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Posted by on in Minories
Baseboard Joints

 

Baseboard joints are a necessary evil if you ever have to move your layout. Scenically they create what is often an obvious rift line across our otherwise beautiful handiwork, but operationally they can be a major cause of unreliability. So I try to make the joints as unobvious as I can, but robust enough to stand the knocks and bangs that happen to all portable layouts and maximise the chances of good operation.

It is very difficult to make a board joint better later – so I spend time getting the basics right.

Posted by on in News
Ingatestone Away Day !

On Saturday June 27th, the Ingatestone team will be heading to Ingatestone (where else!) for a measuring, drawing and photographing session. From the station area to the Cricket Pavilion, we'll be busy getting the detail as accurate as possible for our layout. If you are in the area from mid-morning onward, come by and see us!

Posted by on in Ingatestone
Welcome to the Ingatestone Blog!

This is the first blog by the team that will be bringing Ingatestone to life in 4mm scale. The team are: Chris Ibbotson, Tom Slade, Bob Allaway, Maurice (Mo) Beanlands, Lawrence Robbins and Kavind Patel. We are at Keen House most Thursday nights from 19:00 and also have Sunday working sessions from 11:00 that will be advertised on here.

We welcome new members irrespective of their skill level - we all have to start somewhere. Drop us an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact us!


Posted by on in Empire Mills
Empire Mills post Ally Pally 2015

Yesterday we had our first official layout group meeting. Probably should have done it sooner, but better late than never. In this we discussed follow up from Ally Pally, things that went well and things that didn't. We also covered what needs to be done before our next outing (Portsmouth in November) and who is to do what. Up until now the layout has gone in the back of a 7.5T truck with other stuff/layouts for AP, but this has to change. We had originally intended to have the layout fit in the back of an estate car, and now I have six months to figure out how to do it. This will possibly include some modifications to how the layout goes together so that it can be set up more easily and by fewer people.

Duncan produced a comprehensive list of all the tasks that need doing and they have mostly been allocated. They range from simple things such as "This building needs a bit more detail around the base" to middling difficulty "We need a box for the large clay dry to transport and store it safely" to the complex "How on Earth do we fit all of this into the back of a car?"

After the current option had been "finished" we moved on to discussing what we wanted to do next. The layout is designed so that

Tagged in: EM gauge layout

Posted by on in Lacey Dale
Welcome to the Lacey Dale blog

Welcome to the blog for the MRC n gauge project 'Lacey Dale'.

Here we will be posting information and updates about the project. Please comment and/or subscribe to receive updates. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section and we will try and respond as soon as possible.

 

Posted by on in Empire Mills

Well I've spent the day making bushes and a hedge. I've found a pretty straightforward technique that gives pleasing results.

To start off, we had already placed rubberised horsehair around the layout as a first step. It had all be sprayed brown before placement but they didn't really look that good. So here's what I did to improve the looks.

Copenhagen Fields at KX “Steam Extravaganza”

Well we have certainly had a very different weekend to the normal model railway exhibition!  After a hectic few weeks of work with a major re-wire of the front boards (a fall-out from the Preston show 6 months ago) we got the layout moved to the Kings Cross Granary square complex on Friday 9th for their “Steam Extravaganza”.  The layout was exhibited in the ‘Crossing’, a large exhibit space close to the Central St Martins school of Arts entrance.

Via Eboracum and Copenhagen Fields Programme

As promised a  photo of VIA EBORACUM.  I thought I would take up garden railways.  It now needs the road way granite setts and pavements and of course a lot of painting: yellow London stock brick.  In the end, I lined all of the arches, as these days digital cameras can get low trackside views all too easily!  There will be another factory entrance cut into the rear wall at the extreme RH end.

It’s been a little while since the last missive so I thought it was time to update on layout matters.  As you know, our last outing was to the Preston show in March, but Mike did also take Mrs W’s yard to Acton Depot as publicity for the Club’s Ally Pally exhibition.  The layout then went into to store (as is the pattern of recent years) to allow others to use the lower hall.