September 29, 2016

Paving PoLA Extension

The unloading tracks for the covered hoppers
can now host 6 cars, same as the prototype.
The tail track and the factory siding are now about twice as long as before.
The piece of pink foam is a mock up of the future Borax factory. It will be
 18 inches long and 3 stories tall.
Over the past few nights I got the track to the PoLA expansion installed, wired and tested. Then I paved the ground surface using my Taskboard technique. It works really well and is the best way I have tried to pave large areas.

Taskboard paving installed. Now waiting
for patching plaster to harden.
I used Patching Plaster to touch up gaps and screw holes. It needs at least 24 hours to cure.  One thing about using Taskboard, you can not sand it when it is wet or even damp. It needs to fully dry before sanding.

The mock up is the foot print of the next ship. It will be based on this ship, Sir Albert (9173355 ), as shown above. This is a "small" bulk carrier  with a DWT of 16,000 Tons. Compare that to some of the monster bulkers that can have DWT of 100,000 to 300,000 tons. Nonetheless, this ship has the "chunky" look (large block coefficient)  that I want to capture in this model.


  1. Bernard,

    Those inlaid tracks look very good. Can you provide an explanation of this Taskboard technique? Or is it all explained in your new book?


    Really looking forward to your next shipbuilding project too!


    1. This topic is covered in the book. But I also described it here on the blog in earlier posts. I am thinking about offering some laser cut parts that will simplify the task. We'll see how that develops.