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Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 35

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:35 pm
by lozstlouis
I have now written this on the white board above my layout!! Write it out 100 times!!

Thanks.

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 35

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:27 pm
by Metrocamel
Just been through to Durham Trains of Stanley today (very good model shop well reccommended) and have bought the last bits of track for the layout and more ballast to keep me going with the scenery.

I also bought a Heljian "58" (which I've reviewed in the website articles forum) and decoder.

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Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:10 pm
by Metrocamel
Just to keep you up to date on the grand plan now that all the track is accounted for and my mind (for now :wink: ) is made up here's a plan of what will be in store for the removable board section.

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The main lines here will be very close together and a crossover will be provided to access the inner loop. A siding branching from the inner loop will be for fuel discharge, in keeping with the fuel depot theme. Some sort of dicharge equipment, possibly from the Knightwing kit will sit here as well as other appropriate buildings.

At the back a backscene will be fitted using locater pins, also serving to stop locos becoming aquainted with the floor at high speed :?

For now this board is way behind the others, having not yet been coated in polystyrene. The major headache however will be the electrical continuity and being able to replace the board accurately so as to keep the tracks linear.

All well and good at the tunnel side, where the join is on a straight and there's a hefty wooden block to keep things straight, but at the other side the join is on a curve and so far there's no solid fix other than screws into the wood.

Hopefully I can be on with this soon.

Also, here's a pic that didn't make it withe the first lot.

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Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:35 pm
by boyofbears
its looking great!

although in the last pic you posted the track doesent look like it is ballasted? am i correct? and if it is its very purple

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:06 pm
by Metrocamel
It does a bit lol. It's actually brown but the light is a bit dodgy. It is balalsted but the brown scatter used next to the track has mixed with the ballast a bit.

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Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:43 pm
by Metrocamel
The past few days there's been precious little to photograph on the layout as all that's being done is cutting the track and testing on the removable board which will hopefully be under way for permanent laying soon.

Today however I thought I'd have a crack at the shed interior.

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The flooring has been made from plasticard and the hose runs from a spare mounting for the Knightwing fuelling point. Uisng solder or wire instead of the rubber supplied is much better in my opinion.

I'll be adding more clutter, possibly toolboxes and maintenance gear in the future. Also in store for the shed could be a lattice of roof supporting struts with hanging lamps. I've seen similar setups on other layouts and the effect is great.

More updates soon.

Liam.

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:24 pm
by MrT
The shed looks great Liam - as does the ballasting/weathering of the track.

Couple of questions:

Did you paint the track after you had ballasted it?
What did you use underneath the plasticard to bring it up to sleeper/rail height in the depot?

Thanks

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:40 pm
by 47806
Very good photo angle, that is a view that one doesn't often see. It is good that you decided to detail the interior, it looks good!

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:55 pm
by Metrocamel
MrT wrote:Did you paint the track after you had ballasted it?


Yes, it was painted using acrylics. It takes alot of time (especially on points) but is a nice effect in the end. I just have to try and put out of my mind that there's still an entire board of track to do... :roll:

MrT wrote:What did you use underneath the plasticard to bring it up to sleeper/rail height in the depot?


Nothing actually :) The plasticard was cut to fit between the rails tightly, meaning that it rests on the chairs. The card is also quite thick and it's pure coincidence that it was about right.

47806 wrote:Very good photo angle, that is a view that one doesn't often see. It is good that you decided to detail the interior, it looks good!


Thanks. Here's a couple more but the inside still needs lighting to brighten it up a bit.

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Also a pic of the depot sign added to the shed. Since I've decided to operate the layout in more than one time period (late 80's-90's sectorization and EWS era) the signs will be removable for EWS counterparts to be fitted using high tech blutac technology 8)

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Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:08 am
by lozstlouis
Signs are good. What printer did you use?

Have you seen this:

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/

Good EPS etc. But crap search.

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:14 am
by 47806
Lights inside would make for really good and realistic photos!

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:22 am
by Metrocamel
Printer's a Cannon Pixma IP4500. Printing on photopaper.

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:12 pm
by lozstlouis
Good results from the Canon.

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:32 pm
by TOM M
hi metro i was wondering do you still have the red/maroon dmu just i havent seen it in any pics
and also could we all get a verticle pic of the shed and platforms(that side of board)

p.s inside of train shed looking great

p.s.s 58 looks good too

Re: Metrocamel's new Modern image Layout Pics page 36

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:21 pm
by Metrocamel
Yes I still have the DMU, Class 158. It ahs no chip so I haven't run it on DCC.

-Assuming you mean an overhead view I'll get one when the camera's charged up. :)

Liam.