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Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« on: June 13, 2014, 04:20:06 pm »
Last post from the Planning section to continue with the construction side.......

Some small works done to see what fits where. It seems (more by luck than judgment) I have enough rubber underlay left to do all the boards :sweat:
All track is just loosely plonked for now :-[

The main station/yard board



Everything without underlay will be scenic - buildings, roads, trees etc.

By dint of using all my spare points (medium & small) I can manage a 6 road fiddle yard with 1 reception road. The roads are relatively small but then so is the layout :D
The plain board are at the back of the fiddle yard will be used for such things as servicing locos, rolling road and general running (or in my case, limping) repairs



Continuing.............

Track is now pinned down. I did have some small concern about joining the track at the joints between the 3 baseboards but, in the end, just laid track across them and cut with my trusty Xurons :)
Basic electrics have been accomplished with each board connected to the others via plug in choc block and feeds made with pre soldered rail joiners (told you I was keeping it simple :D)
Baseboards are connected using 10mm bullet alignment dowels and sprung catches sourced from Station Road Baseboards http://www.stationroadbaseboards.co.uk/cart_dowels.htm

This afternoon I connected the 3 boards up on the lounge floor and (this will shock those who know me) I actually ran some trains ::) However, there was method in this particular form of madness in that I wanted to see if all ran OK over the rail gaps between the boards (yes :claphappy:) and also to mark out positions for magnets as I intend to use Dapol Easi-Shunts. I'm not too bothered about delayed uncoupling, but it would be a Brucie Bonus if I can get 'em to work.

The entry line into the station is just long enough to hold a Sulzer Type 2 with 2 Mark 1's which enables the loco to detach, run round, and recouple. 2/3 coach green worms will obviously be OK.
Despite the track hardly being what could be termed 'clean', excellent slow running was obtained from my venerable Gaugemaster D with the aforesaid Type 2 and my Drewry 0-6-0 diesel shunter - which was nice.

I still have to source some form of height adjustable supports for the baseboards as, I have to admit, grovelling around on the lounge floor has not done my 14 week old hip much good. I will, of course, be improving the electrics a little and fitting point motors. The decision has swung back towards Seeps as the Cobalts are just too 'deep' in my opinion.
All buildings will be Metcalfe (platform, station, goods shed and loco shed) so as to retain the same scaling. I have yet to buy the new stone single road loco shed and still have no reply from Metcalfe if they will be releasing their goods shed in stone rather than brick.

More news as it comes off the teleprinter................................

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014, 04:37:22 pm »
At least you have some track down and things running.
Will it be finished by next week? or are you taking your time.
I guess your biggest problem for now is finding  supports for it.
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2014, 04:52:24 pm »
That's coming along nicely Mick  :thumbsup:

I sent a PM to Mick yesterday regarding one possibility for the supports  :hmmm:
That is using plywood cut to sixe then joined by cutting slots in the ply to half depth
Then they just slot together to form a stand and then packed away when not in use  :hmmm:

Here's a pic to give you an idea of what I am talking about



These are 4ft x 18 x 18 fish tanks so they are plenty strong enough and stable
And can be made to any size you wish

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dave  :thumbsup:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2014, 12:30:29 pm »
6mm ply has been used for the backscene and boxing and at a suitable point in the future the boxing will be stained with woodstain (duh) and probably varnished - gotta make it look good :)





I have the iD Backscenes Series 208 'Hills and Dales' to apply. These come in 2 pieces 5ft long x 9" high and so each piece will wrap round the 'L' shapes of both scenic boards.
My thinking is that the centre scenic board will give me the biggest headache as the idea is the exit from the fiddle yard will pass under a bridge carrying a farm track, onto an embankment, pass over a road (plate girder bridge) and proceed into the station area.
As such, there will be much contouring required, and I am going to try a previously used method of aviary mesh (see below) covered with layers of kitchen roll soaked in filla/water solution which can be very messy but dries to a hard surface which can be drilled for trees, telegraph poles etc.



(before some wag - Scotsoft!!! - says anything, no, I do not have bars on my windows :no:)

The observant among you no doubt spotted a Gaugemaster controller so I confess to running a class 33/Jinty/Class 121 while I had the boards together - well, it would be rude not to even if none of these will appear on the layout :D

Thanks for looking and please let me know if you can envisage any flaws in my plans :worried:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2014, 12:31:39 pm »
I always wondered what happened to my old Nans rug :D



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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2014, 12:39:20 pm »
Looking good Mick  :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing progress with the scenic side of things  :hmmm:
The way you have described it to me it should look impressive  :thumbsup:

dave  :thumbsup:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2014, 12:48:29 pm »
Really looking forward to seeing you get stuck into the scenics Mick...... :thumbsup:
Great job so far.... :thumbsup:

 :beers:...Ste..... :NGaugersRule:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2014, 01:16:49 pm »
Really looking forward to seeing you get stuck into the scenics Mick...... :thumbsup:


There is every possibility of that given his quote:

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covered with layers of kitchen roll soaked in filla/water solution which can be very messy

 :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

cheers John.

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 01:36:47 pm »
Starting to look good Mick. Which show will be its first outing? I will need to get the tickets if it is being shown at Warley.
« Last Edit: June 30, 2014, 02:41:23 pm by Malc, Reason: Typo »
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 04:21:14 pm »
Looks like you've made a great start.
Don't forget to rest that hip operation. Take things slow and easy (as your always telling me  :P )
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 03:25:39 pm »
A bit more done to the centre scenic board. The idea is a road passes in an 'S' bend under the railway and then proceeds to the station (next board). Meanwhile the railway line exits the fiddle yard, passes under a bridge carrying a farm track, and then proceeds along an embankment then onto the station board.
Here's a view from the station board............

 

This one gives a better view of the road passing under the line............



Some of you may have recognised my trusty Beldray work bench :laugh:

Attempts yesterday to create the contours of the land using the aviary mesh were not particularly successful so I am now considering a weave of cardboard covered with the kitchen roll/plaster mix method. This also means I have to eat a lot of Shreddies (my favourite cereal). Deep joy :D

It never fails to astound me how a few hours can just disappear for half of bugger all result :confused2: :wave:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 04:02:00 pm »
You can use any type of cardboard. I used boxes that the supermarket provided for you to pack groceries home. Covered it with strips of an old bed sheet dipped in emulsion paint. The only drawback was the paint was pinkoff white, so I needed several coats of green/brown paint to cover it. The paint sets like rock. I put more strips on after the first lot dried. You can drill holes in it for wires or plant trees.
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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2014, 05:30:09 pm »
Thanks, Malc :thumbsup:

You can use any type of cardboard.

What? And put all those grannies who knit my Shreddies out of work? :o
No way, Josť :no: :angel:

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2014, 06:05:41 pm »
Looking very good nobby

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Re: Bletchford (continued from Layout Planning)
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2014, 06:41:00 pm »
Looking good Mick but a bit disappointed I can't see any rubber or pink ballast.   :-X

 

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