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F class locomotive update

The arrival of a package of etchings from new artwork is always a mix of anticipation and nervous optimism.  The nerves arise from the cost and delay from any draughting or logical errors, the anticipation should be self-evident. The latest etchings for the F were revision B, so the nerves were not acute but the…

A new modelling paradigm?

I’ve been ruminating, as one does, on weighty matters such as the meaning of life and the state of the hobby. The hobby is comprised, at its leading edge, a group of luminaries who scratchbuild what they want, kit-building and bashing where possible. There are even loftier modellers of myth who scratchbuild pretty much everything,…

New in the Emporium

With a new batch of etchings arriving I have updated the Emporium with some new products as well as some old favorites that have been out of stock for a long time.  There are a number of other developments that should be added shortly. We have some new numberplate options available ex-stock.  Stock items are…

Making the “F”fort

One of the long term projects here at chez Finescale has been an F class locomotive.  In fact, considerable progress has been made on this from time to time, but it has yet to float up to the top of the ‘to do’ list.  Recent chatter on Facebook and elsewhere has prompted me to reassess…

A vehicle of an altogether different kind

The last vehicular distraction was self-inflicted, but this one came by email from Mark Andrews asking if a gig kit was a possibility. The answer to which is absolutely, and here are the first images.  The original gig (see here: https://nzfinescale.com/cart-before-the-horse/ ) was drawn by Mark based on a gig in  the Fielding museum. That drawing was…