Hat tip to Duncan Young for this photo from Lavenham showing a building you'd never get away with as a model. He suggests subsidence as the cause of the wonkiness, but as the ground floor is still square, I'm inclined to the idea that the timber frame of the upper storey has twisted over time.
Whatever, caused this plaster must have been restored a few times as it's good deal less flexible than wood. Surely, it would have fallen away as the supports move.
Anyway, model this and people will look at you oddly.
One problem we face at TGBMRS, was the lack of electricity. There was a power point in the floor, but just the other side of an escalator. It didn't seem sensible to run a cable accross this, so initially, it looked like there would be no movement on the stand.
Then, an idea. 009 locos don't need much power, so could a 6V jelly call from a model boat do the job?
With nothing to lose, I charged up a small battery and took it along. After a testing the various locos, my "Tin Turtle" seemed happiest on the available juice, so it performed during the show.
The little loco ran happily from 9:30 opening, to about 3:30 both days. I did recharge on Saturday night of course.
A rough calculation tells me it covered a real mile each day - showing how reliable the Tomytec chassis under the Meridian Models body is. OK, speed was a little high, but you can't have everything.
Another battery, this time a 9V PP3 powered the LEDs in the car dealership. Hardly fresh when I first plugged it in on Saturday, the lights stayed on until the end of Sunday, including overnight as I forgot to turn them off!
Storage has not been kind to the boating pool on the Handyman Hall Railway. The varnish had developed long white streaks. In a river, I could have told people these represented white water, but no-one was going to believe me here!
It's a long while since I built the layout, but my usual method for representing water involves coats of Ronseal Yacht varnish. Lovely stuff, but slow to dry and I was on a deadline. As well as the yacht varnish, I always keep a can of Interior floor varnish, and decided a coat of this might just cover up the white bits.
The stuff normally dries within 20 minutes, but of course as I was on tenterhooks, it took well over an hour.
But - it worked!
I'm now wondering if I used interior varnish in the first place. Yacht varnish is slow drying enough not to show brush marks, and these are definitely evident. I wonder if I can get away with a coat on top now?
A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Model Railway Club on garden railways. This was both live, and streamed - and the recording is now available online, complete with technical issues. Hopefully, these won't detract too much, and you can enjoy my waffle.