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Taunton; and RAF Chilmark inspired Layout moves forward a step.


Kelly

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So, firstly Taunton

 

Wonderful event, glad I went. Long tiring drive there (for me 100+ miles is very tiring and painful), but by the time to go came, I left with a feeling that it was all very much worth it!

 

Having better access to the layouts to actually see them working and admire the handiwork of those who have lovingly created them was the best aspect. Shows such as Ally Pally and so on are great, but the sheer number of people who go means actually seeing and admiring or talking to the people who built/operate said layouts is often simply impossible, even for me being 6ft tall and wielding my walking stick!

 

So with being able to get better looks at some layouts I'd admired pretty recently on this site and others, and to complement the owners of the layouts and get a good look at them (never any substitute for seeing it in the flesh as it were imo!). The other layouts that were there were equally good to see, especially the 2mm efforts and the array of Southern stock and locos on show. I wants me one of them Golden Arrow Leader kits I do.

 

Came away with some idea and some inspiration.

 

Previously I had never really paid much attention to certain layout types/subjects, not often because I viewed them in a poor light, but simply because they didn't appeal my tastes and fighting the crowds to see didn't appeal and a cup of tea and painkillers appealed more so. This was certainly very true of 2mm layouts, as I found them too small for me to consider working in such a scale.

 

So it was very nice to get a very good look at some rather excellent 2mm layouts on display at Taunton. Got a chance to discuss various aspects of 2mm modelling, which was very welcome as I'd decided about that time on the 3rd module for the layout plan I'm working with Natalie on.

 

Was lovely to meet various members of this site and put a real face to a name, etc.

 

A big thank you to all of those of the SWAG group for putting on such a wonderful show.

 

Now if only there were a West Midlands AG to do something similar? ...

 

 

 


 

 

Photos

 

I will later look through the photos I (and Natalie) took, clean then up a little, resize and upload them on this site. I think next week I shall order a gorilla pod + adapter for smartphones to better be able to balance/steady phone when using it as a camera. It certainly has proven so far to be better than the Sony digital compact camera I have and as I cannot afford a better quality compact or a DSLR camera will have to suffice for the foreseeable future!

 

A small selection of photos from Taunton are attached below:

 

 

Elm Park

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Elm Park again

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Catcott Burtle

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And showing what can be done in 2mm!

 

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They're unedited, but reduced in size. Will be cleaning up and uploading the rest of the photos I took and Natalie took sometime later.

 

 


 

 

The layout with no name

 

So, the reason I was glad I saw so much of the 2mm layouts up close? well I decided then that I'd reevaluate to some extent how the layout in planning (and currently with no name) with Natalie would consist of at least 3 modules, as follows:

  • Narrow Gauge layout module, with small simple plan leading to storage bunkers.
  • Standard gauge and narrow gauge layout module with standard gauge MOD depot and narrow gauge leading off of transfer shed to narrow gauge layout module
  • Mainline (Salisbury) and exchange sidings to MOD depot module.

As yet it has no name. But it is inspired by RAF Chilmark and based currently on a plan of Dean Hill. The plan is to do the NG module first, as a simpler introduction to the concepts involved in building a layout as this will be my first one I've ever attempted.

 

The idea is to have all 3 modules able to:

 

  • Work independently
  • Work together as a single layout
  • Be DCC controlled
  • Have interchangeable (except NG) fiddle yards to save construction thereof.

Speaking of fiddle yards. I have currently in my head the crazy idea to have a rat run going underneath the main module to link fiddle yards at either end of the mainline module. Thus needing a stacker module for the fiddle yards so they can go up/down between the levels. How well this might work in practice is another idea, but I have (with Natalie's help) uncovered prior work on this type of thing by the likes of Iain Rice.

 

More later when I've had time to have a cup of tea and rest some more as I am still tired from yesterdays excursion!

 

Kelly

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  • RMweb Gold

I really like the sound of this project Kelly - it certainly ticks all the boxes for me:

 

NG - Tick

SG - Tick

Unusual layout theme - Tick

Exchange sidings - Tick

Military theme - Tick

Local (to me) - Tick

You've got me hooked biggrin.gif

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Hi Kelly

 

Was good to meet you and chat 2mm etc.

Glad you enjoyed the show!

 

Keep us up to date with your project as it goes along

 

Roger

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Hi Kelly

 

Was good to meet you and chat 2mm etc.

Glad you enjoyed the show!

 

Keep us up to date with your project as it goes along

 

Roger

 

Was good to meet you also and chat to you about 2mm, not something I've previously done and glad I did!

 

I will do! when actual physical stuff like baseboards or making kits etc happens I've no idea as yet mind! but planning continues, I have plenty of time, just little or no spare cash so liable to be a long haul project!

 

Kelly

 

 

 

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I really like the sound of this project Kelly - it certainly ticks all the boxes for me:

 

NG - Tick

SG - Tick

Unusual layout theme - Tick

Exchange sidings - Tick

Military theme - Tick

Local (to me) - Tick

You've got me hooked biggrin.gif

 

Glad you like the plans :)

 

Hopefully I can manage to pull it off! At least starting with the NG bit means it is a) simpler B) smaller and a gentler starting point generally to getting started with what will be my first layout (discounting the few abortive attempts with my father when i was a teenager).

 

Kelly

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Its always good to see people taking the NG plunge. You'll really start to pick up a lot of new skills, as a lot of things have to be built, even if oyu're just enhancing already active skills by working on smaller sized items! Have you thought about joining the 009 Society, as they have teir own foum specifically for the scale, and there is a lot of specialist knowledge on there waiting to be tapped into.

 

The idea of an exchange siding layout has always appealed to me, and I do keep thinking about how I could convince the domestic management to let me do such a thing, but for know I'll settle with my shunting dockside and my NG terminus! Looking forward to watching this progress!

 

J

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  • RMweb Gold

I don't know about a rat run under but a friend had a link road running behind the backscene linking the two fiddle yards.

Don

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