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Minimal 00 - Longer Trains! P11.

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:22 pm
by whynot
Now beyond Planning and, in essentials, Constructed. The join between the two 5' x 15" boards is obvious - and while not foldable it is transportable. Should I raise the cash to move it into the garage then "any" length can be inserted between the two ends, into an L or a U shape.

Some of the siding ends need simple on/off switches adding into the wiring for loco release, but it all runs - rather to my amazement. All electro-frogs seems to be a great help to good running - a Hornby Austerity and Bachmann Pannier.

Slow progress, but very much my second string hobby at present. And I have to THINK about it!

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Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:04 pm
by RubyRubyRuby
Looking good

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:20 pm
by f1_mw
Looking good, but I think those passengers are over scale ;)

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Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:28 pm
by whynot
"Looking good, but I think those passengers are over scale ;)" Ah, but look at the 70' long fern fronds just beyond the "boundary"!

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:40 pm
by whynot
Not much progress since last October - it's cold in the "conservatory" and I've been busy slowly tidying the garage and sorting and selling old bike bits! But I've built some kits in the warmth and made a removeable 9" section/break that bolts between the two 5' boards. It visually separates the two "ends" and provides a shunting neck (?) for both. The principle could be extended to "any" length should I move it into the garage some time.

With 7 track feeds (5 isolated by simple on/off switches) could hold a lot of locos! I think I should have put a run-round in the non-station/hidden sidings end, altho' it would be very short! Easy to alter track work if I decide to do so. Anyway it all runs really much better than I expected, so I shall keep at it!

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Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:15 pm
by Si_Donal
It's looking good. Is there a hint of welsh terminus there?

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:59 am
by Dragonfly
Very nice. I especially like the hack-and-bashed Hornby building. =)

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:54 pm
by whynot
The "Welsh" flavour bit of an historical accident - I found some rolling stock that I'd built about 20 years ago and had thought lost! And the world is full of "GWR" branch termini for plans/inspiration. And, yes, I quite like the liveries and locos - but it will be more of a non-prototype mix eventually I suspect.

The bashed back-scene/hiding wall was from a partly broken kit on ebay that I thought would do the job at a minimal price. Needs the roof lines relief to be improved, but occupies little more space than just a blank wall!

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:26 pm
by whynot
Arrival of 2nd of B Set pair and a few little chaps. And toned down the only 2 RTR wagons (dilute acrylic seems to do the job!).

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Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:18 pm
by whynot
I think that the Chairman prefers goods stock...The Goods Preservation Society (sing to the Italian Job!) Open Day is held there:

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Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:03 pm
by whynot
Slow and cheap progress! Some grass and a wall!

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Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:47 pm
by Dad-1
Slow but steady progress - Nothing wrong with that.
I see the gnomes are happy so you must be doing a good job !!

MMmm grass - unless I'm mistaken those are pan-scrubs ? Perhaps not the most convincing grass, although OK if you're a good carpet fitter ?
Have you thought about using nice 'flock' scatter ?? I think the basic idea deserves better, particularly those Pugs !!
Always best to practice on smaller layout, so you're ready when the BIG one comes ?!

Geoff T.

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 9:59 am
by whynot
Not the slightest bit mistaken - Wilko's finest pan scourers! With a misting of £savers grey primer!

Partly cos I'm a bit skint following a ruinously expensive holiday and partly cos I'm still undecided as to where/what form it will all eventually take. So minimise the costs, learn some stuff and make it all easily salvageable for a major re-think (e.g. none of the track is held down by more than a few veneer pins).

Depending on costs it might all go into the garage and become a 12x8 round-and-round (and the garage needs WINDOWS!). Just practicing really - but it has to be operable and look more than just track and a board if I am to keep my (and the gnomes') interest.

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 11:18 am
by whynot
Ah well, any further progress on this that costs more than a few pence a week on hold for at least a year (thanks to the wife's family's inter-generational financial mismanagement - free advice to everyone - MAKE A WILL, leave assets not liabilities). Wilko's scourers will look like an extravagence!

Cereal packets and cheap sandpaper and paints from the 99p Shop will have to cope with scenics....Individual thin card slabs should improve the platform surface for starters.

Re: Minimal 00 - Cont'd!

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 1:23 pm
by buz
hi
Only my opinion but I think it's time to get extravagant :D .
And buy a pot of citadel camo green and give the scourer a bit of a dry brush with some of that,
to get rid of the mono tone green.
I like the ingenuity going into this layout with materials and the fact its not an out of the box job
card can be made into all sorts of things its just a case of working out how.
cereal box is a good free source of the material.
Nothing wrong with taking your time about it that way you get to enjoy the layout as it progresses.
Problem solving and design is a lot easier and even enjoyable at a relaxed pace.
The journey is just as important as the destination to the enjoyment of this hobby
regards John