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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 11992 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #360 on: May 15, 2019, 07:47:17 AM »
All I'll do there is cut some 2mm card to shape, paint it grey, stick it to the walls and "ceiling" and pretend it's concrete :).

Similar to what I did here:


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #361 on: May 15, 2019, 07:53:18 AM »
That looks exactly like a bridge I walked under with a similar pathway. Could have been anywhere, but I suspect the morning lost in Tokyo.

Cool modelling, Ian!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #362 on: May 15, 2019, 08:04:52 AM »
That looks exactly like a bridge I walked under with a similar pathway. Could have been anywhere, but I suspect the morning lost in Tokyo.


I'll rummage through my Little People Box and see if I can find any which fit the description "lost tourists" ;)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #363 on: May 15, 2019, 08:13:15 AM »
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You'd have to cut the left foot off to simulate a tourist with a dodgy ankle
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #364 on: May 15, 2019, 04:03:31 PM »
Taking a break from amputating tourists, there is some more steam action today, in celebration of the very minor tweaking of some scenery in this area, including attaching some backscene bits I had from the original layout.


left-rear-corner-2019-05-15_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The locomotive in question is D51 498, a 2-8-2 (in Japanese terminology, the leading letter in the class specification represents the number of driving axles, i.e. C = 3, D = 4 etc.), modelled here by MicroAce in its preserved state, in which it is still operational running steam excursions north of Tokyo, pulling the very same blue JR excursion coaches as the prototype.


main-loop-bridge-2019-05-15_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

It is of a newer model generation than the C62 we saw previously (2011 vs 1999), albeit still with motor-in-cab.


main-loop-bridge-2019-05-15_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #365 on: May 15, 2019, 09:24:29 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
Many thanks for the update Ian, all is looking good
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #366 on: May 16, 2019, 06:21:58 AM »
So, in today's hour of manic late evening activity, the embankment has been "faced off" with concrete "panelling" of a type frequently used in Japan to hold steep bits of scenery in place. Though currently it is itself being held in place by sellotape while the glue dries.


upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-14_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I would have liked a gentler, greener embankment here but that would look horribly unstable and I don't want to sacrifice the road space for a shallower slope.

Seen from the Little People perspective, while it is plausible, it does look horribly brutalist, and also has the effect of giving the impression 6000hp of Bo-Bo-Bo-Bo locomotive might fall down on you at any time.


upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-15_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

However what's done is done, but I was surfing Mr Google's Amazing Collection of Street Views and the creative cell of my brain issued a urgent Restive Equine Restraining Order, for I saw this and after a brief struggle with the procrastination cell the concrete was stripped:



upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-16_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

and some earthworks hastily trucked in:


upper-single-track-embankment-2019-05-16_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Looks much better now, I dare to opine  :beers:

For anyone taking notes, the locomotive is an EF11 (by MicroAce), one of a small class of locos derived from the EF10 for work on the steeper sections of the Chuo Line. If you're still reading this, the "E" stands for "Electric" ("D" is for diesel) and (similar to steam locomotives) the "F" indicates the number of powered axles, i.e. 6, which indicates either a Co-Co or a Bo-Bo-Bo powered axle arrangement, though we can rule the latter out as AFAIK it was never used for the old-style electric locos.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #367 on: May 16, 2019, 06:54:05 AM »
Sort of similar to that one in the Kyoto museum
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #368 on: May 19, 2019, 03:42:12 PM »
Nothing spectacular, just fiddling about with the scenery in this general area...


left-rear-corner-2019-05-19_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Kettles are all packed away, starring today is a 251 series "Super View Odoriko" by Kato, which in real life plies its trade between Tokyo and the resort areas of the Izu Peninsula to the southwest. Model and prototype date from ca. 1990 and while it has a very distinctive appearance not to everyone's taste, it's one I've seen quite a lot over the years, also it was ridiculously cheap. (The prototype is, in Japanese railway terms, clapped out old iron almost 30 years old so will be replaced soon).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #369 on: May 19, 2019, 06:52:28 PM »
Great picture. It reminds me of Hakone, so if your layout reminds me of somewhere I've been, I think you're doing something right!  :thumbsup:

Ah if it is Hakone - then their will need to be a model ryokan with some hot springs to bathe in! Brings back memories...

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #370 on: May 25, 2019, 04:11:16 AM »
Oddly enough the hillside which will arise on the left of the above section is earmarked for some hot- spring style buildings.

Meanwhile, joined all the supporting bits of that section together into one contiguous scenic block and fixed the track sections in place so they can be sceniced up with ballast'n'stuff. Here removed from the layout for ease of working on.


left-rear-upper-track-section-2019-05-25_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The embankment on the left is recycled from my original layout attempt.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #371 on: May 25, 2019, 04:20:42 PM »
First round of "ballasting".


left-rear-upper-track-section-2019-05-25_02 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Not the most traditional of methods - it involves cutting 3mm styrofoam board to shape, painting it a grey-ish colour, and sprinkling fine ballast over it while the paint is still wet. Some strips have been recycled from earlier attempts. A fuller layer will be added later.


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #372 on: May 26, 2019, 03:45:19 PM »
A bit more embankment work, and some older trains...


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #373 on: May 26, 2019, 08:30:57 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:  Thanks for the updates Ian, all looking good

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)
« Reply #374 on: May 30, 2019, 04:28:14 PM »
Mainly finishing off the top of the embankment with plaster, and adding wiggly cable ducts (which is quite prototypical).


left-rear-upper-track-section-2019-05-30_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Nails will be removed once the glue dries.
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