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Loch Awe - more thinking and progress...

bcnPete

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Good evening all,

 

Decided to skip Ally Pally this year as have a few shows coming up and thought I would put in a shift at home...which also allows me to go off piste to do some modelling ;)

 

Research has been continuing on the project and firstly many thanks to Argos of this Parish who has provided a lot of new information about the line and history. I also posted a thread on typical rolling stock to Oban and this has heralded some great leads too.

 

A couple of small tasks for the mock up were undertaken including adding a new fascia to the base of the water as well as the top to frame the view/conceal the lighting.

 

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In addition, one of the things I realised from the information received was that the siding closest to the hotel was in fact a loop...so to increase operational interest I think I will extend this to the fiddle yard so a train can pull in and wait...or perhaps leave a few wagons.

 

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I think I will make the signal cabin which can just be seen in a cheeky photo taken of the Ian Futers book which shows top left the original image which caught my idea for this layout proposal.

 

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The sketchbook has also taken a beating this week between meetings and journeys to work. Ideas on how to create the water (using a technique told to me by some nice chaps doing a demo stand next to me at the Steyning show) so as to create some depth to the loch.

 

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I have also looked at the fascias and realised that the main scenic board needs its own return ends (as opposed to using the fiddle yard ends) so that I can curve the backscene at both ends.

 

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Finally an alternative tweak to the track plan by splaying the line to the centre to try and capture some of the curve at the end of the station. The jury is still out on this as it may reduce some of the water at the front and I am not so convinced about this.

 

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Following on from the train formation information received I dug out some of my old N gauge stock to represent an oil train - excuse the crass weathering which was done when I was a teenager :O This will be redone of course. The 27 has been posed as I have sent both my 37’s to Kevin at Coastal DCC to see if he can take a look at them and solve the problems experienced recently. Am also trying to gauge whether I can include a mixed freight composed of Railfreight wagons...must admit I always liked that livery :good:

 

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A few more photos of the mock-up. It is crude enough to allow me to add/subtract, hack and chop it about - the key is to not be too precious. Time spent in foamboard is cheaper than when the timber has been cut... :yes:

 

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As always, comments welcomed...

 

Pete

 

 

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You mentioned in your previous blog that you wanted to avoid a split in the water.

 

If you did bend the track layout so the ground met the front edge of the baseboard, you could then split the boards at the same point.

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I must admit to a wry smile when I read the comment about foamboard before ply. I now never get past that first stage, using both it and mountboard as the sole materials for my baseboards proper. Makes them nice and light and easy to move, which is what I need these days. 

 

It’s all looking very good anyway.

 

Izzy

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On 24/03/2019 at 18:18, Stubby47 said:

You mentioned in your previous blog that you wanted to avoid a split in the water.

 

If you did bend the track layout so the ground met the front edge of the baseboard, you could then split the boards at the same point.

 

Thanks Stu - good point. I pondered this some more but think I want to keep an expanse of water along the front. Splitting it would also mean a joint in the vertical backscene...another one I was trying to avoid!

 

10 hours ago, Izzy said:

I must admit to a wry smile when I read the comment about foamboard before ply. I now never get past that first stage, using both it and mountboard as the sole materials for my baseboards proper. Makes them nice and light and easy to move, which is what I need these days. 

 

It’s all looking very good anyway.

 

Izzy

 

Many thanks Izzy - Yes I tend not to use it as baseboards as they warped on Kyle so that gave me problems difficult to rectify...but light boards is definitely a plus point...:good:

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Brilliant modelling Pete ;)

 

Plenty of food for thought re: presentation and one of the joys of building a mock up.

 

Hope those Tractors return shortly. The 27 is a suitable replacement mind..:yes:

 

Cheers, 

Mark :D

 

 

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9 hours ago, 46444 said:

Brilliant modelling Pete ;)

 

Plenty of food for thought re: presentation and one of the joys of building a mock up.

 

Hope those Tractors return shortly. The 27 is a suitable replacement mind..:yes:

 

Cheers, 

Mark :D

 

 

 

Thank you Mark.

 

The idea is too run two periods, class 27’s and 37/0’s (maybe an ETHEL tagged on) and then the mighty 37/4’s...all subject to finances... ;)

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Hi Pete , hope you don't mind, here's a few scribbled suggestions. Hopefully self-explanatory. I like the idea of the project very much.  With the careful positioning you can lose the baseboard join in solid scenery and avoid a join "in the water".  It's the water's edge where the interesting bit is any way.  Big expanses of water get dusty and can show up inconvenient reflections of the lights.

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On 22/04/2019 at 12:07, 2mmMark said:

Hi Pete , hope you don't mind, here's a few scribbled suggestions. Hopefully self-explanatory. I like the idea of the project very much.  With the careful positioning you can lose the baseboard join in solid scenery and avoid a join "in the water".  It's the water's edge where the interesting bit is any way.  Big expanses of water get dusty and can show up inconvenient reflections of the lights.

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Thanks Mark - don’t mind at all - nice drawings... :yes:

 

Yes good points about the water/reflections. I still kind of like the large expanse in front though as I feel Kyle already ticks the boxes of having a narrow strip of water (10mm!) at the front. The other thing is the IKEA shelves would have to be cut to be mitred whereas the single board keeps the storage down (you haven’t shown the two FY boards on your plan!) 

 

I might take the mock-up to Tutbury although I have just wrapped it up for storage in the garage as I feel I can’t do any more to it - It has served its purpose to test the idea and so the next thing would be to build it...

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Taking Mark's idea a little further, and also your larger water area and straight boards requirements, you could add a short harbour wall at the board join.

 

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19 hours ago, Stubby47 said:

Taking Mark's idea a little further, and also your larger water area and straight boards requirements, you could add a short harbour wall at the board join.

 

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Thanks also Stu - nice idea too...trouble is for me it departs too much from the prototype - I tend to build extracts from places these days as that is where my interest lies...so I would have trouble adding something that is not part of the history...

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