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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #75 on: May 07, 2014, 11:59:07 am »
Good on you for doing the animal rescue. We tried last year but found out the hard way that the eldest was super allergic to cats. Cat lasted three days luckily one of Nicole's workmates wanted a cat. Ended up very expensive for me we now have a border collie puppy
Great thread on your setup enjoying the progress
Bart

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #76 on: May 08, 2014, 08:23:44 am »
how the heck do you keep the track clean? :goggleeyes:

Actually, I've not had to clean it as yet.  Not the rails in the traditional way anyway - I have had to vacuum up sawdust and expanded polystyrene balls a few times!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #77 on: May 09, 2014, 12:59:13 pm »

When Iím not being mauled by the new Kittenosaurus Rex, I have managed to press on with some of the scenery.  The above photo shows the vegetation starting to creep down one of those wooded hillsides beloved of American and Japanese layout builders.

Most of the greenery is Woodland Scenics medium green bushes, stuck down with cheap PVA glue.  A slower process than Iíd expected, largely because the little funsters keep rolling down the hillside!  But now Iíve discovered the benefits of laying the scenic pieces flat before sticking the bushes on :)



Elsewhere Iíve been painting matt black emulsion on to the loft timbers to minimise their visibility in photos and videos.  Looks a lot better, I think.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #78 on: May 09, 2014, 04:25:35 pm »

When Iím not being mauled by the new Kittenosaurus Rex, I have managed to press on with some of the scenery.  The above photo shows the vegetation starting to creep down one of those wooded hillsides beloved of American and Japanese layout builders.

Blimey Steve, that's impressive.

BTW a cocktail stick or similar would restrain the bush whilst the glue sets.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #79 on: May 09, 2014, 05:18:31 pm »
Blimey Steve, that's impressive.

BTW a cocktail stick or similar would restrain the bush whilst the glue sets.

Thank you, kind sir :)

I don't know why I didn't think of that, especially considering the polystyrene formers were pinned together in a similar fashion (nails) while the glue dried.  Fortunately the scenery is in removable chunks so can be laid flat to thwart Isaac Newton and his devilish plan ;)

PS - before you do too much maths, some of that Woodland Scenics stuff is around 30 years old so you'll not be making your fortune from me just yet :P

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #80 on: May 11, 2014, 09:45:58 am »
Looks like the coming week's train set expenditure will be largely accounted for by half a dozen fluorescent tubes.  4 have gone in recent times and the Dark Side of the Loft is now way too dark to work on!

They were only coming up for 16 years old, is nothing made to last these days?  ;) :D

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #81 on: May 11, 2014, 12:12:29 pm »
Obvious - build that side of the loft as a night-time scene.

You can always use a miner's helmet when working on it - it'll protect against hitting your head on the joists too.  :P

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #82 on: May 11, 2014, 06:19:13 pm »
You can always use a miner's helmet when working on it

Tsk, tsk, that's even illegal if you work for the BBC these days :D

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #83 on: May 16, 2014, 04:16:46 pm »

This morning's addition: 3 new platform canopy sections where previously the rain could get in.  Platform lengths have been tweaked, too.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #84 on: May 17, 2014, 08:23:20 am »

I've done a little more work on the wooded hillside, another layer of expanded polystyrene is pinned in place while the glue dries.

Also visible to the left is a new building (Kato 23-433A) and on the right a new double-track truss girder bridge (Kato 20-439) not in it's proper position as yet.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #85 on: May 17, 2014, 04:34:28 pm »


Layout update #7, with the magnificent Deltic Prototype pootling around various new features 8)
« Last Edit: April 19, 2017, 12:10:21 pm by tutenkhamunsleeping, Reason: Updated link to video »

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #86 on: May 17, 2014, 05:05:42 pm »
I'm really struck by how "1960s Britain" these (presumably Japanese) Kato station units look. With appropriate tweaks like posters and signs, you really are creating something that smacks of the bright new world of concrete and glass that came in with stations such as Milton Keynes.

Cheers, NeMo


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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #87 on: May 21, 2014, 04:14:19 pm »

Just been 'enjoying' the warmth in the loft and making a few changes to the station throat.  After much experimentation I've settled on a platform length that's 248mm (one Kato section) less than originally planned, so I've moved a few block sections to match (look for the black insulated rail joiners) and a crossover.

Next step is to add more pointwork, the first pair of which can be seen positioned loosely on the tracks.  But first, I need a refreshing cup of Twining's finest...

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #88 on: May 21, 2014, 04:27:47 pm »
I'm really struck by how "1960s Britain" these (presumably Japanese) Kato station units look. With appropriate tweaks like posters and signs, you really are creating something that smacks of the bright new world of concrete and glass that came in with stations such as Milton Keynes.

Cheers, NeMo

I was thinking more along the lines(pardon the pun) of Derby Midland post 1954 rebuilding of the platform canopies...
Looks great though!

Chris
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #89 on: May 21, 2014, 04:38:58 pm »
I was thinking more along the lines(pardon the pun) of Derby Midland post 1954 rebuilding of the platform canopies...
Looks great though!




The canopy style reminds me a lot of University in Birmingham, a station that played a central part in my daily commute a few years back.

 

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