This weekend it’s the Stevenage Chiltern Model Railway Association at the Stevenage leisure centre. First show of the year and always a good one, (see above).
Well worth the effort of getting there.
For fans of pre Brit-Pop music, and that crossover from MOR music to the punk era, tonight on ‘Showtime’ 7pm ET there a unique documentary regarding the British band XTC, called ‘This is Pop’.
The connection with the hobby is the use of 3D printed figures in 4mm scale (1/76th) as part of the narrative linking the documentary together.
For UK fans Modelu will be at the Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition at Stevenage this weekend.
If you’re in North America, watch it, if you’re in the UK, be there…
First of all, have a good new year, and thanks for stopping by. So what will the new year bring? Recharging the batteries in the depths of the heart of Wales always does some good, and brings the opportunity to just sit back and think. The rain this past week has been biblical on occasion, meaning time inside just watching and listening to the rain.
So what does this mean for my world of toy trains? Basically getting back to the big project, the Forest Of Dean, do I still want to do it? Easy answer, yes. How do I want to do it? That’s a bit harder, and the break has made me think do I need to rationalise my ‘big’ idea. Partly I think yes, maybe some simplification will help, a maximum of three locations instead of my preferred four. DCC is beginning to gain some ground with me, historically I’ve worked in DC, so a bit of DCC playtime may be on the cards. The decider may be how much time I have to spend configuring the locos to run as well as they do on DC, because I really don’t like ‘working’ with computers!
Lighting and display again come to the forefront whilst watching the weather here, they make such a play in and on the landscape, even in the depth of winter. Tree structure and woodland environments are really noticeable too, again giving real food for thought regarding making them convincingly, a particular challenge for the Forest of Dean.
Shelfie2 is a key player in how I decide to take the FoD project forward, next couple of weeks will concentrate on the fiddle Yard/staging and the lighting and backscene. This past week will help push that forwards. I hope. It being new year and all that shite..
Another year flown past! A quick note to thank all you readers whom have dropped in over the past year. It’s been a bit quiet over the past month on here, but don’t worry we’ll pick up in the new year perhaps with something very different.
Finally a thank you to the modellers, manufacturers and fellow bloggers, who provide acres of inspiration and good company every year!
See you soon!
Alan Buttler owner of Modelu receives the 2017 Gwyn Humphreys award at Warley 2017, for innovation in the hobby!
Warley 2017 is upon us, and whilst delivering some commissioned stock I dropped past the Rapido stand. On the stand were three of the items I’m currently looking forward to, Model Rail magazines J70 tram locomotive and these two above the SW1200’s and the 3800 Cubic Ft cylindrical hopper. Both looked up to the standard we’ve come to expect from Rapido and are imminent in terms of release, hoppers by the end of the year, and the 1200’s early 2018.
As a surprise for the UK market there is also a U.K. rolling stock item, very well chosen and will be available in grey and brown, with the possibility of earlier liveries too.
It’s going to be announced later today, so I suppose this is an announcement about an announcement, (start the foamathon now), but there are also hard copy 3D prints which will be available to see too. No prices yet though.
They look excellent and the underframe detail is ‘Rapido’ though and through, the UK market is in for a pleasant surprise.