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

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

Postby End2end » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:04 pm

So where are we up to?
The control panel has not yet arrived. I did manage to purchase the Langley road over bridge which I will use as the former to make a mould but layout funds have reached basically zero at the moment and I will need to wait to buy the RTV Silicone.

I've also purchased a single sheet of Linka windows for £1.50, a Trix HO/OO wheel cleaner that's hopefully better than the Tidy Track version for my older loco's for £8.10, a bundle of model railway dvd's to watch and the long screwdriver I needed for the point motor in limited access space which has now been properly secured under the baseboard.

Everything's basically on hold on the main layout build for the moment until I receive the control panel to work on and then start wiring it up to the layout.
I have dug out my Dart Castings A22 Donkey and L44 Farm tip cart, washed and fettled it ready to start building. I will use superglue to stick it together but I haven't actually built it yet. It's going to be a little cameo from a book we've read so I need to make sure I get the colours right according to the book. :D
I think that's it for now.
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Postby End2end » Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:56 pm

Here is the Dart Castings Donkey and Farm cart kit now completed.
I won't weather it as, according to the book from where the original idea came from, it gets a bright new sky blue paint job and "Darkie" gets a new set of red reins.
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I still need to add an adventurous old woman, a seat for her to sit on in the cart and a cat but I haven't decided which yet from the set I have.

And on that note, Marley the Station Master's Cat has a new apprentice!
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ARCHie. :mrgreen:
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Postby Dublo » Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:41 pm

You've done a nice job on the Donkey and Cart End2.
Aha a new Furry Controller learning the ropes. Its a wonder ours still has all his nine lives persistently interfering with Scalpels, Soldering Irons, Knitting Needles etc.

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Postby Dad-1 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:35 pm

Adventurous old woman, MMmmm I wonder if the wife would do ?

This hobby is full of never ending options.

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

Postby Alexander Court » Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:21 pm

Such a cute little cat!

That donkey reminds me of the replica one that used to be outside the Waterville Inn just up the road but it's cart (a real one, the donkey is fibreglass I think) is red or orange. Looks great though.

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Postby End2end » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:21 pm

Thanks for the comments members. :)
The control panel finally arrived and I have been painting it before cutting any holes or adding any electronics.
A couple of more purchases, the Hornby year book No.3, a pack of 2 DETAIL MATTERS old road sign posts and a Trix 00 wheel cleaner.
I also got a letter from the tax man with an almost £3800 refund. BONUS! :lol:
That should cover the cost os other things I want to buy at moment including the silicon I need to make the bridge mould I want.
I think that's it for the moment. Back to running some trains. :arrow: :mrgreen:
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Postby Peterm » Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:43 am

Begging letter on it's way. :wink:
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Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:15 am

End2end wrote:I also got a letter from the tax man with an almost £3800 refund. BONUS! :lol:

Wow, a nice sum indeed :D. I'm hoping for a small refund from last year as I reduced my hours partway through the financial year, but not expecting that much unfortunately!!!
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Postby End2end » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:08 pm

I't's almost a life mantra PNP. "Work a little, earn a lot" No I'm not a bank robber. :lol:
I've completed the painting of the new control panel in brown and cream but want to varnish it too before committing any plan or components to it.
I've ordered a can of Army Painter matt varnish for my vehicles to take shine down on them and also a couple of 3D printed old style wheelbarrows and have also revisited the RTV Silicone website wondering whether I should buy 1Kg for the bridge mould I want to create instead of my initial thinking of 500g. I'd rather have more than I need. I also need to find a suitable container to make the mould in but there's no rush as I won't need the bridges for a while yet.

I think that's all for the moment. I'm off out into the sun. :D
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Postby End2end » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:48 am

I've now completed the main painting on the control panel with just the fascia design and varnishing over left to do. Then I can start to add all the LED's and switches.
I've also added a shelf for the control panel and my Signa-Trak DCC controller including all 4 handsets and cut matching holes in both the rear of the control panel and the side of the layout for the wiring to pass through.
Now the main controller is once again setup and the wiring cable tied to the layouts underframe the only other thing i've been doing is playing.... er...I mean...running trains. :mrgreen:

My 3D printed wheelbarrows finally turned up. When I ordered them I didn't realise the seller was on holiday so they took a little while to arrive but I'm very pleased with them.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:45 pm

Hmm something's gone awry. :? One of the new add on handsets I bought in August for my dcc controller has started doing strange things. When I plug it into the main controller the main controllers screen goes blank. I've tried it in another port and on and using a different cable and can definitely confirm its the handset itself. I called Signa-trak today and left a message but will contact them again to get it sorted.
In the meantime I have now removed all the LED's from the original control panel but have yet to remove the actual switches. As they are numbered I want to leave them in the original control panel until the very last as I have not yet managed to get the control panel diagram printed to use as an overlay template for the new panel.
I seem to have developed some sort of vertigo so can't get under the layout at the moment to wire up anything else as it has to be done upside down which spins my head all over the place like being over inebriated. :P :lol:
I keep looking at the layout thinking, could squeeze one or two more sidings in? I'd better make that decision soon!.. well, as least after much playi - er, I mean.... testing. :lol:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby heda » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:32 pm

My wife suffered with vertigo a year or two ago, went to the doctor who explained that there are crystals in your inner ear that control your balance, they can move out of position (or something like that) which gives you the vertigo. A couple of sessions of moving the head in certain positions put the crystals back in place which cured the problem for a while but it returned. So after the second session visited an ENT specialist who removed a lump of wax from one of her ears, problem solved.
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Postby End2end » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:33 am

Yes that's what my doctor said too heda. I actually tried the olive oil method yesterday. It worked somewhat but I'm going to do it again.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby Mountain » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:56 am

Ooh. Mould making. Reminds me. I could do with buying some more resin moulding stuff as I ran out ages ago... I enjoyed working with resin.

I expect the same moulds would work with plaster as well? got me thinking... :D

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Postby End2end » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:55 pm

Well that's it. Mind made up. Yes I want 2 more sidings. It means lifting some of the track to add more but as none of it is ballasted in the area they are to be added, it easy enough once I have the track pieces I need.
I've also made slight inroads into lowering the control panel shelf I originally added. It was just too high. I called my free wood man and he delivered the 2 pieces I needed the same day. I've cut one of the pieces already to go around the layout underframe and just need to do the other before I can screw them in.

I placed my railway buildings in the places I think they will go but I somehow seem to have one more building/shed than I have space for at the moment. This concreted my decision to add more sidings.

I also sent off the faulty add-on handset on Monday and wait to hear from Signa-Trak about it.
Nothing else on the building front at the moment but I'm enjoying running trains. :mrgreen:
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