This morning I started on lighting the buildings. The station hotel and The Boat Inn lights would be on during the daytime so they are permanently on.
From when my Parents gave me my first train set for a Christmas present as a child, I have had an interest in model railways. I originally started in "OO" gauge, but have also built in "N" and "O" gauge. The last layout I built was my exhibition layout "Holmehurst" which was in "O" gauge, and I exhibited it around the country. Photos of it can be seen by following this link.
I inherited some "OO9" rolling stock from my late father, including a loco I built from a white metal kit for him, and ever since living on our working narrowboat Hadar I have been thinking about building a "OO9" layout.
For those who do not know, "OO9" is "OO" scale, which is 4mm to 1ft, but the track and rolling stock are narrow gauge, equivalent to 2ft gauge in real life. Modelling-wise this means that I can used standard "OO" scale buildings, people, scenery etc. of which there is a far greater range of ready built items and kits to choose from, but it has the advantage that the reduced size of the track and rolling stock means that curves can be tighter than for standard gauge, without losing a realistic look within a restricted layout size.
I had thought about building a layout in our garden alongside our mooring at the
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Busy morning so far, I have completed the 1st half of the strings on the model of Hadar.
Then I glued down the next section of road in the village and weighted it down.
Then I painted the remaining road from the farm past the station to the canal bridge.
This now completes that section of road.
Jo came up with an idea to stop the ingress of rain into the railway room. The problem has been that the original side sheets are inside of the steel hull, and clamped to it with a strip of oak. When built it was sealed along the full length on both sides with sealant. However it would appear that although we have resealed it, rain still gets through.
Jo’s idea was to purchase some additional sheeting, the length of the hold, and 50cm wide and to attach it along its top edge to the strings holding the side sheets, and letting this new sheeting to hang over on the outside of the steel. I though this was a brilliant idea. Jo ordered the sheeting yesterday afternoon. It arrived 8:00am this morning!
I had to an appointment with Physiotherapy at Warwick Hospital this morning, so when we got back, we had a sandwich for lunch, and set about cutting and fitting this new sheeting on the starboard side. Once finished had to turn Hadar around to be able to do the port side. Once finished we turned Hadar again.
After all this I was able to do a little bit more on the layout. I have glued in place the last section of road surface over the canal bridge which completes the road from the farm to the canal bridge.
I have also glued down the 1st section of road surface across the canal and railway bridges at the village.
I have also finished the 2 front strings on the model of Hadar, and progressed further with the sheeting strings.
I am in the middle of adding the strings to the pair of working narrowboats, and the model of Hadar.
the 1st pair of front strings on the false cratch are finished, and I have started the 2nd pair in between the 1st pair and the fire hose. They are complete replicas of how the are done, except for the little rosette at the end of the string which gets tucked underneath, just a tad too difficult to do in this scale!
the 1st pair of front strings on Hadar finished and the 2nd pair started. I have also started the main strings over the top sheets on Hadar.
At each stage of gluing the strings I am leaving them overnight to allow the glue to fully harden as I need to tension the strings when applying the next bit of glue.