Although my focus at the moment is on Swiss metre gauge I still carry a torch for 2FS modelling. There is always a plan fizzling around in my head to build a London North Eastern Railway branch line layout but that is sometime for the future and maybe the last grand project.
It crept up on me, I knew it was happening but I had buried it in the back of my mind as stuff has been going on around me that has taken most of my attention for the last month or so and I was unsure of if I would go or not. What was it? The 2mm Scale Association AGM. I’m so glad I did as I not only met up with modelling friends not seen for a long time but also I had a very interesting chat with a modeller from Scotland about 3D printing technologies and his new project he had on the go for building track work for a hybrid gauge combination. I’m not going to go into too much detail as I’m not sure how much he wants this out in the world. But suffice to say this gave me real inspiration for ideas I have for my next layout. Added to that he had a really nice modern 2FS layout.
I have included pics of the layouts presented by the members for the members day and it was nice to be able to get close to and round the back of them and talk to the builders in a way less pressured atmosphere than a normal exhibition setting. I find that I can pick out inspiration from any layout, even in the behind the back scenes or under the base boards, there is always something to find in the ingenuity of the constructor.
2mmFS AGM Layout – Swinton 2mmFS AGM Layout – Swinton 2mmFS AGM Layout – Corrieshalloch 2mmFS AGM Layout – Corrieshalloch 2mmFS AGM Layout – Winston 2mmFS AGM Layout – scratch build LMS Jubliee 4-6-0 loco chassis
2mmFS AGM Layout – Ketton Cement
I was trying to remember when I first became aware of the “2mil” association but it was some long time ago at an exhibition at Sheffield, I guess in the early 90s and I remember a couple of now luminaries of the soc spending time talking to me and showing me there amazing efforts which drew me in and signed me up. Next year will be the Diamond Jubilee for which there will be a number of events including a challenge layout competition but that’s another diversion!
There we some amazing competition entries and some mind boggling miniature engineering. It’s certainly something to consider entering in the future but with stiff completion from seasoned modellers it would be no easy ride.
All in a a great day out and well worth the effort of going.
And finally, I’ll leave you with a bit of a teaser as to why there’s no physical works going on in 15mmHeadquarters, but progress in other areas is being made.
Until next time..