Monday, 31 October 2011
Sunday, 30 October 2011
A bit of double-headed fun with Miles and Susan during the ExpoNG set-up which makes the layout seem longer than 1metre.
An interesting day with a lot of high points and a couple of annoying ones. Garn seemed to be surrounded with cameras for most of the day and judging by this and the comments, went down well.
My thanks to all concerned in setting the show up. A grand day.
Check out Tom's blog for more photos including one of yours truly chatting to Albert Einstein...http://hlrco.wordpress.com/blog/
Friday, 28 October 2011
The layout has been a bit of a curates egg since its inception. The name comes from the word uttered by Eliza Doolittle as she sits on the kerb replying to Henry Higgins' claims to turn her into a shop girl. 'Garn!' Thus it follows several layouts with a twisted link to My Fair Lady, Wood End included. When asked if it's based in Wales I've always said no, placing it near the Snailbeach in Shropshire. Wood End and Brookside were spotted on an OS map of Shrewsbury long after the layout had been sold, and yet Garn resolutely and repeatedly pops up in Wales - the above near Blaenavon. Maybe I should move it.
For students of Welsh, garn means 'cairn'. So the above sign translates to 'cairn the plot' or 'cairn the acre'.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Even with the roof replaced with brass, it did wheelies. So there is as much weight up the front as possible including half of Mrs. F's jewelery.
There is still much to do before Expong.
Friday, 21 October 2011
The pleasure would be in the gradual build of the layout and the (scratchbuilt?) stock. Operation would be limited, but not if you apply American carload principle and use a card or dice system of loads to available stock. If the rather politically incorrect zoo was changed to some sort of small industry (fish?) then this would work very well for a one-man den layout. Any scale from 7mm to 16mm would work in the space.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
I tend to do the sticking in stages 1. to let it not get too soggy and 2. to stop to much fume build-up as you have to slosh quite a bit of solvent about.
Andrex is best avoided unless you want little puppy holograms on your roof.
If you're clever you could pre-scribe planking onto sections of the plastic and create a tear/flap on the canvas to show damage.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Built from plastic on a cut-down Hornby chassis and otherwise finished, I'd not decided on which couplers to use, at the time swinging between T/Ls and Kadees. As most of the people I know stick to the T/Ls it seemed logical to follow, so the odd job was to fit.
The front end is a problem. there is zero clearance behind the bodywork with the bulkhead of the chassis sitting tight behind, so a lump of plastic and a self tapper do the mounting work. What I hope to do now is diddle with it visually and blend it in with the rest. The rear end should be less thrusting as there is space to set it slightly into the body. As it is this only sits about 5mm forward of where the coupler was originally.
Anyone know of a supply of Tri-ang pressed T/L couplers?
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
This Sunday just gone it was trams. Not a new idea, but lifted to the fore with the purchase of a book from Kevin Robertson's stand titled Twilight of London Trams. Lots of drool-worthy large plate photos of London streets between 1949-52 many showing the conduit system which has always appealed. A small layout had been mooted a while back (I have kits in stock) for the Wealden Railway Group's competition of a layout in the space of three linear sheets of A4. Now Chris Nevard (link to your right) is building in the same sort of area.
This small area modelling maybe the way forward for these 'bargain' kits that I have stacked up. In the meantime there is the Norwegian to test and work out.