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Postby Glen A » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:35 am

Will Vale wrote:Well that's something.

Mrs. V. turned 40 today and her birthday weekend requires a carefully judged mix of celebration and commiseration.



:twisted: You could take her for a nice scenic drive in the country...
up through the Wairarapa....
Oh look, we're in Palmerston North....
Oh look, there's a train show on! :lol: :twisted:

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:08 am

Glen A wrote:
Will Vale wrote:Well that's something.

Mrs. V. turned 40 today and her birthday weekend requires a carefully judged mix of celebration and commiseration.



:twisted: You could take her for a nice scenic drive in the country...
up through the Wairarapa....
Oh look, we're in Palmerston North....
Oh look, there's a train show on! :lol: :twisted:


:P Petrol $80.00

Show admission $10.00

Visit to Michael Hill, Priceless...... as in, unaffordable.

Apologies to Visa :wink:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:40 am

:shock: Crikey... not in the door 5 minutes, and we get booked for another two shows :!:

Actually, not a bad show this weekend. Paul and I are first time participants in Palmerston North, and were well received.

Did have to cut and run early this afternoon, slight matter of a Rugby game at the Stadium back in Wellington. Full house, NZ 31, South Africa 17. Back to the show in the morning.
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:32 pm

Gavin Sowry wrote::shock: Crikey... not in the door 5 minutes, and we get booked for another two shows :!:



Not in small part because Gavin didn't wear his trainsuit. Helps our presentation :lol: :lol:

Actually my wife and I had a great day. There was an explosion of bird life on Gavins and an adjacent layout. More on the later.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:47 pm

:? One of the shows is in Featherston, home of the unique Fell lcomotive and other wierd versions of the populace.... my train suit will fit in well.

8) Well, the Palmerston North show went down a treat. Not too big, with an emphasis on smaller layouts, more bang for your buck(s). We were camped alongside a very scenic NZR layout, 30'x2', and why did we pull the bigger crowd? Continuous action and NO derailments), even if it was round and round. The Kerosine Creek layout on our other side is lucky to survive. I wrote Texas Chainsaw Massacre II on Saturday, threatening to bring my real chainsaw to outdo the forestry sound effects :!:

:D As noted in Paul's post, I came home with more layouts than I went with. Drop the money in sometime, I know you're not leaving the country.. oops, hang on, you are leaving the country :?

All good fun :lol:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:28 pm

Glen A wrote: :twisted: You could take her for a nice scenic drive in the country...
up through the Wairarapa....
Oh look, we're in Palmerston North....
Oh look, there's a train show on! :lol: :twisted:


:? Did just that on the Sunday, (with a fine dining experience at Ronalds in Masterton) only an extra 25km if you go over the Pahiatua Track, and the bonus of passing the Railcar Museum. On Saturday I went via the Manawatu... big mistake on the way back, even if I gnew all the shortcuts from my train chasing days. Ended up honing my rally driving skills with a final sprint over the Paekakariki Hill.
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Postby Imagineering » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:41 am

Gavin Sowry wrote::? The Kerosine Creek layout on our other side is lucky to survive. I wrote Texas Chainsaw Massacre II on Saturday, threatening to bring my real chainsaw to outdo the forestry sound effects :!: :


You haven't broken my Sound FX CD I hope . . .
I only made one copy for Grant.

What sounds do you want for your layout so you can compete with Kero Creek next time?
(Sounds of cracking open Tui Bottles, Glug, Glug Drinking sounds, belching etc)

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:51 am

Imagineering wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote::? The Kerosine Creek layout on our other side is lucky to survive. I wrote Texas Chainsaw Massacre II on Saturday, threatening to bring my real chainsaw to outdo the forestry sound effects :!: :


You haven't broken my Sound FX CD I hope . . .
I only made one copy for Grant.

What sounds do you want for your layout so you can compete with Kero Creek next time?
(Sounds of cracking open Tui Bottles, Glug, Glug Drinking sounds, belching etc)

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:twisted: Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel. Would go well with the Hazy Shade of Winter that we are having :!:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:38 am

:lol: By Sunday, the crowd thinned out a bit, so I managed to get a shot of the punters at the show. Note all the tags on the electrics.

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That's Paul performing the last rights on Silver Pine, with Haywards in the foreground.
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Postby dieselwater » Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:12 am

Hey, great stuff fellas! Oh how I miss exhibitions. Good fun and camaraderie :D
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Postby Will Vale » Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:13 am

Glen A wrote:Oh look, there's a train show on! :lol: :twisted:

Classy!

As it happened we had a v. pleasant weekend albeit one with few trains in it. Glad you lot all had a good time, it looks to have been an excellent turn-out.

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:27 pm

dieselwater wrote:Hey, great stuff fellas! Oh how I miss exhibitions. Good fun and camaraderie :D


:roll: Is this the sort of thing that would catch on in the Far East?
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:10 pm

:shock: Try this link for more of the show. 8)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nz_railch ... 20&dir=asc
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Postby Glen A » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:36 am

Gavin Sowry wrote::shock: Try this link for more of the show. 8)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nz_railch ... 20&dir=asc


Unfortunately that won't work for most people Gavin.
You have to be a member of nz_railchat group first, or yahoo won't let you view it.

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Postby dieselwater » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:01 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:
dieselwater wrote:Hey, great stuff fellas! Oh how I miss exhibitions. Good fun and camaraderie :D


:roll: Is this the sort of thing that would catch on in the Far East?


I don't see why not Gavin. I'm gnoing to have my own little exhibition for my family and friends here. A couple of round and roundies and n up n downy layouts will be on show 8) :wink:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:59 am

8) A visit to Uncle Sam has yielded another 2 gassers (the last two that Caboose Hobbies had at the discount price) for Haywards. :lol: Those boys in Homeland Security sure must love playing trains.... my baggage was opened up again :shock:
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Postby Artizen » Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:53 am

I got my two gassers from Micro Mark the other day and are now under cover in my SMB room. Luckily model trains never get customs excited but if I bring in trees the parcel is opened every time!
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:04 am

Artizen wrote:I got my two gassers from Micro Mark the other day and are now under cover in my SMB room. Luckily model trains never get customs excited but if I bring in trees the parcel is opened every time!


:? Homeland Security, and Customs are two different animals... Homeland Security are the blokes at the US airports that X-Ray your bags after check in. Anything sus, and they open your bag, but they do leave a slip to let you know.
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:21 am

Yesterday I returned from a work trip to Auckland. While there I purchased a 1:35th scale UH-1D Iroquois kitset which is in a pretty large impressive box :shock: I had to carry it through the Aviation Security checkpoint three times. On each occassion it was passed from person to person each of who had a good gander at the box. Apparently they are all model aircraft fans :lol:

Those who know New Zealand are probably wondering how I got to go through security three times to get from Auckland to Wellington :(

No 1 - 1700 departure Auckland got to Wellington and we were put into a holding pattern as a weather front passed through. About 15 minutes later and airport still closed we turned back to Auckland. Half way back pilot reports that Wellington is now open but marginal so due to fuel situation we must continue to Auckland where we were off loaded, reclaimed bags and re-booked just missing the next flight

No 2 - clear security for 1940 departure. While waiting at departure gate realise I had left my jacket at the security checkpoint. Back out into the terminal.

No 3 - through security (with kit again) to find coat still sitting by xray machine.

All in all it was a bad Friday night as I finally got home at 2250, nearly three and a half hours later than expected :?
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Postby Artizen » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:37 am

My funny story from the States is my son purchased a souvenir Homer Head from Universal Studios (it's a large drink bottle). Every Xray machine operator went - "Cool a Homer Head". They had obviously seen that before!

I took scenic samples to the States in June to show people and no-one at any of the airports asked me what they were made of, just what do you do exactly with sheets of artificial grass and laser-cut leaves?

So - we have our gassers - looking forward to seeing them bashed and regnewed!
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Postby Prof Klyzlr » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:52 am

Dear Gnatterboxers,

On a modelling-related trip to Seattle 2003,
I took a box of 4 ceramic mugs,
each one filled with various white-metal/pewter casting "gifts" for various modellers. (I know of at least 1 x HOn3 logging layout that uses kangaroos to haul the snigging line back into the bush, ready for another log pull... :wink: )

Qantas X-ray and US customs staff on the Aussie side were OK,
arrival on the International side of LAX was fine,

but the security/X-ray checking into Alaska Air for the LAX-->Seattle commute leg simply couldn't "see thru" the dense ceramic + casting combination, nor the 12" thick worth of Railroad Reference books I was carrying, and were only too happy to reach for the tools to break thru my Samsonite hard-case to investigate.

It was visible painful for the Security staffer to come over and mutter under his voice "...lock numbers..." in request for the 3-digit lock code,
and even more obvious that the only thing that had halted his reach for the tools was the imposing Aussie with the Akubra hat and bright yellow Huski jacket standing at the barrier, staring directly at him/the case throughout the entire process...

I'd finish by saying "a sense of humor goes a long way",
but in contemporary security headspace,
"humor" is not something to be reccomended...
("...we do not have any sense of humour we are aware of...")

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Postby trefor » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:09 am

A number of years ago, before 9/11 I used to travel to our companies office in Michigan fairly regularly. Coming from the UK, and in the past having travelled back and forwards to Belfast during the troubles, I was amazed at what seemed the lack of 'security', or even customs checks, when arriving in the U.S, mind you U.S. immigration could be 'interesting'.

I guess 9/11 changed everything.

Having said that travelling up into Canada from the U.S. on business Canadian immigration was even more 'interestring than their U.S bretheren.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:25 pm

DCRfan wrote:Sowry, I'm sure Murray will support me - don't bother bringing the train suit. The hat is JUST acceptable :lol: :lol:


:shock: Guess what shop I went back to (and made a purchase) :!:
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Postby Imagineering » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:57 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:
DCRfan wrote:Sowry, I'm sure Murray will support me - don't bother bringing the train suit. The hat is JUST acceptable :lol: :lol:


:shock: Guess what shop I went back to (and made a purchase) :!:




Fluoro Green this time I suppose?

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Postby DCRfan » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:05 am

Now where did I stash my Black Ball and voting paper :P
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