8x4 roundy round

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby BuffyMcBuffer » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:54 am

joshv8 wrote:Took a bit of cursing trying to get long stock to clear the platform coming around the loop line but I have platforms! Giving an overview of the layout the stations in place, the rear right corner the majority of the foams taking shape. The cut out for the rivers in place and the unweathered support under the viaduct, and the girder bridge is taking shape as well. I decided to keep with my original track plan and not add any extra facing points. While yes it would allow for more interest, clearance with the platforms was an issue and as said, its more genuine without them.
The peco tunnel mouths are sitting basically in place.
As I never had a drawn out plan (it was in my noggin) the scenic overview is as follows....

Tunneled section at the close end, flowing down into the valley area. This is to visuually break the rounded track. It must flow in though, I dont want it to look 'stuck on'.

Over the hill/ tunnel a road will come down and work along the valley edge all the way up to where the water tower is sitting. There will be a crossing here allowing access to the goods area also.

The harder to fit in part... Between the station and the road I want a row of maybe 4-5 terraced shops. The idea being the station and the shops are there to service local homes and farms.

This is the basic outline. Hopefully adding in some more life and features as it progresses and space allows. My next plans are to work on the terraced shops, once I know where theyre going, I can plan the remainder of the scenery around it. I hope everyone enjoys the progress and any thoughts on continuing scenery and what to add would be great. Im looking foward to getting some of my engines running around.
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wow this looks great! all coming together nicely will look even better once you get some grass and even balast down! then just think what it'll be like once you start adding more touches in there like the buildings, fences and walls, think your little man is going to love seeing james appear and disappear behind buildings and through that tunnel!

keep the momentum going!

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:08 pm

BuffyMcBuffer wrote:wow this looks great! all coming together nicely will look even better once you get some grass and even balast down! then just think what it'll be like once you start adding more touches in there like the buildings, fences and walls, think your little man is going to love seeing james appear and disappear behind buildings and through that tunnel!

keep the momentum going!


Thank you. It should look good once colours get in place as you say of grass etc. Its all a bit snowed out at the moment haha. Im hoping I pull the ballast off ok. I did it successfully many years ago by masking either side of the track and pulling it up once the ballast was down to give a clean edge. It worked well at the time. I dont know if theres better techniques for this now?
The young fella has enjoyed just running trains around but as you say once everythings in place it should free up his imagination a bit more!

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby BuffyMcBuffer » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:32 pm

joshv8 wrote:
BuffyMcBuffer wrote:wow this looks great! all coming together nicely will look even better once you get some grass and even balast down! then just think what it'll be like once you start adding more touches in there like the buildings, fences and walls, think your little man is going to love seeing james appear and disappear behind buildings and through that tunnel!

keep the momentum going!


Thank you. It should look good once colours get in place as you say of grass etc. Its all a bit snowed out at the moment haha. Im hoping I pull the ballast off ok. I did it successfully many years ago by masking either side of the track and pulling it up once the ballast was down to give a clean edge. It worked well at the time. I dont know if theres better techniques for this now?
The young fella has enjoyed just running trains around but as you say once everythings in place it should free up his imagination a bit more!


well "if it ain't broke don't fix it" when it comes to the ballast laying

I'm finding the same with my little man, he just likes the trains going round with no scenery atm the moment!? but hey it's their imaginations that are working and he is happy

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:59 am

Spent most of my spare time this week drawing up the terraced shops. Still need to draw and cut the roof and detailing parts, window frames, doors etc.
Ill be able to do a basic assembly with these parts though and work out were some of our other scenery is to go. Im showing a couple of closeups so you can see the bond on the brick work.
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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:39 am

Humble beginnings! There smaller length wise than I envisioned... might have to add more!
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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby Chops » Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:11 am

Drat, I cannot open the Camaringo links. I'll have to take your word on it. You say you "drew up" the terraced shops. In what fashion did you draw these up? I am guessing some kind of computer trick on paper on card stock? They look amazing. In the US we are not familiar with paper buildings, and it is a constant surprise to see how well this stuff comes out. All new to me.
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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:17 am

Chops wrote:Drat, I cannot open the Camaringo links. I'll have to take your word on it. You say you "drew up" the terraced shops. In what fashion did you draw these up? I am guessing some kind of computer trick on paper on card stock? They look amazing. In the US we are not familiar with paper buildings, and it is a constant surprise to see how well this stuff comes out. All new to me.

What are you using for file sharing chops? I wasnt aware people may not be able to see what Ive posted... i may need to try something else. I draw each building side in corel draw and cut it in 3mm ply on the laser cutter.

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby railwayjim » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:49 am

I have just read through your whole thread and have to say I am
very impressed with the laser cutting you have done. The shops especially
are looking great and I am now eagerly following their progress.

The layout looks good too, I guess your son will love it. I think I was 5 when
my dad built me a simple oval on hardboard haha, Triang Hiawatha, I thought it was great.

Keep posting your progress thanks.

Jim.

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:26 pm

railwayjim wrote:I have just read through your whole thread and have to say I am
very impressed with the laser cutting you have done. The shops especially
are looking great and I am now eagerly following their progress.

The layout looks good too, I guess your son will love it. I think I was 5 when
my dad built me a simple oval on hardboard haha, Triang Hiawatha, I thought it was great.

Keep posting your progress thanks.

Jim.


Thanks Jim!
Having a start to the shops has been fantastic in allowing me to start visualising the rest of the scenery. Im trying to be careful to add enough in to make things look, well... not sparse but not crammed in either. Im going to draw one more terraced shop with a corner shop/ perhaps pub on it which will fill in the area behind the platform after the main station building.
The young lad enjoyed running trains today while I was gluing shops together so that was a win. Hes got a handful of the thomas characters now to run around. But when hes busy doing something else this allows me to run my engines! Hopefully he will grow to have positive memories of it.
I was much the same at 5, had a small oval on trundle wheels that rolled out from under the bed haha. We were quite poor and dad had managed to buy me a bachmann superchief which ran an American santa fe electric and a few wagons from memory. But gee did my eyes light up when he used to pull out his Hornby/ Triang Brittania and coaches. This really cemented for me a love of British railways.

My grandfather dragged us down to watch the flying scotsman come through when she toured Australia...
And within the next 5 years I managed to get a twin oval 6x4 running the scotsman and a hornby 0-4-0 saddle tank in LMS livery. Those experiences cemented for me a niche for the LNER and LMS railways ever since. Sorry for waffling on!

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby Itsonlyme » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:17 pm

I do really like the idea of putting it on top of polystyrene, that seems a great way of of modelling the terrain.

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:07 pm

Itsonlyme wrote:I do really like the idea of putting it on top of polystyrene, that seems a great way of of modelling the terrain.

Its not everyones cup of tea and there are different foams you can use. But cost effective and available here in Brisbane was the polystyrene.
The great thing about it is, you decide you want a ditch or low lying ground somewhere, simply cut it in. And alternately build sheets higher and shape.

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby Chops » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:49 am

I am not the most efficient with computers, so the problem of not being able to see the Cameroing thing, or whatever it's called, could be user error.

So you manufacture your own kits, I take it. Laser cutter? I am certainly living in the horse and buggy era. I need to look this up. Your results are commercial grade. Back in the old days, I found a British plastic kit of a house, and it required me to cut out the windows and such. Made a total hash of it. Finding anything British, other than Major Grey's chutney, was a trick, I will tell you.
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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:22 pm

Chops wrote:I am not the most efficient with computers, so the problem of not being able to see the Cameroing thing, or whatever it's called, could be user error.

So you manufacture your own kits, I take it. Laser cutter? I am certainly living in the horse and buggy era. I need to look this up. Your results are commercial grade. Back in the old days, I found a British plastic kit of a house, and it required me to cut out the windows and such. Made a total hash of it. Finding anything British, other than Major Grey's chutney, was a trick, I will tell you.


For some reason the file just hasnt shown for you. Cameringo is the camera app on my mobile phone I use to take the pics so the app name makes up part of the file name.

So yeah I basically do manufacture my own kits I suppose. I draw the picture on the computer I want to cut or engrave in a graphic design program.... in my case Corel Draw. Then I send that to the laser cutter and it works basically like a desktop printer but with a 100w laser as opposed to a ink head. I can set the laser power and speed to allow me to make different depths of cuts.... from a light marking of the surface to a complete cut through. Generally I only work with 3- 4mm woods and acrylic sheet. Supposedly I can cut up to about 2cm thick but Ive never tried.
Yes I know exactly what you mean in regards to the plastic kits. Ive had a number of attempts over the years to scratch build things from plasticard and find cutting windows and doors particularly hard. I really take my hat off to the gentleman that do it well.

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby joshv8 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:06 am

Thought I would show my progress on the terraced shops. Added the corner pub onto the end!
I made the door section by overlapping a few pieces so as to make everything quite 3 dimensional. I deliberately left a not commercialised front to break it all a bit.

Ill work on rear fence, doors and windows frames/ sills now then I can continue into primer and make to roof as well. Chops, if photos dont show for you, let me know mate.

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Re: 8x4 roundy round

Postby End2end » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:26 pm

Coming on very nicely indeed! Looking forward to seeing more.

@Chops. You mean the Crasftmans kits. I saw them and the press shots are way above the mess I'd make of them. :lol:
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