Having had a quick look on Amazon for a budget but effective iron, I've found this:
It doesn't look too bad, relatively easy to use and maintain. I might buy one at some point when my finances improve. In the meantime, I'll be getting on with my baseboards.
There's a building yard literally thirty seconds' walk from my house where there's a flat conversion taking place, and a skip outside with a sign, ''free timber!- Just ask''. Probably worth a mosey just to have look for some lengths of timber. As for the board top, I think I might go with 6/9mm plywood, as it isn't too expensive for large sheets and it's easier to cut on a curve, which I hope to do for some parts of the boards. When it comes to getting the boards made up, I might have to see if I can rope my boyfriend Alex in (There's a barrel of laughs right there, Alex and Alex...) He's not really into railways, but he seemed to become far more interested the minute I mentioned mulberry as a livery.
''Purple? You know I LOVE purple! Awwh and you're naming trains? Cute!''
I'm sure he'd help out with a bit of sawing and painting.