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kyle - 7mm - update


bcnPete

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Evening all,

 

Just an update on the project as much thinking has been done of late - purchasing too…more on that later.

 

A couple of firm decisions have been made with regard to track plan and boards.

 

Firstly I have decided to model the other side of the station to my 2mmFS version as per the photo on the previous entry. A few reasons really, in that it will make a change to have a different viewpoint, there’s a slightly different track layout plus it’s not the side that people are most familiar with.

 

Secondly I have decided to move away from using Lack shelves (as on Wenford) as the width is not sufficient and the water and platform would need to be added on. I did consider making them myself using the laser cutter in the studio however it’s a lot of ply and a bit different to making my own 2mm boards! So I have decided to use the excellent Tim Horn baseboards and have been having to and fro conversations with Tim of recent. Am hoping they will be lighter than using the Lack shelves too as am not getting any younger :D

 

Much mapping out of boards using stock has now confirmed that I will have two scenic boards at 1220mm in length and two fiddle yard boards at 950mm in length. The latter will accompany a 37 and three Mk I coaches, the parcels rakes and vans will be arranged accordingly within these limits. The 26 and 27 being shorter than the 37 means no issues here too…maybe allows a CCT tacked on the end of a rake ;) 

 

The extra length in the scenic boards will allow me to return and run the water at the end of the scene allowing an interesting end on view. I note that my hero Ian Futers did this with his Loch Lochy 7mm layout and again a slight departure from what I did on the 2FS version. Lessons learnt from 2FS Kyle on the runaround will also be addressed by the longer scenic boards as it will allow 3 coaches to be set back and a split traverser arrangement along the board joints. This will allow me to avoid lifting and turning the locos as I have to do on 2FS Kyle (that is partly due to couplings one end but I will use the 3 links for this) as they are heavy beasts. :yes:

 

Finally re the purchases I have started to accumulate the stock required as Heljan have a habit of doing a run and then stopping it - noting that most of their excellent modern image wagons are currently no longer available. I have acquired the three Heljan Mk I’s and a GUV already from Tower Models as well as pre ordered 2 CCT’s and a Mk II coach awaiting release 2022. For the vans I used the great deal Tower Models had and bought 6 x Planked and 6 x Plywood Dapol vans all individually numbered. That will just leave one off wagons in kit or RTR format to be added later if required.
 

The detail on the Heljan MK I’s is superb and the Dapol vans pretty much take up the length of Wenford :O As I mentioned, this stock is being stored for now using some nifty foam lined plastic container boxes by these guys https://trainsporters.com


A few pics below…

 

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Board layout and end on view…

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Mapped out using actual stock…

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Stretching their legs on Wenford…

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The typical Kyle rake with BG located in the centre for the ramp…

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The complete rake of vans!…

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Heljan 37 on the previous mock up…

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And again with stock in platform….

 

That’s all for now and as usual, comments welcomed!
 

Pete

 

 


 

 

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You're going to need to extend Wenford next to make it fit the vans! 

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23 minutes ago, Kris said:

You're going to need to extend Wenford next to make it fit the vans! 


Ha! Have pondered that one quite a few times Kris but have decided I will just make an 800mm Fiddle stick for it as a run off…more on that in the next Wenford update ;) 

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Nice to see your return to Scotland, Heljan have a variety of very nice diesels that suit and I'm looking forward to the development of the new scenario.

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Great plan, Pete.  Wow, those coaches and 37 are beautiful.  All of that must of cost a pretty penny.  

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This looks great Pete.

 

End-on views aren't often explored on layouts, perhaps because many people feel that scenic breaks are a must. I have discovered the pleasures of end-on viewing with a couple of my layouts though, the depth does add realism. Taking photos from that angle can be more difficult, as the camera cannot be tricked to disregard the chasm along the front in the way that your mind can! But never mind - layouts aren't built for photos after all. 

 

I have to say, 2mm stock has become quite detailed of late :jester:

 

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On 27/06/2021 at 20:59, jollysmart said:

Nice to see your return to Scotland, Heljan have a variety of very nice diesels that suit and I'm looking forward to the development of the new scenario.

 

Thanks jollysmart - agreed, I have a class 26 and 27 on preorder. That should be it for rolling stock after that…famous last words :D

 

On 27/06/2021 at 23:07, PaternosterRow said:

Great plan, Pete.  Wow, those coaches and 37 are beautiful.  All of that must of cost a pretty penny.  

 

Thank also Mike - I had a bit of a bonus from work last year so thought I would buy the stock while I had it for the future…especially as looking at my depressing predicted pension statements - no margin for 7mm as it will just about keep me in Mars Bars in the future…

 

22 hours ago, Mikkel said:

This looks great Pete.

 

End-on views aren't often explored on layouts, perhaps because many people feel that scenic breaks are a must. I have discovered the pleasures of end-on viewing with a couple of my layouts though, the depth does add realism. Taking photos from that angle can be more difficult, as the camera cannot be tricked to disregard the chasm along the front in the way that your mind can! But never mind - layouts aren't built for photos after all. 

 

I have to say, 2mm stock has become quite detailed of late :jester:

 

 

Thanks Mikkel - yes agree about end on views. As you say more for the viewer than the camera I think. I think the cantilevered corner on Kyle 2FS seemed to work well so I may as well scale it up and then improve upon it.
 

At least the 2mm stock is easier to hide/store than the 7mm :no::D

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