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Author Topic: The Tora Bora Line  (Read 3540 times)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #75 on: June 07, 2018, 09:00:07 am »
Had to do some more testing just to make sure the paint had been cleaned off the rail tops ok  ;)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #76 on: June 07, 2018, 07:57:01 pm »
That's a very impressive rock face! And the sea wall is looking good. Did you mention what the signal hut was - might have missed it.

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #77 on: June 08, 2018, 12:44:58 pm »
That's a very impressive rock face! And the sea wall is looking good. Did you mention what the signal hut was - might have missed it.

Cheers  :beers:

Thank you.
I don't think I have said anything about the signal box: I think it is an old Kestrel plastic kit I made years ago when I started the Brixham boards.  I still have to weather it  before fixing in place.  I also need to make the promenade walkway alongside the wall and complete the scenic blending of the cliffs to the base board, etc, etc.
I know I have the wrong style of Signal Box there, but I might as well make use of it.  The intention is to reflect this:

(Photo: David Marriott from Rails Along the Sea Wall by Peter Kay)
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #78 on: July 12, 2018, 05:14:20 pm »
Been making steady progress since the last update: been away every weekend so only manage a couple evenings a week in the man cave.
Main cliffs were properly blended to the track bed with filler in the joint line

More paint

A bit of elevation variation:


Scatter/static grass/scenic material

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #79 on: July 12, 2018, 05:30:15 pm »
Learnt a lesson wrt what order to do things in whilst ballasting the cliff section.  In future will ballast first then add line-side scenic materials.
Anyway, corner section was next with ground colour base coats

Then ballast followed by fine and coarse turf

Before I add the static grass and trees I want to add fencing.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #80 on: July 12, 2018, 05:56:22 pm »
To make the promenade by the sea wall I needed to get the curve of the mdf wall.  I laid sheets of A4 paper along the top of the wall and rubbed a pencil along the top.  This gave me the shape and also the position of the columns.
I scanned the sheets then traced the line in AutoCAD.  From that line I was able to generate laser cutter files for the capping stones (1/32" ply) and the pavements (1/16" balsa)

It was then a question of trimming to length and general fettling to fit. Packed to height with scrap balsa. Front edge filled with polyfilla.  painted with assorted washes of the relevant colour and some use of weathering powders

Looking at the photos of the sea wall I have made mine a little darker than it is in reality............am not going to change it though!!!!
Sand from the beach to make the beach!




Next task is to make the fencing for the corner leading to the Bridge.  I already have laser cut the wooden fencing for the outside, so just some holes to drill/clean up/glue fence in place.  However I want to make a wire fence for the inside.....approx 40" long...........approx 85 fence posts = 255 holes to thread the wire through  :'(
will get the fence posts cut this evening
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #81 on: July 12, 2018, 06:30:07 pm »
Thatís all looking very tidy indeed.
I think the colour of the cliffs is just fine but I donít envy youmaking that fence. The best of luck to you.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2018, 06:43:53 pm »
did dawlish inspire you  ?

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #83 on: July 12, 2018, 07:48:17 pm »
Even more great modelling on this 'ere forum.  Laser cutters seem the way to go, you've achieved some superb results.  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #84 on: July 12, 2018, 08:37:42 pm »
Speaking as a West Country Boy there be a certain beauty in this 'ere model.  :thumbsup:
Some situations in life are like dairy cows. When you see 'em you just gotta milk 'em.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #85 on: July 12, 2018, 09:04:45 pm »
It looks very good indeed. :thumbsup:
One question, what is the rating of the laser you use? A laser cutter is on my wish list but at the moment don't know enough about them.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #86 on: July 12, 2018, 09:47:53 pm »
Excellent piece of terraforming work. Well done to you.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #87 on: July 13, 2018, 06:42:23 pm »
Thanks all. I haven't done any scenic work before but I work with Michael Hatton and he has been an excellent tutor  :beers:
Yes this section is based on the line between Parsons tunnel and Teignmouth..........except I have messed with the geography and put Dawlish tunnel at the Teignmouth end.
I have a Chinese 60 Watt laser (nominal).  Took ages and v frustrating to set up properly, but I use it quite a lot now it is up and running.
I have made a bit of progress on the corner this afternoon and threaded 100+ fence posts on to the first length of wire: photos later tonight :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #88 on: July 13, 2018, 06:55:52 pm »
Mike Hatton produces some amazing work.
If he is your tutor, you canít go wrong.
Hopefully see you at the Hayle  August show where both Mike and I will have layouts.
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: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #89 on: July 13, 2018, 10:21:27 pm »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Excellent modelling, looking great  :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.

 

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