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by jimbotten
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

(Thanks, Peter, for the tips.) However, I have hit something of a hiatus. I was happily measuring and building the second-longest bent whilst carrying on a conversation at the EarlyN Yahoo Group, starting with an innocent enquiry aimed at the appropriate placing of refuge-platforms (with their fire-...
by jimbotten
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

With the central bent in place I decided to remove the foam support. Originally I’d thought to leave it in place a while longer, but that would just have made the installation of the other bents more awkward. To my pleased surprise the single bent seems to support the length of suspended track quite...
by jimbotten
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

The various images (photos and freeze-frames) I have of the prototype from different periods show a variety of sashes in use at any one time; some solid through-beams and some pairs of parallel boards to either side of the posts. At least for this first, central, bent I opted for all side-boards, to...
by jimbotten
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

I began assembly of the first bent using the prepared jig (as per the instructions in the kit). You can see I am using a hypodermic to apply the glue, and each time I cut a horizontal sash I duplicated it, ready for the other side. (I found the scissors good for snipping through the thin "sash" lumb...
by jimbotten
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

Ok, the 1st December starting-gun has been fired, and there has been some progress. I began by painting/staining a good supply of scale lumber, using two shades of brown tempera powder-paint and a grey made up from black and white acrylics, mixed-up with plenty of water. I used a brush to slop this ...
by jimbotten
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

Hi Dean

Ah well, the model is nothing like the length-to-scale of the original (but still a lot of pokey little sticks to juggle, true). Fingers crossed.

Jim
by jimbotten
Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

Just a brief note on the research and development that's already taken place before the starting-gun on December 1st. Apart from general reading up on trestles and how to model them I managed to locate two good overall views of the prototype from the internet, one looking in each direction along the...
by jimbotten
Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: N scale MODSIG
Topic: N(o) Scale?
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: N(o) Scale?

Thanks for the kind words re my landscaping. At the moment everything's a first-time for me, and I do fret about what (and if) I have achieved, so it's good to get an outside view. And welcome (soon) to the wonderful world of the retired - though I doubt you'll find an increase in "spare time". As y...
by jimbotten
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: N scale MODSIG
Topic: N(o) Scale?
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

N(o) Scale?

Hmm, only the second entry in this special-interest area. Not many N-scalers out there - or just not much use of the forums in general? Anyway, I'm registering my interest/presence - and for my own current modelling pre-occupation, see the Winter 2016 Challenge section...
by jimbotten
Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 28
Views: 5525

Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

Though perhaps not strictly needed for the "Challenge", I feel a little background and context may be in order! My first-ever railroad-under-construction is intended to fit in an L-shaped space around the top of the stairway up into our attic sitting-room. The layout will be some 10'6" by 5'3", on b...
by jimbotten
Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: The Winter 2016/2017 Challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 1277

Re: The Winter 2016/2017 Challenge

Not so much a reply as a question - should I post my proposed challenge project entry as replies under this heading, or create a new topic somewhere? I'm afraid I'm very new to all of this...

Jim Botten