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mark22c
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first layout

Postby mark22c » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:13 am

hi, just a few pics of my layout in progress, a lot to do yet but at least the track is sorted i hope as i've allready ripped it up twice!
i started in jan this year after recieving a set from my partner on my birthday. its 00gauge and allthough started as an 8'x4' layout has grown to 10'x4 with the addition of a 2' folding section. the layout is designed to be taken down into four managable sections including the folding part .points are controlled via model aircraft "snakes" as can be seen in the pics and it works rather well and was a lot cheaper than using point motors.
i think i have the track as i want now and hope it looks reasonably realistic, i added a short runaround yesterday allong with an extra siding for my small engine shed and i am going to partition off the rear of the layout so the fiddle yard/trian park is out off sight leaving me with a 10'x 2.8' approx scenic section at the front
any comments/help or advise welcome.
the head shunt does work as a single wire feed was taken from the adjoining track alowing operation with the point switched

mark
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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:16 am

image showing point control snakes, just two working at the moment.
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Re: first layout

Postby mattmay05 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:21 am

great stuff, nice progress so far, keep us posted!

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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:08 pm

will do :wink:

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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:42 am

i had a go making a few tree's using off cuts of wire twisted together, the one on the right is yet to recieve foliage. the smaller one on the left looks a little too round i think and was the first i made.
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Re: first layout

Postby mattmay05 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:53 pm

look great to me! very realistic

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Re: first layout

Postby Black-Marlin » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:17 pm

Those trees are brilliant! :D

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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:28 pm

just finnished the last of the ballasting going into the tunnel. not sure what to do with the card tunnel kit as its a bit plain, trouble is i went out and bought a bunch of card kits without actually having built one or knowing what they were like and now prefer the plastic kits :roll:
note the tunnel had to be expanded by just under an inch to allow enough clearance around the curve
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Re: first layout

Postby barks » Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:42 pm

great start!

love the ballasting, it heaps up just right, the first ballasting i did was good but too neat, i also just started heaping it up and it adds some interest to it.

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barks :D
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Re: first layout

Postby frolly » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:15 pm

Looking Good

I like the trees!
Frolly from Derby

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Re: first layout

Postby bizzyd6405 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:50 pm

just started looking at this thread and it looks good those trees are amazing
keep up the good work

cheers

Darren

mark22c
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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:33 pm

thanks, the trees are a bit fiddly to make and i need quite a few more so will just knock a few out when i get the chance.
i've just started on the scenic back board which will run the length of the layout to hide the fiddle yard.
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Re: first layout

Postby Kentman98 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:43 pm

Hi,

What you have done so far looks excellent. As others have said the tree's look very realistic. I would not be too unhappy with the first ones you did, from the shot you posted they look the business.

I know what you mean about cardboard kits. I too have discovered I prefer plastic as the walls give a better impression of depth. Also, you can have more then one attempt at weathering them :) However that tunnel portal looks ok. I am sure that when you have completed the scenery in that area it will not stand out as much as you think it does now.

I am particulary impressed that you have ballasted as far as you have inside the tunnel, that is true dedication for you :)

Keep up the good work, I am looking forward to seeing more progress
Trev

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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:01 pm

the scenic backboard completed
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Re: first layout

Postby mark22c » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:09 pm

behind the scenes isnt that pretty as i had to use up scrap wood to keep the escalating costs down but hey its solid and works
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