Archive for September, 2014

Scenic developments

Posted on September 11, 2014. Filed under: Project progress |

Where and how to plant the trees? The larger specimens will be bedded into balsa blocks, and these are most easily glued down before the ground cover is finished. The trees around Station Cottage are partly intended to disguise the un-prototypical closeness of the cottage to the line.

 Scenery 4 140911       Tree planning

The foreground trees either side of the road are marked with pegs, tapped into balsa blocks I glued earlier. And just for good measure, I’ve included a small remnant of the weed-choked Loch Sprint. You can’t have a highland layout without water.

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August progress

Posted on September 1, 2014. Filed under: Monthly progress |

One big job and loads of small ones.

This has been a key month in Kyle of Sutherland’s development, and not only because of the scenic work at the Missenden Summer School. The two scenic boards, fully boxed up for transport, were taken by car to Missenden. This means the complete layout can be safely taken to local venues, albeit in two trips, without hiring vans.

From here on, there are lots of small, individual scenic jobs to carry out. There’s also the “Culrain 5” telegraph poles to make and a number of buildings to be upgraded. After Missenden, I took the opportunity of working under the boards to electrically interlock the loop point with the Up Starter and Down Home. If operators observe the signals, it’s good to know the point is set correctly.

Culrain South Ground Frame 140829       Culrain South Ground Frame

And now there’s only one more coach body to make, the ex-HR TPO M30321, for a 10-train exhibition sequence. The 1955 Dornoch branch coach, D1704A Sc6730M in red and cream, and the 1960 Thurso branch coach in maroon, D2161 M26718M, are both in the Birmingham paint shop.

But the big, big job is tree-making.

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