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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2007 06:29 am
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Yep, that really is a knockout. How I envy you that space!
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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2007 10:02 am
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Wayne Williams wrote:Very nice layout William, my it looks so ..... neat! Is that normal?

Couldn't help but notice there were no people, is there a reason?

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I have been busy painting people so on the next set of photos you will see all of a sudden there are people on the layout. To paint my people I usually paint them black first and then dry brush the colours on after. You get a much more realistic looking figure that way

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Petermac wrote:William - that looks very, very good. I note we have yet another "master craftsman" on the forum !! :lol: :lol:

Looking at all the space you have, I wonder, do you have a house on top of your basement or is it all for model railways ? Must immediately dash out and buy a basement :wink:


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I did'nt use all the basement " need a furnace water heater washing machine etc... I tried to persuade my wife that I could get everything moved upstairs and I could use all the basement, but she gave me one of those looks us married folks know about.

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Ah yes William, those looks. They are just as effective today as they were more than half a century ago when I was first married. Of course I get them for different reasons now. :roll: :wink:



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I like how well the H0 scale buildings and the 4mm scale stock go so well together. I think it would only be with very small buildings that we would notice the difference in scale.



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Brilliant William. This looks a real peach of a system and I for one would like to know more about it. Some of the scenes are really terrific. :D

I like the way you have kept everything that may have distracted from the railway out of sight or covered up so that the viewer can concentrate on your work. May I ask how long you have been building it? :)

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May I ask how long you have been building it? :)

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I started building the layout in the Winter of 2005 with the demolition of my old layout.

By the Spring of 2006 I had the baseboards up and was starting to lay the track. All the track on the visible section of the layout is Peco code 75. The hidden sidings are my old code 100.

One thing I did when I rebuilt the layout was a total removal of everything in the basement area. I repainted the floors, installed overhead storage space with doors, and a suspended ceiling.
Under the cupboards I installed lighting behind the vallances.

The layout was built using L Girders, and the wiring was done so that I can convert to DCC one day. However I found that I can operate the system very well without DCC, and I might stay with DC.

She is fully signaled with automatic Multiple Asperct Signals. Operated by Heathcote Electonics. The hidden sidings have Infra Red Detectors.

One thing that I have found usefull on building such a large system is I usually build small sections and fully scenic them. Then I start on the next scene. The Coal mine actually was built as a removable scene that I worked on while watching TV or relaxing in the back garden.


During demolition and installation of cupboards

After boards were up





You will notice that the old backscene from the layot was not used. I painted a new scene on a hardbaord and clued it to the walls. I curved the corners so the it flowed as one scene without sharp corners. I used digital photos of buildings I got from various sources from the internet.







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Great work, William. I really like the tree-covered hill you've painted in the corner :!:

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MikeC wrote:Great work, William. I really like the tree-covered hill you've painted in the corner :!:

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Unfortunately that was my previous backscene the new one eliminated that hill. :cry:

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:oops: oops It's still a fine-looking layout though, backscene included.

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Thanks for all the info. :D

I just have to say that what you have achieved in less than two years is incredible and it will certainly spur me on. I have specifically learned two valuable lessons from your post. First to complete one scene before tackling another and second even if you change the backscene later, it pays to get something in place early on, even if it is just blue backwash, to set off what you are doing - a sort of continuity thread. :D :D :D

I'll follow this thread with a great deal of interest.

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I have been busy cleaning up the layout and I am starting to populate it with some people.




ALso a atmospheric shot of a class 47 on the viaduct.



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Great little scenes, is that a wee black Scotty Terrier behind the green... what is it? a Morris... van?
All you need now is to tell us that he is on a "steak out :lol: " infront of the local butcher shop and I'll know we have another story teller amongst us, which for me is part of the magic. :P :P :P



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Marty wrote:Great little scenes, is that a wee black Scotty Terrier behind the green... what is it? a Morris... van?
All you need now is to tell us that he is on a "steak out :lol: " infront of the local butcher shop and I'll know we have another story teller amongst us, which for me is part of the magic. :P :P :P


He waiting for his owner in the second hand book store. He has just finished putting his mark on the green morris minor car parked in front of the store. :lol: :lol:

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Well said :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Good scenes, William. Eager for more.
What have you used for your roads? They look good. I'm experimenting with water putty, and happy with it so far.

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Now that looks a lot better with people and cars. I like your road too, please explain how you did it.

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Wayne Williams wrote:Now that looks a lot better with people and cars. I like your road too, please explain how you did it.

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The roads were just painted plaster, I painted them in a grey colour then used darker shades to get that worn look and olil stain.

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Looks like a lot of effort doing your room and then the layout. All looks brilliant i must say. I just hope i too can have a layout as good in the years ahead.
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William - your layout gets better and better. Love the street scenes - so accurate and such attention to detail. :wink:

What about a thread on how you paint your people ? I noticed you said you were busy painting them and painted in overall black first. I remember seeing an article on just such a method somewhere (maybe it's in the Index on here - sorry Bob :oops: :oops: ). It would be great to follow your method step by step.

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