While we're on the whole video kick, a little look around the home of the blog. Neat and tidy? Oh yes. Organised? Definitely. Errr no.
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
New routes are fun, especially if at the end of a suburban road you find a delightful level crossing with an intact box. A quick bit of research tells me that it's an LSWR Type 4 built by that company in 1897. It appears to have been switched out this year, but still stands it's ground for now at least. These things have a habit of disappearing in the dead of night before the preservation people get wind of demolition. I have to admit to a liking for these LSWR boxes with the windows wrapped around the corners. The LBSCR boxes are pretty and fussy, but this looks like a signal box should.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
The building above is set back one block from the road down an alley and is a modellers delight with a mix on the main structure of brick and boarding. I assume that the upper floor would have originally been boarded as well. The juxtaposition of the old brick and the newer, probably post 70s brick is not something that many modellers tackle, and yet is so common. I can only speculate at the original usage, but would guess that the doors 1 & 3 were for small carts and that these were fed from the upper floor store.
This is one area where the modeller needs to try harder.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Monday, 21 May 2018
A suggestion took me to Expo EM on Sunday (a bit of a jump from Saturday's DD show which was very much geared toward young families and suffered as a result from 'other events'). The usual high quality of exhibits with only a couple of meh layouts. The above caught my eye: Surrey Arms is I suppose Minories plus and the above shot shows the whole thing. Beautifully executed though with that typical finescale 'clean' look. The thing that let it down was the operation which should have been quite slick, but wasn't. The FY is longer than the layout, which is a no, no as far as I'm concerned, but also uses cassettes, which while good for some things are clumsy and not suited to a layout with four entry/exit points where the cassettes have to be lifted over each other. I can't help thinking that a simple sector plate or ladder yard with some sort of loco release may have been a better move, especially with the given space.
The above shot of Black Lion Crossing shows only a tiny part of what is a large-ish layout which is just about perfect. Great scenery and stunning stock and I believe got a deserved best in show.
Show: 9.5/10 Catering: a typical leisure centre 5/10. They're just not geared up for the anorak brigade who want chips and sandwiches.
Friday, 18 May 2018
Thursday, 17 May 2018
The bottom shaping will be fitted next and cut to shape. This will cover the canal section of the Morton Stanley picture and the transformation will be complete. The pros'arch will bolt to the top of the wing pieces. I pondered about making it all one piece as per the 009 Tal-coed, but remembered that it was tricky working through a hole for the scenics. This arrangement means I can have a separate pros'arch/ light rig in one using some LED strip. It also means that the edge will sit slightly out from the front and, will possibly negate the front-in-shadow effect.
The Art of the Compromise was only supposed to be a one show layout. However, a last minute request to attend the Tunbridge Wells show this weekend as what I presume to be to replace a drop out, sees it reprised for one more time before it goes. The details are somewhat confused as the exhibition manager is obviously expecting the usual 7mm NG layout. Morton Stanley would have been the first choice in this situation, but has ceased to be. AotC to the rescue. Details here .
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Take this shot of Morton Stanley by Mike Campbell - one of my favourites of the layout... except 20% of the shot is other stuff. Enclosing the scene would be better.
Part of the reason is the finality of boxing-in. In my head there is always the possibility to extend and although it is possible to rip end boards off, it usually happens at 8.30 am on the morning of a show. This doesn't end well and neither does the properly intended action - there is always debris and it never is as clean an operation as you first wished. I realise this is fairly old hat thinking in some quarters, and I first built a fully boxed layout in 1989, so hardly new for me either, but there is a step change in thinking that needs to be taken.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
A small amount of modelling done - hurrah! A Dundas (that still feels weird without the Parkside in front) kit for an L&B 4 ton open. Why build such a beast when there's a RTR version? Well modelling is better than buying, this is two thirds of the price and lastly, this is one of two that Dundas do - one cupboard door version like the Peco, and this top hung door version. That way if you want to expand your fleet of RTR wagons and ring the changes slightly then this could be the boy for you.
All pretty standard construction methods, though as usual I built this thing backwards starting with the chassis.
Nine quid against fifteen or so for the RTR version.
Friday, 11 May 2018
Railway: 11/10 Tenterden Catering: a low 3/10 Northiam Catering: High 9/10.
Compare the almost identical report from four years ago here.
Thursday, 10 May 2018
At the other end of the scale was Stackton Binge, a club offering which used to be a GWR branch in O, but now re-jigged to fit Ian Hopkins' early LSWR stock from St Georges Hill. Poorly operated and better with some sort of backscene, but it just had something about it.
Lunch got very confused. If two people ask for sausage and chips, don't dish one up and then say that it's the last available. Needs improvement.
Show: 10/10, catering: 6/10
Monday, 7 May 2018
Some remedial timber work next.