Sunday, July 29, 2007

Water issues, painting track and loco policy


Due to the flooding and the consequent loss of tap water for Cheltenham and the surrounding area, Mum/Dad/David took refuge at our house for the weekend. Dad brought a selection of very small painting brushes with him as I had been struggling with a 0 size brush to paint the rails. I now have a 00 and a load of other sizes too - cool! During the weekend, whilst David and I were taking a load of garden waste to the tip, Dad managed to paint the rails on the whole of the Fridd Isaf section (both sides too!). One board done then! Images tomorrow probably.

That was really the sum total of progress this week, but another issue came up in conversation, what will be the loco policy?

So, it will be as follows:

Tranche 1 (in use for the majority of the time): Modern day WHR core stock - NGG16s, K1, Russell, Funkey and any other stock used regularly on the railway (probably NG15s, Lyd and 590 in the future therefore).

Tranche 2 (from time to time amongst tranche 1 stock showing through running from FR ):
'Local' visiting locos - Taliesin, Double Fairlies, Englands, Mountaineer, Blanche, Linda, FR diesels etc

Tranche 3 (rarely and probably only when amongst friends):
Historical locos of the NWNGR/WHR non extant - Moel Tryfan/Snowdon Ranger, Beddgelert, Gowrie etc

Tranche 4 (never at exhibitions, but sometimes at home for fun):
Non FR/WHR/NWNGR engines e.g. other L+B (not Lyd), Talyllyn, Leek & Manifold etc.

Tranche 5 (almost never ever, other than for testing): Continental or freelance.

I have by no means got kits for all of these, but this is the basic policy.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

ummm...not much progress really

Week was full of travelling around - Bournemouth, Dublin, London - so little time for modelling

Weekend was full of house tasks such as gardening and the delivery of the Harry Potter book, so the only progress was in purchasing some extra M10 bolts (50mm) and wing nuts, which I have needed for some time. I also tested some emulsion paint on a corner of the dried out modroc to see if it would take ok, which, as I expected, it seems to do.

The next job is to glue down the modroc near the board join to sort the levels, continue painting the track and paint the modroc in the brown emulsion.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Promised images


Some images of the modroc and rail painting as promised... The first image of the board join, which is going to need some more work to build it up either side and removed the 'channel' effect.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

New regime

Week 1 of the new regime...i.e. weekly updates.

Progress this week has been on two fronts:

- The completion of modroc for the rest of the hillside behind the station, following the attachment of the second plywood backscene panel (on the 4 foot board) and the completion of the newspaper/masking tape forming system.

- Trial painting of the rails, following the purchase of a 0 sized brush and 'leather' enamel paint. It is going to be a very long job!

I should be able to post some images tomorrow when the modroc is dry...


Monday, July 09, 2007

New job...


New job and lots of travelling has so far stopped progress on the layout. However, I hope to be able to continue moving forward, but probably not at the recent rate of progress and hence updates will now revert to once a week only.