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 I could display it. He also suggested I do a little scenery blitz and get a couple of turnout controls done. In the unlikely event that the engine is running by the time folks arrive next Sunday, I decided to concentrate on the controls for either end of the short run-around.
The controls are my own design, which I printed at Shapeways. The test print suggested some improvements, including beefier sides for the arm, and longer ears for the handle. Unfortunately, the resulting prints don’t quite work either; now you can’t get the handle into the arm.
So, I created new handles out of telescoping brass rod and square tube. The rod is 1/8″ and the two sections of tube are 5/32 and 3/16. The latter needed to get filed down to 0.181″ so it fit into the arm. I cut the whole handle assemblies to 2.5″ length. Then I drilled them 1/16″ and drove .064″ rod through the arms and handles. I left the rods extra long, rather than attempting to peen them over or something.
The controls require slots in the fascia. I created these by abusing a 5/32″ drill. There is a 3/8″ hole slightly in from one end of the slot where the arm pivots.
Of course, actually Daylight Savings Time doesn’t end until next weekend. So, I guess I just stayed up late. Hopefully I’m able to find some time tomorrow to work on the scenery blitz.