Anyhow. I've been mainly busy with the American N Scale; getting James doing some scenic work etc. As I've no current 2mm layout, I installed a 2mm test track at the front of the N layout. It seemed a good idea to scenicise this somewhat, delineate it from the N Scale and give a backdrop for any photos I might want to take. I'd been playing with the Scalescene printed papers on the American layout with some success and now I've adapted the concrete retaining wall for use with the 2mm track. The results are reasonable and it was nice to work with printed paper and card again. I'm interested as to the durability of inkjet printed papers; we'll see how these stand up.
The N8 was finally finished and I'm pleased I entered it at the AGM. Whilst it was always going to struggle against Bob's exquisite 9F, I feel it performed well on the day and acquitted itself with dignity. If anything the weathering lets the loco down; this was the last minute rush following the lining nightmare and when viewed in bright light, it looks a bit overdone/heavyhanded. I might revisit and repaint the N8 at some point, but now I'm back concentrating on the D49 locowise so it must wait...
A couple of photos showing the loco and the wall:
And one of just the wall: