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Slow progress N Scotland region layout/project

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:59 pm
by budmanuk
I'll be updating here as things progress.

Quick Pics of new trials

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:17 am
by budmanuk

Trying new things. I have added some long grass, but not quite getting it good lengths and it's a bit sparse lol. I sprayed my rails too I think it adds quite a bit to a layout!


Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:48 am
by Infrontcat
Hi Alex

Re the long grass: at least you're having a go! A bit of patience and practice and you'll get it right :) The rails look good so far and the green stuff around the tall grass looks good too...though I'm not sure about the lime green paint job in photo 2, lol ;)

Wonderful looking '37' too by the way. Loved the large logo diesels! Have you got a track plan for us to have a wee gander at (however much of a mere sketch it might be)?



Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:51 am
by Odd Socks

It looks good, what grass products are you using?

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:32 pm
by SouthernBoy
I think you're almost 100% there with track and ballasting and that grass isn't far behind ... I bet you'll have it perfect by the end of the weekend.

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:44 pm
by budmanuk
Hey thanks for all the good feedback.

The grass products I'm using are..

Gaugemaster spring grass mat for the large areas (thats the light grass in the pics) which I think is made by Noch.

Woodland Scenics coarse turf for the patches of dark grass.

Woodland Scenics field grass, natural straw colour for the long grass.

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:50 pm
by dr5euss

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:27 pm
by budmanuk
Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

I used my badger 150 airbrush and managed to get a fine spray only onto the rail. The sleepers have a light dusting to give the appearance of some grime.

I also sprayed a set of points. I've been using insulfrog points, to save wiring hassle. Anyway, electrofrogs do look more realistic, but I sprayed the frog on my insul's and I'm quite surprised by the results. You would never guess there is a blob of black plastic under there!!!

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:10 pm
by budmanuk
Hey everyone not been on here much, no time. But a quick update to say I have finally splashed the cash on a digitrax super chief set. Cant wait to get it and give it a spin. I let you know how I get on in due course. Anyone with helpful advice or tips, please feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Re: Slow progress N Scotland region layout/project

Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:22 pm
by budmanuk
Hi folks, small update. I've been using my super cheif and I can say I am very happy. I managed to get some digitrax decoders, two dz123 and two dz125. Fitted the 123s to my farish ews 66s and i have fitted two of my 4 farish 158 scotrail dmu's with the dz125s. I have also started flooring the rest of my loft and I am going to insulate it to accomodate my layout. ciao

Re: Slow progress N Scotland region layout/project

Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 2:09 pm
by santene
any pics pics are better than words

Farish Class 90 DCC conversion

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:45 am
by budmanuk
Hey, sorry it's been so long, but as the title says.. slow progress, and boy it's been slow!
However, I have been continuing to grow my collection and I have managed to install a couple more DCC chips in some locos. I have some pics of my installation into a Farish class 90. Virgin livery, but I also have the EWS body so I can swap them when required, or I may buy another 90 at some time. Anyway as the good man said... pictures are better than words so here are the pics. Enjoy!! any comments/questions are appreciated!


View of decoder from outside. Think I may wrap it in black tape! Body fits nice and snug.


one side




other side

Re: Slow progress N Scotland region layout/project

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:11 am
by lmsrail
That is one fat driver you have in there, surley there is somewhere else you can put the decoder?

Re: Slow progress N Scotland region layout/project

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:02 am
by budmanuk
Hehe sure needs a diet eh? I'm sure he'll will look fine when his uniform is black. That is the only place in the loco that suits a decoder that I can see. Due to the class 90 roof being mostly flat there is literaly no room between the underside of the body roof and the top of the chassis, and the chassis is too thin at the top in the middle to cut away. I'm going to do my class 91 next and there is room to cut away the top of the chassis in the middle, so I wont have this problem. I'll try and do some today and post the pics.

Re: Slow progress N Scotland region layout/project

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:50 am
by m8internet
That's a very large decoder, what make and model is it?
I use DigiTrax DZ123 decoders, and I then tape them to the top of the frame
However, noting your photos I could tape them at one cab end
To disguise the inside of the cab, how about inserting black paper inside the windows