Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lancing 2018

The Art of Compromise

According to a recent post on Facebook, many modellers won't go to even a local show if they can't see a list of the layouts that will be present.

Presumably, they will look at this list and moan:

"I've seen all those. Why don't they get some new ones in?"


"I don't know any of those. I'm not spending money to see layouts I've never heard of."

Either way, there will be an excuse not to travel a few miles to look at a show relating to the hobby they claim to be taking part in.

And, in my opinion (and as I've said before, this is my blog so that's what matters), they would be wrong.

Lancing show last weekend was an excellent example. It's a civic centre event, a big village hall really. I doubt that many had heard of more than one of the layouts present.

But it was superb. I drove 2.5 hours each way, including a spell on the M25, and I felt it was worth every minute.

Sewage Works

I hadn't gone along on a whim. My mission was to see Chris Ford's "Art of Compromise", with an additional plan to view Michael Campbell's "Awngate". I saw those, but there was so much more.

A model of a sewage works in O14? Lovely. Tiny, but superb. I wanted to build it.

Cardboard O

6ft 3in long O gauge inglenook where all the buildings and two of the locos are made from cardboard? Sounds good to me. I'd like to build that one too.

3mm? Yes. Lego? Yes

Basically, a cracking show. I even managed to resist cake, although as you can see from the photo, it wasn't easy. I consoled myself with very average fish'n'chips in a cafe on the front. Well, when at the seaside, you have to don't you?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday Film Club: Unboxing a P Class

In the lats few weeks, I've been popping up in from of the camera for a series of "First Look" videos for the new BRM Express e-newsletter. 

When developing this free e-mail, we looked at things you can do on film but not on paper. Inspired by the success of unboxing videos, it seemed sensible to have a go ourselves. After all, models come in to the office for review in the mag, but why not give our first impressions? 

At the same time, we can give locos a bit of a run straight from the box - no fiddling, unpack and try the model with a 9V PP3 battery. There's nowhere to hide if it doesn't work. 

Anyway, if you enjoy this one, and think that I really can be the nerdy Zoella, then subscribe for free here. There's a new newsletter due out on Friday, you have been warned...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ancient wagon identification

Time for some detective work. I've been lent this wagon but know very little about it.

The body is wooden, covered with pre-printed sides and solebars. They are flat with no Peco-style embossing and very thin paper.

Built to OO gauge, the underframe parts are hard metal. I'm wondering about ERG - they looks like the sort of parts that came with their kits and I seem to recall were sold separately for scratchbuilders.

Any suggestions in the comments please.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

April Garden Rail

You might think that life as a magazine editor is full of perks and jollies. You might even think that I can't move for freebies showed on me from grateful manufacturers desperate to win my affections.

So why is it that I don't have a K1 Garratt?

Because it costs £4000 and we had to borrow one for Tag to review. Apparently he wasn't allowed to keep it or send the model on to me. It is a fantastic looking beast though. Lots of money but then what do you expect for a RTR articulated live steam locomotive that will only ever be produced in tiny numbers.

I'm probably better off with the scratchbuilding from scrap article. Much more my level.As is the IP Engineering motorised skip wagon build, a kit I've fancied doing myself but been beaten to for the moment.

I do get my hands dirty with some modelling, working over a Harecroft 3D printed mine tub.

Full contents list here.