Now we can turn our attention to fleshing out the diorama with surrounding material.
The south wall will be a non-load bearing internal stud wall that separates the pump room from the boiler room behind. That boiler room will not be modelled, but a suggestion of its presence will be shown with a large opening in the wall and a louvered vent.
The engine is running sweetly. I think it is hypnotic. When all is done, I would like to make a short video of it running.
I'd forgotten about that concept sketch. Yes, there will be a pipe rack below the vent.
You will note in the sketch that the south wall was designed to stop short and allow a wide passage into the boiler room. An overhead beam would extend past the wall and terminate on a post at the south-east corner of the floor.
Didn't happen. I think the 'L' shape formed by just the two walls will frame the engine nicely. If the base were bigger, the post in the corner would have been a nice feature.
This project is winding down Adam. Next week will see the railings in place and the walls up.
Thanks for the suggestion Wiwo, but paper tissue will not work at the point of soldering - only material a bit away from the tip of the iron could receive your dampened paper tissue. As seen in the picture above, where two rails meet at a corner, the iron actually is allowed to melt the solder atthe ends of both rails as heat is applied. The trick is to hold those two rails in place at their ends so they don't move or spring apart.
Sorry for the confusion when I said a joint could unsolder when heating another some distance near. There your idea would work.
I love especially the plumbing. The valves look so neat. And the railings you did perfect as well. Now only a dirty old cloth, hanging on the railing is missing to give the impression, that John, the engineer is only for a short break.
When I designed the south wall of the diorama, I assumed that men would simply walk around the corner of the studded wall to enter the boiler room. That's why it stops short of the full length of the floor of the model. But upon looking at the result when the wall was installed, it looked unfinished. The concept of stopping short to gain access to a room behind was sound, but when the carpenters were studding the wall, why did they stop short?
It would seem logical to continue the studding to an outside wall and put a header over the opening in the wall - thereby creating an opening about seven feet high.
With nothing, a doorway or passthrough is not suggested at all.
So the carpenters have been called back to the site...
And the masons have built a three foot wide exterior east wall .
You are right. The perfect castle to have on the desk for desktop photography. It's tucked over in the corner of the desk. You may have seen some green peeking into posted shots on the sites. Now you know what that green is.
Imagine that! Posting a cardmodel model on a cardmodelling site...
I haven't posted in your reports for a while, the reason is literally that I'm running out of words to express my awe for what you're doing and I don't want to sound like a broken record.
Anyway - incredible model, hats off to you, my friend...!!!