Well, its been a busy wee while sine the last update on Waihao Forks.
A lot of that was taken up with going broke, finding a job, working at said job, hating said job, leaving said job, finding better job, finally having money (Yay!) and getting my life and my health back on track.
One of the things I have learnt is that I have the attention span of a gnat (does it show?) with too many projects vying for my attention. So what I have done is taken a step back and nominated the 5 projects I really want to make progress on and then devote a month to each one. So far I've been working on my HO American shelf layout (April) and making progress on the Mini restoration (May).
So this month: Waihao Forks!
Firstly, I've been having a think about the overall layout plan and decided that the module containing the large truss bridge was going to be too small as well as being on a curve which isnt ideal.
What I've done is redesigned the layout to be more of a triangular shape:
This will allow the large truss bridge to now have a dedicated module of its own (upper left) as well as increasing the amount of room inside the layout for the tame operators. On the downside, it does mean I'll need a few more endcaps than first thought, and we have yet to come up with an alternative source for these. (Might need to make that a priority for this month as well!)
Club night next Tuesday is planned for a bit of action, mainly attaching the endcaps onto the layout (and maybe the faschia) and starting to mockup the buildings out of cardboard. The goods shed should be easy, the pub maybe not so much. Hopefully 0-4-4-0T will also be on hand to start mocking up some of the ground forms.