seems to be hanging on for dear life down here… definitely not as warm as it was last weekend. We went for a lovely 7 mile walk along the coastal path last Saturday with Lola and grabbed a cream tea (jam first, obvs) then mowed the lawn and weeded the garden path and stuff in the sunshine which was rather nice.

Work-wise, this week has probably been one of our most challenging since we started this whole thing up at the back end of 2014… yep, we're celebrating 10 years of Realistically Better-ness this coming autumn, but with it comes a continuous stream of mountains to climb and ogres to defeat!

It's been a really fun journey though for most of it, and alongside it, you may know of course, we have the Railway Modellers community. It's a community website where you guys can hang out and talk shop 24/7 in a place that's more private than most online forums. Anyway… it's kinda morphed into a variety of things since we started it back in 2018, I think, and has gone from a simple website with a handful of features, to a fully-fledged community with both a website and mobile app.

Over the past couple of months, running it, alongside running Scale Model Scenery and manufacturing all the wonderful things you've inspired us to create, has presented a few challenges for a variety of reasons… so we took the decision a couple of weeks ago to begin converting the community to a fully paid membership. The final steps fell into place over the weekend. We were a bit nervous to be honest about doing it, and to be fair, a sizeable number of you guys weren't happy about the move. Fully understandable, but for us to keep developing it and to be able to plough the resources into it that are needed… it had to be done.

In doing so, we've spent most of the week answering countless support tickets about why we're doing it and how it should remain free forever… The long and the short of it is, we're a tiny business, with overheads and staff that have mortgages to pay. So, it wasn't sustainable to be perfectly honest, running it as a predominantly free community. But it's become such a wonderful place to spend time, away from the usual Facebook groups and Instagram we couldn't just shut it down… We want it to thrive!

So, if the changes have brassed you off… we apologise… some of you thought this newsletter was changing and we were charging for it. And I can assure you it's definitely not changing. It's just the Railway Modellers Community, which commercially, needed to change. It might be a bold move but if we don't try, we won't know.

I'm pleased to report, overall, I think it was the right move… I did question it for a while, but after the dust settled, we've ended up a much more condensed, but very focused community. One that's full of super-friendly folk, willing to share thoughts, tips and ideas on how to improve our modelling skills, build better layouts and get more out of this wonderful hobby. And the thing that really makes me happy with it, is that there are modellers in the community of all skill levels.

And we've already begun work on new stuff to go into the community too, including some exclusive finishes for a couple of our most popular kits.

Basic membership is now charged at £1.99 a month or £15.99 a year, with the First-Class membership remaining at £59.99. Both have their perks and are still incredibly good value.

If you're on the fence about whether to join, there's plenty of folks in there that can help you make up your mind… but if you wanted to dip your toe in and see if it's for you, why not grab a half-price month for just 99p. Just enter the code FIFTYOFF on the payment page when you choose a Standard Class membership. 

I'll shut up about that now and carry on with the rest of the news.

So, otherwise, it's been business as usual really this week. Tina, Scott & Carl have been keeping everything running smoothly in production & fulfilment. Jess has been digging deeper and deeper into her Excel spreadsheets and sorting out social media stuff. And stu's been helping with Ebay admin & tweaking some bits on the website.

Last Call For Father's Day…
Or Treat Yourself Day… Why not?

Last orders for gifts in time for Father's Day this weekend… If you're looking for a gift for the modeller in your family, we have a good selection of model railway related Father's day gift ideas.

We have gifts for all price ranges with everything from building kit bundles and tool kits, t-shirts and keyrings, mugs and coasters! If you're really stuck, how about an eGift Card. They're delivered by email, and you can choose the value. Plus, unlike other shops, our gift cards don't expire.

Product Development - Latest News

This week, we've been inching along a little with new stuff. Sam's been working on some new, customisable sign packs as well as our AX184-OO Diesel Generators in a new livery which should be able next week if I get time to do a quick test build.

I've not really had much time to work on new stuff apart from a long overdue revamp of one of our bestselling kits. I've been wanting to upgrade the KX002-OO 6ft Old Industrial Red Brick Wall to MDF cores for a couple of years now, and with our specialist technique for creating photo-realistic brick papers from scratch, it made an ideal candidate for the small window of time we had.

In the meantime, it's over to young Sam for this weekend's videos.

Good morning! How have you been? Hopefully, you've had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. Just before we start with the videos, I got an email from Dave asking if we could please shout out his channel so here you go: https://www.youtube.com/@davestrains/videos - After a few months of not uploading, Dave has returned to making videos about his layout and I'm sure there will be exhibition coverages, tips and more.

Also, there's a new video from Dylington (Dylan and James)! Check it out here:

Like I say every week, we are still looking for catalogue images! Please send us images if you have used any of our products on your layout or dioramas. You can do this via the help desk or my email - sam@scalemodelscenery.co.uk . If you have any videos you think I should feature or check out, feel free to send them my way.

Now, it's time for some videos.

Building A Railway Pedestrian Crossing (Part 1)

To start off the videos, I've got a fantastic video from josefbuckland. I contacted Josef to tell him that I enjoyed the video and that we appreciate the support. He is a lovely bloke who has some brilliant videos I'd highly recommend. By the time this Newsletter is out, Part 2 should be available so once you've watched this one be sure to go to his channel and watch that one! 

His channel is definitely one to keep an eye on as I'm sure there will be some great content in the future. 

In this project, he's used a couple of our kits:

Making Up A Railroad

Finally, we have a channel that you all know by now - DIY and Digital Railroad AKA Jimmy. In this video, he goes over a fictional railroad that he is currently creating.  Like he says in the video, he mentions real places but it is entirely fictional. Anyway, using a map is such a cracking idea which can help massively with the type of scenery used. However, the main focus of this is the locomotives running. Getting an idea of where your layout is in the world and what type of materials would need shunting will help you choose which locomotives to purchase.

Exhibition Coverage

Another week, another exhibition - or multiple in some cases. Like many of you, there are so many shows that I would love to attend but unfortunately can't. In this section, I've got 3 videos of recent Model Railway Exhibitions for you to enjoy. As always, if you have taken any videos of exhibitions or follow a channel that does, please let me know! I'm always searching for new content.

Glenrothes - 11th-12th May 2024

To start off the Exhibition section of the Newsletter, we have a video from Clydebridge. Robert sent me this to us and I'm more than happy to feature it.  From the description: "The weekend of the 11th and 12th May, saw the staging of the 2024 Glenrothes Model Railway Show, making a welcome return to the Lomond Centre, Woodside, Glenrothes". Thank you for sending the video in!

New Stuff

Right then… due to all the other kerfuffling about with the Railway Modellers community there's not been a huge amount of time to work on new stuff again. But… We do have something new from our scenics department.

  • CX009 Razor/Barbed Wire (4m) - OO / O / 1:35
    This is quality stuff this! If you're modelling anything remotely military related, or if you're looking to up the security around a factory, depot, or even a prison… has anyone modelled a prison? Anyway… it's brill! There's some on my desk in front of me now which I'm thinking of stringing along the top of a KX002 Old Industrial wall next week.

Kit Revamp

What we did have time to do was completely revamp one kit… and you'll see this perfectly segues into the Razor Wire above…

  • KX002-OO 6ft Old Industrial Red Brick Wall & Gates
    This has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Now with MDF cores for sturdier construction. Improved coping so you no longer need to faff about wrapping it. Easier to use pillars/buttresses and completely reworked and improved pre-weathered paper wraps. It's the perfect kit for using around factories, farms, industrial scenes and sidings.

Back In Stock…

Lots of stuff has come back into stock this week too including loads of Peco track sections and a whole host of great value Gaugemaster Street, Platform & Roadside detailing packs.

Also… our static grass starter bundle is finally back in stock after a few weeks absent without leave… It's a great way of getting started with static grass, without the expense of a fancy-pants applicator. Then when you know if static grass floats your boat or not, you can invest in something a bit more capable.

Order Your Static Grass Bundle Here

Right, that's about it for this edition of the weekly news. We're off to take Lola out for a walk… Just the usual I think rather than another 7 mile hike along the coast. Then there's a load of jobs to do around the house…

Have an amazing weekend folks… And of course…

Keep on shunting…

Justin, Tina, Elizabeth, Lola & The Team

P.S. This weekend's header pic comes from Knutsford Ian over on the Railway Modellers Club with this cracking shot looking across his layout, with the Accurascale BR 21T MDW Mineral Wagons his wife gave him for his Birthday taking centre stage. 

The keen eyed among you may spot a few kits in there too:

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