The egg-boxes on the viewing side of the main running lines are now in place, a basic removable bridge module is done, and the shaped and contoured mount card for the station yard is glued down.
This leaves around eight square feet of egg-boxes beyond the running lines to make, and thirty or so mature trees to plan. Hopefully, I will make good progress on the “South Baseboard”, one end of which is seen in the photo, at the Missenden Summer School in August. And eventually I’ll replace the station gate card mock-up with a brass confection. Just for the record, the gates are 50% over-scale to add perspective to the public’s view.
I finished the month working on the D1704A and D2161 brass coaches to get them ready for the paint shop. Most of the work is detailing, such as adding representations of the scoop, or hooded, vents.
A five thou brass vent is much finer than either whitemetal or standard etched parts. But the most difficult job was choosing gangways that will allow coaches to be run singly (such as the Dornoch branch coaches) or in rakes. The 10-train operating sequence planned for Kyle of Sutherland needs some standardisation to allow rakes to be built up and coaches to be added or removed during a session. The fact there are three types of prototype gangway to be modelled makes the decision more difficult.
Earlier coaches have a mixture of Comet whitemetal, Hornby plastic, 247 Developments etched or scratch built gangways. I’m now minded to adopt a scratch simplification of Mike Clark’s SGU (Standard Gangway Unit). As supplied Mike’s brass gangway needs a powerful soldering iron to get high temperature solder to flow, before adding fine detail in 145 degree solder. I prefer nickel silver parts, with thin brass when required, and this makes soldering much easier.
The coaches will be transported to the Birmingham paint shop en route to the Summer School, or Retreat as it is now called.