!!

Not Registered?

Welcome!  Please register to view all of the new posts and forum boards - some of which are hidden to guests.  After registering and gaining 10 posts you will be able to sell and buy items on our N'porium.

If you have any problems registering, then please check your spam filter before emailing us.  Hotmail users seem to find their emails in the Junk folder.


Thanks for reading,
The NGF Staff.

Author Topic: Apa Park - Available for Exhibitions  (Read 35999 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Apa Park - Available for Exhibitions
« on: January 27, 2014, 02:45:55 pm »
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20078031/

Bought three of these whilst visiting Ikea at the weekend, one for each child to use as a toy box and one for me to play with… I have seen people make use of them on another forum in 00 gauge but would certainly be more handy in our superior scale 27”¯l x 14”¯w x 11”¯h. I was thinking of putting the box on its side and using the lid as a fiddle yard board, something like a simple single line terminus with a couple of stabling roads. I would like to incorporate a little of everything from ‘Melton’ but on a smaller and freelance scale, just as a practice run before getting serious with the big one!
Requirements:
Station for 2 car DMU (15X or 170)
Stabling lines one overgrown and one set in concrete preferably.

Going to try and place some stock in the box tonight to see what it looks like, and to get a feel for a plan
« Last Edit: March 16, 2016, 09:25:25 am by 47845 »

Online newportnobby

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+54)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 21962
  • Posts: 26056
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 02:58:10 pm »
Interesting, although I think I'd be tempted to remove one end and the lid, then hinge the lid to the base such that you have a fiddle yard and scenic area both 27" length :hmmm:

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 03:05:07 pm »
Interesting, although I think I'd be tempted to remove one end and the lid, then hinge the lid to the base such that you have a fiddle yard and scenic area both 27" length :hmmm:

I think thats what I was planning just not capable of writing it down!

Offline davieb

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1664
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 03:27:36 pm »
I have seen several nice 009 layouts made from these boxes  :hmmm:

dave  :thumbsup:

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 04:36:31 pm »
This is what I was thinking....


APA Road by Steve Purves, on Flickr

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 07:21:38 pm »
Another project…
Wanting something to divert some attention away from the modelling of Melton Mowbray, I have been inspired to try an N gauge modern image APA box…
Heres a few pictures of the progress so far… only to be described as building the box and putting some stock in it!


Ikea APA box. N gauge model railway, Apa road. by Steve Purves, on Flickr


Ikea APA box. N gauge model railway, Apa road. by Steve Purves, on Flickr

I have decided to use the lid as a removable fiddle yard. I am also toying with the idea of putting the long side back in and removing the panel from the end of the box so it is viewed from the end?

I’m currently swaying towards the second idea (trackplan below) having a two road island station and the other track gives the impression of the end of a run round loop. Draw big loco and a wagon or two under the bridge and run round and then depart, could be any type of train either (even a steam special going to the headshunt for servicing)



Ikea APA box. N gauge model railway, Apa road. by Steve Purves, on Flickr


Ikea APA box. N gauge model railway, Apa road. by Steve Purves, on Flickr


APA Road 2 by Steve Purves, on Flickr
« Last Edit: January 31, 2014, 09:25:19 am by stevepurves »

Online newportnobby

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+54)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 21962
  • Posts: 26056
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 07:53:54 pm »
I am also toying with the idea of putting the long side back in and removing the panel from the end of the box so it is viewed from the end?


Umm - that's what I was suggesting in my previous post, Steve. Looks like I didn't get that one across too well :-[

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2014, 08:22:20 pm »

Quote

Umm - that's what I was suggesting in my previous post, Steve. Looks like I didn't get that one across too well :-[

I get it now! Silly me... not thinking straight...
« Last Edit: February 21, 2014, 10:15:30 am by Pengi, Reason: tidied up code »

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2014, 08:24:46 pm »
Also developed the idea into this, the modern platform and station in on a high level, maybe an old ‘recycled’ viaduct (like the tram station in Nottingham) with an adjoining modern multi-storey car park up to the same height and a low relief shopping centre alongside. The freight bit at the bottom level would be viewable through and above the multi-storey or from the side (if opened). It would be a bit overgrown and unloved, perhaps with some additional mothballed/lifted lines and a bit of decay!

APA Road 3 by Steve Purves, on Flickr

Now how would I hide the scenic break on two levels effectively? Can I have some suggestions/inspiration please?
« Last Edit: January 30, 2014, 09:01:46 pm by stevepurves »

Online newportnobby

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+54)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 21962
  • Posts: 26056
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014, 08:57:00 pm »
One suggestion please - can you change your font size as I'm losing the will to live trying to read it :D

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 09:26:07 am »
One suggestion please - can you change your font size as I'm losing the will to live trying to read it :D

Posting on my phone give issues!!!
Fixed now!
Thanks...

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2014, 10:46:43 am »
Note to mods, this can be moved to the under construction forum, I have aquired the wood for the baseboards, track and points. Construction will start this evening!
Wanted, Very very cheap controller, something very basic... just to get things tested with.
Steve

Offline CarriageShed

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 24383
  • Posts: 2455
  • Country: ee
  • Gender: Male
  • Beechinged 1981-2013
    • Ebay
    • Twitter
    • The History Files
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Road
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2014, 01:33:10 pm »
Wanted, Very very cheap controller, something very basic... just to get things tested with.
Steve

There seem to be quite a few Gaugemaster Combis going for relatively low prices on fleabay right now. The price depends on how many people have noticed them, of course, and how much they're prepared to bid. If you watch them all, a bargain will certainly come up sooner or later.

Offline Steve Purves

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 613
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Park
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2014, 12:28:44 pm »
I have made a start on constructing APA Park My micro project. The lid of the box becomes the fiddle yard which will attach to the right hand side. The lower level is designed to give the impression of the end of large yard. Loco and the first few wagons emerge under the bridge, uncouple and run round/draw forward. This will enable me to run a variety of stock. The very front line will be edged with concrete apron to the front but not set in the tracks (I have a plan for this). The top level will be a new build station ‘minimal’ on a recycled blue brick viaduct built to serve a shopping complex which will be low relief behind. To the left will be a low relief multistorey car park that you will be able to look through and see the activity in the yard. To the right will be a modern concrete over bridge carrying a major road.
Last night I cut the boards and started laying track ‘loosely’ to work out where isolators and droppers will need to go. Tonight I will start cutting out the ends of the box for viewing and for the fiddle yard access.
Some pictures for you r perusal… Comments and suggestions invited


APA Park. N gauge in an Ikea toybox by Steve Purves, on Flickr


APA Park. N gauge in an Ikea toybox by Steve Purves, on Flickr


APA Park. N gauge in an Ikea toybox by Steve Purves, on Flickr

Offline red_death

  • Revolution Trains
  • Advertiser
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2243
  • Country: gb
  • NGS Product Development Officer
    • DEMU - the society for Diesel & Electric modellers of all scales
    • Awards
Re: Ikea APA storage boxes... New Layout Idea - Apa Park
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2014, 12:41:31 pm »
A nice idea Steve. Reminds me of an inverse version of Adrian Wymanm's Battersea sidings (also built using an Ikea product!): http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/Battersea/bs-index.html

For a cheap controller you can't go wrong with the cheap controller that Bachmann supply with their sets.  If any of the sets appeals then they are normally very good value, or alternatively you can often find them split from sets for £10-15.

Cheers, Mike



 

Please Support Us!
November Goal: £55.00
Due Date: Nov 30
Total Receipts: £65.00
Above Goal: £10.00
Site Currency: GBP
118% 
November Donations


Advertise Here