Thursday, 26 April 2012

Business - busyness

I've been off work this week and have been busy doing very little and some odd jobs about the mansion that is Stoner Towers. I have, however found time to do some detail work on Underhill; this is my favourite bit of modelling and I have found the results pleasing.

The station and all the buildings are attached in their final resting places, the building at the front still has no explanation really but it has a dirt track leading up to the doors at one end and a fence separating it from the railway. At the other end it opens to the small yard area so I guess it may have belonged to some sort of small business, probably an animal food merchant.

The fiddliest thing I've made and installed is a Chris Veitch FR Disk signal... blimey I've done some swearing with this one: solder one bit on and the rest falls off, solder the rest back on and the new bit drops off... anyway I've ended up with a very nice looking signal, I bottled out of trying to make the 3D curly hand rail and just added a simple one. I can't make this one an operating model as I don't have an underside to the layout but the ones I will have on the main layout will be made to operate. Brave talk costs nothing.

I put the ground frame on the end of the platform next to the water tower which makes the lack of rodding less noticeable, this is a project for the future when I work out how to do it without spending much money.

The double Fairlie has acquired a driver, Fairlie patent plates and window glasses. The driver has had to have one leg and the other foot cut off and has had his bum filed flat to fit him in, I understand that this would be a handy procedure for drivers of the FR locos. I'm looking forward to making the second one - Lady Stoner but I must finish some other projects first. On which subject I did some more work on the new 0-8-0 last night, it's starting to look nice but I still need to work out how to attach the body to the chassis and I also think the steam pipes from the smoke box are not right so they will get the chop.

Early night tonight as I'm off to Llangollen for a couple of days with the camera, the forecast is for rain... super.

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