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Been mainly electrics recently. But.....

Posted by wollastonblue , 10 January 2018 - - - - - - · 93 views

Well with the excitement of Christmas and Mrs and Little Wollastonblues birthdays, I could only get the electrics all finally sorted. I have found out that Peco fish plates are not compatible with Tomix track, and with the rails not accepting solder at all, I discovered that underneath the track I could solder connection wires to the rails. I have also wi...


Castle Shaunbachdorf

Posted by wollastonblue , 06 November 2017 - - - - - - · 255 views

Over the last weeks little Wollastonblue and I have had good fun with scatter, and trees. It was little Wollastonblue who suggested we had a path up to the castle, so we added a hedge around a gravel path. The hedge coming from Mrs Wollastonblues cleaning cupboard. 
Photos of our progress: 
Spooning on some scatter: 
Spreading the s...


More Train Set Pwease Daddy.

Posted by wollastonblue , 24 October 2017 - - - - - - · 323 views

Little Wollastonblue, wanted to do some more work on the layout last night. So we set about the piece of foamboard the castle is going to site on, for the left hand box. 
So after one of Mrs Wollastonblues wonderful dinners, we broke out the scatter, trees, etc. and created a pathway to the castle, laid down some forest floor,and planted some trees....


Foam (board) Party!

Posted by wollastonblue , 23 October 2017 - - - - - - · 390 views

Thank you to Dave John for the advice, and the bulldozers went in a cleared a lot of plaster, wire and paper, and I have rearranged the buildings so that i can fit my Hotel and Pool in the left hand board, meaning I can fit some more on the right hand board. I also think that I might build a wall around the castle now. The helix covers have been fashioned...


Move Every Mountain.... Help!

Posted by wollastonblue , 10 October 2017 - - - - - - · 385 views

OK so as things have started to progress, I have realised that I have made 2 massive mistakes: 
I tried the loco is both directions the weekend, and it got stuck in the tunnel, which in my opinion is probably down to dirty track.  
I have built a plaster and wire structure to go over this helix and it's too big. 
So which le...


Wir Kommen Dorthin - Well sort of....

Posted by wollastonblue , 05 October 2017 - - - - - - · 325 views

Little Wollastonblue and I have a little progress to report, there is a major chunk that i haven't got photos of and I will get round to taking photos of it and putting them up here. 
Little Wollastonblue and I have planted some trees and the Alpine Chapel, along with some bushes, and a small embankment as the viaduct pops up a little higher than the...


Getting Plastered

Posted by wollastonblue , 15 March 2017 - - - - - - · 311 views

Progress is really being made on my little slice of Switzerland. The last helix has been cut and tested, as has the track bed and river bed at the bottom of the Waterfall. Followed by a load of scrunched newspaper and plaster cloth. 
I am a little stumped on how to top the mountain off as I do want it relatively flat so I can place my Alpine restaura...


Daddy, Paint pwease

Posted by wollastonblue , 09 February 2017 - - - - - - · 252 views

After roping Little Wollastonblue into some rock painting on the box. I am getting constantly asked now "Daddy, paint for you pweeeeease", so this is sort of getting things moving rather quickly. A few photos of our progress: Rock Painting: 
 Now painting the boxes black: 

 Daddy's modelling:   Well if it keeps M...


While Mrs Wollastonblue is away......

Posted by wollastonblue , 23 January 2017 - - - - - - · 243 views

Mrs Wollastonblue is now working occasional weekends, which leaves me in charge of little Wollastonblue, and he is starting to get in to painting so, I though I would give him the opportunity to do some on the layout. So we put on Thomas and Friends The Great Race, got out the child friendly paints and we managed to achieve this: 


Distracted by the Darkside (They have Alcos)!

Posted by wollastonblue , 01 December 2016 - - - - - - · 306 views

Despite a side track (no pun intended) with planning a US HO switching layout. Some work has progressed with the layout. Just the last Helix to cut and fit and we can really start to progress with scenery. Warley led to a couple of purchases (Kato Turnout Switches for 2 of the points, a Faller Chapel, and some tunnel portals). 
The first box...


More photos of my progress.

Posted by wollastonblue , 26 September 2016 - - - - - - · 376 views

Just some more photos of the progress with Shaunbachdorf. 
I did lay some of the track down to check everything, and the loco and stock I have, and it doesn't have any problems with the 140mm Radius curves. The issue I do have at the moment it, is the R140 Points they do need wiring up properly, as they don't set the route pro...


Things have started to progress.

Posted by wollastonblue , 23 September 2016 - - - - - - · 355 views

It's been a while since I last updated my blog on Shaunbachdorf. But things have progressed, since my last update. Trackbed is slowly but surely being cut and glued into place. Have to be careful as little Wollastonblue gets scared of power tools. 
A final decision was made about the track. Peco Flexitrack is being used for the stagin...


My Mojo is Back!

Posted by wollastonblue , 02 August 2016 - - - - - - · 121 views

Well is been a long, long, time since I updated my blog. But a recent visit to Weston Super Mare, and of course the wonderful Model Masters (just a very happy customer), reignited the flame to push on with the layout.  
A Faller Platform kit, and Alpine Chalet have been obtained, along with some PECO code 80 flex track. After much deliberating and pl...


A bit of progress and I've finished a layout!

Posted by wollastonblue , 12 February 2016 - - - - - - · 289 views

A quick update on proceedings so far. The Kibri Castle kit was quite a monster as the photos show, the Faller viaduct kit is rather straight forward.

Work is due to start on the track bed, as soon as the weather improves so I can cut the hardboard required.

A few photos:

The Viaduct:

My little one thought it would better with a train on:

The Kib...


How to Faller in a few minutes.

Posted by wollastonblue , 03 December 2015 - - - - - - · 433 views

With a week off looming on the horizon, work can really get started on the trackbed. In the meantime some shopping has been done, and I am waiting for a couple of packages from Japan to get really cracking on with the layout.

My annual trip to Warley, was more expensive than originally planned as one Trader had a Kibri Kit of Branzoil Castle which was on...


All Systems go.

Posted by wollastonblue , 10 November 2015 - - - - - - · 375 views

To keep costs down, and as I've also had a play with Scarm. I am going to stick with the 3 APA boxes as the boards for the layout. This is what should be the final track plan:

I have found a couple of Youtube videos with KATO RhB stock going round the 140mm Radius tomix Track no problem. So I have the curves on order from Japan.

I have also discovere...


The APAration is about to begin (or is it)?

Posted by wollastonblue , 02 November 2015 - - - - - - · 385 views

I am now the proud owner of 3 APA boxes. I have knocked one up quickly, and a couple of issues have arisen:

1. The 150mm radius Curves fit, but only just. I can carry on with them, but it will be tight. Alternatively I can utilise 140mm Curves from Tomix, however the corresponding points are Tomix too, and I can't seem to find out if they are compatible...


If you Jiggle it about a bit.

Posted by wollastonblue , 01 September 2015 - - - - - - · 77 views

A bit jiggling around with Scarm, and testing heights for the Helix, has allowed me to put a fiddle yard in. The helix needs to 45mm from base to the next level.

It looks like the eBay supplier has run dry of the APA boxes. So I may either attempt my own or get a laser cut kit to suit.


Reflections from the bottom of a beer glass

Posted by wollastonblue , 18 August 2015 - - - - - - · 209 views

While having glass of beer the other night, I was pouring over different areas of Switzerland to visit next year, and which railway journeys I could do within the time frame without boring my good lady, and letting the little one splash around in the pool. I think a Eurocamp (other mobile home holiday companies are available) holiday next year will tick t...


It's Arrived, It's Arrived!

Posted by wollastonblue , 10 August 2015 - - - - - - · 441 views

Thanks to Keith at Traintrax, this arrived for me on Saturday morning. It's easy to set up and have a [s]play good look at everything. I am very impressed with how it looks. The coaches are excellently moulded. The only criticism I do have is that the the Rapido couplings are very obtrusive on the locomotive. However, the close coupling system offered...

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