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Full Size Planning!

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In order to refine the design and armed with a roll of Wickes linning paper and an assortment of C&L's templates, I've spent a productive day setting out the final full size trackplan. Everything appears to fit ok, but I'd love any advice/wisdom,if anyone can spot any potential problems! Having previously modelled in 4mm, I must admit I'm impressed with the size of 7mm. A B8 or B9 point is one heck of a lengthy beast, but I do think they add to the flow of the plan and hopefully the realism of the finished project. I've yet to finalise where the baseboards are going to be split, but I'm leaning towards 3 scenic boards of about 4 foot 6inches x 4 foot. Although still on the large side, I reckon they should be managable if carried by two people. Thanks to Mrs Wenlock for "allowing" me to move the conservatory furniture and make a big enough space to allow me to doodle in comfort.

 

Planning under the watchful eye of Henry, a veritable fount of knowledge regarding Great Western Railway working practices!

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Looking one heck of a lot bigger than the 1/7th scale mock up!

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I guess the planning is the easy bit, I've just got to find time to build it now! On the building note, I ordered some O MF 31.5mm gauges from Debs on Wednesday. I received them by return of post on Friday and must say what a beautifully machined product they are, thoroughly recomended!

 

Best wishes for now

 

Dave

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I think Henry as some doubts about the plan!

 

Wish my Rosie was still with me to help out.

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Hi Pannier,

 

Sorry to hear about Rosie, it's heartbreaking when they go, I still miss my first dog Jubilee, I had 17 years of her company but it's never enough. Henry is only 2, so hopefully he will be around for a good while yet.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Rosie was nearly 14, unfortunately she had the big 'c'. We lost her just over a year ago.

 

Looking forward to seeing your layout develop; wish I had room for Moretonhampstead in 7mm, will have to settle for 4mm.

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Henry is probably trying to tell you

"there's no way Mrs Wenlock is going to have you build this in here mate!" ;)

 

Looks a good plan sir,

but whew, is O gauge big....

.. unless you're me lol!

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"there's no way Mrs Wenlock is going to have you build this in here mate!" ;)

To true! Ive been consigned to the garage and told in no uncertain terms to " tidy up and put the furniture back where it belongs when you've finished"

 

but whew, is O gauge big....

 

You're not kidding! My mother in law thought I was designing a full size boat when she saw the wall paper template. lol

 

Dave

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If you could make that A5 into a B5, your locos will thank you.

 

It would be more prototypical too since the GW didn't have anything smaller than a B sized switch.

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Thanks for your advice guys, the A5 has now been redrawn as a curved B6 which flows much better. I'm sure as you say my locos will appreciate the difference. Four points are now built, one B8 and the double slip to go! Anyone got any bright ideas on ways to make the switch blades more flexible for the double slip? On the points, I've just cut through the rail head and put cosmetic plastic fishplates either side of the rail and they are sufficiently long to be "bendy." However on the slip, I'm concerned that they may be too stiff unless I cut right through the rail and have a prototypical joint.

 

Any advice, much appreciated!

 

Dave

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