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A busy night saw 3 of us working on finishing the fiddle yard wiring this evening to make sure the layout is ready in time for its running slot on the 6th March.  This entailed us fitting 2 common return harnesses to the fiddle yard (one to each half of the folding over sections) and then wiring the whole lot together using 7 core trailer cable with the insulation stripped off all but a small part to get main power from the yard entry feeds right up to the end of the traverser.

 

The whole lot was then tested with a multimeter from the 5 pin feed plug so we know there are no shorts and it all connects through.

 

Next week we start adding cosmetic fishplates to the scenic boards.

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I recognise those hands! Who let my dad loose with a Stanley knife?! 

 

Looking forward to seeing the whole layout in action, and one day with a G5 on it! 

 

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Cheers

 

J

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On 24/02/2019 at 19:58, JaymzHatstand said:

I recognise those hands! Who let my dad loose with a Stanley knife?! 

 

Looking forward to seeing the whole layout in action, and one day with a G5 on it! 

 

 

 

Cheers

 

J

You bring it, you can run it.  If I can shoehorn a blue 20 onto the layout (sometimes) I'm sure we can run one of those.  I would advise against loitering around the layout too much otherwise as you will likely be given a job to do.

 

My wife has now decided the layout needs a signal box and intends to build it herself, complete with interior and lighting, there was even talk of a soundboard app and a bluetooth speaker for ambient effects.  No doubt I will be made to post updates on it on this thread.

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Mrs Boris has been extremely busy and has so far assembled the basic shell of the signal box, this is as far as the main structure will now go pending painting and interior assemble.  More information should follow soon.

 

She has also undercoated the ballast bin this afternoon.

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Mrs Boris has also been busy assembling some interior bits for the signal box and has been trial fitting them.  I believe these items are from a Springside pack, there is also lighting to fit inside, a red bulb for the stove and 3-4 white bulbs form the roof to fully light the interior.

 

To provide ambient noise she has a battery bluetooth speaker from the pound shop and is programming a phone app with signal box noises, the idea being that its not making noise all the time - you'll get random footsteps, phones ringing and kettles boiling.  You'll also get random lever movement noises and buttons for bell codes/block machine operation so you can hear the signalman accepting/offering the next train, so you can start the correct sound sequence for the correct class of train to/from the fiddle yard.

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37 minutes ago, colin penfold said:

The signalman in an armchair from Modelu is well worth getting Boris

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Thanks for the link Colin, my wife has fallen in love with the bobby sitting on the stool gossiping on the phone so that may well be making an appearance in the box in the future.  The P-Way guy with the spanner is likely going to be bought and left near the ballast bin on the layout as well.

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At the risk of spamming our own topic we made solid progress tonight with cosmetic fishplates being added to board D, the loading dock base plate being trial fitted (essential as it is not a wholly square structure) and Mrs Boris' signalbox being trialed on the layout because she told me to.

 

The layout looks quite odd with 3D bits appearing on it now after having been completely flat for 12 months!

 

 

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Whilst Mrs Boris is playing with her signal box I have moved over to the other side of the layout to start making the bare shell of the loading dock.  It is quite a simple plasticard structure, but in operating terms is important because it what gives the yard a little more flavour.  Its not a simple shape which is why the base had to be trial fitted last Wednesday before  the structure was assembled, because the dock also serves as a dumb end for the end on road it needs to be a solid structure so it doesn't move when buffered up to.

 

This has been achieved by giving the dock a wooden spine which will pin into the layout and reinforciing the end with a soldered brass substructure.  The dock also needs to be removeable because it covers a board join between boards C & D.

 

The plasticard will be clad with either embossed brick plastic or brick paper depending on my whims further down the line, the stones painted and the mortar lines deepend and highlighted and the slight well on the top filled with ash ballast.  I need to cover a few gaps in the structure with some filler and add an end ramp as well.  I might need to look at some cap stones or similar for the end ramp as well.

 

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Mrs Boris has been quite busy with her signal box having finished the exterior and glazed all the windows.  The roof is a bit 2 dimensional so the next job will be to add some slate strips or individual slates to give a much more three dimensional appearance.  Once she has done that apparently the interior building can begin along with the fitting of lights.  i think she will also have to do something about some form of mortar on there.

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On 05/03/2019 at 20:01, Boris said:

Mrs Boris has been quite busy with her signal box having finished the exterior and glazed all the windows.  The roof is a bit 2 dimensional so the next job will be to add some slate strips or individual slates to give a much more three dimensional appearance.  Once she has done that apparently the interior building can begin along with the fitting of lights.  i think she will also have to do something about some form of mortar on there.

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An excellent job!

 

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1 hour ago, kes said:

An interesting night.

Indeed, an experience that definitely will not be repeated.

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I have been busy painting my Gresley suburban set with thin washes of teak paint (yellow, Orange and Brown) aligned with the panel direction. I now have to cut out and individually fit about 140 windows - Arrgghh!  - Perhaps I will paint the "Ghost" N10 black first.

 

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Recovering after cutting and fitting 160 separate windows.

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Mrs Boris has been busy replacing the moulded tiles on the signal box roof with something a little more three dimensional.  Doesn't look too bad.

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I haven't made it to the club for a few weeks because of work, but in the meantime Mrs Boris has been extremely busy with the signal box, the roof is now finished aside from a couple of finishing touches and work has started on the interior and lighting.  Some of the furniture is in as is the clock and stove, to date she has finished about half the lever frame which so far includes a detonator placer correctly painted for a bidirectional single line and a cut down electric ground frame lever!  I think I saw a tensioning wheel for the distant as well somewhere.

 

There is still a figure to be sculpted and painted, the rest of the lever frame, a block shelf and a diagram that I know of.  She seems quite keen to have a 'bus phone near the desk and some form of SPT on the block shelf.

 

The back wall isn't quite as rough as it looks, its a really bad angle on the camera with the flash!

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Lighting test number 1, definitely has promise.

 

 

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Quite a lot of progress has recently been made on the layout with the cosmetic fish plates having been fitted to all boards, and track painting started in earnest.  Masking off the important areas of the points the track has been sprayed with railmatch sleeper grime and will now be painted with a suitable rail colour (tba).

 

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Once that has been completed the fun of ballasting begins.

 

In other news Mrs Boris has declared the signal box to be completed, including the cat at the top of the stairs trying to get in!

 

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We have been making steady progress with the layout despite appearances!

 

The track was all basecoated with Railmatch Sleeper Grime and then the rails themselves painted with Vallejo Leather Brown.  The usual colour is Humbrol red leather which is a pain in the butt to obtain locally, but we do have a supplier of Vallejo paints and a supplier of GW paints, a quick comparison shewed that the Vallejo colour is definitely close enough.  Another deciding factor in this decision was the drying time, with Humbrol enamels usually being a couple of hours and Vallejo being considerably shorter as they are an acrylic - useful on a club night where you can get 2 coats on comfortably, cleaning brushes is also a lot easier as no chemicals are required.   It took about 3 weeks but both sides of the rail have been painted, a useful tip is to go round the rail with a very strong light, such as that on a mobile phone, so you can see where the paint coverage might be a little bit thin.

 

Once this was done the railhead was scraped off and cleaned with a sanding block and all the points etc tested before we start doing anything drastic like throwing ballast around.

 

One final thing to note was the obtaining of a part build goods shed kit for the layout very cheaply on Ebay, unfortunately it is about an inch too wide for the layout so it will be cut down and the side facing the public will be left open with a nice bit of detailing placed in the shed itself giving a 4 th wall effect, an interesting view should also be obtainable by leaning down slightly and looking through the goods shed windows onto the running line beyond.

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A little more fun with the goods shed over this weekend.  The crane has been modifed to fit and helps suppoer the roof, although nothing is fastened in at the moment which is why it looks a little wonky, the roof trusses require cutting back to the correct length and they have been modified to accept the different roof on the viewing side.  The roof on the far side has been turned round so the light sits in a slightly better place and the viewing side roof has been cut back and a blank piece put in ready to be tiled over otherwise it does not have much in the way of strength.  Still not sure about the office personally, but I am pleased with the way this is coming together.

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