Not a lot of progress here, been too busy trying to sort my computer. A new modem was the final part in the jigsaw, so I'm back, but still a lot of rebuilding to do
. Anyway, enough of my woes
back to the project.
Not a lot to show here, the methods for putting the gates together is similar to the planked walkway shown earlier. The photos show the completed gates and I will keep the details brief.
The vertical planks were prepared first, from a sheet of 1mm thick balsa. the planks and nailholes were again simply drawn on with a black drawing pen. I chose 5mm wide planks which were nice and easy to measure and mark, plus they looked right after first trying on a piece of card. The framing for the other side, was worked out before applying the nail holes, but that is not really needed, as both sides wont be visable at the same time. Here is the other side.
The framing was made up with 5mm wide by 3mm thick pieces of balsa, the horizontal pieces were prepared first, then the diagonal bracing was cut to fit between them. The vertical posts are 5mm square, possibly a bit lightweight, but any more, might have given clearance problems
. All the wood was stained, again using dilute black watercolour paint, prior to glueing together. The hinges are simply strips of black card, I did emboss a few depressions to represent countersunk screws, but it wasnt worth the trouble as they dont show
. Also a bit of a waste of time, are the handles on the centre bar. Again, black card was used and a mini staple painted matt black to represent the handle. I may drybrush the hinges and handles a little to make them stand out a bit more and possibly add a chain and padlock to one of the handles, but they can hardly be seen when in situ. You will have to wait to see these on the layout, as they will be one of the last things to be put on, so that I can finish the groundwork around them more easily.