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entry 14 Jan 2018, 07:58
Put in some effort on the second board today in the 38C heat. NOt only hot, but a nasty cyclone passing north is going to bring rain. Bleh. However, the aim was to get the wireframe on the tunnel area, and it took a little time, but seems to have come together.

With the southern half of the frame already laid I started off by painting the track bed black and laying a length of underlay. I use the Trackrite foam underlay made here in Australia. It is really adaptable and allows you to bend it around corners without leaving any kinks, just a spot of PVC. I am not going to be able to get in there easily once the wire and plaster is on, so this was important to get laid correctly. My aim is to ballast into the tunnel as far in as I can once it is ready to have tracks laid. The two tracks will be single 900mm lengths with the droppers at one end or the other outside the tunnel. Laying the tracks now the underlay is in place will be easy. A good feature of the Trackrite is the very small lip it has either side of the track bed, meaning tracks tend to fall into place (on straight bits at any rate). I only glued down the bit in the actual tunnel, leaving the two ends loose until I start laying track.



While the underlay was drying I put together a cardboard form and painted the inside black to form the actual tunnel. Once all dry slipped in into the space and put a few drops of PVC to secure it in place. The tunnel mouth isn't fixed yet, just trying it out for size.



Then I set about cutting and shaping a couple of bits of foam to sit on top of the tunnel to give some stability to the hill above. Probably didn't need this but it ensured a fairly flat area on one side at least. Glued those in place and then laid out the second wireframe, leaving me just a few small areas before I can roll out the plaster and get onto much more exciting things.




And finally whilst the heat forces us into the house, with either cricket or other mindless possibilities on TV, I set about another building. This time a butcher for one of the towns. Obviously, still requiring touchups.




 
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