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Here is my entry for the RMWeb/ModelRail 2011 diorama competition: Moorswater Viaduct 2mm Finescale

 

The link to the detailed build thread can be found at http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/37906-moorswater-viaduct-2fs/page__fromsearch__1, whilst the following images give a brief overview of the scope of the project.

 

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The 20" x 11" x 11" envelope includes integrated lighting and a concealed rolling stock tray...

 

The idea was based upon two aims:

 

1 - To make an extract from my current in progress layout to test out ideas for scenery, lighting and viewing angles.

 

2 - To allow some modelling this summer instead of my usual sitting and pondering and writing lists of all the things I wanted to model.

 

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Initial sketch alongside finished model...the etch for the balustrade didn't quite make the deadline...

 

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Contextual photo of moorswater together with red outline to show extent of extract and initial mock up...

 

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Brunel disused pier, card structure develops and initial foam board contours...

 

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Sketches showing lighting ideas which were developed from an IKEA mini light found during a shopping excursion...

 

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Side on view...I was hoping to try and capture the drama between the mainline 150ft above the freight only line...

 

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Trees were purchased from 4D model shop and the planting sketched alongside the 'still to do' list...

 

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The layout is set approximately 1980...37135 returns from the dries on clay hoods...

 

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37142 was another regular on the branch...

 

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It also became apparent that the setting could be timeless (bar the vegetation) hence 37135 on CDA's...

 

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And glimpsed again through the viaduct...

 

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And the clock could be turned forward to represent today...66952 on cement...

 

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And even turned back to steam days...on clay opens...

 

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And again on a short freight...

 

And finally, a night shot showing that whilst the lighting experiment may need some tweaking for my finished layout...in the meantime I can use it as a bedside reading light!...

 

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The modified IKEA lighting is concealed in the front framing...

 

I should like to thank everyone for their support, comments and enthusiasm during the build and add that it has been great fun participating in this competition.

 

Pete

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Hi Pete

 

What a beauty. I really love the way you've posed your drawings with the photographs in the summary - really help to explain the basic construction. Isn't in great to see something on paper come to life - guess that's part of the thrill of being an architect?

 

If I did somehow encourage you at the beginning then I'm so glad because the result is thrilling. It must have been very hard work, but it's great, great modelling and a very original concept. I still think it'd look good in a glass display cabinet though!

 

Regards

 

Mike

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Hi Mike,

 

Many thanks for this - Yes, it was touch and go at one point where I nearly threw in the towel, but your comments and then a few other peoples got me fired up again and I am glad I finished it.

 

Thank you - BTW, saw one of those glass cabinets you referred to whilst in IKEA the other week...my wife just shook her head and carried on walking...Nuff said... :laugh:

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So... did you win??!

 

I haven't seen any results anywhere.

Are you intending to incorporate this into your 2FS layout, or will it stay as a stand alone?

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So... did you win??!

I haven't seen any results anywhere.

Are you intending to incorporate this into your 2FS layout, or will it stay as a stand alone?

 

Hi Chris - Voting hasn't finished yet! I think it runs until 3 December...I still have to set aside some time and cast my votes...

 

Not sure if you missed this blog entry which I hope answers your question.

 

In short, I was always intended this to be a bespoke entry for the competition which would then be raided for bits afterwards (viaduct, Brunel pier, trees etc) so I have set it aside until 2012 and then the demolition team will move in...the thing is...everytime I go into our spare room, I kinda like looking at it...so either I have to leave it alone, or get on and finish the layout so I have something else to look at!

 

Thanks for your interest in the layout Chris.

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