Monday, August 20, 2012

RMCQ Show 25-26th August

This coming weekend the club out at Bald Hills is holding their annual show. Daz and I have been along to this one with Splitters, and it is a hoot! The venue is at the Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Rd, (enter off Mecklem Str), and open on the Sat 9-5pm, and Sun 9-4pm. This is a fantastic venue, plenty of room, plenty of light, and dust free! A modellers dream!

The RMCQ club is full of a great group of people who apart from being great modellers, are a real nice bunch. We have been lucky enough to have been a part of this show previously and at the last minute we've been included to run a modelling demo for the weekend. Now the hard decision is what to take along? Buildings, trackwork, kits, scratchbuilt wagons? No doubt I'll bring more than I need, but it should be a busy weekend.

 So look out for Daz and I on a couple of tables squeezed in amongst the layouts! Pull up a chair and have a chat. Have a look at what we're up to, and ask all about it. After all that's what we're there for!

Oorroo! Geoff.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

GB1 Goods Shed pt2

I had a change of plan with the goods shed after the May show. I had decided to build the three visible sides of the shed as timber frames clad in corro, with the fourth side actually having a core of balsa and the cladding put on both sides of it. I thought that the forth side needed to be stronger to support the other three 'flimsy' ones.

At the May show I had 90% finished the dummy side...but, it really looked oversized and was creating its own set of issues as far as how best to mask that it was over a scale foot thick. So then it was cast aside and a new side constructed the same as the other three, much better. Once the corro is put on the framing the whole thing seems stronger, certainly able to support it's own weight.
 As is normal for me towards the end of a deadline there is a flurry of activity. That's probably a good thing otherwise I'm not sure I'd get much modelling done at all! So with the Murwillumbah Show coming up in just a few days there has been a last minute push to complete this project. As you can see in the photos the four walls are together. There are a few corners to tidy up with the cladding, then they're done. 
 The roof beams are next, then the roof cladding. Almost done!
I'm leaving a couple of sheets of corro off like the shed is having some maintanence done. I guess you'll have to come to the show to see if I managed to finish or not!

That's really it, see you on the weekend if you come to the show,

Sunday, August 5, 2012

What to do next weekend?

 Of course there's time to take photos! Even on a Sunday morning before the show opens! Hey Daz!
 I'm not even sure all these facilities even exist now, certainly the top photo of the loading shed has been 'removed'.

For those of you who need some help filling up your modelling calendar may suggest heading to a Model Railway Show next weekend? Murwillumbah State High School is holding their model railway show on the 11th and 12th of August, at the Elliot Centre, Nullum Str Murwillumbah, Sat 9-5pm and Sun 9-4pm.

The Show is run by the high schools P&C every two years. Daz and I have been before to present 'More', Daz's layout, currently mothballed whilst he focuses on his home layout. I must say that Phil and the rest of the volunteers made us feel very welcome, and the event ran like clockwork.

I like the variety of layouts that this show attracts and there is always something new to see. The shopfronts are many and there is always a new product to be found! If you can make the trip you won't be disappointed I'm sure, and make sure you come on over for a chat!

Well now it's all about getting the trailer packed, and heading down south for a training weekend as H calls them, hope to see you, have a good week,