|Cheddar S&DJR: The Most Attractively Painted Layout Of The Day...|
As ever, this weekend is one of my favourite of the year due to the double-header of the Tonbridge Model Railway Club exhibition in the Angel Centre today and the Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society Open Day at the same venue tomorrow.
Rachel and I rolled up in the early afternoon, thinking it wouldn't be too crowded but the place was rammed. Not only that but there turned out to be many more layouts than in previous years - the show expanding into siderooms previously only used by the wargames' show - and there was a marked increase in the number of large scale (O Gauge) layouts.
We met Nick and Alec there and Nick attributed the large number of O Gauge layouts to the fact that the hobby is primarily maintained by an elder generation with failing eyesight - hence the need for bigger layouts and rolling stock!
I was very pleased by the multitude of O Gauge material as O Gauge equates to 1:43 scale, ie. the scale of my current obsession: The Batman Miniatures Game (although I think O Gauge people are portlier than Knight Models' figures so would probably look a bit odd as Gotham pedestrians).
I even managed to acquire a rather nice vintage car in that scale that should fit right in to my Gotham City pipe dream.
There were quite a number of layouts that caught our eyes, but two stood out in particular. A small 1920s layout depicting The Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway line to Cheddar (pictured above) was the most beautifully painted, but my favourite was Mill Falls (see pictures below), a fictional slice of 1950s Americana.
I'm always a sucker for the less common American layouts anyway, but Mill Falls was overflowing with tiny details - so much so that I didn't even really register the rail line in the layout as I was hypnotised by its Happy Days vibe.
You can see the rest of my pictures over here in my public Facebook album.