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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #150 on: July 19, 2014, 07:41:46 AM »
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Kato Taxi Station Gray (23-456B) - another building acquired this week from http://www.traintrax.co.uk


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Very anglicisable, it even comes with a blank replacement part for the Japanese sign at the front  8)


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I bought this to chop in half along the apex of the lower roof, thus making two low relief structures :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #151 on: July 19, 2014, 08:13:17 AM »
For the upper floors on the office building which Kato leaev empty, I have found that copying generic office scenes from the internet (copyright free - of course  :angel:), scaling them and using them as 'walls' in the buildings can work quite well - especially if you add some peeps to give depth. Saves a lot of interior modelling.

Linkto my attempts
Just one Pendolino, give it to me, a beautiful train, from Italy

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #152 on: July 19, 2014, 03:15:34 PM »
scaling them and using them as 'walls' in the buildings can work quite well - especially if you add some peeps to give depth. Saves a lot of interior modelling.

I shall definitely be doing some of that 8)  Having admired your results along with Quinntopia I think that's definitely the way to go.  Unless I live to be 200, in which case there'll be none of this cheating ;)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #153 on: July 24, 2014, 09:50:02 AM »
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... and more buildings!

In the post today were a couple of Tomix small offices, codes 4043 and 4042.  Shooting into the light with an iPad is not a recipe for a good image, but the snap shows the empty and translucent nature of these structures well.  They really do need interior detailing asap, but at £5.34 & £4.28 are very economic places to start :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #154 on: July 24, 2014, 01:39:46 PM »
We have this Ebay seller in Oz doing Asian style buildings. Seem reasonable. Don't know if there is a UK supplier though. Will enquire as they cover a fair range

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MODEL-TRAIN-LAYOUT-DOWNTOWN-BUILDING-GREY-BUSINESS-OFFICE-HOUSE-SCALE-N-1-160-/191259059588

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #155 on: July 24, 2014, 10:02:04 PM »
We have this Ebay seller in Oz doing Asian style buildings.

Thanks, there're some interesting subjects in the range 8)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #156 on: July 24, 2014, 11:03:28 PM »
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We have this Ebay seller in Oz doing Asian style buildings.
I get free postage on stuff in Australia from Outland Models US, but they say Europe is excluded on the shipping. I guess the items are "flat packed" kits so happy to arrange posting on if anything required. If we keep it within Large letter size under 500g costs around $3 AUD to send.

Interestingly they have a US store but they only ship within the US, Mexico and Canada - However I do have contacts in the US to get round that one.

To see the different stores visit their Ebay shop and select which country from the Categories list on the left hand side. The Aussie seller has far more items than the US one

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #157 on: August 04, 2014, 08:31:26 PM »
Just glued down a new Kato double crossover in the station throat, after redoing the reed switches for the umpteenth time.  Seems like no matter how many times I check the things are aligned correctly I don't get the correct indications when I return after the glue has set :very angry:

It's very hot in the loft of late, and I guess that's made me a little too impatient...

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #158 on: August 06, 2014, 01:10:44 PM »
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Through running is restored, after a period of track-gluing and wiring.  Having arrived at a station throat formation I was happy with, the Kato track has been glued into it's final position with all blocks, feeders and reed switches in place.

All points visible in the photo have had their little black manual switches sliced away and are electric-only operation from now on.  I've yet to cover the resultant holes, but that's on this afternoon's do-list.

Also, I've replaced a couple of the 20-051 / 20-052 "Double Track Widening Sections" with plain line cut/flexed to shape as the originals were a little too much like Scalextric chicanes for my liking.  The two replaced areas are still work in progress (hence the weights, etc) but for comparison, one original section remains in place where the green tanker train bends in the middle.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #159 on: August 07, 2014, 08:47:00 PM »
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The sum total of today's train set time.  One Lenz Silver Mini DCC decoder fitted to the power car of the Kato E2 set.  Although a soldering job, it's an easy-peasy one.  Only wrinkle is to insulate the two brass strips on either side - there's a sliver of clear plastic doing just that by the blue paintbrush handle, although it's not easy to see.

I haven't done the lights in the driving cars yet - no suitable decoders to hand!

Excellent runner without tweaking any CVs, although I'm in a quandary about what DCC address to give it.  2 on it's own seems insubstantial.  I gave it 142 to be going on with, 14 being the decimal equivalent of E in hexadecimal.  Something better will come to me, I'm sure :-[

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #160 on: August 08, 2014, 11:44:12 AM »
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A closer view of the DCC connections on the Kato E2.  The clear plastic insulator is more clearly visible where the orange wire is soldered.

Also, the nylon clip has been replaced and the spare wires (white, yellow and blue) shrouded in a loose-fitting length of heat-shrink tubing - unshrunk!

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #161 on: August 16, 2014, 05:32:13 PM »


I havenít done an update video for a while, so here's one :)
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #162 on: August 16, 2014, 05:47:37 PM »
Great looking layout, looks like a lot of track.

Really liked the video, what was it shot on please?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #163 on: August 16, 2014, 05:49:40 PM »
is there a track plan somewhere please and thank you?

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #164 on: August 16, 2014, 05:54:36 PM »
Really liked the video, what was it shot on please?

Just my iPad.


Is there a track plan somewhere please and thank you?

Only in my head, I'm afraid.  I did start one on the computer but it wasn't as much fun as the real thing ;)

 

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