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Stour valley dream - playing with platforms

Posted by Fen End Pit , 10 July 2018 - - - - - - · 253 views

This afternoon I spent a few hours on the CAD and laser cutter. I started off making the last diagonal bracing and sticking that in. I cheated a bit this time around and purchased a length of 45 degree timber molding. This meant I could put in the diagonals without the pain of having to sand the ends of the brace to 45 degrees. The resulting baseboard has...


Stour valley dream - 3rd baseboard constructed

Posted by Fen End Pit , 03 July 2018 - - - - - - · 374 views

A wander around Clare country park on Saturday (boy it was hot!) spurred me on to cutting the plywood for the next baseboard of my Stour valley project. Last time we went a few years back the station building was all boarded up and in a pretty sorry state. Fortunately it is now opened up again as a Tea room and it did a very decent bacon bap and cheese to...


One step forwards - and a few backwards

Posted by Fen End Pit , 27 June 2018 - * * * * * · 387 views

Progress on the Slaters Simplex took a step back , a combination of 'Chemo lethargy' and 'cock up'. I was dismantling the loco prior to getting it ready to prime the body work and decided to try and test run the chassis having slightly increased the back-to-back to make it run through my points correctly. Unfortunately disaster struck and the DCC sound ch...


Fen End Pit - Show report and more on Slater's Simplex

Posted by Fen End Pit , 03 June 2018 - * * * * * · 467 views

The Ely Show was great, it was good to meet up and chat with several rmwebbers as well as various current and ex-colleagues. The layout operated well all day with faults limited to a broken rail joint on one point, a missing or failed dropped to one switch blade and a missing uncoupling magnet, not too bad for the first outing of a completely rebuilt layo...


Fen End Pit - All set up and ready for the Ely Show

Posted by Fen End Pit , 18 May 2018 - - - - - - · 385 views

Thanks to the crew working overtime, and lots of helpful stewards from the Ely club, Fen End Pit got set up in the gym ready for tomorrow. 
Hope to see plenty of rmwebber's there, please come and say 'hi' 


Fen End Pit - Lights, Scenic works and a bit of loco progress

Posted by Fen End Pit , 29 April 2018 - * * * * * · 531 views

With the Ely show rapidly approaching a couple of afternoon's help from my friends managed to complete the lighting rig. This is formed of a box girder made from 3mm ply, three rows of 'warm white' LEDs and two rows of colour changing LEDs. I also had to make a 'gallows bracket' for the centre of the layout. The whole lot got a coat of blue to match the f...


Thumping good afternoon!

Posted by Fen End Pit , 22 April 2018 - * * * * * · 442 views

On Saturday 21st Hastings Diesels tours arranged a tour from Hastings, via London and Cambridge to Ely and King's Lynn. Billed as 'The West Norfolk Wanderer' it was intended that folk would travel to Ely and King's Lynn for a fine day out and included a quick run out and back on the Middleton Towers freight line. My enterprising brother (he has his uses a...


What's holding Fen End Pit up?

Posted by Fen End Pit , 16 April 2018 - - - - - - · 494 views

This is not one of those blog entries about 'lost modeling mojo' or real life getting in the way but rather, hopefully, some useful ideas on layout support. Many years ago a company called IKEA introduced Britain to the delights of IVAR shelving. This simple system used pine uprights and pine shelves, and to keep everything upright steel cross-braces...


Fen End Pit - Slater's Simplex - more progress and some new projects

Posted by Fen End Pit , 08 April 2018 - - - - - - · 468 views

We had a busy week on Fen End Pit, the Easter break meant additional assistance was available from my Son so we managed to complete the cutting and fixing of backscenes and the revisions to the layout legs to better support the boards. 
Friday evening meant another night out and a chance to work on the Slater's Simplex. It is convenient to have a pro...


Fen End Pit - Washer plant completed - and another 'announcement'

Posted by Fen End Pit , 28 March 2018 - * * * * * · 489 views

I managed to get some more work done on Fen End Pit's washing plant over the last couple of days. The 3D printed steps got installed and the power up to the washer motor got routed into a conduit. Overall I'm pleased with the result. 
Now 'An announcement' 
Fen End Pit was booked to appear at the Ely MRC's show on 19th May 2018....

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