Well, I really thought tonight was the end of Daylight Savings Time, and per tradition, I made use of the extra hour to work on the layout. It is an especially welcome hour this year as we are only 7 days away from the layout tour. Mark Dance suggested I attempt to get the roundhouse a little further along, and it’s now getting to a point where … Continue reading Turnout controls started
Today The Girl helped me cut the studs for the roundhouse walls. We used HO scale 4×6 – a little heavy, perhaps, but I felt it was worth having some extra bracing to hold up the card. I had originally thought I would use the stud assemblies that I cut with the Cricut, but inspired by yesterday’s post, “Don’t settle for good, go for better,” I decided I … Continue reading Roundhouse studs
Sometimes, inspiration comes from the strangest places. The Boy brought home a book from the library called “Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy,” Vesa Lehtimäki’s inspiring collection of photographs of Lego Star Wars. You should treat yourself to a look at his Flickr stream to get an idea of the work. Last night, during teeth-brushing, I got drawn right in to the book. It offers an often intimate look at … Continue reading Don’t settle for good, go for better
While working on the Railway Modellers’ Meet last night, I almost finished placing the remaining walls. That back wall is going to be tricky and quite delicate while the model is under construction! At the end of the evening, I was sitting back, admiring the progress when I noticed that one of the back wall panels was dark at the top and brown at the … Continue reading Roundhouse Walls go Up
You might think that I’m no longer a fan of SketchUp! After all, I think my review of OnShape came down pretty strongly in favour of the parametric modelling tool. However, I will say that SketchUp is great for quick drawings. If you want to quickly mock up some buildings to see how they look, then SketchUp can do that in a jiffy (the one … Continue reading SketchUp! goes online!
It seems like years ago that I went through the ordeal of smoothing out the Muskrat River. In fact it was only five months. After spending three weeks filling and sanding and priming and sanding and painting, it didn’t read like water. I wasn’t happy with it. Rick Sutton and Mark Dance suggested that I paint in some shallower areas near the shore, and so, … Continue reading The Muskrat River gets safe for swimming
Putting the roundhouse together is a delicate operation. Not only is this not a square building, but also it needs to match the track configuration. So, it was with some trepidation that I approached erecting the front wall. I think along the way, I also changed my mind about how the roundhouse was going to be held in place. When I originally put down the … Continue reading Erecting the roundhouse front wall