Mike has been in touch again (his last post is here if you missed it)
As you’re always saying, you love an update, so here’s my latest one.
It’s been about nine months since my last one, so hopefully you’ll see quite a bit of progress.
Actually, I’m at a bit of an hiatus at the moment as I have a mysterious short which I can’t find, even with the help of an expert from my local club. Anyway, we press on!
Just to remind you, when finished, there will be 1000ft of track in a 22’x20’ room. I’ve had to do a lot of the scenery which I wasn’t originally intending to do until much later in the construction but as I’ve gone along, I’ve realised that quite a lot has to be done before I lay more track as the scenery & track are sometimes inter-dependant & some I won’t be able to reach later.
Talking of which, in order to get to the far corners for derailments etc. (& I remember one of your other readers commenting on this difficulty), I have constructed a right angle ladder that will self support when pushed against the wall & will allow me to reach those far off places.
As well as the video, I have attached a few photos taken from a oo gauge man’s eye view! I hope you enjoy them.
On my cancer front, things aren’t so good, as the immunotherapy has stopped working & the next pill they gave me didn’t work at all, so we are now on plan D. However, I will continue fighting & the knowledge that I have to finish the railway, which is probably another three years work, is a powerful incentive & focus.
Still really enjoying all your blogs & look forward to seeing them in my in-box; keep up the great work.
A huge thanks to Mike for taking the time for this update, and I wish him well and I’m really looking forward to see him finish his layout.
Which reminds me – some of you may remember Barry from Minnesota. He made this stunning layout.
Well, he’s been through a lot too recently. But he’s picked himself up and brushed the dust off and he’ll soon be making another stunner. Can’t wait.
Now on to a bit of housekeeping…
A few days ago some of Peter’s layout pictures upset a few of you.
His layout has a ‘bath house’. And frankly it is a bath house of quite a racy nature. There was no intention to offend and if it did, apologies – but I stand by my decision to publish it: I love seeing what folk are up to, what scenes they model, themes, era… you get the idea.
Anyhow, moving swiftly onwards – and another apology.
Last weekend I had a ‘Royal wedding’ sale, and this mail from Russ pretty much summed it up for my readers on one side of the Atlantic:
Simple mathematics will show you that we, on this side of the pond must arise at 4:00 am to witness this event as it is unfolding. The re-runs will be on TV for the next month so I’ll catch up with it then.
In your defense, I must say you do pomp and ceremony well.
I then had some mails – quite rightly – asking why the sale had already ended.
So here you go, for this weekend, and this weekend only, you can grab the Beginner’s Guide for just $9.
Now the apologies are out of the way, it’ll be business as usual next time.
That’s all for today.
Please do keep ’em coming.