Following on from the theme of my last blog entry, I have continued with the Virtual Modelling. This time I have been drawing up the plans for my signal box, this is based on the one surviving (and preserved) at Bodmin General. I have a 4mm scale plan from the SLAG series of "Bodmin" articles in the Model Railway Constructor (and indeed built such a box from my 4mm layout many years ago). However, because I want to get the windows and doors etched I felt it would make sense to draw up a 2mm scale version (from which I can copy the items I wish to include on my etch artwork later). The resulting drawing is shown below, and also has the benefit that I will be able to print a few copies onto card and build a mock-up building to ensure that I am happy with the size and positioning of said box on the layout!
Signal Box drawing (based on Bodmin General)
Once my mock up is built and I am happy with it, I will begin the build in plasticard, using embossed stonework and brickwork cladding where necessary. The windows and doors will have to wait until until my etch artwork is complete and I have a metal doily in my hand. This could be some time as I still have a couple of coaches to finish drawing and the windows for both signal box and station building to add to the artwork yet! I think that the windows for the station building will certainly benefit from the etch process :
Main Station Building drawing (incomplete - based on Bovey Tracey)