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 Posted: Sat Oct 20th, 2007 11:06 am
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Great looking little scene Novice! :D

I like the look of the tarmac/gravel frontage to the rear of the station....blends very well.
The figures you use...are they by Dapol? Soory if I have missed it earlier in the thread.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 20th, 2007 01:03 pm
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Yes, the figures in the forecourt are Dapol, whilst the figures on the platform are Preiser. The Preiser figures are HO scale, so I will have to be careful to keep them seperate from the Dapol ones. I like the Dapol figures a lot, but they are somewhat limited and they crop up everywhere.

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Thanks Novice

I like the look of the figures...but I'm a long way of placing the figures stage as yet :D

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What can i say, it is looking great mate, any jobs on the Dapol payroll, make a mint amount of contractors he employs, i can drive a bus or repair vehicles, trained mechanic as well you see. So what about it then ? :D
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Some good news: The 3% gradients that I had ordered have now arrived and are just right. I have roughly fitted them to test for size and now I have a gradient rise of 3 inches in a full 8 feet. I will of course have to do some extensive testing to check that my trains will be able to negotiate them - any excuse to play :lol: :lol:

Here is a pic of the item installed, with St Hornby church positioned in the background to give an idea of scale. What looks like a hump in the track is an optical illusion, the track is not yet 100% straight and the depth of the picture has exaggerated it hugely:






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Excellent! As they say, it takes the guesswork out of it. The driver's going to have a good view when all's done.

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A very neat solution to the elevation problem Novice!
Do these need a trackbed on top at all?.....or just as you have shown?

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MikeC wrote:Excellent! As they say, it takes the guesswork out of it. The driver's going to have a good view when all's done.

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:shock: :shock: :shock: do you mean those plastic drivers can actually see :lol:
Just imagine if we shrank down to 1/87 :shock: and headed for our layouts :P

The foam idea looks good to me as you don't have to worry about heights (laziness) :P I have always used MDF to do the heights and it sure takes time to do :roll:
Does the foam track come in different heights :?: I have never seen it over here at the model shop.

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Yes all shapes and sizes. Its made by Woodland Scenics. If you go to page 1 of this thread you can see the first lot I bought, with packaging.
Here's a link, go to foam systems and then to sub terrain section and you can see all the options available.


http://www.woodlandscenics.com/

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Kewl :D i know who they are and my shop sells it :D so i will get my Austrian shopkeeper :roll: to order me some :D That gives me some new idea's for other levels now. But i think i will still put some 3mm MDF under it so as to make cliffs etc...more support :wink:

What did it cost you in pounds :?: I will double it to get the aussie price :wink:

My Austian shopkeeper at the minute eyes are like ....$$$$$$ with me, i wish i could just swap him for say 900 Lockwood deadlocks @ $184 each :D

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These inclines work out at about 12 each in the UK (10.43 + tax). The 4% inclines were around 9 per set. I think they are a US product. Might be cheaper to buy direct from the USA?

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Due to you Novice :twisted: You have got me thinking again :roll: Now i am thinking of the Faller car system i had :D

I should not have joined this forum as the idea's from you guys is gonna cost me more than i planned on :roll: ahh well i guess i could have wasted it on booze and wild women hey :P

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Novice,
I just left the Woodland Scenics web site where I reviewed the incline sets. I LIKE them. They recommended that you use a 4 inch riser under the track also to give more depth to the layout. I LIKE that. May have to go back to work to pay for this hobby! :( Can you tell me what these are made of? Are they soft plastic or hard? They recommend that you glue these down on the layout. Is that a future problem for layout changes :?:

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I have used these Woodland Scenic Risers and they are excellent. Made from polystrene and can be bent easily into curves if so desired. I have stucj them down to my baseboard using Copydex which was suggested by the trader who sold them to me as there is the possiblity that PVA might affect the polystyrene. Once stuck down they are rock solid so any changes afterwards may be a bit of a nightmare

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Wayne Williams wrote:

Can you tell me what these are made of? Are they soft plastic or hard? They recommend that you glue these down on the layout. Is that a future problem for layout changes :?:

Wayne

They are made of expanded polystyrene (like packing material). The lower ends are very thin and quite delicate. I think if you glue them down they will be difficult to remove intact - so use only once you have gone firm on your layout design. Also to look effective they need to be moulded into the terrain then covered in scenic material. I will use a mix of paper and card to build up my embankments etc.

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Sorry hadn't seen your response - I agree! :)

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In my last update I reported on progress in the station forecourt and that the next task was to complete the level crossing beyond the footbridge. Well 10 days have passed and the level crossing is now nearly finished. This means with the church corner complex done most of the Middleton area is nearing completion. The level crossing includes a signal box that controls the two points at each end of the station and operates the level crossing. Here's a couple of views of the crossing:









The trees have been placed on the layout but I have not gone firm on exactly where they will go. I need to do the backscene next in order to link up all the sections of Middleton and to decide exactly where to put the trees and rear buildings.

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This shot, from the footbridge at Middleton station, shows how the various pieces of the Middleton area fit together. The level crossing leads into a shallow cutting with the church behind. There is a small farm to the right with a field on the right bank of the cutting:






Shift change at the Middleton signal box, which is manned by Mr Dapol's twin brother.






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Novice wrote:... the Middleton signal box, which is manned by Mr Dapol's twin brother.
The Middleton electoral roll is now becoming even more confusing. I think we need a Dapol family tree to help us along ... :lol:

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