Still no sign of any track arriving so I've turned my attentions to the signal box. With this being the last remnant of Berkeley Deane Wises architectural wizardry in Ballymena I can at least build it as closely to the prototype as I'm capable of.
First up, was a rough card mock up to get an idea of scale when placed in its location.
Immediate thoughts are that it needed an additional 6-8mm in height but other than that I was quite happy.
The build will follow my usual technique of a card skeleton to which I will apply brick plastic to the lower structure and a combination of scribed plain plasticard and plaststruct strips for the wooden panelling and windows. The interior will use the Ratio signal box kit with flooring made from scribed plasticard. I need to source some pictures of box interiors to assist with positioning of furniture and colour tones for the walls.
On with the actual build. The four sides were measured out and cut, removing the window and door apertures.
Next up, on the internal sides, I applied card strips to form the support for the floor and vertical supports to help guide when gluing all sides together. In addition to this I have added additional struts in the centre of the long sides to prevent them from bowing inwards and also to stop the floor sagging.
A quick loose assembly just to show the current state of play.
I will cut the centre formers next and glue everything together. Before settling on scribed plasticard I'm going to experiment with foam board for the floor in an attempt to represent grained timber. Previous working with this medium has been a complete disaster so I don't hold out much hope this time either.
One quick question. The small arched windows will need some wills brick arch pieces added. I have enough to do one side but not the other. Would anyone have any knocking about in their scraps box before I go an order an entire pack?