The local club’s origins are deeply rooted in the revival of 0 (1:43) scale since the 50’s & in the growth of the Gauge 0 Guild.
Although the scale has grown in popularity in recent years, with RTR models from a number of manufacturers, in the L&DMRC the reverse is true. Loss of storage space & the death of a prominent & skilled member of the 0 scale team, means they haven’t had available a layout to present to the public for a number of years.
Until recently the original layout built by Alf & Martin was still in club hands, but it had suffered from a period of near external storage & the need for its current storage location to be used for other purposes. The layout’s size also meant that the layout needed virtually the whole club membership to transport & operate. The last time it was exhibited was in 2005 & colleagues from the then South Hants MRC O gauge group came & assisted in operation.
Now being proposed is a new much smaller layout which could be built, transported & exhibited by two local 0 scale enthusiasts, both of which are members of the Gauge O Guild. It would however be beneficial to have one or two new members to join them.
If you are an O scale modeller & are considering joining a local club please contact us via the club secretary.
See details of proposed Walmington- on-Sea O gauge layout which although no longer a club project may be of interest to current club members & potential new members.
The club will be making its annual trip to exhibit at the Midhurst Modellers Show on Sunday 14th February 2016 at the Grange Leisure Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst.
We will have two club members layouts on display Uberernst in HO scale by Nick Harling , his late father’s layout, last exhibited in the 1990’s and recently re-discovered & part way through refurbishment. Nouvion 1943 in 1:35 scale narrow gauge by Matt Wildsmith using a mobile phone app to control the speed & direction of the locos.
There will also be a club display table with details of club activities & forthcoming new layouts & events.
Please drop in & have a chat
We have informed all the local press & community sites regarding our attendance & to supplement the rather sparse publicity for the show itself