This week, I managed to get the first cabinet out together. This will be one of a pair of cabinets that support the north section of the layout. The bottom of the cabinet will have three drawers, the top drawer has slides that lock open, and my plan is to create a lid for this drawer that will enable me to use it as a … Continue reading Base cabinet
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve sanded the backdrop now. There is at least one more time in my future as the velour mini roller, which the manufacturer describes as follows 100% wool velour extreme short nap rollers provide a very smooth finish and are virtually lint-free. Velour has excellent loading and uploading characteristics. let me down. While it is smoother than previous … Continue reading Smoothing the Sky
“Aaack!” I cried as the rope suddenly slipped and the layout lurched. After an evening of working on switch targets, Andrew and I were hoisting the north section of Pembroke back to the ceiling so it would be out of the way. I had been thinking that it was likely one of the last times I would have to do this, perhaps even the last. … Continue reading Collapse!
I managed to get a coat of wood filler onto the Muskrat River the other night. Sanding remains, but hopefully this will hide the wood grain. Nothing spoils the illusion of a water quite like wood grain. Here’s how it looks before sanding: Continue reading Smoothing out the Muskrat River
So, we’ve established that the RGB strip of lights is a little too subtle as it stands. So, when Andrew was over the other night, I wondered aloud if painting the clouds a little impasto could light them up. You see, you can see the RGB colours on the ceiling, so perhaps they might show up on the edges of thick paint. Andrew pointed out … Continue reading Limned?
Well, it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be. When the headblock tie first broke, I had visions that it could mean tearing up the turnout and re-laying it. However, once cooler heads had taken over, a good solution presented itself. I cut a length of .005 brass sheet, and bent it in an Omega shape to pass over the throw bar … Continue reading Solution to Broken Headblock
Andrew came over on Wednesday to help install the Bullfrogs on the North Section. This is something that goes best with two people: one to move the turnout control around, and the other to say what is happening above. So, I was grateful for his help. We got four of five done, but on the fifth, this happened: The second headblock broke, leaving the switch … Continue reading A Problem with the Switch Rod System