The Autumn Weekend

What people have said:

'It's good to know the expertise is there in the room if you need it'

‘Each time I learn something new . . . Missenden offers me a fantastic opportunity to work on my modelling skills with tutors on hand to point out how I could have avoided the mess I’d got myself into and what I need to do next.’

'Thank you for once again organizing an extremely enjoyable weekend at Missenden Abbey. Both Daniel and I got a lot out of it. Tim was a very good tutor and extremely patient with Daniel . . . I know I will be coming back for more and Daniel is trying to persuade his mother that summer school would be a good idea and a way of her getting a break from us both.'

'Having an expert on hand to help with that particular problem or uncertainty is a huge advantage.'

'Great fun, great company and a relaxing environment, what more could you need?'

Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2019

Focusing particularly on the hands-on side of modelling, our Autumn Weekend consistently delivers leading-edge thinking. There are several course options available to help you gain a better understanding of some of the key aspects of the hobby.

Topics such as electronic control and DCC have become as integral an aspect of our hobby as kit-building or scenic modelling – especially at the finescale end of the spectrum. There’s nothing in the least bit geeky or mysterious about it. Modellers in all scales are discoverinOutbuildingsg just how much electronics, computers and digital technology can enhance the creative potential of their hobby.

Missenden continues to lead the field in exploring the latest developments. Our 2018 Autumn weekend features courses on JMRI Panel Pro and dealing with electronic control of your layout – which may be as relevant to traditional analogue (DC) users as those who’ve fully embraced the latest digital systems.

In 2017 we had an entirely new course on miniature building construction, developed in response to a steady stream of requests, to ensure we deliver what modellers feel they want to know more about. Karl Crowther returns in 2018 dealing with the Principles of Semaphore Signal Construction.

Alan Buttler will be on hand with a CAD Workshop to help you with your projects. He will not be teaching 2D or 3d specifically but will be able to help you take your project further, overcome difficulties and show you how to do those difficult parts. You will need a laptop for this.

In the meantime we’ll once again be featuring our long-running weekend workshops with some of the best-known names in the hobby:

COURSES FOR 2018: (This will be updated when we have finalised the programme for 2019)

  • Then there is the Little Missenden Project for you to work on as well.

    BOOKING opens in May 201 and is via the 'Booking' page. About 5 weeks before the Weekend, you will be sent further details including an invitation to opt for the particular course (if not done on booking) you wish to follow during the weekend.You will have plenty of opportunity to see what goes on in the other courses, to talk to the tutors and to get advice on any problems you might have in your modelling.

    The weekend is residential but if you live locally, you can come in daily at a reduced fee.

    If you have any queries about the courses, please use the 'Get in Touch' page.

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    The Guest Tutor

    Each Autumn, an experienced modeller is invited to contribute their particular skills and techniques.

    In 2011, Martin Lloyd took a group through the building of signals and using servos .

    2012 - Kevin Wilson brought his expertise in the 7mm scale and has now replaced Bob Alderman as the permanent tutor.

    Bob Gledhill ran a course on laser cutting in 2013 and returned in 2014 with 3D printing.

    2016 saw Ian Morton concentrate on Layout Wiring which is being repeated in 2017.

    Karl Crowther brought his expertise in making buildings in 2017 and returned in 2018 looking at semaphore signal construction.


    Whether you want to use a short test track or a whole layout, electricity is an integral part (unless you still use clockwork).  The use of electronics allows you to do much more with your models and layout.

    The electronics courses now look particularly at how it can be used to control your layout but will still cover everything from simple wiring and electronics for novices, through DCC to programming, all under the guidance of knowledgeable and capable tutors.

    By incorporating the electronics into the Autumn Weekend, you can drop in to find out what is involved, watch and ask questions.  Then, next year, you can come and learn for yourself.