Busy, busy, busy. Work has really taken over this month - 20 days straight and another block just started - and what with a few 'family' type things happening as well, my normal quite extensive modelling time has been squeezed. This is possibly no bad thing - at least two people (you can guess who) have suggested that I'm firing at too many targets at the moment and not concentrating on getting one thing finished... they're right. However in my defence when I only have a couple of hours in the dead of night then I can't really be sawing bits of rail and chopping up timber, I have to find alternative quiet things. Although my neighbours aren't always that considerate to me, I have no need to antagonise.
The list of possible things on the go is as follows:
1. finish Edge.
2. finish writing Edge up.
3. do the last bit of track wiring on Morton Stanley.
4. plan the garden railway.
5. put a 16mm loco together as a test piece.
And that's the immediate things. The piece in the Comment section of RM this month speaks of settling down and building a long-term project a la Buckingham and why we should resist all this serial small layout building. Of course this piece is written by me and I'm am naturally as always, shooting myself firmly in the foot. But to me that's the whole point of this bit of the mag.Not to say how clever you are, but to point out the thought patterns.
The above is something which caught my eye last Tuesday. The event was the passing out parade of Mrs Fs' youngest at RAF Halton. A 30 minute gap in the proceedings saw us wander around the Trenchard Museum. This is full of the usual military tat of past uniforms, medals and half a Hawk trainer. What caught my eye specifically was the modelling section. The students, at what was then the apprentice base, were encouraged to make models to further advance their understanding of aero design. The above being made from perspex from a German aircraft and the tools used. The complete lack of materials makes today's batch of modellers in any genre look ungrateful (which they are) and talentless (which many are).