Monday, 31 January 2011

Buildings with Colour

Thanks to all of you who ahve taken time to visit my new blog, we are back to the railway business here now :)
Last night I spent some time painting buildings, I found it quite a challenge to paint large structures without making them look to "bland" The tower block colour was inspired by this building See what you think.













At the other end, a sign, loading bay numbers and yet more building colour





John

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Another Blog

For those of you that follow this blog, thankyou !!

I plan to continue posting about the railway fun here, but you may be interested to know I have started a second blog that is more about daily life and thoughts relating to it here please pop in and have a browse and if you fancy "FOLLOW" along


John

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Outer Loop

Using some Birthday present "cash" I purchased 8 lengths of peco flexi yesterday and last night laid the outer loop on the top shelf. it didn't take long but would have been a much easier job if it wasn't in the "eaves" of the shed.

Once laid and connected it was play time.................


Monday, 24 January 2011

Birthday Weekend

On Friday after much asking what I wanted for my birthday, Mrs RJR suggested we visit the local model shop to get me something.. Well it would have been impolite to refuse.... So half an hour later I came out with a very nice Bachmann 166. It will make a nice distraction as it circles the top shelf.







I set it going and settled to some modelling



The job in hand was a new structure for the main layout.















John

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Top Shelf Video

Following on from the last post, I got the track wired up tonight...




John

Track upstairs



Last night I laid the track for the inner circuit on the upper level. It is set back from the front edge by 1/2" You may also notice that the timber for the shelf has been given a coat or 2 of Ronseal Oak rubbing wax.
On the opposite side a small piece of track is placed where the outer loop will sit, this leaves just about 1.5" for some very basic scenery.


I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out and hope to get power to it tonight.  

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Top Shelf material

Since my last post and the return to some modelling, I have been mulling over a couple of things.

1) How often to post blog entries.

2) How could I get a continuous run into the layout.

Number 1. Having not posted really for the best part of a month, coming back to it now, I have come to the conclusion that showing almost daily developments is hard to keep up for me and shows little progress in return for the readers effort to look. So I have decided this year to post perhaps weekly. Hopefully each time you look now, there will be significant changes to see.

Number 2, well I have come up with all sorts of ideas ranging from simple to extreme. What seemed the easiest, was to go out of the front of the shed from one side and loop back in on the other side. In effect closing the existing U shape design into an oval. This would mean having an outside section of track, which I could live with, but the problem was the outside section would loop around the door, creating a duck under before even getting in and also problems with door opening. In the end I discarded this idea.

I gave some thought as to why I wanted to achieve this, which I concluded was just to see trains running while I pottered. I have always come back to this desire, last time I ended up having an N gauge dogbone !

So with revised "why" I came up with a revised plan, I didn't need the continuous run to be part of the existing layout. But if I built it under what I have it is really to low to see or work on, the logical answer was to go up...

So today I have created a 6" shelf around the top of the back scene, this will have an oval of track on it. Scenery will be limited but I'm sure there will be some. The scenery will be somewhat generic though, as I still have a mix of HO, OO and even a couple of On30 items.

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The price I have had to pay, is a bit more of a duck to get out of the door, although at 6'1" I had to duck to get out of a shed door anyway.

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At the other end the new shelf is deep enough to still store my G scale locos at the back of it, but I may make some additional changes here. Perhaps a shelf a bit higher for one of them, and a matching one at the other end over the door, for the second.

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Whilst I had the saws out, I decided to reface the fronts of the lower layout with new valances, as the original ones were tatty and didn't reach all the way to the door.

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The last picture also shows the starts of a new building complex that will mask the trains going off stage and under the worktop on the right side of the shed.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Im back in the shed (but its raining in there)

Having had a Christmas break from modelling, mainly due to the extreme cold in the shed, but partly due to a reduced mojo, I'm easing my self back into it.

The last couple of days I have been doing a bit of ballasting on the front dummy track in front of the silos and adding colour to the buildings made so far.

I am also starting some experiments with ambient sounds. The plan is to load several mp3 files onto my blackberry that can be played in the shed through a set of speakers.

In this video the sounds are of a real GP38 playing on a loop just through the speaker on the phone behind the camera.

I have also restored my laptop to its as new condition and as a consequence loaded some new video making software, this video was just a play with the "rain" effect

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