Today I’d like to start with a big ‘thank you’ to Daniel.
His post – as well as being fun – has given me an idea that I hope you’ll all like.
More on this below, as you’ll read.
But first, we start with Margaret.
And she proves in spades that a layout can be whatever you want it to be:
I built this N scale fairy village layout at the request of my granddaughters. They love it.
Now on to Daniel.
He’s come up with a great idea – a fun competition:
“Good morning Alastair;
Probably morning when you open this, as it is about 7 pm where you are. It might be time for a pint, but like here, the pint places are shut down I suppose.
I hope you are coping with our global situation. Looks like your readers are keeping you busy. Truly unprecedented since the 1918 influenza run.
Anyhow, I thought a bit of fun might be in order.
The attached photo is a replication of an actual MOW car that was taken from revenue service for one specific function, one specific function only.
I thought it might be fun for your readers to guess what the car was used for.
After the guesses come in I will see who got it first and then come back with the winner and tell more about it.
Is that something you might be interested in?
As to the prize, I guess “bragging rights” is all that I could offer, or you could come up with one of your “silly deals” [just kidding about that, not necessary] but it might be a fun diversion for some.
Thanks, Alastair! Stay healthy!!
So… any guesses on what this was for? Please do post a comment below.
And now on to ‘the idea’, which was entirely prompted by Daniel.
Last November, I was in a spot of bother. You probably remember, and I planned to close down the site.
But you came right back at me with some very helpful suggestions. Three in particular saved this little blog.
(I was reluctant to put ads on the site, but they have indeed made a difference.)
I was very touched by it all, and nothing would make me happier than to give something back to you lovely lot in the grip of this latest gloom.
My finances are still very precarious, but I have a little something to give, thanks to the kindness of Rich and Ron.
During my financial wobble, believe it or not, they both sent cash, both accompanied by some very kind words. I’m not making this up, have a look:
Long story short – I still have their $140. And now I’m going to put it to good use.
Don’t get me wrong, it would have helped and I was very tempted to make the trip in to town and bank it.
But for some reason that just didn’t feel ‘right’. What to do? Send it back?
Well, being a serial procrastinator, it’s still sat on my desk. Not for long, however.
I’m running a competition, and the winner will get Rich and Ron’s $140.
What can keep us all occupied amongst this doom and gloom? I’ll tell you – the print out scenery.
Layouts can be rather long projects, and I know lots of you are ‘arm chair’ modelers too.
But anyone can have a bash at the print scenery. It’s fun. So here’s my idea:
Lots of you bought the ‘Silly discount print out bundles’ in my hour of need.
The great thing about these bundles is they contain every kind of texture, wall, roof and window imaginable.
So here’s the competition:
Scratch build a building from the bundles, take a pic and send it in.
(So that’s a scratch build – use your imagination – make a new building, not an existing one.)
I promise to post everyone I’m sent, and the winner? That will be chosen by you – I’ll run a survey.
The winner gets $140, and the winning building will be put on the site, totally free, for everybody to download.
How does that sound?
Hope all like it.
I did ponder over giving the buildings away, but then frankly that would be the end of this little site. Sales have already dried up, but I’m okay with that. We’re all in this together and what will be, will be.
So if you want to get scratch building and join in the fun, here’s the Silly discount print out bundle’. I’ll keep it open for a few days if you missed it last time.
Entries to be in by the 16th April, then the voting begins.
Winner gets $140.
Winning building will be available on the site, completely free for all and everybody, forever.
Course, I’m well aware, this may be a total floperoo, but at least I’ve tried something.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
Oh – and don’t forget Daniel – leave a comment below.
I’ll leave you with my usual:
Don’t forget the The Beginner’s Guide is here.
Stay safe. Stay sane. Keep busy.