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#1 009 micro modeller

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 13:00

For my first cake box challenge idea (and my first topic on this forum) I decided to do a working layout in 009. The plan is two sidings with a loading hopper on one which the wagons can be shunted under to load them. It will work as a diorama but will also work as a micro layout when a 'stick' is attached.WP_20171219_17_19_56_Pro.jpg WP_20171219_17_20_10_Pro.jpg WP_20171219_15_19_04_Pro.jpg WP_20171213_16_38_31_Pro.jpg
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#2 Andrew Cockburn

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 19:57

Certainly something a little bit different, looks good so far, will be interesting to see how it further develops.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 20:50

I built this over Christmas but I'm now back at university so won't be doing anything else to it for a little while, but since the photos were taken I have added a rock face to the back board (the base is one of the scale model scenery ones suggested in the chat). The colour looks a bit better in real life than in the photos. I have also constructed the buildings although they are not fitted yet. The main structure is a Ratio N scale (00 of course was ridiculously big) coal loading hopper, which I have modified so that it will actually load aggregate into Minitrains skips. This is fed by a scratchbuilt (from various Plastruct bits) chute into which gravel/sand is loaded through a hole in the backscene. More conventionally I also have an old Dapol/Airfix shed/office type building near where the point is just to round out the scene. While it will be nice as a diorama as well, I've got somewhat sidetracked into the working features of this idea but my other ideas for cake box entries will either be purely static or will work within the box with no need for an extra stick.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 21:26

A few more photos. Eventually the chute from the backscene to the hopper will have a corrugated iron roof to disguise the hole at the back and I will paint over the bit of sky showing at the side of the rock. The buildings are just posed at the moment to show what it will look like but the rock face is stuck on already. In emulation of Hudson and Decauville track I have not used 009 track this time but N with alternate sleepers removed.DSCF2395.JPG DSCF2399.JPG DSCF2400.JPG DSCF2401.JPG DSCF2402.JPG DSCF2403.JPG DSCF2404.JPG
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 06:57

Like the use of the available height

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 19:19

Apologies for bad lighting in these photos. Basic ground cover (sand and a bit of earth) done and buildings stuck down. More specific rocks, grass etc and details to follow. I'm using a method a friend (really good at scenery) suggested of building up layers of scatter as they would be in real life.
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Posted 05 April 2018 - 19:32

Looking good nice modelling looking forward to seeing more.:)

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:52

Just figuring out the placement of rocks before I paint them.WP_20180406_11_50_00_Pro.jpg WP_20180406_11_49_53_Pro.jpg
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 15:24

Rocks painted and attached. I hope you like it - I feel like it's starting to look like a layout.WP_20180406_16_21_10_Pro.jpg WP_20180406_16_21_18_Pro.jpg
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 18:17

Approaching completion (I still need to do the chute roof and some final finishing touches and the dummy and real point levers). Smaller rock debris have been added and a bit of greenery. The grass is not static grass but Battlefields Jungle Tufts from MiniNatur, although they look much better than the flat scatter I usually use.WP_20180406_19_08_20_Pro.jpg WP_20180406_19_08_31_Pro.jpg WP_20180406_19_09_31_Pro.jpg
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 19:43

Looks really great fantastic modelling.:)

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 20:33

Very realistic and neatly modelled



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Posted 06 April 2018 - 23:08

Thanks for the kind comments. I'm now concerned that the backscene board is carrying a lot of weight - the rock face and also the chute (this rests on the hopper but is supported fully by the rock face). Perhaps I should brace it somehow - any ideas? Having found the bits for wire in tube control of the point (it's going to be a working layout remember) and started to stick these on I can't find the cosmetic point lever I thought I had, but hopefully I'll be able to pick one up at NG South. Certainly there will be further details to add - perhaps a few figures - but I am only a couple of items from basic completion. Then it will be time for my next wacky cake box idea. :)

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 17:56

Point lever painted and mounted. I decided the base should be wood and the lever rust with a little silver where parts of the mechanism rub togetherWP_20180408_18_54_19_Pro.jpg
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 19:20

Nice work on making the points lever authentic.:)

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 20:03

Unfortunately there has been a slight setback. When the point is operated by wire in tube the base lifts as a result of slight vertical movement of the wire. Retaining it as previously and raising it slightly is not an option as the base cannot be above rail level (loco axleboxes would foul). I have therefore decided to mount it alongside as shown. It doesn't look quite as good but will make maintenance of the points easier and remove the point rod issues (which could otherwise only be solved by rebuilding the wire in tube mechanism to tolerances I probably can't practically achieve). I will then cunningly disguise the movement and slightly incorrect appearance of the point by adding a little scatter and a couple of grass tufts (I do like these :) ).WP_20180408_20_55_34_Pro.jpg

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 21:17

The scenic additions to the lever are done. Hopefully it just looks like the rodding disappears into the long grass.WP_20180408_22_14_25_Pro.jpg WP_20180408_22_14_37_Pro.jpg
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 10:40

Looks really good nice modelling..

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 15:30

A test run this morning revealed a problem with the rear uncoupling ramp as it is on a curve and caused derailments so this has been replaced with a narrower one. The grass close to or between the rails may also need to be trimmed slightly. In other news I picked up some figures at Eastleigh on Saturday and two of these have found their way onto the layout.WP_20180409_16_25_45_Pro.jpg

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 22:27

This is now finished. I will hopefully post some photos tomorrow. There are still some niggling operational problems to iron out but for the purposes of the Challenge (where it's just a diorama) I think it is now complete.
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 06:25

Hi your diorama looks great can't wait to see your pictures.:)

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 11:29

Test running. The layout is now complete with the roof having been attached to the loading chute. The Minitrains Gmeinder is the perfect loco for this layout. Annoyingly I'm still experiencing intermittent electrical problems with the point as it is currently relying on the blades for contact, but for the purposes of the challenge it is finished.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 14:20

Looks great! That loco really suits the layout. Does the loader actually work?

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 16:35

Does the loader actually work?


Yes - but it's nothing technical, just pouring Woodland Scenics Talus into a hole in the backscene. From there it goes down the chute, which I made from plastruct girder and various plasticard and styrene strip, into the hopper, a Ratio N scale coal loading tower with the 2mm scale conveyors left off and some reinforcement in the hopper. A hole was created at the bottom of this with a small chute directing the gravel into the skips. Placement of the loader at the end of the siding means that only the end wagon can be loaded. After this it is shunted to the other siding and the next wagon has its turn, then repeat with the third wagon. The full train is then removed from the layout by the loco and the sequence begins again.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 19:32

Yes - but it's nothing technical, just pouring Woodland Scenics Talus into a hole in the backscene. From there it goes down the chute, which I made from plastruct girder and various plasticard and styrene strip, into the hopper, a Ratio N scale coal loading tower with the 2mm scale conveyors left off and some reinforcement in the hopper. A hole was created at the bottom of this with a small chute directing the gravel into the skips. Placement of the loader at the end of the siding means that only the end wagon can be loaded. After this it is shunted to the other siding and the next wagon has its turn, then repeat with the third wagon. The full train is then removed from the layout by the loco and the sequence begins again.

Very nice! Its a great touch for an 009 layout.