I’m finding it increasingly difficult to find time for modelling due to my new job and the extent of the travelling involved. There is time to read, but not to act. So good planning is necessary to get the layout up to the required standard for Sparsholt next year.
At the moment, the time I do have is being used to add vac pipes to carriages/wagons and to complete the detailing on Rob’s Romanian ballast wagon. I’m also figuring out a way to attach the new farish 08 chassis (with RT models jackshaft extension) to the harlech and cricieth bodies that I’ve already made up. Some packing, tapped holes and off we go hopefully…
The summer will be spent working on the layout to improve running, with the hidden sidings being upgraded to run with entirely peco points (the older farish ones caused no end of fouling problems at expoNG) and the Waunfawr end of the station will be extended to allow the alignment to be improved. The water towers will have proper supports soldered together from brass I section/tube/wire and new cloth bags will be added (the plastic ones ended up being taken off as they were not elastic enough to let the trains pass underneath without deflecting the whole tower!
Then when winter comes again I will concentrate on stock again.
Dad has promised to complete 138, 87 and K1 for sparsholt and in return I’m doing some work for him. Merddin should also appear as there is little to do there. There is no prospect of Lyd or Taliesin appearing. They will have to wait for a future show. Russell looks unlikely too, if we are realistic.
However this would give us:
- Castell Caernarfon
- Vale of Ffestiniog
- Upnor Castle
- Cricieth Castle
- Harlech Castle
- Merddin Emrys
- (Russell in brass?)
When should I start the countdown clock?