Wednesday 29 January 2014
I note that according to Mr Parker that I'm now one of the 'cool kidz'.
If all the above makes no sense at all then you really are not concentrating and keeping up - it's your own time you're wasting...
Oh and the bathroom is now complete.
Sunday 26 January 2014
Regulars will know that as a long term Sussex resident I have a bit of a love hate relationship with my local port, Newhaven. Despite everyone out of the area thinking people in the south East are all living in mansions, Newhaven shatters the illusion quite quickly. There is a natural island smack in the middle of the town around which are dotted a couple of boat yards and this. I can't remember a time when it hasn't been there and although I've never seen anyone enter or leave, it looks as though it might have residents.
Incidentally this was taken on Mrs F's phone which tips out 2,500 pixel wide photos that are better than any camera I own.
Saturday 25 January 2014
Friday 24 January 2014
Tuesday 21 January 2014
This is becoming, well not a bind, but I do want to get it finished without it dragging. Essentially it's a larger version of Garn at 1' x45" or if you could read the writing ( if Google hadn't insisted on putting the photo upside down) 1,140 x 305mm. Nothing startling so far, the basic stock roster of one coach, one loco, one wagon, one railcar is done plus all the buildings and here a basic Gammon End track layout has been formed on the usual bomb-proof 6mm MDF carpentry.
I was gong to put the point control switches at the rear as in recent builds, but Nigel whispered in my ear about it possibly becoming the start point for a 'round the room' plan. Not sure about that, but if I did, then putting controls at the rear would be a no no. And anyway Garn worked fine at shows with the controls dumped in the front of the board as shown here.
Monday 20 January 2014
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Well it's all very nice and a bit better than another Metcalfe kit, but as Stig points out it is now going to appear everywhere... or will it? Despite the previous give-aways, I've seen none of the station shelters that were the last bit of free in RM despite as I proved here quite a good piece of design which goes together very well. this of course is an existing kit and features in Ratio's ad in the same issue.
The trick is, how to make it that little bit different.
Monday 13 January 2014
Young Mr. Hill and I spent the weekend at the afore mentioned show. The company of Messers: Knights, Willett, Dodsworth, & Rogers made the whole thing entertaining, but on the whole a bit damp. Stats are: catering 2 (though it did improve)
Audience was very general and considering that Svanda is at the least a bit of a niche interest that was quite a bit of chat and questioning and one invite.
Next up, a last minute shoe horn invite to Eurotrack in a few weeks.
Thursday 9 January 2014
The humble lineside hut. Built in their thousands and most swept away without a second thought. Not as pretty as a station, or as drool-worthy and representative of a company as a signal box, but nevertheless part of the historical infrastructure.
Why then, more than any model building do we not scratch build these simple structures? Instead dumping the same Wills and Ratio homogeneous lumps onto the layouts when there are gorgeous little things like this to make?
Tuesday 7 January 2014
So, if you are interested (and the price will be nominal) email me through the profile link bottom right for more details, but be quick. There is a seven day limit, by Monday demolition work will begin.
Where's it going to end up? Who knows.
Saturday 4 January 2014
The above is a small quiz. The first right answer in the comment box gets a free seat in the stalls for Sunday's show. Identify what and where.
Wednesday 1 January 2014
I started the year with not only the tail end of the Svanda build, which is now on the circuit, but the start of the 7mm buildings for the new narrow gauge project, finishing the 7mm Stroudley coach and about half of the Branchlines Hawk chassis. Then it all went tits up on two levels. House sale and small book deal. The former disturbed everything, but has changed my whole life, the later has forced me to drop almost everything else to build another 009 layout which will more than likely be sold as soon as it is born. I was actually quite surprised at not only what needed to be finished, but the varied amount of work done.
The present is more info sent by Nigel this morning. The above photo is a 1930 (slightly prior to the Coopercraft kit) AEC Monarch. Points to note: flat cab front, square windows, lights on mudguards, and racing bike wheels. So if you stir the previous post photo with the proud driver and this one together, the kit shape is what you get. Is the roof flat or slightly domed?