Archive for September, 2016
“Under a threatening sky moving in from the west, The Mails leaves Culrain Station behind a Black Five before crossing the Oykel Viaduct over the Kyle of Sutherland and starting its climb up to Lairg.”
That’s the narrative. Here’s stage one of the model reality courtesy of the new north end backscene I painted in the middle of the month:
“The Mails” leaving Culrain
The backscene is a companion piece to that in “July progress” for views south. In this part of the world bad weather tends to come in from the west/north-west while milder weather is more usually seen looking east/south-east.
This is only stage one because the clouds should be much smoother and the colours more graded: largely, I guess, because in reality we view them at quite a distance. However, having spent a couple of days on this backscene, I needed to return to my main priority.
The bulk of my time in August was spent on 54495, including a week at the Missenden Summer School. 54458’s boiler was bolted to the cab front and the smokebox was soldered to the footplate. In the course of building 54458 I soldered and unsoldered the smokebox numerous times, and so with 54495 I arranged to bolt the smokebox to the footplate, for ease of removal.
54495 ready for wheeling
The main geometry is now more or less complete, with the motor driving the rear axle in the frames, and the front end resting on the bogie. In due course I’ll fit the wheels (the coupling rods are ready and waiting) and compensate the loco.
This month my main priority will be to make a scenic view blocker front centre of the layout.
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