Well, one advantage of a very cold wind outside is it encourages indoor pursuits.
Tha Alister now has a nice coat of paint. Green of course.
Could not resist adding a bit of colour so the cranks and rod are red.
The roofs of the buildings also got a coat of red primer. I was thinking of doing slate roofs but rather like the red, so red tile it will be. Anyone know the average size of a red roof tile?
The line runs around under the overhanging roof at the rear of the stable block. Support beams and a couple of uprights to be added. Stock can be exchanged here out of sight of the front viewers. Note the visible window at the far end. The progress of a train can be followed through the windows which should give the children something to look at.
The vertical butresses (?) cover up joints in the paper and add interest to an otherwise uninteresting wall. The windows are cut down white metal O castings which seem to look OK here. Saved a lot of work.
As the crow flies by this is what he would see. Lots of real estate to be worked up. The track will be buried so scraps of foamboard will come in useful to build up the level of the land. In the right foreground is the power supply housed in a wooden box which I am sure would give a Euro inspector a heart attack. Here no one seem to worry about such things at shows and I am quite comfortable with what I have made. Discovered one thing which will be useful. The transformer is 16 v centre tap. Hooked it up the wrong way and only got 8 v to the controller. Beautiful slow running. So, I think I will put in a SPDT switch so I can run on either 8 or 16. Then I can hand the controller to a youngster and let him run the train knowing it is not going to go very fast.
The controller is a nice little unit that was made in British Columbia.
Well, that is a quick tour.
Have a good week.