Having spent far too long building engines and rolling stock for the Much Gnattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway,
I thought it was about time I started building somewhere to run them.
Some years ago, I purchased three birch ply baseboard kits from Ray Regan, owner of "Brilliant Baseboards". I decided to assemble them as the start of the MG&FT.
From Right to Left - kit as it comes, parts unwrapped, dry assembly.
Ray passed away not long after I bought the kits and to his credit the kits are a brilliant concept - easy to assemble, standard unit size, modular etc. Does any member know whether his business was sold as the website has remained static since Ray's passing and I'm sure there's a market for his products ? Website link here:
Three assembled kits, this stage took about 45 minutes. The most difficult part was getting glue on the joint faces.
Legs and end blocks await installation. In planning a layout where the scale is quite large (1/24th ish) I thought I'd have a go at making a station building out of cardboard and/or card stock to give me perspective on what I could fit on a board.
A small and simple station building made from card. More details here:
The windows are from Port Wynnstay, web link here : http://www.portwynnstay.co.uk/
and are the 7mm scale large industrial types. I think they are in proportion to the rest of this simple structure.
Close up showing valance detail. The MG&FT is a fantasy railway so the architectural features are not really true to scale, i.e. the bricks are random and not to scale. I'm in the process of grouting them with wood filler. This will be followed by sealing the card with an acrylic resin varnish spray (in Canada this product is sold for the active craft market)
Then paining and weathering can commence. The final view shows the MG&FT's female driver - "Polly Kettle" standing in front of the new corporate structure. More to follow.