Many years ago, during my childhood, my Dad introduced me to model railways by the conventional route of a train set.  Over time this evolved into a very neat wall mounted fold-away layout.  The system comprised a variety of Trix, Triang, Joeff, Peco and Hornby track and rolling stock in a mixture of HO and OO scales.  No small amount of skill was required to persuade all of the slightly different couplings to couple and stay coupled.  Frequently trains would leave some carriages behind when the planets were not in quite the right alignment.  I also enjoyed creating the scenery to fill the gaps between the tracks.  Many hours were spent creating embankments from plaster bandages and newspaper.  I also built a number of buildings from the Superquick range of cardboard kits.  Time passed and I lost interest as other teenage and youth interests prevailed.  Recently, my interest in railway modelling has been re-awakened.

Due to space constraints, I started to ponder the possibility of modelling in n-gauge.  The big question was whether my eyesight and fingers could cope with working at such a small scale.  One day, whilst reading about the current state of railway modelling by means of the large number of websites dedicated to this pursuit, I discovered Scalescenes.com.  This looked like an interesting idea.  They had range of plans for sale.  Unlike the Superquick kits, where one buys a kit and builds just the one model, Scalescenes plans can be used to create any number of buildings.  With skill and experience it is possible to customise the building into a new and unique structure.  Some examples are in the Scalescenes gallery.  I thought no more of it and some more time passed.  Then, suddenly, it hit me.  Two plus two makes four.  Why don’t I try building one of their free sample kits and see whether I end up with something recognisable as a building, or whether I just create a mess of glue and ink interspersed with blood and slices of my fingers.

Small WarehouseSo here it is.  A small building.  Specifically, it is described as a Small Goods Store on the Scalescenes website.  Of course, if you are an experienced modeller, you will see no end of faults in my build.  There are many faults that I can see.  White cardboard edges are visible.  Some of the printed items are not aligned as well as they could be.  The general form is not quite as square as I would like.  The printing was at too low a resolution using an almost expired cartridge.  But, and this is important to me, there is no blood and it is recognisable as a building.

Encouraged by the success of this build, I now plan to build one of the other free samples on offer.  If that is successful, I think it will be time time to buy one or more of the other Scalescenes kits and perhaps to create a modest N gauge layout in which they can feature.

Small Warehouse rear viewHere is another view of the small goods store.  This image includes one of my few remaining pound coins as an illustration of scale.