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 Posted: Sat Nov 8th, 2014 03:55 pm
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Time flies I know but I can't believe my last updates were posted in January!   I haven't been idle and did get some modelling done but the nice summer we had meant more Tennis, Cycling (I bought a new Bike), a couple of short holidays and some nice rides in my new car - not to forget the blinking gardening! - plus a few gigs.   Anyway here's some pictures:-

First few are of the Winding Shed for the Quarry and this will be positioned at the extreme left side of the upper track bed and it's function is to pull the wagons from the mine to the Quarry building where their loads will be crushed (in theory) and then slid into the wagons below.   Although the winding mechanism will be hidden by the roof I couldn't resist making same using some odd bits of plastic etc just for my own satisfaction!   The cable (wire) will be coupled to the mine wagons when I've made 'em!













I then decided to make an Engine Shed as I thought it would fit well at the end of the top head shunt (I don't suppose this would have been allowed in real practise but as it's my railway...........!!!!!):-
















My next task was building up more hillocks within the goods yard, adding the bridge and small hills abutting Barton Tracey station towards the Quayside and painting the backscene.   The latter I have based on the Dartmoor area where I live showing distant tors etc and once the grass, trees and foliage have been added to all the hills (my next task) this should all blend in quite naturally.    I placed a small piece of mirror under the bridge and by setting it at an angle it appears that the track bends away to the right - must say I was pleased with this!













Lastly I made some level crossing gates for the road from the bridge (where it crosses the track which goes behind the Quay Warehouse buildings) into the Quayside area.    Very fiddly hence the finger for comparison!!!




Now that Winter is here I hope and expect to get a lot more done!

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Hi Ken,
Your ears must have been burning... again!!!  I was wondering how the layout has been going... can hardly wait to see the final colouring on the hillocks!
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A very comprehensive update Ken with such a lot having been done.
I love the little engine shed and the backscenes are superb. Looking forward to seeing how the landscaping develops but so far it looks brilliant. 



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Hi Ken, really like the way you've worked the landscaped hillocks into the back scene, obviously a lot of thought and planning gone into that! Secondly the engine shed is brilliant. Finally the level crossing gates, outstanding must have taken a lot of skill not to mention a few choice words making those. Well done on all of them!




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I'm late to this thread but I was blown away by the quality of the buildings and structures - excellent stuff!  I'll be watching more closely from now on.

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Super railway build Ken,I love your backscenes and the builds track plan with buildings.

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Thanks for the feedback fellas, a little encouragment goes a long way!

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Really like the trackwork, very nice shape to it. Will make sure i keep my eye on this thread for some ideas myself :)



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The hardest thing I find in "N" scale is holding and manipulating small objects: e.g., I'm making some small stone carrying wagons for the Mine which has "Z" scale track as a sort of narrow gauge section.

Firstly I used two old business cards for the wagon bodies as the card was just the right thickness and I used the printed side for their insides so that I could draw in the strapping, rivets, etc on the clear surface.   They are supposed to be of metal construction so I painted them accordingly.   I found a piece of chain on an old watch bracelet which I think is just the right size and I've used Peco track pins for holding the chain and the wheels in place.   The wheels are from snap fasteners and lay over the "Z" scale track nicely after a lot of fiddling about positionwise.   Actually this whole little project is definitely the most fiddly I've done so far and there's even more to come when I chain them together i., getting fingers in between etc., and then fixing them permanently to the rails.   Everything else should be a breeze thereafter!


















Incidentally, none of the wagon bodies have been glued to their undercarriages yet as I think this will be easier to do once they have been chained together.

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An ingenious and inventive bit of modelling Ken and you've made a lovely job of those narrow gauge wagons.
Incidentally, what are the undercarriages made of ? They look like pieces of square balsa wood section but I could be wrong.



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Clever and intricate work Ken.

I always wondered how you were going to make those mineral wagons .

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Thanks fellas and yes Trevor it is Balsa wood, well observed!   It's very easy to push the pins into it and as I have to cut them short the resulting blunt ends also go in easier plus the Balsa grips them very well.

I've just completed the wheels on all three - what a job! - so I can now complete them and get them positioned on the track (which I have yet to glue down, my next task)!

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Narrow gauge in N, I don't know how you do it

Brilliant job Ken.


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Having built the Quarry/Mine wagons I could now get down to some scenic work in that area and here's the results (perhaps I should mention that I'm working all along the backscene first before adding the various station buildings and foreground as I don't want to damage them by brushing against them - very easily done I've found out!).  :sad:

First photo shows the general Quarry area and my first attempt at adding grass to the cliff tops/face - this still has to be finished off with bushes, trees etc:-




Incidentally the Quarry is based on the one in John Aherne's "Miniature Landscape Modelling";  his work has always been my inspiration and I've wanted to build this for years!      The next 4 show making up the trestle support, something I've really been looking forward to but it was very fiddly cutting up the small wooden beams from coffee stirrers and matches then glueing them using the small template card - the size is 67mm x 50mm.














The next one shows the inside of the building and the double doors are access from the screening area (where I have imagined a tunnel going through from the building into the cliff behind) and the shute (which pivots up and down - yes I know I'm crazy!) allows the rocks from the mine wagons to be slid into the ones waiting below.   By the way these are real granite rocks which I've broken up from ones in my garden!


    

Next photo shows the Quarry supporting wall which I only wanted to glue at it's base - i.e., not to the top in case I need to lift off the building for some reason - so I inserted some track pins with their heads removed which gives it real stability.




The remaining 4 show general views of the area including my first try at weathering - on the wagons, the building has yet to be done.    You'll probably have noticed that the wagon wheels overlap the outside of the "Z" scale track but as I made them from press-studs they are double wheels which overlap both sides of the track!   My excuse - or reasoning - is that they need double ones because of the weight they have to carry!!!!!   What a laugh eh? :cool:












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Super job Ken.Its all coming together very well.
I like the look of that craft knife to.
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That's a great piece of scratch building Ken. John Ahern would have been proud of you.:doublethumb



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Great work Ken.Those wagons look fantastic.



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Great results there Ken, and in N gauge ? How DO you guys do it ? I'm looking at my thumb nail then you're wagon...my thumb nail....your wagon.....:thud



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Hi Ken

I believe there were many different types of wagon ways originally, certainly some where the rails were flanged and the trucks had smooth wheels. So a rail with wheels each side isn't that unlikely to have existed somewhere at some point.

As for the trestle with two inch bits of matchstick :roll:

As Matt says, I'm at a loss as to how you N gauge blokes do these models, but it looks brilliant :thumbs



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Ken,
What is really nice about your latest post is that after all these years (how long ago did you make the mine building?!) we finally get to see it in place on a big layout and that which we had all said would be a great scene has proven correct. Those last couple of photos show the potential for some great images of the mine site.
Lovely to see some greenery on the layout too... it is all blending in together very well. Looking forward to seeing the building and trestle weathered... 

Keep it coming...

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