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Author Topic: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge  (Read 7692 times)

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2016, 12:37:52 pm »

But instead of making the whole building removable (which can be difficult if you want to blend it in) the alternative is to make the roof removable. Same result, but cosmetically easier to do.

Cheers, NeMo

I'm not sawing the roof off my Lyddle End loco shed!!! :no: It will just have a frilly edging of weeds all round to disguise it which, of course, can be done with the Metcalfe one.

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2016, 12:53:55 pm »
Understood! But if you were building the whole shed from a card kit, leaving the roof loose might be easily done.

Cheers, NeMo


But instead of making the whole building removable (which can be difficult if you want to blend it in) the alternative is to make the roof removable. Same result, but cosmetically easier to do.

Cheers, NeMo

I'm not sawing the roof off my Lyddle End loco shed!!! :no: It will just have a frilly edging of weeds all round to disguise it which, of course, can be done with the Metcalfe one.

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2016, 12:56:12 pm »
Understood! But if you were building the whole shed from a card kit, leaving the roof loose might be easily done.

Cheers, NeMo


But instead of making the whole building removable (which can be difficult if you want to blend it in) the alternative is to make the roof removable. Same result, but cosmetically easier to do.

Cheers, NeMo

I'm not sawing the roof off my Lyddle End loco shed!!! :no: It will just have a frilly edging of weeds all round to disguise it which, of course, can be done with the Metcalfe one.

Very true - and something I'll bear in mind when I make my Metcalfe kit for 'Bletchford'

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2016, 01:31:38 pm »
I have just built two Metcalfe sheds together to make a 4 lane.
Unfortunately, I am working away from home and don't have a picture on my computer.
As Michael says, you have to trim the roof overhang.  I trimmed, then put a valley gutter under the join.
Where the walls of the 2 sheds joined, I cut away all but the buttress members, leaving 4 almost square supporting posts, so no walls between the 2 parts of the shed.  I used a light grey felt tip pen to cpour the cut edges.
I think the result looks good.

Cheers,
Tom.

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2016, 02:26:23 pm »
How about using the thin magnetic tape you can get from hobby suppliers?

Fox example: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnetic-Craft-Self-Adhesive-Magnet-Strip/dp/B003DZ0T46

I wouldn't think you'd need very much to hold down a moderately lightweight cardboard kit.

As suggested, using a scattering 'weeds' around the edges of the building would help disguise any joins, a method I have used to help buildings blend into the scenic area.

HTH

Let us know what you decide.

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2016, 06:46:38 pm »
Gentlemen, thanks for your replies so far. I'm going to make croquet type goal posts for buffers as I have full length locos (A1, A4, Duchess). I'm going for the cocktail stick corner post locators. I'm not concerned about the lower edge / ground visuals yet as I'm a newbie building first layout and although I have ideas, it's still changeable.
What I would really appreciate is photos of a Metcalfe 2 track and four track Engine Shed linked to a Peco turntable as I can't get my ideas for track to meet the turntable. I've got my 2rpm motor from China and are planning a dummy run of this bit before cutting the actual baseboard.
So guys please keep the advice coming as it's appreciated. Rgds from Fred

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2016, 10:52:12 pm »
Please may I give my last message a bump?
If really like to see photos of the Metcalfe engine sheds particular if any if you have them linked to the Peco Turntable, I'm ready for sorting trackwork for this area of my layout; if also like to see pictures of the doubled up engine shed, ie 4 lane.
Kind regards from Fred

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2016, 11:52:14 pm »
Would this be any help?



Regards,

Alex

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2016, 07:06:50 am »
Nice photo of a great looking yard, Alex.

Are the station canopies Metcalfe?

Dave G

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2016, 07:23:40 am »
That is a great photo of a very nice MPD.  :thumbsup:

Those canopies look very much like Ratio ones to me Dave.

Regardless, still a lovely layout!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2016, 09:16:55 am »
Alex; thats brilliant! I can now start laying out my tracks for the engine sheds end of my layout.
questions if I may,
1/.Are you running DCC or have you lots of isolating cuts/switches?
2/.What end buffers have you inside the Metcalfe shed?
Many thanks, Fred

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2016, 09:40:07 am »
One impressive loco stud, that's for sure.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2016, 08:04:57 pm »
Nice photo of a great looking yard, Alex.

Are the station canopies Metcalfe?

Dave G


Both canopies and train shed are Ratio kits

Alex; thats brilliant! I can now start laying out my tracks for the engine sheds end of my layout.
questions if I may,
1/.Are you running DCC or have you lots of isolating cuts/switches?
2/.What end buffers have you inside the Metcalfe shed?
Many thanks, Fred


I am firmly in the old DC camp Fred, as for the switches, here is a picture of the control panel as built ( there are a few modifications pending) and buffer stops inside the shed are peco rail built types.
hope this helps



Regards,

Alex

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2016, 09:45:49 pm »
Alex you just don't know how helpfull those photos are! I really appreciate it. I'm going hunting in my garage tomorrow where I think I have some white Perspex for the control panels.
Question- how do you operate the turntable rotation motor? Is the centre switch on the mimic panel for the bridge rail power or rotating?
I've already done the freewheel end conversions to the bridge; I've bought a 2rpm 12v motor from China for 6.00, just got to turn up a sleeve adaptor on the Lathe and make the mounting goalpost for the underside.
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Thanks from Fred

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Re: Metcalfe Engine Shed in N gauge
« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2016, 11:19:53 pm »
The turntable is still manual, the switch just isolates the power to the rails, although I intend to motorise it when Osborns models release their conversion kit for a western pattern turntable http://www.osbornsmodels.com/arch-laser-co-gwr-overgirder-turntable-bridge-31740-p.asp

Regards,

Alex

 

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