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Hood-dale Main - V3 is imminent!!!

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:26 pm
by tractor37
Hi... Been threatening to start a layout thread for a while so here we go.. Be gentle! :D

Hood-dale Main is a fictional large industrial biased town in the heart of the Yorkshire Ridings. It is a busy area with large amounts of main line traffic from all areas passing through with a good range of freight workings. Passenger services are also aplenty with HST's, railtours and dmu's stopping and passing. Mail trains are also in evidence to. (so expect to see multiple eras and regions!)

I'm primarily trying to model the late 80's early 90's but obviously with it being my layout there is allowances on the period with rather a good slice of artistic license thrown in! The layout is loft based and basically a round and round, 3 sides scenic and one as an extended fiddle yard. The layout is 17ft9" long and 13ft8" wide. varying from 2 to 4 ft deep. It is mainly on one level but the scenery does rise and fall around it to create scenic interest.
I am working on a rather large town area, industrial estate, motive power depot and station area which is about 7ft long.

Right, lets have some photos, thats what you're looking for isn't it? lol... :D

This is the view down the main scenic length of the loft apart from a few feet beneath the camera.
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Looking down to the diesel shed and the small industrial units at the boards front edge.
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The diesel depot.
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Rear view of the shed from the town cutting.
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A couple of 37's on shed.
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Industrial units at the fornt looking across to the station which is currently in works.
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Murder most foul in idyllic Hood-dale.
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Possibly the suspect!
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One of my beloved Vitrains 37's.
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And the latest one....
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A bit of mood lighting in the lower town area.
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A quick overview of the lower town area in works..
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So thats all I've got in the way of photos for now, more to follow shortly...

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:02 am
by thomasg87
Hi
Always great to see another layout arrive to the forum!
Looking great, I love the space and especially the sweeping curve of the lines around the Traction Maintenance Depot :D
Excellent pics of the crime scene and the suspect :mrgreen: :lol:
Looking forward to seeing more,

Cheers,
Thomas

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:49 am
by DrStroganoff
Hi fikasfook,

Thats a great layout you've got there, how long have you been working on it ?

Great collection of stock, and some great attention to detail. The lighting looks really good too.

I like your diesel brake tender, is it a Genesis kit ?

Be sure to post more photos!

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:34 pm
by tractor37
Hello DrStroganoff... Thanks for the comments, I certainly shall be posting more as and when. The layout has been in this incarnation for about 3 months now the baseboards have been down for nearly a year with nothing really done to them until this January!
As for the diesel brake tender, not sure if its a genesis kit or not, got it cheap on fleabay a while ago, just need the fox transfers to give it some life, may repaint it blue aswell... Won't really use it, just looks good sat in a siding like it is. One end is detailed with vac pipes, 3 link coupling etc...

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:47 pm
by cmeonthemove
Wow you did all that in 3 months? Impressive! That's one big layout and some great photos and cameo scenes you have in place. There's certainly plenty to catch the eye.

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:19 pm
by cosxr2i
looking good pal ,as you know im jealous as hell ,keep working on it mate and keep the piccies coming :mrgreen:

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:25 pm
by tractor37
cmeonthemove wrote:Wow you did all that in 3 months? Impressive! That's one big layout and some great photos and cameo scenes you have in place. There's certainly plenty to catch the eye.


Glad you approving of the humble beginnings. I'd have got much more done thatn this but was a proper lazy b*&^%$d during March! I look at others on here and think mine is quite pitiful so far!

And as for you cosxr2i what you whinging for lol.. You got a bare board to work wonders with, a great looking A4 from some great guy on here and a wife who wants to make you models! Can't be bad at all... :D

Jas..

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:36 pm
by Dad-1
Very Nice fikasfook,
(like the name BTW)

Silly thing that caught my eye was the insulated roof ...... so with no excuses for too cold, or too hot !!
We all look forward to this developing. That should keep you (and us) going for years.
Certainly impressive for first postings.

Geoff T.

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:48 pm
by tractor37
Hi Geoff... Use the name on everything, usually raises a chuckle! :D
Yup keeps the roof space in a reasonable temperature most of the time, wouldn't want any excuses for not gettin in the loft now would I?
And many thanks. Nice to know I'm starting on the right track (and the left and various sidings!!!)

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:57 pm
by cmeonthemove
fikasfook wrote:And as for you cosxr2i what you whinging for lol.. You got a bare board to work wonders with, a great looking A4 from some great guy on here and a wife who wants to make you models! Can't be bad at all... :D

Jas..


Now THAT'S something to be jealous of! :lol:

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:59 pm
by cmeonthemove
fikasfook wrote:A bit of mood lighting in the lower town area.
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I really love this pic. Just needs a couple of no-hopers spraying graffiti on the walls...

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:03 pm
by tractor37
Will the other side of the underpass suffice? lol...
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Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:08 pm
by cosxr2i
lol nice on jas,yeah i get your point il quit me whinging lol,still want the space you got though lol
as for her model well we shall see ,dont tell her but im slightly worried its better than mine lol
cracking layout fella be nice with a velux in eh lol :mrgreen:

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:28 pm
by mikem64
Some cracking work done on this layout, believe this one will be a layout to watch as it developes.

Love it.

Mike.

Re: Hood-dale Main - My first attempt at a layout!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:28 pm
by tractor37
lol, your fault for picking a house with a trussed roof!!! :P How's she getting on with the model then?