Category Archives: 2007

Quarter 4 2007

We continued modelling in the Autumn (Fall) as before, focusing on completing buildings. These first 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!

Steve has continued working along Susquehanna Street and several more buildings are nearing completion using the perspex core technique previously described – although painting will now be left so that all can be painted and detailed together. Paul has also now 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:

Quarters 2&3 2007

We continued the year still working on two of the large buildings. Chris has made fantastic progress with the station building – the circular tower has been built on a wood core made by a friend. The supports for the awning are made of brass and much use has been made of jigs and templates.

Steve has finished a second version of the Mauch Chunk Iron Works but is not so pleased with it – but it will have to do for now. The windows will be replaced once some etched brass frames can be made.

Paul has been quietly working away at the staircase for the Hooven Mercantile building modifying three etched brass kits and making a fantastic job of it. These photos don’t really do it justice.

Quarter 1 2007

We have started the year well working on two of the large buildings. Chris has moved on from redrawing the plans of the station building to modelling it – a true labour of love; The circular tower will be built on a wood core made by a friend.

Steve, meanwhile, is using the perspex shell technique with the Ironworks – currently looking much cruder (but wait and see!). The dark-blue window frames have been 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 are attached to the plasticard wall with liquid poly with the rough side (printed onto) outwards. For once the walls were painted before assembly.

Paul has been fettling the freight cars – specifically replacing all the wheelsets with metal wheels and getting the Kadees sorted. An important if tedious job.