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2fs Nuclear Flask Unloading Facility


Rammstein2609

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Hi all,

 

I've never had the confidence to enter a modelling competition before but recently have been pleased and surprised with my own results. I thought I may as well give it a go this time.

 

My Plan is to build a simple area which depicts a secure Nuclear Flask unloading facility with a track plan roughly based on the facility at Dungeness. I have already built 2mm Finescale turnouts so the single B6 on the plan won't be a challenge. I have set a few personal challenges for myself for this diorama:

 

Design and produce an etched 'kit' for a suitable gantry crane

Design and produce an etched 'kit' for a portacabin

Build suitable lighting units for the small scale

Add as much detail as possible

And actually finish it!blink.gif

 

I plan on using a Graham Farish DRS class 57 and a Class 37 resprayed into DRS by myself as the motive power with the plan to also try and convert two class 20's into DRS Spec.

Hopefully the Grafar FNA flask wagon will be released in time but if not I will have to build a few TPM kits.

 

If my attempt at suitable lighting works I plan on setting the diorama at night for added interest. DCC will be employed to allow loco lights.

 

Below is the simple track plan and two 3D renderings of the baseboard made from 3.6mm ply. The board is an awkward shape but this is to ensure it fits perfectly within the specified footprint.

I hope to build the baseboard at the beginning of June (after payday).

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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Hi Martin,

 

Great idea and some very nice challenge items to be making with the portacabin and gantry crane - will look forward to seeing these develop. I don't think I will have time to produce an entry myself as I need to get Rannoch completed but I do have a couple of TPM flask kits all built and painted that you can use to photograph on it when its complete to save you having to build some!

 

Thanks,

Mark

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Hi Mark,

 

I think I'll take you up on that offer. It means I can hold out for the Graham Farish model.

 

I should have the baseboard built before Perth so I can build the trackwork and fit the Cobalt point motor at Perth.

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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Hi Martin,

 

In that case I'll bring them along to Perth - I have a couple of DRS 66's as well so will bring them and sneak them onto your display. At least you know what you'll be busy with all weekend should certainly be interesting!

 

Thanks,

Mark

 

 

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Hi Martin,

 

Here are some pictures of the Flasks for you. I have taken some measurements for you:

 

Total length over buffers: - 84mm

Main Body/Chassis - 77mm

Flask Hood base length - from ends of support brackets - 29mm

Flask Hood top - 23mm x 17.5mm

 

Not sure of flask dimensions but they are available as I have seen leaflets from visiting sellafield when I was younger. I have also been to Barrow Docks open days in the past but the flasks here are different used for the shipments to and from Japan on the BNFL Fisher Boats.

 

Hope that helps

Mark

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Hi,

 

A little progress so far.

I have built the baseboard and painted the exterior to look a bit more presentable. The next step is to start on the trackwork. I already have all the components for the concrete flat bottom track and the wooden bullhead point.

 

I purchased a new lenz Set 100, a Graham Farish DRS class 57 and a TCS 4 function decoder for the 57. The class 57 is currently sitting in the DHL depot so will be picked up tomorrow morning.

 

Thanks to Mark for helping out with dimensions and photos of the FNA's.  This has helped with the drawings for the crane which I should start building in a few weeks.

 

Here are a few pics of the work so far:

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Martin,

 

If it would help you I have a scale plan of the Lydd (Dungeness) crane, this was replaced with a similer new crane a few years ago. I also have many photos and scale track plans of the site as I used to manage the maintenance of the plant in BR times, and I now live at Lydd.

 

A friend built a model of the crane in 7mm from my information. I will try and find the photo I have of it.

 

Good luck with your project.

 

Cheers.

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Martin,

 

Personally, I would stick with the TPM FNA and fit the correct bogies from the 2mm Scale Association Shop. I've seen the Farish test shots and still doubt they will get me to part with my hard earned pennies! Here's a picture of my partly completed kit.

 

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What you need;

2-394 Wagon bogie Sideframe casting 2000mm FBT6 and Y25 composite frame

2-405Wagon bogie etch stretcher 2000mm FBT6 and Y25 composite frame

They run well and are surprisingly straight forward to build. I've also fitted TPMs ferrywagon hooks to each corner, little details which give a sense of scale to such a plain wagon.

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Paul,

 

Thanks for posting that pic. The crane looks fantastic. Hopefully mine will turn out as well.

 

Bryn,

 

Thanks for the shot of the bogie. Mark (post above) has kindly offered to lend me his TPM FNA's for taking photos of on the diorama when it is finished. I may wait until the Farish version comes out to compare models before I buy any.

 

 

A little progress has been made on the layout with the concrete track laid and the timbers laid for the turnout. i don't have any pics just now but will have some next week some time.

 

The DRS class 57 will have a decoder fitted shortly and i hope to complete the turnout so I can test it and get on with painting and ballasting.

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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If you wish to model the flask with the canopy open I do have a few reject canopy mouldings that you could salvage the fixed end from. Though the actual flask isn't modelled, the body section does have a well in the centre.

Bernard Taylor, TPM

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Hi all,

 

Just to let you know this diorama isn't dead. I've been extremely busy at work recently and teaching my girlfriend to drive so haven't had much time to do anything.

 

The trackwork is almost finished, just the switch rails to install. Once this is finished I can paint the track and get it ballasted.

 

The portacabin kit is currently on order and the CAD designs for the security fencing, posts and crane parts are almost ready to be sent away to the etchers.

 

I'll be on the DEMU stand at the St Andrews model railway exhibition this weekend building the crane so I should have some up to date pics early next week.

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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Hi all,

 

Hopefully this update will work OK tonight as last night my pics refused to upload.

I apologise for the poor quality pics below. I usually use my iPhone 4 but it is currently away for repair as it lost an argument with a fork lift at work.

 

I managed to build the structural frame for the crane at St Andrews at the weekend while on the DEMU stand. I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out so now have to get on with the CAD design for the etched components. The etch design for the security fencing and gates is almost complete so I can send the artwork away within the next few weeks.

 

Other work I have completed(although not visible from the pics) is the concrete road surface. The turnout needs the switch blades to complete then I can paint the track and ballast it all.

 

The portacabins are almost finished. I will be able to install the lighting soon.

 

More updates soon.

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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Hi Martin,

 

Its looking really good already.

 

The crane fits in very well and having seen it up close at St Andrews the photos don't due it justice as it is an extremely fine constructed model with all the various plastic strip sections used to make it. Will be interesting to see your etched parts when they are ready.

 

Remind me before Ayr to bring the flasks with me again as they are all packed for moving at the moment.

 

Thanks,

Mark

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Hi all,

 

I have managed to build bits and pieces for the diorama recently including yard lights and portacabins. Sorry no pics of this progress yet but i will get some up to date pics posted here in the next few days.

 

I have finally managed to send away the artwork for the etched parts for the crane and the security fencing. A screenshot of the artwork is below. Some of the parts look like solid brass as the mesh detail is extremely fine at 0.24mm and doesn't display on screen until you zoom in.

 

Now that I have two weeks off work i can focus on the remaining jobs.

 

More soon.

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I have finally managed to send away the artwork for the etched parts

 

I think the etchers are going to have one or two rush jobs for the next 8 days or so... :laugh:

 

The fencing looks to be very nice...should look good when in place...

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Hi all,

 

I've spent a bit of time in the garage today finishing off the track including painting and putting down some greenery. I also had to repaint the backscene as a few marks had appeared from handling.

 

Tomorrow I should hopefully get the remaining street lighting and crane lighting completed but I won't install them until I have installed the security fencing. After the fencing has been installed I can add some bushes and general clutter.

 

The etching company has said they can get the etch to me by Wednesday which will give me plenty of time to get the crane finished and the fencing added :O

 

Here are a few pics of progress so far today

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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Hi All,

 

Today the postman delivered my etches. A massive thumbs up to PPD who managed to get the etches out to me in 2 days. That's the second time I have used them and on both occasions they have been quick and extremely helpful.

 

I have almost finished folding and soldering all the parts together to complete the crane.

 

Here are some pics of the etches and some parts cut from the etch and folded up.

 

I'll post some pics of the progress of the crane so far after this post.

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