Sunday, October 02, 2016

I'm no good at scale shows...

My purchases from Scaleforum included a couple of books - Rail Preservation in Australia and the Gauge O Guild's second book of small layouts. I picked them up mid-afternoon after presumably all the very British 4mm finescale modellers had decided they didn't need them. 

At Guildex a few weeks ago, I bought 2mm scale brick Plasticard. 

Worse, had Parkside brought the full range to Scaleforum, I was in the market for a couple of 009 wagons. 

I really haven't got the hand of this scale specific show thing!


Huw Griffiths said...

Nothing wrong with that Gauge O Guild small layout book - I know that I've certainly enjoyed looking through the new one I got from their stand at last year's NEWGOG.

In case it interests anyone, they've also got an older one on their website, as a free download - I've enjoyed looking through that one, too.

To be honest, though, there's a lot to interest modellers in just about any scale / gauge, amongst stuff aimed at people more interested in other scales / gauges - even stuff aimed at people into other subjects (cars, boats, planes, military) - even other hobbies.

Sometimes, it's even possible to see stuff of interest to modelmakers at engineering and other industries' trade shows - models (or elevation drawings) of new / proposed trains on display at RAILTEX - 3D printed models of imaginary cars (with a variety of finishes) at automotive / engineering shows - model trucks with logos of companies turning up to various shows.

I've seen a lot of this stuff over the years - but I'm not too bothered about it. After all, it isn't usually too long before I see something else which I find even more interesting.

Howver, there's nothing wrong with making the most of this stuff - using any ideas - or even using stuff sourced from elsewhere / outside the hobby to illustrate points.

After all, most modellers don't complain about the use of electronics in railway modelling. They might complain about the use of the wrong sort of electronics (DCC vs. DC), but that's another matter … .

Wallex said...

I'm off to the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust open day next weekend (i.e. Old buses and old bus stuff in the main). you'll pay all the money for your model bus but there is usually some model rail stuff, unwanted and discounted!