Afternoon all and Happy Easter
Had last week off work and a short trip to BCN with my sketchbook and a couple of cold beers in the sun meant progress and next moves were hatched
It was brought to my attention that the MRJ were running a small cameo layout competition and upon purchase of said magazine and a couple of read throughs I felt perhaps that I could enter Thurso for it. Looking at the criteria it seems to fit within the description and the layout was intended that it could be run as a separate stand alone layout (using the KoL fiddleyard) or be coupled to KoL to extend the operating interest.
Having tweaked the design in my last blog entry to a place I am now happy with the next move is to make the baseboards. Lessons learnt from the KoL layout was to try and prevent something that bowed in the middle despite the cross bracing it had. The obvious choice is to make them from 3mm ply which has the benefit I can cut them on the laser cutter in the studio model shop.
Various sketches were done to best try and understand the sequence of build which will this time see me construct the fascia and lighting before any track is laid. The lighting will use the same as KoL which is a small strip light from Screw fix which can be plugged together in sections (usual disclaimer )
The basic structure once sorted in my head was drawn out in CAD and then the fun started trying so work in the tabs which should help give added strength especially for the cantilevered corner. This was developed over a series of days using colour coding to help me understand he build sequence.
This has then been transferred onto a series of rectangles which represent the maximum size of the laser bed and arranged in the most economical way I could see fit.
I hope to get these cut at work one evening next week however the laser cutter is very busy and seeing as how this is not strictly work, I have to find the right window of opportunity.
The competition was originally set for next May 2018 but has since been revamped to 2019 with the winning entry displayed at Railex I believe. Whilst there will be no doubt lots of stunning entries in different scales, I do like the idea of having a deadline to work too and as a minimum it will hopefully give me a layout to be able to present at the 2mmFS 60th Anniversary in 2020 (depending on its location )
As always, comments welcome...