Monday, June 11, 2012

Long Weekends are the Best

Don't you just love long weekends? Especially when there's a Model Railway Exhibition and it rains! Thornleigh was a much better exhibition this year than last year with good quality layouts like Bullenbung Creek, Boorowa and Arakoola to name a few. The other thing I liked about the show was there was plenty of room to move around which was excellent and gave you the opportunity to stop and talk without creating a traffic jam. My son enjoyed the show as well especially the Scenery Clinic and he walked away very pleased with himself. As it was my birthday, I had some cashola to spend on some goodies, like Andian Models BLV's....yummy. Had a chat to Ian and a peek at the upcoming compensators and rodding chair etches which will be superb. Can't wait! It was also interesting when chatting to people how often the topic of kits vs RTR came up. You can probably tell which side of the fence I sit on but it's heartening to see that the kit market isn't dead and is actually getting better I think.
So the plan for this weekend was to finish some painting which had to be postponed due to the rain. Instead, I started off a new kit from the pile in the drawer waiting to be built. Yes I know I was going to start on one of Mike McCormac's superb Doggies but I had an uncontrollable urge to solder. Lots. I haven't made an etched brass kit since I can't remember but it would have been one of the Craftsman models steel S trucks. Anyway, I decided to start on a Pioneer Models Second Class Redfern car. And here is how far I've gone.

1 x FN Redfern Car

This will keep me occupied for a while and I still have the painting to do as well