|With some encouragement/goading, I finally decided to push forward on the Goff Brook road bridge. Here's the foamcore base in place - and cardboard strips starting to encroach...|
|A better view of how the road will hit the backdrop. There will be a timber grade crossing here.|
|Here's a closer-to-eye-level shot, showing how the road goes uphill . . .|
|. . . hopefully, just like the prototype. This is how Old Main Street (nee Middlesex Turnpike) looks today (looking south). Grade crossing in foreground, Goff Brook road bridge in middle background.|
|While I was working at the Wethersfield/Rocky Hill town line, Roman was further south in Dividend finishing up some webbing.|
|Back in Rocky Hill, adding a few more strips.|
|Rocky Hill/Dividend aisle side of the peninsula ("east" of the RR) all ready for plastercloth.|
|With Roman and I both working together, we were able to complete the "cloth-ing" in just a few hours.|
|We even got right up to Goff Brook...|
So, I had two choices: adjust/bend the pins to the proper height, or remove them entirely. Since we use skewers for uncoupling rather than magnets, I chose a full pin-dectomy.
|Problem is, some coupler manufacturers must use titanium for their pins - I'm looking at you, BLI. What a wreck they made of my pliers. KDs didn't do that - so I promptly swapped the BLI couplers for KD #58s.|
|A good start|
Next up: finishing plastercloth wherever we have webbing, then perhaps attack East Berlin and maybe even East Haddam. Oh, and there are more switches to add to Middletown yard, and speaking of Middletown, I want to get to that tower project, and I need to build more boxcars, and...and....
Well, you get the idea.
Hope you're able to get down in the cool basement or air-conditioned spare room this summer and, if you do, be sure to share your progress so we can all get an added dose of modeling energy!