Thursday 13 December 2018

I'm Still Here.............

Just to let you all know, I haven’t left you. I might not of been posting on here but, I have still been building a model. There’s been a lot going on in my life what with work and home, so having the luxury of time to chart the progress of a build, I haven’t had a lot of that. I did find time however back in November, to visit the Warley Model Railway Show held at the NEC in Birmingham. I’d never been before, so wasn’t prepared for the vast array of fantastic layouts on display. I had arranged to meet up with John Wiffen, the brains behind Scalescenes, and he and I had a fantastic day ambling around and scrutinising the superb layouts on display. I must say I was well inspired, and I wish I had the time to put all of the ideas that I gleaned from the show, onto my layout.

I haven’t posted anything since back in August, when I finished the Scalescenes R007a Crossing Keepers Cottage, I have however, built a model. It was another version of the T030c Modern cargo ship.I wanted to build it to my own specifications, as I work at a local port, and some of the vessels that we deal with are very similar to the Modern Cargo Ship. So, with John’s permission, and a lot of help from him and my wife, I managed to manipulate the kit to near enough the correct colour for the shipping company I wanted.

I also wanted the hatches to be moved by a hatch gantry crane, rather than slid along and concertina for loading and discharge.

So a gantry crane was fashioned from Evergreen plastic.

The cargo is to simulate a dry cargo of Urea. A base product that goes into a wide range of finished products, from animal feeds, glue and Ad-blue to name a few. My version is made from Das White Modelling Clay.
I’m building up quite a fleet now, what with the two original T030 cargo ships, the T030a fishing fleet, the T030b Clyde Puffer and the two T030c Modern Cargo ships.

I’m hoping to get back on track with blog after the turn of the year. I’ve got the latest release from Scalescenes, the LY01 Industrial Box File Layout and I’m hoping to make a start with that over the Christmas period.

Whilst I’m on, I might as well remind you, that if you have that hard to buy for Dad, Grandad, Brother or indeed anyone who likes to make models, there are Gift Certificates available from Scalescenes. Just click the link. They are for any amount and don’t ever expire. Just let them order what and when they want. Perfect!

Can I also take this opportunity to wish everyone good health and happiness over the festive period, and to have a prosperous 2019.

Until Next Time......…