Spending a hour at the workbench feels like a bit of an achievement after rather too long away.
I've fitted the skirt around the bottom of the chassis of 120.
Of course it's not really a skirt in real life, it's the big, solid underframe that the body sits on, but that's all part of the illusion of making a model.
This is a lot easier if you get exactly the right size of styrene strip to begin with, which is what I've done in this case.
On previous carriages in the series I've run out of this stuff and had to cut long pieces from a big sheet.
Not only do you have to ensure that they are completely straight and the same width all along, but I've also found that when you make the cut it leaves a slight angle on the edges so that when you glue it in place it sometimes develops a lean inwards or outwards.
Using the proper stuff generally avoids this issue and saves a lot of hassle, although with the price of a packet of strips now hitting £6 it's getting quite pricey.
I found a very old, empty packet at the bottom of my stash last night - probably dating back around 25 years - and it still had a price label on it showing less than £1.50.
A 300% percent increase!
I wonder how this compares to overall cost of living over that period?