After escaping the hustle and bustle of work i was determined to get more done on ''MORGANTH'' over the week in idler moments in my breaks and dinner times several ideas had emerged for it, one of them being an extension to the left hand board to incorporate the turntable and shed, i am using the Atlas turntable and so am faced with a potential 21 positions for the locos to go to though space will not allow its full potential to be used.
My usage is for a feed and five lines to go to the shed one of them branching off to a scrap line creating its own diorama, copmplete with the usual items found there ending with some nice minitrix buffer stops.
To conceal the motor for the turntable a shed will be constructed it holding supplies for the engine shed, at the rear of this board a town with houses leading uphill cast in plaster will form the back drop to add interest and height though in the far corner it may be a stretch to reach doing this and a rockface/hill may take up the area there.
Moving to the front a line to serve as a programme track and lead off the board to a traverser has been started, should the traverser not work out as i have little space to create t then being duel purpose the line will end with a buffer stop keeping a shunter for banking the passenger trains going up to the station on the upper level.
At the rear of the station there is space for another line to run on DC seperate from the main layout to have a shuttle stop fitted a shunter moving wagons around for more interest to take the eye toward the backdrop still to be decided with the space up there probably it will be a cast rockface as on the line coming in to Plymouth i remember from some years ago on the yearly holiday.
Well thats as up to date so far i am now looking for lego bricks for sale to help me cast the houses and form the moulds
Happy modelling all hope to have some pictures next time.
I started early in life modelling my uncle showing me the delights of an old Airfix kit and a tube of polystrene cement at the age of 7, soon i was looking for more models to hang from the bedroom ceiling to be covered in dust,concentrating on aircraft initially i moved on to vechiles pretty soon after.
Over the years i have tried most aspects of static scale modelling being an economical hobby in the way of value for money i always feel, i visited my local shop showing the latest production the industry had to offer (actually it was a craft shop mainly stocking needlecrafts ) many a saturday i was to be found there along with my mother as she chose the latest knitting pattern, surrounded by older ladies smelling of mothballs i'm sure.
In later life we moved and the shop in town was the venue for much searching of kits potentially for spares as by now i was convertions of my models were appearing , here i found employment for seven years as the owner was impressed by my knowledge in the stock and modelling skills,
I started to specialise in German WW2 vechiles and diorammas adding the tiniest of brass parts seperate track links conversions etc to enhance them.
Working at the modelshop helped me gain more knowledge and pass lots on to others i even got to racing R/C cars in competition though the scale modelling still remained my workbench in the spareroom always cluttered, in 2002 things altered for me in my personel life and a change of direction looked on the cards as over 18 months went by without any serious attempt at my hobby, and so the mass of several hundreds of kits accumulated over the years was sold off many of them having been purchased as "i will do that one day " i'm sure we have all been there and possibly still do ........... what the marketing men call an impulse purchase.
My only venture into railways up until then a circuit of track laid in the front room cleared away after use,everything was fine until this inquisitive soul found a dressmaking pin on the carpet after my mother had been in there the previous evening cutting her latest pattern out and decided to find out what happened if placed across the track ...... the pin of course glowed a lovely shade of bright red but the little steamer let out its last puff of smoke and that was the end of it, the weekly run down the street with my 30p spending money to the local ironmongers to buy his secondhand wagons and watch the circuit of track he had set up in his window came to an end.
Coming up to date around four years ago i started to plan a layout and collect items towards it, now i have it sorted after much delay and in DCC hopefully by the end of the year it will be settled how i want it to be initially, any of you who have seen the layout and scenery part of the site will know "MORGANTH" is in progress ........
Bye for now will update here soon
Happy modelling see you on the site.