More of your scratch building

“Hi Al,

I like reading your many articles from people on your site.

I posted a ‘how to’ many years ago now about making a tunnel which you placed in your hall of fame!

Well following that I went onto making things & selling them on a scenics stall at UK model rail exhibitions. It became quite popular I am proud to say. But same as everywhere in the World, this Covid19 has put a stop to that with no sight of any exhibitions in the near future.

So I have decided to create a small 009 layout in my bedroom. Early stages and I am not very hot at electrics or layout building but I’ll try. My plan is a simple two level with a terminus station & shed on the upper level. (eventually)…

But when time allows me to, I keep doing a bit & it has led me to scratch build a small engine shed. Here are some pictures of work so far;

And my shed.


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There’s no way I could forget Martin’s tunnel ‘how to’. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s here. It’s an absolute cracker.

Now on to Brian.

“Hi Alastair,

A small finicky project that I am busy with but time consuming and very very small. (HO scale)

The coin is a South African one rand piece used as a comparison. It is 20mm in diameter.

The traps come on a flat photo etched sheet and have to be cut out, bent to shape and super glued together. Note the Lobsters on the left in the third photo.

The boat is unfinished but shows some of the lobster traps behind the guy hauling in the rope.

Brian – the HOn3 guy – Knysna RSA”

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A big thanks to Brian and Martin – clever stuff as usual.

Now on to my ‘thank you’ sale.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so many emails.

To those that are new to the site, here’s the backstory from last year: long story short, the site was starting to cost me money so I decided to hang my boots up.

(You can read that post here.)

I had some wonderful advice after that post.

Now, one year on, I’m still here.

All thanks to you lovely lot.

So to say ‘thank you’ I thought I’d run a ‘thank you sale’ – which I did, with the Roundhouse print-out-scenery.

But then I got more and more mails saying, “Hey, what about the scenery prints?”

And because it’s a ‘thank you’ sale, I thought why not?

After all, it’s the least I could do, and of course, all the coffers collected will help keep this show on the road too.

So there you are.

I’m afraid I’ve made a bit of a mishmosh about it – I should have planned better. Sorry.

So to keep everybody happy (because without you there would be no blog), here’s it is:

The Beginner’s guide / roundhouse offer is still up, here.

The silly sale on the print out scenery is here.

I’ll leave it all up for a few days then we can all get back to business as usual!

And thank you everyone.

I know I’ve made a mess of saying thank you with sale, but I’m just very grateful I’m in a position to say thank you.



PS I’ll leave you with some good advice from Bonkers John:

8 Responses to More of your scratch building

  1. Peter briggs says:

    Al, I know its time consuming and maybe your wife is getting a little fractious about sharing you with so many others, but you know, you have brought so much pleasure interest and potential skills to so many rail enthusiasts. And that is a result. Not many people can say that. Personally, I thank you for all the interest you take time in collating and distribute to us all
    Kind regards

  2. Rob B says:

    3 guys and Annette. love the story line.

  3. Verry beutiful com to for download?
    HC Treintje Herman Belgium.

  4. Lawren ce Mercier says:

    I[‘s simple, I cannot thank you enough f0r all you have done and helped us. Thanks again

  5. Bob muhme says:

    Thanks Al for all the time you spend on your(our) blog! I certainly enjoy the many great ideas from so many of us model railroaders around the world. Once I get the photos in order I will finally get my story and such to you for posting after years of enjoyment!
    Bob M from Michigan

  6. JW Snyder says:

    All those excellent traps gives me a craving for lobster! Well done!!!

  7. Robert says:

    Instead of a preset bundle of printouts how about a pick n mix ?

  8. Robert Brady says:

    Do you have a commercial license for those lobster traps?
    The Critic

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