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Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 3545 times)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #120 on: December 01, 2017, 06:24:06 pm »
Looking lovely.
I think those smaller apples look much better.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #121 on: December 01, 2017, 06:29:54 pm »
Cheers John,

Do appreciate your comments..... Have a great weekend  :thumbsup:

And Martin, thank you. If your wagons were coming to pick up my previous apples, they would need their axels strengthened  :D

Actually I may put a few more on. Looks a bit sparse on the photo.

With all best wishes,

Kevin. :beers:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #122 on: December 01, 2017, 07:20:36 pm »
Hi Kevin,

Glad you got some of the problems sorted. All looking lovely.

Enjoy your evening on the apple juice but remember they grow on the underside of the branches  ;).

Cheers weave  :beers:

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« Reply #123 on: December 01, 2017, 08:44:17 pm »
Thanks Weave,

Have a good weekend, from one cider drinker to another

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #124 on: December 02, 2017, 08:52:42 pm »
Hi All,

Today has been a pottering about sort of day  :)

A bit of tidying up, and doing some of the little things.

I added a few more apples to the tree, some clumped together as that's how they grow, rather than singly, in a polka dot kind of way.



Then I made these two Ancorton carts (the kit comes with 2) really nice to put together. Trouble is to my mind they seem a bit big for the tiny little barn. I may try and put together a bigger barn.



Then as the next area to do is the pub, I made this sign from a Peedie brass etching.
Not sure where to put it yet, but ideally it should be seen from the road.



So that's been it for today. Tomorrow I will sort the backscene out, which has been giving me all sorts of headaches. How you guys do yours millions of feet long amazes me  :D

Hope you are all well,

Kind regards
Kevin
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #125 on: December 03, 2017, 08:45:44 pm »
Yes, those carts look large compared to the barn but they do indeed look very good.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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« Reply #126 on: December 04, 2017, 02:06:45 pm »
Cheers Martin,

Hope you had a good weekend.

The carts were fun to put together. I googled "Farm Carts" for images to help me paint them, and they all seemed either red / blue, or left natural wood.

I made one of each  :)

The scale if spot on, and a horse fits between the shafts fine, it's just my barn is cut down in size, so I think I will save them for when I get a grown up layout   :D

All best wishes
Kevin

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« Reply #127 on: December 07, 2017, 03:59:08 pm »
Hi all,

I had a few days away from the railway as there have been a couple of birthdays, and a retirement do to go to, and in all honesty I think I would have done more damage than good if I had approached my layout  :beers:

Anyway, last weekend I finally got the backscene fitted.  :claphappy:

The problem I had was with the springiness of the plastic I was fixing it on. There were too many fixed pieces to fix the scene in place in situ ( tried it, got bubbles, glue everywhere & broke some trees  :( )

Then took the back off, and fitted it, then because the sides had sprung out, when not on the board, when I refitted it, bending the sides in brought about massive wrinkling.  :(

Another fresh start, this time with a cunning plan in place  :idea:

I made a mock up of the layout baseboard, fixed the back board on that, and applied the backscene trouble free !



Then to stop the joins pulling apart when the sides spring out when I take it off,I taped the sides in position



And then carefully taking the backboard off the mock up, and putting it back on the layout .......Success  :claphappy:



So pleased I persevered, and curved the back corners.

Then in went the little side panel. The socket is for the battery charger to power up the lead acid battery, and the rocker on/off switch switches the set up on and off  :doh:



Then tidying up and permanently fixing the electrics so now all is totally self contained



(The green/yellow wires are the windmill leads, and the coiled wires on the left are an outside lamp for the entrance gate/barn)

Well, that's what I did last Sunday, time to put the kettle on and will next show what I was up to yesterday and this morning

With kind regards
Kevin


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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #128 on: December 07, 2017, 04:25:36 pm »
Looks good Kevin.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #129 on: December 07, 2017, 04:57:34 pm »
A cunning plan, indeed, Kevin.

It's a fabulous and innovative layout.

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 #130 on: December 07, 2017, 05:14:50 pm »
Thanks Martin.

I do appreciate your comments and help, as I love the detail on your layouts, which inspires me to do the best I can on my little, but busy, layout. :thumbsup:

Yesterday and today have been all about detailing. Now the backscene is fixed, I have been working round it blending it into the 3D bits.

I also tried to model a dirt track entering the field. Not sure if I pulled it off or not though.

I then "planted" the barn and a light for the entrance gate. I will put a few bits of accumulated junk in the barn, and also some stuff round the base of the mill.









I do wish the backscene could have been a bit higher though, but the lid would not close on the case if it was



As a concession to Christmas, Rudolph and family make an appearance  :D



And I did some work behind the bridge. I have to make some more trees to disguise the fact that the road runs into nothing, and I am planning a little cameo scene under the bridge as soon as a parcel arrives from "Rails"  ;)



Will keep you posted :thumbsup:

With all best wishes
Kevin.




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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #131 on: December 07, 2017, 05:33:50 pm »
Wow. The detail is terrific.
I love the horse and cart and the barn.
One amazing detail is the bit of rope holding the gate shut.
And the track going into the field works beautifully.
Brilliant stuff.
Looking forward to the cameo scene by the bridge.
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #132 on: December 07, 2017, 05:40:11 pm »
Really super modeling :thumbsup:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #133 on: December 07, 2017, 06:02:27 pm »
I have to agree with the above comments - some excellent, realistic modelling.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #134 on: December 07, 2017, 08:31:23 pm »
Smashing work Kevin. The detail work is brilliant. All very natural looking. It just looks right.

 

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