Well today I spent the day at a family Christening. It was nice to catch up with the family. Today would also have been my mother’s 100th Birthday, if she was still alive, so what better day to have a family catchup.
Yesterday I decided to sit at the kitchen table while the wife was off doing stuff like attending a linen party and then taking my daughter to a Halloween Party. I revisited my 7 coal loads that I made the Friday a week ago. I decided to build a shaped top on the load to help them look more like the modern coal loads that are nicely manicured to ensure that the wind over the top of the wagon does not dislodge the load that much. So I made various shapes of load tops out of styrene and then glued these to the top of the existing load. These were shaped with a bastard file. The next step was to paint the loads with a spray can of matt black - a one minute job.
I also painted the two ballast loads inserts a matt black base colour as well. While this was still wet, I sprinkled some Ardglen ballast onto the top of the loads and then wet this with some wet water. I then dosed the wagon load tops with a mixture of diluted white glue and allowed it to set.
Late this afternoon I went down to the shed and observed that the two ballast loads look great. The load is well set and the load can be inserted and extracted from the ballast wagons very easily with a magnet. I just need to put these two wagons onto the layout somewhere. I then decided that I would pour some glue onto three of the coal loads and then sprinkled some coal onto the tops to form the loads. More glue was dropped onto the tops and then more coal. These have now been set aside to dry. On my next trip to the shed during the week they will be inspected and tested as well. I will then do the same to the remaining four coal load bases.
I tried to take some photos today but the camera battery was flat. So it is on charge, as my daughter's awards night is on this week, so I need to make sure I can grab some photos at that event. We find out who out of her friends are going to fill the 10 leadership positions at the school for next year. Finger's crossed for my daughter and her preferred position.
This coming Sunday is our Club’s Buy and Sell at our Clubrooms. I hope to be taking some HO scale NSW rollingstock that is excess to my needs over there in the hope of selling. it I will also have a few styrene detail parts like clotheslines, container flats, and generators on 20' container bases for refrigerator containers on trains for sale. You never know your luck in a big city.