My mum is coming to visit tomorrow, and that means that I’ve spent more than the usual proportion of time on finishing up household projects especially in the railroad room cum office cum guest room*. The cabinets along the back wall of the room were among those projects, and I’m rather pleased with how they’ve turned out. The bulk of the cabinets were from … Continue reading No plans for expansion here!
As I was posting the photos of the smoke jacks the other day, I noticed that I had not yet completed the trim on the corners. Shucks! I had left this off until the front wall was done, and then I left it off until the rafters had stabilized the purlins, and then I got excited and just kept right on going with the roof … Continue reading Roundhouse trim out of order
The camera is a cruel critic! These smoke jacks look pretty good in real life, but when you get them under a macro lens, the deficiencies sure leap out. To be fair to myself, I think the camera was tilted in the photo above, and the two smoke jacks are actually quite vertical. To get them vertical and the right height, I cunningly created a … Continue reading Smoke jacks installed
You’ve gotta love the Internet. My inclination when designing the edge of the roof was that there must have been some sort of parapet to keep the gravel on. However, if that was the case, the parapet must have been awfully low, or I completely fouled up the depth of the rafters. Now, the rafter dimensions were more or less decided back in November when I … Continue reading Gravel stop for the roundhouse roof
At the Halifax and South Shore Railway Museum last summer, The Boy stuck up his hand when the proprietor asked if there were any model railroaders in the group. Later, he intimated that he wasn’t so interested in the railway itself as in the buildings and scene around it. When we got home, he started sketching and thinking about building a mill, but really didn’t … Continue reading Vollmer Mill
Back when planning this model, I thought I might make the roof out of something serious. Serious like steel. I reasoned the weight would keep the model from ever warping or trying to ride up. Over time, in my mind, I’ve retracted to something serious like styrene; it has no weight, but at least it won’t warp. Then, as the actual construction got closer, it’s … Continue reading Roundhouse roof raised
Who was that drunkard who put in those first rafters? I confess there are not many right angles in the roundhouse roof plan, but surely I would have at least attempted to square the first rafters to at least one of the purlins. With any luck, the lack of rectitude will be invisible from normal viewing angles, but it’s a complete mystery why they are so … Continue reading Roundhouse rafters run ragged