I started modelling in the late 70's and failed to make anything in 2mm N Gauge, 3mm TT gauge and 4mm OO Gauge. Eileen bought me an O Gauge wagon kit for my birthday, I assembled it in an evening. I went back to the model shop, Roy Millership's Modellers Mecca in Wall Heath, explaining that I'd made someone else's model. Roy is unique he didn't say sorry nothing I can do for you, he said I've got just the book for you it was By E. Rankine Gray and called "Cardboard rolling stock and how to build it" it was 50p he then said there are some 7mm scale 0 gauge drawings in those magazines, pointing to a pile of them and they are 50p as well.
The book was and still is a revelation to anyone wanting to make wagons for pennies, on the links page you can download PDF's of both Mr Rankine's books. Before I found these PDF's I authored my own about wagon making from card. In same spirit shown to me by Roy I endeavour to pass on my knowledge to others, I feel it my duty to do so.
I have always liked Light Railways their idiosyncratic stories are so much more entertaining than their main line counterparts, spidery track, old locos and mismatched rolling stock to name but a few.
My layouts are scratch built; the track made from card sleepers and 00 rail, the points from copper clad strips, the locos from card and styrene, the wagons and vans from card and paper, the back scene from photographs and the locos are powered from a homemade controller. I also offer to email interested modellers, drawings, the controller circuit and instructions in 'how to' PDF format.
I took up Carl Arendt's original 4 sq ft challenge in 2009 and made Moxley.