Thursday 29 October 2015
Don't forget the new series of The Detectorists tonight at 10pm. The last series was hilarious and is the closest thing you'll get to a model railway club sitcom. The parallels are many. I sit there laughing out loud, which is unusual and Mrs. F. rolls her eyes and makes Dandy Nicholls type comments. If you've been in a club then you'll recognise everyone here.
Sunday 25 October 2015
Anyone know why this seemingly over complex layout was used?
Friday 16 October 2015
The gents toilet is a complete mystery. The parts don't seem to match the diagram which is just a complete isometric and not exploded. That, or there are more parts missing - tricky to tell.
Wednesday 14 October 2015
Although I've deliberately avoided making too much of a deal of it here, the launch of a Model Trains International replacement has probably gone better than I expected. Scale Rail International No 1 is all but sold out and No2 not far behind. I can't quite believe that No3 is already at the printers with an increased print run. It would seem that there is a market for a non-boundary publication that plays outside of the rules and regulations of the mainstream boys. Not that it was designed to compete with them in any shape or form, but in that there is actually a desire for it. Time and time again over the last five months I've heard the comment 'fed up with the other magazines'. Though it's hard to pinpoint exactly why. Maybe everything has got a wee bit too complicated and expensive for the 'average modeller' now. It's not that the big boys don't feature smaller achievable projects , as they certainly do - young Mr Parker's current essay in BRM is a case in point - but maybe the perception is there.
Wednesday 7 October 2015
There were two problems: my low skill level in this sort of thing is one, and the limit of the sheet size is another. The Wills Craftsman Kits are clever in that they maximise the sheet size on parts. In other words the kit is designed so that there are no major joins. The LH ridge is exactly the length of one sheet. Theoretically this works, but human nature being what it is means that the RH gable could well be a mil lower or higher on the angle. Then you're in trouble as the LH ridge is too short or too long. Deep joy. Here I was too high so that there was a gap at the bottom of the gully that you could drive a Reliant Robin through. The fix was to file the point down and sharpen the angle somewhat, but then the gutter line and the ridge drop out of horizontal. All this while trying to juggle all the bits with masking tape and blu-tak.
The hindsight tip is: if you get one of these kits, leave cutting the chimney hole until the roof sizes fit and give yourself a line or two of tiles at the bottom extra to that on the cutting plan. The length is fixed of course, but at least you're not having to deal with gaps at the gutter line as well, and this could be trimmed at the end.