Another little update, as ever the last minute rush to get ready for an exhibition... one of the drawbacks of meeting in a leisue centre is that everything you see has to be unpacked before we start, and packed away at the end of the night - we probably lose 20% of the meeting.
regretably most of the action is still taking place underneath, but we are getting there slowly. Through wiring has gone into conduit under the boards, and the inter-board plugs are being wired - this is one of the easy mainline boards with only track feeds.
Unlike this one, which has all the pointwork as well - its all getting a bit busy
The other major development is that we have finally started to brace the legs to the baseboard - I've never been too bothered by this, as once the layout is up, the legs arn't parallell, so it dosn't tend to sway, however they are quite vunerable when the layout is being set up. the solution to this has been some joist braces from B&Q - seen here in the flat.
One of our members has fitted a riv-nut to one end
into which a handwheel bolt is screwed, through the flat plywood leg
so that we get a sturdy, but lightweight diagonal brace. Until now we have only cut the first hole in the leg, to allow the wires to pass through, but now we know where the brace will fit, we can cut a few more holes to save a bit more weight.
The other activity last night was to prepare the cement terminal board to accept the lever frame that will operate the points. This is rather easier than the other frame, as the board is somewhat triangular, we have space to extend it out behind, and not muck about with retractable frames. Here the first couple of tubes are just visible in a slot in the backscene/baseboard frame. Not a job thats required for Showtrain, but as nobody else needed that board to work on, another job that could be ticked off the list.
Hamworthy will be the centerpiece of the Hampton Court MRS club stand at Tolworth Showtrain www.tolworthshowtrain.co.uk
next weekend - please come and say hello, and we will be more than happy to show you what we have done. See also the Tolworth Showtrain thread on RM web here - http://www.rmweb.co....__fromsearch__1
Edited by jonhall, 07 November 2011 - 20:54 .