14 June 2011 -
As others have previously posted, last weekend was Expo 2mm; a lower key event than last year's Golden Jubilee Expo, but an excellent day nevertheless. The big advantage of these days is getting to see members from across the country, old friends and new alike and have a good chat about all things 2mm in a relaxed environment.
I know that one of my big failings is that I often rush into things and end up having to redo them or extricate myself from the resulting mess. This applies to life generally as well as modelling specifically!
However, that initial bodge-up often helps me understand how I might do things better and therefore as long as I learn from my mistakes, I'm...
As promised, I am posting several pictures of the yard crossing following clearance of the flangeways. Once the filler had set, I initially used a Stanley knife to score close up to the inner of each rail, down as far as the tops of the chairs. This was cleared out using a 1/2" paintbrush. The knife was reversed and the score widened using the flat...
I think (and hope) that the worst of the winter weather is behind us. The garage having recently been relieved of workshop duties, following a batch of home improvements, the layout is once again reassembled therein.
I'd been following Pete Matcham's progress on Moorswater with interest, especially his recent travails with inlaid trackwork;...
21 February 2011 -
I'd established a method for construction of the station buildings. You think I'd stick to that? Not a bit of it!
The remainder of the station (seen furthest away in the preceding entry) seems to be of a later and simpler construction than the main block. It was before I'd released it, that I was picking out various pieces of...
16 February 2011 -
There really is only so much ballasting one can take! It's still not finished, but I persevere.
Meantime, I thought I'd take a break and make a start on the station buildings. These have been started several times before, always with unsatisfactory results which end up being scrapped. The main problem is that the window surrounds are recessed...
21 December 2010 -
Ballasting is coming along nicely, filling those long winter evenings as well as the gaps between the sleepers.
Meanwhile, I did promise an update on the D49, and have been reminded of this in a comment to an earlier post! This loco has now been chipped and substantially painted. I'd originally painted the cylinders with a brush. This looked...
Onward with ballasting. Over the years, I've tried various methods of everybody's favourite part of layout building. This time I noticed, when laying the Easitrac, that the Easitrac glue remains slightly rubbery, unlike normal PVA which sets fairly solid. This seemed to be a good medium for applying the ballast...
Following a barren two months (modelling-wise) I am now back at it with avengance. I hope!
Last week the Class 04 had it's chip rewired as the black lead had come adrift whilst I was fettling the couplers in anticipation of the 2mm AGM. As a result, that loco merely sat sadly on the layout unmoving....
The coal drops are now substantially complete and its time to incorporate them into the layout. With hindsight, I should have sorted out the cross board join at an earlier date and not tried to do it as part of the drops. However, what is done is done and I had to make the best job I could of the rails up to the...
Personally, I feel that everything on a layout should be weathered to some extent such that the whole comes together as one seamless 3D picture. It doesn't necessarily mean that everything has to be as black as a hole in Calcutta; indeed I use more white and light grey weathering powders than any of the others.
Further progress today, with second track now in place. Transoms (?) are being added between the timbers and then painting will take place. There probably ought to be some transom bolts too; these will be bits of steel wire, to be added after painting:
Moving straight on from the last post, or maybe at a bit of a curve anyway (!), the longitudinal timbers were inserted. These are Association point sleepers, copperclad PCB, trimmed to the appropriate lengths:
As these timbers are straight and the rail will be curved, the rail will deviate from the centreline...
There has been a blank hole, for some time now, on Brafferton where the coal drops were supposed to be.
By curving the main line, which was of course dead straight, I gave myself a dilemma of how to deal with this pesky area; should it remain straight, in which case how could I get it far enough back to give adequate clearance? Or should it curve parallel...
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