Progress in 2007 picked up - still with only
three of us modelling. We started the year well working on two of the
large buildings: In Q1Chris moved on from redrawing the plans of the station building to modelling it
- a true labour of love; The circular tower to be built on a wood
core made by a friend.|
Steve, meanwhile, used the perspex shell technique with the Ironworks - looking much cruder. The dark-blue window frames were initially printed out onto overhead film to make the windows and then painted on the inside with thinned grey enamel to simulate dirty factory windows (they were replaced in early 2008 as not adequate - see later). They are attached to the plasticard wall with liquid poly with the rough side (printed onto) outwards. For once the walls were painted before assembly.
In Q1 Paul continued fettling the freight cars - specifically replacing all the wheelsets with metal wheels and getting the Kadees sorted. An important if tedious job. In Q2/3 he has worked quietly away at the staircase for the Hooven Mercantile building modifying three etched brass kits and making a fantastic job of it. The photos don't really do it justice.
In Q2/3 Chris has made fantastic progress with the station building - the circular tower was built on a wood core made by a friend. The supports for the awning were made of brass and much use has been made of jigs and templates.
Steve finished a second version of the Mauch Chunk Iron Works but was not so pleased with it - The windows will be replaced once some etched brass frames can be made.
Steve also continued working along Susquehanna Street and several more buildings are nearing completion using the perspex core technique previously described - although painting was left so that all can be painted and detailed together. Paul also finished the fire escape on the Hooven Mercantile building - which again needs painting.
Chris has continued with the marathon project of the station building making very extensive use of jigs - and including pre-printed windows (more successfully than on the Ironworks), brass tubing for platform shelter supports and the wooden core of the tower. The model is being built on a section of platform that will lift into a slot on the baseboard. All other work has been done with plasticard:
We continued modelling in the Autumn (Fall) as before, focusing on completing buildings. These photos show the layout at our Club Open Evenings in early December. The Athearn Genesis F3A/B unit in the foreground of the first photo has DCC sound - but without DCC the volume is loud and rather irritating after a full evenings operation!
2008 should see much of this work come to fruition as it is completed and we hope to get back on to the boards - laying sidewalks and roadways - so that the buildings can be bedded in.