However last year's AGM certainly provided some much needed inspiration and for the first time in a couple of years I really got back into doing some modelling. I've been mostly concentrating on locomotive construction to build up a stock of decent motive power. I have a couple of completed locomotives which were used extensively on Masham - the J94 on scratchbuilt chassis and the Class 20, again tarted up Farish product - but I want a wider range of locos for any future layout.
I have had a N8 kit tucked away for many years and this has slowly emerged in recent months; you may have read about it on the VAG. This is now in the paintshop and without pausing for breath I have launched myself into a recently acquired D49 kit as commissioned by Edward Sissling and produced by Bob Jones.
Now this is the first time I've built a bespoke 2mm loco kit. The N8 etches are really only a scratchbuilding aid. Whilst I utilised Bob's J27 chassis as the basis of the N8 running gear, there was still much trail and error in the erecting of this loco. I had to devise my own motor mount, fabricated a rear pony truck and work out how the chassis would fit onto and within the loco body.