Sunday, 31 October 2010

Layout part B

Its been a hectic week with one thing and another but last night I got some free time in the shed :)

Here is what I got up to .. my layout now has too sides.

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The buildings are just things I had in the "recycle me" box but they give the general Idea that there will be some low relief going on along the back behind the road.

Some missed pictures from the beginning of the week..

building progress
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Gloss varnish to give the water some shine
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Barge with a coat of paint (I need a tug now !)
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Sunday, 24 October 2010

More Progress

With a house full of teenagers last night, the only sensible thing to do was retreat to the shed.... Got plenty done and have realised that getting pictures of these smaller scales is considerably harder than G in the garden. But I thing I'm getting the hang of it. No list of done this, dome that Ill just let the pictures talk


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Favourite picture of the evening

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And finally came across this via a post on RMweb...



Enjoy your Sunday !

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Kadee and magnets

My Neodymium magnets arrived today, so I have spent the evening on a crash course in setting and aligning Kadee couplers, having never used them before.

After a lot of trial and even more error I finally found the best position for the magnets in relation to the couplers. I had done some internet research which had got me to the point of buying the rod magnets (3mm x 6mm) I did get to the point of wondering if I should have just bought proper Kadee magnets but as my 25 magnets only cost £2.20 getting them to work was worth the learning curve.

And here are the working positioning, 3mm holes drilled and the magnets inserted, the big problem now is spotting them in operation.

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as the coupler approaches the coupler moves to the side

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I have had to straighten the headshunt as with the curve I just couldn't get the couplers to work

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I have set up the magnet points

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At first I thought i could just have magnets at the closest point in the picture but as the headshunt only fits loco and 1 car I had to fit magnets in the far positions to be able to slit strings of cars in the spurs to bring them back out.

John

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Let the ballasting Begin !

I started the dreaded ballasting last night. To be fair it can be quite relaxing if you are in the right mood.

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John

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Team track - inlaid track

I believe in US parlance a team track is a shared spur allowing local industries to load and unload rail road boxcars, see I'm even learning new phrases (more info HERE)
My front 2 lines are planned for just such a purpose, which requires some inlaid track, I've tried various methods, but decided I would go for low mess this time round. Out came the B&Q self adhesive vinyl tiles.

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I also spent some more time loco improving

Remember this,

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That became this

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After todays work

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John

Friday, 15 October 2010

New Workbench

I found the bargain I had been waiting for to make my workbench from. A local DIY shop (3ways in Denton) often has bargains. Today I picked up 2 18mm tall kitchen unit sides for £3.99 each. When put together I get a 36mm worktop

So in typical builder mode I got my days work done and had an early finish. With a bit of timber to make a batten along the back wall and the side the new  "worktop" when sawn to length just fell into place.

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As 90% of the time I stand to model its a a nice height which will stop me getting an bad back ! I can still slot my short workbench in at layout level if I want to sit and model.

Its nice and tidy at the moment. and I have a home for my favourite G scale stock

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With the worktop in place the decision of the best type of scenic break was almost made for me, it almost looked like a freeway straight away. So four lengths of timber were cut to 4" and used as bridge supports topped with a plywood road surface.

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The bridge makes a nice place to watch the trains from


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All in all a successfully hour in the shed



John

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Wiring and track sprayed

Cant say its thrilling work but the track needs power so it needs doing, I don't mind soldering and when all said and done I served my time at GEC as an Electrical/ electronic engineer so it should be fun, but its one of those has to be done jobs !!

The layout will be DCC so its pretty much a case of making sure I have power to every spur, now I know my method is not the "done thing" but it works for me, I find no pleasure in sitting under the workbench soldering droppers and bus wires. My own experiences has been that for a layout in a 8 x6' shed, any voltage drop caused by having no bus wires is negligible. So all I do is solder a pair of thin link wires to each point as this...

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On link red circled rail to red circled rail and like wise on link between the blue circles, you can just about see them. This means which ever track the insufrog blades select all spurs are live. I than just have a single feed to the neck of the yard. More or less DCC with 2 wires. The main thing is it works.

Once each point has 

been linked as above the whole lot got a spray with sleeper grime.

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I'm pretty happy with the "artistic, sweeping curves" :rolleyes:

In the last picture the observant that some stock has arrived, the post man delivered 3 boxcars I won on ebay..

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They are bigger than I had expected, yes I know 50' in 1:87 is something I could should have worked out but there we go, the only problem I have found is the mocked up barge is 60mm too short to hold 2 cars on each track, I guess I'll make the proper one bigger.

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John

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Chessie System 4167

Ive spent a pleasant evening exploring the contents of the bag of detailing bits that came with my Ebay Athern loco. It would seem having to add the extras (like handrails) is not unusual, this has turned out to be a good buy as looking at the wheels it has never been out of the box

Anyway here is how it looked before

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After adding details like, handrails, horn, headlight lenses, number board lenses, bogie details, couplers and hoses.

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It makes a big difference to the appearance, the parts were well made (stanchions and rails individual steel pieces)

Just out of interest I googled "Chessie 4167" and came up with this

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A bit dirtier than mine !

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Track laying

I've spent time popping in and out of the shed today, tweaking and moving track around to get to a point I'm reasonably happy with.

So here we are, from the dock end

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New layout

Well guys I have been quiet for a bit, but that's because I have been hatching a plan :)

So here is the new shed plan

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Layout space on each side connected by a 180 hidden curve under a new workbench right across the back wall.

After a massive tidy out

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In this picture I have fitted a shelf for some G stock on the back, but not installed the worktop that will form the new workbench, Im waiting for a bargain :)


I am now playing with track plans for the first side (left) which will include a rail barge/float bridge

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Ebay has provided the first motive power (more on the way) the purists need to look away now as Im taken with both chessie and UP liveries at the moment

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With another UP GP on the way

John

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