I have a number of started builds, the 3D printed Climax, and the F&C Forney for starters, so I decided that I would get back to work on them to clean up space and time for other future projects, and so that I would have the Forney built to run on the new and improved layout. I'm taking lots of photos, because I owe a part 2 of an article I wrote for Shortline Modelers. Here is a teaser of what she looks like right now.
Productive day today! Built 4 turnouts and got track laid to the first of 3 on the layout.
Designed and printed a 6" tie jig as well. Makes track laying much easier, especially since I'm a rookie.
Don't let inexperience stop you!
Go build something awesome!
Over the weekend I was able to frame up the new layout. Pretty easy when it's only 14"x48" right? I needed to get my mind straight on some bad news, and turning big boards into little ones always helps.
Unfortunately, the backdrop doesn't fit nicely, so I will have to make some changes there, but not a huge deal. I may repaint it, or I may see if Joey from Trackside Scenery can do something nice with fall colors.
Monday came with quite a good sight. My order from Fast Tracks arrived, much faster than anticipated. HOn30 fixtures aren't a normally stocked item, so I assumed that it could take around 4 weeks or more for my goodies to arrive, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when it took half that!
easure twice, cut once.
Or in this case, build something, learn from your mistakes and improve.
The Buzzard's Cove micro was bugging me. I wasn't happy with the track work, and decided that if I'm only going to have room for one good layout, it had better be GOOD. I ordered a bunch of supplies from Fast Tracks, with the bulk of the order going for a #4 turnout kit. I have never hand laid track before, so this should be interesting.
You can see that the original plan includes some sharp radius turns and a crossing, and if you followed the old blog, you'll remember that I had to move the spur that was just after the bridge (left to right) back because the Five79 Forney wouldn't make the turn. Well, I sold that loco. (I'm weird like that, which is good news for you if you're following me on facebook)
The new plan deletes the crossing, and broadens the curves to 12 1/2" R. Still very tight, but the Minitrains locomotives will have no problem with them.