Monday, 26 March 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
- American HO. Probably called Wendy as they all seem to have to have girl's names.
- Norwegian HO. Svanda
- Wales 1980s Rhiw
- O Early British
The reasoning behind the choices was based partly on cost, partly on using up what was in the cupboards and in the case of 1 -3 a common fiddle yard could be used saving time and effort.
Regulars will note that this neat list isn't what has actually happened. The American and the Norwegian should have been first as Nigel has a roomfull of Scandinavian stock and I had all the Einsford Mill stock all filed away in biscuit tins waiting to be used again. What did happen was that I bought some stock applicable to Rhiw and got a show invite which wound that forward on the list, and then the planning on Svanda hit a point where it could be started. So the order has changed.
Then there are the wildcards. Possibles extra to the list include: 4mm light railway, SR branch, the much discussed here AoC GWR branch, East Anglia diesels, 3mm, city trench and I do get the glad-eye with Bavarian tank locos - though I'd need to sell the house to buy any. So even if and when this list is finished and if I can resist my 009 junkie status there are at least two more five year plans available to me; which would probably see me out.
So as an addenda to my grumpy-faced photo in RM the concept of a five year plan in theory for those with railway wanderlust is good - there is SO much out there now and the world is our lobster.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
When Llynfordd/Rhiw was begun I searched high and low for good period/place shots and found very little that gave me what I needed - South Wales seemed a bit of a photo blackspot. Now suitable books are everywhere. Not only did I trip over Middleton Press' Welsh Valleys series on Sunday, but this bargain (at a fiver) from Pendragon Publications Railway Reflections No 5. Quite a bit of text and a little scattergun with photos, but there are some cracking shots within.
What atracts me to the area is the verticality of some of the station sites and perfect for the modeller: steep brambly bank at the rear, extreme angled roadbridge, short platform, ( counting the MDVs I make this about 200') and the signalbox looking booking hall at road level. Other shots from ground level make the site look more spacious and show the (lifted here) double track and bay siding, but I love this with the 0-6-2 working uphill. (Bachmann still available?)
This is by the way 1964 and already rationalised somewhat. The place? Bedlinog. Which really sounds as though it shoud have been invented by Oliver Postgate.
Does this figure in the five year plan? Well no. More of this anon, but it is a lovely idea.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
I have to devote a block of time to this as it's 1. messy, 2. fiddly 3. very fume ridden. After a while i decide that I need a drink after which the whole thing gets a lot swifter.
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Friday, 16 March 2012
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Easy enough to put on: a coat of red paint, then sanded to bring out the raised detail and stuck on with the arse-end of the tube of Bost**k. The loco...? Well it's just a couple of boxes...
The reason that there a so few pictures of 'trains' here, is that in general I have to build the bloody things. Occasionally, as with the Rhiw stock, it comes in a box, but by and large these days the stuff I build for myself are kits, or in this case carved from a solid block of Elm with an old penknife.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
The hinge system is just a thinner bit of the casing so I'm surprised they've lasted this long. This is the 'Number one box that sits at my feet like a faithful Irish Setter in the modelling room and gets taken to exhibitions. Number two lives upstairs and carries the stuff I don't use too often like Loctite 601 and broaches. Safe to say that all I've done is swap the contents over and not surprisingly found a load of things that I didn't know that I'd bought. Toolboxes have chronological layers...
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Rhiw didn't behave terribly well mainly due to the hand-held gradually packing up (anybody fix these things?) but overall a good day.
Pictures via Mike Campbell's blog - link to your right.