Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Dave » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:07 pm

glencairn wrote:What did/do you use for the icy frost?

For ice I use neat PVA, the snow is cheap talcum powder... makes the layout smell nice for a while :lol:

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby glencairn » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:07 pm

Dave wrote:
glencairn wrote:What did/do you use for the icy frost?

For ice I use neat PVA, the snow is cheap talcum powder... makes the layout smell nice for a while :lol:

Thanks Dave. I shall give it a go on part of my layout.

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Mountain » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:01 am

Lovely scenic bits. Some of my favourite memories of working trains were of working the Carmarthen to Westbury services with a class 143 in frosty winter mornings. The lovely sunrize and frost scenes and the thrill of the 143 out accelerating and catching up with the HST in front. The gathering of local passengers to positions above the five heaters while the crafts came through the six doors.... The old bus type seats rattling as we approached warp speed... (Well over the 75 mph the units were designed for.... Well into the 80's!) and the shaking of the rear carriage which took place just short of 80 mph... Such beautiful memories that would be hard to repeat again...

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Dave » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:15 am

Probably too big to be called a micro, but with a 5' x 18" one piece scenic section designed to fit in the back of the family car, it was still portable. It was rushed into service for my Club show before I had chance to finish the back scene. I moved house shortly afterwards and scrapped it in the process.

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:26 am

The piles of anonymous bits and pieces have captured the randomness of the real thing. Creating random is tough no matter what it's in, that's a real special skill you have Dave.
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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Dave » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:49 pm

Thanks John, I find building scrap piles very therapeutic :lol:

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Dave » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:11 pm

I decided to try something a bit different and took a couple of years of messing around to produce a true micro that would not only fit, but could be operated on a shelf in a cupboard. The scenic section is 24 inches. The track is hand built with rail soldered direct onto PCB sleepers. All the stonework is hand scribed onto foamex board. The small traverser on the left will hold a shunter and a single wagon.

In theory I can walk into the room open the door, plug the controller in and enjoy half an hour of shuffling the loco around... Would I go to all this trouble again? Probably not.

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby mumbles » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:27 pm

Great stuff again. I think it is really easy to make micro layouts look contrived and yours never do. They always look like the railway should be in the small space and there is always some space they are in. Excellent!

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby TimberSurf » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:09 pm

May not be much to play with, but makes a great "Photo studio" :D
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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby col_kilgore » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:01 pm

Wow , obviously I recognise "Bridge St " from Rmweb , but I have never seen the other layouts you have done , I love the scrapyard modelling on the 5ft layout .

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby m.levin » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:03 pm

As always Dave, your skills inspire me and I look up to you as a modelling father

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Dave » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:05 pm

col_kilgore wrote: I recognise "Bridge St " from Rmweb

I still follow your Tabletop project on the other channel, and am very envious of your 'yellow' Class 4. Thanks for the complements on my other projects

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby Dave » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:07 pm

m.levin wrote: I look up to you as a modelling father

Cheers Son :lol: I have never managed anything as good as Levington though.

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Re: Dave's Diorama and Micro Thread

Postby m.levin » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:27 pm

Livingston was just an amateur layout :wink:


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