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 Posted: Sat May 28th, 2016 09:08 am
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The Eyesore - a fun project

The impression of Germany as being clean and tidy is generally correct, Germans don't tend to empty their MacDonald's carton from the car window, neither do they neglect to disguise their motorways from the neighbours. 

However they do tend to hang on to things and they do like their caravans, so much so that old caravans are recycled as garden rooms and many much loved wohnwagens can be found in the no-man's land between garden and trackside.



This rather unhappy example was just a few metres from the S7 in the upmarket suburb of leafy Gr├╝nwald, it seems to be returning to nature or at least rotting away nicely.

My starting point is a Mercury Roller toy, it is not easy to source at tatty caravan with a right-hand door.



It might take a couple of weeks but it will be suitably awful.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 12th, 2016 08:27 am
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Just to say goodbye.

Unfortunately a recent spell in A&E with another spell in resuss was partially due to lifestyle, work load with impossible targets and the resulting long hours with jet lag thrown in for good measure against; all have taken their toll.


The last few months have been difficult and attempts at social interaction has merely added to the stress therefore leaving the forum (and numerous other non-related social activities) was not a difficult choice.

Pottendorf will continue to be a part of the therapy process and I will post the occasional update on http://timhalesblog.blogspot.co.uk/  please keep in touch.

Many thanks to Bob Comerford and Neville Rossiter amongst so many others.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 12th, 2016 10:41 pm
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Good luck Tim
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Tim.
I don't like to see anyone kicked when their down.
You get better and do your own thing for a while.
Regards.
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 Posted: Wed Jul 13th, 2016 08:41 pm
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Yes, I know how it can be. I was away from model railroading for some years and in the mean time, I took care of my wife and lost her to cancer. After that, I struggled with many demons and just about lost it all...then I remembered my old addiction-model railroading-and after getting back to work, I got better & better. Don't look behind, just forward. We will be here waiting to hear from you.
A good hobby is one of the best things that you can have, don't forget it.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 3rd, 2017 12:01 pm
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They say that a change is as good as rest, so I had both, just to make sure.

The doc is finally happy with my health and I feel a whole lot better, to celebrate this change of fortune, I intend to build a 'quickie'

Here's the full story taken from my blog.

Hi,

It seems that 'who will take over from us' is a regular and very tired Yuletide discussion on most forums populated by those with too much time on their hands. The old saw that the next generation of modellers is taken from pre-teens doesn't work (and hasn't for the past forty years), instead I target those who have paid off the mortgage, have too much time on their hands and want something that can be achieved within a shorter timeframe. In short, the active retired and pre-retirement communities who haven't already committed to a lifetime of golf or sofa surfing.

The tiny layout featured below can be built within a year and will provide a great deal of personal satisfaction for those baby-boomers who grew up with plastic kits and still want to do something with their hands and mind.

The alternate motive for the layout is that taking the trains to the people is important if we want interest within our community. Mindful of the fact that no one gets any younger, I am also reminded that I retired from exhibiting in 2014 however this idea appeared in the Carl Carendt scrapbook, it's nothing short of brilliant and is eminently do-able. The layout is not prototypical, it borrows themes from many locations and remains a 'might-have-been' in every sense.

Just two metres long including fiddle yard and effectively four wye turnouts, the plan uses the many of the buildings that are used on Pottendorf. The size of Oe (O-16.5) rolling stock allows considerable operational interest.






The boards will be 1,2m x 60cm, the trackplan will change by stretching the centre whilst the houses from Dorfstrasse on Pottendorf (see below) will be placed across the rear wall of the layout, the brewery and warehouse from the same source will hide the sidings.



Dorfstrasse

My special thanks to the Carl Carendt scrapbook for providing the inspiration. Hopefully everything will fit in the hatchback, especially as the board is only 1200mm long x 600mm wide, 4'x2' for colonial types.

The backscenes will form a protective 'box' for the layout whilst view blockers reduce the need for an additional fiddle yard whilst separate cool LED-strip lighting will be independent of the main boards.



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 Posted: Tue Jan 3rd, 2017 09:20 pm
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Good to see you are back.

Nice trackplan with some fun switching possibilities.

Alwin

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Just a quiet Sunday morning. The pallets are laser cut paper and the platform used lots of coffee stir sticks.



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What is wrong with the formatting? Please delete this.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 16th, 2017 12:09 am
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Hi Tim


I guess you are talking about Post 96


There is nothing wrong with the formatting

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