My N Gauge Layout [RETURNS!]

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My N Gauge Layout [RETURNS!]

Postby MiniMichael » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:40 pm

Hi there, been very busy recently so havent been able to bring up pictures of my layout im currently constructing.

You may remember my layout, to help you this is what it looked like....

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That is what it looked like about a month or so ago.

After opening the Woodland Scenics Landscape Kit i have been busy creating the scenery on the entrance from the fiddle yard (shown above).

Here is the progressive pictures of that area.

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More are on the way after i have secured the fencing around the railway line.

Feel free to make comments abouts what could be improved etc...


If you are wondering why i have only created scenery on that area it is because i had a huge point failure on one of the middle ones....The points seen in the pictures are the only ones secured to the board. After chirstmas a Gaugemaster Track Cleaner and M1 transformer will be installed to keep my track sparkling :)

Merry Christmas to all.....

Michael

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Postby boyofbears » Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:17 pm

great work,

whats the size of your layout? :D
my imaginery friend thinks u have problems.......wait........
my layout viewtopic.php?f=22&t=17368 new!!!

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Postby MiniMichael » Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:06 pm

The main baseboard is 5x1 foot plus 1x3ft fiddle yard which attached the the end.
Heres the track plan again.

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Heres some more photos of the construction. Not a huge change. Just placed the fencing on it, need to stick it down :D

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Michael

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Postby MiniMichael » Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:14 pm

Just asking round..............Does anyone have any good tips of drilling holes for point rods to come through the baseboard without taking up the points? :)

Merry Christmas

Michael

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Postby SouthernBoy » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:10 pm

Nice work, especially the second set of pictures.
Isn't there a central section too, with a station ? Hows that looking ?

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Postby MiniMichael » Tue Dec 25, 2007 9:32 am

I have built my own baseboard, I've just been using Woodland Scenics Fine Turf etc which was all supplied in a 'Landscape Learning Kit'.
The station is ook.....i guess.........theres just no track layed down around the station, hill and carpark at the level of the platform is still there.

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Merry Christmas Everyone! :P

Michael

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Postby MiniMichael » Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:54 pm

Tomorrow im off to the local shops to hopefully get my point :D

Wahoo! I can finally finish the track work. Havent seen any comments so I assume drilling holes for point rods while the points are secured is un heard of, or un explainable to possibly do? (help please) :?

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Postby edwardholmes91 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:30 pm

It depends on what your board is made from. I have heard of using a mini high speed drill when the point is in one posistion, through the point hole, then changing the points posistion and drilling another hole. Then slide the fishplates back, take point out, cut slot using drill or something, then place point back and slide fishplates back into place.

I am not sure how easy it is to slide the fishplates away from or back into place thoough? :?

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Postby MiniMichael » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:41 am

Yesturday i attempted sliding the fishplates back and lifting the point out.

I also achieved drilling holes for the points and i now have fully working point switches on 4 points :D 2 left.

For future help i'll explain what i have done.
I slid the fish plates back onto the flexible track connected to the point, put a small braddle through the point hole and pushed it down, then switched the point and repeated it. Then I removed the point and put a 8mm drill bit on a drill, and drilled a hole in between the two braddled holes. what is left is a hole, then i put some glue on the baseboard and stuck the point back down. I then got a 2mm piece of wire and put a right angle bend in the end leaving and inch past the bend. Then put a hol in the side of the board in the frame. I then pushed the rod through both holes in the baseboard and push the shorter end into the point hole. Secured it in the point ole with super glue and cut back the wire coming through the side of the baseboard.
A very easy and quick way of switching points. Its also WAY!!! cheaper than switches and point motors as a 1ft piece of 2mm wire costs about 60p. It also will never loose power or break down unless of course pliers cut the wire.

Pictures will be posted later as my parents have taken the camera on holiday so they'll be back later :D

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Postby MiniMichael » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:42 pm

MY LAYOUT IS CLOSE TO BEING FINISHED!!! :D :D :D

Heres the pics which i took this morning.

A view of my whole layout with the track now layed and the scenery which I did about a week ago.
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And another view from the other end.
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A pic of the station end of my layout looking towards the goods yard and over the platform.
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Postby MiniMichael » Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:19 pm

Heres a little post of my point switching system.

It is a fairly simple mechanism which i believe is very reliable and much cheeper than wiring loads of point motors etc.

Here a view from the top of the hole with the rod coming through the point.
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Heres a pic of the view from underneath the baseboard.
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Heres two videos of how it works from both sides.
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Postby MiniMichael » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:18 pm

Heres some MORE pictures of the scenery i did earlier.

For the scnerery i used Fine Turf Green Grass, Burnt Grass, Earth, and Yellow Grass.

This is what it looks like before the glue had been sprayed.

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Pieces of Plastic with blue tack was stuck over the point parts too avoid point failure at this stage.

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An overal view before spraying...............very smooth grass on the hills.
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After the glue was sprayed over the whole layout.
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I noticed as i sprayed the glue the fine turf turned into lots of tiny lumps. However now looking at it 1 hour after it was sprayed it has sqashed a little and i am very pleased it happened cos its given it more texture.

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Postby MiniMichael » Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:33 pm

It a Ripmax Reflection with no use now..... Today i rang the local dealers to see if there were any spares in stock and found out that the plane is discontinued.
What was making your plane not fly?


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