Before I got round to drawing up firm plans for the wharf on Bow Creek the Scale 7 Group decided to throw down a challenge to it’s members.This was to build a layout to S7 standards within an area of no more than 33 sq. ft.
Details of the “challenge” can be found here http://www.scaleseven.org.uk/index.php?id=36
I looked at this as the push I needed to get the ball rolling with my own layout, I figured that it could be built as a seperate unit which can be exhibited but also “plugged in” to the main layout that will be built at a later date.
So onto the drawing board and I have come up with the design shown here.
This plan shows the layout in it’s exhibition format, but when attached to the main layout the wagons would be tripped round from the marshalling yard leading in from the right hand side behind the old granary, across Boat St. and through the gates of the wharf which are shared with the road traffic.The left hand side would also be extended when attached to the main layout and here will feature a timber yard.
In time I will draw up plans for the other main areas and post them here, but for now I wil concentrate on this section for the S7 Group’s Challenge 33.
Main construction is from 6mm ply with housed joints using the router, glued with 5 min. polyurathane wood glue and tacked with the nail gun using brads.
4mm ply is used for the top surfaces which holds it all square and again this is glued down and tacked with the nail gun.
The surface will be covered with 12mm Sundela.
Next job will be producing the trestles which will support the boards with the top surface height of 4′-3″ from floor level
The trestles are simple frames of ex 2″x 2″s/wd with a 12mm ply top rail 6″ deep and slotted, half their depth to hold the 12mm ply support rails. This all makes for a light weight, easy to assemble/dis-assemble system with out the need for bolts to hold it all together.
The baseboards will have a means of being held to the rails to stop them being moved and this I will describe soon.