I seem to be drawn to updating my blog while I’m watching Grantchester on ITV….maybe it’s due to it’s 1950s setting that I’m connecting the two together!
The first part of this blog, is due to a recent decision I have come to regarding commissions. Although I regular post about modelling and my plans, I’ve actually done little modelling for months. I’ve realised this is down to my weathering commission work and to be frank I don’t enjoy doing them.
I’ve increasingly found it hard to motivate myself to do any modelling of my own…because I know I have commissions to do which I find hard to focus on doing…..it’s a vicious circle. Some are able to separate the two and keep commissions and your own modelling as two different things….sadly I’ve found that very difficult. When I come home from work, I’d like to go back to enjoying modelling on my workbench.
It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to stop doing weathering commissions, other than for a couple of close friends on occasions. It’s very nice that people think enough of my weathering to ask for my employment, but I must say I’m looking forward to cracking on with my own modelling primarily once again.
So back to my modelling.
After some good modelling chats with Paul Marshall-Potter and having a look what he is currently up to, I’m far more positive about actually having a go at removing the top feed from a 57xx/8750. Paul’s results look excellent and certainly allow for something a little different form the standard Bachmann model. There are three Pannier’s which are missing their top feeds in my modelling period, 5774, 8791 and 9669. It would niggle not to have a go and would be nice to model these locos in a more prototypically correct state ( I most likely will be modelling 5774 and 9669). Not something I am rushing into mind, as I intend to pick up an old Mainline model to practice removing plastic moulding detail.
On a different note, I’ve been given permission to us a several photos in my blog of Trawsfynydd from 1959. More to come on related blog updates.
I’m really looking forward to getting the baseboards ordered in the new year and cracking on with this layout in 2015!