I've just finished the main structure on the baseboards for "Chipping Compton". Next will be the legs and trestles and I can start on the layout itself! As you can see I used girder sections made from ply and softwood spacers together with ply baseboard tops. Light and portable, they are surprisingly strong.
The last weekend of May saw another annual highlight of the modelling year with the Aylesbury exhibition. This is arguably the best of the larger shows these days with 100% quality layouts and trade stands, all in a modern venue with free parking plus a bus link to the town. So many great layouts again this time but here are three to give you a flavour.
This is Brian Harrap's brilliant "Quai:87". A fascinating layout that breaks from the norm by way of its original design. A stunning exercise in minimum space modelling and all in P87. Don't just take my word for it, watch out for it on the exhibition circuit and see for yourself.
John Darch's "Clinkerford" is set in The Forest of Dean and anyone who knows the area will recognize this immediately, and not only because of the profusion of sheep roaming free. Inspired by the terminus at Cinderford it demands careful study. Sadly, I hear that this may have been it's last showing.
Clinkerford is a mirror image of the basic layout of Cinderford with some additions, notably the loco shed shown here. It portrays the atmosphere of its prototype inspiration perfectly though. Spacious, uncluttered and unmistakeably GWR.
Blakeney has been on the circuit for quite some time but always draws an appreciative crowd. Well documented in the modelling press it's creator, Geoff Kent has portrayed a former Great Eastern terminus set in the the 1950's perfectly.