Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Field Trip!

Anytime you can find a return plane ticket between the USA and the UK for under $1000 you snap it up. So I did.
Got to wait 6 months for the flight mind. But for sure one thing I will be doing will be heading up to Saltfleet Haven and taking some pictures for atmosphere.
We arrive August Bank Holiday weekend. Well it'll be raining then. global warming or no global warming. One thing you can be fairly sure of is rain on August Bank Holiday. We even used to plan the Mablethorpe & District Model Railway Club Exhibition for August Bank Holiday Monday because of the rain and folks wouldn't be on the beach. Didn't we Yan?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Paid up

Ironically, I was working on a 1:450 scale (T scale) model of a midwestern grain elevator and I realised that I hadn't renewed my subscription for the S4 society yet.
So I quick as a flash got online and did it.
Got to love being able to do these things online. Two minutes and it was done just like that.
Another years worth of S4 help and inspiration is mine.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Something different

More T Please is the name of my blog about my activities in T scale. The worlds smallest model railway scale. Pop over there to see some inspirational examples of work in this tiny scale

Friday, February 5, 2010

Something Tangible

I'm sure there are some of you out there in P4 land that think.
"That Ian, he's all mouth and trousers. He'll never get that Saltfleet Haven layout built".
I don't blame you I do tend to run off at a totally unrelated tangent and go modelling somewhere else for a time. But it keeps me fresh I feel and skill that I develop in the other scales, I can use here. But to prove there is some tangible progress being made towards the layout. Here is a progress shot of the tin chapel.
Still a ways from being completed but I'm feeling pretty good about it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Scalefour News Day!

Scalefour News No. 166 lay inside my snow covered mailbox on my arrival home from work yesterday. It had been a long slow commute home. So I was in the mood for a good read and News 166 didn't disappoint.
How to convert a Jinty to P4. A good solid beginners article. To show just how easy it is to re-wheel stock to P4. Having just done my own Class 08 re-wheeling. I can testify that it really is that easy.
I also enjoyed reading about converting a Bachmann loco to Irish P4 standards. Not something I'd even thought about before. Irish broad gauge for model railways that is.
This is the Scalefour North issue so there's lots of lovely photos of the layouts to be on show there to drool over in the pull out guide section in the middle. Being 4,000 miles away from Scalefour North good quality photo's of the layouts in question are always appreciated. Super.
There was one photograph that really intrigued me. Page 29 the snow covered scene from Ian Everett's "Royston Vasey" layout. I like snow scenes. I've tried (and failed miserably) to create my own snowbound models. This looks really neat. I want to see more.
So there you are, another grand issue of the News.
If I have one criticism. It's the front cover. It looks like the typography was just thrown on there. I'd like to have seen the "Scalefour News" title at the top so it didn't obscure some of the very nice cover photo. I don't think we needed the date and issue number bar on there both horizontally and vertically. But that's just me. Actually I don't even like the title's typeface. But I'm an out of touch graphic designer who hasn't done the job for 5 years so what do I know about current trends. I'll go and do some model making....

p.s I found some more pictures of Royston Vasey on Ian Everetts blog.