The Holidays can be a great way to catch up with family and friends, eat and drink far too much, and generally have a good time. For me, from December to the end of the year it means the modeling gets put aside for the most part and fall behind on projects. I did get to visit a nice open house layout not far from the house, and it even featured a short HOn3 section.
It hasn't been all family and fun, I have worked on the Buzzard's Cove layout some, and gotten to work on a truly portable HOn30 mini layout to take to shows and "spread the gospel" as it were. The goal for the new layout is to have it show ready in 4 months. It's going to take a lot of work, but it's not impossible, given that I am using some time saving techniques, and the track plan is just a roundy round with two separate levels to run trains.
In other news, I'll be attending as a "special guest" (yeah, I'm really special eh?) at the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium MD, at the end of this month. My good friend Joey Ricard of www.tracksidescenery.com has invited me to hang out, run some trains, and commit heinous acts of tomfoolery. Joey is a fantastic photographer and modeler, and you may have seen his work around the net, or in books and magazines. Some of his photos are in the new Tony Koester Narrow Gauge book from Kalmbach.
There is actually quite a lot more to blog about, but for now, I'll just say that there are lots of exciting things coming down the tracks in the very near future, so stay tuned Bat-fans!
Now go build something awesome!