Some of you have asked where the modelling, weathering, prototype and related articles (formerly on this site) have moved to. Here’s the answer…
With the redevelopment of the Andrew’s Trains site to focus on small, easy to build, practical and operational layouts I moved the modelling articles, which are outside of my mission to bring a layout into your home this year, to my other site. That provided clarity for this site and for my modelling interests outside of layout design.
To find those old articles, and the newer ones already added, head on over to the >>modelling site here<<.
Regular readers will know that change is afoot at Andrew’s Trains. Content change, overall direction change and a focus on small railroad layout design is coming in 2020. At the start of the new year it’s time to look at the direction I’ve set to see if I’m on target.
Overall 2019 was the best year yet in regards to total views. Visitor numbers were down a little bit. But I’m expecting things to get better this year with the focus changing to better meet what you want to see.
So at the end of 2019 here were our main numbers were:
Total Views: 33425
Total Visitors: 6431
For an average of 5 views per visitor
Views by Nationality (Top 10)
And a big shout out to the individuals from:
Isle of Man
To each of you who dropped by this year: I hope you took something away of use , and I hope to see you more often in 2020.
Who referred you to Andrew’s Trains
Most people were referred through Google searches. Followed by Facebook, Pinterest, Bing, TheRailwire.net and model-railway-hobbyist.com.
The top 10 looked like this:
Most popular sections
Small Layouts – 2,128
Brett – a great small layout you can model – 731
Layout Designs – 477
Kendallville Terminal Railway Co (Kendallville, IN) – 372
Corio 2016 GWR Micro Layout – 361
Layout Ideas – 289
Medium Layouts – 250
Track Plan Ideas – 211
By far the biggest items on the list in all categories are small and micro layout designs, build reports and reviews. This backs up what I’ve been seeing from the currently running survey. If you’ve not taken part in the survey would you mind helping me out and providing me with answers to some simple questions. It takes about 3 minutes of your time and will help me make this site better suited to what you want. Click here to go to the survey
What’s happening in 2020
First off all the unrelated content, that is not layout design and build related, has been removed from the site. It will be appearing on my personal site and will be available there in dribs and drabs as I get to it. Mainly this is the modelling and image gallery pages. More on that here once I get all of the pages and the content uploaded and setup the way I prefer.
Content is moving around, and off-site to my other modelling related website to simplify the purpose and the mission of Andrew’s Trains.
I’m in the process of transferring all of the modelling related content off site to my modelling related pages on my personal website. THe aim is to keep layout designs here and all other content including the modelling articles there. That will take place during the first quarter of 2020. I aim to be layout designs only by April 2020.
Where will it go?
All of the modelling content will be transferred in stages to:
It’s a work in progress. However I’ve written up an new landing page for the VR GY wagon series as well as a part 2 of the build process this couple of days off. So you can head on over there to read more about that process. More information on the build was requested by a couple of readers and I apologise for the delay in getting that completed. Life has been busy, and my time is limited. But it is getting there.
I’ll keep you advised as things change and changes to both sites rollout.
It’s been some time since I modelled anything other than railways or railway related stuff. A couple of years ago at the local scale modelling club’s Annual Show (full disclosure I am a board member there) I purchased a cheap and cheerful 1:48 scale F-111E for very little money from one of the club members who was looking to offload it.
It has been a frustrating, and yet a strangely enjoyable process to go through building an aircraft for the first time in over 30 years. That it happens to be in the same scale as my 0 scale railway endeavours doesn’t hurt.
Work on this has been one of the reasons why I’ve been so quiet here on the HVL and Andrew’s Trains. I got into a bit of a rut and realised that I needed a break away from modelling and making trains for a bit; the joy of modelling went stale.
If you’d like to follow along with that build process and all the frustrations and pitfalls I’ve met along the way head on over to my other modelling site for the build process and what I hope will be a unique model at the end of the Boneyard Build.
Here’s what I’m aiming for as a model and diorama (although not sure about the paint scheme yet).
There’s a lot of weathering on these aircraft that I’ve noticed as I researched. And that I am really looking forward to.