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Quite a busy week at the club this week with an unusual ten coming through the door on Tuesday
Bernie returned with a pile of lengths of p
Bernie made the journey along the M4 to start preparing the point rodding on ABB - and of course to know where the rodding is required you need to know the signalling arrangements. To this end he prepared this signalling diagram - which includes a trailing crossover which is 'off-scene' on the model itself but we shall have to install the rodding to it.
Mike E and Martin have been progressing with the 'thirties semis, with guttering, kidney bean poles (it's October so the beans themselves are long gone) and a garage.
On Tuesday TYS brought a just finished Y6 (showing just a little bit of its Battery-powered radio-controlled (BPRC) gubbinary and his E4 showing a bit more of its BPRS innards.
Mike E has fabricated this garden roller in P4 for the gardens of the 'thirties semis on ABB. Seen here alongside a penny.
And, (right) we've decided to refresh the paint work on ABB with a new pot of paint closely matching our original mix, named "Newport Improved Layout Grey". Paul S says it rollers on better than brushing it.
Wagonman is still doing what Wagonman does.
Until now the platform on ABB has only had a temporary surface, simply painted and in too-dark-a shade-of-grey to boot (see above, left)
We have been experimenting with a couple of possible finishes. We have a fine grit of unknown origin at the club, which we tried in two ways, left above sprinkling it onto PVA and, right onto a grey undercoat. The latter looks the better and can be darkened later.
On the left we have two views of a 3D-printed smokebox door for a B&MR 2-4-0T, first after fettling with a file (thanks Fred) and secondly after painting with primer, filing back and re-priming. This achieved a perfectly acceptable finish for a well-used loco.
We ended the evening just after 11pm with a toast celebrating our European friends.
Well, the graded coal (see 20th Ult.) has been put to use in the new coal cells on ABB. Our chosen season is Autumn 1954 so we suppose that the local merchants will have stocked up on cheap summer coal for sale over the winter.
Benny has been working on a test piece for the actuation system for the turnouts on Little Mill. On the left we see a servo motor driving a crank by means of a push rod
This transmits the motion via an axle through the baseboard to another (this time model) crank which drives a Masokits stretcher bar on the turnout
Here we have a work-in-progess from Stephen Bell. A 16mm/ft bogie tank wagon ingeniously incorporating a variety of up-cycled components.
Come back in a few weeks to see what it turns in to (no pressure Stephen)
Above we have two views of our Wizard's other WIP, a Bulldog called Chaffinch (or was it a Chaffinch called Bulldog? I'm easily confused)
More views of ABB showing coal cells (with the sub-base for the coal, which is yet to be applied) and fencing following weathering.
Wagonman (left) has reverted to type and whiled away an hour or so on an etched brass GWR Mink in O gauge
Benny ponders the profusion of cabling and components underneath ABB with the intent of getting the electromagnets for Dinghams on that layout operational.
And Mr Chairman and LBH's endeavours on the coal cells and fencing are starting to bear fruit.
A new year but some old projects feature here.
The Jinty kit has been in Al's possession for decades but having now started it, progress is much more rapid.
The wagons have featured before but now run on Scaleseven wheels. They should be joined by another two sometime in this decade.