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  1. Short day- Wednesday


    Got to go to the Repetitive Strain clinic today, so progress might slow for a while, especially if I have to strap up my right arm. Today' s music is Meatloaf again, largely because I couldn't be bothered to change the CD......


    I resisted the temptation to touch up ballast and have been working at buildings, the town gate being almost finished.




    The alcove is to take a knight, but he looks naff unpainted- off to Access models (Friday?) to get some Citadel paints to make him presentable. The two dots over the smaller arch are for a date plaque which I've left off altogether. Over this arch will be a sign saying "Stadtmitte" ( Centre Ville for non-German speakers like me.....). Weathering to hide glue marks etc is also still to start- the bottle of dirty thinners for the wash isn't dirty enough yet.


    I've done nothing more on the shed building. that is waiting for the backscene so I can make some positioning judgements that will affect the right hand side of it.




    The first part of the top end arch- actually the ground floor of the back half. I've decided to build the two low relief arch houses in the Faller kit back to back to make a complete house with arch. Exactly how far round the curve to site it I'm not sure yet- it should be easier to work out when the backscene is in place and i can look at sight lines. Rather like building a set on a theatre stage, which never goes exactly where it had been designed to be, and gets moved about until you are quite sure the punters can't see into the wings too easily.

  2. We have power!


    Postman was early this morning, with a delivery from Modelex of the expected pair of handheld controllers. Guess what? :scratchhead: I spent the morning finishing and testing the wiring by doing the bits between the transformer and the switch panels... Today's music by Meatloaf, Slade again over the weekend while I patch the ballast.




    The green light says it all (can't you focus a picture?)- power in all the right places and no short circuits.


    On Thursday the whole lot goes off to Trevor Webster (aka "the man who made the baseboards") of Stamford East and Parnhams fame to have the backscene boards added. At this point it will start to look a bit like a model railway, says he hopefully.........

  3. Sunday update




    I took the vacuum cleaner into the workshop and gave the track (and the floor) a going over. Most of the ballast has stuck down well- very few holes where the glue didn't go, but a few more places need patching, mostly around the points where I've been a bit timid. I can see one or two places where I've been a bit overenthusiastic and gone too far above the sleeper tops. They're tomorrow's job.


    Still, all of the track works, and all four points still carry current onto the blade when switched, so it isn't all bad news.

  4. Another prototype pic




    This is the Riegeler Bier brewery next to the Kaiserstuhlbahn, about 30 miles from Furtwangen. Looks like painting the brewery walls white might be a good idea......


    Ballast still drying, a little touching up of edges done yesterday. Visitors tomorrow so the next ballast inspection will be Monday.

  5. Thursday- boring ballasting




    A day in the workshop with Slade blasting out loudly (to repel all boarders) while I busied myself with the usual mix of PVA and water (with a frissance of Fairy liquid). The area between the tracks in the loop was included as I decided it would be ballast with a hint of greenery. The areas between other tracks I left as I'm not yet sure what I'm doing with them. The pencil marks on the masking tape are an attempt to keep some form of tabs on how far I'd got- it didn't always work.




    Progress with the town end gateway- perhaps putting white panels on white paper aren't a good idea as the windows don't show up..... Faller's instructions are much more vague than Vollmer's. I've been told I'm on the shopping run tomorrow morning so I'll call in at Access Models for some wider styrene strip and larger angle iron for the shed front, and some Games workshop thinners to do the inside wall. Rest of the day weathering a 4MT tank and a V2.


    Now to have a post-ballasting nervous headache while I wait for Sunday and running the vacuum cleaner over the layout to see what didn't stick.....

  6. Wednesday progress


    A pack of droppers for ballasting arrived this morning- I've promptly mislaid them! However i have painted the rail sides on the whole of the railway (yawn) after looking at a lot of photos of the Kaiserstuhlbahn which is the nearest SWEG operation to the real Furtwangen. I used Humbrol No.83 as the best match.


    The low releif house kits arrived from Germany this afternoon- the archways are just the right size to take the tram through.

  7. Mr Simon made a suggestion- that I move the shed backwards so the trams straighten up before the entrance- it didn't work as the trams are too long but it set me thinking. I've moved the supports for the upper level back by about 0.5 cm which will give a little more space. These will be fixed down properly tomorrow. The new entrance is just wide enough, but I'll widen it a little further and make a roller-shutter door in the open position. Testing with the cream and green tram, chosen for the simple reason it was the first one I picked up. One of these views also shows the effect of the brick walling inside the shed, which is held up temporarily with Tomix paving pieces. Viewing that walling inside the doorway, I think I will paint it. Perhaps a sort of industrial grim green.......





    Looking at the second picture, to the right of the doorway- isn't it strange how a piece of styrene angle can look to the naked eye as if it is seated properly along its full length when the camera shows it isn't? Another job to correct tomorrow. For that matter the lintel looks higher at one end, despite counting brick courses. The half-covered window wants bricking up, as does its opposite number.

  8. More tram testing




    Putting the paving down around the tramway has given one or two issues with the point to the shed. It has been sticking, probably through getting a little too much paint into the works. While I had the blue tram out in the workshop I did a few trips through the loop at the front- to give the spring feature of the points chance to free off- and to dig out any grotty bits stopping them working. The shed is shown in position in the background.


    I've opened out the aperture on the shed front to a rectangle and edged it in styrene strip with an angle-iron edge. The pic this evening hasn't worked so I'll try that again tomorrow. The shed wall has been thinned and bricked up inside. The tram will now go in without hitting the door or rubbing the wall. I'm not sure whether to paint the brickwork inside the shed- the side with the windows will need internal paintwork.

  9. Building and testing on the tramway.


    Sorry the photos are soft focus- I should have used the flash.




    As the pavement arond the tramway is getting stuck into place, even though a lot still needs weathering, I've got to the stage where I can check if the Faller town gate is big enough to take a tram. The good news is that it is- just. The overhead wire will need to be carefully aligned through it to lower the pantograph to not hit it.




    Not so good news is that the entrance to the shed doesn't work. As I've planned a shed here either I'll have to get one with roller shutter doors or modify this one to widen the entrance. In the real world such modifications weren't always sympathetic to the building. Once inside the tram also rubs against the wall until totally straight, so the detail will have to come off and be replaced with plain brick- it wouldn't have windows if built straight up against a rock face..........

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    the reason for the return to the end of the shed- Gresby has moved in- or at least 2/3 of it is erected along the long wall.


    Another clanger- not irredeemable.




    I bought what appeared to be a pair of made-up low relief buildings on eBay, thinking one would do for the loading dock and the other low-relief against the backscene on the higher level. They arrived this morning- both full depth. The lighter one will cut in half- the ornate wall can come off altogether. the darker one is more of a problem, but will help add a bit of variety to the brewery, which is becoming a Kibri/Faller/DPM "bitza"- at least nobody else will have one like it.........


    Better news is that I got the right shade of ballast, the tramway posts, both plain and ornate, and the Faller backscene I wanted at Warley. Downside for all this lot is I have no excuse for not beginning ballasting.

  11. Hi, many thanks for posting the pictures and offering reports as to Dapols current plans! :no:


    One thing has been nagging at me about the LNER green A3 which took me a while to put my finger on. For the round domed boilers the dome was located further forward than the later steam collector type, on the pre-production prototypes it looks like it is in the same place as the later dome versions.


    I understand that these are still very much pre-production versions (and very very nice too!) but could DapolDavid comment if the dome positions will be altered on the production version?


    Many thanks, please keep these wonderful models coming! :sungum:



    It isn't the round domed ones that are wrong- for some reason the banjo dome on this BR-liveried prototype seems to be stuck on further forward than the one shown at Chirk. I have been told the dome is on the list of corrections already sent off.....

  12. One other thought for the day- because the shed building is end-on to the layout front with the doors open and the track offset to one side of the building I'm going to need to give it a full workshop interior.......

  13. Good afternoon again. the big change in the last 24 hours is that Furtwangen Ost has moved to the end of the workshop again to allow Mr Simon to set up Gresby in the middle. Here is FO in its new corner, complete with all sorts of gubbins holding things down while glue sets..




    Thinking again about the paving it is really only the centre of the tramway loop that needs replacing- it has stuck slightly unevenly and when I weathered it the cotton wool bud scoured the paint surface in a circular pattern. I've lifted this paving and will re-use the bits under the shed amongst other places. The paving either side will be hid by the passenger shelters and a strategically placed seat or passenger or two.




    This is the new paving segment- this time I've glued it together with Plastic Weld and put card underneath to make sure the whole piece is level before starting to paint it. I'll paint and weather it before fitting it to the layout. Meanwhile some more of the odd shaped segments have gone in- each piece Plastic Welded to adjacent pieces before being stuck tio the sub-base.




    Progress with the shed building. Again the close-up and lighting shows where Plastic Weld has escaped a little. Still there isn't enough damage to show through the final weathered surface. The small shop building is almost finished, too.


    Warley tomorrow to judge the Gwyn Humphries trophy. Should have time for shopping- a Faller backscene, rock faces if they are available and cobblestone sheets, plus tramway masts and an NER-shaped dome (for a G5) from N-Brass and westinghouse pumps from whoever has them (also for the G5).

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    I'm not happy. :cry: The weathering on the paving isn't working well enough. I'll leave this and think about it- a different base colour and a thinned wash rubbed off seems to work better on pieces I haven't laid yet. The good news is that the second pack of paving has arrived in the last 5 minutes so I can take a lot of these up and lay fresh- these sections can be moved to somewhere less obvious.




    Better news is I've started the shed building- the sides and ends after the first round of insert fitting. It will be built without its track guides as these won't work on site and the roof will need trimming on the side against the big level change. It fits over the tram siding that turns at right-angles to the front.

  15. Hello again. Away from the shed this morning as I've got to wait in for a courier. Hopefully this will be the two controllers- testing has been with the Ontrack standalone unit connected to the wires that will form the outputs from the hand-held units.




    This is one of the two control panels, now finished and tested. Testing the tramway revealed a duff switch which needed to be replaced- I go white at the prospect of chasing cross-baseboard failures but this only needed four wires checking for dry joints before coming to the conclusion the cheapo switch needed replacing.




    Update on the small shop unit- the fault the camera picked up the other day has been corrected and I've got as far as the paper "interior" and the roof. The upper floor is supposed to have half-timbering but as there are very few such buildings (particularly few more modern ones) I've used spare stone window surrounds and will paint the surrounding either cream or pale blue, I now have evidence of both shades being used in Furtwangen as exterior wall paint.


    A Faller kit for a town gate has arrived- it will be modified to make a smaller version of the two surviving city gates in Freiburg-im-Breaisgau. there should be enough clearance for the trams to pass through the larger arch (as at Freiburg). I'll continue the wall over the railway beside it and put some backs of buildings beyond making the railway disappear through houses. At least that is the plan, but it might yet change a bit when the backscene goes in the week after next.

  16. Greetings Kiwinewt and very many thanks for the compliment.




    I've got some of the roadway stuck in place now- colour is Tamiya deck grey, and weathered with black chalk worked into the gaps with a damp kitchen roll. I'll weather a little more tomorrow.


    Today's progress has largely revolved around a way of double-glazing the shed- one window done with A3 perspex as secondary glazing. Tomorrow I'll see how much condensation it stops before deciding whether to do the remaining windows the same way.

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    I said earlier the brown building would be a Kaufhof - because it is a good match for the kaufhof in Freiburg-am- Bresigau. This is the Kaufhof sign I will need to replicate for it.




    The small shop unit for the front row under construction. Amazing what a photo reveals- this shows the back has sprung from the base and will need to be reseated before the upper floor can be added. This is a Vollmer kit which will be built mostly as it comes, except the roof will need recolouring and the stonework weathering to local colours. As with all the buildings in the town it will need to be seated into the town streets, but its position can't be worked out until the backscene is in place.

  18. Tram posts and pavement


    One port of call at Warley will be N-Brass. They have suitable posts for the street sections and masts for the reserved track in front of the brewery. The section of paving I've weathered looks OK, and passed inspection by Trevor and Geoff on Saturday so I'll do a larger section and photograph it tomorrow. Second port of call at Warley is someone who has German-style cobblestone paving, Faller backscenes and German pinkish ballast.

  19. Progress to Sunday 13th


    Has to be to yesterday as I've been struck by a fit of lethargy today (and my RSI has been playing up). By yesterday I'd got both panels wired in, and the railway is tested. No electrical problems with the railway but a couple of lumpy bits of track have needed seeing to. The three locos tried so far now run very smoothly and slowly across the front, though the points on the fiddle yard will need a little attention to their contacts.


    The tramway is wired in but not tested yet. That is tomorrow's job. Following advice from Trevor Webster I've moved the switch panels inboard by about 3mm in orderto add a side screen to the backscene when done. Modelex weren't at Spalding show so I've ordered the two controllers from their website. Layout is going to Trevor's sometime this week hopefully to get the holes drilled for the three DIN sockets on the back (power in and two hand-helds). At the moment he is still finishing the new boards for Gresby for Simon.

  20. Control Panels


    Having worked out that each panel had to have nine switches and needed to be a maximum of 13cm by 7.5cm I went onto the Internet and found a pair of switch boxes just a little smaller than that for about £2.50 each.


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    The first photo (sorry it is a little blurred) shows the second box unopened and the lid of the first with switches in place- I marked the pilot holes accurately and drilled them exactly to marking but the mains drill didn't quite follow the pilot holes exactly so there is a variation of plus or minus one millimetre- looks more because the panel is so small.


    The second one shows the base of the second box screwed into place behind the backscene. So far I've not started wiring to it- the holes in the bottom aren't yet drilled. I'll wire them in after Spalding show and visits to the Modelex and All Components stands.

  21. More on buildings.


    The brown building in the town was going to be repainted cream, but I've found a picture of a KaufHof store in Freiburg that is exactly this colour. Now all I need to do to this is to get an interior sorted out and appropriate KaufHof signs made. It will keep all its aircon bits. The other two- the cream and the blue, will be reduced in height to the same as the brown to get the main street more uniform. I may alter the roof of the cream one, and will have to put different guard rails on the roof of the blue one as there is one missing- this one can keep all its aircon bits but I will need to detail them.

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    The Track Plans including sections.


    The above is the final version of the railway- though I've still got to work out exactly how I'm going to disguise the left-hand end as it passes through the backscene- with both the railway and the tramway going off at about the same level it is going to take some thinking about.


    Electrically all nine sections feed to the panel at the left-hand end of the layout- right-hand for the operator. There will be a hand-held controller and just nine switches numbered 1 to 9. I'm going to use Modelex controllers as I'm used to them. There isn't a lot of space in the corners for the two panels but I've sourced switch boxes that fit into the spaces with enough clearance for the biggest loco I'm likely to use- an ex-East German C-C diesel is spare to the little Brawa Bo-Bo that will be the front-line power. I'm not envisaging trains being longer than about 5 wagons so each fiddle siding is long enough. Sectioning the two ends as different circuits to the front loop will allow me to run a loco round in the fiddle yard with another train standing out front- so the appearance of an intermediate station can be kept up without lifting locos off.


    Maximum capacity is three locos with a possible fourth in the old shed.




    This is the final layout of the tramway, including sections. By having nine sections it is possible to have four trams in service with either a fifth one or a works train in the shed out front.


    Again there are nine sections, so the panel will be a twin of the one in the other corner. Switches will be labelled 1 to five, plus L1, L2 and L4 for the loops and S for the shed. All points are sprung so the tram takes the right-hand line at each loop and springs the point on exit. Trials show this works well with the Tomix points provided the motor is fitted. Leads for the motors have been tucked under the sub-base rather than being cut off so if the layout is scrapped eventually the motors are recyclable.


    In operation a tram will come from each end in turn to meet at the tramstop then proceed back to the fiddle yard. In the mean time the trams in the fiddleyard are shunted up one. Alternately one or both trams at the back can be reversed while the others are held at the front. The depot is accessed by reversing into it from the front loop line- this is the only point set to left.

  23. Point Operation


    Points are operated wire in tube as there are only four out the front- the ones at the back are handraulic- no reason to put anything fancy on these as they are right under my nose and there isn't a great deal of space.




    One thing I have done is to hold the switch in place by screws either side of it. This means that if I need to make any adjustment to it I can slacken the screws off by half a turn and then tighten them up again after the adjustment is made. You can also see the wires from the Tomix point on the loop above tucked out of the way.






    The two buildings. The one on the left is the secondhand one from eBay. You can see the splats of paint it has acquired. These two plus a pile of barrels and maybe a portakabin should be enough for the top level- I'll have another think about this when the backscene is in place. Meanwhile the fancy building needs renovation.

  24. A Little More on Buildings.


    I've now found a few more pictures of Furtwangen and of Triberg a little further up the valley- and found some rather more ornate buildings than the first selection. The kits I've got so far will modify nicely- the main thing seems to be to get the roof colours correct and not to add all of the ornamentation in the kit. I've also got a Faller shed/works building to go over the tramway siding- an old building on a modern tramway isn't entirely unknown, and gives the tramway a longer back-history than the modern trams would suggest.


    I've picked up a built-up and slightly beaten-up Kibri factory building to go on the top level with the DPM one. Both will need some modification but these will form the nucleus of the brewery. I have some slides somewhere of various parts of the yard of the Elephant Brewery in Copenhagen, so will add details and pipework using these as a basis. I think a proportion of my time at Spalding and Warley shows will be spent finding suitable ornate railings for the brewery fence.

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