Still very slow progress, it seems like one step back for every two forward at the moment. I'm also super busy in work (which is a good thing as it means the bills are paid and there is a couple of ££s over for modelling) but has a big cost in time and being too tired to do much when I eventually get home.
- I'm alive and well, on my feet and have a roof over my head.
The small tank looks like this with the two ends on and lightly sanded flush:2016-03-20 16.26.04
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The Gorilla Glue works well. Its a bit more runny than the two part epoxy, but sticks solid.
The next job on this one is to work out where pipes will fit in and out of it, whether it needs an inspection hatch, how to cover it to look like riveted metal (probably embossed paper), and how it will be mounted. It will also need to be painted to look well used but not at end of life condition. The mrs has a few ideas about this.
I'm thinking that as the bagging shed is corrugated iron over a wood frame construction it won't have very robust walls, so a support framework will be needed hold the tank up above the door. This won't be hard to make from Plastruct and scrap plastic / wood, and will add to the industrial look of the model.
I've also made this to continue with the power supply rebuild:
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now that the postman has brought the correct voltage regulators. I've also 11 spares, so there should be enough for the next few jobs
There is still a good bit to do the power supply, two of the DC inputs to the regulator panel (the bit in the picture) aren't at the right voltage level, so I've had to order another couple of bits to remedy that one. They should be here on Wednesday, and all being well fitted the same day.
Then, once I've four 12V DC outputs, I need to finally connect those to the XLR sockets on the lid via the existing wiring. That will finish the job, and I can then finally power up the layout, connect a controller, and find out which coloured wire will go to the right hand rail to obtain forward movement when the locomotive is pointing forward (standard DC wiring convention). Once I know that, I can advance the wiring under the layout and think about laying track. At long, long last
I'm going to do some work tonight at the soundtrack for the model. There is a small amplifier already mounted under the layout, this will be fed by one channel of a cheap mp3 player, and a speaker will be mounted at the top of the bagging shed on the inside. There will be a volume control on the control panel, as constant sound on a model can be very annoying. I've witnessed this at more than one show, not that I expect this wee layout to ever be seen in public, but better safe than sorry.
I'm going to use the free Audacity software to mix together some industrial sounds from this website:http://www.freesfx.co.uk/soundeffects/f ... house/?p=1
to make a soundtrack that implies heavy grinding machinery at work in the shed, with occasional bursts of laughter, hand tool (hammering, shoveling) noises and anything else that seems appropriate. This will become an mp3 format file, which will last for at least an hour in order to not be too repetitive.
I've also (due to reading the Model Railroader) found that there is a mineral called Bentonite the sodium form of which is used in the manufacture of clumping cat litter and many other useful things.
It is mostly found in the US, but for the purposes of this model it has been assumed that a substantial vein was found in Co Antrim in the 1930s which has lead to the railway and processing plant being built.
The period for the model is going to be the early 1970s for no other reason than its a time period I really like, even though I wasn't born until 1968. I'm conveniently ignoring the Troubles which were in full swing around then - modelling is no place for sectarianism or politics.
That's it for now - sorry for a long post.