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  1. I started this layout in 2008 and it was the subject of a blog for a time. After a while I got more involved with my 4mm modelling and gave up the blog. Now that I am regaining my interest in 2mm modelling I have decided to resume work on Kylestrome and show progress on this thread. The first few posts will contain some of the (edited) blog entries, by way of introduction, and then it will continue with recent work. My only finished 2FS layout to date is called 'Chapel Wharf' and was built small enough to be carried in a small suitcase. The suitcase layout idea came about because I don't drive a car and so I rely on public transport to get me, and sometimes my layout, to my destination. Being within the size limits for airline hand baggage Chapel Wharf has been flown to exhibitions on three occasions now. I started thinking about making another minimum space layout that would be easy to store and came up with the cardboard mockup you seen in the pictures. Kylestrome is basically the layout that I have been attempting to build for the last 24 years, and is my attempt to capture some of the atmosphere of Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast of Scotland. I have built two versions of it already, both of which were scrapped before they reached the scenery stage, and I have designed countless variants of it on paper, all much larger than the current plan. This time I have ‘down-sized’ it a little in the hope of actually finishing it! David
  2. Thank you to Andy York for kindly agreeing to a new product post. David Eveleigh, at Eveleigh Creations, is a small supplier who produces exquisite hand-painted backscenes and some 2mm Scale etched kits. He also takes commissions for etches. As his range includes some 2mm Great Eastern 4-wheel coaches (see pictures below), we discussed the possibility of producing them in 4mm. I have also raised the question of producing some GER Holden 6-wheelers, with the idea that these could be produced once the 4-wheelers are done. The coaches will only be produced if there is sufficient interest to justify the minimum volume, hence I asked Andy if we could canvass interest here, and David has asked me to post the following announcement: I have been in correspondence about the possibility of providing etched kits for sides, ends and roofs for Great Eastern Railway four and six wheeled coaches in 4 mm scale. I have already produced kits in 2 mm scale for the diagram 401 five compartment four wheeled third, the diagram 501 two compartment brake third and the diagram 101 four compartment first, measuring from extant coach bodies. I am thinking of making available in 4 mm scale kits for the coach bodies comprising sides, ends with integral head-stocks, roofs, sole-bar overlays, drop-lights, ventilators and end footsteps. They would be to the correct dimensions and with the idea of using the longer wheelbase Ratio injection moulded GWR coach kit to provide the under-frame. I would be able to do the four wheeled coaches for £25 each and would need firm orders with a deposit for at least 14 coach body kits in order to proceed. I need to gauge demand and so would invite you to contact me via my website: http://eveleighcreations.com/ Depending on how many people contact me I would initially offer the first and third class coaches, following on if there were sufficient sales with the brake third. If the demand is there I would also like to do the four Holden six wheeled coaches: 34'6" Brake Third (Dia.514); 34'6" 6-Compartment Thirds (Dia. 404); 32' Centre Luggage Compartment 4-Compartment Composite (D219); and 32' Full Brakes (Dias.513 or 516). The cost of having masks and initial etches for new sheets is considerable, however, so these later items will depend on sufficient sales of the former to finance them. Please have a look at my website for examples of my work 4-Wheelers The 4-wheelers date from the 1870s and I would think that they were built for suburban work. However, Holden renewed the suburban 4-wheel stock with large numbers of new coaches towards the end of the Nineteenth Century. I believe that older 4-wheelers then found there way on to branch lines and a considerable number were sold off in the 1900-1904. Purchasers of GE stock included minor independent railways, colliery lines and Light Railways of the Colonel Stephens ilk, so these are ideal for freelance Light Railway or industrial projects. Another use for them would be to replicate the large number of grounded coach bodies used by the GER to provide platform shelters and ancillary buildings at many rural locations on its system. Many bodies are preserved because many became homes during the Edwardian period. The kits would comprise sides, ends roof and a fascia representing the wooden solebars, and he intends to reproduce the brake Third, 5-Compt. Third and 4-Compt. First. The body style features characteristic GER round tops to the window lights and panels, and features raised beading on the waists. This is a very 1860s-1870s style, which the Great Eastern perpetuated into the 1880s. Originally varnished teak, when they became to shabby to retain the varnished finish, they were painted in GE coach brown, which appears to have been a slightly reddish brown. A preserved example of a coach finished in this way is the GER First Class Smoking Carriage of 1863 on the Mid-Suffolk (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/122868-ex-works-y6-paint-scheme/?p=2726273). When built these would probably have been oil lit (the first Pintsch gas lit suburban stock was built from 1877), but I understand that they were later converted to gas. Guy Rixon has very kindly responded to requests for GER coach fittings by producing 3D printed accessories, so GER buffer shanks (https://www.shapeways.com/product/B3P8ABL24/ger-coach-buffers-x20?optionId=61554189) and Pintsch gas lamp tops (https://www.shapeways.com/product/LGP9KVLAC/pintsch-gas-lamps-x20?optionId=61657147) are available from his Shapeways shop. 6-wheelers These are Holden type 5 coaches, built in the 1886-1896 period (the types are these defined by John Watling in a series of excellent articles available on the GERS website: https://www.gersociety.org.uk/index.php/rolling-stock/carriages/types-5-8). Holden Type 5s were built to standardised lengths. By this period, the beaded waist panels had been replaced by rounded ended recessed waist panels. The window lights and vertical panels have large radius top corners. I believe that D&S at one stage produced the 6-Compt. Third, but generally the old D&S range of GE 6-wheelers featured the next generation of Holden types, Type 7A, built from 1896-1898. The Type 7A were "square lights", i.e. the windows have right-angled, non-radial corners. Whereas the Square Light 6-wheelers had Lavatory Composites and 5-Compt. Lav. Thirds, the Type 5s had Luggage Composites and 6-Compt. Thirds. Built as mainline general service coaches, photographic evidence suggests that the Type 5s were in service in large numbers for a prolonged period, though my interest/research is confined to the pre-Grouping era, so I don't know now long they lasted. Bill King of the GERS has very kindly directed me to the Stratford Works drawings for the following: 34'6" Brake Third (Dia.514); 34'6" 6-Compartment Third (Dia. 404); 32' Centre Luggage Compartment 4-Compartment Composite (D219); 32' Full Brakes (Dias.516) These would be the intended kits. Guy Rixon already produces a 3D-print accessory sprue for GER 6-wheel coaches that would be suitable. Included are springs (with the centre springs on 'J' hangers), axle boxes, buffer shanks and Pintsch gas lamp tops: https://www.shapeways.com/product/8DZ6QHBP7/ger-6w-coach-fittings-set-a?optionId=64070109. Please can any one interested in the production of these models please get in touch with David Eveleigh, and please let me know. .
  3. I was chatting to Andy Hanson on Thursday evening and he mentioned that Peter's Spares are currently listing various PECO Jubilee body parts on their website. We both confessed to having examples of these in our gloat boxes. Mine has been there for over a decade, along with a Nigel Hunt chassis etch and all the bits and pieces necessary to complete the model... with the exception of that vital spark motivation to actually build it. Well, Andy has now supplied said spark - a challenge to complete a finescale Jubilee in time for the 2mm Scale Association's Diamond Jubilee. Apparently Nigel has sold over 100 of his etches, so there must be plenty of others sitting in gloat boxes up and down the land... but if you're feeling left out, Nigel has got plenty left, which no doubt he will have for sale at Chelford next weekend. (He also has a version to fit the Farish Jubilee.) Anyway, the gauntlet has been laid down, so if you need an excuse to get cracking on a loco project, join us in the Jubilee Jubilee Challenge! (and post your progress here). It would be amazing if there were 60 converted Jubilees at the 60th anniversary, but even if there are only 2 (so long as they are mine and Andy's!) I'll be happy. I'll be starting in a couple of weeks (once I've finished exam marking), but in the meantime the bits are all ready to begin...
  4. The late Neil Ballantine had started a large 2FS layout in his garage loft based on an amalgam of Dunblane and Callander called 'Dunallander'. Following his untimely death his partner contacted the 2MM Scale Association to see what could be done with it as she did not want it to be lost. The layout has been taken on by the Grampian Area Group of the Association with those of us in the Forth & Clyde Group offering whatever support we could provide. Early in 2018 I was asked if I would draw up an etch for building the footbridge which was to be a model of that at Dunblane as it was in the late 1950's/early '60's. I agreed to not only design the etch, but also build it. The footbridge in question has recently been removed and rebuilt at Bridge of Dun, on the Brechin based preserved 'Caledonian Railway'. Two members of the Grampian group carried out a survey of it in its new location and I was provided with both scale drawings and their survey notes and measurements. In its original location with its modern replacement in the background And at its new site Several aspects posed something of a challenge, the first of these being how to reproduce the pillars supporting the landings, with their ornate bases and capitals, including those supporting the arches. In the end we agreed that 3D printing was the best option and Chris Higgs agreed to convert my 2D drawing for the purpose, making each set of 4 pillars and the associated brackets/arches as one piece. The results would have been difficult to produce by any other means. These have still to be tidied up to remove the slight layering. I finally got the design worked out and the artwork sent off to PPD in mid-July and the etch duly arrived last week. The sheet had several other things on it which were removed before taking the photo I took it along to our Area Group meeting last Saturday and started work on it there. It went together very well and i was able to complete assembling the outer side of one stairway at the meeting. Since then the other three have been assembled. As originally built the area behind the lattice sections was infilled with boarding Next step will be to take the deck sides to the same stage. Jim (Edited to correct spelling of Neil's name)
  5. Hailed in MRJ as one of the best etched kits ever, ok so that was maybe the 4mm version, but still, I needed one of these for my embryonic layout, so I just had to have one. I started building mine last summer, 2017, and my first learning experience was discovering the need to use solder paste for the very delicate overlays eg on the body ends. I also experimented with a gas soldering iron (disaster), better, new bits for the Antex, but as I work a lot in the garden or at our caravan, I have settled on a battery powered Antex which I really like and use for everything except where you need a lot of heat. This is a great kit and the parts fold up well and fit very nicely into place using the slots and holes provided. The resin roof fits like a glove too, what a splendid way to solve that perennial issue. My attempts to build it though have been, as usual, a steep learning curve. This was the first etched kit I’ve tackled in 2FS, and the first in any scale for some years, and in hindsight I’d have been better starting with something slightly smaller, but as you will see, it’s coming together. Yesterday I spent some time sat in the sun, which is by far the best lighting for me, and cleaned up my efforts ready for a coat of etch primer. This did reveal a few issues which I have tried to photograph below in the hope that showing that even my less than perfect workmanship can hopefully produce something halfway decent, in order to encourage other first timers to have a go. The underside of the chassis is shown before I started cleaning it up. A lengthy session with a fibreglass burnishing brush (I really hate these, the dust and shards of fibre get everywhere, is there a better option anywhere?) cleaned up a lot of the surface dirt and some excess solder, though I have clearly used too much of that. I had far too much trouble getting the captive nuts to stay on and should have done it earlier than I did. There is a buffer overlay half off, a few of the axle box overlays are missing or slipped, a step is missing and another in off course, and the brake rigging needs fettling. The body is better but still needs work, one end overlay was coming adrift, but this was resolved with a little solder paste and using the excellent peg clamp to brace it against while I applied heat (iron not shown, insufficient hands). I find the peg clamp a really useful tool for holding work down and it’s so easy to make and customise for various jobs. This is ongoing work, I’ve fixed many of these issues, but it has also given me the confidence to continue, and I’ve got a couple of BR vans under construction with Association underframes being soldered up nicely, even got the wheels spinning freely, so persevere and learn from your mistakes, I try to, and I hope that these “warts and all” articles will encourage those of us who are still striving to reach the dizzy standards seen in this forum. More soon...
  6. Slowly getting there, confidence higher than usual at the moment. Cranks and pins and wheels are now mated up, rods laminated and cleaned up. More photos tomorrow. Quartering next.
  7. Hi I've been working so hard, that I have not been able to do any modelling. Included is a photograph of the 1st 3 way point I have started to construct. Lisa
  8. Hi Because I have Autism, I am unable to read between the lines of what someone is saying. Thus far more misunderstanding occur, for me that most people, who are 'neuro typicals'. I also have serious problems with equipment and software which are designed to be intuitive. Recently I have been having problems, with uploading files to RMWEB. Because of my Autism the help information provided is worse than useless to me. The only way I have of solving such problems is to experiment. This often lands me in trouble, because others think that I am trying, to misuse one of the sites options. My last blog entry on RMWEB, for some reason was viewed by the majority of the moderation team, within a hour of putting it online. The technique of making a 'test entry' draft, and not clicking the publish button is so that it will not appear on the blog list, but can be fully tested, before proceeding further. Incidentally this technique was suggested by a member of the moderation. team. I hope this entry, clears the air and will lead to there being less misunderstanding of me and my actions in the future. Lisa
  9. The 1st Buildings - Back http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11543-st-ouen-jnwr-the-1st-buildings/ Prototype for Everything Department The question that has been the buzz on the 2mm virtual Area Group has recently been how sharp can my curves be. Below is a photograph of a prototype with very sharp curves. If this was modelled in 2mm scale, the radius would be about 60mm, that’s 120mm in 4mm scale. Oh yes where is this photograph taken. The answer is the Jersey Steam & motor museum, in Trinity. Below is the link to their website. http://www.pallotmuseum.co.uk/ The picture below is of the coach bogie, the wheels are very close together and the coach is a 5 compartment one. Lisa
  10. After building the sequence, the next stage was to build a mock up of the layout to check that it look OK. Firstly I took the design of the layout, within Templot and added the flap that carries the track for the end of the platform and the coal wharf roads. Then I added a cassette and the cassette support flap to the design. The design for the complete layout Next I built the mock up of the layout, including the proposed backscene. This was examined in a great deal of detail, and changes were made, until I was satisfied with the result. St Ouen mockup Baseboard Design - Forward To look at the design of the baseboard, click on the link below. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11412-st-ouen-jnwr-%E2%80%93-baseboard-design/ Building an Operating Sequence - back To see how the operating sequence was built, click on the link below. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11376-st-ouen-jnwr-building-a-sequence/ Lisa
  11. Answer when it at St Aubin in Jersey, see the diagram below. St Aubin Level Crossing Signalling on Jersey railways The only signals on Jersey railways was the two protecting the Level Crossing at St Aubin on the Jersey Railway and two signals protecting Green Street Level crossing in St Helier on the Jersey Eastern Railway. The signals at St Aubin were lower quadrant, the one at the end of the platform has mounted on a short wooden post, the one protecting the crossing for trains to St Helier was bolted to the tunnel wall. All points on Jersey railways were operated by hand levers, which were weighted to prevent them moving whist a trains is passing over the points. Telegraphic Dispatch Trains were controlled by Telegraphic Dispatch, the Jersey railways were not sleepy branch line, but operated ½ hourly services, except in the early morning and late evening. The lines were single line, with frequent crossing loops. The Line Controller, based at St Helier (Weighbridge) station, had a diagram of the line painted onto a blackboard. The position of trains was shown, by recording the Train Reporting Number using chalk. Train Reporting Numbers JU15 describes Jersey Railways Up Train number 15 ND05 describes Jersey North Western Railway Down Train number 05 When a train arrived at a crossing loop the Station Agent would telegraph the line controller. The Line Controller would the move the Train Reporting Number to the loop. He would also record the telegraph message in a ledger. When it was safe for the train to proceed, the Line Controller would send a telegraph message to the station agent. The Station Agent would then write a driver ticket, hand this to the driver and and when safe, give the drive a hand signal to proceed. He would then send a telegraph message to the Line Controller, who would record the message and update the position of the Train Reporting Number. The next day the the ledger would be reconciled against the tickets issued to the drivers. From St Helier Driver Tickets could be issued to Millbrook, St Aubin as appropriate, depending on train path availability. The Jersey North Western Railway, was operated as One Engine in Steam, once the train had left the loop at Pont Marquat and outside the station limits of St Ouen. To return to the main St Ouen blog, click on the link below. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11391-st-owen-jnwr-layout-mockup/ Lisa
  12. Layout Planning I - Back http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11232-st-ouen-jnwr-layout-planning/ Building a Sequence - Forward http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11376-st-ouen-jnwr-building-a-sequence/ Detailed Design When designing a very small layout, planning is much more critical than for larger layouts. I use a CAD package call Templot, then the template is printed out full size. The lengths of the sidings etc. can be checked by placing a locomotive and rolling stock. Sand train shunt using Initial track design Passenger train arrived using Initial track design Sand train shunt using modified track design Passenger train arrived using modified track design This process allowed me to optimise the length of the left hand hinged extension. By experimentation this will be 100mm. The passenger track will be longer than the coal wharf track, because having it only long enough for an engine and a single wagon makes the operation more interesting! When designing a micro layout, it is important that there is enough operating interest. The second pair of photographs the details of the buildings and the flap are sketched in.
  13. Hi From now on the entry title will be Le Focq, not La Rocque, because I am now modelling Le Focq station. The blog name will still be La Rocque. As you can see from the photograph below, there is indeed no corners in my sky. The back scene support is now in place. On to which a photographic back scene will be attached. The tabs at the top of the back scene support, are to ensure that when the glue sets a gap will exist of 0.5 mm to allow the insertion of the sky extension to be inserted. Spacers have been placed to keep the support about 0.5 mm from the inside of the scenic board box sides, see photograph below. Once the photographic scene has been attached, the support will be trimmed along the bottom of the open sky. Then a sky coloured extension can be slotted into the gap. This will mean that a viewer looking through the aperture, will not be able to see the layout operator. The box in the corner is to house the point motor, and will be hidden by a stone barn, which has been moved, about 60 meters, from it's position in the prototype, into it's position on the model. Lisa
  14. Hi What is an armchair modeller? To many the answer is a sign of disapproval, someone who thinks about building a layout, but does little real modelling. Many of my previous modelling projects have failed because I didn't do enough thinking, before starting projects. This time round I did, and this think before you start model, makes the actual project execution easier. I have now made the main baseboard, yes it is a micro layout. But it is designed to be a complete layout, with a scenic area and a fiddleyard. Below are some photographs which show the progress which I am making. The layout main board is ONLY 14 mm thick. The thinner the support structure is the more height is available for scenic development. The Really Useful Box, in which the layout will be stored and transported is 120mm high. Underside detail showing the mono cock construction The stream bed, built as a drop section. Underside view of one of the extension boards Overall view of the complete layout When doing my modelling, I sit at my workbench, I sit in a comfortable chair. What is the point in being uncomfortable? Lisa
  15. Hi I am building a layout, but in order to test the locomotives, and rolling stock I need a test track. The prototype is an intermediate station on the Jersey Eastern Railway. The station had a single platform a level crossing and a siding facing St Hellier. I am intending that the test track will pack into a plastic box with internal measurements of 380mm by 140mm by 160mm. This will include a loco and rolling stock, and maybe the controller. I don't have transport, so I travel everywhere by bus, train and ferry. So I intend to carry the box in a holdall. The box is to ensure that the railway stays dry. Lisa
  16. I thought I'd start this up in its own topic for those interested. I decided to start with the tender and here are some pics as I progressed through the second test etch build. The stanchions for the brake handle being added. The tape under the footplate is to keep the 0.2 mm nickel silver rod in place until soldered.. For some reason I thought the bracket at the top of the stanchions should have extended from the top of the tank, whereas it is actually in line with the bottom of the beading on the side. It was quite difficult soldering the bracket into the corner whilst keeping it level. The water scoop handle side in progress. A lot of cleaning to do at some point! Two shots of the tender with most of the etched parts now added. Luckily I should be able to complete the tender from this test etch. There were a few minor adjustments to the artwork identified during the build. The chassis almost done, and the parts for the tender axlebox/springs One completed axlebox. Now I know where the assembly pitfalls are. Nig H
  17. Here are some pics of Fowler 2-6-4Ts built or being built from the first test etch. There are a lot of things to sort out on the second test etch. The footplate was a real pain, but at least I learnt how vital it is to assemble it all accurately. The shots below are of the footplate for the 'limo cab' version. At the moment it all looks a right mess, but once things start going wrong with the build there isn't much point cleaning it all up unless its needed to make other parts fit. Nig H
  18. Hello, This is my model of a Beames 0-8-0 G2. Its made from a shot-down to 2mm scale Brassmasters etched kit, with a chassis I designed and had etched. The model is finished in its late 1950s BR Patricroft condition. It was withdrawn in 1962. The chimney and dome are N Brass castings. I think I turned the smokebox door, and soldered on the detail bits before epoxying it as a unit onto the front of the smokebox. One of the challenges with this model was the tender body, especially the flared sides and rear. I had to fabricate, from chunks of brass, very small parts to fill the gap in the rear corners between the sides and the top of the flare. forming the curved flare parts wasn't a doddle either The loco is powered with a Faulhaber 1219 coreless motor, driving a 30:1 worm gear and 28:1 and 21:1 spur gears. These gears, the wheels and axle muffs are supplied by the Two Millimetre Scale Association. The tender body pivots at a point just behind the motor to transfer some weight onto the back of the loco chassis. Nig H
  19. Hello, This is my model of a Bowen-Cooke 0-8-2T. Its made from a shot-down to 2mm scale Brassmasters etched kit, with a chassis I designed and had etched. The model is finished in its early BR Springs Branch condition, from where it was withdrawn in 1953. The chimney, dome and safety valves are N Brass castings. The loco is powered with a Faulhaber 1016 coreless motor, driving a 30:1 worm gear and 28:1 and 21:1 spur gears. These gears, the wheels and axle muffs are supplied by the Two Millimetre Scale Association. Nig H
  20. <p>Still moving forward, just about. The quartering was done by eye and by gently fettling the rods until the whole assembly rotated freely. This took time and care, but we got there. I was emboldened to trim off the axle ends, clean then up and was admiring my work when I read a comment from Izzy warning not to do this until I had fitted the outer frames! I have checked though, and I think it will all fit as it is. I’ll be making spacers as per Mick Simpson’s article because my hamfisted early efforts have broken off the brackets. I also had a couple of the tiny etched parts delaminate from the rods during reaming. Next time I’ll do some of this before soldering. Thanks to those who have commented, any feedback welcome. Cheers John
  21. Here’s a progress report in the Association BR van kits build. The first picture shows the peg clamp in use to hold things down while I reattach the overlay that hadn’t quite taken on the first attempt. The second shows that my soldering has improved a bit and the bodies in saddle brown for now. I have tinned, folded and sweated 8 axlebox etches, but the first 2 I tried to fix on delaminated, so I’m going to try again... Did drop one onto the patio, but it turned up the next morning. Phew!
  22. To look at all the posting in this blog, place the cursor over the name and right click the mouse. Hi I also getting on with the baseboard construction. I now added the flap, to carry the off scene track, to allow the passenger trains to fully enter the platform. The buffer stops are off scene. This has to be detachable or hinged to allow the layout to fit in it's carrying case. The photographs below show the flap folded up from the layout front. The flap in the up position also from the front and the the underside of the the flap in the up position. I need to adjust the height so that it is inline with the top surface of the main board. There is a small gap between the main baseboard and he flap, to allow for the thickness of the backscene card! Lisa
  23. Layout Mock up - Back To see the animated layout mock up click on the link below. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11391-st-owen-jnwr-layout-mockup/ Background Design - Forward http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1283/entry-11443-st-ouen-jnwr-how-much-detail-is-required-in-a-photo-background/ Baseboard Design The baseboard for St Ouen are made from a sandwich of 4mm plywood and 8mm softwood. The photograph below shows the underside of the main board. Removal of material, is usually carried out to make the baseboard lighter, but on such a small baseboard this is not a consideration. Photograph of the underside of the main board. The space created will be used to accommodate the wiring, including facilitating the attachment of track droppers. The animation below shows how the layout is packed away into it's carrying case, for transport. The next stage is to complete the building of the baseboard, including the platform extension and the cassette fiddleyard flaps. The nickname of the layout, down at the club is the 'Raspberry Ripple' because the carrying container originally came filled with Raspberry Ripple ice cream. Lisa
  24. Hi In order to design any layout, especially a micro layout, like La Rocque some compromises have to be made. Starting from the right hand side, the cottage has been moved towards the railway crossing and turned through about 15 degrees, to make the back parallel with the railway. The cottage then acts to screen trains as they enter the scene. The platform at La Rocque, could accommodate 6 carriages, but on the model this will be reduced to about 3.5 carriages, due to space and balance considerations. The culvert was over 60m from the points, but is an interesting feature, both it's construction and the difference in levels. So it was moved into the scenic area. Some trees and bushed will be added, to screen the trains as they enter and leave the scene on the left hand side, which did not exist at the prototype location. Going from front to back of the scene, in the prototype location, there is a gentle gradient. On the model this will be exaggerated to enhance the feeling of distance. The feel of the location will be completed with a photograhic backscene, with the trainsition masked with a hedge, in front of the backscene. Initial design thoughts can be found at http://www.rmweb.co....esign-thoughts/ Lisa
  25. Hi I've done some experimentation with a short length of Easitrack, a small piece of plywood, double sided tape and three wagons, to determine the minimum radius which 10' wagons could negotiate, without coming off. The answer is 75mm radius, if I slightly gauge widen the track. Initial design of the baseboard, the main baseboard will be 380mm by 140mm, with two add on boards 185mm by 140mm and a hinged flap to support the cassette at the back of the layout. The scenic area will be presented in diorama format, complete with curved photographic backscene and view block at the front, and will include an array of LED's to light the scene. I am intending to add legs, so that when the layout is displayed on a table, the height will be boosted to a more normal viewing height. I am intending to construct the main board using mono-cock construction techniques, to make it rigid, lightweight and minimum thickness. Lisa
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