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    Hi all.

    I will, in weeks to come, carry on with this module, but for now, just wanted to let everyone know I was safe. At present, we still have no internet, so can only reply every few days when out and about.

    Just a quick update to let everyone know that myself and all that i know (so far) are all OK after Christchurch's 6.3 earthquake. Although much small than our september 7.1, this earthquake (on a newly discovered fault line I believe) was much closer to the city and far shallower. it caused substantial damage in the central city ( including the total destruction of two multi story buildings) and also many of the burbs. The death toll last I heard was 113, but this is expected to rise to over 200. Many of the older buildings were OK or saveable after our sept earthquake, but are now piles of rubble.

    On a positive note, Tellynott lives on, with some repairable damage. I will post pics of the Tellynott damage when we have internet back on at home, and an update.

    Its a good day to be alive.

    Cheers, Mark.

  • #2
    Hello Mark my Kiwi friend!

    So glad to hear that you are well & safe!

    I wish you and your country a speedy recovery from this terrible tragedy.

    Greg Shinnie


    • #3
      Best wishes to everyone in the Christchurch area! (We visited Christchurch in '05 during our Round-the-World trip.)

      Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


      • #4
        Mark, I’m glad to hear you are safe. Our thoughts are with you and your neighbors.

        "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh


        • #5
          Mark, it's good to have good news from you, but these casualties figures are awful. Our thoughts go to you in these terrible days.


          • #6

            Hope you're O.K. Absolutely devastating damage, and shocking news all round. In Aus we've been through some terrible tragedies in the last couple of years and it's never good news. I've been to Christchurch a couple of times. A lovely city, but won't be the same again.

            Thinking of our mates over the Tasman.

            Regards Rob
            Regards Rob

            Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

            My current build.


            • #7
              Glad you are safe Mark.

              Such a terrible thing that has happened. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


              • #8
                Hi all.

                Thank you so much for all your kind wishes.

                Cheers, Mark.


                • #9
                  Glad to hear you are O.K. Mark, best wishes to everyone over there!


                  • #10
                    Hi everyone.

                    Well, I went off on a bit of a tangent for a little while, but am back to Tellynott now. I felt the need to build some benchwork, so built myself a small 6' by 3'2" layout based on John Allen's first layout with some interesting shunting possibilities in the centre. The bench work is up, the mainline track laid, and trains are running, but the comming winter and the neccessity of the car living in the garage ment it was time to migrate back down to the basement studio. I've carried on with Goodrich Footwear Co. and here are some pics and captions.

                    Goodrich Footwear Co. is, I believe, finished. If you spy any possible improvements, or errors, please let me know - even if it's too late to repair them - as I can use the information on my next project. Well, here's a few pics.

                    Its heading on for 1 o-clock and the first lunch-break shift are about to retrun to work.

                    A view looking down the road from the top of the hill.

                    Jimmy (the Goodrich Footwear Co's delivery man) shows Mr Rubenstein a riff he's just learnt on his new guitar (it goes del-ba-del-del). Mr Rubenstein is the local music teacher. He smiles and gives Jimmy the time of day, but he's been away on business, and has a new Beethoven piano score in his satchel, and there's really nowhere he'd rather be than at home in front of his steinway.

                    Mrs Goodrich is returning back to work after some lunchtime shopping. It's 1932 and the budget its stretched as tight as a new pair of shoes as it is. She really hopes she can hide that bag before her husband sees it! (Miss White can be seen busily sewing away in one of the second story windows, while down below the Goodrich's son Jack works on a pair of boots).

                    A view showing the roof planes and various materials.

                    Smoko on the deck.Bob has the daily Herald open at the crossword page, but it's really just a ruse so he can catch a few zzz's.

                    This last shot shows the view up the river bed.

                    There is a light breeze blowing from the north, and the birds are twittering in the trees. For just a little while the workers have forgotten about the daily struggle of these extremely tough times. I hope you've enjoyed your trip to Goodrich Footwear Co. in Tellynott on this sunny 1932 afternoon.

                    Cheers, Mark.


                    • #11

                      Good looking building,

                      Good story telling,

                      Good to see you at the bench again,

                      Good to see recovery well on its way.

                      Bob Harris

                      who also lives on the "ring of fire".
                      It's only make-believe


                      • #12
                        I find the building very pleasant, Mark, and the place with this very steep grade quite attractive.


                        • #13
                          Hey Mark, this building looks great!

                          And much more interesting to look at incorporated into the hill.

                          I hope the guy sitting on the bumper has the parking brake on in the truck!

                          Greg Shinnie


                          • #14
                            Thanks for your comments Bob, Fredric, and Greg, they are much appreciated.

                            Bob, I really enjoy the story telling - maybe its all that time I spent as a kid reading John Allen's book. I find it gives life to the static structures, and also helps you think of other details. If your layout is filled with certain people with certain personalities, then those people will all have various needs and wants - which maybe somewhat unusual and something you wouldn't normally think of.

                            Well I decided my next project will be to get my structure based on SRM's Rugg Manufacturing underway. Its footprint is only 8" by 9" - a selectively compressed version of a selectively compressed version of several structures woven into one (if you will). I'm hoping that the actual size reduction from the SRM version will not make the building appear too small, and this reduction in footprint will be offset by the increase in height and the various roof planes seemingly tumbling down the hill. It will be an interesting build, especially with the two curved roads surrounding it at gradient. Tonight I chose all the windows and doors from my box of tricks and positioned them on the mock-up, moving and changing them until I was happy. That took up all tonights modelling time! (there are a lot of windows in this structure, even though the back wall will never be seen and will be windowless). I'll update as I progress.

                            Thanks for checking in on my progress,

                            Cheers, Mark.


                            • #15
                              Hi guys.

                              My first Rugg update as promised.

                              The cardboard mock-up as my reference, the base (8" square), the vast majority of the walls (still a few unseen walls to cut out), and the windows and doors (and a random elephant!) The walls are mainly 'aged' (and prototypically fairly unrealistic but looks good) weatherboard. The small addition to the left and the two story addition to the right behind the building with the capola are verticle siding. There is also a fair amount of block walls which stagger down the hill. To save on siding I will join some of the walls with some thin cedar flitches I've had for years where they will not be seen, and these I have also used as the full unseen walls. More soon!

                              Cheers, Mark.