Gravel stop for the roundhouse roof

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

Vollmer Mill

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

Roundhouse roof raised

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

Roundhouse rafters run ragged

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