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Nuclear Flask Unloading Facility


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Hi all,

 

The original build topic can be found here.

 

 

 

Before this challenge started I had a few layout projects on the go at once with no motivation to finish them. As is usual with me when I get a 'good' idea, I start straightaway then lose interest. This challenge gave me the opportunity to start something small with the hope of actually completing it.

 

The idea of a nuclear flask unloading terminal came to me straight away as I already had an interest in DRS workings. After a suitable prototype had been found I knew I wanted to use the diorama as a test bed for some scenic ideas and as a platform for photographing rolling stock.

 

I started by drawing the track in Templot as I wanted to build 2fs track. I exported the Templot file to Autocad in order to work out a baseboard shape as I didn't just want to build a rectangular board and fill the corners with unnecessary scenic items because I felt it was too bare.

 

Below are some images of the 3D renderings and newly built baseboards.

 

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In my first post of the challenge topic I set out some things I wanted to build or use. This changed a few times during the course of the build but the layout idea stayed the same. Now that this diorama is finished it has given me the motivation to design and build a small 2fs layout which will incorporate some of the details from this diorama. I am pleased with the overall feel of the diorama and think the lights look brilliant for a first attempt.

 

Here are the best images I could produce with the equipment I have:

 

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Cheers

 

Martin

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi Kevin,

 

Paul wade brought this up in the build topic. The gate for road vehicles was in the original auto cad drawings for the etch. For some reason when I copied the components over to the actual etch fret design I missed the gates and copied another component twice.

 

A rebuild is planned to make a larger layout which will have the vehicle access.

 

Cheers

 

Martin

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