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Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

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I managed to snatch an hour tonight so continued the pavilion. 

The new laser cut parts (without which this kit wouldn’t be possible) are crisp but need a little cutting out of the fret. To clean up the corners, I used a 5 sided cutting broach. Not really what they’re designed for but a file is too rough for the work. 

 
The new precision glue bottles from Metcalfe are a good investment. I admit I was a little hesitant when I first saw them thinking the end of a pin would do just as well but I’ve been converted. They are excellent for this fine work. 

  

For the final assembly of the steps I used superglue. For fiddly things it can be the best option but you do need to do a dry run first and then take a brave pill since there’s no second chance – I use the gel which is quick setting but doesn’t run which is ideal for this. 

 
Finally  I built the porch which was a dream to fit, fixed the steps on using the superglue on the end of a pin technique to join the step handrails to the porch uprights, and then built the start of the dormer roof with clock set to five to four. 
  
A trial run with the roof does show I need to fit some kind of interior. I’m thinking some cricketers and spectators in the windows to draw the eye away from the bare background. 

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Author: Chris H

Now rapidly approaching my fifth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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