Whew, what a year it has been in 2018 for my hobby. I have a layout under construction!! Since I last wrote a year in review post at the end of 2017, it’s been a whirlwind. We bought our first house, moved, I finalized the layout plan for The Liberty Village Line, and about 85% of the benchwork is in place (only the peninsula to go once track is up on the wrap around the walls). 2019 promises a lot of excitement as track starts to get laid, and trains hopefully run, but in what has been an amazing year in the hobby, I’ve done a lot, and made a lot of progress, but haven’t finished many models compared to past years, but that’s OK all things considered. Did I mention I started construction on a layout?? A summary of my year is below, followed by some brief thoughts on things:
Projects Completed in 2018
Projects In Progress
- Building Liberty Village Layout – Did lots on this!! See page here.
- CPR S-2 Diesel Locomotive 7020
- CPR U3e 0-6-0 Switcher
- CNR O-18a 0-6-0 Switcher
- Freight Car Kits – Didn’t start building any, but bought more kits!
- HO Scale GO Transit Hawker Siddeley Cab Car, first test prints received, working on re-designing to address issues and improve.
- British Railways Mark 1 First Open (FO) Diagram 73 – Almost done exterior, haven’t started interior
- Narrow Gauge Layout – Track laid, did some wiring, need to test wiring some more, then do the scenery.
- Weathering – Did some, got a bit better, still a long way to go
- Soldering – Did some, got a bit better, still a long way to go
- Track Building – Didn’t do any. Will need to in 2019
Thing’s I’m expecting to arrive in Stores
- Rapido Trains Royal Hudson – They are in production, and should arrive in 2019, I look forward to receiving mine and writing about it when I do.
So, with that high level summary of the “plan” (insofar as one can plan a hobby), a bit of a chat on what I did is below:
Didn’t finish a lot, but damn proud of the ones I did finish. A personal interest model of a place I loved to go before it was demolished (Bar Volo), a new workbench in our first home, and a freight load for the layout just because.
Finished Projects! Always a good feeling!
Projects in Progress
As many things as are listed up there, there is really only one that matters, everything else really flows from that. The construction of my layout in our new home. I still don’t have as huge a pile of unbuilt freight car kits as some people do, but I’m up to 6 or 7 now. I’ll need to get organized and start building them once some track is laid on the layout as the rails will look empty with the limited amount of freight cars I have for the layout at the moment.
Layout in many steps, lumber, to building with friends, to backdrop to checking templates to having a train run on it on temporarily set out flex track!
The other projects, finishing the BR Coach, working on the 3D print/design for the GO Coach, and the narrow gauge shelf were only peripherally worked on. The BR Coach will be done in January, I’m on the penultimate task now of installing window curtains before I apply the final decals for the first class and no smoking warnings to the windows, then it will be done.
This is a tough one, as every time you do something, you build the skills, but there are things I want to work and continue to get better at, like weathering freight cars so my models on the layout look better and more realistic. Same for track building and soldering. While a friend has generously offered to and is building my switches for the layout, I really do want to learn how, and will need to get so much better at soldering than I am to do the wiring on the layout.
Weathering and Wiring in action, two things I’ll get to do a lot more of in 2019!
So, that’s about it. I’ve tried to keep this years year in review short and sweet, not because it hasn’t been a good year, but because it’s just easier to be short and sweet to collect things and link back to stuff I’ve already written. All the best to you and yours, have a wonderful New Years Eve, and happy modelling in 2019!!