BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

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BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:00 pm

Good morning, good afternoon and goodnight.

I’ve been a member of this forum for a while now, slowly watching by the sidelines, looking at some very excellent layouts and gathering lots of information as well as much needed inspiration.

When I joined, I was working on an 11ft x 4 ft, 00 steam era layout. Lots of mistakes were made the whole thing was maybe a bit ambitious for a first layout. However, a house move means I’m ready to start all over again. The old layout was scrapped (but track was salvaged) and I’ve managed to acquire our new loft as a “boy’s room” from the wife and begin planning.

The plan

The new loft space is huge. Obviously, my first thoughts were to build an even bigger layout, spanning the entire loft but I’ve opted for a smaller 6ft x 4ft layout. It consists of a simple oblong with a few sidings in a countryside surround. There will be an incline at the back, heading towards a tunnel. I’ll be sticking with the 00 scale and with the steam era in general.

With this less than epic scale, I hope to gain a lot more experience in terms of weathering, scenery and pretty much everything else coupled with aspirations of larger layouts in future.

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My masterly plan - forgive the poor picture quality

Progress thus far

So far, the baseboard is built, the track is down (but not fixed on) and I’ve started on a small incline at the back of the layout. Here are some photographs :D

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“The loft” with completed baseboard

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Getting ready to lay the track

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Work begins on the incline

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The Princess Elizabeth passes the signal box; the driver is concerned no one is manning the controls.

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The Princess Elizabeth passes through the quiet station

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The first stage to a completed incline

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After my finger had an unsuccessful fight with a saw, a trip to A & E stops play for the week.

I’ll come back with regular updates as and where possible (when the finger has repaired itself) and look forward to your thoughts.

Essay over, enjoy!

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby trains! » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:37 pm

Wow wasnt expecting a sudden halt there! It looks good (the layout), hope the finger gets better soon. While it recovers gives you more time for spendng :D .
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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:42 pm

I wasn't expecting it myself but must have just got over excited. Ah well, I've got more time to plan, day dream and as you rightly point out, SPEND!
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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby Graymee » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:16 pm

Ouch! :shock:

Nice to see another 6x4starting out. I'm at about the same stage as you, but haven't buit an incline yet (it's on the cards though)

Hope the finger heals quickly.

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:29 am

Good news, I've got the day off work tomorrow and the bandages are coming off so expect a few updates over the weekend. I'm hoping to get some landscaping done tomorrow. :D

Look out for pictures!

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:12 pm

Good evening one and all!

Well, I promised some updates over the weekend so here they are. The bandages have been removed from my finger so I’m free to roam the modelling world once again.

After a trip into town on a day off, I stopped at a local trade merchant for a big, thick piece of polystyrene. I originally went to B&Q who said they didn’t sell any, I was really surprised. I must have walked round about 5 times!

Anyway, I ramble on. I’ve started landscaping some of the layout, creating tunnels and a higher level for some scenery. Here are some photographs hot off the press! :D

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With two bits of polystyrene laid on top of the previously build supports, the higher level takes shape.

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A look at inside the tunnel, the polystyrene will be covered to finish it off.

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A birds’ eye view of a tunnel entrance and the thin layer of wood covering the polystyrene to create my tunnel and scenic platform. :wink:

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A closer look at the tunnel entrance, the loose polystyrene will all the cleaned away I promise. You can probably already seen pencil markers for planned scenery.

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An eye level view of the train emerging from the tunnel. I’m very pleased this picture and considering our recent snowy conditions, I found the loose polystyrene quite topical.

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A look at the whole layout. I hope this gives you some idea of the final design. Some of the levels aren’t final so don’t worry some of it looks to high or steep. The bridge over the track certainly won’t be that high up.

And that’s it for now. I plan to get more done this weekend so keep you eyes peeled and please, if you can think of any useful tips of suggestions, let me know.

Bed time, going to a wedding tomorrow. :arrow:

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby Graymee » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:44 pm

That looks fantastic! Oh and glad to hear the war wound is on the mend BTW.

I'm interested in your incline, i've been advised that unless i use almost a full oval i could only look at a max of about 1/2 inch of height (1 and 1/2 if i use almost all of an oval.) Apparently due to steam locos not having much traction.
As i'm building a 6x4 aswell i'm always on the lookout for ideas and i would really like to try and use an incline if possible. The advice on this can be seen on my build thread in my sig box if you are intersted.

I'm just gonna have a whisky to try and get rid of this green tinge from my face that has come on after comparing my pics with yours, is it envy or just outright jealousy??? :wink:

Good stuff!
Cheers

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby m.levin » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:55 am

bombadillic wrote:Image


Bet you didn't tell your work mates about how you did that ;)

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:28 pm

m.levin wrote:
bombadillic wrote:Image


Bet you didn't tell your work mates about how you did that ;)


Naturally, didn't tell work. But it was quite embarrassing explaining to the nurse how this injury came about. At the time she asked "been doing a lot of DIY?" and I said "I've actually been building a model railway." With hindsight, should I have just admitted to DIY? :roll:
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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby Class 66 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:13 am

bombadillic wrote:After a trip into town on a day off, I stopped at a local trade merchant for a big, thick piece of polystyrene. I originally went to B&Q who said they didn’t sell any, I was really surprised. I must have walked round about 5 times!
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Thats odd, my local one sells loads of the stuff. Not cheap though. About £14 for 3 big thinish pieces.

You've done so good work so far mate! Hope to see it all come together over time :)

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby mumbles » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:21 am

Can I offer some advice..
Ditch the incline.
I can see no reason for it other than to go up a bit then down. you don't seem to be needing to go up to get to a raised section or for one track to cross another. I suggest getting rid of it coz invariably when i read things about inclines it is because such and such a train does not pull 3 coaches up it, or this train's wheels slip.
The scenery you have started so far looks promising, a big hill over the track and the tunnel through it, if this were a real railway, they would not build a tunnel with the track on an incline, the point of the tunnel being to enable the track to remain level [i'm sure tunnels with gradients do exist but for the main part lets ignore those!]
also, don't forget to have access to that tunnel in case of derailments
Cheers
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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:27 am

mumbles wrote:Can I offer some advice..
Ditch the incline.
I can see no reason for it other than to go up a bit then down. you don't seem to be needing to go up to get to a raised section or for one track to cross another. I suggest getting rid of it coz invariably when i read things about inclines it is because such and such a train does not pull 3 coaches up it, or this train's wheels slip.
The scenery you have started so far looks promising, a big hill over the track and the tunnel through it, if this were a real railway, they would not build a tunnel with the track on an incline, the point of the tunnel being to enable the track to remain level [i'm sure tunnels with gradients do exist but for the main part lets ignore those!]
also, don't forget to have access to that tunnel in case of derailments
Cheers
Michael


Thanks for the advice Mumbles, I'm doing some work on the layout later so may have a play around with the incline. I can access it at the moment from the back in case of derailments but as you say, may be easier to elimate this possibility all together. :)
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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby smallman28 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:22 pm

Those rough edges on the polystyrene will sand smooth quite nicely,its a messy job but the finish you can acheive is very pleasing.
If you sand the inside of the tunnel then it mkaes it very easy to slap on some black paint and make it nice and dark in there.

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:42 pm

A Hoy Hoy,

Well, it’s been a very busy day on the layout. Following some advice from Mumbles, I decided to remove the incline and just have a straight tunnel. So after cutting some wood and cutting up more polystyrene, we’re all on one level again. I’ve soldered the power pack to the track to hide nasty wires and I’ve begun to plan the layout for scenery.

Here are photographs from today’s work.

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Not the best picture but here is some soldering for you, the trains were most pleased that they could move again.

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The incline is no more, nice flat track and the tunnel sides. These will be painted black but possibly sanded down before (Thanks Smallman28)

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A train viewing my handy work, not too impressed. “I have to go through that?”

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The layout of Lodge Valley village. The city of Minas Tirith will not be a full time resident once the layout is “complete”.

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B1 61000 ‘Springbok’ exits the new tunnel. The Daleks, masters of Earth, survey progress in the background.

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‘Springbok’ pulls into the empty Lodge Valley station. “Closed for refurbishment”

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Since there was no one waiting at the station, ‘Springbok’ pulls into a siding in black and white (oooo, steady now).

More to come over the week, I won an item on eBay today for the layout so I’ll take a nice photo to show you all once it arrives.

In the meantime, enjoy life…

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Re: BomBaDillic's new 00 layout - Lodge Valley

Postby bombadillic » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:22 am

Nothing much to report today. Things got a bit messy last night as I started with the paper mashe so I'll post a picture up later :)

In other news, the insides of the tunnel are sandpapered, all I need now is black paint *sigh*

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