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01 & 02 / 2018

Posted 06-02-2018 at 11:18 AM by Ginger The Hutt
It was a slow start to the year. However, relatively speaking, while not a lot on the top changed, quite a bit underneath advanced.

January Objectives Recap & Review:
Reacquire Percy. Been watching a few on the bay. Still not happy with the price mark ups.
Finish the foundations. Done!
Continue laying track on the lower level. 2 complete sidings laid down, 6 to go.
Continue the bridge build. This is once again, taking steps forward.

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Welcoming in 2018

Posted 31-12-2017 at 07:55 PM by Ginger The Hutt
So as 2017 draws to a timely end, I thought it would be a fun idea to look back a year and see what I was doing on the layout this time last year.

I had thought that I had the baseboards partially in place and had at least started laying the incline foundations. Turns out I was several months ahead of myself there. I had barely started the incline corridor baseboard. It leaves me surprised at how much I have achieved in the year.

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11 & 12 / 17

Posted 03-12-2017 at 10:35 PM by Ginger The Hutt
November has quite the month.

November Objectives Recap & Review:
  • Actually fix Percy. Yeah.
    Nope. Just going to buy a new one.
  • Begin building the foundations for the upper level. 95% done. I just need to put in place a central support.
  • Make a start on the double track suspension bridge kit bash. Started. Paused.
    Tools acquired, to be continued.
  • Build the baseboard section around the control panel, extend the track appropriately & sort the final plans
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10 & 11 / 17

Posted 02-11-2017 at 09:25 AM by Ginger The Hutt
October Objectives Recap & Review:
Continue laying more track: In particular the lower level. More track got laid.
Just not in the preferential lower section.

Get the initial control panel into place and working. Done! A really good start on the panel has been achieved. Now to build around it.
Fix Percy properly, or have the parts on order at least. Yeah... oops.
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Thoughts on Weathering

Posted 31-10-2017 at 04:08 PM by Brocket Hall
An 00 GWR layout I saw at an exhibition recently was beautifully executed. Set in pre-nationalisation days it certainly caught the atmosphere of the old branch lines and, as the owner/operator pointed out, everything was weathered to a certain extent, trains and structures alike. He went on to say that it was his first layout and I complimented him on quite an achievement. He looked as though he was in his mid-thirties, so could have no memory of what he set out to model, but said that the older...
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