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End of the line...literally...

bcnPete

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Evening all,

 

Just to confirm that following a lot of recent thoughts, especially over the weekend I have decided that I will no longer be pursuing this layout so effectively withdrawing from the MRJ Cameo layout competition.

 

Firstly I would like to say a big thanks to Richard (Ben Alder) for supplying me with lots of information and photographs of the area which enabled much research, one of my favourite parts of the hobby.

 

It started a long time ago as a stand alone layout...which then morphed into an extension of Kyle which in itself I thought was an interesting idea to have a central Fiddleyard serving trains at either end. Progress on fascia and boards went well but the track making was as always my undoing. My recent excursion into Meeth partially restored that, but when I took the layout out yesterday to review it, it dawned on me that it was just not the right project for me now. Having previously only built layouts with 2 turnouts (2mmFS) and 3 turnouts (7mm), my golden rule being a maximum of 3 ;), I should have seen the signs with 4 turnouts!

 

It also dawned on me that Kyle was built as a micro layout and tries to demonstrate that a layout can be built in a small space...this layout was going to be almost twice the scenic length and would mean revisiting all the support structure, additional support trestles and even more of a squeeze to get in the car.

 

It will be bubble wrapped and stored in the garage but it’s unlikely to see the light of day again. Instead I will complete Meeth for the 2mmFS Diamond Jubilee in 2020 and then perhaps I will start to move into 7mm as wearing a jewellers headset with lenses is taking some of the fun out of the hobby for me. This is coming from a guy who had laser surgery a couple of years ago but still needs close up specs due to my age ;)

 

I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in the project from the outset, all your comments and enthusiasm and I trust you will understand this decision which I feel now reflects where I am going with the hobby.

 

Thank you,

 

Pete



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With the care and craftsmanship you’ve put into this line, I’m sure you’ll go on to an even better looking line next time. 7mm? Yeah, go for it!

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Sorry to hear about your eye problems and your decision to halt construction. However I am sure that with your obvious talent for design and your eye for detail your future work will be excellent in whatever scale you choose. I'll certainly be watching.

 

regards,

 

Alex.

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Taking on too many projects seems to be a common failing so it's always a good idea to 'rationalise' a bit to ensure that something actually gets completed.

 

Don't be trapped into the myth that you won't need a "jewellers headset" when modelling 7mm scale. You'll just be putting in many more – and much smaller – details! 

 

David

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Sorry to  hear that Pete, I was looking forward to watching this come together.

I thought it would match Kyle rather well.

 

I guess we'll just have to be satisfied with Meeth!

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Always onward! Sounds like the right decision Pete. I like your 3-turnout rule, makes good sense. I look forward to following Meeth.

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With the care and craftsmanship you’ve put into this line, I’m sure you’ll go on to an even better looking line next time. 7mm? Yeah, go for it!
Many thanks Northroader...

 

Sorry to hear about your eye problems and your decision to halt construction. However I am sure that with your obvious talent for design and your eye for detail your future work will be excellent in whatever scale you choose. I'll certainly be watching. 
Many thanks Alex - I think it’s just called old age! I will finish Meeth and see where that takes me...stay tuned ;)

 

Taking on too many projects seems to be a common failing so it's always a good idea to 'rationalise' a bit to ensure that something actually gets completed. Don't be trapped into the myth that you won't need a "jewellers headset" when modelling 7mm scale. You'll just be putting in many more – and much smaller – details!  David
Thanks David - Yes I did that with earlier projects which allowed me to finish Kyle - it’s good to thin out every so often.As for the Jewellers headset, perhaps I should apply the rule to my models that we have to use when we snag building facades - view at 3 or 4 metres from the facade ;)

 

Sorry to  hear that Pete, I was looking forward to watching this come together.I thought it would match Kyle rather well. I guess we'll just have to be satisfied with Meeth!
Sorry Argos and thanks for the comments - in some ways it did seem a good fit...but I hope Meeth will be a good alternative...

 

Always onward! Sounds like the right decision Pete. I like your 3-turnout rule, makes good sense. I look forward to following Meeth.
Many thanks Mikkel - yes I feel a whole lot better about it all today...so must be a good decision which allows me to thin out and move forward.Many thanks to you all for your supportive comments - hopefully mojo will be re-engaged shortly :)

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Hi Pete. I know what you mean about the eyesight issue; that's one of the reasons I chose to switch from 2mmFS to EM. Though my current project of converting a Hornby K1 to EM is proving a little challenging on the eyes anyway. There's no escape..............

Best wishes with your future endeavours.

Ian

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Hi Pete. I know what you mean about the eyesight issue; that's one of the reasons I chose to switch from 2mmFS to EM. Though my current project of converting a Hornby K1 to EM is proving a little challenging on the eyes anyway. There's no escape..............

Best wishes with your future endeavours.

Ian

 

Thanks a lot Ian - I will try and complete my 2mmFS Meeth project and see what direction I go from there...

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