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Monday, 8 July 2019
210 - Railway Project - Part 1

210 - Railway Project - Part 1

Hi all. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Whilst my own projects slow down and mount up, I've been involved in assisting my brother-in-law with his own instead. And his project is a OO gauge model railway.

And here is where we began. The original plan was for a 8ft x 6ft layout. The framework was attached to the walls. However, we decided to add another foot and make it 8x7. Unfortunately the cross beam was already in place so some extra struts were used instead.


For support, 4 legs were added around where the centre well will be. The legs were attached to the floor to provide some extra stability.

The whole frame was then covered using loft board. These boards are pre cut and slot together which meant minimal cutting and ease of construction. You can probably just make out the overhang created when we added more space to the layout.

Next up was to cover the whole board with 50mm thick Celotex. Celotex is an insulation material used in construction but it is also very good for making scenery.

The Celotex was glued to the board using copious amounts of PVA.

We removed all of the aluminium foil so that the Celotex can be cut into and shaped. The plan is to add a river in centre of the layout at the back.

With Celotex being strong but easy to cut, it is also very useful for building the gradient for the track.

To curve the material, grooves were cut 75% of the way through the width at 20mm intervals. This was done using a jigsaw, which made it really quick and kept the cuts consistent. We then used tape to hold the curve in place before we glue it at a later date.

And the purpose of the incline is to join up with the viaduct that will be across the river. The viaduct is a Metcalfe card kit, and again these kits are awesome.

And that is as far as we've got so far.

There will only be two loops of track on this layout due to the size constraints and not wanting to just chuck down a load of track. There will be a couple of areas, including a town and a main station.

Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
209 - Project Planner

209 - Project Planner


Hi and thanks for dropping in.

Project Commissar is not happy.

Every now and then I see people posting updates on their blogs with their project progress displayed in table form or as a list with certain tasks marked off.

Well I’ve been keeping a similar sort of table for quite a while and figured as I’ve been quiet on the blog that I would share my progress table.

Each model/squad/item I’m working on has a list of the next actions required. The actions that are done are marked in green and those that are ongoing are marked in orange. Actions that haven’t started are in white – there is a lot of white!

Unfortunately, as some of these projects haven't really been started, there are a lot of actions. So to keep things a bit more concise, I've only include 5 actions.

Now be warned, there are 60 items on this list:

Aegis defense line
Basecoat everything
Paint weapons
Weather weapons
Apply camo stencils
Paint defense line
Artemia Pattern Hellhound
Straighten flamer barrel
Undercoat
Paint camo
Paint weapons
Apply transfers
Baneblade - double sponsons
Build sponson sections
Test fit extra crew
Add pintle weapons with shields
Add bulldozer????
Attach tracks
Basilisk
Weather
Varnish



Basilisk
Build crew
Attach tracks
Undercoat all sections
Paint chassis
Paint weapon platform
Basilisk
Build crew
Attach tracks
Undercoat all sections
Paint chassis
Paint weapon platform
Bear 4x4
Paint wheels
Attach wheels
Paint weapons
Attach weapons
Apply transfers
Bear 4x4
Paint wheels
Attach wheels
Paint weapons
Attach weapons
Apply transfers
Bombard
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint tracks
Apply transfers
Bombard
Strip?
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint tracks
Attach tracks
Chimera - Capricorn
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint weapons
Apply transfers
Chimera - Capricorn
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint weapons
Apply transfers
Chimera - Extra Armour
Strip
Remove extra armour
Remove track guards
Sell?

Chimera - Mine Plough
Strip
Remove mine plough
Remove track guards
Sell?

Chimera - Set Back
Build Turret
Add rivets
Undercoat


Chimera - Set Back
Attach tracks
Build turret
Add rivets
Undercoat

Deathstrike
Build missile
Attach tracks
Undercoat vehicle
Undercoat missile
Paint vehicle
Goliath/Rock Grinder
Build vehicle
Undercoat vehicle
Paint vehicle
Undercoat crew
Paint crew
HWT - Autocannon Squad
Clean up
Paint bases
Paint weapons
Paint crew
Final assembly
HWT - Lascannon Squad
Clean up
Paint bases
Paint weapons
Paint crew
Final assembly
HWT - Missile Launcher Squad
Clean up
Paint bases
Paint weapons
Paint crew
Final assembly
Hydra
Build chassis
Build weapon platform
Build crew
Magnetise crew
Undercoat everything
Hydra - scratch
Straighten gun barrels
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint tracks
Imperial Knight Paladin
Paint arm weapons
Paint torso weapon and shield
Paint additional armour pieces
Paint top armour
Paint pauldrons
Imperial Knight Warden
Build legs
Build torso
Build weapon arms


Leman Russ 622
Undercoat tracks
Attach tracks
Paint vehicle
Apply weathering
Build crew
Leman Russ 623
Undercoat tracks
Attach tracks
Paint vehicle
Apply weathering
Build crew
Leman Russ 631
Undercoat tracks
Attach tracks
Paint vehicle
Apply weathering
Build crew
Leman Russ 632
Undercoat tracks
Attach tracks
Paint vehicle
Apply weathering
Build crew
Leman Russ 633
Undercoat tracks
Attach tracks
Paint vehicle
Apply weathering
Build crew
Leman Russ Demolisher - 831
Weather
Varnish



Leman Russ Magnets - 801
Build chassis with sponsons
Build turret with magnets
Build crew
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Leman Russ MBT - 801
Weather
Varnish



Leman Russ Vanquisher - 821
Magnetise dozer blade
Build crew
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Leman Russ Vanquisher - 822
Attach tracks
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint tracks
Apply transfers
LS-182 - Lightning Strike Fighter
Assemble weapon mounts
Assemble pilot and cockpit
(leave out)
Paint pilot and cockpit
Paint weapons
Paint canopy
Praetor Armoured Assault Launcher
Trim and test fit
Wash parts
Wash parts again!
Build sponsons
Undercoat sponsons
Red Angel 1 - Sentinel
Weather
Varnish



Red Angel 2 - Sentinel
Weather
Varnish



Red Angel 3 - Sentinel
Paint main areas
Paint weapon
Paint stowage
Paint details
Apply transfers
Squad - 111 - Plasma
Clean up




Squad - 112 - Plasma
Clean up




Squad - 411 - Melta
Clean up




Squad - 412 - Melta
Clean up




Squad - 911 - Grenade Launcher
Clean up




Squad - 912 - Grenade Launcher
Clean up




Squad - 915 - Grenade Launcher
Clean up




Squad Command - 101 - Plasma
Clean up




Squad Command - 401 - Melta
Clean up




Squad Command - 901 - Grenade Launcher
Clean up




Taurox
Buy wheel conversion
Build with wheels
Build turret
Undercoat

Taurox
Buy wheel conversion
Build with wheels
Build turret
Undercoat

Taurox
Buy wheel conversion
Build with wheels
Build turret
Undercoat

Triple bastion
Build comms x1 (1 built)
Basecoat weapons & comms
Paint weapons
Weather weapons
Weather bastion
Valkyrie
Magnetise wing mounts
Undercoat interior
Paint interior
Mask interior
Final assembly
Valkyrie
Build rear section and wings
Magnetise wings and weapons
Add Anvil weapons
Undercoat interior
Paint interior
Valkyrie
Build rear section and wings
Magnetise wings and weapons
Add Anvil weapons
Undercoat interior
Paint interior
Vanaheim Griffon
Build main section
Undercoat
Paint vehicle
Paint and attach comms
Paint and attach bombs
White Angel 1 - Sentinel
Weather
Varnish



White Angel 2 - Sentinel
Clean up
Build sections
Paint main areas
Paint weapon
Paint stowage

As you can see, I've got a lot to be getting on with.

What are your views on tracking progress? Is it something you find motivates you to finish projects?

Thanks for stopping by, I better head off and get to work on something off the list.
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