A Lighthouse for Ardgowan!!
Alan, Ed, & Lenny in the process of adding a lighthouse to the harbour area of Ardgowan, our 7mm narrow gauge layout. I noticed they had persuaded Steve to become interested in assisting when he sneaked out with the board consisting of piles of builders foam sheets under his arm. Hmm, a nice mess on dining room floor when cutting it to form cliff faces......... Alan showing a steady hand in applying adhesive to his Sihouette cutter pattern cut-outs of window frames to glass jar which will form the lantern room for the beacon.
Keith finishing off adding mortar to the engine shed with Alistair preparing the rafters for fitting at next stage. This building will feature on the Club's O gauge layout which is taken out by invitation to care homes for residents to be reminded fairly often of their childhoods particularly when many of their relatives worked on the railways as the main employer in the March area.
Next we have Bob and his Sentinel steam locomotive having fitted a sound chip discovered a better performance would be gained from a 'stay-alive'. This is an energy storage circuit connected to a DCC decoder which will keep a loco moving, lights on and sound without interruption when it crosses a small dead section of track. The difficulty Bob encountered was limited room inside the cab space. Answer? Just 3D print a small black box and mount it in the chassis (seen behind the the 3-link coupling chain. Bob's your uncle, as they say........... Anyone want a small box printing just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be forwarded to him.
Steve (who has had his interests moved towards 7mm narrow gauge from his usual 009 pursuits) has recently taken delivery of a really well executed 3D print of 009 Glyn Valley Tramway locomotive with so much detail and a bag of many bits including driver & fireman made by Brooks3DModels.com. Designed to be fitted to the well re-knowned Kato 11-109 N gauge chassis. Am sure he will fit it in alongside working on his lighthouse rockface.
Lastly David has been working on his Houston Gate Locomotive Works laser cut garden railway diesel after comparing it to a recently finished model by yours truly!