Trying to juggle between my day job as a pilot and making models is a constant challenge, prioritizing is very important and sometimes that means taking a break from modelling, however right at this moment I'm working very hard on the next video!
The star of the next video will be this awesome P-Class pulling a set of N passenger cars. The model featured in a previous video detailing the process of installing a Loc Sound v4 decoder into the model. This next video will feature the train casually passing through a scene I'm trying to recreate.
Most of what I have purchased for this video has been bought from Australian Modeller, including the P-Class as well as all the strip wood and tiny bolts that I'll be using to build this bridge. To check out the range that Australian Modeller offer you can 'click here'
A lot of people ask me how do I decide on a project and where do I start?
As an example, this project all started when I stumbled across this image about a month ago while working on the 3D printing video, I was instantly intrigued by the photo and thought "this would make a great scene"... So I saved the image and now here I am about to try make a model of it.
Sometimes that's all it takes, a passing moment or an image can often spark my imagination that eventually results in a model.
Now that the idea has been planted the next step is brainstorming, how exactly will I start?
I already had the P-Class loco so all I needed was the passenger cars, next was the scale lumber... I have no idea exactly what sizes I actually need so I basically bought a large range of sizes to cover all bases! (The lumber range at Australian Modeller)
I'll usually write everything down that I can think of when brainstorming, sometimes I'll spend hours just thinking about it and how to achieve a certain effect.
Building the model in your head can often highlight areas that may or may not be difficult and you may discover certain details and building techniques need to be built in a very specific order. A lot of the time we have instructions that come with kits but when scratch building you don't have that luxury.
Here is a the word document I've started showing the current brainstorming process and the research I've done so far, these notes are very likely to change over the next week or so as I continue to plan and design the model.
So far this is everything I've done so far in preparation for the model, I plan to have extension pieces to allow enough room to film the train operating underneath the bridge.
I'm also going to use pre weathered code 70 Micro Engineering track which is currently on its way in the post, in the mean time I'll be measuring up the dimensions of the model later today and I'll be temporarily using Peco code 83 track until the code 70 track arrives.