Monday 26 July 2010

Spitfire in my garden

Returning home early on Sunday evening I opened the car door to aircraft engine noise. At first I thought ' ...another twat in a light aircraft buzzing the village.' Then I realised that the engine note was Merlin-ish. I turned out that my wealthy neighbours (they're all wealthy) had a birthday party on the go and they'd booked a Spitfire. The trouble is that it's a difficult thing not to share, so we were treated to 15-20 minutes of low level display by one of the glamour craft of WW2. Hard to catch with a digital compact but...

Wednesday 21 July 2010

Rhiw - A small start.

The usual belt and braces at baseboard edge. Not that neat, but then it's beyond the scenic break (the dashed line) so will hardly be visable. Three layers of thin card to bring the copper-clad up to the hieght of the PECO sleepers. First point next. OO, what fun.

Tuesday 20 July 2010

It's coming...

Pictures from a non-exhibition. Phil Savage's Card Ivor.
Miles B's rear and AWK's front.

Laurie Maunder's Emmet inspired creations.

Sunday 18 July 2010

'The bill please.'

Last month's RM had a great article on the SR's 2BIL. Does this mean that there is a RTR model in the offing? I tend to assume so as PECO do little these day without some sort of commercial tie-up.


There was mention of the restored/preserved unit and I just happen to have, courtesy of Simon Hargraves, a photo of said unit at Lewes. This collection of photos came my way as part of collecting information on the Lewes-Seaford line which I had an idea to publish at some point. I doubt that would happen now.
Note the infilled single line between platforms - a very LBSCR trait.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Rhiw baseboards

A baseboard building day.

After having cut the tops for the two main boards for Rhiw, I laid them end to end with the already built FY board. I checked the length to make sure I hadn't mis-heard myself... 11'. Eleven. I sat for a while taking in the expanse of MDF. Eleven.

Thoughts crossed my mind of GWR branch termini or even a Minories type set-up that would fit in that space, a space that would hold only the two planned points. That makes even Ian Futer's layouts look busy. I wavered slightly. Eleven feet. It's a lot of space when you've just come out of two days with a metre of 009.

Mrs. F. came in. 'What are you doing?'
'Pondering. It's huge. Where's it going to go?'
'In Craig's room.' ( I have to add that Craig is my stepson who has occupied said room for no more than two nights, but has gained verbal ownership.)
'I'm not so sure now.'
'Oh stop your squinnying and get on with it.'

I'm not sure if this counts as support or domestic bullying...

Monday 12 July 2010

Saturday 10 July 2010


A trio of shots from today at Amberley where 'Garn' has been showing itself in the 'Hove Booking Office'. The first shot is of the Groudle Glen railway Polar Bear. This surely needs a caption... suggestions?
The bottom two are of Garn's Falcon 'Miles'. A mix of Chivers kit and scratch plasticard on a cuckoo chassis.
Lots of people came and said hello including two of the bloggers on the list to your right and a lovely chap who has been inspired to build buildings from individual card slabs... fool.
One of the Sussex Down Group demolished the Garn's facia; he will remain nameless but looks like Phil Savage. And while on the subject of all my old friends in the SDG: Tim complained about this blog site for not having the information he required about Garn.