We cater for all scales and gauges – though most participants model in 2mm, 4mm or 7mm. Techniques migrate easily between subject areas and scales.
Our loco-building workshops, for instance, always contain a healthy Carriage and Wagon Department while RTR-based modellers happily work alongside kit-bashers and scratchbuilders. The tutors are your main focus for technical support, but fellow participants will be equally helpful. Missenden thrives on an atmosphere of generous co-operation; if you find you’re out of 0.3mm wire or have forgotten your best riffler, there’s always someone who can help out.
The standard of modelling can be high, but the environment is definitely NOT competitive. There is a real desire to see you do as well as you can and go home with a sense of achievement – and with your model or project if not finished – well on it’s way to completion.
What can I see?
Nothing is guaranteed because each course member is following his or her own agenda. However, in the past, people have been working on:
- scratch building and kit construction
- rigid, compensated and sprung chassis
- rolling stock
- painting, lining and weathering
- making trees, scenery, buildings, hedges, backscenes . . .
- planning layouts and constructing baseboards
- making and laying track and turnouts in various scales
- signal construction and operation with servos
- wiring turnouts and track
- putting DCC in to locos
- constructing electronic circuits for a variety of purposes
- programming microcontrollers
There have also been demonstrations during a course:
- soldering – a fundamental skill
- track laying and ballasting
- making trees
- using DAS clay
- cleaning your airbrush
- painting and lining
- DCC and CBUS
- using a CAD programme and 3D printing of parts
- making valve gear
- taking photographs of models
If you want to know how to do something or are having difficulty, then ASK. If possible, let us know before you come so that something can be prepared. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ page. Our tutors are very experienced modellers who can help in many areas other than the ones with which you most readily associate them.