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Author Topic: what are people doing on their layout right now  (Read 439923 times)

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Offline crewearpley40

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3285 on: February 17, 2022, 10:18:40 PM »
Pretty sound advice. Just a pity there are not more ac electrics ready to run available and require conversions. Love black and white photos.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3286 on: March 03, 2022, 05:42:23 PM »
Cutting things in half!

I've just put a complete row of terraced shops/houses (Gaugemaster) through my bandsaw (a metal cutting one, so a fine blade). I had built them as a single row and was going to buy more to be built in half-relief, but decided that as the half-relief ones need to be the first to be glued in place, I'd cut the set I've made up. So now I have the complete end row, plus a number of uncut ones. Still more to buy and build though.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3287 on: March 03, 2022, 10:06:23 PM »
Does that mean they are now semi-detached?
John

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3288 on: March 14, 2022, 08:22:21 PM »
I've been cutting things in half, too...
Take a 1980s Farish 10'wb chassis and cut off the buffer beams WITH coupling boxes. Then take a Peco 15' wb chassis, slice off the buffer beams and cut the remainder in half... Then take a Peco pallet van and cut off the ends! Make up a 40thou piece of plastikard and attach all the bits to it. Print 2 sides and a roof and hey presto! VQX! I had the idea on Saturday morning (the chassis was built by lunchtime but I had to drive a bus in the afternoon...). Today the new arrival was running around the layout (temporarily with some VIXs built from Mill Lane Sidings kits)
Hope you like it - someone should have made these years ago!







The photos were taken in a brief period this afternoon when the sun was actually shining!

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3289 on: March 19, 2022, 02:02:24 PM »
Point motors whilst I wait for a replacement point that I managed to break the other day!  :uneasy:


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3290 on: March 29, 2022, 08:35:12 PM »
I am sure someone will tell me "There's a kit for that..." but here's my attempt at a 11'w.b. pallet van diagram 221. It's a stretched Peco 10' wb chassis with the ends from a Peco 15' wb pallet van and sides of thin plastikard - the roof is also stretched with a 10 thou 'skin' of plastikard on top. 3 pictures from different stages in the build.
I'm hoping that the Fox transfers I've ordered today will do for this vehicle. There's another one on the way but this time the body is using remnants of Foxhunter kits from way back!





The buffers at this end had lost their heads years ago -I fitted some nice new turned brass ones from Osbourne's.



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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3291 on: April 24, 2022, 11:41:56 PM »
I'm currently taking cruel enlargements of Bregenbach im Schwarzwald to find the little bits I've missed and fix them scenicaly before the layout goes out to Crewe on May 13th.

As I've got a holiday in the middle of the prep time it is getting a bit frantic, especially as locos need to be serviced and uncooperative ones left out of the box.


BR114 propels the red set of double-deckers over the viaduct.  This train needed testing in both directions with five different locos.  Any of the five needs to take either push-pull set both ways round the layout, hauling one way and propelling the other. The other push-pull set has the loco at the opposite end of the rake.

*** edit,  before anyone points it out that BR114 is a BR112.  The 114 was next in line to run the train ****


A cruel enlargement of the widget factory shows a cobweb not completely removed and a need for a bit more clutter to be added. the uneven paving will stay that way.  It may be accidental but it adds to the atmosphere.


In the area below and to the left of the viaduct are the happy campers.  Although I'm largely happy with this cameo the pic shows up an unfinished rock face that needs to be looked at (and which was sorted this morning).


The ancient Minitrix class 144 (DCC Fitted) lays over in the station allowing some roundy-roundy testing with the other train that shares its fiddle yard road.  The pic shows some lifting of the vegetation in the ballast and a little weathering still needed on the foot crossing, and worst of all a distinctly wonky fence at the back of the platform, though I'm not entirely sure this is fixable quickly.  Long term it will have to come off and be replaced by some more substantial stuff.

All seemingly little jobs but all confirm the rule that a model railway is never finished. 

Les



« Last Edit: April 24, 2022, 11:44:33 PM by Les1952, Reason: dropped a clanger and picked some of it up again.... »

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3292 on: June 28, 2022, 01:53:48 PM »
Contemplating.... bit like ballasting but without the mess   :)
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3293 on: July 20, 2022, 09:13:27 AM »
Maybe not 'right now' but in the past week...
a desire for a model of 31125 made it necessary to sacrifice 'Wigan Pier' - sorry. I could not bring myself to chop a latest 31172, especially with its intricate light guides.




I did the 'hacking' of the headcodes before painting the roof blue.




The headcode discs are ex-class 24 detailing pack (available from Bachmann in 3 days!)




The 'tiny wings' on the sides of the centre window are just plastikard superglued on - carefully! No manufacturer has reproduced these on models (the tooling would be too complicated), but when looking at the prototype they are so 'obvious' they really ought to be there.




I added cab handrails using 5A fuse wire superglued into 0.5mm holes.

Just now awaiting the transfers from Railtech...

Why 31125? This loco's claim to fame is that on 16 July 1977 it hauled 1E91 Walsall-Yarmouth on it's own. Normally 2xClass25 (total 2500hp), this was a tough job with just 1470hp. I travelled on it from Walsall to Birmingham, recording the sounds for the whole 24 minute journey.


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3294 on: July 20, 2022, 09:21:00 AM »
In order to improve the appearance of the Bachmann Class 44 Peak D1, I added discs (I used those from a class 24 detailing pack - available from Bachmann) - I think the result is worth the effort; the discs are sitting in 0.5mm holes drilled (carefully) in the ends... if I knew how to drill 0.35mm square holes, I would... :)

 






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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3295 on: July 20, 2022, 09:21:39 AM »
Kevin.  Done a decent job there mate on both locos. Chris

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3296 on: July 31, 2022, 03:19:01 PM »
This may be better in a 'hints & tips' for modellers, but with 2 Farish 'Peaks' to renumber, I was contemplating the usual total repaint before applying Railtech transfers, when it struck me 'is it possible to remove numbers/names/logos from a Farish loco without wrecking the body colour?' In the past I've scraped them off before repainting, but it would be so much easier if...
Well the answer is YES it CAN be done! I took a cotton bud (pointy end) dipped in a little clean white spirit and rubbed it gently over the number. At first it looked like nothing ws happening, but after about 2 minutes, some of the digits began to fade!. I battled on and within 5 minutes, all traces of the number (and in this case a data panel, too) were gone! The resulting bodywork paint was 'shiny' but that will only assist when applying the new transfer. I'm sure a thin coat of matt/satin varnish will make a super job. I used the same method to remove a 'Peak' nameplate (the lettering goes before the plate colour). Within an hour I'd renumbered 2 'Peaks'!
here's a photo of one of them after using this technique':



And the other:




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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3297 on: July 31, 2022, 03:23:38 PM »
Thanks for the tutorial kev

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #3298 on: August 05, 2022, 11:52:17 AM »
Hi all, having my first attempt at weathering and ballasting my track.

 

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