Having been effected by the Volcanic Ash Cloud - I should be in Canada - I now find I have time to start the inspection pits inside the roundhouse.
The task has been made easier by a set of laser etched sides and bases from York Modelmaking such that the task is reduced to one of colouring and assembly. The pieces are sprayed with primer, coloured and assembled using a jig and clamps.
Strips of 4 x 2mm plasticard were first added to the top of the side walls to form the timber baulks on which the chairs and rail will be fixed. The steps are then formed using a combination of 0.125in thick pieces of Evergreen plasticard to give sets of four 9in steps at the turntable end of each pit. A 2mm wide slot has been routed on one side of the pit floor to form the drainage channel. This channel is positioned to the left in half of the pits and to the right in the other.
The pit units then fit inside the routed 21mm slots cut into the baseboard with the lip of the 'baulk' resting on the lower 2mm piece of mdf and between the upper 25mm piece.
The semi circular cut outs with the twin holes are for the wiring - these will be covered by an etched floor to give the prototypical stonework of the roundhouse floor.
You will note the two finished walls of the shed with the interior painted white to represent 'whitewash' with the bottom 4ft black to hide the dirt!
An article on the shed and build of the front elevation of the roundhouse is due to appear in MRJ 200.