York Model Makers attended the show and brought with them elements of a kit of laser cut parts for the roundhouse at Barrow Road Shed which they are making for me. The kit of parts is well on the way to completion so here are a few photographs to show the standard of work that can be achieved by this relatively new method - at least to the model railway world - of making accurate scale models.
The specification for this model of the shed is to have fully detailed brickwork - english bond - on the exterior and interior of the shed, detailed roof with roof trusses and fully detailed windows and roof glazing. The shed walls consist of two layers of mdf, one 3mm and the other 2mm, whilst the window frames and doors are laser cut from Rowmark, a hard plastic used specifically for lasers and engraving. The shed window frames consist of two layers of Rowmark which sandwich a layer clear acrylic sheet for the glazing. These three layers are, in turn, sandwiched between the two layers of mdf to form a scale 2ft thick wall of 8mm.
The project includes not only the roundhouse but the sand furnace and chimney, the office/mess/stores complex, a further store at the rear and a boilerhouse. At the rear of the shed there will be a four stall workshop of Midland Railway design to be accessed by 20ft loco turntables.
All these photos show the parts temporarily assembled and held together by masking tape in order to test the fit of all the current parts.
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