Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This is the 150th post on this blog! [I must enjoy a glass of the moose tonight to celebrate!]
I really need to add some images (but the nights are drawing in and photography at the end of a modelling session is difficult and ruined by flash - not good for photographing models that flash!)
Progress has been:
- Attended a show at Ashchurch, with the 009 Society sales stand in attendance - various bits were picked up including:
*A very poorly put together body of a Pickering brake, now refurbished and re-soldered into decent condition. Not bad for £3 and better than the £12 it is to buy the kit, but a lot of scraping and remodelling to remove the adhesive and blobs of solder! I was at home over the weekend for Mum's 60th so Dad was able to move this along much quicker than I had expected.
*A decent approximation to an FR bogie oil wagon (£2!)
* Some more ballast to try for size and colour - PECO light grey and some 'brush it on' grey ballat (that with the glue particles already mixed in).
*Some nice trees for 50p each
*Plastic kits for WHR brake van (altready made up last night) and FR Van 2
*Some pliers (without serrated edges - hooray!)
- Dad also completed one of the WHR (2003) semi-opens, which, with a design flaw around the ends in the worsley works kit was harder than expected.
- Work on the layout has also moved on, with the beams for UB113A having been cut, superglued together and attached to the stone piers. Polyfilla has also be used to fill the gap. The plywood 'hole' for the track to disappear into hidden sidings has also been added and lastly, the roadway alongside the line at the Pitt's Head end was cast using the woodland scenics method of paving tape + 'smooth-it' plaster.
Slow, but steady progress!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
- Tracklaying (real) this weekend in the Aberglaslyn - super!
- Addition of backscene plywood on sides of Ffridd Isaf board
- Test of Woodland scenics fine ballast
- Test of curving the stone walls works well at 120 degs C in the oven!
- A bit more modroc added in some strategic locations.
Monday, September 03, 2007