Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Know your limits

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I have had something of an epiphany these last few weeks. I have a right good clear out of model railway stuff I don’t need which was good for the bank balance (although I’m not sure Mr Hermes knew what he was letting himself in for). 

In doing so I’ve realised there have been a number of occasions where I’ve thought something along the lines of “I could that; I’ll just buy this and that and the other” and before you know it you’ve spent a fortune on bits to make a half arsed version of something you could buy for about the same price. 

This has really been noted by me when I realised I’d got all sorts of bits and bobs for my loco building but what I wanted to do was still out of my skill reach and I wouldn’t be able to learn it and therefore build the model until I retired (which is far too far off, especially after this week’s announcement – thanks a bunch Government!)

Most notable of these is my quest for a 15xx. Keyser have always done a pretty good kit for it but they are like rocking horse poo. I had decided a long time ago that I’d use an r-t-r chassis and knock up a body from a 94xx but of course when you start looking you find all the difficult little additions that means you hack more than you originally thought. At the rate I was going 1507 (which is the year and month of my second son’s birth) wouldn’t be complete until after he’d left home! 

I have therefore decided to sell all the bits I was going to use for my 15xx bar the chassis and I have just recently procured a Keyser body only kit for the 15xx off ebuygum. 

In a similar vein I had bought all sorts of odds and ends to make a turntable but again I realised it still wouldn’t be exactly what I wanted or needed. So I’ve turfed all my turntable odds onto ebuygum (well the bits that will sell anyway) and have invested in a Heljan Turntable that a good friend of mine was disposing of. 

Once all the sales have been completed I’ve promised myself I’ll erect the first bit of the railway and get a start on turning it into what I want. 

I am also excited that once the two aircraft leave the hanger, the model bench will revert to a locomotive workshop finally with the aim of getting some new GW locos off the production line. 

Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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