A real find in BRM this month - Steve Bell's amazing layout "Waltham Wharf". Spotted at Llanfair show last year, although it turns out I had seen it a couple of years earlier. This is the sort of large scale layout making use of its size for detail that I've dreamed of.
Steve is a really nice guy and has done a terrific job modelling an interesting 18 inch gauge prototype in 16mm scale. We dragged him and the layout into our studio where I shot both stills and some video.
While talking about layout shoots, I also took pictures of Mike Corp's 3mm scale layout "Heybridge Wharf" - 2 years ago! The delay was because Mike had already agreed to let MRJ showcase the layout first and so we had to wait. Not to worry, I think the results are worth it.
Regular readers know I have a history in 3mm modelling and Mike's is very much my sort of model railway layout. It has boats on for a start (and cutting out around the rigging did frustrate me!) and is full of small locos.
Despite being busy with the camera, I've been practical too. We have part 2 of the 3D printing escapades.
This month I'm determined to find projects for the printer that I'm happy with - and I think I manage it. The key to doing this sort of thing is matching the tool with the job. I'm happy I managed, so happy that I've bought the printer, so look out for more stuff on here soon!
Finally, I have a new project, or rather, 3 new projects.
I'm going to build a series of layouts that will fit on the shelves of an Ikea Billy bookcase. Each will use new materials and techniques to me and hopefully be a useful experiment for those following my efforts. Micro layouts are very popular nowadays and make idea magazine subjects as you can produce a lot of photos reasonably quickly and therefore write up more techniques than a large model would alow for.
Anyway, I've plenty of small locos knocking around, so I'm not going to build a mainline station am I?