I took Lyra along with me to TINGS this weekend, to pose on our club's 'Royal Albert Bridge' layout, but I could not resist popping it on the excellent, and more likely, location by the distillery on 'Loch Tat'.
The mast fits tightly in a drilled out hole in the deck, but I thought I would use some .3mm nickel-silver wire for some of the rigging to strengthen it. I drilled the mast and the hull casting for the wire ends to locate in. The main derrick has a bent wire coming out one end that is suppose to fit in holes in fittings on the mast. These fitting had not cast very well, so I drilled the mast just below the fittings and glued in U-shaped wire to securely hold the derrick. The angle of the derrick
As I said previously, I wanted to replace the wheelhouse supplied in the kit, which is a solid resin block, with a new structure with interior detail. I started with some transparent plastic sheet to form the walls, and a piece of plasticard for the roof.
Some thin, scribed plasticard was then glued on to finish the lower walling, and strips of plastic framed the windows (and hid the ugly joints in the clear plastic.
A piece of plasticard, shaped to form
The first parts to assemble involved fitting the hold cover and the boiler/engine room to the main hull. The air bubbles had been filled with fine Milliput, and general flash removed with a knife. However, the main items in the kit have 'skirts' around the bottom edges that have to be removed by sawing, carving, filing and sanding, until they are smooth, flat, and fit flush with each other. Getting the bottom edge of the hull to sit flat on a glass or mirror surface is tricky because of its size
I was attending the Stafford exhibition last February, and, as I usually do, I checked out the Gramodels stand for anything new that I could use for my 2mm scale layout. Although he produces predominantly military models, I have used a few of his products and found they made up and painted very nicely. His latest product was a "Clyde Puffer", in both OO and N scales.
The Clyde Puffer was a small, steam powered vessel mainly used to deliver coal, food and general mechandise around the