Busy here today. I have spent a good bit of the day trying various passwords on my eBay account because it's a long, long time since I used it. Since it has 100% positive feedback I didn't want to abandon it and start again. Finally worked it out.
I'm putting up my vast collection of 'N' gauge railway stuff. The layout goes right around the attic and if I send a coal train out at scale speed I won't see it again for at least five minutes. The collection of engines and rolling stock exceeds even that huge track plan and it's all going to go. All of it.
Why? I'm getting old. I no longer have the eyesight and steady fingers of a twenty-year-old and putting thirty coal trucks onto track that's nine millimetres wide is enough to drive me insane. Then there are those long steam engines with all the wheels and one wheel out of line means it'll run fine - until it hits a set of points.
I might go back to railway modelling in the future but it'll be in a bigger scale. I've long been hankering after a G scale live steam train in the garden, but the cost!
It's a bit of a wrench, some of that stuff has been with me for decades and some of it is handmade. As you can imagine, I went over the top with it as I do in all things. There is a scale A4 'Coronation' in whitemetal that I never managed to add the lining to, and I'm the only N gauge modeller I know with a Class 35 Hymek.
I know the geeky train terminology means nothing to most of you so here are some non-train pictures of models in that scale.
The ruler is in centimetres and all the models are metal. I have a signal box with all internal fittings too, and as with those pictured I really don't think I could assemble and paint such tiny things now. These days I prefer to work in 1/24th rather than 1/600th scale and yes, I have brass wire to add brake pipes and engine wiring to those model trucks. Bigger scale means better detail. Even in places nobody can see it. I know it's there and that's all that matters.
Another issue is glue. Those metal models need superglue and I have pondered the day I might turn up in casualty with tiny brass signal levers stuck to my fingers. It could happen. I have made working N gauge signals in the past. I can just see me growling at the doctor who is trying to remove them - 'Don't bend them.'
Sorting the stuff, persuading myself that this time I really do have to sell it and then getting decent photos and putting it all on eBay will take time. But it must be done and the lead-up to Christmas is the time to do it.
I can no longer see these things properly and am too old to make any more.
And I'm skint. That's the decider.
UPDATE: Rechargeable batteries were not invented by man. They are extruded from the Devil's suppurating anus after a particularly bad bout of 'Helli belly'. They sit for ages claiming to be fully charged while you take inconsequential snapshots but as soon as you need to take photos for any serious reason, they die. Anyway, I charged them up and found my photography isn't too good on such tiny things. Tomorrow I will enlist the help of someone who has a proper macro lens with a circular flash on the end. The link will go up when I finally get this done!
It seemed like such an easy idea...