by Wolf Schulze
Many of us in these times of inflation
struggle to make ends meet. It is therefore most satisfying when we can use
our skills to make something for our railway without having to dig too deep
into our pockets. If you think that you are not clever enough to do that,
join the gang. I felt exactly the same until I had a go and found talents
which I never thought were in me.
To start off with we need a few tools.
Nothing fancy. A board to do our work on. For this I would recommend one
of those plastic chopping boards (not the one she uses in the kitchen but
one like it), as they have nice square edges. A good set square, a sharp
craft knife and a small drill, such as a Dremel (but there are cheaper ones
around). Other items are screws, glue and paint.
First things first
In order to start off with it is a good
idea to make a drawing, preferably full scale, which in our scale easily
fits on a A4 sheet of paper. As we are starting out let's start with some
motive power. I found the easiest way is to start with an Aristocraft Bogey.
I obtain mine from that nice chap at Kent Garden Railways, who attends our
shows, and who let's me have them usually at a discount. Here you have a
power unit which is in working order and which is ready to run. There are
of course other units available and I would not like to give you the impression
that mine is the only solution.
Onto this I screw a piece of 6mm MDF
24.5 x 10 mm. This is the base for my constructions. I like MDF because it
is widely available, does not need a lot of sanding and takes glue and paint
easily. The most basic thing I add to this is a switch to isolate the motor
or to switch to battery operation.
Add to this two pieces of wood front
and back to take the buffer and draw gear and built on top anything you fancy.
After all it's your railway and you are entitled to please yourself. Here
are a few examples of this sort of construction: