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Abandon Blog!

Posted by ian , 09 December 2009 - - - - - - · 165 views

I have come to the conclusion that an evolving project like this is better suited to a topic rather than a blog format.

I'm not porting the whole lot over to the new topic - late-comers will just have to read through the blog first to get up to speed, but future Hatton updates will appear in the new topic...


I Still Hate Point Motors

Posted by ian , 05 December 2009 - - - - - - · 449 views

Having made some good progress with the scenery on the 'country' end board the scenic machine was ready to roll onto the middle (station) board. First I thought I'd sort out a couple of niggles whilst I could still flip the board over and lay it on its back.

I had changed the socket postition from on top of the...


More Grasses

Posted by ian , 25 November 2009 - - - - - - · 380 views

The canal is starting to get hairy. This is from Woodland Scenics field grass cut into clumps then pushed into dollops of PVA. Once it has dried I'll deal with some of the overlong strands and dust the canal. The hedge along the lane is scouring pad cut into strips and coated with Woodland Scenics coarse turf. (Thanks...


Puff Puff

Posted by ian , 21 November 2009 - - - - - - · 210 views

Returned from Warley with some fibres and a Puffer Bottle. It has produced some hairy grass on the embankment but methinks that a flyswat based electrostatic grass tool is needed for a proper job. Off to the garage to raid the strategic reserve of round tuits I...


Going Green

Posted by ian , 20 November 2009 - - - - - - · 162 views

The first layer of greenery is starting to appear. It is starting to look like a model railway at last!


Out in the Country

Posted by ian , 12 November 2009 - - - - - - · 180 views

Every so often I make a little progress. The hill looks like it is going to be rural rather than industrial. Meanwhile I have put in the canal, fixed the sides on the girder bridge and started to build the abutments and tunnel mouth (Scalescenes again).

The pipe bridge over the canal is also in the...


Back on the Branch

Posted by ian , 01 November 2009 - - - - - - · 176 views

Charmouth seems to have gone all shy and is trying to hide behind the freezer. I think it must be nervous about Warley!

Meanwhile Walton has been dusted off ready for a local exhibition next Saturday. The use of a flat screen monitor, laptop computer and plastic shelves provides a...


Starting the Scenery

Posted by ian , 27 October 2009 - - - - - - · 214 views

Now that the electrics are finished:D I can start on the scenery for Hatton.

The large LEDs are a temporary signal - the scale ones are far too delicate to be installed yet.

The foam is Knauf Space Board and the second layer will lift off to give access to the tracks below. I need to build a...


Light Fantastic

Posted by ian , 21 October 2009 - - - - - - · 156 views

Wrexham & Shropshire service passing the temporary signals.

The sensor is just in front of the front coupling - the main signal will go red when it is triggered, yellow when the train reaches the fiddle yard and then green about 30 seconds later.

The bay signal is held at red as the points are set against it. Changing the...


Knit One, Purl One

Posted by ian , 20 October 2009 - - - - - - · 186 views

Leaving point motors behind I have moved on to the colour light signalling.

The signals won't be installed just yet - I'll wait until the baseboards spend most of their life the right way up for that - but the clever bits are going in.

The up line (left-right) has a signal with a route indicator (feather) which is...

Recent Entries

Something not dis-similar to an Index

Hatton Parkway
Contemporary N gauge
A Little History - New readers begin here.
Playing Trains - We have the power!
Knit One, Purl One - Wiring the MAS circuits.
Light Fantastic - Installation of colour MAS circuits complete.
Starting the Scenery - Starting on the canal end.
Out in the Country - Progress at the canal end.
Going Green - Applying grass.
Puff Puff - Static grass applied from a puffer bottle.
More Grasses - And some tall grasses.
I Still Hate Point Motors - Wiring woes.

The 'Shake-the-Box' layout. OO R-T-R
Back on the Branch - Exhibition preparations.

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The Beal Thing - on modelling railways
Support Your Local Model Shop - but only if it is worth it!
I Feel Fine (Scale) - Better N gauge track

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