Monday 12 October 2015

Further progress on Lightcliffe 'box

OK ... really just a series of build photos showing my rather laborious construction techniques.

Front wall panels with lower windows ready for fitting after holes have been opened out.

And with windows fitted.

Rear wall, massively over height for the moment. The box was built on an embankment and was lower at the back than it was at the front, but I haven't been able to find any photographs of the rear of the box yet and the drawings I've been working off are for a standard L&Y box.

Beginnings of the door end wall.

Window frames being assembled.

Basic door end wall complete (staircase to be added).

Trial fit of end and front walls.

Toilet end wall.

Finials - two for the main roof and one for the toilet roof - made out of 0.75mm square rod with a Ratio top and a 0.76mm solder ball on the bottom).

Toilet roof tiled using slate slips cut into 2mm squares and with finial affixed.

Lever frame under construction.

Staircase fitted to door end wall (mix of Plastruct and scratchbuild and very fiddly).

And another trial fit of the front wall and the door end wall.

Next job is to get the interior done and then it's on with the roof.

See you next time.


  1. Amazing. Can't wait to see the completed 'box. How did you do your leaver frame? And are you "setting" it for a particular formation?

    1. Thanks Kevin.

      The lever's are from the etch that Brassmasters do for the windows for the Scalescenes N gauge signal box. Each lever has a fold up base which effectively forms a foot which I then stick to Evergreen strip with solvent and put a 1mm wide piece of half round strip between the levers.

      The etches include both pulled and un-pulled levers and I like to throw a few un-pulled ones in to give it a bit more character, but whilst they'll be painted up correctly, they're not positioned for any particular movements - sadly, I don't understand signalling diagrams well enough to be able to tell which levers would be pulled off when. Truth be told, I rolled a die to determine how many un-pulled levers I had in a row!