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 Posted: Tue May 22nd, 2012 07:34 am
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1. This is an early shot, just after basic landscape forms being plastered and coloured. The layout is a 2m x 2m L shape and only 0.8m wide, at the return curves at each end. Just beyond the bridge, the line divides into two (passing loop), so trains can be crossed or one stored whilst running the other. The line emerges from a tunnel just behind the water tower. I had to use radius 1 and 2 curve track just to fit the tight space allocated. All the other track is Peco code 100 points and flexi.






2. The loco facility. A couple of Dapol kits and a scratchbuilt coal platform. The turntable has been modified with handrails and timber planking, along the deck.







3. The goods yard. Have not decided on final placement of shed (Superquick) and crane (Ratio). Some old peco flexi-track and points being used from previous layouts.




4. The scratchbuilt remote coal loader. This was constructed from Evergreen Styrene, stiff card and corrugated card. The old Triang hoppers I have had for quite a few years...  All retaining walls were cast in cardboard moulds, sealed with silicone spray. The individual block work was etched/scratched into walls using the back end of a hobby knife, then painted with acrylic washes. Very time consuming...




5. My boys. My eldest (Jack) is a train enthusiast just like dad. My youngest (Jody), a future Formula 1 star... The layout is being built for my eldest to run all his Thomas and friends on. Thomas is his favourite engine, followed by 3801 (NSWGR) and closely by the Flying Scotsman...






6. Ahh Thomas. If it wasn't for Thomas and Friends, would we have many children coming into the hobby..?? Probably not.







7. Some of Thomas's friends pose for a photo. Toby, Percy and Duck would be jealous !!







8. A few months on and spring has sprung ! Finally getting down to some serious horticulture... Goods shed and crane in final position.





9. A close up of the landscape from the road that leads down off the bridge. Waiting on a back scene to fill that gap in. The scenery base is of carved styrofoam construction with several layers of plaster over the top. Texture in the plaster was done using an old wire brush and butter knife. Unfortunately the colour has washed out in the flash of the camera.






10. A night shot looking towards the engine shed. The scratchbuilt signal box has been detailed inside with notice boards, table, chair, cupboard, stove, lever frame etc. The windows are not correct, but I thought they were close enough at the time of building. It was constructed from card, Evergreen Styrene and North Eastern Lumber. All buldings on the layout have been lit accordingly.






11. Close up shot of Dapol turntable with an old Triang 4-4-0, (slightly weathered). Back ground still needs some landscape attention. The rails in the foreground will house the coal merchant staithes and cattle dock (pens).

 




12. The goods yard behind the shed. Slowly being detailed with typical yard goodies, pallets, drums, crates. Just waiting on staff.






13. Those same Triang hoppers from a previous photo, now suitably weathered being shunted to the coal loader by a 'just as old' Triang Jinty. Atleast in this photo, the cutting is not as bleached out !





14. 9F waiting for the road to be set before pressing on with a mixed goods.





15. The drivers view from an Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0, of a M7 (Triang/Hornby) being treated to a little TLC at the loco facility. Pity the photo makes the water crane look as it was just planted...

 



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Lucky children to have a Dad interested in model railways. Lucky Dad to have children also interested. Very nice pictures and Thomas looks quite in place Gary.



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Very nice ! Great use of the space to provide a compact roundy roundy !!



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Thanks Robert. I'm sure my boys will follow this hobby for some time yet, if they're anything like dad. I have been modelling since my first real trainset (electric) when I was 13yo, some 30 years ago ! How time flies & how model railways have changed... One question, I placed captions under each photo, but the captions didn't come up with images... I did notice that the captions came up in the gallery section though. Is there something I done wrong whilst posting images ?

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Gary, when uploading photos, there is a small note about that, yes, the caption is part of the upload but not copied into your post. You have to do that yourself & you can go back & edit as required.



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A couple of very happy looking lads there Gary and what a great layout.

Some excellent shots of some good detail. :thumbs

I hope we're going to see more - lots more !! :roll::roll::roll:



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G'day all,

First of all, thanks for the kind remarks and second, here is some updated photos of the layout progress.


Coal office (Peco), coal staithes/bunkers and cattle dock/pen, both scratch-built. Coal staithes have 3 grades of real coal added.


Cattle dock, now firmly planted and already have stock waiting for the next train to the abbatoir/slaughter house... Unlucky for some I guess


The interior of the Signal box. Apart from the notice board, all other furniture, including kettle was scratch built. The notices and paper work on table are cut outs from Model Rail magazine (No.155, p44) Hornby advert. I had no stove either, so an old Lego window brick with the top knob filed down, a piece of styrene and a length of wire, put together and painted black done the trick ! The kettle was an end piece of sprue cut, filed, drilled, more fine sprue added for spout and wire bent up for a handle. It was then painted old silver. My wife thought I was crazy making the kettle...  The wiring for the lamp can be seen at the top. The red goes out through the back wall (stripped) and was soldered to the down pipe, the black was stripted bare, glued to the interior wall (out of shot) and run down the wall to represent a conduit. There are levers in here, but are hidden by the black wall strengtheners in the fore ground. 

...and yes, the signalman can cook his steak on that over-size light bulb !!

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Wonderful stuff. Love the detail.
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I am very impressed by that signalbox interior and especially the stove and kettle!

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G'day Mikey,

It's amazing what a little interior detail can do.. I'm not so sure my 6yr old son appreciate the finer detailing of model railways, well not yet anyway...

Couple of updated pics of the layout.




Late night at the goods depot. I could imagine the bloke in the coat complaining of a back ache to the boss...




Some more landscaping around the goods shed and plate layers hut. Will have to place a few lights around the goods yard in the near future.

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Some really great photographs there Gary. Amazing the progress since May of this year.



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Some more really cracking shots Gary. :thumbs

If this one was just a tad darker, it would be a real stunner - I love all the little details in there like the old sleepers and spare rails. Also, just the right amount of ballast on that siding betwee the goods shed and timber shed :pathead  Have you told us how you did the shed roof ?  It look great:




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Right click on the photo > Save Image As > and save it to My Documents.

Go to My Documents, right click on the file and > Edit > Brightness and Contrast.

Using Office Picture Manager.

Exit and Save.

Open the Post Reply box >

"Do you mean like this, Peter?"   2 x Enter

"Upload the photo for insertion" > etc . . .

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"Macbeth hath won the daily double" .................:lol::lol::lol:

Thanks Max - I've got Picture Manager but never thought of "borrowing" the photo for a few minutes ..............:thumbs



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G'day all,

Thanks again for the kind remarks and thanks to Max for letting us know of his wizardry with pics.

Robert - I guess I'm lucky at the moment as this layout isn't as big as the future layout in my head. This means more time for the landscaping etc, and not getting caught up on certain items or areas.

Peter - If my memory serves me right, the roof was first painted with Humbrol matt grey (no.27), then a dry brush of Floquil rust and Floquil grimey black. The very end coat was a wash of Humbrol Acrylic green (RC410), as a mouldy highlight. Yes, normally acrylics don't stick to well to enamels, but where it did it came up effective.
The ballast used between the sheds is actually a fine mix of soil, some fine road base dust (both oven dried and sieved) and N scale ballast (Chucks Ballast, 'Martins Creek'). As usual, this was just sifted and sprinkled onto PVA, prior to ballasting the track.
The sleepers are just old Peco sleepers painted grey, with the plates painted with Floquil rust, as with the (30' scale lengths) rails.

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What a superb little layout mate, just shows you dont need 150 sq ft to make a great layout.
The detailing you have achieved is just great.
So what plans do you have for your next layout???

BTW: Did you get the PM is sent you the other day????

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G'day Alan,

Thankyou for the PM you sent, great picture of the loco at Didcot ! Thankyou for the kind comments regarding 'Jack's Corner'.

As for my next layout, it will be based on the Callington Branch Line, see here : http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=10442&forum_id=54 

There is still some time before I start the build, as I have been gathering information on this nice little branch. Hence some of my questions on the forum regarding plans of the station and DCC control.

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very nice layout work! would love to build one like your layout!

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Excellent stuff! I love seeing layouts aimed at the little ones, especially when dad spends so much time and effort on it. My granddaughters have a Thomas layout which started out as a circle of set track and is slowly developing its own landscape (they've just decided they need a tunnel!). Its a joy to watch theirs faces as they play, and hopefully learn some new skills for the future! Well done mate!



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Thanks Will !

I first built Jack a small 'Time Saver' layout to practise shunting on, when I first bought him Thomas and a few wagons and coaches. But young boys being young boys, he wanted to see trains racing around the track, with a little shunting involved. I do get a kick out of the landscape detail. I enjoy building up the landforms and making it come alive. You just don't know how much my wife (Yvonne) enjoyed me being out in the back spare bedroom...!

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Have been fiddling around with coal sacks, trucks and people...






Photos can show up everything we miss, like the very shiney clothing, the great blobs of blue-tac holding the figures in place, where the airbrush never got to during some weathering (above spare wheel on truck), moulding lines in the coal sacks... Atleast with photos, it can show us where we need to improve ! :shock:

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You can come and fiddle about on my layout any time you like Gary. ;-)

Never mind the blue-tack and shiny clothing, that scene looks brilliant.  :thumbs:thumbs

The only thing I would say is that the sacks need to stacked upright on the lorry ..................it looks like you've got them lying down.  Unless of course, the lorry is carrying something else and the poor guy with the sack on his back is heading off to another vehicle ...........:hmm



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Petermac wrote: The only thing I would say is that the sacks need to stacked upright on the lorry ..................it looks like you've got them lying down.  Unless of course, the lorry is carrying something else and the poor guy with the sack on his back is heading off to another vehicle ...........:hmm

Well, there you go... I did say photos pick up the things we miss...!

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Nice job Gary!

 

I seem to recollect scales on the coal lorries, they had two flat sections of around 2 feet each, one for the weights, one for the coal.

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If you are particularly concerned about the shiny clothing on your figures then Novice has done an excellent tutorial on painting figures. Below is a link to the first part and it really does make a tremendous difference, as you will see for yourself if you click on the link.

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Thanks Bob, fantastic thread. I just took the time to read it all and I'm impressed by the quality of Novice's work on his figures. Gives me a better idea on painting and toning the little people.

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Gary,

I've just read this thread from start to finish and it has been fantastic. You have an obvious skill in what you do and must get immense pleasure from it.

I have not started anything as such as yet beyond amassing loco's and other equipment / off the shelf stuff but can't wait until I am in the position to do so as I have seen so many great ideas that I think I could even tackle.

My initial efforts may not be as good as your and the other guys, but that is all part of it, improving and learning with experience.

Which brings me back to what I have often said, that its a privilege to be able to tap into the depth of knowledge that is " the forum ".

Great work.

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I feel so lucky to have children interested. It was my son's interest in the models in a shop that spurred me to re-start my modelling after leaving it as a teen, 20 years ago. He's only 4 but can drive the locos really well on the small amount of end-to-end track I have laid. After reading this though, I feel I am going to have to be building a continuous 00-gauge Thomas Loop in the next two years or so! That is some layout you have done for your boys!



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G'day Tom & Michael,

Thankyou both for your comments.

Tom, as you well know, your skills will only grow with the help of the great bunch of members here. I started with model railways in my teens, built a layout or two, then the layouts that never entirely got finished, eventually scrapped. Then there was the day where at my late mates (Murray) garage I noticed he had some track and boards. This started the ball rolling for Murray and myself and we built a rather large HO scale, New South Wales (Australian) based layout. This layout lasted for approximately 8-9 years before being disassembled and stored. Unfortunately, Murray passed away (3 1/2 years ago) and the layout was never re-assembled. This layout here, has used some of the former baseboards. So really, the layout in some ways carries on !

Michael, it's a good feel when your children are interested in railways, in any size ! As you probably have read, it was my son that got me back into railway modelling. There is still more to do on this layout, like install decoupling ramps and more finishing touches..., but my new layout, Kelly Bray has me busy, that is when I'm not on YMR ! It is a fantastic hobby as you know, incorporating all types of skills. There is always something to learn and this forum is a great place to pick up more skills.

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you have managed to capture an amazing feeling of space in such a small area, fantastic

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Well, today is Jack's birthday. He wasn't sure what he was to get, but I knew what he would like... Photos below speak for themselves...



Wow ! How good is this... Mallard !



Totally chuffed with his birthday present ! Cool !!



Mallard on the layout with a rake of Mk1s. (soon to be updated with new bogies, passengers, maybe flushglase windows...)

Cheers, Gary.




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Brilliant pictures Gary, that's what model railways are all about :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs


Many happy returns to Jack. :cheers (without the glass)



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Another satisfied modeller in the making I think. Happy birthday Jack.

Well done dad.

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I'll echo what others have said Gary - great shots and he looks as happy as a sand-boy.

Happy Birthday to Jack. :doublethumb:doublethumb



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That's one happy young boy.Happy birthday Jack.



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Thanks for the kind words, Jack was rapt with the replies ! :mrgreen:

The only unfortunate problem with the loco is that it is dcc fitted. I originally thought (hmmm :roll:) that it was dcc ready when I had purchased it a few months ago! Oh well, at $100.oo Au, it was a great buy. Normally in Australia these loco sell for any between $160 - $180.00... Now, all I have to do is remove the body and replace the decoder with a spare blanking plate... :roll:

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Gary wrote: [size= Now, all I have to do is remove the body and replace the decoder with a spare blanking plate...]:roll:
Why? this myth seems to persist on every forum I read.

There is no need to remove the chip, it will read the voltage
as 12v DC and pass it on to the motor with no problems. 
Unless its been specifically set not to, and then you can 
just reset the relevant CV back.

Also, the chip should still improve the slow running and 
make it smoother.


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I guess I shall reset the CV. At the moment, it won't run dc, but will on my dcc layout. Thanks for the advice, as I'm only a 'newbie' to dcc and don't fully understand all the intricate workings... But, I'm learning along the way !

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Hi Gary

CV 29 is a bit complicated.  You need to add up all of the settings you want CV 29 to do and enter that number.

I've got a chart somewhere.

Stand by . . .

now, let's see  . . .



ah, there we are.



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Thanks Max.

I'll have a read of the NCE booklette and with that and your explaination, hopefully I'll have it sorted ! If I can't sort it out, I'll just have to ask you for more assistance !

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It's pretty straight forward if you follow the steps, Gary.

If you get stuck, flick me an email.

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NCE is easy as it uses words for the various sections of CV29

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Set Decoder Configuration
DC ( Analogue) Mode page 43 at the top of the page

Power Cab
Set Decoder Configuration
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Hi Gary Really excellent work, I keep changing the baseboard underframe, it might be a long time before I get to the track, which reminds me, code 75 or code 100?? I have read so many pros and cons, I'm not sure which way to turn please help me decide. Passed Driver.



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Hi passed Driver,


I think one of the main considerations is the type of stock you will be running. If you have a lot of older stock then go with Code 100 as the rail profile is finer on code 75 and the wheel flanges can hit the track chairs. If you are running newer stock its not an issue. Code 75 classed as finescale also looks that bit better.


hope this helps a bit. There maybe further reasons as well and I'm sure someone will chip in if there is.


cheers for now


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Absolutely brilliant. A real mini-masterpiece AND a train driver and formula 1 star to operate it.

It don't get better than that !

No1 fan.

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