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Archive for January 6th, 2018

In my annual attempt to squeeze a blog post out of no model making whatsoever, I’ve been looking at the resolutions I made last January to see how I did:

1: Blog once a week,
It’s good for me to keep writing. Besides, I have to step away from college and breathe on occasion, so I’ll try to make sure there is an entry every week, in fact, every Saturday morning.  Anyone bored with this blog should find that my other one is updated weekly as well.

I occasionally use the same material, but hey, it’s free…

I think I actually managed this, much to my surprise. Admittedly this is at the expense of immediacy so I have a couple of posts ready in case of unforeseen family events or exams. I’m not sure if I’ll keep this up for the next year as I’ll have final exams for my Occupational Therapist qualification in the next months and then the fun of finding a job afterwards. We shall see.

2: Build more models.
After all, I need more blogging material. Being an extreme introvert surrounded by people, I need to switch off to be able to breathe each day, and I find model making is excellent for this as a break before dealing with the family in the evening. I also want to use different materials: card wagons, for example, possibly with the finish printed on paper, or clay and wood for buildings.

This years tally is a completed post office, garage, cartoon gate and developing farmhouse, while the Höfelbachbahn is better off by one railcar and a still unfinished van, and the Körschtalbahn has a big diesel coming along slowly. I seem to have made more buildings than trains. That may just be because I find buildings easier, or because I start all my locomotives twice.

3: Finish half built models.
Like the KÖB railcar (which could well rank as the slowest scratchbuilding project ever although it is much further on than this picture from 2011 suggests), or a rebuild of ‘Growler 1’ which has been languishing in a box for (yikes) ten years as it was far too big for 1:43 scale, let alone 1:55. I’d like it to run one day.

Not doing so well here. The Körschtalbahn railcar is now in primer with some piping, but that’s as far as it got, and I didn’t have the heart to lay a finger on the diesel shunter yet.

4: Maybe, just maybe, get Spitzenwald running.
I feel like I owe it to myself after the fight it took to build the baseboards.

Nope, nothing doing.

What with exams and possibly a house move, I’ve been thinking about my current projects and how they fit in life generally. I’ve got some ideas but they aren’t really complete and you’ve been pretty patient reading this far, so I’ll not bore you further…

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