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Old 04-02-2018, 11:39 AM   #11
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Ironing board? Sorry, you've lost me there! However, I like your plan. Scratchbuilding is great - there's a real satisfaction in saying "I made that and it didn't cost me much except for some of my time."
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:46 AM   #12
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When she was here, the good lady insisted we bought an ironing board and an iron. She never used it, it sat in the kitchen, in the way, all the time.

It seemed a shame to waste it...and this is a far better way of putting it to good use, I think. It needs another piece of 12mm ply screwed to the top to allow me to screw the baseboard to it, that way it will stabilise it a lot more, although as it is, it's very steady. But, I'm a "belt and braces" man...
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:39 PM   #13
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There is a very good layout that built on an ironing board.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:49 PM   #14
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An old friend of mine (now deceased) used an ironing board as his workbench to buld model boats on...like me, his good lady wife and him lived in a small flat, and being foldable, the board was an ideal way of modelling for him.

Waste not, want not...as my old mum used to say.
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Things are moving ahead...Court's Yard now has more rolling stock available to keep the wheels of industry turning.

I was hoping to get the track fixed down today, but due to this damn cold weather, my RA has flared up badly again. I have fingers like a pound of Wall's finest pork and herb, and so for the rest of the day, construction has all but ceased.
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:59 PM   #16
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I like the ironing board idea. Looks like an interesting layout in the making.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:04 AM   #17
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Coming on nicely. I like the 'story' you are putting together regarding the origins of the goods yard. I 'get' the ironing board now! Couldn't work out at first why a bloke would need one. Hoovering I can live with but ironing really is a step too far!
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Richard ironing boards definitely do come in handy especially for our layouts. The idea of scratch building is great as I'm building everything from scratch on my inglenook its always nice to know that you have built it instead of buying kits.
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It may be close to qualify for being a micro layout. Micro layouts are layouts built in a size of four square feet or less. Last night I was having a browse of a website from the USA which was dedicated to such layouts, and there were layouts to look at from right across the world. I had been looking at YouTube and was interested in this fascinating layout based on the famous Himalayan Mountain railway in India. The model was very impressive indeed, especially how they had the loco and coach to climb such steep gradients without a rack, and turn such tight corners! It was in a YouTube film with a few other micro layouts.
I was considering suggesting a category for mini layouts, being larger then micro, but nonetheless, compact. Say 20 square feet or 16?
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When it was originally planned, it was to be an O gauge layout...a Terrier and a wagon could move a few inches and that was it. So now, it's an OO gauge, which gives me a bit more moving room to play with.

This is it so far...trackwork is pinned and glued down, next up is the ballasting, maybe tomorrow if it turns up.

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