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Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 31831 times)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #660 on: June 09, 2018, 08:33:14 am »
Sure this is a hot contender for every "best of show" layout contest.
And the photography also is very good and shows the qualities of the layout.
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #661 on: June 09, 2018, 08:48:31 am »
Having consistently praised your work on the layout I can now also add a big 'Thank You' for not scaring the wits out of me by having very neat wiring too.
Excellent work.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #662 on: June 09, 2018, 08:59:23 am »
Wot he said.  :thumbsup: :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #663 on: June 09, 2018, 09:47:18 am »
Beautiful work, Kevin. Thank you for another excellent set of photos. full of superb detailing and scenes.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #664 on: June 09, 2018, 12:48:45 pm »
Hi All,

All seems OK so far with the cable clips. Picked the layout up and gave it a little shake (bet not many can do that with their layouts  :D  ;D  :D ) and no rattling !!

I'm not sure what to do here ...... to visually balance the stable block, I really need something in the sheep field corner. Vegetation would be a bit prone to damage, so I thought maybe a little abandoned shed, but that would be too similar to other huts sheds barns etc.

Then I found the tractor, originally to go "up top", but replaced with the horse and cart. I quite like the idea of it muddied up and put in the corner.



Any thoughts ??????

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #665 on: June 09, 2018, 01:44:32 pm »

All seems OK so far with the cable clips. Picked the layout up and gave it a little shake (bet not many can do that with their layouts  :D  ;D  :D ) and no rattling !!


Totally the opposite actually. My layout usually rattles me :-[

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #666 on: June 09, 2018, 02:10:15 pm »
 :admiration: :admiration: :admiration: :admiration: :admiration:

 :superblayout: :greatwork: :jealous:


Now, about that tractor...... In my experience of living on a farm estate for 30 years,  muddy tractors are the result of muddy tracks. I take your point about balance, and the corner positioning is fine, but it looks a bit 'plonked' at the moment. How about two muddy track grooves running across the corner beneath it? It would give the impression of the scene continuing beyond the layout border. Nothing too severe of course, but curving tracks with tractor tyre tread marks, say by rolling the model through the modelling medium before it sets. Just an idea.
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #667 on: June 09, 2018, 05:41:04 pm »
Decent option offered by Mike but I think the tractor may be just a little too much.

Agree about the shed idea. Perhaps something a tad smaller; a wood pile, remains of a fallen dead tree or similar.

However, you have made such a splendid job of everything so far, I should probably wait to see what you decide.  :)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #668 on: June 10, 2018, 09:49:15 am »
Great modelling in such a small place.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #669 on: June 10, 2018, 02:54:13 pm »
Hi All,

Thank you for your replies and comments  :thumbsup:

On reflection, I think the tractor, and as you say Mike, the tracks it would leave to have got there would be too much. This is why I don't fix anything down ..... people, trees, whatever ...... until they have been tacky waxed down temporarily and I am sure that is where I want them to stay  ;)

However for my next project I have been looking through the stuff from Peedie Models, who do fab detailing items, and found this .....

https://www.peediemodels.com/proddetail.php?prod=PMPE33064

which looks like this in real life .....



So I think that is the way to go  :thumbsup:

Also now all the Electrix are in and working, which weirdly I really enjoyed doing  :-[
I tried to get some pictures in the dark, which was really difficult. After about a million zillion photos, the best I could come up with was this .....



I think it is time for a new camera more suited to our hobby  :hmmm:

Anyway, while I had the soldering iron and electric string out I decided to add lights to the autocoach. I was comparing kits ages ago and saw this for 17.80 bargain price.

https://www.petersspares.com/traintech-cn2-coach-lighting-strip-warm-white-for-traditional-lighting-n-gauge.ir

Then realised that as the lights are motion activated, they will go on whenever I move, pack up, or set up the layout  :doh:

So on to this for 4.25 from Sue at Layouts-4-U, my favourite electrical people, along with Ade at Railroom Electronics.

The kit is the 9th item down.

http://www.layouts4u.net/nlighting.html

The on/off  slider switch went underneath the coach, and hey presto, with some little people in the coach here we have it  :D



It was a little tricky, so I could do a "how I did it" guide next week if you like.

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #670 on: June 10, 2018, 03:29:22 pm »
Nice lighting, and the sheep feeder is a good idea. :thumbsup:
Mike

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #671 on: June 10, 2018, 03:37:03 pm »
Lambtastic stuff as usual mate  :thumbsup:.

Regarding the coach lights, yes please to any 'how I did it' guides.

Cheers weave  :beers:


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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #672 on: June 10, 2018, 05:18:43 pm »
Lambtastic stuff as usual mate  :thumbsup:.

Regarding the coach lights, yes please to any 'how I did it' guides.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Seconded! I have been thinking about coach lighting for night trains.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #673 on: June 10, 2018, 05:35:56 pm »

 :thumbsup: OK, Will sort through the pictures I took and get on to it   :thumbsup:

All the best,

Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #674 on: June 10, 2018, 05:52:17 pm »

 :thumbsup: OK, Will sort through the pictures I took and get on to it   :thumbsup:

All the best,

Kevin

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Excellent. Many thanks, Kevin.

 

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