Carpaccio of Celotex

Progress on the new layout has been slow over the past few months, but not non-existent.

Having bought a large sheet of 100m thick insulation board (the yellow stuff) I’ve cut it down to form the three main baseboard sections. This is a messy job – use a dust mask! – as cutting it with a regular saw leaves a rough and fragile edge and lots of ‘crumbs’. I developed a technique based on cutting slightly oversize with the saw and then marking up the final cut with a long Stanley knife blade and carefully trimming with a decommissioned bread knife. This resulted in some quite thin shavings which I christened ‘carpaccio of Celotex’.

Carpaccio of celotex

Even though this makes for a much smoother and cleaner edge it still produces dust if you rub against it so – to preserve my sanity in the confines of the garage while the boards still need a lot of moving around – I’ve sealed the edges with duct tape. Looks ugly but once the fascia is on at the end no one will be any the wiser.

Sealed baseboard unit

So now that the boards are in place I can get on with trying out the track layout at full size. Here the PW dept’s newly acquired diesel from East Germany, still in remarkably pristine condition, waits on the site of the future platform road at Fairlight Heath* with a short works train.

Future site of Fairlight* station

* working title

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Catching up with an old friend

Last weekend we took the Narrow Planet trade stand to Narr-O in Merstham – a small show held by the Surrey group of the 7mm NGA which had a friendly “open day” type feel familiar from 009 events. As well as seeing some great modelling, often works in progress too, the relaxed atmosphere of these small exhibitions is also good for the social side of the hobby – or in other words you’ll spend most of the day talking.

One particular highlight for me was the chance to see Cranbrook again – I sold this O16.5 layout a few years ago and it’s been taken on by Paul Davies who has been carrying out some scenic repairs. Paul is also an excellent scratchbuilder so was showing some of his own stock with the layout.

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The Hudswell-Clarke diesel in particular was a treat. Not just a lovely model but also exactly the type of machine that might have been used on the HWLR in the later stages of the railway’s life.

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I didn’t actually get a chance to take any of my own photos, so my thanks go to Michael Campbell for his permission to re-use some of his. You can see a few more – and other layouts from the show – at his Flickr gallery.

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Giving a presentation

While rearranging the garage shelving to create a clear space for the new layout, I’ve been giving some thought to how to present it. Although it’s not intended for exhibiting I do like the idea of everything ending up fairly neat and well contained, so thoughts have been turning to the enclosed style espoused by Iain Rice in his recent book Creating Cameo Layouts.

Fortunately with a robust set of shelves as a base I have a fair amount of the groundwork done for me.

Basic shelving

This is the basic setup (although simplified to omit the other shelves, not to mention the clutter) and represents the state things are in now – ready to start.

Backscene and insulation board base

Next, I’ll add a fixed backscene board attached the uprights and cut the insulation board that will form the scenic base to size to fit into each module. I’m intending that the actual layout parts will be removable to be able to work on them in more accessible surroundings.

Upper shelf and fascia

Finally with the addition of the upper shelf and a fascia board the ‘cameo’ effect will be complete.

Of course there are going to be two scenic modules plus a central fiddle yard, so the full configuration might look something like this.

Full banana

The left-hand end is left open as viewing will be possible from this angle – at the other end the layout is close to the front garage door so will likely be closed off with another bit of backscene.

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Fairlight wagon works grinds into action

009 Society RNAD flat wagons

The first completed wagons built for Fairlight 2.0 – actually if you look back through the archives of this blog you’ll find they’re probably the first completed anything for some time. I would say that I am not one of nature’s “finishers”, but the renewed enthusiasm that has led to this project will hopefully create some momentum for some time to come…

009 Society RNAD flat wagon

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Sussex Downs 009 Group open day 2017

Well it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

Saturday was the (by my count) sixth members’/open day run by the Sussex Downs group of the 009 Society – held at Lancing parish hall this was a great example of the small, friendly events that Society groups around the country put on.

And the quality of the layouts was great, too. Probably best demonstrated through some photos!

Vale Quarry in 009 by John Bruce
Vale Quarry in 009 by John Bruce

Souk el Khemis in 009 by Andrew Walters
Souk el Khemis in 009 by Andrew Walters

Thakeham Tiles in O14 by Michael Campbell
Thakeham Tiles in O14 by Michael Campbell

Creag Dubh Summit in 009 by Ted Polet
Creag Dubh Summit in 009 by Ted Polet

Compass Point in 009 by Chris O'Donoghue
Compass Point in 009 by Chris O’Donoghue, awarded Best in Show

Talynog in 009 by Phil Savage
Talynog in 009 by Phil Savage

Beta Cables in 4mm:ft scale, 14mm gauge by Stuart Brewer
Beta Cables in 4mm:ft scale, 14mm gauge by Stuart Brewer

Pentre Uchaf in 009 by Tony Peart
Pentre Uchaf in 009 by Tony Peart

St Marys in O16.5 by Julian Evison
St Marys in O16.5 by Julian Evison

Portable folding test track in 009 by Simon Hargraves
Portable folding test track in 009 by Simon Hargraves

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