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January 2017

This month I decided to work on the canal and lock and get as much done as possible, the following pages show my progress. The pictures may seem very much the same but they are to show you the developments in detail where possible.



The basic layer of paint for the canal.  as you know pure water is clear but in a canal or any waterway the water is never pure and so in reality with a few exceptions, there is never really a right or wrong colour for the water.


The locks are in place but not as yet permanently fixed.





I have decide to model the lock. half full, or half empty, this is dependent on whether the boat/s are going up or down. 

This gives me 5 options with the boats, at the bottom going up, at the top going down, in the lock going up, in the lock going down or no boats at all.



The lock walls painted with the boats in these pictures rising.






The canal extension is now permanently attached to the main layout, making the overall size of the layout 48 inches (121.92 cm) x 37 inches (93.98 cm)

This is the start of building the locks and surrounding areas.  The block of wood in the centre of the lock will be the water level when completed.



The three water levels are now in place with progress on the banks. 


By way of a change 'The Shredded Wheat' train passes the lock... 


...and arrives at the station.


Various views of the canal with some trees planted on the banks.


Various views with part of the canal in view showing 





I am undecided yet whether or not to put a canal hump back bridge, or a swing bridge manually operated as seen on many canals, but that is for later.



More work still to be done on the banks and around the layout generally but, I am still not happy with the water effect.Frown


Continued here:- February 2017