Category Archives: Jon’s layout ramblings

It Ain’t Half Hot Mum – 2

Still too hot to do anything useful!  I was about to have a go at another project, and we hit 35C.  Not a lot one can do till the weather breaks.  Maybe tomorrow? So I’ve just got a few modelling … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #24

Well, not a good week on the railways. Having been delayed till Monday due to lack of plywood, I spent the week carefully building a new baseboard.  I always have difficulty keeping things square, but this time built it up … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #23

Well, project complete!  I’m sure that there will need to be a little fettling and further track cleaning to get things moving, but it is almost there.  A simple 2-road 2′ or so fiddle yard bolts onto the main layout. … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #22

Progress on the layout continues.  I fitted LED strip for the lighting, that has enabled me to take some better photos, below.  Scratching around the railway room, I have found enough plywood and track for a fiddle yard.  I’m going … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #21

Amazingly, the layout is just about done.  The scenics went together surprisingly quickly.  And the end result is OK – it can always be better, but I’m pretty happy with the whole thing Now to put a cover and some … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

Let off digging up the plum tree – it must have heard Maxine and I talking and immediately produced five plums.  Too hot to do much yesterday – how anyone can go and cram on a South Coast beach I … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #20

Weather’s improved, and I may have to go and dig up some tree roots.  And Father’s day this weekend was graced by a phone call from Berlin, and socially distanced visits from the other two children on Sunday and Monday. … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #19 – Rapid progress…

It’s been showery and grey for a couple of days, so rapid progress on the railway. Blue point controllers were bought in and were very easy to install, including the point frog switches.  The masking tape on the wiring will … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #18 – Cut and paste, N gauge style…

And now for something completely different…. Having built some rolling stock, I thought I’d move back to complete the two USA N-club modules that I’d been building.  But I just haven’t been happy with them.  It’s been a strange, shrinking, … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #17

Well, here’s the end results of the last few week’s modelling.  A GWR bullion van and two LMS horseboxes.  All could be better, but all look pretty good to me.  I’ve really enjoyed building the etched bogies and chassis, and … Continue reading

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