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. 

Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, 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, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. 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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