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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 03:11 pm
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Hi Guys

This is my first layout for a long long time, (about 45yrs). It has no name at the moment and i am only posting one picture this time, just to make sure i do it right and the pic comes out the right size, (I don't fancy a firing squad if i get it wrong :lol: :lol: :lol: ).

The base board is constructed of MDF which i got from E-Bay for the whopping sum of 10. It seems the guy built it for his son and when he had finished it the little b****r changed his mind., so i got a bargain.
All i had to do was change the legs from 18ins high to about 30ins.

I covered the whole surface with the green fibreboard that is used under laminate flooring, (only used about 4 sheets from the pack which was reduced as some of the corners of the boards were damaged)

It is 8x4 feet with a small extension at one end for my diesel depot.

As you can see it is very basic at the moment but it all works and if i need to relax i can "play" for a while :) :) :) .

so here is the picture. I hope it comes out ok





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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 03:21 pm
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Pictures great Kev. When you have scratched the 'testing' itch let us know where you intend to go from there.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 03:32 pm
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A great start, Kev - and with a double loop and all those sidings there is plenty of scope for some "In depth playing", I mean, serious operating :!: :wink: Looking forward to more :D

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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 03:34 pm
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Good layout there Kev im sure you are enjoying having a play.
When you feel you are ready shout for a few ideas im sure many members will give lots of advise on the possibilities you can do with your layout. Enjoy the play before the work starts.

cheers Brian.W

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nice layout Kev,brings back memorys,good idea that underlay
looks the biz. :lol: :lol: 8)

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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 07:03 pm
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Nice looking layout Kevr, but how in the world do you reach the back edge?
How did you fasten down the foam underlay? glue or fasteners?

I like your use of the corners too!

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I like it, Kev. Plenty of room for landscaping or further development too. Very nice!

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Good start Kev.
Sometimes it's a good thing to get a pre-formed start and work from there.
You certainly have such a start and I can see plenty of potential for slight alterations and developments as you get the urge to push on.
As the guys say, any help you need is not far away (In my case about 30 miles) and I'm sure you'll end up with a layout to be proud of.
Keep us up to date, I'm looking foward to watching your progress.

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Well seeing as the first one worked okay here are some more.
Bearing in mind that the buildings are not in their final positions depending on where i place the roads etc


























Tim : when i said play i meant "operational testing and development" but i was trying to save on the typing :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wayne : The underlay is not fastened down as its surface seems to prevent it from moving but i am going to fix a thin piece of wood (app 1inch wide) along the front to enclose it on the top. It won't be going anywhere then. I can just about reach the back without stretching too much.

The hills in the back corners are made from a frame of wood off cuts stuffed with newspaper and covered with Plaster bandage. The "grass" covering is a hanging basket liner.

the bridge is hardboard with the rough side visible and painted grey. The inner arches are card which is glued to the rear of the facia with small pictures glued to the back.

Can anyone identify this. It came with a load of coach parts i recently received. It has LNER Restaurant car on the side running No 1433, and on each end it has TTR, made in England, PATs PENDc. I am just curious to know what it is before i throw it in the bin





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Don't throw it in the bin whatever you do Kev. I don't know what it is but with the bogies taken off and some weathering you could mount it on some sleepers and have it as a workmens coffee break place or a storage unit for workmens tools. It's a valuable piece of kit.



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OOps sorry boss i forgot that railway modellers are the worlds best recyclers :roll: :roll: :lol: :lol:

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TTR is Trix railways it is probably late 40s 50s in age

if you look on ebay you will see similar examples.
cheers Brian.W

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Great idea, Bob. I think it'd look terrific.

I see the layout receives quite a lot of natural light. You can't beat it :)
I see a Triang signal box too :)
I like the diesel depot. Is that a big crane in the foreground? I havn't seen one like it before [that probably makes it quite commonplace :D]

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Brian : I better keep it then, it's older than me and i'm an antique :lol:


Mike : Yeah just a little natural light (a 6 foot square window)
I have a lot of Tri-ang kit (boxed), from the late 50's/early 60's and it all works. I wonder if this new Chinese stuff will last as long.

The crane is from the "thomas the tank engine" range and cost me 15 from a local toy fair, brand new and boxed. I think it looks better in black than the usual red or yellow.

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Nice start to your layout Kev, got some ballasting done too... still to get there myself.
Looking forward to seeing it develop.
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Some progress has been made (not a lot). I decided i needed some more space so an elevated area has been added.

I used the Free (learning from The FC) wall kit in the Hornby magazine and although it tells you to mount it on card i found this to be too flimsy and the card kept warping, so i glued it to 6mm MDF. The instructions looked a bit complicated at first but once you start it is dead easy.

Here is the stages in pictures

First the frame, yes i know it looks like a level from a multi-storey car park



Then the walls were attached (i had some pics of the construction of the walls but i have lost them somewhere)



A few posters attached here and there



The completed structure. The road is a bit steep but with limited space i had to make do



And finally a lineside view of my 125 coming out of the tunnel



I have also started laying some of the roads, using 600 wet and dry, but have not as yet added the road markings. I will probably use white paint unless anyone has any other ideas.



Here is a couple of photos outside the pub.






So that is the latest instalment for now and still a long way to go.


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You certainly haven't wasted your time Kev, it's looking really good and the elevated section was a great idea.



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Nice job, Kev. The ground level photos are good.
I've never painted lines onto wet & dry, but I do know it weathers very well with coloured chalks - a faint dusting of grey or even mauve can do wonders. The trick is to creep up on the effect you're after. And you can always rub some of the grit down here and there to take away the new look.
I like the variety of buildings too.

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good stuff there Kev,the princess looks in good condition,i like them,
most of my stuff is tri-ang etc.
a tip about the road marking use a white paint pencil (kids colouring pencil)
its the only way for wet&dry,i tried paint it runs,sticky paper it peels off.

:idea: :wink: :lol: :lol: 8)

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Good idea, i will have to get one.

I have three princesses and they all work, although they are a little noisy.
A lot of my stock is Tri-ang and all of it still works. They may not have the detail of the new stuff but i find they are more reliable.

Mike
I will have to try your weathering tip, it will be a first for me so i will go slowly :lol: :lol:

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