Workshop member Jim Martin checks in…
Workshop member Jim Martin checks in…
|Still in-progress, but a quick coat of craft store paint brings the basic shell to life,
and gives Jim an idea of what the final structure will look like on the layout.
|Foamcore board is inexpensive, lightweight, rigid and easy to work.|
|Electric turnout control, about as easy as it gets!|
|A close-up of the printed circuit board tie, glue to the bottom edge of the fascia.|
Workshop member Jim Martin checks in with a progress report on his S scale model railway. This time, he describes his new workshop, which hides from view when not in use…
|An overview of Jim’s new workshop|
I spent some quality time recently organizing my new, compact workshop. It has been in use for several months on various small projects but it was hastily thrown together during the move into the house. The shelving and primary work surfaces along with pegboard and lighting went into place quite early, but tools and building supplies were not optimally located. So I gathered up all my tools from a variety of locations, spread them out on a table and started sorting.
|A well-organized work space, with everything within
easy reach, can inspire great modelling!
|A view to the left, through the doors:
Note the filing cabinet for reference material
|A view to the right through the doors:
Larger tools have their own area on the bench
|(Well, we’ll know it’s there – because we’ve read the blog!)|
|(Jim’s Port Dover Branch – January 2019. Click on the image for a larger view)|
|(Jim’s Port Dover Branch – January 2017. Click on the image for a larger view)|
|(Jim switches cars on Paul’s module while John looks on)|
|(Up Periscope! Jim created this viewer for the shorter set. It’s popular with
the kids – and with parents, whose backs are grateful…)
The Quinte Model Railroad Show is becoming something of an annual tradition for our group: The show is a favourable location for our eastern Ontario members – and it’s not too distant for those members in Toronto and the Niagara Region. This year, the Workshop crew on site included myself, Paul Raham, John Johnston, and Darby Marriott.
Being Christmastime, this is a show where we let our hair down a little. An elephant grazes in Paul’s pasture, my Stegosaurus and Bovasaurus Rex roam the layout, there are candy cargos in the hopper cars, and John ran a pirate train for his grandson Decker.
|(A holstein/dinosaur cross confronts crossed bones)|
Paul, John, Darby and I enjoyed hanging out with each other and roaming the exhibition halls for bargains and inspiration. Thanks also to Workshop friend Daniel McConnachie for helping out Saturday, and to honorary S-scaler Dennis Rowe for his ongoing encouragement.
Incidentally, this was Darby’s first chance to participate with a module.
|(Darby with his module. The “C” on the wall is not for “Culverhouse”…)|
My Culverhouse module now belongs to Darby and I can’t wait to see how he makes it his own. That process has already started in how he packages it for travel. He has imagineered a clever little arched toboggan under one end of the module which makes sliding it into his car a breeze: So simple and effective.
Currently we are not sure if we have nailed down our appearance at the next Copetown Train Show (February 24, 2019: 10am-3pm) but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime we hope you enjoy Darby’s photos from the weekend.
Happy holidays, everyone!
Workshop member Jim Martin checks in with a progress report on his home layout – and a new owner for one of his modules…
Work progresses on fitting my Port Dover layout into its new home – although depending on when one visits, it can look like two steps back. Currently it’s in the “two steps back” stage as a number of layout sections have been pulled back off their “L” girders to facilitate a few necessary jobs.
|Jim’s layout in its new home. As he’s reported earlier on this site, the new space is much more comfortable.|
One job involved lifting the whole layout ever so slightly to better meet the bottom of the backdrop. Some three-quarter inch strapping on top of the girders took care of that.
With the sections out I pulled out an end mirror and took it to a glass shop to have a notch cut out of the corner. (I’ll talk more about that a little later.)
|That’s the mirror: the smoke comes later…|
I am also fitting the last of three backdrop sections. Once these jobs are done and dusted I expect the sections to be permanently installed so I can get cracking on track and scenery.
|Jim’s Culverhouse module has been a popular feature on Workshop exhibition layouts.
With a new owner, it’ll be back on the exhibition circuit.
A few months back I mentioned opting for a slightly smaller layout. Something had to give and it’s my Culverhouse module. Ironically, Culverhouse is the most scenically complete of anything I have done so far, but it had to go.
I’m happy to tell you its new owner is fellow Workshop member Darby Marriott. Sadly I repurposed its portable legs and carry cradle when I thought it would be permanently retired to the basement, so Darby has to recreate those pieces.
|Darby shows off his legs.|
Darby’s already hard at it prepping his new module for the annual Quinte Model Railroad Show in Belleville, Ontario – December 1 & 2. I’ll be there, along with Darby, Andy, John and Paul. We all hope you’ll drop in to say hello!
Yes, it’s short notice…But several members of the S Scale Workshop will be in Belleville next weekend (December 1-2, 2018) to exhibit at the Quinte Model Railroad Show.The show runs 10am-4pm both days, and takes place at a new location this year:Cent… Continua a leggere
Every model railway has a practical limit to the size of train it can support. At Exporail this year, the S Scale Workshop discovered its limit when Simon Parent put his beautiful CNR 2-10-2 to the test:”Extra 4205 West, meet yourself at… oh, never m… Continua a leggere
Our friend Pieter Roos created a video overview of the 2018 NASG Convention, held in Massachusetts in July – and his coverage kicks off with some video of our Free-mo style modular layout. Pieter has given us permission to share the video here – e… Continua a leggere