Friday 5 July 2019

Planning on Hopwood

Developing Hopwood model railway layout. Peco,Ratio, Wills.
Hopwood development
There is a train of thought that suggests that modelling (especially when working to a deadline) should be done with a certain amount of planning and forethought. This of course is bollocks and the only way to do it is to start with a basic idea, a load of bits and see what turns up. Therefore everything in to picture, save the Peco track and the sheet of card, is a new thing to me. In other words, to some extent,  I'm flying by the seat of my pants. Jacking a station building up in the air requires a certain amount of knowledge to get it right. I'm just playing around and some card and a set of Hornby piers that came of a second hand stall. Making a walkway out of not quite enough Ratio footbridge is another case in point. What I have so far is a set of aircraft steps and somehow this has got to be bashed into something logical. It'll work in the end.


  1. This post reminds me of a literary event I went to this week where being a planner or pantser was discussed. There were home-made custard creams too!

    1. That's the way I build my locomotives. It's much more interesting, seeing where each step will take you.

  2. Looking good, Chris.
    Must admit that on occasions where I've planned a layout in detail I usually get to a stage where I know how it's going to turn out and then no longer feel the need to finish it...the exception being South Bierley Sewage Works which HAD to be planned meticulously because of the track construction method...but then it's based on a prototype so I suppose the challenge is a bit different.