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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

3 hours work with glue, hammer, saw, blood, less fingers etc....

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3 hours work with glue, hammer, saw, blood, less fingers, and we have a baseboard in a box.

This is probably the average time most armchair modellers sit online before lunch pontificating about flanges, why they've lost interest in the hobby, why they don't have enough time to actually do anything, why 66134 has not been released in S gauge, why aren't model railway magazines free and how much Photoshop does that Mr Nevard use on model chuff chuff pics (very little). Actually I don't really dislike armchair modellers, in fact "some of my best friends are armchair modellers", they're just an easy target like people with caravans, lager drinkers, Nissan Micra owners, shell suits and trainspotters with adenoidal voices. In fact, I'd like to see a gallery of these armchairs to see who has the most impressive one. Does anyone have one with a high wing back in red velvet with an ornate gilt frame like on 'Big Bruverrr'?

Back to the trainset - The box is not fixed to the baseboard at this stage, that won't happen until after the track has been laid and the bulk of the scenic work done. Actually I might just screw it into place to allow future removal should I want to extend the layout. The backscene will be on flexible plastic and will sit inside, the natural curve of the plastic will ensure no sharp corners. The local printer will print my home-grown photographic backscene onto it.

The track will be laid straight onto 5mm foam core (there is a plywood base underneath), it takes glue easily, it might (though I doubt) just sound-deaden a tad, lies flat and it easy to draw on. As long as the surface is waterproofed (primer) before ballasting with diluted PVA there won't be any problem with the card de-laminating away from the foam core having used it successfully with Brewhouse Quay and Catcott Burtle.

Next, I'd better get some track laid I guess, I'll be using C+L components for that. Before I go and pour a well deserved beer, this is the inspiration for the exit on the right hand side http://homepage.ntlworld.com/ron.strutt/fullpics/helland.jpg


  1. Todger: Jimmy, little Johnny, Willy...
    Gnat: small fly, mosquito...

  2. Hence, perfect name for a small, micro layout ;)

  3. I'm sure you've found this already - but put this into the Google map search bar and you have the exact location 50.510535,-4.730046.

    If you stay at this hotel - http://www.tredethyhouse.com/ - which we have done, and its a history snapshot in its own right - you can walk down and touch the rails.

    For a name - I'd be spoilt for choice - there are many marvellous village and hamlets in this part of Cornwall - some had a station of course - some didn't.

    My favourites would be Pendoggett - Trelights - or St Mabyn Longstone.

    or you can dig around Padstow for something silly - Pityme - Spatt - or Booby's Bay - yes really...

    Love your models - don't change a thing.

  4. This is looking interesting! How about "Withered Finger"? Or maybe knuckle as this is very micro...


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