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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2017, 06:44:53 am »
That looks like stern stuff!  It should do the trick nicely.
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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2017, 09:41:46 pm »
Not as much progress as I'd have liked over the last couple weeks. With a week of man-flu followed by a work trip to Germany I've not managed many evenings in the man cave.

Just a quick update on a couple of hours this evening.....

The profile framework is up and fixed;





I'm happy with this as it was a bit of pain to cut to size and fix. Working both sides of a wall on your own isn't easy. With the aid of a broom, some lengths of timbre and weights I got there in the end. Getting this done has allowed me to measure up for the baseboard which I'll get cut next. It's pretty solid too which s good.

Whilst I was out there I painted the second half of my trial piece for the back scene;



On the left is Dulux "Nordic Sky" and on the right is Colours (B&Q) "Sky". I wont decide until I've painted the clouds but for now I think the Nordic Sky is too dark. It's quite a big area so I'm favoring the lighter colour.

Next job will be to get the baseboard on and get some foam to start laying out the track and scenery. This will allow me to mark the cutouts in the wall and then build the shelf on the hidden side. I'll be in Germany every week for a few weeks now so progress will be slow. The biggest downside to this is too much thinking time. I've already changed the layout in my head a dozen times....... who knows what it will end up as!  :confusedsign:

All good fun  :D
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Clouds Hill - My first layout currently under construction; http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39084.0

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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 02:27:17 pm »
A few hours in the man cave today. Made a start on the baseboard and scenery structure.

First was the incline..... I've been debating with myself for weeks about the best way to construct the incline. I think  I must have watched every single youtube video and seen a hundred different methods and in the end I did it in a way that I've not seen done before!  :confused1:


The bottom small piece to the right hand side is a single cut piece.


The rest of the foam you can see is a single piece with "slots" to provide the slope. This makes the transistions between slope and flat really smooth. It is also quite structural and solid. I will fill the gap under the incline at a later date.

I now have flat areas to build on. Starting with the right hand side I have made the "cliffes" that will eventually have the tunnel portal fitted once it's been glued and shaped.





Before gluing and shaping I need to do some more planning. There will be a bridge to the left of the incline... somewhere. The scenery needs to be modular and built off of the baseboard due to the height. I also have the issue of the layout being the entire width of the room so bringing it down whole will be difficult as there wont be enough room to work on it. My plan is to split the baseboard at the bridge with the final height of the river being below the board. This will give me 2 baseboards to work on on the workbench and add some dimension to the layout and keep the height down. I can add the river last when the 2 boards are finished and in place. I hope that makes sense!

I enjoyed cutting up the foam. My plan is still quite loose so it was nice to get things in place and see how they look. Once everything is glued and shaped (with foil peeled off where required) I can cut the hole through the wall. Still undecided on what the middle and left hand side will look like so who knows what might happen! The only plan I have so far is to add height where possible to aid the viewing angle. No specific era, region, country etc.... just having fun doing it.

Thanks for looking!
Paul

edit - The pictures make it look very "enclosed". The plan is to shape the cliffs faces at a good angle so it will open it up quite a bit.

 


« Last Edit: November 14, 2017, 02:29:49 pm by Pjlons83 »
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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2017, 09:34:31 pm »
Firstly....... an open apology to every modeller....... ever! When I first got into this hobby and started planning my own layout I used to wonder what took everyone so long. Iíd also get 12 pages into a layout thread and think..... youíve only just glued the track down and itís page 12!

Here I am 3 months in and Iíve done what seems like almost nothing; but so much thinking, planning, scribbling and head scratching.

I feel obliged to make a post as Iíve actually done something.... All Be it not much, but the far right hand rock face is now formed and plastered. Iíd been nervous of this part for a long time as Iím more than happy with construction, but detail and ďmodellingĒ is all brand new to me.




Iím rather pleased with how itís turned out.

I should explain that whilst Iíve ďdone nothingĒ, another future project needs large holes cutting in the stud wall on which the railway shelf sits. I have done the construction of these to keep vibration to a minimum after I start detailing the railway. This has taken some time to work out and cut, fit etc.... but all worth while.

Off topic but hereís a little taster (evidence of me actually doing something)  :sorrysign:









Thanks for looking!
Paul
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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2017, 10:29:36 am »
Apart from being able to see it's hinged, what is it please, Paul? :confused2:

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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2017, 11:34:00 am »
Hi,

Intrigued too.

Looking forward to more of the build and the mystery stud wall hole. If it wasn't hinged thought it could be a push through mini bar!

Cheers weave  :beers:


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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2017, 11:40:10 am »
Apart from being able to see it's hinged, what is it please, Paul? :confused2:
Iím glad you asked as I donít know either.
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: PJ's first layout
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2017, 12:10:19 pm »
I reckon it's one of those boxes for collecting unwanted babies like they had in the walls of  some nunneries :D

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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2017, 12:31:54 pm »
Haha.

I didnít expect so much intrigue! Hoe itís not an anti-climax once you read this.

The part in the picture is an arcade machine (MAME) control panel, obviously without buttons and joysticks yet. There is a bigger hole above that houses the monitor. The idea is that the white board on the wall will be mounted in portrait orientation and will cover the monitor and the control panel (with the panel folded up). The monitor actually sits behind the wall on the garage side along with the PC that dives it all.

This means that from the man cave side itís conpletely invisible and takes up zero space, by simple opening the white board ďdoorĒ which will be hinged in one side, the monitor is visible and the control panel folds out. Once itís at a point worth photographing Iíll maybe show you in a different thread. For now just the main construction is done.
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Re: PJ's first layout
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2017, 09:15:47 pm »
Painted ready for some scatter.




I think Iíll leave the scatter until itís in the baseboard. If I do it all together it will hopefully help blend everything together. Earlier in the thread youíll see that this is just the right hand side of the cliffs and will form part of the tunnel entrance. Iím leaving it as it is for now until I decide fully on what to do in the middle of the track oval.

Iíd be genuinely interested to hear your thoughts. Itís the first piece of modelling Iíve done so not fishing for complements, Iíd just like to hear any thoughts on the overall look.

Thanks for looking
Paul
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2017, 09:49:09 pm »
I've changed the title thread to the name of the layout.

Clouds Hill is the name of the cul-de-sac that I grew up on.



The current plan has a curved station on the left hand side of the layout. If this remains then it will be "Widecombe Lane" station. Widecombe Lane being the name of the road at the end of Clouds Hill;



There was a pub around the corner called "The Grey Mare" so I will try and get that onto the layout somewhere. The real Grey Mare no longer exists so maybe it will be a ruin called "The Old Grey Mare"...... who knows!

Either way I'm having fun so far!
« Last Edit: December 11, 2017, 09:50:59 pm by Pjlons83 »
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2017, 06:32:33 am »
Did you use Shaper Sheet for the rock face?
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2017, 06:57:32 am »
Hi Lawrence,

I used pollyfilla directly onto the insulation foam and then covered with scrunched up kitchen foil before it had set. Something Iíd seen on YouTube.
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2017, 08:01:29 am »
Must admit I've tried the scrunched up foil without much success a long time ago. My ineptitude, probably.

I've recently bought some WS rock molds.
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2017, 11:53:58 am »
'Clouds Hill' is also the name of a small cottage being the former home of T.E. Lawrence a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia.....................(not a lot of people know that)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clouds_Hill

 

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