With some trepidation, I’ve upgraded the blog’s template to Blogger’s new ‘layouts’ format and hopefully everything is still working right. The main reason for doing this was the new ‘blog list’ feature which tracks all the other blogs I link to and saves having to go and look at each one to see who’s updated. I’ve added a few more links recently – including Chris Nevard who works in 4mm scale standard and narrow gauge with a focus on incredibly convincing scenery.
I’m also trying out the poll function, please cast your vote on what scale(s) you model in the form on the right of the template. I’ll run new polls every month or so.
Meanwhile, on the workbench, I’ve been making some test cranks for Blanche from plasticard to check the shapes I’ve drawn are correct. Once I’m happy with them, I’ll need to make a template 10 times larger than real life in order to mill a tool to injection mould the real cranks. You can see the original connecting rods are now too short for the accurate wheelbase of the Bullant unit, so these will be replaced with longer milled or etched rods. Hopefully I’ll be able to document this work with photos.