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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #75 on: July 30, 2017, 11:02:15 am »
Work's progressing on the bus depot.

It's owned by an independent operator - Southdown had their own house style and City of Portsmouth Passenger Department/Portsmouth Citybus had yet another style.
I haven't decided on the name of the depot, its fictitious operator or its corporate image yet - Priory Buses or Westfield Priory Travel are contenders.



Spear fencing now erected (GWR style by Ratio), base painted, including concrete hard standing within building.
However still finalising extras including fuelling facilities and depot doors.


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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #76 on: July 31, 2017, 12:31:33 am »
 :hellosign: Excellent modelling, loving your bus depot, thanks for the updates
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #77 on: August 06, 2017, 10:12:33 am »
This weekend I did some plastic-bashing ... no, not the credit card sort ...

Four 3mm thick styrene modules fabricated:



1 x 248 mm square board;
2 x 620 x 124 mm sections and 1 x 496 x 124 mm section, to lie alongside Tomytec's running track to make the total size 744 x 496 mm.



The large office building will be situated next to the running track.
BTW the 496 x 124mm section was made entirely from cut-offs from other 3mm thick styrene sheets.
This means I now only have a few scraps of 3mm thick section styrene left in my materials stores.

The 248 mm square board will become Southgrove's cultural quarter with library, art gallery and sculpture set in a town square.


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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #78 on: August 06, 2017, 10:21:45 am »
I'm really enjoying this thread.

It's great to see Kato Unitrack getting more widely accepted in the UK as part of the "real" model railway hobby. What you're doing here is everything we like to champion -- kit-building, kit-bashing and scratch-building -- while using the Unitrack system as the backdrop. There's so much imagination and careful planning needed to do what you're doing.

At some point, I hope you get around to writing an article about your experiences for the N Gauge Journal. I'd certainly enjoy seeing some photos of the whole thing when it's set up and running -- but I totally understand if your modular layout is never actually finished!

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #79 on: August 06, 2017, 02:20:22 pm »
I'm really enjoying this thread.

It's great to see Kato Unitrack getting more widely accepted in the UK as part of the "real" model railway hobby. What you're doing here is everything we like to champion -- kit-building, kit-bashing and scratch-building -- while using the Unitrack system as the backdrop. There's so much imagination and careful planning needed to do what you're doing.

Cheers, NeMo

I agree completely: this is fascinating stuff, thank you very much indeed.

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #80 on: August 07, 2017, 08:21:05 pm »
The bus depot is now finished, will add details such as skips later on.



Priory Buses is the operator running from this depot, however I've yet to model any of their vehicles in their planned fleet.



I opted for roller shutter doors in yellow and black (that's the service bay) to brighten up an otherwise drab scene and to meet health & safety requirements, put in a bunded fuel tank (Ratio, modified) and added a fuel pump.

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #81 on: August 12, 2017, 04:58:05 pm »
Work's progressing on the offices (base size: 620 x 124 mm)





At last the roofs have been fitted but still to be painted. I've already started on the base as well. However I've refrained from some of the ornate details that sometimes grace art deco architecture.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #82 on: August 12, 2017, 08:18:53 pm »
That looks seriously good :thumbsup:

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #83 on: August 20, 2017, 09:53:04 am »
This week I've focused on track and infrastructure.

Depending on the space available at my disposal, I'm designing ways of accommodating flexibility in siding and station length.

At a pinch - I can make up a maximum straight length of 992 mm (4 x Kato standard 248 mm lengths) before allowing for curves at both ends.
If I wanted a U-shape end to end facility, I now have provision for that as well.



The most drastic modifications have been to Kato's 23-127 platform track pack http://www.traintrax.co.uk/buildings-structures-vehicl-railway-station-platforms-c-13_15.html?page=4&sort=3a



The tapered ends have been cut off and replaced with rectangular sections which conform to the standard full-length sections, 248 x 155 mm.
To conform to UK practice, ramps have been added, the angles and lengths worked out from some Ratio platform ramp GWR spear fencing.

In addition a complete section has been scratchbuilt (in white styrene)



I now have two ends, one for through track and the other making the station as a terminus.


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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #84 on: August 20, 2017, 11:08:12 am »
This is looking wonderful!  It's great to see the excellent Kato products being used in this very imaginative way.

Best wishes.

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #85 on: August 20, 2017, 11:27:41 am »
A neat, clever solution :thumbsup:

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #86 on: August 21, 2017, 09:55:57 pm »
This is looking wonderful!  It's great to see the excellent Kato products being used in this very imaginative way.

Best wishes.

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Totally agree that is imaginative modelling, looks superb
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #87 on: August 24, 2017, 06:16:30 pm »
Work's virtually completed on this office.

I chose to model a well-maintained gravel surface rather than grass, this was achieved by using fine-grained sandpaper.



To simplify matters, I didn't model a full interior, although as the structure's only lightly tacked down on its base with Evostick, I could retrospectively add such detail in the future.


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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #88 on: August 26, 2017, 08:15:07 am »

The 248 mm square board will become Southgrove's cultural quarter with library, art gallery and sculpture set in a town square.




I'm looking into making a suitable contemporary public art sculpture, whether based on an existing example or my own creation, so work's delayed on starting this module.

However I'll suspend modelling activity until next week, because I want to get out and about this bank holiday weekend and today I might see my mum - amongst other things - to find out if I can rectify any of her car's paint scratches and scuffs.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #89 on: August 26, 2017, 04:41:16 pm »
I visited Frizinghall Models at their current location off Otley Road at Baildon - the first time I visited their new location - bright and airy and very quiet!

I bought more fencing and some Kestrel building kits. According to Google maps, their current location is a good 2km (over a mile's walk) from Shipley station which I did there and back
Only one bus an hour (the 737) passes near their shop http://www.wymetro.com/site/templates/pages/BusTimetable.PB.aspx?route=737&code=

However Baildon station is much nearer, although you would need to change at Shipley if coming from Leeds or Skipton.

At least I put in more than the 10 minutes' brisk walking as recommended by Public Health England this week https://www.gov.uk/government/news/6-million-adults-do-not-do-a-monthly-brisk-10-minute-walk
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