I’ve been a bit quiet recently but have got back into creating stuff for my layout.
Having seen a well known company release 2 Steampunk loco’s, I thought I’d have a go scratch building 2 of my own.
Both based on a Hornby 0-4-0 and have 3D printed parts added. Sprayed in silver and weathered. Great fun to create as there are no limits!!
Hope you enjoy the pics.
Sam’s pics really did put a smile on my face. It also reminded me of ‘W’s layout which looks just as fun.
Next, Pap’s been touch with a novel solution for his back drop:
“I recently started my first layout. I tried to paint a mountain backdrop but I am definitely no artist.
I asked on a local website if there was a high school or college student who would be interested in making a few bucks and help me out. I received several responses.
Here is the finished product.
Now on to Bob. Like many of us, he doesn’t have much space to play with:
Greetings from Venice Florida,
I enjoy seeing all the huge layouts that you bring to us.
I have built several layouts that were impossible to move.
My present layout was designed to fit into a closet so we could have a guest bedroom.
This is the wireless bottom view for the folded-up layout. All wires are on top and hidden under bushes.
I cut a foot and a half from one end of a 4 by 8 sheet of plywood. to be the removable siding.
The siding has no wires just the rail joiners from the main layout.
By removing seven screws the siding can be removed.
The layout has its own room now. I am 86 years old (Young).
Thus, the layout will not be a nightmare for someone to remove when I am gone, and my wife really appreciates that.
Next, on to Steve.
He has a question that pops up quite often – is DCC conversion worth it?
So I thought I’d put it to you clever lot:
I have 2 Con-cor Locos (New in box) … probably 25 years old. I want to DCC them. Do you have a recommendation?
Right now, I have them on Ebay for $45 starting price. There was pricetags on them is $75. Looking on Ebay, I see very similar ones for all of $75 and more.
Should I just sell them and buy DCC or should I buy the conversion kit… (which one.. there are so many)
I love your emails.
Lastly, Hall of Fame member Dave has been sent in his latest:
just uploaded my first run on the layout since Christmas, been a bit too cold for venturing in to the loft, but had to give them a run get the wheels turning.
A huge thanks to Steve, Dave, Sam and Pap.
Please do leave a comment below if you can help Steve with whether he should convert his locos or not.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.