My 6x4 layout, Sumware

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GeoFF03
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Re: My layout, Sumware

Postby GeoFF03 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:56 pm

I've just posted some videos on YouTube, which feature another new acqisition, a Hornby Royal Scot class "The Rifle Brigade"

They're just shot from fixed postions (Speilberg has nothing to worry about :lol: ).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyI9nIuHrVw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJXMEhSDio4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4O-ftgeSjg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gluuwWIkV1E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amYgdhRSae4

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Edit:

New cab ride video recently added

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzr6P0EJHUc

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby Michael Thornberry » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:09 pm

Hello Geoff,
Just found this and enjoyed the videos so much I decided to bring this Lay-out back to the top,
Kind Regards,
Michael Thornberry.

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby GeoFF03 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:15 pm

Well thats taken me by suprise, I thought this thread was long buried in the depths of the forum. I've not even checked it myself since it dropped onto page 5. I'm glad you found the videos enjoyable, my camera work and editing have improved somewhat since these were shot. I don't know if you've seen the other videos posted on my You Tube channel, if not you might like two of my recent efforts (similar subject matter, just shot from different angles).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBFTw6xWmfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXPHtZ7_ge4

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby ceejaydee » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:53 pm

I'd not seen this thread before either and certainly enjoyed looking through it so thanks to Geoff for creating & posting and to MT for the bump.
I'm considering building a 6x4 folding layout as somewhere to run my stock really as current living arrangements are not really ideal for investing in a permanent setup.

This thread shows just how good a well developed layout can be albeit within the traditional 6x4 format.
Like so many others the (slightly extended) 6x4 was how it all started for me as a six and a half year old at Xmas waaaaay back in 1976, and therefore it seems an appropriate way to re-start my OO in earnest all these years later!
I hope that you decide to keep us updated every now & then :wink:
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Christopher D.

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby Steve with the Hat » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:53 pm

Really like the layout and your images and videos geoff!

I wouldn't worry as regards your painting those dapol figures look great with well picked out detail and use of colour. One tip you might want to use is undercoating with black (I use hicote acrylic primer) which makes life a bit easier. While we're at it another good tip I've picked up is to cut the bases off with a scalpel, you can still reposition them by remounting on clear acetate. Not criticism just unsolicited advice :D

regards

Steve

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby Road Stone » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:10 pm

For 6X4, it is amazing and the photography is good too!

Thanks, Jerry
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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby GunnerBill » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:26 am

A great layout! Very busy but not in a way that detracts from anything at all.

It looks like you've used v fine wet/dry paper for tarmac on the roads. It looks a good finish but too many joins. I was just thining that if avaialble belt sander ready loops would provide a greater length of "road" if you can source it that fine... :?:

Also just wondering on same note how you could therefore simulate a poured tar join between sheets, perhaps a thin squeeze of blackened PVA from a syringe? Or simply black silicon sealant.

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby GeoFF03 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:59 am

Thanks for the comment (and the "bump") Bill.

It looks like you've used v fine wet/dry paper for tarmac on the roads. It looks a good finish but too many joins


I'm beginning to feel that using the 600 grit wet/dry paper as a road surface may not have been such a great short-cut, and not just for the joints. For reasons I wont bother to go into, the surface is not looking so good now and I may have to paint the road after all, which is what I was trying to avoid. With hindsight I'd have been better off simply sealing and painting the under lying cork surface to begin with. Ah well, we live and learn and this is my first and only layout.

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby rosenblad » Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:55 pm

I just found this thread and I think you have built a fantastic layout. You have managed to create so much atmosphere in so little space! Well done! I am building a much smaller layout now and you have given me so much needed inspiration! :D

I hope you don't mind me asking, but how did you remove the modern yellow crossed markings from your Hornby level crossing? With the old type swinging gates I just don't think it looks quite right with the markings.
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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby GeoFF03 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:14 pm

The yellow markings were not removed, I simply painted over them. It seemed the easiest option as they resisted all of the solvents I was prepared to try.

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby rosenblad » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:08 pm

It looks like we both have come to the same conclusion. Hornby's paint is tough stuff!
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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby stanwaryck » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:58 am

hi,

I am just studying your 6x4 layout, excellent utilising maximum area. I just have a couple of questions, wher did you connect the outer circuit power clip, also could you clarify what the track pieces are that are idented as being 'ST202' their appears to be 6 pieces. You also have 4 R8206 power clips on the middle and inner circuit should two of them be 2 R600 pieces.

Thanks for your assistance, lookin forward to building this layout.

StanW

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby GeoFF03 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:41 am

This has caught me by surprise, I thought this thread was long buried in the depths of the forum.

I seem to have made some errors when I was creating the track plan diagram (it was done after the layout was created, I didn't find the Anyrail software till it was done). The group of four R8206s should be R618 isolating rails, this also applies to one of the shed roads. The actual power for inner and outer lines are just after the right hand curve, again mistakenly identified as an R 600 and R601. It should be two R8206s and a R600, one hidden by the platform, the other by a line side hut. Power to the middle loop and the yard sidings are fed from underneath and soldered to the rails, on the right hand curve and between the two R8073 points. The ST202 pieces are Peco set track half sections as I felt the alternative R610 resulted in too many joints.

I hope this clarifies your questions.

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby stanwaryck » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:21 pm

Hi Geoff,

Thank you for a prompt response sorry you had to dig this one out of the archives. just another query and sorry for bothering you with details, why 4 isolating tracks or maybe I am missing something, is their an electrical operational requirement that requires this because you have 3 circuits, would the layout work with 3 seperate contollers.

Thanks

StanW

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Re: My 6x4 layout, Sumware

Postby GeoFF03 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:00 pm

I felt I needed the two isolation sections when switching trains between the inner and middle or from outer to middle loops. I used two rails per section so as to accommodate locos with tender pickups and diesels with all wheel pickup. My layout is DC, controlled by an HM2000 plus two slave controls which allows me independent control of the three loops and the yard siding. As it happens I've just uploaded a video to Youtube showing part of the typical train movements on the layout, though it dosen't show the isolation sections in use.
http://youtu.be/U3Pew5WoBpY

Trying to explain how it operates is much harder than actually operating the layout. :oops:

Edit: I've added another video which shows the isolating sections in use.
http://youtu.be/fAdoGhKs41s


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