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.