"The spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the 2mm chappies is?" So wrote our national barr, Robert de Irn Bru, in his epic poem "To an Easitrak Turnout". Of course, the answer came yesterday, when nine of southern Scotland's finest 2mm modeller chappies (as such all were) wended their way to the fine premises of ESME in picturesque Almondell. Those finest did not not include those usual stalwarts Al#1 and J#2, but Graham, J#1, Stephen, Nigel, the Junior Als #2 and #3, Simon, Andy and Martin made their way in the weak spring sunshine for the monthly blether session.
As usual, there was much talk before settling down to a bit of modelling. But hark! What was that sound of sobbing heard from the dark corner where Al#2 was lurking? It turned out that the eejit had forgotten his tools, so Martin and Andy rummaged through their own toolboxes to keep the overgrown toddler quiet. Al#2 then proceeded to do nothing much with them anyway, but others were beavering away on their Particular Pet Projects. (Ooooh! Wull ye look at thon! Smart Alec's daein' alliteration noo! Getting above hissel', so he is! Ah kent his faither, ye ken. Always had ideas above their station*, so they did!)
Those others included Graham who, after many sair trauchles, had completed his turnout for the as yet embryonic Group layout, and brought it along to prove it. Despite his own self-deprecation, we (who are normally quite happy helping with his deprecation) were duly impressed.
On the day, he was working on an Association kit for an amphibian of the LNER variety. There was much pondering amongst the motley crew as to why the LNER had aligned itself with the ungodly GWR in naming it's brake vans.
J#1 had come along with his completed tandem turnout for the Group layout. As expected from one of his experience, it looks the part. As Simon had already produced one, we'll have to invent some sort of blind testing to choose which will have the honour of being place in the layout. Hmm...
Still on the rolling stack, Alastair was drawing up a North British mineral wagon with the view to 3D printing them for his planned South Queensferry layout. Source material and sustenance to hand.
When they eventually roll off the production line, there is bound be demand for more from others. Although, I doubt that Jim will be...
Alistair also brought along some brackets he had 3D printed out from Nigel's model. These are to be used for assisting the construction of the layout to be cut from ply laser cut by Chris.