Thanks to my masking tape plan, it didn’t take too long to get the walkways back onto the turntable. The masking tape kept the boards in order so all I had to do when I was ready to re-install them was peel them off the masking tape one at a time, scrape and sand off the old glue, and plunk them down again. There was … Continue reading Turntable details completed
I spent a day’s worth of spare moments pondering what to do about the interfering centre-posts. On the one hand, I don’t want to make the ties look too long as my reference photo implies there wasn’t much space for a crew to walk alongside the engine; earlier mockups indicated that 12′ is slightly too wide. On the other hand, it doesn’t look to me … Continue reading Turntable tie extensions
This week marked a return to modelling – something I feel I’ve been lacking for the past few years as I’ve been renovating the basement and building a layout in it. There was that little bit back in the spring when I had to build the cosmetic girders for the turntable, and now, this week, I got to detail the walkways. For inspiration, I started … Continue reading Shoulda measured the turntable before adding details!
By the time I had finished spiking the ties to the turntable, I had learned a few more things about spiking. So, I thought I would write them down in my book for future reference. These are, of course, the excellent scale spikes available from the Proto:87 Stores. It sounds ridiculous to use scale spikes, but actually, by the time I’d gone the length of … Continue reading On Using Scale Spikes
I got down to ReStore today to search for some options for turntable controls. This place is like an extended basement – boxes of stuff that people have saved from their renovations and donated. You can’t expect to find exactly what you need, but if you’re flexible, you might find something that will work for you. For a dollar, I came away with two drawer … Continue reading Choices for manual turntable control
This evening, I successfully turned and parked the locomotive using the turntable. There are still some kinks to work out around driving the pin and turning the turntable from the fascia, but I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel! Continue reading Testing the turntable
Before I go and invest time in detailing the turntable, I thought I’d better do a test run. I’m glad I did, because as usual, it was two steps forward and one step back. I had the drive wheel assembled, and was blithely rotating the turntable when I came up against something hard. Hmm. That wasn’t there before. The only new thing that could be … Continue reading Test fitting the turntable