Daily archives: December 31, 2005

A call for readers

One of the things I plan to do in the New Year is start writing again. I have a couple of ideas but one in particular- a teen’s sci-fi allegory about a ghost Earth- is foremost in my mind at the moment. I want to write the first three chapters then start touting them around publishers and agents whilst working on the rest. To get to that stage I’d like to pass the first drafts out to a few readers for comment. If you’d like to be one of those readers then drop me a line to Ian[at]spinneyhead[dot]co[dot]uk.

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Christmas Round Up

I’m really cheeky whenever I go home and I use Dad’s railway magazines as a library. As I’m not that interested in the main subject of the mags- the rolling stock- I’d never buy them for myself, but I do like to scour the advert sections for interesting accessories and items that would work well in dioramas. I found quite a few this Christmas.

The Scale shop is due a bit of a refurbishment in the New Year, and this will include the removal of a few products. First to go will be the print your own tarmac and concrete. This is partly because Scale Scenes have taken the same concept and been able top put the time and research into it that it required. They have a selection of downloadable printable models that are free for reuse, as well as textured sheets of brickwork and concrete and roads and paving.

One product I am considering is an expansion on the small scale custom cars I’ve already built, with a commission scheme for people wanting a specific custom for their layout or collection. There are a few sources of base models. There’s Cararama, of course, though they can be oversized for the fussy OO scale modeller. Another source of recent cars is TP Models with their Carkit 4 range. Older vehicles are well catered for, such as the DGM whitemetal kits from Autocraft, which will make good bases for hot rods.

Crafty Computer Paper looks like a good source of specialist papers such as waterslide decal and rub-down transfer paper. Muswell Models has been mentioned here before, but I think they’re deserving of another shout out. And finally, the famous Pendon museum.

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