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Title: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on March 01, 2015, 04:55:13 pm
Hi all.

I've been hanging around here for a while now eaves dropping on various topics, and decided its about time I posted up my layout.

The centre point of the layout is the Ludendorff Bridge that used to span the Rhine and made famous by being the first bridge over the Rhine captured by the Allied in 1945.

My layout is set a bit earlier in the autumn of 1944 as the bridge defences were being built up in preparation of the Allied advance.

I've been building the layout for about a year, although it's existed in concept for several years longer. So far progress has been painfully slow with most of the work concentrating on the bridge and the scenic board for the east bank where the line disappears under the Erpeler Ley mountain.

Progress on the west bank has started, but is being held up by progress getting the bridge abutment completed before any track can be laid.

These are a few photos of progress so far that I hope will give an of progress so far.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen77_zpsvi0pdtzq.jpg)
The Erpeler Ley part covered in Modroc.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen60_zpsd105af04.jpeg)
The view from the top of the Erpeler Ley down at the east back defence trenches.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen58_zps32eed05d.jpeg)
Another view of the east back showing a army convoy heading south towards Koblenz.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen52_zps1826f9c1.jpeg)
The west bank abutment still awaiting cladding and the part built farm house in the foreground.

I'll post up more pics later.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: scotsoft on March 01, 2015, 05:00:04 pm
Welcome to the forum  :wave:

You have a lot of detailed work done and it looks really good  :thumbsup:

I feel it is going to come along leaps and bounds once you get some scatter on various places  ;)

cheers John.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on March 01, 2015, 05:10:30 pm
Wow, that really is very good!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 01, 2015, 05:17:41 pm
Impressive !!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Geoff on March 01, 2015, 05:38:45 pm
Superb work Al and welcome to the forum, this is going to be one thread that I follow.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: bridgiesimon on March 01, 2015, 05:47:51 pm
This is looking very impressive so far, I look forward to watchin your model develop.

Best wishes
Simon
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: grumbeast on March 01, 2015, 06:15:05 pm
Excellent layout so far!   I spent a wonderful few days railfanning in Remagen a few years ago, the bridge was very impressive.  Can't wait to see more!

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on March 01, 2015, 06:30:55 pm
Looks really impressive, Al, how big is the layout going to be?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: UPINSMOKE on March 01, 2015, 07:35:24 pm
Very impressed with it so far and welcome to the forum. Please keep the :greatpicturessign: coming.

Regards Mick
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 01, 2015, 09:33:47 pm
Rally excellent scenic modelling. Looks just like the real thing. i remember looking out for the bridge many years ago when travelling around West Germany by train.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 01, 2015, 10:04:50 pm
Welcome to the forum, Al :wave:
Fascinating layout :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on March 01, 2015, 10:45:00 pm
these links may be of interest - someone has beaten you to it!

N Gauge bridge model
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Amazing-one-of-Europe-039-s-Most-Historic-Bridge-at-Remagen-The-Ludendorff-Bridge-/281280133617 (http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Amazing-one-of-Europe-039-s-Most-Historic-Bridge-at-Remagen-The-Ludendorff-Bridge-/281280133617)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.228125487342253.1073741829.111194362368700&type=1 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.228125487342253.1073741829.111194362368700&type=1)

ive also seen a model of the Bridge - however can't remember if it was in UK or Europe! Any leads welcome.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 02, 2015, 07:39:34 pm
Thanks for the welcome guys.

I'm aware of two other models of the bridge. First is the one on ebay, and the second is part of a large German modular layout. Both impressive in there own rights.

My layout is 8.5 metres long and covers the bit on line from Erpeler Ley, over the Rhine to the junction with the Remagen line near Sinzig. The centre piece is the bridge itself which measures 2 metres between abutments with Rhine in full flow beneath - or it will be once I get that far.

These are a few construction photos of the bridge build.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/SDC13678.jpg)
Completed side frames before assembly.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/SDC13848.jpg)
Frames assembled with cross members and work started on the abutments.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/SDC15221.jpg)
Another shot of the assembled bridge, this time with walkways and handrails fitted.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on March 02, 2015, 08:21:35 pm
i think its the German Modular version that i have seen - perhaps at NGS??

i will be interested to see Dora making a stately procession across the bridge when it is finished!

please keep the pictures coming!!

NIck R

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 02, 2015, 08:55:16 pm
This is the modular one. I's been around fro a couple of years. There's a video of I somewhere too.

(http://www.mymocom.com/__we_thumbs__/14895_5_Bild_01_4e8c46e7666ee4eef2661d988163d909_100_0522.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 02, 2015, 09:44:08 pm


([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/SDC15221.jpg[/url])
Another shot of the assembled bridge, this time with walkways and handrails fitted.


Wow :goggleeyes: Great work!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ensign Elliott on March 03, 2015, 09:00:58 am
Fantastic! The bridge is an excellent location to model - and the film's entertaining too!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: ScottyStitch on March 03, 2015, 11:21:32 am
What an impressive idea for a layout  :)

But where are the PR Spitfires overhead?........... :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Geoff on March 03, 2015, 11:46:40 am
That Gun is going to have to find a bigger bridge  ;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 22, 2015, 08:31:49 pm
More scenic work this weekend. On the east bank the line disappears under the Erpeler Ley. On top of the mountain is an anti-aircraft battery, with 88mm guns, barracks and radar station. Most of this weekend has been spent on building the Fraya radar. The model is a resin and etched brass model from Brengun. The quality is very good, however its a complete pain to build due to the small component parts. Anyway, its all together and positioned on the layout. But next weekend I should have it painted.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen81_zpskbmnbqfv.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen82_zpsjzooqsuo.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 22, 2015, 08:45:32 pm
Superb modelling. The Opel (?) lorries look good, too.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Duncan83 on March 23, 2015, 07:06:23 am
The Second World War really interests me and to see this being build is heaven, the detail is bloody amazing and I love what your doing here. Keep updating with pics etc and this is one of my favourite layouts this year. Great work

Dunk
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 23, 2015, 07:14:41 am
Many years ago, I used to build / convert / scratchbuild 4MM scale WW2 Desert Campaign models so am also very interested in this diorama.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: RossE on March 23, 2015, 09:05:40 am
WOW! This is definitely a thread to watch.
Superb work.  :thumbsup:
Ross
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Only Me on March 23, 2015, 09:08:00 am
Very nice work, I suppose if it ever went wrong at any time you could destroy it and say it was bombed.....

Ill get me coat :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on March 23, 2015, 10:23:26 am
the Freya model is lovely - I'd need my magnifying glass. did you use solder or AC?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 23, 2015, 08:08:28 pm
the Freya model is lovely - I'd need my magnifying glass. did you use solder or AC?
All soldered together. Don't look too closely as my soldering isn't great, and its still covered in flux..
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on March 23, 2015, 11:55:40 pm
Some alternative radars

A German Würzburg radar used for short range air detection
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Mini Würzburg

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Ringtrichterrichtungshoerer ( Sonic locator)

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 03, 2015, 05:12:04 pm
More work done of the Erpeler Ley over the week. Finally got a rock face that looks right.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen84_zpsuufgzuir.jpg)

Progress has been slowed slightly by my new toy. Almost finished rebuilding it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Bantam05_zpsdyqun2nw.jpg)

A word of advise. Motorbikes and trains don't mix in the same space...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on April 03, 2015, 05:40:48 pm
Would the bike be a Bantam? I always wanted one of those in the 60s, but ended up with a Lambretta 250 instead.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 03, 2015, 05:54:25 pm
Would the bike be a Bantam? I always wanted one of those in the 60s, but ended up with a Lambretta 250 instead.

Yep. D7 Bantam. Always been a Brit bike fan. Been riding them since I was a teenager.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Only Me on April 03, 2015, 06:27:13 pm
It's not the worlds fatest Indian!! ;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on April 03, 2015, 09:22:41 pm
It's not the worlds fatest Indian!! ;)

Is there an 's' or a 't' missing from 'fatest'? :P
I used to get the rip taken out of me as I rode Triumphs which supposedly leaked oil.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Only Me on April 03, 2015, 09:25:02 pm
;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 03, 2015, 09:45:13 pm

I used to get the rip taken out of me as I rode Triumphs which supposedly leaked oil.

Had a couple of Triumphs over the years. Once had a beautiful T150...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on April 03, 2015, 09:58:45 pm

I used to get the rip taken out of me as I rode Triumphs which supposedly leaked oil.

Had a couple of Triumphs over the years. Once had a beautiful T150...

Lovely bike :heart2:
Went from 500cc Tiger 100 to 750cc Tiger thence to 750cc Bonneville :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on April 03, 2015, 10:51:56 pm
Nice bikes Mick, I never passed my test, so was limited to the Lambourne and when that died, a Honda CD175.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 04, 2015, 04:28:31 pm
Motorbikes aside. Back to the railway.

Not done much today except apply a bit of paint and give the room a good tidy up. However it feels lie I've made massive progress. Really feel like the layout is starting to come together...  :D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen87_zpsb9cjpzye.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 04, 2015, 08:09:17 pm
A few more update photos.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen91_zpsoaizscux.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen90_zpsjuhccoi3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen89_zpsuw4pnujj.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 05, 2015, 06:25:51 pm
Spent a bit of time making the little barge and access ramp today. This sits on the west bank just down stream of the bridge.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen92_zpsfcyldnj7.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on April 05, 2015, 09:30:58 pm
Is that the one 'Angel' (Ben Gazzara) was supposedly thought lost on?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 05, 2015, 09:51:02 pm
Is that the one 'Angel' (Ben Gazzara) was supposedly thought lost on?

No. This is a small barge for river traffic moor against. It will at some point have a flotilla of e-boats moored to it.

The barge Angel fell off was upstream of the bridge. I not found a good photo of it yet to base a model on.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 12, 2015, 04:50:22 pm
Scenery is starting to come together on the Erpeler Ley side of the layout.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen93_zps8edc1auy.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen95_zpsvfceqmrf.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen94_zpsktk7oqdw.jpg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 12, 2015, 05:00:19 pm
Are those the twin-unit diesel locos. used by the Wehrmacht to pull artillery guns into position?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 12, 2015, 06:21:05 pm
Yep. One of the two V188 twin diesels use to move Dora about. Got a second one about somewhere in civvy colours.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on April 12, 2015, 08:39:35 pm
V188 - nice to see you've got Wallie painted on the front!!

V188 2 images
V188 2 images
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 18, 2015, 06:12:30 pm
Yep more scenic work. Lower half of Erpeler Ley flocked. Still needs top coat of glue and blending in to the rocks.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen96_zpsbl5jqofs.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 18, 2015, 06:16:57 pm
Very nice scenic work.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Vonk on April 18, 2015, 06:55:23 pm
One can only hope that one's flocking even comes close to looking that good on one's own layout!  :-[
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on April 18, 2015, 09:23:27 pm
Most impressive :thumbsup:
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Post by: lil chris on April 18, 2015, 09:32:26 pm
very impressive scenics
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 25, 2015, 05:40:07 pm
Erpeler Ley all green now. And about flocking time....!  :goggleeyes:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen98_zpsysam5wav.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Fireman Wallie on April 25, 2015, 06:43:57 pm

Blimey Al!! What detail!!,  :greatpicturessign: absolutely brilliant mate!!

How long is the finished model going to be (I spied the bridge on the worktop)  :)

FW
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 25, 2015, 08:04:02 pm
The layout is provisional booked for Warley 2016. Target is to have it test running by summer of that year.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 25, 2015, 08:29:17 pm
Superb scenic work indeed.
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Post by: newportnobby on April 25, 2015, 09:18:21 pm
Looks fantastic, Al. Superb work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 02, 2015, 06:31:48 pm
A bit more work on the Erpeler Ley anti-aircraft battery. Slow progress, but getting there.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen99_zpsz7h0dbat.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 02, 2015, 07:47:16 pm
Seen close up, those cliffs are superb. I'm sure that the anti-aircraft batteries will be excellent, too, when completed and painted.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on May 02, 2015, 09:17:58 pm
I know camera angles can be very deceptive, Al, but just how tall are those cliffs from base to plateau please?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 02, 2015, 09:55:01 pm
I know camera angles can be very deceptive, Al, but just how tall are those cliffs from base to plateau please?
The plateau is 0.5 metres above track bed, or 0.65 above the river. To be true to scale, it should be 0.9Metres, so a little short...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 03, 2015, 08:27:56 am

Blimey Al!! What detail!!,  :greatpicturessign: absolutely brilliant mate!!

How long is the finished model going to be (I spied the bridge on the worktop)  :)

FW

Mis-read your post, sorry.

Length of the layout is 8.6metres. The bridge is 2 metres between abutments with the Erpeler Ley standing 1/2metre above it. At the far end there will be a similar hill, although not as high, hiding the other reversing sidings. I'll dig out a track plan and post up later.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 03, 2015, 04:14:21 pm
Bit more detail. A field shower for the Anti-Aircraft battery. Lateen and Laundry to follow....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen100_zpsxv3jk8vl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Paddy on May 03, 2015, 07:31:15 pm
Hi Al,

Just come across your thread and it is brilliant.  The Bridge at Remagen is one of my favourite movies and you have caught the main features brilliantly.

Looking forward to seeing more.

Many thanks

Paddy
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Fireman Wallie on May 04, 2015, 06:34:48 pm
Al....

You is .......`Da Main Man` :admiration:


FW
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on May 04, 2015, 07:16:40 pm
Where are you sourcing the vehicles from??
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on May 04, 2015, 08:01:59 pm
Brilliant scenic work indeed.  Very, very impressive.
I love the field shower.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Jerry Howlett on May 06, 2015, 02:19:09 pm
The opposite to Homer Simpson.  This just gets better and better.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: PostModN66 on May 07, 2015, 02:34:38 pm
Stunning.

Cheers Jon :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 07, 2015, 07:24:08 pm
Where are you sourcing the vehicles from??

All the military vehicles are from Arrowhead Miniatures. They are top quality 1:144 scale models. Mostly WW2 stuff. The range isn't huge, but the basics are there.

www.arrowheadminiatures.co.uk (http://www.arrowheadminiatures.co.uk)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Jerry Howlett on May 08, 2015, 09:20:21 am
Al,

In your endeavours have you come across any air raid sirens ?  Looking to stick one on top of a fire station.

Jerry
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 08, 2015, 04:51:27 pm
I've not seen a n gauge air raid siren model on my travels, but cpulsar be too difficult to make one. There's plenty of photos on the net of arp posts. Most of them appear to be a sandbagged shelter with siren, sand buckets and a deck chair.
If you send me a pick of the fire station I might be able to make you something.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 09, 2015, 07:38:36 pm
Update pics. Not much progress, but good to see it all in one piece..


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen101_zpsdkgj5hle.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen102_zpsmitdyp1k.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen104_zps9jn0md9m.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on May 09, 2015, 08:26:17 pm
Just......wow! :jawdropping:

Stunning
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: ChrisB on May 09, 2015, 08:36:52 pm
Amazeballs.
Fantastic building skills. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 10, 2015, 05:29:06 pm
This is the next model to turn my hand to. Scratch built three S-100 E-boats using this 1:100 scale papermodel as a template... :confused1:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen105_zpsowb81etz.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Vonk on May 10, 2015, 06:12:26 pm
This is the next model to turn my hand to. Scratch built three S-100 E-boats using this 1:100 scale papermodel as a template... :confused1:


Could you scan/photocopy the original copies and then when you reprint use a scale of 68% if working at 1:148 or 63% if working at 1:160. From my reading on the web this should change the scale to a suitable one for you?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 16, 2015, 03:59:13 pm
Started on the E-Boat hulls this week and wasn't very successful...  :(. Net result is not a lot of visual progress apart from a bit if tidying up.

The 'not so good' E-Boat hulls can be seen in the pics. One is moored against the barge being refueled, while the other two hold station mid-river

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen106_zpsc53y22h5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen107_zpssqofni6f.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 17, 2015, 12:30:39 pm
Frustrated at the lack of progress on the E-boats, I turned my hand to rolling stock last night.
This is part of the Panther Company Train. 5No. Vampir Panthers Tanks (yes, Vampir - go Google it...) on flat beds. These will be accompanied by a SdKfz.251/20 Owl, 3No. SdKfz.251/21 Falke  and 3No. SdKfz.251/21.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen109_zps5keuykhx.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Paddy on May 17, 2015, 02:15:12 pm
Frustrated at the lack of progress on the E-boats, I turned my hand to rolling stock last night.
This is part of the Panther Company Train. 5No. Vampir Panthers Tanks (yes, Vampir - go Google it...) on flat beds. These will be accompanied by a SdKfz.251/20 Owl, 3No. SdKfz.251/21 Falke  and 3No. SdKfz.251/21.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen109_zps5keuykhx.jpg[/url])


Lovely models of Panthers - what a great tank that was.

Paddy
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 26, 2015, 05:18:08 pm
Another slow week, mostly due to working out how to increase the number of storage siding at the western end of the layout without increasing the baseboard size. Still not got it fully worked out...  :confused1:

Anyway, in between all that head-scratching I did get a bit of scenery done. Most notable the river backs and green stuff on the east bank.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen112_zpsh2cpdryu.jpg)

Also got the barge painted ready for weathering... :D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen111_zpsd3r7nguy.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ozymandias on May 28, 2015, 02:03:53 pm
This is fabulous. I watch with interest and envy! :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 07, 2015, 06:17:37 pm
A bit more work on the west back abutment today. It's not far off being ready for painting, then fitting to the layout before any more track can be laid.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen116_zpsaoljmrx1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on June 07, 2015, 10:13:21 pm
It just gets better and better :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 16, 2015, 08:30:56 pm
BR44 hauling a train of superheavy tanks pauses for a moment before being given clearance to cross the bridge.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen120_zpsjdnb1d8l.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 16, 2015, 08:38:41 pm
Thanks for this excellent monochrome photo.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 25, 2015, 05:29:50 pm
After what seems like an eternity I've finally get the west back abutment finished and ready for painting. Soon have it installed and track laid on it. And then I can crack on with the next baseboard section.  :D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen126_zps4jinzqee.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on July 25, 2015, 05:45:25 pm
 :wonderfulmodelling: :goggleeyes:
Looks great, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mika on July 25, 2015, 06:12:49 pm
Impressive modelling, Al.
 :greatpicturessign:

Cheers
Michael
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on July 25, 2015, 06:52:24 pm
As Michael says, "impressive modelling".
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Caz on July 25, 2015, 08:15:59 pm
Superb modelling. would love to see the final result in the flesh, it's going to be a cracker.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Pengi on July 26, 2015, 02:51:11 pm
Terrific work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bubule on July 26, 2015, 05:14:04 pm

 Impressive job ! Spectacular scene, well done ! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 02, 2015, 07:52:27 pm
Got the west bank abutment basecoated today. Looking nice a grey...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen128_zpsa06llvsx.jpg)
Also spent some time on the rolling stock. Or rather the rolling stock loads. Vampyr Panthers and hamomags are almost ready for painting. Just the IR spotlight to add.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen127_zps2g8t8dzy.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on August 02, 2015, 08:38:14 pm
Very nice, I can almost see them rolling down a street
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 09, 2015, 01:47:02 pm
West abutment painted and installed. Track and landscaping to follow.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen129_zpssibku3qy.jpg)

Also more work on the IR panthers and half-tracks. Although I'm pretty I'm pretty sure I could have gone with stock ones as most people wouldn't know the difference...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen%20130_zpskk2ben9t.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on August 09, 2015, 03:45:39 pm
Al - as someone living (no thanks to United Utilities) in Lancashire will you ever be exhibiting the layout such that we can see it 'in the flesh', please?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on August 09, 2015, 07:07:04 pm
Will you be having little paratroopers drifting down from the ceiling?  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 09, 2015, 08:12:05 pm
Will you be having little paratroopers drifting down from the ceiling?  :smiley-laughing:
Wrong bridge...... lol
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on August 09, 2015, 08:14:46 pm
Spoilsport  :P
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on August 09, 2015, 09:25:24 pm
Will you be having little paratroopers drifting down from the ceiling?  :smiley-laughing:

That's just taking things a bridge too far :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 16, 2015, 03:30:53 pm
A bit more scenery work this weekend. Turned may hand back to the Erpeler Ley AA battery and started the wooded area to the rear of it. Still got to get the trees. I reckon I need about twenty for this area.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen131_zpsmbijxfyc.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen132_zpsmzehbq7s.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen133_zpskfympkjp.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on August 16, 2015, 09:17:56 pm
Looking very good, Al :thumbsup:
I really enjoy seeing this develop post by post.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on August 17, 2015, 08:00:55 am
Looks fantastic! I was at the bridge (well what remains) less than a week ago and your model truly captures the width of the rhein! You don't happen to have a trackplan by chance?  :P I look forward to seeing it develop.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 23, 2015, 06:37:13 pm
Another slow progress weekend. I've spent what little time I have to the Erpeler Ley battery. I've started getting the vehicles painted and also been working on the details.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen137_zpsklgzq10s.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen134_zpskuhyctji.jpg)

Hope to get back to some more track laying soon.  :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Caz on August 23, 2015, 06:44:53 pm
Not my scene at all but it just gets better and better, great modelling.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on August 23, 2015, 09:24:01 pm
Excellent detailing, Al. It's really coming alive :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 09, 2015, 08:30:34 pm
I've spent work this week. This is the west bank reversing loops. The board goes at the far left of the layout as viewed from the bridge in the background. The board a high and low level reversing loops and storage sidings which will give me storage for between 8 and 16 trains.
The sidings will be hidden beneath a hill side over which will sit the St. Apollinaris Church, when I get round to building it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen139_zpsza2t9bqp.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on September 09, 2015, 08:40:49 pm
Thanks for that, Al. Your woodwork knocks any effort of mine into a cocked hat :-[
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Geoff on September 09, 2015, 10:59:25 pm
I have to agree with Mick your woodwork is superb and the model railway is going to look great when finished.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on September 11, 2015, 04:44:45 pm
Thanks for that, Al. Your woodwork knocks any effort of mine into a cocked hat :-[

Mine wouldn't even make the cocked hat  :(
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on September 11, 2015, 09:13:40 pm
Thanks for that, Al. Your woodwork knocks any effort of mine into a cocked hat :-[

Mine wouldn't even make the cocked hat  :(

The trouble with me using a cocked hat is that all my woodwork ends up to Large Chicken :) as well ::)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 13, 2015, 03:06:00 pm
Thanks for the comments, guys. Baseboard construction is nothing special. In fact as it's meant to be a portable layout it's very much on the heavy side.

Anyway, baseboard construction on hold this week until I can get a few trestles to sit sections on. So I took the opportunity to work on the rolling stock.

This is todays effort. A BR03 + 4 coaches (AB4ü, I think). Two of the coaches have been modified to take a quad 20mm flak 38 guns (still to be added) and the full rake painted late '44 ambush camouflage scheme.

A bit of weathering and it should look alright.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen140_zpsvlaiuxhs.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen141_zpsxjul1gbt.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen142_zpsjwj1zsma.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 13, 2015, 03:22:20 pm
That camouflage painting is truly superb even better than the excellent trains themselves. If this does not win a prize I'll be amazed. The passing hospital train is an excellent idea, too.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on September 13, 2015, 04:22:05 pm
Where is the train ?  :laugh3:
That camouflage painting is great. Not really my cup of tea but it is a superb job.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on September 13, 2015, 08:12:47 pm
Cracking job, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 14, 2015, 09:30:02 pm
More scenery. This is the tunnel mouth for the upper level reversing loop. Base coated and ready to be installed once the track gets laid.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen143_zpsgzcdkujd.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on September 14, 2015, 09:53:14 pm
Lovely jubbly.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 14, 2015, 09:56:27 pm
Really superb scenic modelling.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on September 16, 2015, 09:03:30 pm
Fantastic!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on September 29, 2015, 11:07:21 pm
here is an Ebay copy of a newspaper account of the battle for thr bridge

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1945-WW-II-newspaper-BATTLE-of-REMAGEN-Ludendorff-Bridge-NAZIS-FIRE-V2-ROCKETS-/371451574251? (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1945-WW-II-newspaper-BATTLE-of-REMAGEN-Ludendorff-Bridge-NAZIS-FIRE-V2-ROCKETS-/371451574251?)

licence to have a railwaygun ( Leopold), Karl Morser and a V2 in the diorama!

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bubule on September 30, 2015, 05:28:53 am
Very nice portal !!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 24, 2015, 06:48:11 pm
Been a while since I've touched Remagen, partly due to a long holiday to China, and partly due to my not-so-local model shop being out of stock of 'n' gauge track.
Anyway, finally got an hour or so on it this evening and pushed ahead with scenery. This is the east back side where the track runs under the Erpeler Ley. I've toned down the grass a bit, added the barbed wire and a few bushes. It's not far off being ready for the trees.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen144_zpsrn313oal.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on October 24, 2015, 06:57:15 pm
I really like the bridge portal.
Starting to look very good indeed. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: MinZaPint on October 24, 2015, 08:06:51 pm
 :wonderfulmodelling: I think I even spotted a BSA Bantam in an earlier pic? your modelling skills are really impressive  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 24, 2015, 08:48:17 pm
Great work, Al.
Not that I need any for my layouts but more out of curiosity - what did you make the barbed wire out of please?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bubule on October 25, 2015, 09:16:59 am
Very nice job ! :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bealman on October 25, 2015, 09:21:12 am
Excellent modelling.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 25, 2015, 06:07:53 pm
Still no track at the model shop, so back to more scenery work...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen144_zpsposhol0v.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen146_zpsj209kfan.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen147_zpsdojt0fgi.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen145_zpsuvxngnx9.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 25, 2015, 06:12:36 pm
Great work, Al.
Not that I need any for my layouts but more out of curiosity - what did you make the barbed wire out of please?

It's made from12v 17amp wire. Cut 6" length, strip the insulation off, then wrap each strand around the paintbrush to make a core. paint a nice shade of rush and glue into place. Simple, but takes absolutely ages.... :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on October 29, 2015, 05:50:19 pm
I have posted pictures of the 12" scale model

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30180.msg342044#msg342044 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30180.msg342044#msg342044)

More pics to come!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on October 31, 2015, 08:20:01 pm
I always look forward to seeing updates on this layout  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 01, 2015, 10:42:26 pm
A significant day today. I got Remagen's baseboards configured and bolted together in 'home layout' mode. The only special board is the small corner one which takes the track off the west bridge abutment onto the upper loop under the Apollinariskirche church.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen148_zpsqgpm1rie.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen149_zpscpmrrttc.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen150_zpshr1oswf4.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen151_zpsmwgk68ql.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 01, 2015, 10:51:49 pm
  :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: looking really good thanks for sharing.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: weave on November 02, 2015, 06:43:01 pm
Looks fantastic and looking forward to more.

Cheers weave.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 21, 2015, 10:53:39 am
A couple more significant milestones reached this week. First, the Erpler Ley foliage is complete and it's now ready for trees. I estimate I need about 80 to get the coverage I want.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsymdpwwlf.jpeg)

And second, the 6th and final baseboard is built and bolted into place. Now I can get on with some track laying.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsmbs9lk8e.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on November 21, 2015, 10:57:41 am
Cracking overhead shot in that first pic, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on November 21, 2015, 11:39:17 am
Cracking overhead shot in that first pic, Al :thumbsup:

Completely agree! Will we able to see it at exhibitions?  :greatpicturessign:
Phil
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 21, 2015, 03:35:09 pm

Completely agree! Will we able to see it at exhibitions?  :greatpicturessign:
Phil


Phil.

I hope to have it at a few shows in 2017, but nothing arranged yet.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on November 21, 2015, 07:15:46 pm
Glad to hear it, looks more and more fantastic with every update!!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 30, 2015, 05:59:09 pm
More progress. The track-beds are built and it's starting to look good. Cork underlay and track to go, then it'll be time for scenery....  :D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen%20160_zpsbyfblfeu.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen161_zpsqs9qnnf3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen162_zpshrcxqeer.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ngauging on November 30, 2015, 07:16:12 pm
Very impressive work! Wish I had the know-how and set-up to produce something like this. I can hardly bear to look at my botched baseboard now. :-[
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 30, 2015, 09:59:56 pm
 :hellosign: top notch woodworking there sir  :greatwork:
regards Derek
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on December 06, 2015, 07:46:05 pm
Simple bit of tracklaying this weekend....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen155_zpsrdxofpcw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on December 18, 2015, 06:46:27 pm
Started on another bridge today. This one is a road under bridge on one of the scenic board. Hope to have it clad and painted over the weekend. Once installed I can get track laid over it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen165_zpsdtkjag84.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on December 18, 2015, 08:51:27 pm
Just like the rest of the model, that bridge looks mighty mighty fine!  :jealous:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on December 18, 2015, 09:12:43 pm
Nice job, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 03, 2016, 04:37:14 pm
Update on the road under bridge. All clad and ready for painting.

Front and back view.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen167_zpsbsxfzw04.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen168_zps7tdkdm4d.jpg)

And in location.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen169_zpsjgnqwdku.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on January 03, 2016, 04:52:23 pm
Looks really good.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on January 03, 2016, 05:47:32 pm
It just gets better every update! :admiration:

Phil
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 03, 2016, 06:23:58 pm
Really superb modelling work. You really have set a very high bar for the rest of us.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 03, 2016, 10:25:09 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: looking top class, thanks for the update.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 05, 2016, 04:35:07 pm
Now painted, installed and track laid over it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen170_zpshc4c22qi.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 05, 2016, 05:28:06 pm
Very nice work. I see the Yanks have arrived! 8-)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on January 06, 2016, 09:11:19 pm
Very nice work. I see the Yanks have arrived! 8-)

You'll have me talking about the Mayener Hohl next!! bridge looks fantastic as usual! :greatpicturessign:
Phil
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: rhysapthomas on January 06, 2016, 10:06:46 pm
Superb
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 07, 2016, 12:59:01 am
 :hellosign: excellent modelling thanks for sharing.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Marty on January 07, 2016, 01:46:14 am
Very well done, it's been a while since I've looked in and you've made some solid and excellent progress.
Good luck with the trees  :goggleeyes: they'll keep you busy for a while.

Keep it coming.

Marty

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 07, 2016, 10:09:27 pm
More bridge construction. Still some way to go on this one...  :confused1:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen173_zpsfs6za9jt.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 07, 2016, 08:14:18 pm
Its been a slow start to the year, but finally got some time on Remagen this weekend.
The priority over the next couple of months is to get a running layout so been pushing ahead with more track laying and wiring.
Today all the scenic section point motors were installed and operational. Just the hidden sidings under the Apollinariskirche to complete the job.

On the scenic side of things, the vehicles for the supply convoy are painted.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen175_zpsfhtoxuui.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen176_zpstgbaemye.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 07, 2016, 08:21:53 pm
Excellent painting work. Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 07, 2016, 10:52:25 pm
 :hellosign: nice work, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 06, 2016, 05:56:31 pm
Some long over due update photos.

A BR50 exits the Erpeler Ley tunnel at the head of a train of Panther tanks passes a Red Cross train pulled by a war wary Dutch BR38 heading east over the bridge. While beneath then, on the East Rhine Railway, a BR39 with protective flak wagons and pusher wagons waits for signal clearance before heading south.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen190_zpsgztw5kh7.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen183_zpsagyjyfzx.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen187_zpsy1ofq0tu.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen184_zpsyjj0nthf.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 06, 2016, 06:15:05 pm
Many thanks for these excellent photos. Highly realistic railway and scenic modelling.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 06, 2016, 06:58:59 pm
Can I ask what that is on the road at the right hand side of the third photo? It looks suspiciously to me as if one of Paul Price's elephants has escaped onto your layout :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 06, 2016, 07:05:13 pm
Can I ask what that is on the road at the right hand side of the third photo? It looks suspiciously to me as if one of Paul Price's elephants has escaped onto your layout :goggleeyes:

Maybe the Luftwaffe are using the elephant to manoeuvre their 88mm anti-aircraft guns to save on diesel fuel? 8-)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: class37025 on March 06, 2016, 07:06:19 pm
I thought it was a prototype of the next german tank .....
panther ..
tiger .....
elephant  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 06, 2016, 07:09:19 pm
The Elefant was a 88mm self-propelled gun on redundant prototype Tiger 1 chassis, if I remember correctly?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 06, 2016, 07:09:47 pm
I thought it was a prototype of the next german tank .....
panther ..
tiger .....
elephant  :smiley-laughing:

With a 102mm trunk following the upgrade from 88mm :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Zwilnik on March 06, 2016, 07:33:02 pm
Can I ask what that is on the road at the right hand side of the third photo? It looks suspiciously to me as if one of Paul Price's elephants has escaped onto your layout :goggleeyes:


Maybe the Luftwaffe are using the elephant to manoeuvre their 88mm anti-aircraft guns to save on diesel fuel? 8-)


Hannibal Brooks by any chance?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064403/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064403/)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 07, 2016, 11:07:47 am
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:  looking really good thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on March 07, 2016, 03:33:17 pm
The Elefant is obviously running away from the Maus!

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31037.msg369156#msg369156 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31037.msg369156#msg369156)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: class37025 on March 07, 2016, 08:30:28 pm
of course we could all be wrong.  :hmmm:

it might be Goering arriving for a surprise inspection  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: DCCDave on March 07, 2016, 09:21:25 pm
The Elefant is obviously running away from the Maus!

[url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31037.msg369156#msg369156[/url] ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31037.msg369156#msg369156[/url])


Or more than one perhaps, a MultiMaus

(http://www.dccconcepts.com/images/Ranges/B-DCC-Control-and-Wiring/140-Roco-Control-Systems/2830-ROC-MMS/ROC-MMS-content-w.png)


Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 12, 2016, 06:59:20 pm
Can I ask what that is on the road at the right hand side of the third photo? It looks suspiciously to me as if one of Paul Price's elephants has escaped onto your layout :goggleeyes:


Maybe the Luftwaffe are using the elephant to manoeuvre their 88mm anti-aircraft guns to save on diesel fuel? 8-)


Hannibal Brooks by any chance?

[url]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064403/[/url] ([url]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064403/[/url])


First time anyone's ever asked about the elephant. Lucy has been enjoying her cameo role quite a while now.

There's a guy on a motorbike and little group of Yanks with a Sherman tank hanging around too...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 12, 2016, 07:04:59 pm
Ok. Update for today.

I've put a couple of hours in on the rail over bridge that carries the up Ahr Valley line over the top of the West Rhine Railway. Pretty much done. Just handrails to add then it'll be ready for painting.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen199_zps6vwzpgbb.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen198_zpsmqumckgj.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen200_zps6n8enjxe.jpg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on March 12, 2016, 07:14:37 pm
As always is looking fantastic!!  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on March 12, 2016, 07:40:34 pm
Doesn't he make you sick, that he knocks up something that nice in a "couple of hours"?  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 12, 2016, 08:29:01 pm
Super scratchbuilding, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 13, 2016, 07:18:54 pm
 :hellosign: superb work Al thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 25, 2016, 08:05:21 am
I've been planting 1or 2 trees recently. The top of the Erpeler Ley and the upper section of the mountain is done. I'm still got the lower section and tunnel mouth area to complete.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen205_zpspmryt2gr.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen206_zpsil5ugrgx.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 25, 2016, 10:21:23 am
One or two? It looks suitable forested to me, Al. Nice work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on March 25, 2016, 09:24:04 pm
As always, very professionally done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 24, 2016, 06:39:45 pm
Slow progress resently. One of the few achievements I has been completing the tree planting on the Erpeler Ley mountain - all 140 of them...
Also, while at the Epsom ModelRailway Show
I finally stocked up on textured plasticard so I can finally get on with finishing off the bridges.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on April 24, 2016, 06:50:25 pm
One of the few achievements I has been completing the tree planting on the Erpeler Ley mountain - all 140 of them...


That's gotta be worth a pic or two, Al.
I can't wait.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 28, 2016, 07:29:16 pm
Here you go.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpssej75elw.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsmlhdoohf.jpeg)

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on April 28, 2016, 07:53:39 pm
Fabulous.
Excellent stuff.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on April 28, 2016, 08:07:48 pm
 :jealous: :superblayout: :jawdropping:'
Kindest Regards from a stunned Philip!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: bridgiesimon on April 28, 2016, 08:13:21 pm
Your layout is looking better and better each time I see piccies, I am highly impressed and really do hope to get teh chance to see ti out and about at a show somewhere. The detail around those gun emplacements is superb!

best wishes
Simon
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: jennarivo on April 28, 2016, 08:26:27 pm
Looks stunning, I love wartime layouts
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on April 28, 2016, 08:42:09 pm
Thanks, Al.
Smashing :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 29, 2016, 06:14:50 am
Thanks for the latest updates. Excellent photos. of superb modelling work.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 08, 2016, 08:52:29 pm
Another bridge done today. Rail over/under bridge. Basic paint coat done. A bit more detail before it gets installed. Then track to lay over it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpspe4pm8u7.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsrhkubsd7.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsjudsgkl3.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on May 08, 2016, 10:25:15 pm
Super bridge building :thumbsup:
Just wish I'd get the chance to see the layout in the flesh but sadly distance precludes that :(
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 08, 2016, 10:26:44 pm
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign: Nice work Al thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 14, 2016, 10:15:09 am
It's official. Remagen will be at Warley 2016 show.
All I need to do now is get it finished.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps6wnpajzg.png)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on May 14, 2016, 02:37:54 pm
Well done on getting the booking, Al.
Now, do I break my 'avoid Warley' rule? :hmmm:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 14, 2016, 05:29:28 pm
Apart from the above post regarding Warley, I've not posted an update for a while. A couple of reasons for this. First a house needed redecorating and second a research visit back to Remagen.
The house I'm not going to bore you with, but Remagen visit was well worth the time. I git loads more photos, particularly of the St Apollinariskirche church. I spent almost a full afternoon there and the nuns were lovely. They told me a lot about the history and I got  guided tour. I must say, I've set myself a real challenge to build this church.
I also got to talk to a couple of old guys who remember the bridge during the war. A lot of good first hand info, and many thanks to them.
With Warley confirmed, I've got a deadline to hit. I'm hoping to have all the track down by the end of June. And wiring completed and a running layout by end of July. I've enough space in my workshop to operate the layout with a small section of temporary track to turn it into a 'U' shape configuration. If I can hit this date plus or minus a week we should be looking good for a completed layout for the show. If not, I might have to sacrifice the church.
Thanks for all the interest to date. I hope all that want to see the layout can make Warley, and that the layout didn't disappoint. In addition to the, i've got a couple of provisions for the 2017 exhibition calendar.

Cheers. Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: rhysapthomas on May 14, 2016, 06:10:25 pm
Look forward to seeing it at Warley  Best of luck finishing
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on May 14, 2016, 06:17:38 pm
I can bring my N gauge ( well 1/144) r/c Tiger tank along for a run!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 14, 2016, 06:26:23 pm
Right, progress update for today . I've been working on the rail over bridge. With the structure finished and basic paint work done, it's been installed and track laid over it. I was concerned that the radii coming off the bridge would be too tight. The east-bound line dropped on perfect, but the west-bound needed a bit of adjustment to get it right.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpssh29j2wh.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3ymme0sd.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsbhopo8iq.jpeg)

With this one done, only one more gap to fill before I can get all the track laid.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps9cuvirta.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 05, 2016, 10:01:12 pm
Latest update.

I've been doing a bit more baseboard work this weekend. The front and back scenic  edges are now on and soon I'll start filling in all the holes and turning it green.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsdcz7lwwi.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps0rbxaqxy.jpeg)


I've also been working on some of the civilian vehicles. This one started out life as an Oxford Jaguar and will end up as an out of fuel family car laddered down with all their possessions. Still a bit more work to do.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpswnlh6yb6.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 06, 2016, 06:57:49 am
That is a very impressive layout under way, there. I thought the bridge area was pretty amazing, now I can see that there is more, much more.

Incidentally, I wonder why the rail bridge was never replaced after WW2?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 06, 2016, 08:44:21 pm
Incidentally, I wonder why the rail bridge was never replaced after WW2?

The prepped of the bridge was to allow troops and resources to be moved quickly between Germany and its western boarders. After the war and creation of the inter Germany bourder, the rail link became redundant, hence no need to rebuild it.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on June 06, 2016, 08:56:27 pm
Certainly looks very good indeed so far.
I can only dream of having the space for such a large layout.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 07, 2016, 11:38:53 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates Al, looking really impressive  :greatpicturessign:
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 11, 2016, 07:58:09 pm
I've been making a mess today getting the soft landscaping done. The basic structure is there. Still got a lot more mess to make when I get round to sanding it to shape.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpscpr9h7m1.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsrll91psm.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsumt5wsxr.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on June 11, 2016, 08:07:39 pm
By heck, Gromitt, tha's used a lot of cheese there :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 11, 2016, 08:59:17 pm
With the soft landscaping coming together, I've also looking at some of the scenic details.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsbb50akvp.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsrg8rsanp.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsgusshjjr.jpeg)


This Lancaster bomber lost an engine on the way home and was forced to make a belly landing. Any landing you can walk away from, as the saying goes...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 11, 2016, 09:44:56 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the updates Al, looking superb
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 13, 2016, 02:12:08 pm
It's been a busy weekend. As well as the landscaping and Lancaster, I've also pushed ahead with the final bridge on the layout. This one carries the railway line over the top of the Remagen to Kripp road. The bridge is meant to be a modern - modern for 1944 - concrete construction bridge. I've taken a bit of artistic license on this one as the actual bridge only carried a double track and not the four tracks as I've got it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsgsdvmtxa.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 17, 2016, 08:30:48 pm
Almost made a big mistake on the 'modern' bridge. I started cladding it To show the joint lines between the different concrete pours - the horizontal lines about half way up the retaining walls on the above pics. Then while out on the network yesterday, I realised 1940's concrete pours were in much smaller volumes than those of today, and therefore more shuttering joints. So, this evening a bit of remodelling to the retaining walls and more support beams added to the underside. Also changed the hand rails to cast concrete type. It looks much better now. I should get the basic paint coat on tonight and by the weekend, have the bridge installed and the soft landscaping completed around it. I'm getting dangerously close to having the final bit of scenic track laid.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsbqdu4uwn.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnloz8ees.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 17, 2016, 08:37:40 pm
Thanks for the photos. Another really excellent piece of modelling work.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 17, 2016, 08:50:20 pm
 :hellosign:  really   :greatpicturessign: Al, love the last one, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on June 17, 2016, 10:24:22 pm
Superb modelling as always  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: lil chris on June 17, 2016, 10:39:53 pm
looking good excellent modeling.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 18, 2016, 07:41:51 pm
Electrics isn't my strong point and I've been putting off tackling it for way too long. Anyway I've finally got around to it and started on building the mock-up for one of the control panels.
The layout is split into two half - the East and West bound lines. Each controller will take the trains from one storage siding, run them across the layout and deposit them into the other storage siding for the other controller to preform the return trip.
This is the Eastbound control panel mock-up. It feels about right with the switches in the right place. Next stage is a plywood prototype.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4qo3acrk.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 18, 2016, 09:33:06 pm
Looks impressive and a good plan.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 19, 2016, 03:15:35 pm
 :hellosign: Very nice Al,  looking good, thanks for the update
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: MinZaPint on June 20, 2016, 10:32:12 am
If that's the mock up the finished article should be superb  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 03, 2016, 06:46:11 pm
I'm abut behind with updates on this site so here we go.

The modern concrete bridge has been painted and is looking good. I've also been working on the West Bank bridge defences. I've got two Triple 'A' dugouts with quad 20mm guns built up and basic paint job done. And started work on a couple of infantry defence trenches.
Not too far away from getting the plaster bandage on... 😎




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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: G_N_E_R on July 03, 2016, 07:09:46 pm
Our train passed through Remagen at Dusk last week and the remains stood out strikingly. The resemblance really is fantastic mate!! :o :greatpicturessign:
Regards
Philip
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 03, 2016, 09:05:38 pm
 :hellosign: thanks for the updates Al, excellent work as ever
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 08, 2016, 09:26:51 pm
Cobbled roadway complete on the west bank. Another step closer to getting the plaster bandage on.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsvhpf5ksw.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 18, 2016, 05:53:30 pm
Hi all. This is a cry for help.

Remagen has her first outing st the end of November and be still got a mountain of work to do. One on my weak point is electrics, and while Remagen is a relatively simple layout to wire, it's still something I'm not too far along with.

Where I need the main help is making up a series of jumper cables to comment the control panels to the boards. I'm using 25 pin 'D' sockets. The ones you can buy from Maplin are for computers and the wires are too lightweight.

If anyone would be willing to help make up some cables, that would be greatly appreciated. PM me and I'll discuss things further with you.

Cheers. Al.


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Oldun on July 18, 2016, 06:54:40 pm
I am using these. Worked well on car wiring  :)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PLUG-IN-STRIP-TERMINALS-CONNECT-BLOCK-6AMP-10AMP-WIRE-ELECTRICAL-CABLE-WIRING-/252363195944?var=&hash=item3ac204c628 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PLUG-IN-STRIP-TERMINALS-CONNECT-BLOCK-6AMP-10AMP-WIRE-ELECTRICAL-CABLE-WIRING-/252363195944?var=&hash=item3ac204c628)

Roger
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Sprintex on July 18, 2016, 07:28:07 pm
PM sent :thumbsup:


Paul
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 29, 2016, 06:52:52 pm
My Br-05 arrived today. Armoured plate and paint job to add before it hits the layout....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/image.jpg1_zpsoojvcxzx.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 17, 2016, 08:31:16 pm
The Scenery is progressing slowly.
The orchard is part flocked, and I'm experimenting with a corn field.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsftja8iss.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 19, 2016, 10:50:47 am

Warley is less than 100 days away and I've got a massive amount of work to do to get Remagen anywhere near exhibition ready.

The big priority right now is the get the basic scatter done on boards 3 & 4 so I can split the boards and attach them to the boards at the other ends. To this ends its been more flocking tonight. Bit more tomorrow to finish off.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsr8kjvllu.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on August 19, 2016, 10:31:37 pm
It's looking good, Al. I will be dropping in at Warley...better get a few more bottles of Tsingtao in.😄
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: weave on August 20, 2016, 01:08:33 am
Great stuff,

I'm undecided about both Tings and Warley, mainly financially, but would love to see your excellent layout. I'll sort something.

I hope you put the beer in a glass and that's just water to provide the weight if you're sticking something. If not, the NGF Imbibers Club will be very disappointed  ;).

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on August 20, 2016, 01:21:14 am
My Br-05 arrived today. Armoured plate and paint job to add before it hits the layout....

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/image.jpg1_zpsoojvcxzx.jpg[/url])



Any progress with this?

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 20, 2016, 11:22:56 am
My Br-05 arrived today. Armoured plate and paint job to add before it hits the layout....

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/image.jpg1_zpsoojvcxzx.jpg[/url])





Any progress with this?


Not yet. I'm still working on the Messerschmitt Train. It's almost finished. The Br-05 is next on the list.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpszycgjaj3.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on August 20, 2016, 12:37:49 pm
Now painted, installed and track laid over it.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Remagen170_zpshc4c22qi.jpg[/url])


Quite brilliant modelling and on an impressive scale... seems almost impudent to pick out one small detail such as the handrails on this bridge, when there is an abundance of amazing details, but I was curious about how you did them or where you got them

Brilliant work though, good luck for Warley

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 21, 2016, 09:13:23 am
Update on the Br-05.
Armoured plates attached.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshrfvoamm.jpeg)

They still need a tiny by of work to get them right, but I need to rest run the loco to ensure I've not fouled the valve gear. Unfortunately I dropped the loco while attaching the plates and broke the coupling to the tender and will need to get a new one from Arnold. I'll Jerry rig it this afternoon and see how it goes.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on August 21, 2016, 09:27:12 am
Sorry to hear about the 'accident', Al.
That doesn't seem to be much protection to the loco. Is there more to be added? :dunce:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 21, 2016, 09:49:42 am
Sorry to hear about the 'accident', Al.
That doesn't seem to be much protection to the loco. Is there more to be added? :dunce:
Apart from the smoke deflectors, that's it as far as armour on the Br-05 went. I'm struggling to work out why they fitted it as it doesn't seem to offer much protection. More a hinderance to maintenance....  :-\
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ditape on August 21, 2016, 05:09:37 pm
sorry to hear of your accident, I can not see what the German Military hoped to achieve with those plates they don't look to even protect the pistons and valve gear.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: weave on August 21, 2016, 05:56:24 pm
Sorry, had to edit, mucked up a photo. Will do later. Keep up good work.

Apologies weave.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 21, 2016, 07:11:59 pm
Today has been pretty much a housekeeping day. The layouts been taken apart and moved out of the workshop. The room has been swept clean and the layout reassembled. With the west bank board flocked, it got bolted up against the bridge. And I must say it looks pretty damn good.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpscv00dqri.jpeg)

I've also been playing around with trees. The main area I'm looking at is the apple orchard beside the farm. I've got the spacing looking right, so all I need now is the rest of the trees...... All 70 of them....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3xl32gim.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on August 21, 2016, 08:35:14 pm
Smashing. I can almost imagine Major Kruger (Robert Vaughn) striding around on the far side.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on August 21, 2016, 09:34:06 pm
Update on the Br-05.
Armoured plates attached.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshrfvoamm.jpeg[/url])

They still need a tiny by of work to get them right, but I need to rest run the loco to ensure I've not fouled the valve gear. Unfortunately I dropped the loco while attaching the plates and broke the coupling to the tender and will need to get a new one from Arnold. I'll Jerry rig it this afternoon and see how it goes.


presumably you're aiming for this effect. or something less gaudy!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-210816212544.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-210816212846.jpeg)

And i've fixed the errant front armour plate now - they do look rather for cosmetic effect than protection. also it seems to be the Finnish version!

Has anyone a photo reference for this loco??

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 22, 2016, 11:22:56 am
I can't recall seeing a photo of the actual loco with armoured plates. Ive based my model of the photos of other models.
 It could be another case of 'what might of been'with this one. Loco 05-003, which is the usual one shown with armoured plates, was built Cab-forward with streamlined casing. It was rebuilt in 1944 to a standard configuration and lost the streamlining. All photos I have of it like this are post war era so not much help.
I do have some photos of Br-50's and 52's with similar armoured plating  so there is evidence of this style.
More research needed I think... 🤔
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 26, 2016, 09:17:31 pm
Scenery is progressing steadily on the West Bank board. It's almost fully flocked and ready to start adding the details.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsybp2ztih.jpeg)

But there's still a lot to do. The sun feature of board 6 is the Apollinariskirche church which will sit over the top of the hidden sidings. It's a very impressive church that dominates the Remagen skyline. I've mocked up a very basic outline of the church and started to play around with final positioning.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsdnv26al1.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: lil chris on August 27, 2016, 12:23:11 am
Very impressive Alan, it is supprising what a difference the flock makes.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris Morris on August 27, 2016, 07:05:13 am
Great stuff,

I'm undecided about both Tings and Warley, mainly financially, but would love to see your excellent layout. I'll sort something.

I hope you put the beer in a glass and that's just water to provide the weight if you're sticking something. If not, the NGF Imbibers Club will be very disappointed  ;).

Cheers weave  :beers:


The cheapest way to do Warley is to get an advanced ticket by post (see http://thewarleyshow.co.uk/pdf/adv%20tickets%202016.pdf (http://thewarleyshow.co.uk/pdf/adv%20tickets%202016.pdf) ) , park for free at Berkswell station and catch the train to the NEC (Birmingham International). Trains run every half hour and tickets are £2.10 return which is much cheaper than NEC car park. The exhibition is in hall 5 which is a very short covered walk from Birmingham International. And you get a 7 minute train ride as an added bonus!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on August 27, 2016, 06:15:05 pm
Update on the Br-05.
Armoured plates attached.

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshrfvoamm.jpeg[/url])

They still need a tiny by of work to get them right, but I need to rest run the loco to ensure I've not fouled the valve gear. Unfortunately I dropped the loco while attaching the plates and broke the coupling to the tender and will need to get a new one from Arnold. I'll Jerry rig it this afternoon and see how it goes.


presumably you're aiming for this effect. or something less gaudy!

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-210816212544.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-210816212846.jpeg[/url])

And i've fixed the errant front armour plate now - they do look rather for cosmetic effect than protection. also it seems to be the Finnish version!

Has anyone a photo reference for this loco??




I found this:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-270816181017.jpeg)


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 28, 2016, 08:26:16 pm
I'm still playing around with the corn fields and I think I've made good progress...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpssuso0z3u.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps6wvb3ntq.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on August 28, 2016, 08:34:42 pm
Excellent scenic modelling there.
I think the corn fields work well - especially if you presume it's a somewhat breezy day.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Maurits71 on August 28, 2016, 08:37:36 pm
it's going to be a superb piece of work
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 28, 2016, 08:40:07 pm

I found this

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-270816180755.jpeg[/url])


There's a couple of similar images about. I think they're touched up images of the Micro Metakit loco.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: TheEdge on August 31, 2016, 04:44:05 pm
That whole layout, one impressive beast!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 05, 2016, 09:22:04 pm
Slowly progressing with the scenery. The West Bank board is flocked and getting detailed.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsm3kawmhg.jpeg)

And trees. More trees. Another 45 finished and drying.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsleasokml.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Charliemouse on September 06, 2016, 10:26:42 pm
Absolutely love this, but am I alone in feeling the need to build a few mosquitos to straffe it? 😳
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 07, 2016, 10:19:42 am
Absolutely love this, but am I alone in feeling the need to build a few mosquitos to straffe it? 😳

That's why I've got all those AA guns... 😉
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: TheEdge on September 07, 2016, 06:43:56 pm
Halfway through Warley just when everyone thinks its all good is it going to suddenly collapse?  ;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 07, 2016, 06:51:43 pm
Halfway through Warley just when everyone thinks its all good is it going to suddenly collapse?  ;)

I hope not....  :worried:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on September 08, 2016, 08:01:43 am
I've got a Takara V2 waiting on the launch pad!


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-080916081546.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=43387)

More info:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25060.msg267972#msg267972 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25060.msg267972#msg267972)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 08, 2016, 09:31:53 am
I've got a Takara V2 waiting on the launch pad!


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/941-080916081546.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=43387[/url])


You can wait til the Yanks hold the bridge before to start throwing those at it.... 😂
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on September 19, 2016, 07:56:02 am
i found this on the Warley MRC / N GAuge facebook group ( shots from the Layout):

https://www.facebook.com/Warley.MRC.Exhibition/videos/1418062051541342/ (https://www.facebook.com/Warley.MRC.Exhibition/videos/1418062051541342/)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 19, 2016, 09:04:20 am
i found this on the Warley MRC / N GAuge facebook group ( shots from the Layout):

https://www.facebook.com/Warley.MRC.Exhibition/videos/1418062051541342/ (https://www.facebook.com/Warley.MRC.Exhibition/videos/1418062051541342/)

Unfortunately not the best write up ft the layout, and the photos are old ones. It's progress on a fair bit since they were taken. We'll be there all weekend. Please drop by for a chat.

Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 24, 2016, 06:50:49 pm
I received the exhibitors pack for Warley today and can confirm we're stand B59 near the centre of the hall. Please come give us a visit.

Back to the layout and long over due update.
The west back scenic board has progress nicely and not far off being finished. I've also moved onto the next adjacent board and started covering it with modroc.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3ha0dp8v.jpeg)

The other big development is I've finally turn my hand to tackling the river. After many hours of research, I opted for the toilet roll method. It was supervisingly easy to do. Just three layer of paper, each glues down with a 50/50 pva/water mix. Once the top layer is down, it's an easy process to making all the boat wakes. What it does need to lots of time to dry out. I had to wait 96 hours before it had gone hard, and then a further 72hours before painting it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnd5me11j.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsuohumt4e.jpeg)

And the final bit of update, I've finally got round to painting the Erpeler Ley anti aircraft unit.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps5b7xgttd.jpeg)

They go right up top there...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpswq9bi7u1.jpeg)

And this is how the look.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsmg5yf8w0.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsxt762tzc.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 24, 2016, 08:17:50 pm
Thanks a lot for this update. Everything is up to your usual excellent standard. Painting the camouflage patterns in N Scale cannot have been a quick or easy task.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on September 24, 2016, 08:26:52 pm
Mighty fine work, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daveg on September 25, 2016, 07:59:16 am
Brilliant stuff.  :thumbsup:

I'd seen the loo paper water technique video online but really good to see it here.

Look forward to the next set of photos.

Dave G
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bealman on September 25, 2016, 08:11:42 am
Awesome stuff.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 25, 2016, 10:02:57 am
Brilliant stuff.  :thumbsup:

I'd seen the loo paper water technique video online but really good to see it here.

Look forward to the next set of photos.

Dave G

Seconded!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mika on September 25, 2016, 07:18:30 pm
Looking very impressive, Al.
Thanks for the heads-up on the loo paper water method. Haven't come across that one yet and yours looks very promising.

All the best for Warley!
Michael
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 27, 2016, 08:35:29 pm
Update on the river.

It got a base coat of green over the weekend, and the past two nights have seen a brown/green second coat added to give it a more mucky river look. I'm not too happy with it so far as to my eye it still looks too green. Tomorrow I'll give it a third coat of brown to tone it all down some more.

At this rate it'll be the weekend before the varnish goes on.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsbkd4bdur.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpswmz5nqug.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsluamxle6.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on September 27, 2016, 10:46:48 pm
Heading towards the varnishing point!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on September 28, 2016, 06:25:56 am
For anyone who's interested, here's the link to the YouTube tutorial.   

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Stibbo on September 28, 2016, 09:39:37 am
Stunning :thumbsup:
I forgot I was looking at an N gauge Layout,
I am also a wargamer and would love a battlefield like this.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mika on September 28, 2016, 01:27:43 pm
Thanks for the video link.
Perhaps I should have a go at Sudbury...

Cheers
Michael
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Oldun on October 01, 2016, 01:21:09 pm
AI.

Would this have been on site at Remagen?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383)

Roger
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 02, 2016, 06:23:00 pm
AI.

Would this have been on site at Remagen?

[url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383[/url])



Brengun kits are really good. The radar array on top of the Erpler Ley is one of theirs.
The Bachem Natter didn't first fly until after the bridge had fallen into Allied hands, so unfortunately not. As it is, there's be enough stuff on the layout to keep the eye interested. I've just ordered the best part of a complete Panzer Company to decorate one of the West Bank boards.
I'm really looking forward to painting them....  :confused1:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on October 02, 2016, 08:17:54 pm
AI.

Would this have been on site at Remagen?

[url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383[/url])

Roger


this is more likely

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRL144102-1-144-PE-Latrine-/231406453333 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRL144102-1-144-PE-Latrine-/231406453333)

Heres some Natter info. they were based near Stuttgart.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachem_Ba_349 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachem_Ba_349)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 02, 2016, 08:53:16 pm
AI.

Would this have been on site at Remagen?

[url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRS144031-1-144-PE-and-Resin-Launch-tower-for-Bachem-Natter-/232011739383[/url])

Roger


this is more likely

[url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRL144102-1-144-PE-Latrine-/231406453333[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-BRL144102-1-144-PE-Latrine-/231406453333[/url])


Already got a field latrine. Just to the left of the showers. Presently unoccupied.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsk5hyr60b.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on October 02, 2016, 09:40:31 pm
It looks as if the nurses have popped in for a shower??
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 10, 2016, 09:37:27 pm
An update on the river.

After much tinkering about with the colour I've finally got it to my like. I've added the boat wakes and once I've allowed them to 48 hours to dry, I'll be adding half a dozen coats of varnish. 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsr8l1siwu.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on October 10, 2016, 09:44:35 pm
An update on the river.

After much tinkering about with the colour I've finally got it to my like. I've added the boat wakes and once I've allowed them to 48 hours to dry, I'll be adding half a dozen coats of varnish. 

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsr8l1siwu.jpeg[/url])


Al.


Don't forget that wakes of boats going upstream are bigger and creamier than those going downstream ( as observed from Rheinturm , Stuttgart)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 16, 2016, 08:57:05 am
For those who are interested, I've set up a Facebook page for Remagen. The link below will take you to it. Please take a look, and if you enjoy, 'like' the page to be kept up to date with progress.
 
https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAtRemagen/ (https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAtRemagen/)

Many thanks.
 
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_10_2016/post-23643-0-38368600-1476466802.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2016, 09:27:26 am
Unfortunately, that link does not seem to work.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 16, 2016, 09:56:08 am
Unfortunately, that link does not seem to work.

It's telling me the DNS address could not be found
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 16, 2016, 10:12:34 am
try now....
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2016, 10:33:53 am
try now....

Thanks. Yes, that works fine. I have 'Liked'.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 16, 2016, 10:52:02 am
try now....

Thanks. Yes, that works fine. I have 'Liked'.

Thanks. 👍
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 16, 2016, 11:05:49 am
Yep - works for me now, Al. Have clicked on 'Like' but as I won't sign up on Facebook I don't know whether it will count.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 18, 2016, 09:23:45 am
River update.

After 6 coats of varnish, its all dry and shinny looking, and the boats are back in place. I'm about 90% happy with it at the moments. As you can see in the second pic of the paddlesteamer, it's sitting a little high in the water. It needs a bit of dressing to get it sat back down.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpssz4pfzym.jpeg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsj6fdr4jn.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 18, 2016, 09:29:39 am
Thanks for the latest update. The water looks highly realistic. Well worth all your hard work and time.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mika on October 18, 2016, 09:34:18 am
The river is indeed looking very good. I think I'll give it a go on Sudbury as I think the finish of my 'sea' is much too smooth...

Michael
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: emjaybee on October 18, 2016, 09:41:54 am
This is one awesome inspiring project.

I won't be liking you on FaceAche as it took me 2 years to extricate myself from them last time, but hopefully putting this post on means I'll get an email every time you put something new up.

Fantastic work!

 :admiration:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 18, 2016, 10:12:47 am
Thanks guys. 👍

Emjaybee - Facebook isn't everyone cup of tea, so no worries. Keep tabs on this thread for updates.

Mika - if you do try this method, drop me a pm before you start and I'll Lettie have a few lesson learnt.

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on October 18, 2016, 11:07:23 am
It's looking good Al, are you all set for Warley. Looking forward to seeing the layout there.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris Morris on October 18, 2016, 11:31:24 am
Looks brilliant
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on October 18, 2016, 11:36:11 am
Amazing job on the water & the boats, fantastic. I may have to PM you too on the technique as I will have a sizeable body of water to model in the coming months!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ian Morton on October 18, 2016, 11:43:35 am
Amazing job on the water & the boats, fantastic. I may have to PM you too on the technique as I will have a sizeable body of water to model in the coming months!
Perhaps put it all in a seperate thread as I am sure that a lot of people would be interested.

It certainly looks more like a big river than the normal poured varnish/resin ever could.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: emjaybee on October 18, 2016, 11:57:32 am
If you have a look back through this thread he's already posted a link to a tutorial, and very good it is too.

Made all the more entertaining by the Dutch chap presenting.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daffy on October 18, 2016, 02:12:32 pm
Went through this thread today and I just have to say

Stunning! :thumbsup: Brilliant and simply stunning, both in the finish of the modelling and your talents sir.

- and an inspiration to try to improve my own abilities at modelling, that currently stand at ...  er .....ummm.... let's not go there, eh? :no:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daveg on October 18, 2016, 03:21:35 pm
Brilliant!

 :greatpicturessign:

Dave G
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: lil chris on October 18, 2016, 04:08:33 pm
Looks good to me too,superb job Alan.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 18, 2016, 05:51:05 pm
Guys, thanks for all the replies.
It's been slow going. I've just spent all day wiring one of the control panels. Then realizing I'd made a mistake, undoing half of it and starting again.  :goggleeyes:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsmcm7pckn.jpeg)

It's not looking bad from the outside. Inside is a bit of a spaghetti mess....


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daveg on October 18, 2016, 06:25:21 pm
That is a very neat job.  :thumbsup:

Dave G

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Maurits71 on October 18, 2016, 08:34:37 pm


Made all the more entertaining by the Dutch chap presenting.

 :thumbsup:

erm, its not a Dutch chap 😜
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 19, 2016, 11:23:36 pm
 :hellosign: Many thanks for sharing Al, your river looks stunning & the controllers nice tidy work, well done
   regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 21, 2016, 08:37:29 am
Got into test running last night. It was a bit of a mixed result.
On the plus side, train ran and all section switches worked. Although my track is filthy and is in need of a serious clean.
On he minus side, none of the points worked! Not good. They worked ok earlier in the week, but that was with power fed direct to them. Job for the next couple of nights is to sort this.

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 24, 2016, 08:39:48 pm
Right, an update on the wiring.

I've investigated the point motor issue and I was happy to confirm my wiring is all ok. The problem lies with the point motor and points.

I have power to the motors, and they operate fine by themselves. However, once attacked to the underside of the points, they fail to throw them. I'm using seep motors and taken great care to set them centrally on the throw. The issue seems to be too much resistance in the points.

Has anyone else encountered this?
What are thought on removing the spring from the points as a solution?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris Morris on October 24, 2016, 08:57:38 pm
How about a bigger cdu? Perhaps double the capacity? Removing springs
Doesn't sound like a good idea. There are plenty at good prices on eBay. I think I used the big one from modelling electronics.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 24, 2016, 09:18:43 pm
How about a bigger cdu? Perhaps double the capacity? Removing springs
Doesn't sound like a good idea. There are plenty at good prices on eBay. I think I used the big one from modelling electronics.

I'm using All Components Ltd heavy duty CDU.  They suggest it can handle up to 12 points. It's tugging with 1 right now. 

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 24, 2016, 09:20:50 pm
Personally I wouldn't remove the springs unless I was using the PM4 self latching motors :no:
Some folks attach the PM1 motors to strips of timber such that the throw of the actuating rod become approx. 20-25mm and this seems to give the extra 'oomph' required.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris Morris on October 24, 2016, 09:31:11 pm
Is it just one or is it all of them? If it's all of em then it's the cdu if it's just one then might be motor alignment or a dodgy motor.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Charliemouse on October 24, 2016, 10:11:32 pm
Had this before and got exactly the same on one out of 8 just installed right now. It is the resistance in the points latch. You can put a bit of silicon lube on the latch quadrant and spring, but ultimately spacering the point off to use most of the length of the wire often does it. Gives the solenoid more throw as the wire bends to build up a little more speed and stored force in the bent wire.  Think trebuchet ...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 24, 2016, 10:56:28 pm
Is it just one or is it all of them? If it's all of em then it's the cdu if it's just one then might be motor alignment or a dodgy motor.

It's all of them.
I've got a spare CDU so I'll swap that out tomorrow and see if there's a difference.
Other thoughts
Am I getting too much voltage drop in the cables? I'm using 7/0.2. Would going up a gauge help?
Is the supply voltage too low? The CDU is feed from the 16v ac output from a gauge master controller.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Charliemouse on October 25, 2016, 12:08:55 am
Do they flip from pole to pole nicely when sat on the bench?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris Morris on October 25, 2016, 07:26:54 am
Is it just one or is it all of them? If it's all of em then it's the cdu if it's just one then might be motor alignment or a dodgy motor.

It's all of them.
I've got a spare CDU so I'll swap that out tomorrow and see if there's a difference.
Other thoughts
Am I getting too much voltage drop in the cables? I'm using 7/0.2. Would going up a gauge help?
Is the supply voltage too low? The CDU is feed from the 16v ac output from a gauge master controller.

16v AC should be enough. If swapping the cdu doesn't work then try thicker cables.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 25, 2016, 07:41:14 am
Do they flip from pole to pole nicely when sat on the bench?

They work fine on the bench, and seem to work fine when electrically connected up and hanging beneath the board.
Once installed onto the point I can hear it trying but seems to lack the power to throw the point.
It's a long run between panel and board, so I'm wondering if I'm getting too much power drop.
How can test this with a multimeter? It's all a bit of a black art to me....  :worried:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: PaulCheffus on October 25, 2016, 08:05:06 am
Hi

Definitely need thicker cables. Those solenoid point motors can draw 3A. Mine are wired with 16/0.2 and I've never had an issue with them not throwing.

Cheers

Paul
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on October 25, 2016, 09:08:32 am


Made all the more entertaining by the Dutch chap presenting.

 :thumbsup:
.
erm, its not a Dutch chap 😜
He is Swedish and does do a good series of tutorials on various modelling techniques.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on October 25, 2016, 09:14:36 am
It's not easy to look at the pulses with a digital multimeter, you need a storage oscilloscope to do it properly. As Paul says, thicker wire would be the way to start. I also used 16/0.2 and never had any problems with either Seep or Peco motors.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 25, 2016, 09:53:49 am
I would also advocate 16/0.2 gauge for powering the Seeps.
Can I ask what the length of the actuating rod is on those motors you have fitted please?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 25, 2016, 07:05:45 pm
The conclusion appears to be the wire I've used to too thin. As a stop-gap for investigation purposes I'll double up the wires and test again.

Thanks for all the advice. I'll let you know how it goes.


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Charliemouse on October 25, 2016, 10:12:03 pm
I have my suspicions about a "hole through board too small, wire too short/pm1 too close coupled both combining to limit throw" scenario. Only because making the hole bigger and spacering the motors has seemed to be the cure in exactly the same situation for me in the past...
Hope it's as simple as running bigger wires though I might have learned something...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 25, 2016, 10:26:48 pm
Wiring update.

I've got two point motors working. It does appear to be a wire gauge issue.

Thank for all your help.


Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 30, 2016, 09:09:45 pm
With the wiring issue sorted, its been back to scenic work. Mostly today it's been ballasting.
No photos of that, but a few news ones with the bridge back in place over the river.

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Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: lil chris on October 30, 2016, 09:14:29 pm
Very impressive stuff Alan very good pics, I remember watching the film of the same name you have really got the atmosphere. I am pleased you managed to sort the wiring for the point motors too.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 30, 2016, 09:23:30 pm
Excellent pics of a wonderful layout, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 30, 2016, 09:34:30 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Looking very nice Al, thanks for sharing
  regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mika on October 30, 2016, 09:56:34 pm
Looks very good, Alan.
I particularly like the engine of the ambulance train.
Well done.

Michael
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: rhysapthomas on October 30, 2016, 10:23:59 pm
I look forward to seeing the layout at Warley
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Croxy on October 30, 2016, 11:06:30 pm
Truly impressive.....wish I could see it in person......
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Snowwolflair on October 31, 2016, 01:04:25 am
A simply stunning bit of work. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daveg on October 31, 2016, 06:12:36 am
Excellent!

 :greatpicturessign:

Dave G
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Geoff on October 31, 2016, 06:42:09 am
That is great work Al and you must be very proud of the finish you have achieved.

 :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daffy on October 31, 2016, 08:36:58 am
Very impressive modelling and photography Al. :thumbsup:

Are they ME 262 fuselages on the supply train?

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on October 31, 2016, 09:43:07 am
Very impressive modelling and photography Al. :thumbsup:

Are they ME 262 fuselages on the supply train?

I believe they are, Mike. The fuselage shape and the paint job shouted 'ME262' at me.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on October 31, 2016, 02:02:32 pm
Very impressive modelling and photography Al. :thumbsup:

Are they ME 262 fuselages on the supply train?


I believe they are, Mike. The fuselage shape and the paint job shouted 'ME262' at me.


Me262s & Me109s. I'm also working on a Ju52 to add to the rake.

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on October 31, 2016, 04:04:40 pm
Fantastic work, truly inspirational, I am seriously contemplating an 18 hour round trip to Birmingham to see it at Warley!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daffy on October 31, 2016, 04:40:29 pm
Very impressive modelling and photography Al. :thumbsup:

Are they ME 262 fuselages on the supply train?

I believe they are, Mike. The fuselage shape and the paint job shouted 'ME262' at me.

Me262s & Me109s. I'm also working on a Ju52 to add to the rake.


Thanks Al, Great detailing and I like the way you have depicted them 'ex-factory', as they would have been I believe prior to allotment to whichever JG they were assigned to, and where they would receive their identifying codes and emblems etc.
Unless a Typhoon or a Thunderbolt got to them first of course while still on their wagons.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mickd247 on November 23, 2016, 02:43:00 pm
AI.

Unfortunately cannot make Warley this weekend but hope you have a great show. Take and post plenty of photo's please.

 :beers:

Mick
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on November 23, 2016, 07:41:58 pm
Wot he said  :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on November 23, 2016, 09:30:31 pm
i'll be along on Sunday - with a V2!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Snowwolflair on November 24, 2016, 12:17:11 am
i'll be along on Sunday - with a V2!

Kettle or supersonic variety  :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Topcat on November 24, 2016, 09:57:48 am
Already marked this on the plan, looking forward to seeing it in full glory. would it be ok to bring a hawker typhoon on a quick bombing run?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 24, 2016, 02:32:59 pm
Thanks for the support guys. It's not been a good week with a big wiring problem holding up getting the scenery finished on a couple of boards, but we're just about ready. I hope the layout doesn't disappoint.

Cheers. Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: TheEdge on November 24, 2016, 06:20:29 pm
I'll be making a beeline for this at 0917 on Saturday morning.  :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Maurits71 on November 24, 2016, 07:22:37 pm
excellent as always
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on November 28, 2016, 08:44:07 am
great to meet you at last. I was sorry rhat you had wiring problems ( it comes to all of us with age!) but the layout was magnificent.

see you at Stevenage ( sans bugs)

Nick R.

PS send me a PM with an email, and I'll add you to the RAilwaygun site.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: TheEdge on November 28, 2016, 11:00:20 am
It was an impressive looking layout, just disappointing (I guess more for you that for us viewers) about the wiring issue.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: red_death on November 28, 2016, 01:24:34 pm
I didn't get much chance to see the Warley exhibition this weekend but I had a quick walk round a few of the layouts on Sunday and I thought that this was a superb piece of modelling.

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ben A on November 28, 2016, 02:51:52 pm

Hello all,

Like Mike I was pretty tied to the stand this weekend but I did come across this one and was very impressed indeed.  The bridge itself is a lovely piece of modelling, but alll the surrounding detail is of a similar standard and repays careful viewing.

I look forward to seeing it again, and hopefully have more time to enjoy it.  And while I was there a train did run across the bridge without incident, and very good it looked too!

Cheers

Ben A.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 30, 2016, 07:20:57 pm
Guys.

I'd like to say thanks to all of you who dropped by during the weekend. I did manage to chat to some of you, and hopefully catch up with those I missed at future shows.

Remagen is back home now and has a long list of things that need doing before its next outing to Stevenage in January. However, right now its a bit of quality time with my other half as she hardly saw me in the run up to Warley.

I'll be back working on the layout this weekend. First job is to track down the electrical problem and fix it. Then there's plenty of improvements to make.

Cheers, Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on November 30, 2016, 09:37:51 pm
A few photos of the layout taken at Warley. Enjoy

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If someone can tell me how to upload videos I've a couple of trains running too.


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on November 30, 2016, 09:47:57 pm
I tend to use 'Dropbox' for hosting/sharing vids rather than go for YouTube or Photobucket.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Malc on December 01, 2016, 04:29:40 pm
I save my videos to YouTube and post a link here.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on December 05, 2016, 10:55:24 am
Love the updates on this layout, so much rich detail.  Would have loved to see it in person at Warley, but commitments at home prevented it unfortunately - sorry to hear that there were electrical problems, I know all too well how that feels!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on December 11, 2016, 07:09:56 pm
The main cause of the electrical problems I had at Warley was down to the train detectors relay block for the storage sidings not working. Electrics aren't my strong point, but in the week running up to the show I managed to rewrite the control panels and east end loop to get it at just about working. However the west end was more problematic and with time, patience and skill running out it resulted in the dead fiddle yard.
Well, after many hours of head scratching I finally figured out the wiring diagram and rebuilt the relay block. And today tested it. It's now working as intended.

The in-bound operator selects the siding required and the points automatically align. The train is driven in on the in-bound controller. When the train hits the opto-sensor, the power is dropped from the siding from the in-bound controller and set up for the out-bound. When the out-bound operator wants to drive the train out, he selects the siding, points are automatically aligned and train is released to the out-bound controller. Once the train clears the opto-sensor the siding is reset for the next in-bound train.

Jobs to do now are move the sensors back a bit so the trains stop before the fouling point, and build another dozen relay banks for the other end....
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on December 11, 2016, 07:16:20 pm
As well as the electrics, I've also been working on a bit of scenery on the Erpeler Ley anti-aircraft battery with one of the Nag trucks getting its engine changed and the Freya radar installed.


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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on December 11, 2016, 09:20:13 pm
More cracking detailing, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 11, 2016, 09:34:35 pm
 :hellosign:    :greatpicturessign: looking superb Al, glad you sorted the electrics, thanks for sharing
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: lil chris on December 12, 2016, 09:35:56 pm
Looking very good Al, I too am pleased you have sorted your electrics. You say electrics are not your strong point, but talking about relay block sections and the like I think you are in advance of me.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on December 17, 2016, 06:29:15 pm
The camouflaged Br03 and coaches were weathered this morning. I think done my usual trick of being a bit heavy handed with it, and they may need a bit more work.

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Maurits71 on December 17, 2016, 07:12:51 pm
great stuff as usual, look forward to see you in Stevenage.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on December 17, 2016, 09:07:48 pm
And the film is on telly Monday 2nd Jan 2017 :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on December 24, 2016, 11:21:04 pm
To all who have followed and supported Remagen I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 06, 2017, 02:51:33 pm
All.

It's with regret that I've had to withdraw Remagen for the CMRA Show at Stevenage on 14th & 15th January 2017.

Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see the layout at the show.

 

Remagen isn't booked for any further shows this year. Her next outing is scheduled for 2018. If this changes, I'll let you know.

 

Cheers. Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on January 06, 2017, 02:57:30 pm
That's a great shame, Al. Please expand if possible or tell me to mind my own!
(Maybe you should change the footer on your profile)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 06, 2017, 03:34:04 pm
Hi Al, great modelling as always.

Sorry to hear about Peterborough.

Please keep the updates coming on here, always good to see.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: AR on January 06, 2017, 08:12:32 pm
Just discovered this thread and look forward to reading it from the beginning but from the photos I have seen so far, it is astonishing work, truly astounding modelling! Little else needs be said :wonderfulmodelling: :superblayout:

Cheers, Alex
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on January 06, 2017, 09:56:23 pm
Very nice layout.   :thankyousign: :greatwork:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 07, 2017, 11:33:21 am
Thanks guys. Your support is appreciated.

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: JohnnyMcCoyT9 on January 07, 2017, 01:40:14 pm
Absolutely stunning layout  :D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on January 07, 2017, 11:06:21 pm
For you, ze var is over!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 08, 2017, 10:06:45 am
For you, ze var is over!

Don't tell 'em your name, Pike.....

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: AR on January 08, 2017, 10:08:31 am
That is easily one of my favourite quotes! Despite the fact I wasn't even born when it was coined!!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 08, 2017, 10:52:44 am
That is easily one of my favourite quotes! Despite the fact I wasn't even born when it was coined!!

It's actually a mis-quote.
In the episode Pike is singing 'Hitler is a twerp'. The U-Boat office takes offence and demands Pike's name. Mainwarin replies 'Don't tell him, Pike!'



Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 11, 2017, 12:48:04 pm
I've not been getting much modelling done since the New Year. However I have had a couple of new arrivals turn up. A Trix Br-52 with condenser tender and a Fleischmann Br-01.

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Both will be heading to the work bench for some work. The -52 will be getting a new paint job and weathering. The -01 is scheduled for a bit of cosmetic surgery first.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on January 11, 2017, 02:32:57 pm
That condensing tender is a monster! :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Jerry Howlett on January 11, 2017, 03:08:10 pm
That condensing tender is a monster! :goggleeyes:

Had the luck to see the South African Class 25 Condensers in action back in the late 70's, believe me even on 3'6" gauge they were huge!1  The German ones must have been something else.

Jerry
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on January 18, 2017, 08:16:25 pm
While at Warley I picked up a rail cleaning wagon from JPF Zeller which I ran on the layout for much of the weekend.

While the wagons did a great job, it's appearance is less so being basically a rather ugly large two axle chassis, and that's without mentioning the very visible track cleaning arms.

My solution was to build an armoured wagon loosing based on one of the Russian ones.

After several hours a pretty reasonable body had taking shape with a Panther turret temporary in place of the KV-1 turret.

As it's based on a Russian armoured wagon, I decided to paint it as it would have looked while in service of the Motherland. But after being captured by the Reich, the Soviet markings have been hurriedly painted over replaced German makings.

The wagon has still got the panther turret fitted at the moment. I've found a KV-1 hull tucked away at the back of a draw, but the turret is still missing. As soon as it turns up, I'll swap it over.

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Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 18, 2017, 08:36:58 pm
Great work Al. Looks very impressive, and a little dangerous. :thankyousign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on January 18, 2017, 08:40:29 pm
That's impressive and ingenious. Looks really good.
I hope it doesn't turn up in North Cornwall. I fear my two little pillboxes will be no match for it !
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on January 18, 2017, 10:20:11 pm
I wondered where my brake tender had gone. Now I know! ;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bealman on January 18, 2017, 10:26:17 pm
A mean machine.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 18, 2017, 10:30:14 pm
Very nice work, Al. I think the Panther turret suits it. (Also it would use standard German ammunition.)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: weave on January 18, 2017, 10:42:31 pm
What can I say, just wonderful.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: EtchedPixels on January 19, 2017, 12:06:47 pm
That's impressive and ingenious. Looks really good.
I hope it doesn't turn up in North Cornwall. I fear my two little pillboxes will be no match for it !

We had our own armoured train pulleds by things like an ex LNER F4. Search for Armoured Train D Wadebridge.

Alan


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ozymandias on January 19, 2017, 01:50:53 pm
Lovely bit of work! :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 19, 2017, 09:21:40 pm
 :hellosign: Totally brilliant Al, thanks for posting  :thumbsup:
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on January 19, 2017, 10:52:24 pm
While at Warley I picked up a rail cleaning wagon from JPF Zeller which I ran on the layout for much of the weekend.

While the wagons did a great job, it's appearance is less so being basically a rather ugly large two axle chassis, and that's without mentioning the very visible track cleaning arms.



i bought one of these as well, and need to dig out my plasticard collection!

This ia a KV-1, Red Star

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/941-190117231313.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=47593)

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this is Al's workbench..

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: MinZaPint on February 01, 2017, 12:07:20 pm
That armoured wagon is another example of your superb and ingenious modelling, well done :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: wookie on February 04, 2017, 03:44:43 pm
That's a lovely little model - well done!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on February 05, 2017, 10:33:38 am
Inventive & excellently executed - looks the part
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 06, 2017, 10:59:25 am
As well at the LSM-T, I've been working on this little chap.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-00599100-1486327993.jpeg)

It still needs marking adding and s light weathering before it gets attached to its train.

Al.


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 08, 2017, 10:17:49 pm
A batch of 3D printed models turned up today. They're from a company called Butler Printed Models and the lead came from a wargaming buddy of mine who usually buys his 15mm stuff.

https://www.butlersprintedmodels.co.uk (http://"https://www.butlersprintedmodels.co.uk")

After a chat to the guy he agreed to rescale a few for me and run off an order.
There's two batches here; Hummells Sdkfz10's and Sdkfz251 in 1:144 scale, and Chieftains and FV432's in 1:160 scale.

The verdict? So so. Scaling is pretty much spot on and you can see the detailing is there on the CAD model, but at these scales it too fine and is overwhelmed by the printing marks. They're gonna need s bit of work to bring them into standard for Remagen. However in larger scales I expect they'll look great and at the price they're spot on for wargaming.

Would I buy more? Yes, providing there's not a better model available from the like of Arrowhead.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-35222100-1486591493.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-50660400-1486591507.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-11163000-1486591520.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-94021400-1486591529.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-14045600-1486591538.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 11, 2017, 04:20:13 pm
Another film star joined Lucy on Remagen this morning. They appear to have go a bit lost crossing the Alps and forgot to stop at Switzerland

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-54444400-1486823797.jpeg)

In the film the loco is a Gr-735. However n gauge Italian steam locos are pretty thin on the ground as far as I know no-one makes a Gr-735. So I've got s Br-56 masquerading as the part. The conversion was fairly simple. Just a case of altering the cab side windows and adding smoke deflectors.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-32338500-1486823814.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-91099900-1486823825.jpeg)

It still need the '51' adding to the defectors and number plate adding to the cab to complete.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-93337800-1486823838.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-82666400-1486823849.jpeg)



Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: weave on February 11, 2017, 08:07:21 pm
Wonderful stuff,

It's on Sky at the moment and watched it this morning while pretending to hoover (wife gone shopping).

The guards on the trucks might be difficult to find.

Again, lovely.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 15, 2017, 04:21:04 pm
Back to working on the layout today.
Despite having a reasonably large workshop, I can only get half of Remagen up at any one time. The other half I've turned into abstract art.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-32414500-1487163598.jpeg)


As for the other half. That's getting a bit of remodelling to overcome a few operating problems we encounter at Warley.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-40793400-1487163616.jpeg)

Is quite amazing how quickly a layout comes apart. That's a bout 2weeks work undone in just over an hours.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-95843100-1487172912.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on February 15, 2017, 07:22:33 pm
Yikes! :goggleeyes:
That looks like some pretty drastic rework.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: TheEdge on February 16, 2017, 12:26:50 am
Yikes! :goggleeyes:
That looks like some pretty drastic rework.

If it was me after the problems at Warley the drastic re-work may have become a gallon of petrol and a match!  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 16, 2017, 07:02:33 pm
A surprise visitor turned up in the post today.  On temporary loan, is this beautifully converted BR01-10 model, from Reindert M van Langeveld.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-01848000-1487269368.jpeg)

The war years weren't kind to the German streamlined and many suffered lack of maintenance. Reindert has modelled this BR-01 as it would have looked towards the end of the war with much of its streamlined cladding stripped off.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-76549100-1487270600.jpeg)

I've an equally grimy rake of coaches for it to haul on Remagen's next outing.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on February 16, 2017, 08:22:58 pm
Interesting it carries the appearance of a 'stahlhelm' (German soldier steel helmet) :hmmm:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: lil chris on February 16, 2017, 09:54:09 pm
Looking good there Alan the Loco certainly looks the part. Whats the BSA a D14, I worked in a BSA Dealers in the sixties.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 16, 2017, 10:14:52 pm
Looking good there Alan the Loco certainly looks the part. Whats the BSA a D14, I worked in a BSA Dealers in the sixties.


That ones a D7. Fully restored. I occasionally take her out on a Sunday. My other one is a D14 in need of a rebuild.

(http://rsmg.pbsrc.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/image_zpss0o5bj6e.jpeg?w=480&h=480&fit=clip)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on February 17, 2017, 06:08:47 am
Great photo's - look forward to seeing the remodelling, must have been quite demoralising taking it back to the frame
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 17, 2017, 05:12:00 pm
Remodelling has commenced. The tracks coming west off the bridge is getting realigned to move the turnouts to the other side of the road and ease the gradient out to 1in25.

The cardboard shows the line of the new track.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-08459000-1487350075.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 25, 2017, 11:13:11 am
I spent 20 minutes building a piano this morning. Once painted it'll go into one of the carts from my refugee column.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-75353400-1488020379.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-03532700-1488020507.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: mika on February 25, 2017, 02:25:58 pm
Wow, that's impressive. Well done. :greatwork:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on February 25, 2017, 03:09:18 pm
I spent 20 minutes building a piano this morning. Once painted it'll go into one of the carts from my refugee column.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-75353400-1488020379.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-03532700-1488020507.jpeg[/url])


Al.


you forgot to paint the keys!!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 25, 2017, 03:16:37 pm
And there isnt any notes on the music sheets .?
Bob
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on February 25, 2017, 03:26:02 pm
 :goggleeyes: :admiration: :admiration:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ian Morton on February 25, 2017, 03:32:02 pm
And there isnt any notes on the music sheets .?
Bob
That's because he hasn't painted it yet.  ;D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 25, 2017, 03:51:07 pm
So it must be the unfinished symphony.Ha Ha.
Bob
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 25, 2017, 10:03:01 pm
The piano has been painted - with the lid down, so no keys to see. - and it has been joined by an old bedstead and mattress.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_02_2017/post-23643-0-14845700-1488055442.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: RailGooner on February 25, 2017, 10:36:25 pm
Beautiful work @Al. (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4195)  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Tank on February 25, 2017, 10:39:32 pm
Amazing!   :o
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 26, 2017, 09:13:09 am
Yes that is amazing work how do you paint detail that small
I was only joking in my earlyer post on the piano but the finished job is fantastic shame you have had electrical problems I was looking forward to seeing the layout at Stevenage show I hope you get it all sorted out.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on February 26, 2017, 07:36:14 pm
Yes that is amazing work how do you paint detail that small
I was only joking in my earlyer post on the piano but the finished job is fantastic shame you have had electrical problems I was looking forward to seeing the layout at Stevenage show I hope you get it all sorted out.
Bob Tidbury

Thank Bob. I'm working on the electrical problem along with the remodeling. I've got a test session lined up for late summer to de-bug the layout ahead of Stevenage.

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 05, 2017, 03:28:12 pm
After a week in Barcelona doing absolutely nothing with railways, it's back home and back to remodelling Remagen. I've got the track lifted from the troublesome west storage loop ready for rebuilding and the tracks having a good soak to remove the old ballast before being reused.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-57799800-1488726245.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-72684400-1488726269.jpeg)


Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 13, 2017, 09:01:00 pm
I've not just been working on the two ship projects. (See The two Royal Navy threads in the Workbench section), but I'm also continuing with more detailing on Remagen.

Those with a keen eye my have spotted the lurking in the background of the piano pics.

This is my scratch build tank transporter trailer and Sdkfz8 half track with a PzIV munition panzer.

Once finished, this will form part of a Morser Karl convoy that'll be heading south on the west bank road.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-51305500-1489437983.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 13, 2017, 09:16:18 pm
A very impressive build, Al
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 13, 2017, 09:56:00 pm
Superb modelling and really impressive painting.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 14, 2017, 05:47:31 pm
Great work Al. Your thread always has amazing new models.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 17, 2017, 01:00:20 pm

72 years ago today, on March 17th 1945, the Remagen Bridge finally succumbed to the damage inflicted on it during the previous weeks and collapsed into the Rhine, killing 28 American engineers and injuring 93 others.

Dubbed the "Miracle of Remagen," the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge in 7th March 1945 opened the way for Allied troops to drive into the heart of Germany and marked the End Game of the War in Europe.

In the first 24 hours, and while engineers from the US 51st and 291st Engineer Battalions battled to repair the damage caused by the demolition charges and battle to seize it, over 8,000 men flooded across the bridge to gain a foot hold on the east back of the Rhine.

In the months preceding it’s capture, the bridge had been under continues air attack as Allied tried to destroy every bridge over the Rhine. During the battle to capture the bridge sustained major damage from a failed demolition attempt. And while in Allied hand the German High Command, desperate to destroy the bridge, targeted it with everything at their disposal including jet powered Arado Ar 234 bombers, massive Karl-Gerät 600mm mortars and V-2 ballistic missiles. Final, 10 days after its capture, the bridge could take no more and collapsed.

There are no accurate records of the number of tonnage put across the bridge, but during those 10 days 6 Armoured Divisions; totalling over 25,000 men, with tanks, trucks and armour, crossed and established a 25 mile wide bridgehead on the east back of the Rhine. The capture of the Ludendorff Bridge had removed the last obstacle to the Allied advance. Seven weeks later German finally surrendered and the War in Europe was over.

To quote an Officer from the US 51st Engineering Battalion. “The real mystery is not why it fell down, but how it ever stood up under the weight of traffic we sent across”

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-82545200-1489749744.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-44160500-1489749768.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-83599100-1489749756.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-67063600-1489749785.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-36810900-1489749809.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-97970100-1489749819.jpeg)


(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-63342900-1489749734.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: MrDobilina on March 17, 2017, 05:00:23 pm
An amazing piece of history there, and I hope it's not a foreshadowing of things to come for your gorgeous layout!  ;D
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 25, 2017, 07:10:57 pm

I was at Ally Pally model railway show today, and after a brows though the second hand stalls I came across a very nice Fleischmann BR-52 at a good price.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-74473100-1490466073.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on March 25, 2017, 09:17:46 pm

I was at Ally Pally model railway show today, and after a brows though the second hand stalls I came across a very nice Fleischmann BR-52 at a good price.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-74473100-1490466073.jpeg[/url])


Al.


and what looks suspiciously like a finger of whiskey to celebrate ;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on March 26, 2017, 01:06:27 pm
Update on the Morser Karl from this morning.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-24500500-1490525984.jpeg)

All base coated and ready for highlighting and weathering. I've still need to build up three motorcycles, a Kubel and a Nag truck to finish the convoy off.

And this I how they look on the layout.

(M/C, kubel and truck borrowed from the bridge garrison.)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-13175200-1490529003.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-16623400-1490529033.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-23345100-1490529060.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_03_2017/post-23643-0-43419700-1490529079.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 26, 2017, 03:15:53 pm
Thanks for this update. As always superb model making and painting.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 09, 2017, 06:50:41 pm
I picked up the timber for the new fiddle yard today. Build to start this week and into the long weekend.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_04_2017/post-23643-0-84179100-1491747317.jpeg)


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 14, 2017, 04:58:38 pm
The first of the new fiddle yard boards got built and trial fitted today.

Constructed from 12mm ply, it hangs off the back of the back screen as a shelf. At 150mm wide, it'll only hold 4 roads - 2 east, 2 west. But each road will be subdivided into 8 sections 900mm long with the trains stacking up nose to tail.

It's quite stable at the moment, but I do have a few concerns about it being lent on during shows. I'll have to see how that goes.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_04_2017/post-23643-0-08475300-1492182811.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_04_2017/post-23643-0-99622700-1492182829.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_04_2017/post-23643-0-11859200-1492182851.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on April 16, 2017, 08:06:14 pm
Slow but steady progress on the layout. Most of today has been spent clearing junk out of the workshop to clear some space to move the layout about.

With the three left hand boards (west bank boards) on the worktop, it's time to get the backscenes fitted to all boards so I can get the new fiddle yard boards positioned.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_04_2017/post-23643-0-58578700-1492366062.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 07, 2017, 10:56:02 am
I've not posted for a while, so here's a couple of pics of the BR-52 with condenser tender at the head of the Messerschmitt train emerging from the Erpeler Ley tunnel.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-15436000-1494150051.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-04350300-1494150241.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 07, 2017, 11:15:57 am
Excellent work, as always. Thanks for the excellent photos.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on May 07, 2017, 02:51:32 pm
i'm not sure what's hiding in the tunnel, but it might look like this?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/941-070517144820.jpeg)

(I know it's not a Messerschmitt)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 07, 2017, 07:47:49 pm
It's been a busy day on the new fiddle yard board. The first two have been painted, ready for the electrics to be fitted and the back scenes have been strengthened to take the additional weight.

Next week I plan to start fitting the train detectors and track section droppers.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-39082300-1494179655.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-83270100-1494179682.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-06605300-1494179711.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: PaulCheffus on May 07, 2017, 10:31:44 pm
Hi

Just an observation but you might have problems railing the stock with the front edge being so high. I would have used something around third of the height.

Cheers

Paul
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 20, 2017, 10:39:24 am
I started work on the church a while back and I'm making good progress. It's slowly taking shape and not far off being ready for cladding.
One problem I still need to over come are the stain glass windows. There's 15 of them. I'm thinking it might be easiest to have the lazer cut from 1mm or 0.5mm material. But the first think is to do is draw them up.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-75991800-1495270233.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on May 20, 2017, 12:20:12 pm
coming along beautifully, will be a stunning feature on an already highly impressive layout
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on May 20, 2017, 02:42:27 pm
I started work on the church a while back and I'm making good progress. It's slowly taking shape and not far off being ready for cladding.
One problem I still need to over come are the stain glass windows. There's 15 of them. I'm thinking it might be easiest to have the lazer cut from 1mm or 0.5mm material. But the first think is to do is draw them up.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-75991800-1495270233.jpeg[/url])

Al.


If you have pictures, size them and print on a colour laser onto OHP sheets.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cycletrak9 on May 20, 2017, 08:59:23 pm
Not sure whether the problem is with the actual windows or the glass. York Modelmaking do a range of church windows and Langley have a sheet of stained glass.

If they are the right size this may solve your problem.

Hope this helps.

Mike
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on May 22, 2017, 07:14:13 am
Wow that is going to be some Church or will it turn out to be a Cathedral. Really am impressed has Milton Rail has said on an already impressive layout.    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 22, 2017, 09:28:00 pm
The church is progressing well. The structure is done. It's looking pretty impressive....

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-12814200-1495482612.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on May 22, 2017, 09:50:02 pm
That's going to be a very impressive church
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 23, 2017, 07:03:17 pm
I've been working on another cameo for the layout. This one is from a 70's comic rather then a film.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-18792600-1495478640.jpeg)
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-58792300-1495478709.jpeg)
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-00203700-1495478731.jpeg)

I've been working on another cameo for the layout. This one is from a 70's comic rather then a film.






Major Easy's Bentley from Battle Picture Weekly.

It started out live as one of Oxfords SS Jaguar models that got a proper backstreet cut and shut job done on it.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-17284000-1495478756.jpeg)
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-64484500-1495478770.jpeg)
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-48460200-1495478794.jpeg)
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-46164500-1495478843.jpeg)

Chassis and body cut in half. Both shortened and reassembled.

And this is how it looks against the original model. Markings and weathering to add to complete.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-06099500-1495478855.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 23, 2017, 07:06:46 pm
Excellent work. Well done.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on May 25, 2017, 07:28:10 am
Brilliant has usual.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 26, 2017, 10:35:22 pm
 :hellosign:     superb modelling Al
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on May 28, 2017, 09:27:33 pm
Slow but steady progress with the church. Still a long way to go, but looking good already

The 37 is there again for scale comparison.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_05_2017/post-23643-0-09203800-1496001990.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 04, 2017, 08:11:57 pm
Those who have been following Remagen for a while will remember that at Warley I had a lot of teething problems with the layout. There were two main issues.
The first was the electrical problems I had with the west end fiddle yard which left us having to hand ball the stock though it - a job with Ray Turner and Terry Bray did admirably over both days of the show.
The other problem was the gradients off the west end of the bridge into the dead fiddle yards, which over 50% of my loco stock were struggling with.
Both of these issues would have been picked up a test sessions, but for several reason, and bad planning on my part being one of them, neither came to light until the first time the layout got full assembled at the show.

Rectification of both these problems has taken a few months. In a previous post I gave a few speak pics of the new fiddle yards, and in this post it's a few shots of the reproduces gradients. The impact on the scenery isn't as bad as I'd anticipated.
A bit more track laying and testing to do, then I can get back to the fun of scenery building.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-63214000-1496601413.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-01153000-1496601438.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-09533700-1496601467.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-57014900-1496601495.jpeg)


Al. 
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on June 04, 2017, 08:30:53 pm
Even in its current partially dismantled state it all looks very imposing. Good luck with the next test session.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on June 06, 2017, 06:32:36 am
That Cathedral is looking great on your layout Al.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 08, 2017, 06:54:10 pm
That Cathedral is looking great on your layout Al.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I'm still playing around with its final position. I'd like it further back towards the end board, but I'm concerned about a large area of scenery between the tracks disappearing into the tunnels and the church.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 08, 2017, 07:14:45 pm
Looking excellent Al, great modelling.

You have given new meaning to "a rake of tank wagons"  :D

Cathedral looking very good, how is progress with the stained glass?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 08, 2017, 09:22:08 pm
Work is progressing well at the moment with the track going back down and droppers soldered on. At last it feels like I'm making progress.

Progress is also being make on the rolling stock. Today I've started on the K-5 Leopold Train.
This is the basic formation, with BR-52 at the head, followed by a couple of coached and barrier wagon. Then it's the rail gun itself with ammo wagons and shunting loco. And finally at the back, the maintenance and support wagons.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-02979900-1496952307.jpeg)
 
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-35704300-1496952339.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-90428000-1496952367.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-35221600-1496952412.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on June 09, 2017, 05:56:41 am
So do love this layout of yours Al, they way you have painted your loco is brilliant, it seems to blend into the background it hard to find it lol.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Innovationgame on June 09, 2017, 06:47:01 am
The scenery's coming on really well.  It all fits together nicely.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 09, 2017, 07:02:48 am
Really impressive work all round. Keep the updates coming, please.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Ozymandias on June 09, 2017, 11:33:12 am
This is an incredible layout - absolutely wonderful modelling. I love the crashed Lanc particularly - I was thinking of having a Heinkel 111 in a similar state on my big layout, when I finally get round to completing it!! :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 09, 2017, 07:49:31 pm
No progress on the layout tonight, as its wife time. But hee are a few closeup shots of the crashed Lancaster to tie you over.

The model is from A-Models. Its a far superior model to the Revell kit. At 1:144 scale, but against the layout the size difference is unnoticeable.

To get the crash damage right, I studied a number of crash photos of bombers. This scene is actually based on a Halifax that on the return leg home. Half the crew had bailed out once over the coast. The pilot and other wounded crew stayed with the aircraft, of which 3 survived the landing.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-00056500-1497032172.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-98883900-1497032197.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-20391100-1497032252.jpeg)

 (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-45835400-1497032406.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-70952800-1497032491.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: keerout on June 09, 2017, 07:56:24 pm
Wow!
No comment needed with these pictures; they tell their own story.
Fantastic modelling!
Gerard.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Milton Rail on June 09, 2017, 07:59:25 pm
Excellent, I spotted the crashed Lancaster and hoped you would add some close up's - you didn't disappoint - superb attention to detail
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 09, 2017, 10:50:10 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  Thanks for posting
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on June 10, 2017, 05:04:43 am
No progress on the layout tonight, as its wife time. But hee are a few closeup shots of the crashed Lancaster to tie you over.

The model is from A-Models. Its a far superior model to the Revell kit. At 1:144 scale, but against the layout the size difference is unnoticeable.

To get the crash damage right, I studied a number of crash photos of bombers. This scene is actually based on a Halifax that on the return leg home. Half the crew had bailed out once over the coast. The pilot and other wounded crew stayed with the aircraft, of which 3 survived the landing.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-00056500-1497032172.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-98883900-1497032197.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-20391100-1497032252.jpeg[/url])

 ([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-45835400-1497032406.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-70952800-1497032491.jpeg[/url])


Al.


Our choir master was a rear gunner in WW2 and was the only survivor of a crash like this. Bomber Command had a 44% casualty rate. 55k men killed. We owe our freedom to their heroism.

N
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on June 10, 2017, 06:49:39 am
We sure do Alan, i am always remembering this to the kids,when i mean kids, daughters and sons and eldest granddaughters, but it falls on deaf ears sometimes, phones and other stuff is their main interest, but the eldest Grandson George does listen and he will go and look into his books we have bought him on the history of Britain, he is very good at telling us what he has read. I do plan on trying to get him some Ray Pope books on his railway stories, i am sure there is one on a German Luftwaffe pilot. I could be wrong.   :thumbsup:   
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 10, 2017, 08:11:25 am

Our choir master was a rear gunner in WW2 and was the only survivor of a crash like this. Bomber Command had a 44% casualty rate. 55k men killed. We owe our freedom to their heroism.

N

Completely agree. Atrocious losses not only in Bomber Command, but also 8th Airforce. And both for the best part forgotten.

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: daffy on June 10, 2017, 08:52:06 am
Al, your tableau is a superb piece of modelling. I like the wheel pushed up through the wing.  Very realistic.

This year marks the 60 year anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight that commemorates the heroism of all those pilots and aircrew who brought us freedom, and not just in the Battle of Britain. Based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire the team regularly welcome all veterans to the base, and displays and flypasts for this season have already begun.

Here's a link with short details of four of the heroes from WWII who visited the base recently. They survived to remind us of the tremendous courage and sacrifice they and their kind took to preserve the way of life we enjoy today :

http://www.memorialflightclub.com/blog/bomber-command-veterans-visit-coningsby (http://www.memorialflightclub.com/blog/bomber-command-veterans-visit-coningsby)

Lest we forget.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: RailGooner on June 10, 2017, 10:34:24 am
.. Here's a link with short details of four of the heroes from WWII who visited the base recently. They survived to remind us of the tremendous courage and sacrifice they and their kind took to preserve the way of life we enjoy today :

[url]http://www.memorialflightclub.com/blog/bomber-command-veterans-visit-coningsby[/url] ([url]http://www.memorialflightclub.com/blog/bomber-command-veterans-visit-coningsby[/url])

Lest we forget.


I really enjoyed that link Daffy, thanks. I've had the honour of meeting Rusty Waughman on several occasions.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on June 10, 2017, 12:53:08 pm
Al - your pics brought a lump to my throat. Super modelling, sir.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 10, 2017, 01:24:32 pm
I was fortunate to be working at Green Park while the Bomber Command Memorial was being built and for a while after it was opened. I had the pleasure of meeting a couple dozen ex-bomber crews, and many of them shared tales of their time back then.

I'd recommend visiting the memorial. It stands at the west end of Green Park, not far from the Wellington Arch. The bronze castings of the aircrew are superb. Some of the best I've seen.


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 11, 2017, 04:44:34 pm
It's been a very productive morning. The lower tracks coming off the bridge have been relaid, with the exception of a RH curved point that I still need to buy and final alignment onto the end of the bridge.
I'm pretty happy with it. The four tracks allow me to hold rains on the public side of the board and add a bit of operational variety.
Next stage is to realign the east bound top track over the top and build a new bridge to carry it.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-01782000-1497189296.jpeg)
 
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-90737900-1497189337.jpeg)
 
(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-00310900-1497189389.jpeg)

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Innovationgame on June 11, 2017, 07:47:05 pm
That looks like really good progress.  I do like the sloping cuttings.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: port perran on June 11, 2017, 07:47:58 pm
Fabulous stuff.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: greenlaneman on June 11, 2017, 08:57:09 pm
Re the crashed Lancaster, squadron code AJ is 617 squadron of dam busters fame.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Snowwolflair on June 11, 2017, 09:08:06 pm
Re the crashed Lancaster, squadron code AJ is 617 squadron of dam busters fame.

I feel a rivet count coming on.  :D

A downed Dambuster Lancaster would have been cannibalized for metal within weeks of a crash, so the time period is awry.  I don't know if 617 squadron was still arround and involved in the bombing of the Ruhr towards the end of the war.  The Germans hated crashed Wellingtons and Mosquito bombers as they were wood and had little to recover.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 11, 2017, 10:34:38 pm
AJ is indeed 617 squadron and is another cameo along with Lucy and Colonel  Ryan.

Although famous for the dam buster raid, 617 squadron flow 1600 sorties thought WW2, including missions to sink the Tripit, and others involving dropping Tall Boy and Grand Slam bombs.


When finished, the Scene will depict the Lancaster having crash landed a few hours earlier with the site being secured by soldiers from the bridge garrison.


Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: javlinfaw7 on June 11, 2017, 11:59:45 pm
The Wellington was constructed mainly of duralumin skeleton (Barnes Wallis's geodetic constuction) with wooden stringers then doped linen.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Snowwolflair on June 12, 2017, 12:11:48 am
Quote
the fuselage was built up from a number of duralumin alloy channel-beams that were formed into a large framework. Wooden battens were screwed onto the metal, to which the doped linen skin of the aircraft was fixed.

The duralumin was only the frame, that held the substantial material which was wood, and it had no metal skin.  About one tail planes worth of metal for a Fock Wolf where as from a B17 you could make four full fighter aircraft.

There is a very good article on the web about the raw material economics of the second world war, that talks among other topics about war equipment salvage, which the Germans were very good at as metals in particular were very short.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Snowwolflair on June 12, 2017, 12:25:07 am

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/3761-120617002206.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52674)

This shows how it goes together.

the entire point of Barnes Wallis's design was to use the least amount of metal for maximum strength.  Even so it was over engineered, and there were instances where 60% of the fuselage cross section was blown away and the tail stayed on.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: javlinfaw7 on June 12, 2017, 01:14:35 am
Very little wood was used , there were thin battens attached to the duralumin to fix then linen to. the main skin of the aircraft, like most pre war aircraft was doped linen ,the brown area round the cockpit is doped linen ,slightly wrinkled at the bottom right corner .The engine nacelles were metal covered as a fire safety measure and leading edges were mainly metal clad as well.If you add to this the engines and the main spar there must be more than enough metal to construct more than Focke Wulf  tailplane even if it was a FW200
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on June 13, 2017, 08:45:55 am
Who cares, it’s a brilliant layout and i love it. It’s one of my favourites, that could be a sticky thread “Favourite Layout” and the “Bridge at Remagen” would be the 1st on the thread.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 17, 2017, 07:54:46 am
Posted Today, 07:39
Just a quick update this morning.

A bit of work gone on some wagons. These will form part of the Operation Greif Train and will eventually have a collection of armour loaded onto them.

One of the two BR-44's, which are also being repainted, will probably end up at the head of the train.

For those not familiar with Operation Greif, it was the operation to infiltrate Allied lines and capture bridges over the Meuse River using during the opening stages of the Ardennes offensive. Some of you may know this from the scene in the Battle of the Bulge movie with German soldiers dressed in American uniforms.

https://en.m.wikiped (https://en.m.wikiped)...Operation_Greif

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-86955200-1497681543.jpeg)

Al
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 25, 2017, 08:35:27 pm
A couple new wagons today for the Messerschmitt Train.
They're are carrying two Me-163 Komet rocket powered planes being deployed to take on the night of the American 8th Airforce.

The Komets still need markings adding and then a final weathering on the wagons.

I've one more aircraft to add to the train, and if I can find the right model, this one will be something a bit different.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-98915300-1498386438.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-95419800-1498386461.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-97490800-1498386482.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-21364900-1498386512.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Innovationgame on June 25, 2017, 08:48:36 pm
No 262As?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on June 25, 2017, 09:32:28 pm
No 262As?


262's and a few 109's...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsahlxo2eu.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 02, 2017, 09:22:22 am
More update on the rolling stock with two items done this week.

The first are the 5 M10 Panther wagons for the Operation Greif Train. I've a slight problem with 3 of the as I need to find some new couplings. 

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-52077900-1498932213.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-73267300-1498932242.jpeg)


The second one are the BR44's which are now weathered and looking suitably grimy. One of these will go on the front of the Operation Greif Train, while the other one will be heading up the Messerschmitt Train.
I'm pretty pleased with how these two have turned out.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-29869400-1498974735.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-87903100-1498974773.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-31413200-1498974793.jpeg)



Al.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on July 02, 2017, 09:26:05 am
Disgusting! Filthy! Yes - you should be very pleased with them, Al. Fine work, indeed.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on July 02, 2017, 03:06:14 pm
More update on the rolling stock with two items done this week.

The first are the 5 M10 Panther wagons for the Operation Greif Train. I've a slight problem with 3 of the as I need to find some new couplings. 

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-52077900-1498932213.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-73267300-1498932242.jpeg[/url])

Al.




M10 Panthers - more info

https://goo.gl/3opczr (https://goo.gl/3opczr)

http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/ttt07/panther-tank-disguise-m10.html (http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/ttt07/panther-tank-disguise-m10.html)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on July 02, 2017, 05:15:43 pm
No 262As?


262's and a few 109's...

([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/stracyznski/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsahlxo2eu.jpeg[/url])


and some more planes on trains:

http://pin.it/-4ehGwD (http://pin.it/-4ehGwD)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on July 05, 2017, 04:31:41 am
More update on the rolling stock with two items done this week.

The first are the 5 M10 Panther wagons for the Operation Greif Train. I've a slight problem with 3 of the as I need to find some new couplings. 

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-52077900-1498932213.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-73267300-1498932242.jpeg[/url])


The second one are the BR44's which are now weathered and looking suitably grimy. One of these will go on the front of the Operation Greif Train, while the other one will be heading up the Messerschmitt Train.
I'm pretty pleased with how these two have turned out.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-29869400-1498974735.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-87903100-1498974773.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-31413200-1498974793.jpeg[/url])



Al.


Love those loco’s Al, maybe getting a couple myself and the weathering is brilliant.    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 12, 2017, 07:25:35 pm
A couple more loco weathered a ready to go.

A Minitrix BR85 and a second Fleischmann BR94.

Before and after photos....

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-84768500-1499193750.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-27956200-1499810912.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-53220300-1499810930.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on July 12, 2017, 09:10:01 pm
Smashing weathering job, Al :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on July 13, 2017, 10:37:43 am
A couple more loco weathered a ready to go.

A Minitrix BR85 and a second Fleischmann BR94.

Before and after photos....

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-84768500-1499193750.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-27956200-1499810912.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-53220300-1499810930.jpeg[/url])


Al.


Really brilliant weathering Al, love it.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 13, 2017, 09:16:33 pm
Next batch of locos to get running. A Minitrix BR24 and BR64 and a Fleischmann BR53.
The BR24 has broken valve gear on one side, so I might have to do something different with this one.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-02985700-1499976776.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on July 14, 2017, 09:23:34 am

The BR24 has broken valve gear on one side, so I might have to do something different with this one.


You could go extreme, wreck it a bit, and park it in a siding having been strafed/bombed :hmmm:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on July 16, 2017, 07:07:03 am
Just love the way you do your weathering and camouflage of your loco’s Al.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on July 18, 2017, 03:38:00 pm
the Bluray of "Bridge at Remagen" is out RSN!!

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/72227/bridge-at-remagen-the/?utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign= (http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/72227/bridge-at-remagen-the/?utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on July 18, 2017, 04:26:32 pm
A couple new wagons today for the Messerschmitt Train.
They're are carrying two Me-163 Komet rocket powered planes being deployed to take on the night of the American 8th Airforce.

The Komets still need markings adding and then a final weathering on the wagons.

I've one more aircraft to add to the train, and if I can find the right model, this one will be something a bit different.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-98915300-1498386438.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-95419800-1498386461.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-97490800-1498386482.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_06_2017/post-23643-0-21364900-1498386512.jpeg[/url])


Al.


I've just found this picture of a proposed 2010 Artmaster model of the Me163 (but not yet available in N) and a BR52 with wooden armour for you to try!

https://www.reynaulds.com/catalog/dept_190.aspx (https://www.reynaulds.com/catalog/dept_190.aspx)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/941-180717162508.jpeg)

Br52 with armour
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/941-180717162608.jpeg)


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 19, 2017, 08:34:02 pm
Progress on the fiddle yard boards.

50% of the wiring done on one of the boards (which is 12.5% overall). The next stage is to test the cascade and find out if it works the way I planned.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-83277100-1500491879.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 19, 2017, 08:39:30 pm


Br52 with armour
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/941-180717162608.jpeg[/url])


I may do that with one of my BR52s.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on July 19, 2017, 11:21:26 pm


Br52 with armour
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/941-180717162608.jpeg[/url])


I may do that with one of my BR52s.




et voila!

ISTR that i shrank the picture to N, and cut out the image and mounted it on card, blu-tacked to the loco ( a Del Prado).

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/941-190717231926.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 21, 2017, 07:04:55 pm
I've been slowly working on these two V188 locos.

Both have been weathered and almost ready to roll. However while testing them last night I discovered on both of them one of the floating axles is jammed over to one side which makes them derail on tight curves. Hopefully it's a quick fix and I can sort them out tonight.


(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-88768900-1500624667.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-48825000-1500624677.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-53383600-1500624689.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on July 21, 2017, 08:37:20 pm
Very interesting, Al, so I looked up the V188.
I never even knew the axle designation 'Do + Do' existed :no:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Railwaygun on July 22, 2017, 12:46:57 am
I've been slowly working on these two V188 locos.

Both have been weathered and almost ready to roll. However while testing them last night I discovered on both of them one of the floating axles is jammed over to one side which makes them derail on tight curves. Hopefully it's a quick fix and I can sort them out tonight.


([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-88768900-1500624667.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-48825000-1500624677.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-53383600-1500624689.jpeg[/url])


Al.



They also suffer from split gear syndrome! I had to replace all the geared axles on mine.

I may have a spare chassis If you need spares.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 22, 2017, 10:06:40 am
I weathered the tiny BR53 this morning. Right now I've mixed thoughts about the end result. I don't think the brown wash has gone right and I'm in half a mind to strip it back and start again.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-64642200-1500713951.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-45213200-1500713968.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-82499800-1500713996.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: newportnobby on July 22, 2017, 02:33:44 pm
Sorry, but I tend to agree with you in that something's not quite right, Al, although I can't put my finger on what :hmmm:
It's certainly not comparable with your previous work.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on July 23, 2017, 10:07:34 am
the Bluray of "Bridge at Remagen" is out RSN!!

There's also a HD download available from Apple/iTunes I noted last night 8)  Great movie, got the DVD :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 23, 2017, 07:28:54 pm
You may remember I posted a while ago a few pics of the new fiddle yard and its wiring. Well today I completed the first section and successfully tested it. And here's a short video clip of it in action.

Rather then the traditional storage sidings in line abreast, I've opted for four patrolled tracks each sub-divided into 8 section. The trains stack up on each track nose to tail. As the lead train departs and heads out onto the layout, the rest automatically cascade forward to leave an empty section at the rear of the fiddle yard to receive the next train in.


https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAtRemagen/videos/687352544800098/ (https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAtRemagen/videos/687352544800098/)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on July 25, 2017, 07:32:04 am
Just seen video Al...Brilliant.... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: RailGooner on July 25, 2017, 07:50:59 am
..
 As the lead train departs and heads out onto the layout, the rest automatically cascade forward to leave an empty section at the rear of the fiddle yard to receive the next train in.
...

Cool. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 27, 2017, 02:23:14 am
The full horror of the fiddle yard wiring.

This is just 1 of 4 boards. Fully tested and working.
All these wires allow the fiddle yard to be 'fit and forget'. The yard presents a train to the operator who drive though the layout to deposit at the other end, keeping the operator focuses on driving the layout and not the fiddle yard.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-37273600-1501118255.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-22558200-1501118265.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: broadsword on July 27, 2017, 02:48:18 am
After seeing that wiring, rather you than me !   :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Innovationgame on July 27, 2017, 06:29:24 am
Well, at least your wiring is easily accessible.  Mine's all underneath the boards, so it's a hands and knees job if I need to get at anything.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 28, 2017, 06:28:04 pm
Well, at least your wiring is easily accessible.  Mine's all underneath the boards, so it's a hands and knees job if I need to get at anything.

That's the advantage of a portable layout. When I want to get at the wiring, I just roll it onto its side...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 29, 2017, 09:20:42 pm
The BR24 from earlier with the broken valve gear is undergoing a major transformation.

I've taken inspiration from the armoured BP-44 train and added armoured plates and a second tender to the BR24. The basic structure is done. It's now time to add the detail.

Once the loco is complete a short take of armoured wagon will follow.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-15945900-1501359257.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-48810800-1501359276.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Steamie+ on July 30, 2017, 05:37:44 am
The BR24 from earlier with the broken valve gear is undergoing a major transformation.

I've taken inspiration from the armoured BP-44 train and added armoured plates and a second tender to the BR24. The basic structure is done. It's now time to add the detail.

Once the loco is complete a short take of armoured wagon will follow.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-15945900-1501359257.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-48810800-1501359276.jpeg[/url])


Al.


Brilliant idea Al, love it, can’t wait to see it finished.      :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Hiawatha on July 30, 2017, 02:50:43 pm
I've been slowly working on these two V188 locos.

Both have been weathered and almost ready to roll. However while testing them last night I discovered on both of them one of the floating axles is jammed over to one side which makes them derail on tight curves. Hopefully it's a quick fix and I can sort them out tonight.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-53383600-1500624689.jpeg[/url])


The armoured BR 24 and the V188s are fantastic models! Is the V188 camouflage pattern a decal, or did you paint that on?
I ask as even the "Walli" nickname on the front is replicated. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 30, 2017, 06:31:43 pm
I've been slowly working on these two V188 locos.

Both have been weathered and almost ready to roll. However while testing them last night I discovered on both of them one of the floating axles is jammed over to one side which makes them derail on tight curves. Hopefully it's a quick fix and I can sort them out tonight.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-53383600-1500624689.jpeg[/url])


The armoured BR 24 and the V188s are fantastic models! Is the V188 camouflage pattern a decal, or did you paint that on?
I ask as even the "Walli" nickname on the front is replicated. :thumbsup:


Walli is hand painted.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on July 30, 2017, 06:33:11 pm
With the loco almost finished, thought have turned to the rest of the armoured train.
These will be the first four wagons. The out two will be flat car pusher wagons. The next two will be tank carrying wagons with captured French Somus S35 tanks.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-12163800-1501435522.jpeg)

There's a couple more wagons planned between the tank carrying wagons and the loco. I'm thinking about something along the ones of this.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_07_2017/post-23643-0-27718900-1501435651.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Rowlie on July 30, 2017, 10:39:26 pm
I really enjoy following this thread, another great train you have created. 
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 03, 2017, 09:53:41 pm
An update on the armoured train wagons.
Three of them are more or less there with the basic structure. A bit of tidying up and detailing to go.
The two pusher wagons are next.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-43224800-1501791079.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-24719100-1501791105.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-35464200-1501791139.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 05, 2017, 04:22:08 pm

A little bit more work done on the crashed Lancaster this morning. An Open Blitz Ambulance has turned up to along with a Kubel.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-84692400-1501946201.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-84676000-1501946237.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-44439000-1501946264.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 06, 2017, 07:25:41 am
Another movie cameo under way.

I'm not sure how to explain how these guys made it to Remagen...


(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-03816200-1501998084.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: javlinfaw7 on August 06, 2017, 11:26:41 am
A few were left in france in 1940.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on August 06, 2017, 01:30:34 pm
Left over from WW1??

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38077.msg454234#msg454234 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38077.msg454234#msg454234)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 06, 2017, 09:14:37 pm
Not a lot of progress today, mainly due to taking Julia out to Bluewater for a new dress.
But what I have achieved is getting the final bit of baseboard refitted. Once all the glue has dried, the bridge section will be cut out. Then once I've built the new bridge, I can get back to some scenery.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-55673000-1502043836.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 13, 2017, 09:11:53 pm
A bit more work on the BR24 armoured train.

I got the basic structure done on the two anti-tank wagon, but not over happy with it. The AAA position is too high and the PzII and PzIV turrets looked completely wrong. The two T34 look better, but still not right. A bit of a rethink required...

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-62507600-1502654334.jpeg)

So I lowered the rear AAA deck and replaced the Flak 38 with a quad 20mm. And also angled the edge of the deck around the PzIV turret. It's starting to look the part.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-20220400-1502654312.jpeg)

Next stage is to sit the PzIV turret down properly and start adding some detail.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on August 14, 2017, 12:48:10 am
A bit more work on the BR24 armoured train.

I got the basic structure done on the two anti-tank wagon, but not over happy with it. The AAA position is too high and the PzII and PzIV turrets looked completely wrong. The two T34 look better, but still not right. A bit of a rethink required...

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-62507600-1502654334.jpeg[/url])

So I lowered the rear AAA deck and replaced the Flak 38 with a quad 20mm. And also angled the edge of the deck around the PzIV turret. It's starting to look the part.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-20220400-1502654312.jpeg[/url])

Next stage is to sit the PzIV turret down properly and start adding some detail.



Al

I presume you are working from these links on Panzerzug 52 (ex Track Protection Train Blücher)

https://braillebuilder.blogspot.de/2013/11/scratchbuilt-armoured-train-wagon.html (https://braillebuilder.blogspot.de/2013/11/scratchbuilt-armoured-train-wagon.html)

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/thread/1383442552/armoured+wagon (http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/thread/1383442552/armoured+wagon)

it seems to be constructed on a russian Bobo flatcar (based on US designs!), and subsequently converted by the Wermacht.

http://www.o5m6.de/60-ton_4-axle_flatcar.html (http://www.o5m6.de/60-ton_4-axle_flatcar.html)

there seem to be only 3 photos of the wagon, neither very helpful. Malmassari also not helpful! the PZ52 was destroyed near Danzig (Gdansk) in March 45.


However let us not forget Rule 1..
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/941-140817010452.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54231)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/941-140817010722.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54232)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 14, 2017, 09:32:49 pm
Cheers. That's really helpful.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 14, 2017, 09:33:36 pm
The latest project on the workbench. A semi-stripped streamlined BR05.
The skirts have been stripped off the body and a non-streamlined footplate modified to fit.
Still plenty to do.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-77810100-1502739290.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Eclipse247 on August 17, 2017, 04:52:03 pm
We sure do Alan, i am always remembering this to the kids,when i mean kids, daughters and sons and eldest granddaughters, but it falls on deaf ears sometimes, phones and other stuff is their main interest, but the eldest Grandson George does listen and he will go and look into his books we have bought him on the history of Britain, he is very good at telling us what he has read. I do plan on trying to get him some Ray Pope books on his railway stories, i am sure there is one on a German Luftwaffe pilot. I could be wrong.   :thumbsup:

I'm not sure about a Luftwaffe pilot but the first 3 in The Model Railway Men series are available on the Kindle and a print copy for the first. Mark (Ray Popes son).
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Al. on August 19, 2017, 06:48:37 pm
We sure do Alan, i am always remembering this to the kids,when i mean kids, daughters and sons and eldest granddaughters, but it falls on deaf ears sometimes, phones and other stuff is their main interest, but the eldest Grandson George does listen and he will go and look into his books we have bought him on the history of Britain, he is very good at telling us what he has read. I do plan on trying to get him some Ray Pope books on his railway stories, i am sure there is one on a German Luftwaffe pilot. I could be wrong.   :thumbsup:

I'm not sure about a Luftwaffe pilot but the first 3 in The Model Railway Men series are available on the Kindle and a print copy for the first. Mark (Ray Popes son).

Now available on amazon. I've just ordered one.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Railway-Men-Ray-Pope/dp/0995729115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503164604&sr=8-1&keywords=Model+railway+man (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Railway-Men-Ray-Pope/dp/0995729115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503164604&sr=8-1&keywords=Model+railway+man)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen
Post by: Eclipse247 on August 20, 2017, 03:14:37 pm
We sure do Alan, i am always remembering this to the kids,when i mean kids, daughters and sons and eldest granddaughters, but it falls on deaf ears sometimes, phones and other stuff is their main interest, but the eldest Grandson George does listen and he will go and look into his books we have bought him on the history of Britain, he is very good at telling us what he has read. I do plan on trying to get him some Ray Pope books on his railway stories, i am sure there is one on a German Luftwaffe pilot. I could be wrong.   :thumbsup:

I'm not sure about a Luftwaffe pilot but the first 3 in The Model Railway Men series are available on the Kindle and a print copy for the first. Mark (Ray Popes son).

Now available on amazon. I've just ordered one.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Railway-Men-Ray-Pope/dp/0995729115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503164604&sr=8-1&keywords=Model+railway+man (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Railway-Men-Ray-Pope/dp/0995729115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503164604&sr=8-1&keywords=Model+railway+man)
Thanks for ordering. They can also be ordered from other book stores. They are not printed by Amazon's subsidiary Createspace.  eg Waterstones. https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-model-railway-men/ray-pope/gareth-floyd/9780995729117 (https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-model-railway-men/ray-pope/gareth-floyd/9780995729117)

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-model-railway-men/ray-pope/gareth-floyd/9780995729117 (https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-model-railway-men/ray-pope/gareth-floyd/9780995729117)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on August 26, 2017, 04:18:57 pm
The two armoured wagons for the BR24 train are done. Just need to reside on the right combination of armament.

I'm leaning towards the PzIV turret and quad 20mm.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-22460400-1503759068.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-99965100-1503759085.jpeg)


An an update on the BR05. The footplate has been modified and fitted to the body. Also the front buffer beam area has been cutback. Next job is to build the frames that supported the front lower streamlining cladding.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-46146700-1503759407.jpeg)

Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: RailGooner on August 26, 2017, 04:50:13 pm
Al, have you tried PzII turret and quad 20mm?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on August 26, 2017, 04:52:35 pm
Al, have you tried PzII turret and quad 20mm?


Isn't the P2 turret the central one?? ( replacing the T70 turret)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/941-260817165516.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54538)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: RailGooner on August 26, 2017, 05:06:24 pm
Al, have you tried PzII turret and quad 20mm?


Isn't the P2 turret the central one?? ( replacing the T70 turret)

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/941-260817165516.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54538[/url])


I dunno. ??? I was Air Force, tanks are something we held fuel in. :D

I've probably misread this post...

A bit more work on the BR24 armoured train.

I got the basic structure done on the two anti-tank wagon, but not over happy with it. The AAA position is too high and the PzII and PzIV turrets looked completely wrong. The two T34 look better, but still not right. A bit of a rethink required...

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-62507600-1502654334.jpeg[/url])
...
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on August 26, 2017, 11:44:58 pm
i have located a drawing of Pz6 - in the first edition of Malmassari - Les Trains Blinde.(1989)

it is based on the photo above I think but may be helpful.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/941-260817235319.png) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=54562)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Hiawatha on August 27, 2017, 01:32:58 pm
An an update on the BR05. The footplate has been modified and fitted to the body. Also the front buffer beam area has been cutback. Next job is to build the frames that supported the front lower streamlining cladding.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-46146700-1503759407.jpeg[/url])

As a fan of streamlined steam it breaks my heart to see a loco in a state like this (both prototype and model!) but it is brilliant modelling. :thumbsup:

The only remark I want to make is that both tenders of 05 001 and 002 survived the war with their streamlining in place. I guess you want to replicate 05 002 as in the 1950 photo at Krauss-Maffei, as 001 had the front left intact.

(https://s6.postimg.org/55dzg2m2p/BR05.jpg)
(from Gottwaldt, "Stromlinien-Album")

Interesting that 05 002 shows a full-length stripe below the window line (à la BR 06) which I haven't seen in any other picture.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on September 01, 2017, 02:17:32 pm
The BR05 has progressed along a bit since the last post. Armoured plates have been added and it's been under coated ready for camouflage paint to be added.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-74695400-1504270437.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-87321100-1504270372.jpeg)

It doesn't look too bad now it's all one colour. Next job is to paint the camouflage scheme onto it.

I'm still undecided which one to go for. I like the digi-scheme on the OH model, but it looks too modern and I can't find any reference to it any photos from the war period.
Right now I'm considering either the three-colour scheme (centre left) or the ad-hoc ambush scheme (bottom left)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-04236100-1504270398.png)

I've got an old Del-Prato loco kicking about in the workshop. I'll do a couple trials to see which one looks best. On the meantime, the 05 can run around in plain black.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on September 01, 2017, 07:07:49 pm
An an update on the BR05. The footplate has been modified and fitted to the body. Also the front buffer beam area has been cutback. Next job is to build the frames that supported the front lower streamlining cladding.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_08_2017/post-23643-0-46146700-1503759407.jpeg[/url])

As a fan of streamlined steam it breaks my heart to see a loco in a state like this (both prototype and model!) but it is brilliant modelling. :thumbsup:

The only remark I want to make is that both tenders of 05 001 and 002 survived the war with their streamlining in place. I guess you want to replicate 05 002 as in the 1950 photo at Krauss-Maffei, as 001 had the front left intact.

([url]https://s6.postimg.org/55dzg2m2p/BR05.jpg[/url])
(from Gottwaldt, "Stromlinien-Album")

Interesting that 05 002 shows a full-length stripe below the window line (à la BR 06) which I haven't seen in any other picture.



I will be changing the tender body at some point when I can get hold of one. Until then the non-streamlined one will have to do.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on September 06, 2017, 06:37:05 pm
The latest loco to go under the knife is a Fleichmann BR50. I've 5 of these so I'm trying to make each one appear a little different from the others.

This one was a post war version with the brakeman's cabin built onto the tender. So that was the first thing to go. Then it was a case of making this model a little bit of an individual with the addition of timber armour along the boiler and tender sides.

I also toyed with the idea of mounting a 20mm flak gun onto the tender, but as the only reference I have for this are photos of other models rather then actual locos, I'm still undecided about this.

All still work in progress. Paint job needs to be finished, and then weathering.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-60718600-1504704928.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-48566900-1504704938.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-91766000-1504704947.jpeg)


Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: paulprice on September 06, 2017, 09:59:01 pm
wow
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on September 06, 2017, 11:05:45 pm
I also toyed with the idea of mounting a 20mm flak gun onto the tender, but as the only reference I have for this are photos of other models rather then actual locos, I'm still undecided about this.

I've been unable to trace a picture of this - ISTR that the pic was from the loco cab , back down the train - with a flak gun on either the tender ( apparently) or the wagon behind.

It could have been Von Ryan's exPress!

I will keep looking!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: newportnobby on September 07, 2017, 09:35:00 am
To say I know nothing of militaria would be an understatement, but isn't timber armour about as much use as a chocolate fireguard?
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Post by: w greatbatch on September 07, 2017, 10:29:23 am
Never seen a photo of a German loco with anti-aircraft guns on the tender, but the Russians most certainly did , some captured loco's were made use of by the Germans,and they were not above stealing a good idea, I would give it a go.
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Post by: Al. on September 07, 2017, 10:49:29 am
Never seen a photo of a German loco with anti-aircraft guns on the tender, but the Russians most certainly did , some captured loco's were made use of by the Germans,and they were not above stealing a good idea, I would give it a go.

I've only seen models with with the flak gun mounted on the tender.
My reason for doing it is to cover the hole in the tender from the cab being removed.

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Post by: Al. on September 07, 2017, 11:06:30 am
 :photospleasesign:
To say I know nothing of militaria would be an understatement, but isn't timber armour about as much use as a chocolate fireguard?

The majority of the armour added to locos was for protection against small arms fire. None of the locos, with the exception of the fully armoured trains such at the BP-44, would stand any chance against anti-tank or aircraft attack.

The wooden armour was made from railway sleepers fixed to the loco footplate. It would have be between 9" to 12" thick and provide ample protection against partizan action.

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Post by: w greatbatch on September 07, 2017, 01:27:59 pm
Looks goodand more importantly credible.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on September 08, 2017, 01:54:39 pm
Update on the BR05.
Camouflage scheme done. Decals and weathering to follow.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-86170000-1504869482.jpeg)

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Post by: Railwaygun on September 08, 2017, 07:23:40 pm
Update on the BR05.
Camouflage scheme done. Decals and weathering to follow.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-86170000-1504869482.jpeg[/url])




so where is the loco??

A nice job!
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Post by: paulprice on September 08, 2017, 09:37:22 pm
Brilliant just brilliant
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Post by: Railwaygun on September 14, 2017, 06:26:53 pm
Re tender mounted flak - railwaygun@ groups.io has
Come up trumps

Kopenhagen, “Armoured Trains of the Soviet Union,” page 24 shows a drawing of a tender with an AA site on the rear. A photo of a Russian loco like that is in Sawodny, “Die Panzerzuge des DR,” page 193.

This is a Rule1 re-enactment so alles is gut!

Pics to follow when I get off the Pyrenees!
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Post by: Al. on September 16, 2017, 02:19:38 pm
We've been away for a week climbing mountains in the Lake District, so not much progress on The layout. However this morning while Julia was having a lay-in, I got a couple of hours to get the Wooden Armoured BR50 finished off.

The grey has been washed down and it's been given a heavy weathering.

One thing I'm still undecided about is the flak gun. Sometimes I look at it and think it looks cool. Other times I think it looks silly.... Can't make my mind up.

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Al.
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Post by: weave on September 16, 2017, 03:01:10 pm
Hi Al,

I think it looks Cool but not sure about the bicycles. Lovely stuff. Still probably the only layout on my must see one day list.

Cheers weave  :beers:
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Post by: Yeoman on September 16, 2017, 04:16:52 pm
Do you have any display bookings you can let us have please?
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Post by: bridgiesimon on September 16, 2017, 05:04:22 pm
Looks really good, love the paint job! As for the flak gun, if you have evidence it was done, then leave it on there, totally different from the norm and I have never seen it before so a mega talking point at shows etc. As for the bikes, would they get in the way of the gun operating?
Best wishes and please keep the updates coming, love it!!!

Best wishes
Simon
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Post by: Al. on September 16, 2017, 05:29:32 pm
Weave & Bridgesimon - I agree with you about the bikes. I'll be changing them.

Yeoman - We'll be at Stevenage in January and Peterborough in October 2018.


Al.
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Post by: Yeoman on September 17, 2017, 08:17:06 am


Yeoman - We'll be at Stevenage in January and Peterborough in October.



Thanks See you next month at Peterborough
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Post by: Al. on September 17, 2017, 08:52:11 am


Yeoman - We'll be at Stevenage in January and Peterborough in October.



Thanks See you next month at Peterborough


Sorry Yeoman, that's 2018. Not this year.
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Post by: weave on September 17, 2017, 09:05:27 am
Hi Al,

Glad you said that. I was looking it up although Peterborough's a bit too far from Hampshire. I'm still interested in the Stevenage one in January. Is that the Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition? Just checking.

Cheers weave  :beers:
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Post by: Hiawatha on September 17, 2017, 05:13:56 pm
I also think that the flak on the tender looks cool. I just don't think that locos like that or with camouflage paint would have been seen often on Reichsbahn rails. I believe that such locos were rather used outside of Germany, most probably in Russia, and in 1944-45 Germany you would mostly see run-down and neglected locos in standard black/red livery. (I know that 05 003 came camouflage painted and outfitted with protective plates right from the Borsig factory in 1945 but it was only used once for a transfer move to the west and then stored.)
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Post by: Al. on September 19, 2017, 09:49:24 pm
The forth BR50 all paints up and ready to roll.

I've done this one in a simple striped camouflaged scheme similar to that used on tanks towards the end of the war.

From the mid-war years onwards, German tanks were predominately dispatched from the factories in a sand/yellow colour and the crews applied the camouflage scheme once it arrived at the unit. This is why we see such a wide variation of German tank camouflage schemes. In the final year of the war paint pressures on tank production increased, and together with lack of paint supplies, tanks started leaving the factories in just red primer paint. Hence the reason the camp scheme became more simple and more red colour based.

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Al.
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Post by: Al. on September 20, 2017, 07:56:46 am
I also think that the flak on the tender looks cool. I just don't think that locos like that or with camouflage paint would have been seen often on Reichsbahn rails. I believe that such locos were rather used outside of Germany, most probably in Russia, and in 1944-45 Germany you would mostly see run-down and neglected locos in standard black/red livery. (I know that 05 003 came camouflage painted and outfitted with protective plates right from the Borsig factory in 1945 but it was only used once for a transfer move to the west and then stored.)

I Agree that most of the camouflaged and armoured locos would be more common on the eastern front, and by '44 most rail traffic on the western front was restocked to night moves to avoid air attack.
But what I'm trying to do with Remagen is produce a layout that is both historically accurate and visually interesting. When I took the layout to Warley the other year the camouflaged trains and tank trains proved very popular with the younger generation, who proved to be partially knowledgable about the stuff.
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Post by: Railwaygun on September 20, 2017, 11:41:31 am
I also think that the flak on the tender looks cool. I just don't think that locos like that or with camouflage paint would have been seen often on Reichsbahn rails. I believe that such locos were rather used outside of Germany, most probably in Russia, and in 1944-45 Germany you would mostly see run-down and neglected locos in standard black/red livery. (I know that 05 003 came camouflage painted and outfitted with protective plates right from the Borsig factory in 1945 but it was only used once for a transfer move to the west and then stored.)

I Agree that most of the camouflaged and armoured locos would be more common on the eastern front, and by '44 most rail traffic on the western front was restocked to night moves to avoid air attack.
But what I'm trying to do with Remagen is produce a layout that is both historically accurate and visually interesting. When I took the layout to Warley the other year the camouflaged trains and tank trains proved very popular with the younger generation, who proved to be partially knowledgable about the stuff.

Rule 1 Uber alles!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on September 23, 2017, 01:50:09 pm
The 3 car SVT137 got the weathering treatment this morning. It was meant to be a light weathering but has turned out more moderate weathering.
I'm not happy with the way the roof has turned out, particularly the exhaust soothing. When I've some spare time I'll go back to it and tone it down a bit more.

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Post by: MinZaPint on September 23, 2017, 05:17:03 pm
Really nice  :greatpicturessign:
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Post by: Al. on September 24, 2017, 06:55:33 pm
The wehrmacht commandeered the BR38 this morning for critical war duties which has resulted in one of the BR41's being assigned to the Red Cross Train.

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Post by: newportnobby on September 24, 2017, 10:15:12 pm
Everything looks impressive, especially the tunnel portal.
Out of curiosity, do you mean 'commandeered'?
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Post by: Al. on September 25, 2017, 12:10:43 am
Out of curiosity, do you mean 'commandeered'?

Yes I did. Damn auto-spell-check.... 😡
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Post by: Al. on September 28, 2017, 10:11:31 pm
As well as weathering locos, I'm also been working on the rolling stock. This is the latest work-in-progress.

This is a Schienenwolf, or rail wolf / rail ripper. A German rail vehicle built to destroy railway lines through the use of an immensely strong, hook-shaped armored plough.

It predominantly saw service on the Eastern Front during the retreat out of Russian and Poland as part of the 'scorched earth' policy.
The Schienenwolf tore up railway lines, bridges and signaling equipment, and denying the Russian Army the use of the infrastructure to supply their own troops.

It was used attached to the rear of a loco - in the case in the photos it's two BR57's. The hook was lowered into the 4foot and as the locos moved along the line, pulled the rails out of alignment and split the sleepers.

The model is made from chassis of a short wheel based wagon that's had one end cut off. The hook and all parts in white are made from plasticard. It'll get a cost of grey paint over the next few days and then I'll have to find a couple of locos to haul it.

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Post by: Innovationgame on September 29, 2017, 07:51:51 am
That's a brilliant piece of scratch building!
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Post by: rogerdB on September 29, 2017, 11:21:58 am
I agree with Laurence. Amazing what can be done with plasticard!
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Post by: Al. on September 30, 2017, 09:38:17 pm
The little BR64 got the weathering treatment this morning.

I'm quickly running out of locos to work on...

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Post by: newportnobby on September 30, 2017, 09:40:09 pm
The little BR64 got the weathering treatment this morning.

I'm quickly running out of locos to work on...


Silly person - you'll be inundated with members locos now :laugh:
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Post by: Al. on September 30, 2017, 10:06:45 pm
 
The little BR64 got the weathering treatment this morning.

I'm quickly running out of locos to work on...


Silly person - you'll be inundated with members locos now :laugh:

 :smiley-laughing:

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on October 01, 2017, 02:11:55 pm
As well as weathering locos, I'm also been working on the rolling stock. This is the latest work-in-progress.

This is a Schienenwolf, or rail wolf / rail ripper. A German rail vehicle built to destroy railway lines through the use of an immensely strong, hook-shaped armored plough.

It predominantly saw service on the Eastern Front during the retreat out of Russian and Poland as part of the 'scorched earth' policy.
The Schienenwolf tore up railway lines, bridges and signaling equipment, and denying the Russian Army the use of the infrastructure to supply their own troops.

It was used attached to the rear of a loco - in the case in the photos it's two BR57's. The hook was lowered into the 4foot and as the locos moved along the line, pulled the rails out of alignment and split the sleepers.

The model is made from chassis of a short wheel based wagon that's had one end cut off. The hook and all parts in white are made from plasticard. It'll get a cost of grey paint over the next few days and then I'll have to find a couple of locos to haul it.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_09_2017/post-23643-0-39850300-1506630588.jpeg[/url])

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i found this - ? Bucharest Military museum. They all seem to have been manufactured locally, so they all look different!

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Post by: Al. on October 08, 2017, 04:04:50 pm
A bit more progress has been made on the fiddle yard. These are the cascade boards, all 4 of them.
They're 8 metres long in total and hold 4 tracks - 2 x east bound, 2 x west bound. Each track is sub-devised into 8 sections, giving a total of 16 in each direction. The trains stack up nose to tail and automatically shuffle forward as the train ahead of it departs - Well, that's the theory.
Each section is controlled by a Azatrax infra-red train detector connected to a bank of relays. This automatically stops the train as it approaches the end of the track section and then releases it once the section ahead is empty.

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Post by: cornish yorkie on October 08, 2017, 10:33:35 pm
 :hellosign: looking good Al thanks for sharing
    regards Derek.
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Post by: Railwaygun on October 09, 2017, 11:08:39 am
Oh my G - its full of spaghetti!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on October 09, 2017, 08:40:07 pm
Completed the Messerschmitt Train this evening.

BR44 at the head of 18 wagons carrying new Luftwaffe fighters, 6 x Me109's, 3 x Me262's & 2 x Me163's, heading out for deployment.

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Post by: Al. on October 10, 2017, 08:33:12 pm
Another train completed tonight.

This one is the Vampir Train.

A BR52 with condensing tender hauling a company of infra-red equipped Panther tanks with Panzer Grenadier support being deployed to the western front.

The wagons are a combination of Roco and Fleischmann. The Panthers are WTM series while the Half-tracks are from Pegasus. All have had scratch built IR equipment added along with other modifications.

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Post by: Al. on October 15, 2017, 03:08:06 pm
A bit more progress on the Karl-Gerat's this morning. Both are on temporary rolling chassis so I can work on coupling positions and stuff. It also allows me to test run them in train formation.

Regarding permanent wheeling, I'm going for two fixed axles at each end of the wagons with three floating axles in the middle. These three will be spring loaded as per the centre axles on Arnold three axles baggage car.

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Post by: newportnobby on October 15, 2017, 03:10:19 pm
Whoa! They are monsters! :goggleeyes:
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Post by: Delboy on October 21, 2017, 10:29:47 am
Possibly old news but the film “Bridge at Remagen” is on Channel 5 at 6.40pm this evening
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Post by: Al. on October 22, 2017, 12:32:12 pm
Possibly old news but the film “Bridge at Remagen” is on Channel 5 at 6.40pm this evening

That film was the inspiration behind the layout. It is also a pretty good account of the capture of the bridge.
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Post by: Al. on October 22, 2017, 12:33:13 pm
More progress on the Karl-Gerat train last night.

5 Flieschmann were stripped down to the chassis, new decks added and repainted. These will carry the Munitionpanzers and the Whirlwind once they're finished.
A sixth wagon just got a repaint and will carry the parts of the Mortars that are removed while being transported by rail.

There's about another 6 wagons to add to this for other support vehicles, plus a few box wagons/tool vans for other bits. The total train will be around 15 wagons plus the 2 mortars.

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Post by: Al. on October 22, 2017, 04:46:01 pm
Test running part of the layout this afternoon. An opportunity to get the Vampir Train out to stretch its legs.

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Post by: newportnobby on October 22, 2017, 04:56:07 pm
Smashing pics, Al.
 :thankyousign:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 22, 2017, 04:59:49 pm
Superb models and excellent photos. Thank you.
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Post by: RailGooner on October 22, 2017, 05:11:53 pm
Sooooo looking forward to this layout getting out and about again. Still deeply regret not taking the opportunity to see this last year (at IIRC High Wycombe). :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: rogerdB on October 22, 2017, 06:52:22 pm
Brilliant work!
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Post by: keithbythe sea on October 24, 2017, 07:54:13 am
Great stuff Al.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on October 28, 2017, 08:39:10 pm
It's been a quiet week on Remagen due to taking a couple day out to assist a friend with his HO Chinese layout. Finally got back to my layout this morning and completed the Schienenwolf Train with the addition of a Flak36 to the top of the tool van.

The BR38 has been reallocated from the Red Cross Train to this duty while the BR55 & 57 are being sorted.

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Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on October 28, 2017, 08:41:28 pm

As well as the Schienenwolf Train, I've also found time for a bit of progress on the Panzerzug Train.

The two armoured wagons have each been fitted with T34 and T80 turrets, and a Flak36.

Camouflaged paint work to go on next.

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Post by: weave on October 29, 2017, 01:28:06 am
Marvellous, just marvellous. Everything.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Post by: Innovationgame on October 29, 2017, 06:29:38 am
I loved the viaduct pictures.
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Post by: wookie on October 30, 2017, 10:03:33 am
I’m in awe of your modelling skills Al
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: PostModN66 on October 30, 2017, 10:17:01 am
Apart from everything else the way you have done the water is great!  A very convincing river effect.

How you did it may be buried in the thread........but no time now to browse all these pages  :(

Cheers. Jon  :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 01, 2017, 09:14:05 pm
Apart from everything else the way you have done the water is great!  A very convincing river effect.

How you did it may be buried in the thread........but no time now to browse all these pages  :(

Cheers. Jon  :)

Jon. The river is covered on pages 18 to 20.
It's basically toilet paper, pva glue, paint and varnish. 

Al. 
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 04, 2017, 10:43:54 am
With work on the Kart-Garet train on hold while I work on a 3D printed chassis for the rail wagons, I've turned my hand to the K5 Leopold Railgun that some of you may have spotted earlier.

This is the Dragon kit, and right now I have the basic gun carriage body built and say on two rolling chassis.

The wagons in the kit come preformed with deck and frames as one moulding. This makes it very difficult to drill out the frames for pin axles.

To over come this, I've removed the side frames and replaced them with two 3 axle bogies. After a bit of tinkering I've got buffer height right and the gun carriage sitting correct.

It runs pretty well and has no problem negotiating medium radius turnouts.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-83159200-1509742964.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-41683400-1509742987.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-19716300-1509743012.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on November 04, 2017, 05:47:25 pm
With work on the Kart-Garet train on hold while I work on a 3D printed chassis for the rail wagons, I've turned my hand to the K5 Leopold Railgun that some of you may have spotted earlier.

This is the Dragon kit, and right now I have the basic gun carriage body built and say on two rolling chassis.

The wagons in the kit come preformed with deck and frames as one moulding. This makes it very difficult to drill out the frames for pin axles.

To over come this, I've removed the side frames and replaced them with two 3 axle bogies. After a bit of tinkering I've got buffer height right and the gun carriage sitting correct.

It runs pretty well and has no problem negotiating medium radius turnouts.

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-83159200-1509742964.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-41683400-1509742987.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-19716300-1509743012.jpeg[/url])




what did you use as the donor for the bogies??

i have something similar but no idea what from!

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: ntpntpntp on November 04, 2017, 07:49:21 pm
what did you use as the donor for the bogies??

i have something similar but no idea what from!


Fleischmann telescopic hood wagon?
(http://www.quirao.com/qimage/p/moy300/p7/fleischmann-8387.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 04, 2017, 09:36:34 pm
what did you use as the donor for the bogies??

i have something similar but no idea what from!


Fleischmann telescopic hood wagon?
([url]http://www.quirao.com/qimage/p/moy300/p7/fleischmann-8387.jpg[/url])


That's the wagons, except mine were Roco models. I picked them up cheap and intended to convert them into tank transporter wagon but never go round to it.

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 04, 2017, 09:38:04 pm
Some good progress this afternoon with the scenery. All that was yellow is now white.
Well almost. Just the strip on the left hand side to do to not it into the wooded area. I probably want get around to that until tomorrow evening as tomorrow I've promised to take Julia to Bluewater dress shopping, while there slip away for a couple of hours to the Gravesend Model Railway Show.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-87641600-1509822587.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-73521700-1509822617.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 05, 2017, 06:14:22 pm
It's a curiosity in this hobby how we can spend hours working on the smallest of details that, to all but the most keenest of eye and knowledgable viewer, would go unnoticed.

This morning I've been working on one such item. In this case the munitions wagons that serve the Railgun. These wagons housed the charges, casings and propellent for the gun. These were assembled within the wagon before being delivered to the gun via a small trolley that was mounted on rails that ran though each wagon.

The past couple of hours have been taken up with added end doors and access bridges to the wagons.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-11073400-1509871635.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-70126000-1509871664.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-63804400-1509871716.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 07, 2017, 07:54:43 pm
A few shots of the Karl-Gerat Train on the bridge.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-68590200-1510005751.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-63717700-1510005788.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-15275600-1510005972.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 12, 2017, 07:43:45 pm
Busy weekend with other stuff, so very little progress on the layout. However the K5 Train is steadily moving forward. The Railgun built is almost done. Just the final bits of detail to do and it'll be ready for painting.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-87323700-1510515541.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 14, 2017, 08:54:56 am
The K5 Railgun has been tried and tested and works. Mounted on two 6-axle wagons its tolls freely and will negotiate peco radius 2 curves without any problems.

I'm very happy with the result. It's turned out a lot better then I expected.

Next stage is to get it painted.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-31760200-1510646184.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-38408200-1510646201.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: mickster04 on November 14, 2017, 09:06:17 pm
The K5 Railgun has been tried and tested and works. ...

I hope you didn't put too many holes in your walls!
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 16, 2017, 08:55:39 am
A short video clip of the business part of the K5 Train.

This is a test run over part of the to check for any issues with the gun barrel overhang on the curves. All looks fine against the current stock.

The one that does concern me is the Karl-Gerats. The K5 and the mortars are the largest larges items of stock on the layout, and if there's a clash, it'll be between these two. But as I'm still working on the Karl wagons chassis, it's going to be a few more weeks before finding out.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=926852)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: newportnobby on November 16, 2017, 09:53:03 am
The K5 Railgun has been tried and tested and works. ...


I hope you didn't put too many holes in your walls!


 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing:

A short video clip of the business part of the K5 Train.



@Al. (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4195)
Sadly I think you've omitted it
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 16, 2017, 08:35:58 pm
Sadly the video clip doesn't seem to work.  :(

Anyway, while I work out why, you have a look at this little lot that arrived from the Czech Republic this morning. I'm looking forward to the next train built.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-24798900-1510843701.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: newportnobby on November 16, 2017, 09:12:44 pm
If you aim them at Preston you could well make an improvement or two ;)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on November 16, 2017, 10:58:27 pm
interesting to see how they compare to the Takara V2s ( now practically unobtainable)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: PostModN66 on November 16, 2017, 11:06:54 pm
Sadly the video clip doesn't seem to work.  :(

It did for me - I clicked on the little box and it downloaded a Quicktime video to my desktop.

Eurythmics?

Cheers Jon  :)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Railwaygun on November 17, 2017, 09:32:29 pm
Sadly the video clip doesn't seem to work.  :(


It did for me - I clicked on the little box and it downloaded a Quicktime video to my desktop.

Eurythmics?

Cheers Jon  :)


nothing visible on Safari/chrome/Big Mac but i found this in the original post ( needs Quicktime player)

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=926852 (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=926852)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 18, 2017, 12:06:54 pm
A big word of thanks goes out to Barrie Haigh, from the N Gauge Facebook page, for servicing and repairing ten of my locos for Remagen.

This collection of Br41's, 44's, 50's & 52's had been picked up second hand over a number of years and had suffered various levels of use and abuse in their previous lives. Under my ownership, they'd spent most of it sat in the stock draw with hardly any running. All were in dire need of a service, clean, oil, including removal of the paint from the pickups and contacts which is added while reprinting the bodies.

Barrie has done an excellent job getting all ten up and running despite some pretty horrendous wear on one of the 41's and 50's.


(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-20712300-1511003370.jpeg)


Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 18, 2017, 12:09:12 pm
Sadly the video clip doesn't seem to work.  :(

It did for me - I clicked on the little box and it downloaded a Quicktime video to my desktop.

Eurythmics?

Cheers Jon  :)

It is in deed the voice of Anne Lennox...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 18, 2017, 12:17:34 pm
Sadly the video clip doesn't seem to work.  :(


It did for me - I clicked on the little box and it downloaded a Quicktime video to my desktop.

Eurythmics?

Cheers Jon  :)


nothing visible on Safari/chrome/Big Mac but i found this in the original post ( needs Quicktime player)

[url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=926852[/url] ([url]http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=926852[/url])



Try the Facebook link.

https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAtRemagen/videos/730565223812163/ (https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAtRemagen/videos/730565223812163/)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on November 19, 2017, 07:47:46 pm
The gun carriage part of the K5 Train is just about complete. Just the final touch of weathering and other small details to complete. I'm really please with the way this has turned out. It should look pretty good being hauled along by a BR52.

These area few shots of the gun and associated wagons in travel mode sat on the western bridge approach.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-98322100-1511103335.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-22198000-1511103357.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-95180500-1511103380.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_11_2017/post-23643-0-51411500-1511103413.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on December 03, 2017, 06:44:18 pm
More green stuff happening this afternoon with the rear of the baseboard (right hand side in the photo) getting some attention.

The grass and shrubbery are done, and tree planting has commenced. 38 so far, and maybe that number again to finish off that side

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_12_2017/post-23643-0-31079300-1512325690.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on December 03, 2017, 06:46:35 pm
Also a New set arrival on Remagen today. I picked up this loco as a non-runner for a tenner. It's had its motor and pick-ups removed and is a dummy loco for double heading.

The Fleischmann BR50 has been part converted to a BR50uk. It still needs a bit more work on the boiler and the footplate to finish it off, but it's sufficiently along to be ready for train duty.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_12_2017/post-23643-0-70712300-1512325868.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Zwilnik on December 03, 2017, 06:59:10 pm
Out of interest, what was the difference between the BR50 and the BR50uk?
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on December 03, 2017, 10:11:50 pm
Out of interest, what was the difference between the BR50 and the BR50uk?

The standard BR50 came into service in 1939 as a replacement to the 0-10-0 BR57. In 1941 austerity measures saw a simplification of the design. These where know as BR50uk.
In 1942 more economic measure to save materials, man hours and costs saw further changes to the design with these locos being redesignated BR52.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on December 07, 2017, 08:21:45 pm
The scenery continues to move forward the back baseboard edge, right hand side of the photo, almost complete.


(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_12_2017/post-23643-0-95281100-1512672704.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: newportnobby on December 07, 2017, 09:16:33 pm
It's looking very impressive, Al.
Title: Re: The Bridge at Remagen - World War Two Rhine Crossing.
Post by: Al. on December 08, 2017, 03:44:59 pm
More scenery progress today. It seems to have been a good week for it.

I've progressed onto the middle area after the junction. Here a company of Panthers and Hanomags will be taking time out for repair and maintenance.

Trial positioning of the vehicles before the ground is reproduced to suit.

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_12_2017/post-23643-0-01454900-1512746150.jpeg)

(http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_12_2017/post-23643-0-55826300-1512746178.jpeg)