I've spent the holiday period completing a number of outstanding projects*.
Several of which do not relate to the layout project in any way, but should
guest on several other railways.
I do find repair and overhaul particularly trying. Once a model is finished
that should be the end of it! But then they get played with. I do not enjoy
going back to what I had considered a finished model.
No problems with domestic changes so available space remains. The catch-up
with projects are not based on a premonition either.
Conversely my wife bought me a digital camera for Christmas. Happily taking
pictures with it. I've been down on the Dorset coast today trying it out -
landscape and macro. For the moment I can't find the right button to
download the pictures to the pc! When I achieve that likewise I will provide
more pictures to the Group. Another reason for the camera is to record a
project in hand and get some decent pictures at the stage it is at. Lately
I've taken some absolute snorters on the SLR with flash. Trouble is by the
time you've had the film processed the project is further along and the
there is no way of going back to correcting duff pictures. The digital
should enable a good picture at the time - operator excepted!
All the best for the New Year.
* Finished: the Super D in construction since 1999, the Sidelines coach
started about 1998, the Andy Duncan excavator started about 2001, and the
PMK single bolster pair started early 2003.
I think that all these were only a day or so from completion when I stopped
work on them. The Super D being the exception as there has been about two
weeks work. Notwithstanding they all will need finish painting, but he build
From: Martin Long [mailto:martin@...
Sent: 28 December 2003 12:51
Subject: [7_mm_modelling] Greetings
I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and that Santa came up with the
goods.( He didn't for me which was a lamentable lapse for him!) I used the
festive period for a bit of reflection and reading and am determined to do
something in 2004. I have found my modelling has become stuck in a rut and
in reality is no longer fulfilling. I seem to spend more time repairing and
maintaining than I saw and watched some of the new am stuff in a local shop
and was impressed with the speed control and smoothness of the operation. I
cannot usually get this in 7mm without hours of fiddling!
I still think 7mm has it all but the possibility of having to downsize
houses in the next 3 years or so makes me reluctant to start a new project
in the fear that it might all be wasted when I move. So ambitions of
mainline runs are having to be curtailed.
Santa did provide my spouse with a digital camera (I wonder where he got
that idea from?) so I will make an effort to record my fumblings this time
With every best wish for 2004.