Friday, 13 September 2019

September 2019 Meeting

Following on from the AGM at Swindon on Saturday, we met again the next day for our normal monthly Sunday meeting at our home base in Wilmington. Pete Townsend and Jim Allwood were welcome visitors, having decided to detour and join us before returning to the West Country.

First up Q; how many model engineers does it take to fit 2mm drop-in wheels to a Class 25? A; 6 hands.

Keith, Alan and Pete K take a tea break with the 2mm Association Chairman, Jim Allwood.

Keith deserves another accolade for his double award at the AGM for (best passenger & NPCS rolling stock) - rake of ex-LMS, Southern & BR CCTs

Alan, David and Pete K matching Templot templates to an enlarged geographic map of Evercreech Jubction, Pete Townsend contemplates the scale build.

Time to get the layout for a test session, and give Jim a chance to operate.

Next meeting 13October 2019. Next exhibition appearance 19 October - Beckenham

Thursday, 12 September 2019

AGM 2019 at Steam, Swindon

The 2mm Association 2019 AGM was held at the Steam Museum in Swindon on 7 September - deep in GWR territory.

KAEG was represented by Pete King, Allan Smith, Keith Gloster, Howard Watkins and Richard Doust, joined by Pete Townsend (Somerset member) who had come with the Association Chairman Jim Allwood and the 2mm Shop, their intention to also attend the September KEAG meeting the following day.

The AGM competition entries were described by this year's guest judge Tony Wright, as '... it was the hardest judging I've ever had to do, it's because the standard of the entries was so high, as was the consistency'. He was also impressed with the speed and efficiency of our AGM business.

Of the competition awards, Keith won two of the 9 awards for the same entry, four BR wagons. The Dreadnought Trophy for passenger rolling stock and the Members Choice Cup.

 We had the chance to browse and buy from the 2mm shop, and also visit the Steam Museum.

Apart from the mainly full-size exhibits, Keith and Pete K discussing Caerphilly Castle, there were several 2mm Association layouts; Tucking Mill (Jerry Clifford), Corrieshalloch (Anthony Yeates), Ivybridge (John Aldrick), Ashburton (John Birkett-Smith), and also other gauge layouts among the museum displays. Notable was Sidmouth a P4 layout.
The four 2mm layouts Ashburon, Ivybridge, Tucking Mill and Corrieshalloch (close scrutiny by Pete and Keith). Also on show in the AGM room was Nigel Ashton's Drws-y-Nant layout in progress. Below Sidmouth P4.

Finally, last minute discussion and time to pack up!