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This rambling blog is about building a simple layout in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday chores - 2

Sunday early mornings have the advantage of being cool and wet, thus allowing some work to be completed before the sun turns the workshop into an oven, consequently I am looking forward to the start of the 'modelling season' 

The track needs to be weathered, ballasted and detailed, normally in that order and the platforms need to be shaped and installed. 

Weathering the track was started last week, unfortunately I started a little too late before the sun called a halt to the operation, therefore this morning has been an opportunity to clear a number of 'must-do's' in the workshop. 

After an application of Plastikote's Cappuccino, the rails are brush painted with an acrylic burnt Sienna, this darkens as it dries, possibly a more livid red would dry to a lighter shade?

 The platforms will be cut from a sheet of 15mm extruded styrofoam sheet supplied by Dawn at  the styrofoam sheet is dense and more rigid than the more familiar white bead polystyrene insulation foam and more suitable for structures or trackbed.

 Shaping the foam platforms to fit the tight curve, is simple, just carefully lay the foam sheet so that maximum use is made of the sheet, lay a piece of hard board on top to spread the weight and then push down firmly. The rail will made an indentation which is the cut line, just remember which side was uppermost when installing the platform. 


Detailing the platform surfaces is a case of shaping the surface with a sanding block and basswood strips on the taller edge. This forms the typical platform shape of the rural lokalbahn.

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