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Deffors O gauge 60cm x 244cm (2' x 8')

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Contueing with the roof, the ridging is 6mm wide folded down the middle with 1mm strips on top of that at 8mm apart. the 2 white metal finials were left over from doing Green Ayre's canopies

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with a show coming up in 3 weeks instead of just 3 months ive made a start on the cattle dock. the cardboard base was warped and wasnt going to be a solid base to work on so it was replaced by 2mm MDF, this has been covered by Wills setts with styrene edging.i did get a new pack of wills  but managed to mostly use a bag of offcuts from a late friend. the posts will be 6x6mm rockets sticks but i havent decided on the bars between them nor whether the gates will be wood or styrene. 1 mistake is that ive got the orientation of the setts wrong on the small triangles which should be 90 degrees from the rest. there is still some edging to do on the right and replace the blue foam steps. The ramp on the left has been cut back as i now think it didnt look right.

 

Tony had rebuilt Green Ayre pens from the Long Preston ones so these pieces that i cut from that are already painted and weathered might be what was left over from LP.

 

the board isnt stuck down yet to work on it at my work bench and will only be stuck down after its finished and i'm happy with the backscene in that area

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well, to begin with, apparently Upton asked my dad for my email which he texted them it but  i havent had any contact from them so i dont know if im going or not, which bothers me that its only 2 weeks with nothing known for certain.

 

anyway last nigh at the club we were going through a pile of stuff that had built up over the years so space could be cleared for layout building (not mine) a big box of scenic material was rummaged through. I brought home 3 packets of dark grey scattering for the goods yard but my spidey senses are telling me that it might be the same ink based stuff as already in the yard so a small amount is in a plastic lid and will be forgotten about on a window cill for a few weeks to see it it goes pink

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The cattle dock progresses with some of the fencing, 6x6mm firework stick with 1.5 dia' steel wire but i havent got enough to do all of itdeffors_(398).JPG.350fcb80b52b4f710ebef5507b1eb1f9.JPG

 

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Upton is confirmed so i'm still making some last minute improvements to the layout, still working on the cattle dock which i've now started on the pen gates, the yard crane has been repaired and some-what repainted with some additions for missing parts, and 2 extra little jobs that have been put aside for a while.

 

This yard crane which looks like a midland was bought second hand about 2 years ago already built and painted, it had some bent areas and some missing parts. these being the rotation gears and the 2 crank handles to work the crane. the gears were replaced out of my gear collection, these ones being white plastic from Squires, the large one are 2 30mm dia' stuck together to give the thickness as shown in prototype photos. this is stuck onto an 1/8th brass rod which is stuck into a hole up the under side of the crane. The small one is a 9mm dia', stuck onto the surviving locating stub. the handles are 3x9mm bits of brass with brass wire soldered on, the additions have been painted with grey and rust to match the rest apart from the all the gear teeth and around the bearings which are now in black gloss for old grease. some grey has been randomly applied on to reduce the coverage of the rust, in the setting of the layout its and old crane but still in use so there would some minimal maintenance such as putting on some grease every now and then. the chain and hook were already with the crane so i havent bothered changing it

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2 figures needed attention for a while which was done last night, the one on the left had his right elbow cut away to fit into one of my narrow gauge locos, this has been replaced with milliput, the same with the missing left foot of the walker which for strength has a steel wire up into the leg

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a packet of hooks from ebay came last week. these are for hanging the lighting posts on the back of the boards. ive forgotten to mention these.

 

one of the main things left to do on the layout apart from all the scenery is to do a lighting rig. for 1, improve layout lighting to not rely on my room light. 2, exhibition manager prefer layouts with their own lighting and 3, you dont know what the lighting is going to be like at a show so have your own. a few months ago i put together 3 posts, 6 ft tall that fold up on 2 hinges. 2 pieces for the upright and 1 on top horizontal, which sits on a mitre join and stay in place by gravity so no form of clips or bolts are needed. this would have 8ft of white pvc gutter hanging from it of 2 pieces of 4ft length hinged in the middle. i made the posts a few months ago and bought the LED lighting strip and transformer plug at the Pontefract show back in January. the posts were originally going to hook onto the back of the board and have brackets with hooks to go onto the bottom of the legs, for stability. now i have the hooks i can start fitting them. the whole layout has been turned around and 4 inch pieces of wood are being glued into the inside of the board back to give screw purchase. because of other bits of wood in there, they have been sited about 4 inch in from the board ends. this going to be more work and more weight to something im trying to keep simple and light so ive removed the bottom half of the post and just the top half will be hooked onto the layout.

 

The original idea for the posts, folded and upright

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The 3 posts now with the bottom half removed, the yellow is spray paint because they are cut from building site survey posts but will eventually be gloss black

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the goods yard end post clamped in position to show how it will go

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While the layout is wrong way round to do the lighting posts, i can do some work at the right hand end (now left) making the fencing along the end and finally got around to painting the gates while painting the fence, which is made out of fire work sticks painted with a watered down dark brown. the hooks mentioned are shown to the left of the glue bottle and the wood to go in the board on the right which 1 of them is now glued in

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Posts glued in along the end and importantly not entirely parallel to the edge, it goes away from the edge slightly and after where the furthest post currently shown is it'll turn to the right and go at an angle to end at the front pf the board. 

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i under estimated the size of the clips when ordering it so they wont fir on the posts as they are, so extra timber has been glued on and the clip is screwed in to a 5mm deep recess so the post sits flush against the layout. of course the recess is double length so the hooks and slot into each other

 

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With the clips on my next thought was of securing the posts laterally to stop them from leaning side ways, lengths of 8x17mm have been glued to either sde of the clips for the posts to site snugly between

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a post in place

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the posts were then give a base coat of matt black then top coat of gloss black, the aligning timbers were also given this. while was painting, the backscene was lightly sanded down and given a new coat of gloss

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while talking to people recently including a guild forum friend about accessibility of the layout as in being able to see it, which reminded me of when i exhibited at wakefield 2017, a lady in a wheelchair complained that she couldnt see over the hill at the front. not long after i cut back the hill at the right hand end not just as a viewing angle but the curved sloping int he landscape looks better. yesterday i was just going to turn the board back around the right way after having them facing the wall for a few months while i worked on the back. While the boards were down i decided to cut the length of the legs down about 3 inch and also wanted to change the arrangement of the joins to move the adjustable feet out for better stability, this was done but i also had to move the travel lock blocks. the layout is now about 3 inch shorter and is a lot more stable. I'm now going to try to do a last minute flurry of things on the layout which should have doing for the last few weeks but forgot.

 

the new legs ends consist of the old cross member with the half-laps cut off and it is joined back on sandwhiched between 5mm ply glued and screwed either side, the screws are off set for another pair in on the other side

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the feet on  the middle leg have been moved in to not fol the other when folded

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bridge parapet extensions glued in, 2mm ply covered in DAS then scribed

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the goods yard will get some work, painting over the filler in the fence footings and a covering of that black stuff i got which didnt fade purple at all ont he window cill

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a coat of scatter on the goods yard and a coat of paint on the bridge extensions. the un painted bit will be hidden behind a shed

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the layout behaved its self except for a fiddleyard track selecting knob coming off which was easily put back on and the screws tightened up. being in a small hole under the footpath doesnt help so im going to cut a rectangle out of the board below so i can get at the screws from underneath with a screwdriver. the moving apart of the adjustable feet has done wonders for the stability

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