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Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 2468 times)

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Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« on: October 27, 2017, 02:13:35 am »
 :hellosign:

Ages ago I introduced myself, and since then have been working on a layout in a small flight case.

I have been trying to sort out uploading pics for you but have got very confused in doing so.

I got some in a gallery, but that got a bit muddled, so will try one here and see what happens ...... here goes !!!

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 02:32:39 am »
 :confusedsign: :helpneededsign:

Nothing seems to have happened.

I clicked the "Add image to post and upload to gallery" bit and was waiting for a box to appear but it didn't.

Also back to my gallery, there is a little problem. The images are displayed in a backwards order. I want to have them in ascending order, but the default setting seems to be decending. Is there any way to change this permanently, as the first pics (1, 2, 3 etc) from when I started are not the first ones displayed, so you follow my progress backwards.

Am I making this clear  :confused1: :confused1: :confused1:

Anyway.....will have another try tomorrow

Kind regards

Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 05:04:58 am »
 :claphappy:

Yea !

Couldn't sleep, so eventually sorted the gallery problem out by deleting everything, playing about and starting again, so now have a few galleries, each one a stage in my progress.

Awesome....now to try and get a pic here.

Fingers crossed xxxxx

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 02:06:50 pm »
Left click on the photo in your gallery and under the resultant larger image you will see a 'BB code'
Copy that code and paste it into your post (best to have 2 tabs of the forum open to do this)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 02:22:01 pm »
Like this...


Very impressive for N gauge!

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2017, 04:48:11 pm »
Hi Nobby,

Many thanks for your reply .... I will try that this evening, and hopefully it will work out OK, and I can get the thread going and show my progress.....successes and failures ..... and also give thanks to those on here who have helped and given me inspiration.

On that note, as a newbee to all this, I thought I would be asking all sorts of questions, but no. There is a seemingly bottomless mine of information here, so with a bottle of cider ( I am from the West Country !! ) and my finger almost wearing out the search button I have found the answers on this awesome forum  :)
So a huge thanks to everyone here for helping me negotiate this hobby of ours, and also....intentionally or not ..... make this forum a very entertaining place to browse.

Also thank you Pete for your kind comment re. my kit bashed Signal box. I have made a few changes, thanks to advice picked up here, and am just popping out to pick up a parcel containing amongst other things etched custom signs for this and the station, and some tiny cast fire buckets.

The only thing I have not learnt here is how to control buying lovely little things from those nice people in model shops  ::) ::)

With kind regards

Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2017, 04:55:24 pm »

The only thing I have not learnt here is how to control buying lovely little things from those nice people in model shops  ::) ::)

With kind regards

Kevin
That's because we all have the same problem :laugh:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2017, 10:23:25 pm »
I agree with PeteW. Very fine modelling indeed!  :thumbsup:

I assume it started off as a Ratio kit?
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 02:23:17 pm »
Hi Di and Bealman,

Sorry not to have replied sooner, but the weekend was a bit busy. Saturday I went to Weymouth's annual model railway exhibition, so Sunday was spent playing with my new toys.

So Di, no one has told me how to stop spending on railway stuff, but glad I'm not the only one. The way I look at it is if I don't spend my money on my railway I will only waste it on stupid stuff like food and heating !!

Yes Bealman, the signal box was a Ratio kit. I really like their stuff, but as my layout has to fit in a case 21"(53cm) x 13.5"(34cm) everything has to be chopped up to fit.

Still puzzled about posting pics, but this might be the case ...

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;cat=3199;u=5755

Anyway, the weekend was spent with railways, so today is housework :(

With kind regards to all,

Kevin


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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 02:33:25 pm »
Hello Kevin

Yes it was indeed the case.

This looks to be a splendid idea and I look forward to seeing how your project progresses.

With best wishes.

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2017, 10:45:56 pm »
Hi All,

I've managed to get links to some pics, but still not sure about getting actual pics on the thread..... anyway, let me tell you what I am trying to do.

This is the case I am aiming to get everything into, but I have a feeling I may be a bit optimistic in thinking all I want will fit.





The case was designed to carry and protect drones, but with the insides removed, this is what I want ......Hold tight here's the list ....

1. I want a "roundy roundy layout, so I can watch the trains run.

2. 2 levels. One as a passenger line, the other as a goods line.

3. The passenger line needs a station, but as that will need to be inside the oval, I guess I need an access road with a level crossing to get to the station.

4. The level crossing will need a signal box and associated yard facilities.

5, I have a lovely windmill kit, which I want to build and motorise and put on a little hill (hence the layout name  ;))

6. A country pub would be nice.

7. I want some water... I think a canal would be pushing it, but a waterfall running down some rocks into a lake with fishing / boating facilities may work.

8. I enjoy making scenic elements, so meadows with sheep and cows and stuff, ie some sort of farming activity.

9. Allotments ????

10. I have seen some awesome layouts brought to life with lovely little cameo scenes, so I would like to do the same.

That should be enough !!!!

One other thing though.... I want to make the layout portable and self contained. Portable is ok, it's in a case  :doh: (my old woodwork teacher taught me anything can be made portable... all you need to do is stick a handle on it !! )

Self contained is different though. Obviously this means battery powered with controls etc all built in

Might as well have working lights as well if there are batteries included  :)

Well that is my wish list... There may be compromises on the way, what do you reckon ????

At the moment I have sorted the lower level, and am trying to work out the upper level. So far all my buildings (Station, Signal box, windmill, barn, pub, and boathouse have been kit bashed to fit. The only ones made exactly as they should be are these two.





Anyway, that's all for now. I am slowly putting up galleries showing the stages I am going through, and will keep you updated with progress. At the moment I am having nightmares fitting all I want on the upper level.

I should have designed the case like the Tardis  :D :D

With all kind regards,

Kevin.

(Just edited to replace links with actual pics....just found out how to ! )

« Last Edit: October 31, 2017, 01:44:44 am by Phoenix »

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2017, 11:09:57 pm »
Wow, Kevin, that IS a list! How big's the case again?  :D :beers:

Regarding photos, if you look at your link above, then look under the picture, you'll see the BB code. Simply copy it, and paste it into your post like this, and Presto!  :thumbsup:

« Last Edit: October 30, 2017, 11:13:05 pm by Bealman »
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2017, 12:18:32 am »
Trying again with a pic I just took .....

Fingers Crossed XXXXXXXX



Lets see if it works this time.


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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2017, 12:29:12 am »
Not meaning to be too critical but the weathering on the tweezers looks excessive.

CFJ
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I tried so hard to be snobbish and haughty.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2017, 12:30:27 am »
 :laughabovepost:
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