Well I was warned. This whole having a baby thing seriously cramps your model train time. Douglas is fast approaching 7 weeks old, but he still can't put N gauge rolling stock on the track.
In between all the old chores and new responsibilities that come with being a new father, Iâ€™m still trying to find some time to get out into the garage and â€˜do some trainsâ€™. I dug up the boxes containing UFOâ€™s (Un Finished Objects), with the intent to try and finish some of them off. I was doing really well until tonite when I finally run out of transfers.
So Iâ€™ve just sent off a new order to the NGS, so far Iâ€™ve managed to complete 11 wagons, averaging about 1 every 2 nights, a bit slow I know, but dirty nappies wonâ€™t wait for anyone! There is a mixture of Chivers, Parkwood and NGS wagon kits. Now that Iâ€™ve taken the photos of them, it really shows up some the blemishes, so still some more touch-up work required! Bigger pictures are in my gallery.
Half way through this unfinished exercise I realised I was going to need some loads to put in the open wagons. Flicking through a pile of books showed there was variety of items that could be moved by rail. What did take my fancy was a Crab hauling a dozen bogie bolsters with cable drum reels. Having a look at what was available on the current market place; neither the plastic or whitemetal versions were to my liking. A bit of a search of the internut and I found just what I was looking for. Some lasercut kits for cable drums from the US, the scale maybe a bit out I think they look a lot better, just need to chain them down.
Lasercut and laser-etch appear to be giving the modelling fraternity a whole new direction for kit-building. There are quite a few members here who have been exploring this option, with some wonderful results. Here down under there is a company making exclusive wooden N scale kits from lasercut. They give a good finish, especially considering a majority of them are kits of wooden wagons and coaches. I've had a bit of a dabble with them, and am seriously considering commissioning some work.