The Saga Continues...
I'm back! And to prove it, here's some progress:
8 Curved boards have been built using a jig roughly made on a sheet of 4mm ply. The sides are all 4mm ply, with 38mm x 38mm softwood battens for the cross members.
Above: The jig stuck on a sheet of ply. It just goes to show how many sheets we would have needed had we gone with traditional solid top baseboards.
Above: The main scenic boards are layed out on the lawn for a quick test fit - it's quite the monster!
Above: And this brings us right up to date! Track is roughly placed in its approximate positions on the boards. Note I am still to make the fiddle yards boards. You can see the main line tracks left and right which will feed into the fiddle yard.
Above: Probably my favourite building so far is the Bat and Ball, Breamore. I've been known to spent a lot of time in here (but not drinking!). Unfortunately I built this model before I started going there!
Above: This is a long-abandoned petrol station in the local area that I have tried to model. The prototype just shouted out to be modeled and eventually I will paint and weather it to make it look like it's been abandoned for many years!
Above: The rear elevation of the petrol station. The drawing on the wall next to the small window on the right is where an electrical fuse box will go.
Above: This is a small wooden garage, the prototype of which can been seen in my village.
It is scenes and buildings like these which I hope will help to portray a quiet country life.
This is a birds eye annotated view of what I expect the two Ringwood station boards to look like. You'll notice how I've tried to create a flowing feel throughout the station.
Above: The bridge still remains North of Downton Station. The embankment continues higher than the bridge parapet!
Above: A closer view.
Above: Moving onto Ringwood, this is the Bickerley Bridge. Complete with recently replaced handrails.
Above: The view from the other side and other end of Bickerley Bridge, with Bickerley Common behind us. Just look at the amount of cr*p in the water!
Above: The site of the New Street level crossing at Ringwood station. The station footbridge would have been just to the right of this photo.