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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:48 pm

It's a great medium to build with GeraldH.
It's like Lego for modellers. :mrgreen:
(I will point out that the yard office above is actually a plastic kit from Ratio though, free with Jan's Railway Modeller magazine) :wink:
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Postby Dublo » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:14 pm

[quote="GeraldH"]I love the imaginative use of Linka. I've always found the roofing moulds to be the trickiest ones to get a good result, as the gaps between the moulds seem more obvious. I have more recently smeared a bit of polyfilla onto the gaps and then scribed it out once it's dry. It's a bit of a fiddle though.[/quote

Sorry End2 I dont want to take over your thread, but in answer to Gerald I have a Scalecast mould that will cast a single unit for an average sized roof. There are several different styles in their current range.

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Postby End2end » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:47 pm

Stupidly I just realised..... I've forgotton to add the guttering and drainpipes to the yard office. :lol:
So not quite finished after all.
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Postby End2end » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:54 pm

In reply to GeraldH, you could always substitute the roof tiles will Wills or Slaters (et al) plastic roof sheets instead of using the thick Linka roof tiles.
I haven't tried it myself but they would definatly be thinner and possibly easier to hide the gaps.
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Postby End2end » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:32 pm

Last weekend I managed to get 2 out of the 4 baseboards constructed. They are 57 inches long, waist height and quite unwieldy but nothing compared to the front and rear boards still left to do at 8 foot a piece. :shock:
My idea is to stand one of the 57 inch side baseboards upright on it's end with the front baseboard standing on it's side next to it. Clamp them together and drill the basebaord alingment holes in the correct places and bolt them together. Once this is done I can then detatch the front baseboard and add it's legs and bracings.
I'll then do the same with the rear baseboard.
But .....I've run out of wood for the bracings and I cannot clear enough space in the railway room to do it until a friend who will be visiting this week leaves.

Hopefully I can get my free wood man to deliver what I need within a week or so and I can finish and get some more track down.
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Postby Bufferstop » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:25 pm

What I do is when making the first of a pair of boards, is clamp the matching end of the next board to it. Drill the holes for the dowels, mark up the extra piece for which way up and around, then fasten it to the second board during construction.
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Postby End2end » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:48 pm

That's the plan Bufferstop except that once I have aligned 2 baseboards and drilled and added the baseboard connecting bolts (with washers and wing nuts, instead of dowels) I need to disconnect the baseboards to add the legs to the front and rear boards.
It would have been easier to add all the legs and bracing to all baseboards then connect them all together but I don't physically have the space.

This way, by standing one up on end and the other lying on it's side, I can clamp them and get the baseboard tops aligned properly without the worry of the uneven floor.
I'm still not quite sure how to get ALL baseboards level over the whole layout but whichever way, the adjustable feet can be moved up or down a fair amount.
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Postby glencairn » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:37 am

It all sounds complicated, End2end. I was, and still am, useless at woodwork. Thank goodness I had my son building my baseboards.

Carry on. Upwards and onwards as they say.

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Postby End2end » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:48 am

So am I glencairn. That's why it's taken so long. First I had to find the courage. :lol:
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Postby End2end » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:10 pm

Just a quick update on St. Blazey's.
I have almost finished adding the bracing to the 3rd baseboard but fate being what it is......I've run out of the correct size screws. :roll:
Hopefully if I contact my free wood man I should hopefully have them by tommorrow evening.
I've also underestimated how much wood I need to finish. I had six 8 foot lengths delivered on Tuesday but after cutting them for the bracings I can see that I don't have enough left over to finish all the baseboards.
This is what I get, designing 2 of the basebaords 8 feet long. :lol:

So nothing left to do at the moment except sit and wait...... and read the forum. :mrgreen:
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Postby Dad-1 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:44 pm

"Quote"
First I had to find the courage.
Thought you did that years ago !! It's confidence that slips a little sometimes.
I do like the Russian buildings, a nice rustic look suitable for British backwoods.

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Postby End2end » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:09 pm

Only on the modelling side Dad-1. My total lack of skills in some areas has caused the delay so I've done everything backwards, modelling buildings before they have somewhere to go. :lol:
I'm looking forward to getting more track down on the 3 new boards and running some trains after the layout change FINALLY. :mrgreen:
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Postby End2end » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:28 pm

Well it's been a busy week down at St. Blazey's.
I have completed all the baseboards and all 4 are bolted together, installed the DCC bus, common return wire (for the point motors) and 2 lighting bus's and I've also removed the unnecessary track upto where I have to remove the previous ballast first.
Some is right at the edge of the original baseboard. I need to remove it as the curves will start on the front board.
No pictures as yet but I will try to add some soon.

Off to Sandown racecourse tomorrow for a large toy and train fair and out wandering on Sunday so not much will get done over the weekend but FINALLY I have a complete baseboard (again). :mrgreen:
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Postby End2end » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:14 pm

I managed to grab 3 items from the Sandown toy fair. The new 2020 Hornby catalogue for £8.50 (I first saw it for £10 near the door but decided to hold off buying it before finding it for £8.50 from another seller), a Bachmann "Penzance" brakevan and a Hornby R6082 GWR container and conflat.
After getting them home I realised the Hornby conflat has the horrible clip on couplings so I will resell it rather then butcher it to take NEM couplings. :roll:
Next weekend there are toy / train fairs in Herne Bay on Saturday and Worthing on Sunday.
I'll probably only visit the one on Sunday.
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Postby End2end » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:39 am

I've ordered a filling knife and some acetone to remove the tracks and any superglue residue left on them although I am still waiting on the acetone.
Whilst waiting I have been replanning some of the track work now I can lay the pieces out to see the actual size. I was trying to fit 6 tracks on the rear board for storage and the run through tracks but I just couldn't fit them in so another idea was formed.
I've also taken a look at the front boards track work and (although not exact lengths planned) I will be able to add more length to the sidings.
I've had to make 2 plans as I only use the free version of SCARM so cannot layout ALL the track in one project.

This is what the plan looks like now (All the red track are the new changes)
Rear baseboard - top picture
Front baseboard - bottom picture

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I'm not sure if I need the 2 points in red at the top left hand corner of the rear baseboard but I definatly need the ones on the top right as this will facilitate any dual direction train (dmu / bubble car etc) being able to change tracks and thus direction "off scene".
Also, by adding points to innermost siding I've gained 4 more sidings. :mrgreen: I've checked the length of a Peco ST200 (which shows in the plan at the end of the shortest 2 sidings) and this can fit most locos on but the siding can be even extended slightly.
I might even bring all those innermost sidings on the rear baseboard (in red) out and in front of the rear scenery, leaving the rest hidden under the rear scenery.

Moving onto the front baseboard, I have changed the right hand sidings so there is a run around. I'm thinking to add one of the freight buildings here which means locos would get trapped in the siding if there wasn't a run around.

On the left hand side I've extended the front track (which was going to be a termination platform for the Dmu / Bubblecar etc) into 2 sidings. I think the engine shed will go here as this will not interfere with the main running lines but with enough siding length to move a loco from one siding to the other without conflicting with any train sat at the station on the entry track to these 2 sidings.

Think that's it for the moment.
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