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A Look At – Building The LX050-OO Laser Cut Catenary Kits (Part one – The Masts)

A Look At – Building The LX050-OO Laser Cut Catenary Kits (Part one – The Masts)

Building The LX050-OO Catenary Kits -Part 1

(The Ladder Style Masts – Pack A)

In this on going series we look at the LX050-OO catenary Laser Cut range of kits. The Scale Model Scenery catenary range of kits have been designed so can they can be mixed & matched. The range contains a ladder style mast, lattice style mast, lattice head span, castellated head span. Also included is head span expansion packs for both the castellated & lattice head spans. So the range will span any thing from a single, double, triple, quadruple tracks upwards.

All packs will build 10 pairs of masts or 10 double track headspans, or for the extension packs to span more than 2 tracks, they will do up to 20 triple track or 10 four track spans. Register arms, wirings & pulleys are not included with this kit (stay tuned for our tutorial fashioning your own!)

Each kit Contains: One  or more sheets of Laser Cut Kit parts & instruction sheet. Designed for OO/HO scaled layouts.

We’ll start off with Pack A the Ladder Masts for this article with the head spans & expansion spans articles to follow…

Lets get started….

So as regular readers know by know here’s the tools & glue that you need:

  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife with fresh sharp blades
  • Roket card glue by Deluxe Materials or similar
  • Steel rule or straight edge for cutting against
  • Sanding stick
  • Old cloth for wiping away excess glue
  • Tweezers
  • Acrylic paint (suitable grey or galvanized colour of your choice)

Familiarize your self with the parts on the kit parts sheet.

The Masts – Ladder Style

The ladder masts contain a sheet of side overlays, a sheet of raised base bolt details, a sheet of masts & a sheet of base sections.

Start by cutting free the base sections from the parts sheet. Sand flush any pips from the base section sides.
Next cut & remove the base raised detail over lay sheet. Again sand flush any pips from the edge sides.
Run a bead of Roket Card glue around the base part as shown on the right.
Now place the base detail over lay on to the base part as shown on the right. Be sure to keep all sides flush & sqaure & wipe away any excess glue.

Repeat with the above so that you have two base sections with over lays on them.

Cut & remove the mast pieces from the parts sheet. The mast are held on to the parts sheet by two pips on the base of the mast. Sand flush any pips from the mast base.
Next cut & remove two side over lay pieces from the parts sheet. Sand flush any pips from the over lay edges.
Run a bead of glue as shown on the right along one side of the mast. Don’t forget to run a bead a glue along the edge of the central bar pieces.
Carefully place the side over lay with the engrave detail facing outwards on to the mast. Make sure all sides are sqaure & flush.

Turn mast over glue the other side & place the second over lay on to the mast. Again make sure all sides are square & flush.

Repeat with the above process with the second mast so that you end up with two masts with over lay side parts on them.

Now apply a small amount of glue on to the four sides of the two prong parts of the mast.

Insert into the mast base section as shown on the right. The engraved overlay section on the mast base should face upwards.

Repeat with the second mast. Make sure that the masts sit sqaure & vertical in the mast bases.

So that completes the assembly of the ladder style masts.

Please now see part two article which looks at the assembly of the lattice style head span gantry.

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