Archive for November, 2014

Station Gates

Posted on November 15, 2014. Filed under: Project progress |

The station gates are front centre of the layout, just where people’s view is likely to rest between trains. This means the model would come under some close scrutiny and I decided to try and make it as near dead scale as I could. Fortunately, I’d previously experimented with increasing the size to add to the perceived recession, and settled on 50% over scale. Working at 6mm to the foot, between S-scale and 0-gauge, gave me the opportunity.

Scenery 8 141115       Frames and gate posts on a balsa jig

The materials I used were 0.45mm brass wire rails top and bottom, 10 thou and 0.45mm nickel end uprights, and 8thou nickel for all the remaining ironwork. The tricky part was filing 0.69mm wide strips (1 3/8” at 6mm/ft) of the 8thou nickel in laminated pairs, over two feet in total for both gates, and then getting all the horizontals to the same length to fit exactly in the prepared frame. The first time round I soldered the horizontals to one end of the frame before snipping to size, but this led to the other end not fitting too well.

For the second gate I first tacked the five horizontals together and cut and filed carefully to the required length, and sandwiched them between the uprights: that was much better.

Scenery 9 141115       Horizontals soldered into the frame

I then added the middle upright and the diagonals, soldering only to the frame, snipping as I went along.

Scenery 10 141115       Ready for painting

There are another six wooden gates to make, but this time out of plasticard.


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October progress

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

By the middle of the month the down platform fence was ready to install. I followed the technique described by a local Pendon modeller (thanks, Nick) and mounted the fences on thick card, to fit into slots in the egg-box scenery.

The way was then clear to prepare for the Missenden Railway Modellers Weekend at the end of October and concentrate on a small batch of trees and hedges to test out the modelling materials and techniques I’ve been planning to use for Kyle of Sutherland.

Trees 5 141027       Scenic elements on the Missenden work bench

I’ve built up quite a collection of tree photographs, on which to base my modelling. And before going to Missenden, I photographed hedgerow shrubs and saplings. I want to model open-style hedges for my Highland layout, and avoid using scouring pads covered in foliage mat, which look to me more like Devon banks.

I wonder if November will be good for planting?

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    The epic struggle to build a model railway exhibition layout at 4mm to the foot


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