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Offline Chetcombe

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Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2016, 05:22:40 pm »
Looking very nice. I didn't like the Peco Girder bridge sides for the same reason and used a kit from Vollmer for something more substantial:

http://www.vollmer-online.de/en/articles/art_2546.html

I also looked at some Knightwing components which were somewhere between the two:

http://www.knightwing.co.uk/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?product=N_Buildings&cart_id=1480007243.127

Keep the photos coming, I look forward to seeing how you progress. And I look forward to seeing the layout name revealed (the mods can change the thread title by the way!)

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« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2016, 05:32:50 pm »
Thanks Mike,

I've bought some peco plate girder sides to try out as an alternative. However, I think a truss girder bridge will look better.

The knightwing stuff looks really good, thanks for the link, I had not discovered them as a supplier. Maybe they will make their way onto my Christmas list  ;)
« Last Edit: November 26, 2016, 11:21:52 pm by Bealman, Reason: OP request to change topic title »

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #32 on: November 26, 2016, 11:25:28 pm »
Moderator Comment Thread title is now 'Sonmel ' as requested by Keith.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2016, 09:39:56 am »
Thread title is now 'Sonmel ' as requested by Keith.

 :thankyousign: George.

my layout now has a name and I am currently composing a short backstory which I will post soon.

Those of you familiar with the less well known islands of the Aegean will spot where the name is derived from.


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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #34 on: November 27, 2016, 09:54:13 am »
So, a little bit of background to the layout name change...

Keith has decided to blow his retirement fund on the purchase of the island of Sonmel, a somewhat rundown small island located somewhere not quite on the beaten track. He has plans to “invite” small cruise ships to call and will offer fine dining excursions on Pullman dining cars. This will hopefully generate some income so that island refurbishment can be funded.

The island has a small derelict quarry, used to mine who knows what. He has plans to reopen the quarry to further supplement funds.

There is no coal on the island so it looks like it will be a diesel only fleet.

Since the island is located nowhere in particular he has free reign to scour the world in search of bargain kit, rolling stock, buildings and anything else that might appear to be useful.

Thanks for reading and ideas and feedback always welcome.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2016, 10:35:27 am »
Love the idea, and the layout looks great.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2016, 04:00:40 pm »
Nearly completed two kits that I originally bought last century.

This is a Faller kit. Sonmel seems to have the ability to import and store natural gas. Whilst we have no coal, gas powered locos anyone  :confused1:

One of those cheap figures has turned up inspecting the safety gear at the top.



This is a Ratio kit of oil storage tanks together with a workmen's hut.



Both kits need to be weathered in (still practicing my weathering, not got the skill to have a go on the real thing yet).  :worried:

Finally made a start on the big scenery:




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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #37 on: November 27, 2016, 07:37:47 pm »
Can you get your inspection chappie a safety harness please? If the elf and safety lot turn up, somebody will be in bovver  ;D. The models look quite good actually.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2016, 07:47:37 pm »
Thanks for the pictures.
The models look really good.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #39 on: November 28, 2016, 09:20:39 am »
Hi Keith,

All sounds good and looking good.

Looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2016, 01:00:26 pm »
The back story is a very interesting one, Keith. I look forward to seeing this develop.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2016, 04:19:35 pm »
Can you get your inspection chappie a safety harness please? If the elf and safety lot turn up, somebody will be in bovver  ;D. The models look quite good actually.  :thumbsup:

As a private island I could be immune from the excesses of the modern world ::)

However, not wanting to be in trouble (that would be a first) anyone any thoughts on N gauge safety harness material (cotton thread, fishing line??).

 :thankyousign: for the comments and encouragement.


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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #42 on: November 29, 2016, 09:28:17 am »
Hi keith,

Don't know the answer, far too fiddly for me. Just say they're from Spain and make tiny Ducados cigarettes or Belgium, where only last year the owner of the garage was smoking, talking to the petrol delivery driver, while we were filling up.

Make your island your own and don't get bogged down in little details yet as then nothing gets done. Been there, still doing that.

Cheers weave  :beers:


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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #43 on: November 29, 2016, 04:49:19 pm »
Hi keith,

Don't know the answer, far too fiddly for me. Just say they're from Spain and make tiny Ducados cigarettes or Belgium, where only last year the owner of the garage was smoking, talking to the petrol delivery driver, while we were filling up.

Make your island your own and don't get bogged down in little details yet as then nothing gets done. Been there, still doing that.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks Weave, was he on his mobile at the same time by any chance??

Like the advice on avoiding too much detail in the early stages. Must get out of the "work mode" and indulge my "oooh this is nice and shiny" side. Must admit that starting on the scenery has immediately changed the feel of my layout.

 :thankyousign: :beers:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2016, 08:37:10 pm »
Hi keith,

Don't know the answer, far too fiddly for me. Just say they're from Spain and make tiny Ducados cigarettes or Belgium, where only last year the owner of the garage was smoking, talking to the petrol delivery driver, while we were filling up.

Make your island your own and don't get bogged down in little details yet as then nothing gets done. Been there, still doing that.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks Weave, was he on his mobile at the same time by any chance??

Like the advice on avoiding too much detail in the early stages. Must get out of the "work mode" and indulge my "oooh this is nice and shiny" side. Must admit that starting on the scenery has immediately changed the feel of my layout.

 :thankyousign: :beers:
Hopefully, you'll enjoy the scenery bit. For me, that's the best bit of railway modelling.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

 

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