Monday, January 25, 2010

Contents of the mystery box!

After opening the 3ft x 3ft x 2ft box it was full of... wait for it.... polystyrene balls! and after a lot of mess and fishing, I found 3 books, a set of files and a bag full of small handbooks for aid on subjects like scenery, baseboards and electronics (from the 1060s!). Most of them will be very useful, but others won’t, like 'A Start in N Gauge'.

Other news, I’ve finished filling in the Porthmadog Narrow Gauge Exhibition forms and will be posted tomorrow! (p.s anyone else going to Porthmadog? [Exhibiting or visiting?])

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Baseboard Frame Construction

Yesterday, I went to the B&Q in Bangor to get some wood for the baseboard frame. When I arrived I saw that there where multipacks of 71mm x 18mm, I was going to buy 96mm x 18mm but the 71mm x 18mm multipack was cheaper. Today I started to measure the pieces and as I was cutting the first few pieces I got a phone call asking me to help catalogue and clean/repair some of the club kayaks (+ get my kit done for free :D). So it was about 2pm when I got back, and I carried on cutting the frames. I did the Boson lodge, Harbor Station and traverser boards, and I will wait to get the boards from a local merchant before constructing the rest.

Also my mum went to see my grandmother and she called saying there’s a few 009 items from her uncle for me, Vic Bradley has given me a big box full of 00 items and a few electronics stuff before, but recently found out that I’m into 4mm narrow gauge. So there will be another post either later on tonight or tomorrow evening to tell the contents of the mystery box!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quick Update

I thought I’d get a little break from revision just to give you a quick update. A few things have come and a few things changed. Firstly, the cranks and chassis for Linda have arrived! Not started construction yet though. I've also purchased a Tomytech N gauge chassis, and the plan is that this will become the Vale of Ffestiniog.

Also I’ve been drawing up a few ideas on how I can connect the legs etc.

Lastly, I found a link on a website with contact details for the organizer of the Porthmadog Narrow Gauge Exhibition. I asked if I could go next year, but he said he had space this year, so I’m going there in May! The first exhibition! But, I doubt that it will be finished.

Friday, January 1, 2010

More Construction

Today, I was on the B&Q website looking for some wood, ideally I want 1'x4' or similar so I could have enough 'space' underneath. I've put the cart before the horse really by starting on the layout without a frame on it. But since inquiring about the Narrow Gauge Exhibition in 2011 and asking if there is space for the layout in this years show, there was. So I wanted to get most I could done ready for the show (I know its in 5 months) but in the next few months my modeling (and posting) will slow down (might even stop). I've got my GCSE's coming up, so that takes priority.

That also means that I won’t be able to get some things done on my layout, so the sooner I get a running layout, the better! Here are some pictures of the started baseboard.The two green baseboards are form a layout (an oval of track) i was given by my fathers friend, although I was interested in railways since I was a toddler, I think this and a thirty year old 'Sir Nigel Greasely' started Railway Modelling for me.

One of the boards will become the Harbour Station side of the layout, whilst the second will become a 'foundation' for a traverser style fiddle yard.