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Baseboards completed


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Most of my modelling activity in the last month has been on odds and ends that, in themselves, are too insignificant to post anything about, but will eventually find their way into blog pages in some form or other. On the workbench, I've been servicing motors and chassis, and fitting DCC decoders to some of the recently acquired HO and HOe stock for the Nowhere layout.

 

After a couple of weeks away, I've managed to finish the second, and larger, board for Nowhere. This has now been brought indoors from the garage and joined up with the first board.

 

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With the boards together, I hope to make progress with the basic landscaping, tracklaying and wiring in odd hours during the evenings. Hopefully soon there will be something to show that looks more like a mountain railway setting that a large wooden 3D jigsaw puzzle unsure.gif

 

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Nick, those baseboards look amazing. A "proper" layout some would say, as compared to all our fiddling around with micros and mini-modules smile.gif

 

It sounds as if you already have the stock ready. A collection you have built up, or purchased especially for this layout?

 

 

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Thanks, Mikkel. Not sure I would claim it is a 'proper' layout but I've taken the opportunity to experiment with building a light weight wooden base using 4mm birch ply. I've used a method that I've seen mentioned several times in which the bracing along the edges and underneath is made up of beams using softwood blocks sandwiched between two layers of ply. I'm quite pleased with the result as the two boards are very light whilst still reasonably stiff.

 

As to the stock, it is a collection Austrian/German/Italian RTR mostly acquired in the last few months since I started on this layout. Most of it has come from ebay. It is very much a collection of things I like the look of rather than anything that might be expected to be seen together. Though, looking at the photos in the recent thread on the 175 year Dampspektakal, maybe it won't be too unrealistic :rolleyes:

 

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As to the stock, it is a collection Austrian/German/Italian RTR mostly acquired in the last few months since I started on this layout. Most of it has come from ebay. It is very much a collection of things I like the look of rather than anything that might be expected to be seen together. Though, looking at the photos in the recent thread on the 175 year Dampspektakal, maybe it won't be too unrealistic rolleyes.gif

 

Looking forward to seeing that collection of motive power working together, sounds refreshing (for a British outline modeller at least). I've had a superficial interest in Bavarian railways for some time now (yep, very GWR-ish!), but I dare not start buying any stock as I'm fearful where it will take me! biggrin.gif

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...I've had a superficial interest in Bavarian railways for some time now (yep, very GWR-ish!), but I dare not start buying any stock as I'm fearful where it will take me! biggrin.gif

Here's a taste of things to come, a Bavarian BBII 0-4-4-0 Mallet built by Maffei in about 1903 brings a short test train around the curve before entering Nirgendwo station. Meanwhile, a Krauss U class heads up the bank into the narrow gauge station which is at a slightly higher level than the 'main' line. A photo taken whilst testing the clearances on the proposed line layout. This area will be in a deep cutting, perhaps with a short tunnel.

 

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I don't know about GWR-ish, but the BBII is green and the date matches our other interests ;) You're wise to be wary of buying stock :rolleyes: New and used prices are so much higher than UK RTR and once you start it is a really slippery slope.

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Wonderful stock Nick, especially the Mallet and the "birdcage".

 

The deep cutting sounds like a good idea - would it then have embankment walling to accommodate the raised line at the back?

 

 

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This is a large proportion of my Bavarian stock, I also have one 4-wheel coach, a Glaskasten and a couple of 1920s electric locos. The early coaches and wagons (all Trix) are difficult to find at reasonable prices :( Ex Prussian stock seems to be more readily available.

 

Yes, the raised line will run along a ledge on a near-vertical cliff, interspersed with retaining walls. This line goes all along the back of the layout, eventually returning after reversing at the far end, and descending to reach its own the station area a little above the main line. At least, that is the plan...

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I wouldn't say no to one of those, too :rolleyes: In the meantime, we can drool over this list of other versions of the B VI http://www.modellbau-wiki.de/wiki/BR_34, not to mention pretty much every German model loco made in recent years. It's a site that will come in very handy when you win the lottery :lol: as well as for working out exactly what an ebay listing really is. The Wikipedia Bavarian locos page is also very interesting.

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Thanks Nick, I hadn't seen those pages before, very useful.

 

 

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