Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Cadeby Conundrum

In happier days - now lacking a chimney and the cab backsheet is cracked
Having moved lots of books and tools from one of the sheds my studio now has a healthy population of spiders. In fact, the number of spiders has roughly achieved parity with the number of nearly finished OO9 kits.

Work on them and the Cadeby based micro layout came to an end when I lost my old office. I have to say that storage and the move to the studio have not been kind to them. It is quite depressing contemplating repair work before finishing them. I might even be tempted to start again on some of the cheaper 3D bodies. Other than that I will progress the models as and when, a major factor beign the suitability of the weather for spray painting. As for the layout itself, well that has now found a home in a storage box. I suspect it will see a little more use as a test track and for photography, before been denuded of trees as I borrow them for other projects.

Like Apa Valley before it, it has served its purpose. It got me back into OO9 and relatively up to date on improvements in the trade. It was always intended to be the precursor to a larger version of Cadeby that would allow for more sidings and a greater sense of place. It won't be an exact model because I'm inclined to allow for a continuous run and disinclined to model the monstrosity of a "modern" rectory.

The conundrum arises over baseboards.  I've got an unbuilt Tim Horn baseboard that I originally had in mind. I've also got two other ideas that could make equally good use of it though.  What hadn't really dawned on me until moving it the other day is that it isn't going to be a lightweight structure, even before I build a layout on it. That means whatever I use it for is going to need a semi-permanent home, and I'm not sure OO9 is the best use of that space.

So what are the alternatives? I'll take a look at a few more commercial alternatives, but I have a feeling I might end up using foamboard. I also think I'm going to play around with some dimensions once I've built a suitable Old Rectory and some larger trees.



  1. I am a fan of foanboard. Lightweight, cheap and quick. Get 50mm thick. aluminium covered insulation board from DIY sheds face the sides with thin plywood or hardboard. build in a void underneath for wiring and point motors etc. Need to be careful that the aluminium does not come into contact with live rails/wire otherwise shorts will result. I have not attempted removal of the aluminium.

    1. I've used it a couple ot time in the past. Lookign around th mayhem in here I think I might be able to put somethign together with the materials I have to hand once I can find a little more space.I' think I've also found a suitable storage box that I can free up. That is going to be important because the trees are goign to be a lot bigger on this version and I don't want them getting