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Kyle - Scope checks...

Posted by bcnPete , 27 January 2010 · 900 views

Update - Following withdrawal of CJ from the GJLC it is now time to put the foot to the pedal with Kyle, which at least is easier to transport and is making its debut in 108 days.

I still need to complete the turnouts and am pondering means of operation following all the fellow informative posts of recent however it is likely that they will remain low tech in order to reduce weight, simplify the sparks and balance costs. Most probably wire in tube using a dpdt switch for the two turnouts and manual moveable magnets for the DG's...still sketching that one.

From the 2 previous mock ups I have now decided upon a backscene height which seems to be in proportion to the layout. For these I am thinking to use an existing photo of the station and using one of those panoramic photo packages see what can be produced using a bit of cut and paste.

The two main viewing boards have been made from foamboard and although a tad scrappy at present will receive a thin veneer of either card or modelling ply. The two boards which form the fiddleyard have also been made from foamboard and the idea now is that these are stored 'upside down' in the other boxfile and contain the cassettes and rolling stock inside.

A few pics attached of progress with 'out of the box' Dapol sprinter posing whilst it awaits rewheeling...

Attached Image: K1.jpg
Quick check to see that the two boards still fit...

Attached Image: K2.jpg
Other two boards will act as rolling stock storage...

Attached Image: K4.jpg
Overall shot of layout - 1200mm x 120mm...

Attached Image: K5.jpg
Backscene in place...

It's only a small layout but I hope it will convey and capture a sense of the Scottish prototype...





really nice layout and use of space, nicely built boards well done mate, look forward to this one progressing

regards

neil

Hello Pete :)

I agree with Neil. That is really cool, I love the way it all fits.

Missy :)
Neil - Thank you - I enjoyed watching your boxfile layout evolve and am now keeping a close eye on that new layout of yours! Pete
Hey Missy - Thanks for this.

I was hoping to store all 4 boards in the one boxfile as per the previous mock up however this will compromise the size of an already small layout! The two scenic boards, bridge, backscenes, station building and infamous 'wall' at the station will be stored in the boxfile with a second one for rolling stock, cassettes, tools, controller, paracetamol etc...

Even better, both boxfiles will fit in my IKEA hand luggage which just fits inside Easyjet 'walk on' allowances!

Pete
Nice work. If I may suggest; make the stock storage in a removable tray which stores in the upturned fiddleyard as you will need to remove the stock to set up the fiddleyard before the stock can be set out. Donw
Donw - Thanks - yes, good idea. The rolling stock will probably be stored in the cassettes between some loose foam inserts however I agree that some sort of lift out tray would allow easier removal and replacement. Next job is to make the cassettes so I can test this idea at that time.
Pete,

This layout is a great idea and I shall enjoy watching this progress as I have with your other work always interesting to follow!

Mark
Hey Mark - Thanks for your kind comments.

One of the ideas is to try and make a small layout which can be set up in 5 mins, operated for 20 and then stowed away in 5 again...a potential better use of 30 minutes than watching some tosh on tv :rolleyes:

Pete
Thanks Bryn...I can live with that!

One of the ideas is to try and make a small layout which can be set up in 5 mins, operated for 20 and then stowed away in 5 again...a potential better use of 30 minutes than watching some tosh on tv :rolleyes:


I'll add to the chorus, this looks brilliant Pete, and I really like your 5-20-5 minute idea there. I also like that it's Finescale, adding a bit of royalty to the whole micro-layout concept, which is otherwise sometimes seen as a bit of a quick-and-dirty thing :icon_thumbsup2:
Thanks Mikkel - I take that as a big compliment having always enjoyed reading of your minimum space layouts - I particularly like 'The Depot' concept.

The 5/20/5 idea is trying to overcome that situation of when you want to just run a few trains, and shunt a little, but you can't be bothered to set up the layout, set out the rolling stock etc etc.

I am hoping that a simple DC wired layout, mechanical turnout + uncoupler systems and rolling stock pre-held in the cassettes will allow this...stay tuned ;)

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