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Building Buildings

Posted by D869 , 02 December 2011 - - - - - - · 552 views
There is a bit of a theme to our lives at the moment... getting the buildings built.

We have accepted an invite to the Nottingham show in March next year so it's now all hands to the pumps to get a reasonable set of buildings into place on the layout. Most of us have little or no prior experience of doing this, but I think that everyone has produced good...


Royale Hotel

Posted by D869 , 12 October 2011 - - - - - - · 545 views
A quick pic of (early!) work in progress on the next building that I owe to St Ruth, along with a rough mock-up.

The plan is to try to follow the 'Pendon cottage' style of construction (well, sort of) - the key point being to cut the external walls from a single piece of card (0.7mm in this case) to avoid any joins....



Posted by D869 , 05 October 2011 - - - - - - · 561 views
This photo was taken at our most recent meeting. The idea was to provide a progress update... the snag is that none of the completed buildings were in place when it was taken, so much of the progress isn't visible. Oh well... maybe the idea was more of an 'action shot' to show work going on painting the rocky beach in the foreground. There is further...


The Red Lion and Neighbours

Posted by D869 , 06 July 2011 - - - - - - · 746 views
As previously advertised, some pictures of the row of houses that John has recently finished behind the station. Now we just need to persuade John to write some words about them.

And the real thing...


St Ruth Voyager

Posted by D869 , 19 June 2011 - - - - - - · 800 views

I finally got round to putting some finescale wheels on the Yorkshire Voyager (Dapol) that's been languishing in its box for a few years now and took it along to this week's group meeting to try out.

Actually, it isn't 100% what it seems - only two cars have finescale wheels right now because I...


Working Timetables

Posted by D869 , 03 March 2011 - - - - - - · 996 views
research, operations
A day off from the class 22 (and work too)…

Ever since I first decided on my chosen region and period I have been on the lookout for decent information about how the real thing was actually operated at that time. Unfortunately documents like working timetables for this period have never surfaced during my visits to places that sell these things and even...


The Sea Wall

Posted by D869 , 18 February 2011 - * * * * * · 1,444 views
The sea wall is one of the most prominent scenic features on the layout. It's also pretty long - covering almost all of the 12 foot frontage of the layout. A few weeks prior to the Expo last July it was just a blank piece of plywood and our thoughts turned to make it into something more wall-like.

Exactly how to model the sea wall was something that...


Progress - January 2011

Posted by D869 , 29 January 2011 - - - - - - · 530 views
Some of the other group members now have access to post to the blog but it was decided by popular demand that I should post a progress update. We decided to dedicate our most recent meeting for a photo shoot. Surprisingly I was the only one who showed up with a camera... even though I don't rate my abilities at phtographing 2mm scale models very highly....


The Green Green Grass of… St Ruth

Posted by D869 , 01 October 2010 - - - - - - · 825 views
Progress on St Ruth continues at its usual (ahem) pace. One of the more recent items has been the scenic treatment of the ‘grassy knoll’ (hmm… haven’t I heard that term before?).

The first thing I tried out was surgical lint grass in the Barry Norman approved manner – in this case lint from Superdrug, dyed olive green and then stuck furry side...


The Trains of St Ruth

Posted by D869 , 11 August 2010 - * * * - - · 529 views
St Ruth is a layout that is designed to be operated and (we hope) entertaining, so deciding what trains to run and how to run them is an important part of the whole package.

We needed a way to operate the layout for its first outing at the Oxford Expo, so a sequence was drawn up shortly before the show (very shortly actually).

As the layout is...


About St Ruth

Posted by D869 , 23 July 2010 - - - - - - · 982 views

This layout is the current offering from the Midland Area group of the 2mm Scale Association. It draws heavily from Penzance station and is very much 'work in progress'.

The scenic area is 12 feet long and up to 3 feet wide, with a further 4 feet of length of a traversing fiddleyard. It is set in the 1960's, but the trackwork is based on what was there in...


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A blog about 'St Ruth' - the layout of the 2mm Scale Association Midland Area Group. We meet fortnightly in Wolvey near Coventry and new members are very welcome.


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The 2mm Scale Association
Hydraulic Heaven - D869's projects
Chris's Minor Blog - MinerChris's projects
Ian Smith's 2FS Ramblings
Ian Morgan's video of St Ruth


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