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 Posted: Fri Jul 1st, 2016 12:45 pm
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a better looking one than mine - VBG Max



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Thanks, Sol.  It's because it's got less in it.  :lol:



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Have to ask, who is Viola?

Neat job as usual Max.  When you say "mimic", I suppose that this isn't a control panel in the usual sense.  With DCC there is no need for one and where wiring can be massively reduced. 

I recall my old control panel had wires running back and forth from points and track breaks - a terrible jumble of wires.  Then there were switches to wire up as well.  A proper nightmare.

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Thanks, John.  It's supposed to be a play on the French word, voila.    :lol:

The turnouts are controlled by the DCC system, so all I'm really left with is the point rails display.

The panel is galvanised iron, which will carry the magnetic car indicators during the contests.

There will be teams of three.  A driver, a shunter who operates the couplers by DCC and a yard man operating the turnouts.

The panel is vital for the yard man, as the layout has dead frogs; so if the loco runs the turnouts, it will derail.



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Wow I wish my wiring looked that good, I love this layout

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Great competition concept Max. Play as many times as you want. $5 ea per play and winner takes all?

The queue will be out the door.

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Now, there's an idea, Marty.  :thumbs



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It works!



Eventually it will sit on top of the warehouses.



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MaxSouthOz wrote: It works!

 

Well of course it does :mutley


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Job well done Max!



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I've started on the buildings.  The first one is the warehouse . . .



There will be another building to its left - probably a gable roofed warehouse.  They are in relatively low relief, which will allow me room for a street scene behind; with the Profiling track as a street track.

I've made some markers for the mimic panel.  It needs to be on top of the warehouse for operating days.



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Hi Max, looking impressive.  The warehouse appears to be something more than card - it looks like MDF to me.

The control panel on top of the warehouse looks a bit awkward to use - or did I miss something?

Those ships are marvelous too - what a man of many parts you are.

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Thanks, John.

It's 3 mm MDF with 9 mm x 9 mm Oak stiffeners.  It will have Scalescenes 200 gsm card printed in the laser printer @ x 200 to cover it.  There are lots more profiles to add - buttresses etc.  There will be awnings over the doors, lights etc., etc.

The doors will be Evergreen styrene grooved siding in the style of roller doors, which will open upwards using servos.

The panel is just a mimic panel to show the orientation of the turnouts.  The white knobs are just magnetic tokens with the same numbers as the addresses of the wagon decoders.  They are moved into position and then the operators have to shunt them into their places.

The turnouts are operated by DCC.

The boats are "rescued."  When I tire of the buildings, I can go back to them.

I've still got to finish the sea, as well.  :shock:




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I might have known that Scalescenes would feature.  Johns' work is excellent and I intend to have a bash myself.  I suppose regular old card won't cut it for buildings this size.

Ah, I thought I was seeing the control panel itself - missed the plot there.

Plenty of time yet to do all the things we'd like to - :roll:

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I wouldn't like to try lifting that Max !

Can't wait to see it finished.

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Hi Allan.  I haven't weighed it, but it's quite manageable.  It's mostly air.  :lol:

It's basically two pieces of 3 mm MDF 250 mm x 1700 and one piece 150 mm x 1700.

It's a bit awkward as I only have one shoulder with a working rotator cuff.  The main challenge is the distance that it is from the side of the layout.

When I get the framing finished, I'll take a piccie.



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