I have sent you a few photos of Megan, my half size Savage Little Samson traction engine. I have a friend over from the UK who is a steam enthusiast and fellow model engineer so as the sun was shining and it was very warm here in Brittany we decided to have a steam up. Very pleasant tootling around the country lanes. We only saw one car all afternoon.
I have nearly finished “Elsmia”, my second Little Samson which after tests will be for sale if anyone is interested. Once finished then concentration on the 00 Layout. I insulated the loft space this morning to keep the place warmer over winter and cooler in the summer of course.
Roger in France”
“Dear Mr. Lee…
I believe I sent you a set on building an On30 gondola from card. If I am mistaken, please let me know as I can send those also.
Here is the beginnings of the boxcar build. I have now built 8 cars from cardstock and I will soon be moving on to a locomotive (or two) and a caboose (brake van for those across the pond).
This is the beginning… A boxcar from a box…
This is the box and squaring up the salvaged material.
Also the beginnings of the frame.
Note, I double the cardboard for some applications, four times for the side sills, and up to eight for others.
I use American pennies I find on the ground for weight… 24 for most 18 fro other.
These are “Old School” models… What is not seen is not detailed either.
John from Cali”
“My name is Anton Bruce Sr, I’m 59, and I live in Burbank, California, USA. I have been a “train nut” since I was…about 13? I have had layouts in one form or another, but I had not had one in several decades – no room for it!!! Until about a year ago…
I NOW have a layout – just a 4′ x 8′ HO layout that my grandsons have been “helping” with. I figure that a simple 4×8 will give them a taste of the hobby, and let them know that yes – this whole “train thing” (to quote my wife) can be a whole lot of fun if we work on it together. They take pride in it, and of course they just like to see the trains run. My younger grandson (he’s 11) thinks it is “so cool”. All three of us decided on the track plan, and the scenery is mostly their ideas – and their work. I left the more “serious” work, such as electrical wiring, to myself. Gotta be safe, you know…
Granted, I and my grandsons are nowhere near the ability of some of your contributors, and the layout is nowhere near “finished”, but hey – we do our best and have a boatload of fun doing so. And when you’re doing this with the grandkids…isn’t THAT the whole idea?
A big thanks to Anton, Rog and John.
I loved Anton’s pics – purely because making a layout is fun – but making one with your your little smashers, what beats that?
Please do keep ’em coming. And if Anton’s inspired you, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.