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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Leafing it to the Trees

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 16 September 2018 - - - - - - · 839 views

I’m slowly working through the process it seems to complete this part of my diorama. Lately other issues have been slowing me down somewhat. With constructing the many sized trees from small bushes 25 mm = 2 m to the the tallest 180 mm = 13.716 in OO Scale the wire lengths needed ranged from 45 mm to 1280 mm.

The Gedeo latex I found needed to be watere...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Same but different Trees

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 10 August 2018 - - - - - - · 740 views

I’ve been slowly working through my first third of a forest of wire wound trees and like making slate roofing for my Garsdale buildings I found myself, forgive the pun, wound up!
You do get much better at it when making several trees at a time and it’s amazing how every tree turns out to be an individual. The spruce tree on platform one, opposite the rai...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – I Talk to the Trees

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 13 July 2018 - * * * * * · 859 views

Well not exactly but very close! A while back, (well ages ago) I started to test out Luke Towan’s method of making wire trees. That was until I was 3 way point obsessed, but now having reviewed where I was up to I needed finish the trees so that they are ready to complete the Garsdale diorama. I started with a rough sketch to map the aerial view of their...


The Long Drag to Garsdale - Three way Turnouts a personnel experience

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 04 July 2018 - - - - - - · 435 views

Experience, there’s nothing quite like it! As you maybe aware I’ve been immersed in the joys of diode matrix wiring for the above. Much to the delight of my fellow GWRM club members two of us have finally cracked getting the 3 way point to operate the way it should using three momentary button switches on the loop/yard module control panel.

Thanks to...


The Long Drag to Garsdale - Forward with the Planning Update 2

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 15 June 2018 - - - - - - · 355 views

Well my experiments with servos are progressing along. The prototype was tested using a
CCPM Servo Consistency Master tester on a 3.0 volt, 1.5 amp supply which enabled a Peco
SE 195 code 75 turnout to be switched back and forth without the need to remove the spring
latching. The 12 mm baseboard plus an extra 3.0 mm track bed underlay will be just fine f...


The Long Drag to Garsdale - Forward with the Planning Update

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 22 May 2018 - * * * - - · 291 views

I’ve been involved with our club (the Greater Waikato Railway Modellers) building a loop extention/fiddle yard to compliment our existing one at the opposite side of our exhibition layout. Briefly our DC layout consists of interchangeable and controllable modules that are set to suit the available exhibition space. Primarily it was intended to give more m...


The Long Drag to Garsdale - Forward with the Planning

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 13 April 2018 - - - - - - · 356 views

The need to focus on what control system to run my layout has been evolving as I have been constructing the Garsdale buildings. Rather than having a continuous dual loop I may attempt to use twin tranversers, one at each end of the layout to enable consist/engine interchange. I am also working towards a dual DC/DCC system that will initially use a DC trac...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Landscaping Baseboard Module One Pt 2

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 18 February 2018 - - - - - - · 909 views

The railway cottages block retaining wall to the Carlisle down line platform above has been an interesting undertaking due to correlating the Google earth image with the few others taken at ground level. It also affected the position of the rail side cottages to include the access road and enable a better baseboard/diorama joint for the next adjoining mod...


The Long Drag to Garsdale –Landscaping Baseboard Module One

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 03 February 2018 - - - - - - · 701 views

I have flat surfaces that need some character and I’m using 50mm thick polystyrene off cuts of flooring insulation that are glued down with exterior PVA to create it.
The outline of the access path to Platform one and road to the terrace railway cottages were drawn in with a permanent marker pen after studying many photos and determining a plan view. Then...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – South End Baseboard Module One

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 20 January 2018 - - - - - - · 744 views

Having built bridge 115 and before contemplating undertaking the construction of Dandy Mire viaduct, a start on the baseboard modules needs to be started. This is so I can prefit the bridge for the station approach and the stepped railway cottages to suit the diorama needed for future development. Having read horror stories about baseboard warping an...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt6 Completion Pt2

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 19 January 2018 - - - - - - · 754 views

Well now the railings have been revisited. I am now using a brand new 0.71mm 60/40 solder and a Rosin soldering flux paste to see if the previous result can be improved. The styrene solution for the rails is an option of last resort for me. The reason why I am persisting with this is because I really do need to sharpen my soldering skills as I contem...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt6 Completing It

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 01 January 2018 - - - - - - · 670 views

Well welcome to 2018. Much of my time has been family orientated with time spent at our clubs museum layout and meeting visitors from Rugby and Dorset in the UK along with many other nationalities.
My need to build as close to the prototype as possible meant the scalpel came out yet again and suitable adjustments were made to the plate girder bridge sides...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt5 Wing walls

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 15 December 2017 - * * * * * · 818 views

With the abutment built, the next challenge is getting the wing wall lengths measured.
Using Google maps, the approximate length was ascertained reasonably well at the10m scale and by comparing this with the bridge dimensions I obtained earlier. Both the Eastern wing wall lengths being shorter due to the rise in the road/terrain appear as a nearly id...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt4 Abutments

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 07 December 2017 - - - - - - · 858 views

It's a busy time of year. Someone mad in a red suit is rushing around, or rather in this hot weather going red in 30°C rushing around!
Just time for some progress pics.


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt3.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 01 December 2017 - * * * * * · 742 views

Inspiration is a wonderful tonic! Progressing well now as modifying the bridge sides is a relatively easy task. The four outside plates are complete with the inner plates cut in half and glued. The end plates that are directly under the stonework abutments were cut from the original end pieces and end riveted detail cut from the same now spare panels.


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt2.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 28 November 2017 - - - - - - · 577 views

Well items ordered sometime go astray! While waiting patiently for the Wills SS57 plate girder panel bridge to not arrive, I’ve had time to help improve the old layout and rolling stock down at our local clubroom and go over my original thoughts and plans for my own layout baseboard construction.
With having the advantage of the newly constructed Railway...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 05 November 2017 - * * * * * · 771 views

With the Workers Railway Cottages virtually completed some of you may have noticed that the porch bargeboards are arranged differently from the previous trackside terrace cottages in as much as they are recessed under the roof tiles. I may return to make the remaining four cottages. This will depend on a possible diorama width decision and how well the la...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Completing the Railway Workers Cottages

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 30 October 2017 - * * * * * · 822 views

The stepped cottages chimney stacks and pots are now completed. I checked for older images of the cottages on the Internet and came across my own, which was disconcerting, as I hadn’t placed them there! Then I resorted to look for video images using You Tube. These old videos at the time were taken using film and VHS technology; most reveal the loss of th...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Windows and Slate Tiles

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 19 October 2017 - * * * * * · 587 views

As before these are pre cut using Evergreen#103/122 styrene strips for the window sides and rails. Working through all 47 windows takes time and certainly patience, so to break the repetition another one was started! Same thing but different.
The window assemblies did take time but I thought it was worth it as these workers cottages at Garsdale Head are,...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Pre painting and assembly

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 25 September 2017 - - - - - - · 419 views

Now for a slightly different approach for assembly than my last effort. Ease of assembly is my excuse, particularly for window detailing such as curtains. Although this was a relatively easy exercise for me before, it only required the pre painting all the external walls with a grey wash. The glazing panels were fitted along with the flooring support stri...

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