Saturday, 31 March 2012
Especially those about narrow gauge railways. In recent times I've collected a few German language examples, mainly for their unique and specific Austrian content. However last week I stumbled upon a review for a book published in 1955, titled 'The End Of The Line', a lovely rambling, flamboyant and artfully written book about travelling across Europe sampling narrow gauge and light railways. I found a cheap copy at Batterdale Books, so ordered a copy. At the same time I found another interesting title 'Narrow Gauge Raillways Of Europe', another book with a conversational style about travelling and enjoying lines across the continent in the late 1950s (although perhaps a little more illustrated then 'The End Of The Line').
Both great reads for a relaxing afternoon in an armchair in the sunshine.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
So yes, a coffee, biscuit, book and a sketch book. Trouble is, from my wife's point of view, I also had a tape measure!
Yup, the book, Nick Trudgeon's inspiring volume had me sketching out a plan and visualising the line gently curving and twisting through a rockery style border.
Now I've got some more measurements I can knock up some track plans on my Mac Railsoft track planning software, ideally I want the longest loop I can fit on but there are some constraints. It would be good to get a pair of then in if possible, to maximise play value.
Just day dreaming at the moment mind... As I think 2012 will be the LGB Trainset and a German hand made kit, so no money for the track for this layout!
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Saturday, 10 March 2012
I'm particularly pleased with the chevrons on the buffer beams, and I've left space on each cab side for the etched nickel silver works plates that Steve at www.narrowplanet.co.uk is producing for me!
I'll get some satin varnish on the Schoema and the roll-wagen tomorrow if the weather stays dry enough for spray painting.
Friday, 9 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
I couldn't resist posing the OBB open wagon on as well, it's really weird to see it in black after all this time.
I'm going to airbrush on some satin black as a finishing coat, and then detail paint the chocks (yellow) and hand wheels and levers (red).
Sunday, 4 March 2012
So this evening I broke out my old favourite, Halfords plastic primer. I always find this goes on smooth and fine and leaves an excellent surface to progress to finer top coats. I gave the roll-wagen a decent going over and my, what a transformation as all the different bits were suddenly tied together into a coherent whole.
Whilst I was set up for painting I also gave the Schoema a quick base coat of primer ready for spraying after the roll-wagen top coats are completed.