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7 minutes ago, JZ said:

Now the helix has been removed, thoughts are turning to what form the scenic break next to the lift out section should take. One idea is a used car lot.

 

 


Drive in movie?

 

Enjoying watching your progress although my knowledge of American railways is limited. 

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3 minutes ago, TrevorP1 said:


Drive in movie?

 

Enjoying watching your progress although my knowledge of American railways is limited. 

Like the idea, but I think it would take up too much room. There is a kit available which has the back of the screen, but I don't think it does it justice.

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A day off yesterday saw me working on a standard gauge combine to cut it down to narrow gauge proportions.

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The donor, a Bachmann Western Combine. I needed to reduce the width by 6mm, body height by 3mm and lower the roof by 2mm. The clerestory was as near as dammit, the right width, so I took 3mm from each side. While I was at it, I removed the rather ugly moulded on chimneys and will be replacing them with some from LaBelle Woodworking. I also took the lower portion of the roof. The van end was easy as I just had to take 3mm from each side and replace it. The saloon end was a tad more difficult, as I wanted to keep the window proportions. So they were cut out separately, filed down and replaced. 3mm was removed from the lower body and this now means that the windows are the same height from the bottom as my Blackstone and other passenger cars.

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Rather brutal close ups of the ends.

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Still to build a chassis, but I have parts from my LaBelle order to finish that and some bogies from Shapeways.

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Very adaptable coaches those. I ought some of the Airfix Western set ones cheap back in the 1980s (underneath they're marked Bachmann). So far made a couple of variations, one H0e/H0n30 with a Colonial look (based on Craig & Mertonford) and the other a 009 freelance workmen's coach.

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Agreed a price for a couple of loco's from Mike 84C. They are a K-36 and a K-37.

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The two largest classes of loco'son the D&RGW Narrow Gauge lines and the most powerful narrow gauge loco's to operate in the northern hemisphere. The K was for miKado and the number was for the TE x 1000. Details here K-36 and K-37. Nine of the 10 K-36 survive and 8 are still operational. 8 of 10 K-37 survive, only one of which is operational, but another will soon be finished. The K-36 will be finished as one I travelled behind earlier this year and the K-37 as the Royal Gorge display loco, 499, but without the snowplow.

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This will give me a fleet of 6 steam loco's, with me wanting just a K-28 to complete my intended fleet.

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Still no track down, but I have made a tentative start on the scenery.

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Blending 3D with 2D. Ready mixed plaster has been used on top of insulation foam, a technique I've used in the past, but this time I won't be covering everything in static grass and foam scatter. I have painted this with a Dulux tester pot that closely matches the red sandstone of the area, I have another couple of different colours as well. While the paint was wet, I sprinkled some fine sand,  aquarium sand, and a little woodland Scenics 'turf'. When dry, I will vacuum it over and add grass tufts and a few bushes.

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1 minute ago, Jack Benson said:

Julian,

 

Will all the SDJR stuff be sold or will you resist the temptation to clear out everything British?

 

Jb

Some is going, but some will remain for a smaller S&D recreation in the loft. The setting will be Combe Down to Midford tunnels. No stations, very small goods yard. Just sit back and watch trains go by.

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A little more done this afternoon. A bit of scrub, grass tufts a lichen added. I've printed a Scalescenes.com platform tarmac sheet which will be the base for the car lot. Will be fixing the first track down tomorrow.

 

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Put the first yard of track down yesterday. Usual method, for me anyway, PVA, lay track and ballast, then put weights on until set. One slight disappointment though, the rechargeable vacuum I bought 11 years ago has died. New one being picked up today, so I can get the excess ballast up and get a photo. Rails soldered to  PCB sleepers that can be seen in the bottom left of above photo. The car lot will go here, but not laid out quite the same and a row of shortish trees will go along the baseboard edge. Probably adding a Nissen/Quonset hut next to the trees as a workshop.

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On 29 September 2019 at 19:17, JZ said:

Some is going, but some will remain for a smaller S&D recreation in the loft. The setting will be Combe Down to Midford tunnels. No stations, very small goods yard. Just sit back and watch trains go by.

Julian,

Please excuse my comment but I can envisage the complete disposal of the S&DJR as the D&RGW really begins to need more space...........AND WHY NOT?

 

Good luck with the future, it appears to be far more appealing.

 

JB

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This 'next' layout was always swinging towards narrow gauge, it's how I started in railway modelling. It was the announcement of the Heljan L&B loco's that whetted my enthusiasm. However early reports of poor running put me off a bit. And then I started planning the Colorado trip, something clicked and here I am.

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With the new vacuum, I cleared up the excess ballast and a bit more playing around with the car lot. I think this layout looks better. A low chain-link fence will go between it and the railroad.

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Will be moving the lot away from the right of way by approx ten scale feet or at least the fence. Tempted to get a little naughty and have one of Noch's Sexy Scenes behind the Quonset hut.

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Put together the main structure uf the roundhouse today. The missing floor parts have been made up from 1.5mm plywood and the girder frame between stalls was made up from 4mm² stripwood. The door frames are also missing, but not much of a problem as I will be cutting the doors down in height and they will be fixed open. I will be putting some details inside, benches, cabinets and I have a lathe and pillar drill. Should I leave the roof loose? Maybe. It would make track cleaning in there easier, but with the heat differential between summer and winter in the shed, I worry about warping, so maybe pad on a stick would be the answer for that.

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Windows have been glazed with liquid glazing as I think it gives a better look of individual panes to them.

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Settled on the final position for the car lot. Put up posts for fence. I'll be using mesh from Ratio for the chain link that will go along here. Waiting to see how the card used for the Scalescenes.com tarmac settles before adding another piece. 

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Off to Weston-super-mare tomorrow for a 25Kg bag of red builders sand to be used in the scenery and also pick up a pot of Dulux Copper Blush, the colour I have used from a sampler and matches the red sandstone quite well

 

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Looking at the placing of the roundhouse this morning. I need to get this sorted before making the hole for the turntable.

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It won't be hanging over the edge! I will be extending the baseboard after I have finished scenery along the backscene. The building on the right is from Kibri. It was purchased for a previous layout, but not used. The intention was to have it as a wagon repair shop and may now resurrect it as this.

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Although a German protype, the architecture isn't too different from American style. Mmmm.

 

Thoughts also turn to what to do behind the roundhouse.

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 The road leads to a grade crossing. Should I put in a fence or just leave it open next to the road and fill the area with some railway clutter and a few bushes.

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As I was happy with the position, out came the jigsaw.

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Still with no firm plan for the rest of the layout, I thought it best  to get on with this part. I have decided to add a siding along a street to serve some industry. The reason being, I have a couple of kits from the late Jack Trollope's (Shortliner) estate, one of which is a low relief factory, and I wish to name it after him in some way and, of course, it will be rail served. Apart from the station building itself, he only other thing I wish to add in the depot area is a stockyard.

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And finally for today, K-27 453 on a short Southbound freight.

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I'm looking for something that represents the bleached scrub on the backscene. After chatting to my next-door neighbour, I'm also looking for an H0 laser cut rocking chair and next time I bump into ModelU, I will borrow her banjo and get an H0 copy of me, seated and playing it.

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And finally for today, K-27 453 on a short Southbound freight.

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I'm looking for something that represents the bleached scrub on the backscene. After chatting to my next-door neighbour, I'm also looking for an H0 laser cut rocking chair and next time I bump into ModelU, I will borrow her banjo and get an H0 copy of me, seated and playing it.

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One of the settlements I plan on having is more 'western' in appearance. These pictures were taken in St Elmo. CO in 1966. 50+ years later many are still standing.

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Photo's ©Jonathan Harris.

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