• Simon Cox

Whitesands Quay first outing

Whitesands Quay first outing gets it out of the house and sets some deadlines for me to work to.


Work in progress gets out the house

Recent­ly I realised that it was five years ago that I had built the base­board frame­work after Richard Glover gave me the plans for White­sands Quay. Yes, I have moved house since and yes I have a lot more room in which to mod­el but blah blah blah excuse excuse etc. So in an effort of might­ly fin­ger pulling out I asked if I might take White­sands Quay to an annu­al pri­vate show at Chai­ley and was giv­en the nod.


This gave me a tar­get to get some things done on the lay­out and I did the track rebuild, the cot­tage enhance­ments and fin­ished the build stage of the La Meuse — so that is a pret­ty effec­tive moti­va­tion tech­nique! As it was I rushed a few things the night before includ­ing the cut­ting out of the holes to the fid­dle yard — mea­sured with per­fec­tion except that I for­got to add the height of the track and 3mm MDF it sits on so only my diminu­tive A class Japan­ese diesel would go through.


The day was most­ly about chat any­way so there wasn’t much run­ning on the lay­out but hav­ing the dead­line has helped progress.


In the image below I had pinched one of Chris O’Donoghues boats from his in-progress Com­pass point — which was look­ing fan­tas­tic — and that has giv­en me a few detail­ing ideas for later.


Original version of White Sands Quay
White Sands Quay at Chailey 2014

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