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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 01:38 am
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MaxSouthOz wrote: That looks like it will be alright, Dave.  :thumbs   Still got plenty of Panadol left?   :mutley
Its outside in the sun at the moment ..... Panadols are on standby !



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Just read through from the start as I am beginning to catch up on the past several weeks' worth of postings and .... errrr ..... WOW :shock:

What a huge and busy layout. And it seems to all work for you in that there is plenty of stock and enough empty track that it can be shunted, run around and tested to your heart's content.

You make mention of several Hollywood Foundry products. Geoff and I have been in contact a number of times, not least as he lives barely 45 minutes' drive from here, and I may yet repower my early pancake-motor HST with one of his products.

Hollywood Foundry is a business well worth a visit when browsing the web. The custom-built nature of their items often means they can provide a solution to all manner of problems.

I shall watch this project develop with interest.

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Thanks Rick,

It certainly keeps me busy now that I have shared it with the YMR Club - comments from the members  helps me maintain my enthusiasm.   I lost interest when it was just me working on it  as I would spend hours making improvements but I had no one except myself to appreciate the effort and encourage me to do more.  ( the family only noticed when the layout suddenly got bigger when I attached an extension !!)







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As part of my move to retirement I'm working four days a week now and so I have had a day all to myself to work on the layout.
My "Das' bridge wall dried sufficiently for me to carefully place it on the layout to see how it would look.

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I found that whilst the outside had dried the inside was still damp - which was good as it enabled me to trim the sides with a stanley knife.
Long way to go yet but for a first attempt I feeling pretty pleased with myself - albeit that the stonework is out of scale.
The other side has been made and is outside.  When it is dry I will glue both walls to the cardboard template after they have been painted and then finish off the landscaping on both sides.




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Welcome to the 4-day week Club.

I haven't worked Fridays for several years now as a lifestyle choice rather than anything connected with future retirement. In other words "Because I can".

Basically the choice which faced us was to pay a domestic cleaner to come in or for me to do the same on the same day. The bank account ended up the same either way and we don't have a stranger coming in while no-one but the cat is home.

I also have all the hours once the house is clean as bonus hobby time.

It's a move I recommend to anyone in a position to consider it.

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I'm sure the Das bridge will look pretty good when it's painted up and buried in the landscape, Dave.



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ddolfelin wrote: I'm sure the Das bridge will look pretty good when it's painted up and buried in the landscape, Dave.
Even though the clay hasn't dried completely ( especially on the one made today ) I could help myself and I gave them both a coat of grey acrylic and put them in place for a few minutes :oops:  - They certainly look better than my previous efforts with cardboard. I would have never thought of using Das before I joined YMR.  Do you use it in your Dioramas?



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:hiDave, Nice one! I have a kilo of that stuff, To use.

Great to see your result with it :thumbs

I shall be doing likewise.

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"Do you use it in your Dioramas?"

No is the short answer.
I don't use card and I find that I can get along with scribing plastikard or milliput.
Always good to see others' work though.



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Its been a while since I did any scenery work on the layout as I have been distracted ( yet again) by RR& Co......

Just to prove that I have not neglected the real world I have managed to find time to work on the Das bridge.  Scenery has been installed on one side of the bridge which has also received its first coat of paint waiting for me to do some weathering etc. 

Still to be done - the other side plus the roadway ...:oops:









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Looking good, D Baron :lol:

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It's a grubby looking loco Dave - hope it doesn't carry an LNER badge ...............:roll:

Nice looking scene. :thumbs



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Petermac wrote: It's a grubby looking loco Dave - hope it doesn't carry an LNER badge ...............:roll:

Nice looking scene. :thumbs

Thanks for the comments - Its meant to represent the state of steam locos at the end of the British steam era - so no LNER badge  just  half hidden British Railways badges :sad:



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Black5 wrote: Looking good, D Baron :lol:

Thanks for the encouragement -  there is a lot of work to do yet before I can post a wider angle shot :lol:



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Its one of those days....

Its the October long weekend in NSW - normally at this time of year I can be seen taking the first swim of the year as the waters warm up and the days get longer - not this year.  The weather is more like Sydney experiences in mid winter - thermometer battling to get above 15C and its wet and windy.

So what do I do to fill in the day - I know I'll put a decoder into that  Southern region T9 that Hatton's were offering on special about 9 months ago - after all its been sitting there looking at me since it arrived.  Now is it me or does it happen to everyone?  - you set off to do something and on the way get distracted - in this case by a Heljan Class 33 in BR green that had been chipped and speed profiled but had not had the train indicators fitted.  That should be a simply job - I'll do that first....

Now anyone that has ever bought a Heljan diesel will know that with a few exceptions fitting the destination displays is tricky - something that I had temporarily forgotten as I bypassed the T9 and picked up the Class 33.  It didn't start well - removing the body three little pieces of clear plastic fell into my lap and onto the floor !  An initial inspection gave no clue as to where they had come from - until I noticed that they came in fours and the last one was ( thankfully) still in situ giving me the vital clue that I needed to know that I could be trouble - they were the little plastic "thingies" that take the light from the light source to the back of the indicator boards... 20 minutes to find all three from the floor - no good worrying about fitting them back t just yet... now where do I have a paperclip?

Yes Heljan's instruction for inserting their paper headcode displays is to make a special tool from a paperclip.  I have lots of them at work ( although in these days of emails they are seldom used) but at home??   Eventually after much muttering and cursing SWMBO comes to the rescue - .  I resume the procedure - the instructions say "make tool as shown in diagram and handle parts with care" at first nothing happens when I apply pressure to the paperclip tool so I apply a little more - suddenly there is no resistance and a small clear piece of plastic shoots sideways and lands somewhere on the floor....  you can guess the next bit - for over 30 minutes I searched the floor - even used a torch "to cast shadows" I even found a window and a few other bits of rolling stock that I hadn't known were missing.

So eventually I get the headcode displays in place and put the windows back in place . Fortunately the pieces of clear plastic were relatively easy to put back and the loco was finally back on the tracks.  Now for the T9...

Hornby have the decoder plug for this loco in the tender - so it should be an easy install except my smallest decoder a TCS doesn't fit -  the body of the tender won't screw back in place.  I find that by removing some of the weight plates the decoder fits - I put  the loco on the programming track and it starts moving !!!  (For those with DC - that ain't meant to happen.  More fiddling and I discover that the decoder pins are shorting out across the pick up copper that Hornby have left bare - an easy fix once discovered.

So its been one of those days -  about 2 hours all up to do something that should have taken 30 minutes maximum.... Its now time to watch the NRL Grand Final - but given my luck today  I won't even tell anyone who I want to win - their bound to lose.
 



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Thanks for that, Dave.
We've all been there.



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Ah. I wondered where we had sent the wet and wild weather which has afflicted us all of the past week. The backyard looks as though a cyclone has been through and we've had around 100mm of rain in the week as well.

I have those days. Not with chipping locos as I don't do such things but usually with trying to get them to go around the track. Pick a random set of points which has worked perfectly for months (years even) and no longer wants to. Go to fix that and spot a tree leaning over or a piece of loco (which loco might be anyone's guess) which has somehow come adrift and is resting in the ballast.

Retrieve that and go indoors to place it in the "bits" drawer and remember there was a small job on the inside bench which needs painting and the paints live outside .........

Yes. Been there. Done that. Wear the T-shirt all too often. :cool wink

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I've been having days like that for the last 5 years Dave - in fact, every time I try (remember that word - it's important) to do some modelling, by the time I remember where I left my craft knife, get the top off the glue tube with pliers and set everything up ready to do a Scalescenes model, I realise I need to print off another sheet.  Then the printer ink runs out and yes, I did forget to order my standby when I loaded up the last yellow cartridge !!!

I move onto something else having placed an order for new ink. I had purchased the bits some time ago - everythnig I use comes mail order so I tend to "work ahead".  The bits are put "in a safe place" for future use.  The problem is, I have so many "safe places" I can't remember which one I put these particular bits in so I move onto something else - usually with the same results after having found bits stored "in a safe place" for the job I had to abandon last time because I couldn't remember which "safe place" I'd used then.

In any case, by then, it's either ,meal time or the grass has grown or some other "unimportant" chore must be done immediately.  I make a mental note to make a note of all my "safe places" and what's stored there before abandoning any thoughts of modelling today.

Never mind, I'll just spend my spare half day reading YMR - it's always where I left it and, with the exeption of during thunderstorms, it's always there !!!:cheers



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Well at least the team won although with 15 minutes to go it looked like they could have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory ..:roll:

At least I know I'm not alone  - thanks fellas



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Dave I spend that much time on the floor looking for bitsa, I have invested in a pair of knee pads ,, much more comfortable now
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