Muttley? Now that's a real railroad dog if ever I saw one!
Now, where was I? Oh yes.
Peter Jackson, the boat builder also supplies and lays moorings for the local boat club. He uses rejected railroad truck wheels in combinations of one each end for boats up to 30 feet, or two each end for bigger boats.
He uses truck tires which have been filled with expanded foam, with a board top and bottom, to make the mooring floats.
There is a span line ( usually with three styrene floats), between the mooring floats, for the boatman to snag with his boat hook, and so pull up the mooring leads which are attached to each float.
This continues to be a very enjoyable, and informative, thread. Thanks for taking the time to post your progress!
Moving right along . . .
There is a shed to be erected on the other side of the winch motor.
First, I have to clear the ground and make a dam around where building footplate will sit.
And then back fill the earth around it.
All of my buildings lift out.
Looks nice Max! And that is a great idea of them lifting out incase you ever want to relocated them or just switch them out!
The main reason is so I can work up close to them with scenery. I'm so clumsy these days.
Next, I drill a hole through the base plate of the building and through the base board, to locate the power point.
And then enlarge those holes to take the RCA jack and styrene plate.
Ralph seems OK with the work so far.
Once the back fill has set up, there will be some more filling to fair the joins with the base plate.
Fine work once more!
OK. I've lost me ball bearings again. Where was I?
I covered each side of the base plate with a strip of sticky tape and finished fairing off the back fill.
The carcass is now ready for finish sanding and cladding.
Breeze blocks, methinks.
That is some process. It has yielded great results.
Mas That is looking wonderful! Just wondering what you use to build the buildings?
Thanks, Mike. It's MDF. 6 mm for the base plate and 3 mm for the walls.
The stiffeners around the tops of the walls are 6 mm Oak.
I thought that this little building would be an ideal subject for recording the process.
The next bit is a ceiling plate.
Max, thank you for showing the steps in making this amazing layout! I am blown away at all the great ideas and your patience and attention to detail. You truly are an artist and this thread is an inspiration!
You are very kind. Most appreciated.
The next step is to make the base plate for the roof.
It's important that it's flat, so when I glue the stiffeners on, I press the assembly on a piece of plate glass.
The stiffeners also act as locating lugs, so it drops in neatly on to the walls.
So far; so good.