Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time is Not on my Side

I don't know about everyone else, but I just can't seem to get enough time to spend on my modelling. And it doesn't help that some of the tasks are very time spiking rail to sleepers. I try to spend an hour and a half each weekday night with the occasional day on the weekend in the garage so I'd be interested to see what everyone else does.
I've finished spiking the rail on the approaches to Hilltop plus all of the sidings and built myself a catch point for the refuge on the down side of the mainline. I've run out of sleepers at the moment so I'll have to wait for Mr Postman to deliver my order from Model Railroad Craftsman 
Elscotto came round during the weekend and dropped off a 60ft Sellers turntable he'd put together for Picton, thanks mate. Elscotto also pointed out that the down refuge I mentioned before, was actually level, while the mainline dropped down the hill beside it so it's actually on the top of the cutting. Luckily Elscotto spotted it otherwise stupid me would have built it all on the level. So, I'll now have to raise the level of Hill Top to give me the ability to drop the mainline alongside the refuge rather than dropping the grade at the end of the refuge as I'd originally planned.
That's it for this week so I'm not going to speculate on what I think I'll be doing as I've noticed that every time I say I'm going to do something, I never get around to doing it.
If I make some progress this week, I'll put some photo's up otherwise I'll wait until I've got something to show.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Sun Never Sets on Hill Top

Looks like I haven't posted anything for a while so I better make amends and give an update on what's been happening.
It's been slow going with the track work as I haven't had as much time available to me as I normally do due to school holidays, jobs around the house, Liverpool exhibition and fixing my brother's computer. Oh, and a NRL Grand Final.....Go you Dragons!!!!!
Aaah, that's better.
Anyway, I've soldered up all the frogs and bolt details for the points and have spiked most of the track for Hill Top so this week I should start painting the rail after I solder the electrical feeds. The Kadee #309 magnetic uncouplers I ordered sometime ago for Hill Top arrived which I have to install and I've also ordered some Cobalt point motors from DCC Concepts which I'll need before mounting the points on the baseboard. I've also been trying to work out the dimensions and interior layout of the Hill Top station buildings so I posted some questions in the usual forums. The responses to these questions and others I've had have been fantastic (Thanks Pete, John and Evan amongst others) and the information I'm receiving is helping immensely.
So, here's how Hill Top is looking at the moment

The Track is not fixed yet

I also filled all the gaps and painted the backdrop for the so far completed layout. I took the easy way out and painted it sky blue but I did consider painting it grey. Picton will be set in winter hence the thought about painting it grey. Anyway, it's blue now and I'll probably add some clouds after seeing Geoff's efforts on his blog . It will always be sunny in Hill Top!
Here's a view of most of the layout so far.

The exercise bike must go

Just a little bit of a ramble on Liverpool. For me, each year just keeps getting better and better and not because of the layout quality but because of the people you talk to. Elscotto and I ventured out on the Saturday and I met some of his friends plus caught up with Ian at the Coff's Harbour Railway Modeller's Layout. I had the pleasure of seeing some of Ian's models, highlighted on his blog, trundling along behind a D55. Let me tell you they look better in real life....fantastic work. Also caught up with James from AMRM and thanked him for his photographic efforts of my models in the latest AMRM. The models look better in the photo's than they do in real life so thanks James.

That's it for now