Just scored a 20 pound box of plaster cloth at Jerry's Artarama for.... wait for it... $49.99. It retails for $114.35 and is available online for $62.39. But right down the road in West Hartford, it's on sale. And I didn't have to pay for shipping.
This is going to come in especially handy if my first bike race gets canceled this Sunday. I have a lot of hills to cover, and not with my bike.
I've made some more progress on the layout, thanks to help from Roman and Bill. Hope to post some pics soon. (It's even more of a) Happy Friday (now)!!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
|South end cut is made to the track and I'm using a putty knife to pry up the track. It had been glued to the cork roadbed with Aileen's Tacky Glue, so the track came up fairly easily.|
|I removed the temporary riverbed to figure out where to place the permanent riverbed supports (one seen clamped here), and you can also see here the gap I've created for the bridge.|
|And here I am cutting the north end.|
|Similar view to a couple pics ago, but now notice the cut-away subroadbed.|
|Here's a shot of the overall scene so far...|
And trying to recreate the distinctive abutments with some scrap stone wall castings and - wait for it - pink styrofoam. Here's what he came up with:
|Here's the bridge from the other side, looking "northeast," with my helpers of the day looking on. In all honesty, they were much more than mere "helpers" - I really don't think I could have gotten this far without them.|
In the meantime, at least one of the two Goff Brook Bridges have been installed - and, thanks to Roman & Pieter, I think it looks pretty great.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
That's how long it's been since I worked on the layout - and it's WINTER for Pete's sake! And I've had SNOW DAYS! Sigh. No great excuses - just the usual ones of "too busy at work", "too much going on", blah blah blah.
Well, finally, today, with help (and not a little added motivation) from my friend Roman, I Worked On The Layout.
We cut a LOT of cardboard strips...
And we installed the (last of the) bus (yay!) and mainline feeders (double yay!)...
Ok, nothing sexy, but it had to be done.
Best part of all, though, was that even this little bit of progress has energized me to keep going. So hopefully I'll have even more progress to show soon.
But first, I may need to clean up a bit. Ugh.