Train carriage cubby with G scale garden railway

The following video shows a few shots from the train carriage cubby house I built. It has a G scale LGB starter freight set running on LGB brass track. This video contains a few shots from the cubby house build process, it is not a “how to” video. The loco runs through lockable doors that open on either end of the cubby house then around a small part of the garden. Continue reading


Making lightweight fake rocks

This is a tutorial on how I carve and paint extruded polystyrene (XPS) to make cheap fake rocks for a model scene or diorama. These techniques can be used for model railways (N scale, HO scale, on30 and more) and also look great for gaming terrain such as wargaming tiles and boards. The final shots have some static grass added for extra realism. Foam rocks have an advantage over plaster moulded rocks because they are super lightweight ensuring your board or diorama doesn’t become too heavy. The technique is also cheap and only requires basic paints and tools.


Why not sell it all?

Looking at trains

Is it possible when we talk to our parents we talk only about the extremes in our lives? Boast about our proudest moments or complain about the things that bother us? Do we filter out all the middle bits and present an unclear picture of what we enjoy most about every day life?

I’ve certainly complained a few times since starting our N scale model train layout. For one thing it’s taking way longer than I expected. And it’s certainly a lot more difficult than I anticipated. The boys see other amazing layouts and wonder why Dad is taking so long. But if these complaints were the tip of an iceberg then what lies beneath is an entirely different picture. Continue reading