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Cheddar P4 update - October 2023


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Modelling time has been limited recently due to work, family weddings, uni open days and holidays. I did have a rather splendid weekend at Scaleforum, helping operate my old Wheal Elizabeth layout and it was great to see so many old friends again. Once I’d gotten over the urge to come back and start building another china clay layout thoughts returned to Cheddar.

Progress has been limited to the building of 1 Station Road.

 

I wanted to include this as part of the final board and after making a couple of mock ups, decided to build in 3.5 mm/ft as I did with the station master’s house.

 

Nothing particular noteworthy about its construction and I’m just about ready to start painting and bedding it in. I’m planning on having the backscene curving round behind it so haven’t bothered with the back of the house. Some more aerial photos have come to light showing trees between the house and railway anyway which should help the scenic blocker.

 

The tortoise motor is for the turnout on the bridge by the way and operates via wire in tube. 
and before anyone asks, the telegraph pole is deliberately on the slant as per the prototype and has a couple of stays from EZ Line holding it up!

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  • RMweb Gold

Very neat build. I like its position there at the corner. The visual effect of the crossing is also good, must remember that.

 

Can I ask what you used for the interior shell of the building, if anything?

 

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On 15/10/2023 at 07:02, Mikkel said:

Very neat build. I like its position there at the corner. The visual effect of the crossing is also good, must remember that.

 

Can I ask what you used for the interior shell of the building, if anything?

 

Thanks. Just an inner layer plus egg box lattice of plastic card spacers and formers Mikkel.

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Thanks Andrew, that's useful. (I'm looking for the best way to construct the inner layers and formers for my rather long station building. I see you used MDF for yours - not an option in my case, but some sort of egg-box frame sounds right.)

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The choice of masonry for the house is a good one. This photo taken by Dad at Wells shows the same kind of stonework. 

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On 17/10/2023 at 07:27, Mikkel said:

Thanks Andrew, that's useful. (I'm looking for the best way to construct the inner layers and formers for my rather long station building. I see you used MDF for yours - not an option in my case, but some sort of egg-box frame sounds right.)

It’s not prototypical but a ring beam circa 20mm thick from msg at eaves level around the building inner was essential for Cheddar (along with similar restraint at ground level).

I figured that it wouldn’t be visible and would help prevent warping 

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