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Palace’s relegation battle won, now fight starts to keep Zaha

Great result 🦅🦅🦅

Inside Croydon

It was the side’s finest performance of the entire Premier League season, rattling five goals past the recent past champions. Even Christian Benteke – renamed for the day Pen-teke – managed to score at Selhurst Park. With two games of the league season left, the threat of relegation for Crystal Palace, the side which had lost their first seven games of the season when they failed to score a single goal, has finally passed.

Shooting star: Wilf Zaha celebrates his goal on Saturday. He is essential to Palace’s performances

More than anything else, Crystal Palace’s 5-0 demolition of Leicester on Saturday underlined the biggest challenge which the club, and its veteran manager, Roy Hodgson, now face: to keep Wilfried Zaha at the club. “The fact is, he is not going to stay because of my blue eyes,” said Hodgson, in the warm glow of success after the match.

“He is…

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The Backscene Boards

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Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

This blog sounds like it’s about a boy band. Fear not, it isn’t. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been building the boards to form the backscenes for my new layout. They aren’t fancy. The boards are 3.5mm ply, glued and screwed to a soft wood frame.

I gave the layout side of the boards a couple of coats of white undercoat. I may paint them a light sky blue or I may glue a backscene paper to them. I haven’t decided. Either way the undercoat will stop the brown of the ply showing through. The lower part of the backscenes will be masked by the edge of the baseboards so there’s no need to paint them completely.

I screwed them to the baseboards. No glue this time. I may want to remove them in the future.

Here’s the ‘scenic’ section of the layout.

This is the ‘station’ section…

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Thinking inside the box

New Hey to North Ballachulish

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Weird as it may seem as winter only just seems to have ended, the summer season has started which means the mid week train service has resumed on the East Lancashire Railway.  http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/

The advantage for me of doing a midweek turn in the top end boxes is that there’s only 3 trains, with a hour and a half gap in between having to actually work the box. A lot of the signalmen bring in books or magazines, but as evidenced in previous posts, I take the modelling tray in.

The only remaining weathering I has to do on stock was the coaching rakes – there are 2 three coach passenger rakes plus the 5 coach sleeper formation. For me the weathering on coaches has to be subtle, considering that they do go through the carriage washer from time to time. Its dead easy to pick up the airbrush and…

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