I guess we need to look back in time for an answer. When I was in Primary School all my friends had OO Scale Railway Layouts- some Triang some Hornby....I seemed to be content to have some very colorful and interesting Hornby Catalogs and I spent hours pouring over them at the Kitchen table - dreaming about a time when I'd be able to afford such wonderful models. Our small Local Hobby Shop was Mr Barnes 'Cycle & Hobby Shop' where he had a very good range of Hornby- Triang, Scalextric and Airfix kits....in my teens I placed on order for a Hornby 'Jinty' tank locomotive...some days later my Dad told me to see Mr Barnes and cancel the order....my hopes and dreams of owning the little black British Rail tank locomotive were dashed.
Much later at about the age of 22 -I did buy that little BR 'Jinty' tank - which I only had for a short while and then I gave the Locomotive to our friend Peter for his son Bradley to run on his layout. Why the fascination with the small Tank Locomotives?...long ago as a child- Mum and I would visit my Aunt Thelma at Miranda...David my Cousin- who was much older than I- would generously present me with books as a welcome gift -like Boys Annuals and picture books about British Locomotives and Trains....I tended to know more about British trains than I did about our own New South Wales types. I certainly knew what 'The Golden Arrow' was!
I liked Tank locomotives of British outline- their shape and size appealed to me- I thought them to be a most sensible and practical design....and yes an 0-6-0T seems always to be a favorite type of locomotive...although I do like the Webb Coal Tanks, Adams Radial and Wainrights as well.
So- it would seem that for a life-time I've denied myself the opportunity to build a layout. As of today- I'm very determined not to be dissuaded from achieving a Model Railway Layout.
Why OO Scale and Hornby? Well - I guess it is what we grew up with...4mm/ft is indeed a most practical scale and gives very appealing sized models. I certainly prefer OO.
I am very fond of miniature figures and am particularly choosy when it comes to figures that will bring so much life and character to my Layout - I have chosen to obtain those OO figures in pewter by Ian Langley from the UK....I think that they are excellently sculpted and I do look forward to painting and basing them up for duty.
A rather big influence upon the type of Layout to be designed is heavily influenced by the famous Author Rev W.Awdry's 1959 'OO' travelling exhibition model. (6ft x 4ft).
I will have considerably more space to model my Layout - with a sizable shed - I can choose from going 6'x4' right up to 13'x5'6"......which I might add Is my next stage - the PLANNING .....this will take some time to do and should be enjoyable.
Well - that IS about it for our first installment about beginning a Hornby Model Railway Layout.
Until next time.