~ 2023 ~
Monday, 2 October 2023
The Lindau Fence from Adler Modellbahmanufaktur Köln arrived per DHL...
September 30, 2023
Photoshoot at my dealers'...
September 14-15, 2023
Painting und Patinierung des Faller Hallenhaus (130552) in Oldenburger Osterthuner Tradition. The making of is described in Chapter 45.
September 11, 2023
Private photoshoot at Adler Modellbahnmanufaktur Köln... with many gems!
Micro Metakit 10102H
Micro Feinmechanik 97402HL
Micro Metakit 89110H | i.c.w. Bavaria | Kesselwagen 500023
Umbau by Adler of a Brawa G 10 (DB) into SEK, nr. Ka.891 (model owned by Raxo Rallis)
Weinert 4229 | DB 38 1772 der Epoche 3
Teichmann Wipplager Fahrwerk der BR 93.0-4
Unfinished prototype of a pr. T16.0 by mr. Gebhard Reitz (Fleischmann chassis, Westmann boiler, Gölsdorf Steuerung)
One of the most awkward models from the darkest hour of Germans History. Dirk Ade (fomer coworker at Micro Metakit) made three pieces world wide of this Red Cross version for Eisenbahn Canada.
Adler Modellbahnmanufaktur Köln was asked by its current owner to to completely sandblast and convert this model in 2023.
September 7, 2023
The Renvovation Story has a new Chapter about the Weinkellerei annex Burgmühle, two model kits from Faller, which I assembled, altered and adapted into one major buidling.
September 3, 2023
This very morning I received a surprising message from Adler Modellbahnmanufaktur. Julian, part of the Adler Modellbahnmanufaktur team, is personally taking care of the Schloss Cochem Project, as you may read in the adjacent text (a discussion behind the scenes, in which I had no part).
After many discussions back and forth between me and
in the past months, mostly about the Main Fence 'in sort of Buckingham
Papace style', we (or to be honest: Julian) decided to top it of - or
even better: to crown it all! - NOT with a intially supposed brass crown
in general, but a crown specially designed and manufactured for Schloss
Cochem, made out of 14 K/585er gold, which in the end will be positioned
on top of the Main Fence to the Roayal Square, at the entrance of
Now, it will take some time before Adler has manufactured and constructed the whole fence. So, please be patient with me!
585er Gold (4K)
August 18, 2023
Three days ago the 7th, today the 8th shipment from Faller Gütenbach arrived. The waiting si still for the Rundturm (130826) which will not be released untill September...
The Burgmühle will be combined with the Weinkellerei as one buidling, hiding the two houses on the backdrop. Together with the Hallenhouse (Faller 130552) and Vogtsbauernhof (Faller 130677) they will form an agricultural environment behind Stift Cochem.
August 13, 2023
Last week, Philippe Hofmann (Alsace Lorraine), a friend of Jean Buchman, was so kind to send me pictures of all German models which he has altered into AL the last decadss.
Although I did have to do quite some doctoring to remove smudges, dust and even a firm amount of dirt on his lens, most pictures are nevertheless a nice addition to the ModelsList.
August 10, 2023
It's in the details that feelings of rewarding are found... only 3 planks, covering an unforseen light spot (see Chapter 25).
August 7, 2023
Finally time to write the first chapters about the squares around Schloss Cochem. Although construction was simultaneous, I have divided the chapters by location.
Starting with the Royal Square.
July 20, 2023
Adding some gems of old catalogues to the HP and into my files: Roco 1976 & News 1977
July 6, 2023
New arrival today: Part 2
June 25, 2023
My Brawa 02 006 (DRG) arrived...
Brawa 40963 | 19.5.2023
April 26, 2023
"Die Verwandlung eines Serienbausatzes zum Unikat ist dir wiedereinmal hervorragend gelungen."
(Friedl Güth on FB)
April 21, 2023 - Dortmund Intermodellbau 2023
Meeting people (Adler), some serious handshaking (Faller) and a photoshoot (Märklin). See the special page Dortmund 2023
Dortmund Westfalenhalle, 21.4.2023
April 18, 2023
Next to the Cochemer Bahn, a freshly new chapter will be written: D i e R h e i n s t r e c k e
April 14-16, 2023
The Pulverturm got additional wiring and a cartboard square. Read more in Chapter 32.6.
April 8, 2023
Cobblestones aririved at my stead! The Schoss Cochem Adventure continues...
April 2, 2023
While Schloss Cochem stood aimlessly on the layout for months after finishing, awaiting Jimmy's cobblestone squares, I wanted to temporarily remove it during this weekend,
because I can expect Jimmy's shipment any moment now. However, when lifting the south side, I heard a creak on the north side. Both guardhouses had come loose from the building along with the stairs. I've always had an awkward feeling towards those two houses. The scale looks more TT than H0. So, I've decided to remove them anyway.
Because of the glue traces I sanded, primed and weathered this side of the stairs again. I found a fitting door and in effect this is just what I was looking for at this spot.
The Lindau Townhall finally got a statue at the front facade. Taken from the Faller set 151634...
Thanks to Mirko Kütbach, my Milchwagen (Brawa 48667) now carries the proper shields "MIilchwagen".
Never released by Brawa as such (although announced with black ones), we discussed this omission on FB, and Mirko spontaneously offered them to me! Hut ab.
Small photoshoot at my dealer's with f.i. the 2nd Märklin Insider Locomotiv 2022, E 71 26:
... and some purchases
I was finally able to write an important chapter in the Cochemer Bahn's History: About Cobbelstones
New Era 1b Bavarian purchase, be it probably not prototypical: Schwapp, der gute Fliegenfänger ( Brawa 49750, LE 2018)
A new skyline is developing in the West...
The Pulverturm was finished today. The cross on the spire will be positioned when the Turm is positioned on the Cochemer Bahn.
Read the story of construction in Chapter 32 of the Journal.
February 22, 2023
Today, Shipment 4 arrived, including Pulverturm, Schildturm mit Wehrgang, Wehrtürme and Altstadtmauer. Schloss Cochem will be closed with this expansion.
Read ore in Chapter 32.
February 18, 2023
This morning arrived (Shipment 3)... Weinpresse (Faller 180335)
Bird's eye view...
February 14, 2023 - Valentine's Day
Last night I had a work meeting (per mail) with Faller at 11 p.m. to
post a message on Faller Instagram this week regarding the 'Tieren im
Wald' recently placed on the Cochemer Bahn.
All credits to the Marketing Department. I can't mention their names, though, but that's not important here either.
February 10, 2023
A call from Faller... the Pulverturm and other kits will be deliverd in three weeks.
Besides, triggered by Chapter 31 ("Animals in the Forest "), Faller will release pictures of mine on their Instagram Account.
Another three weeks to go...
"No, I can not! I am busy. The fox and the weasel are coming..."
The Renovation Journal is being... renovated, with a new and complete index.
January 28, 2023
This very afternoon I received the flyer News Q1/2023 from Adler Modelbahnmanufaktur Köln with (again) a picture of the CB on page 9.
January 27, 2023
Today, Brawa announced - as the very last Gerrman firms - the news 2023. For me, it will be a cheap year.
Unlike Märklin and Roco, only Brawa has paid attention to the Era 1 collectors this year.
A nice must have model is this brownish Milchwagen with attractive printing:
January 22, 2023
Gute Fahrt in die neuwe Woche...
January 21, 2023
Ever since Faller's set of forest animals with the orange-red fox caught
my eye, I knew I'd run it on the wall.
"Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”
Read more about the fox and other animals in Chapter 31.
January 18-21, 2023
Schratchbuilding a Vineyard Watchtower. Read more in Chapter 30.
January 15, 2023
Finishing the building of the West Tower, as well as completing the report, to be found in Chapter 29
January 5, 2023
Today I finished the WeinHof which I started as last year's module, needed to fill the final gap of the Cochemer Bahn Layout.
December 3,1 2022
Faller's Weinhaus finished... the end of 2022!
Also see the Agenda of previous years:
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