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Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:49 pm
by StevieDay
Hi guys,
Thanks very much for your kind comments, it makes the effort all that more worthwhile.

@Paul.....Yes I remember you excellent Welton layout, such quick development, yet of great quality. Good luck with your new n-gauge layout, will keep my eyes peeled for it.

@Mika.....I didnt measure out the ratio, it just by eye. But on reflection I'd say about 3:1 water to tube paint & the scores need to be reasonably deep to hold the paint, leave paint 1 to 2 mins to dry & wipe with a dry cloth. Dont use tissue its too absorbant.
The main factors though I'd say are; Paint to water ratio, drying time & temperature. On looking back I should have done a test piece to find best drying time.
But if it does over dried like I did. The excess paint can be removed using a cocktail stick that has been shaped into the type of flat ended stick that women use to remove nail cuticles.

@ Mark..... Yep I'll send him over, he's a bit frail, grumpy & likes to take his time :lol: :lol: :lol:
And I'll post an up to date picture of the view you requested. Damn means all the bits to be done will be in view :lol: :lol: :lol:
I actually started the layout 6yrs ago & joined the forum 2yrs ago. Been a bit slow over last couple of yrs for various reasons.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:56 pm
by StevieDay
Nearly forgot to say. Its brillant layouts of the likes of Mark, Paul, Phil C, Jim & a number of others. They show what can be done & inspires me to try new things. Then they raise the bar higher to new heights & we have to try to follow.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:15 am
by Eastern
Wonderful modelling - I am really impressed with the garden and green house especially how it fits so well into the layout. I also like the flow of the roads and houses - the bungalow looks very well kept with all the flowers and it's in N guage to boot!
Talk about raising the bar! - I think you've just done that!

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:34 am
by StevieDay
Thanks Eastern, thats very kind of you.
Others like Southern Boy set it & the challenge for us is to follow. If wasnt for this site I wouldnt tried to make half the items on the layout.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:00 am
by StevieDay
SouthernBoy wrote:Well I've been back and read-through from the start - I can't believe it's only two years ago you started this layout - you must be really pleased with how much you've achieved in such a short time!

And I've a special request ... I'd love to see a few pictures taken from the operator's perspective - it will be interesting for instance to see how the view below compares to an overview of the same scene now :)


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Hi mate here's the up to date pictures of the view you posted.

This one I think closest match of elevation. But the high point of hill obscures view. Top of hill is 103 scale ft above the river.
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This higher elavation is a better view. But camera gives a false sense of depth, making it look longer than actually is.
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As from the operators view, these photos are panning right to left. Cleared most of clutter away to show worts & all :lol: :lol: :lol:
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As you can see there's loads more work still to do.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:47 pm
by SouthernBoy
Thanks Steve,

Sometimes with close-up pictures and general views it's difficult to know exactly where you are in terms of the big overview ... but now I can picture myself in that helicopter zooming in on the more detailed scenes as you present them.

I have to say the panoramas are quite impressive - and remind me of what a really neatly designed layout this is in terms of track-plan as well as scenics.

"Others like Southern Boy set it & the challenge for us is to follow."
Erm, and don't forget the N gauge watering can - now if that's not setting a standard I don't know what is! :)

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:32 am
by luckymucklebackit
Hi Steve - The layout is looking really great, that is my kind of layout (as you might expect). Those last two views realy give a great impression of distance. Thank God I didn't get into N gauge when I returned to the hobby, lord only knows what sort of convoluted track plan I would have ended up with :)

Any plans to expand?

Jim

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:45 pm
by StevieDay
Your welcome Mark. I agree having an over view of the layout gives the viewer a better understanding of the OPs plans. Although I'm as guilty as everyone else when submitting photos, in focussing on the bits completed or near complete & hiding the parts yet to be done :lol: :lol:

Thanks re the watering can, it was fiddly the 1st attempt fell apart when I painted it :o :lol: As to setting the bar your construction of your buildings & detailing most certainly sets it high.

Hi Jim,
Thanks for your kind comments. Yes I do have plans to expand, but this'll be when money & space will allow. I would like to extend the terminus end by up to 3ft so that platforms 1 to 4 become through lines, looping round to a lower level. This area would also be part covered by streets & buildings to hide most of the loop. Platforms 5 - 7 and goods yard would remain terminated. Though scope to extend at least one siding & maybe add another.
I'd also have the single line, that currently loops round via a tunnel, split & diverted under the terminus station & loop round to join the 4 extended lines. I'd also have some sidings in this location so it can also act as a fiddle yard. The main lines then rejoining where the church is.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:48 pm
by retroman
Just found this layout for the first time.

It is delightful. Some of the detailing is first class.

I couldn't cope with N gauge, far too small - more power to you!

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:17 pm
by StevieDay
Evening peeps,
Haven't been on here for quite a while. Lot been happening - Back in work for last 6mths, started beekeeping & helping a friend with his saffron growing.

Due to being busy with the above & also planning to move, little has happened with the layout. Except for a bit of work on garden of other house & fencing next to the bridleway.
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And a close up of fencing
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Plenty more needs adding to this part of the scene, undergrowth bushes & trees.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:26 pm
by skyblue
The detailing and overall appearance of this layout is first class. I think you've got the rolling hills just right - too often model railways have sharp peaks in my opinions - but this is just right.

Re: Rayne St, Fictional N-Gauge Layout - Update 22/01/13

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:31 pm
by SouthernBoy
Excellent work there Steve - your scenics are really convincing.

Will you be able to take the layout with you when you move or will it be a new start?