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Offline ptopo

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #120 on: December 24, 2017, 02:32:34 PM »
Hello everyone,

Itís the usual festive period of holiday and slinking off to the attic to get some work done...

Iím currently forcing myself to complete the station scenics before going back to finish laying track so this next few posts will concern scenics and kit-bashing.

More detail was needed before ballasting, specifically some speed signs and EWS ramps obtained from Nbrasslocos...

http://www.nbrasslocos.co.uk/nhome.html

Soldering on the arrows is just a shade fiddly but with a pair of helping hands was not too bad...





And ballasted (see earlier in the thread for details, I use fine sand to get away from the large rocks look one can easily get)... more on painting it later but Iím having to ballast now as it will be hard to do and paint once the bridges and buildings are on the platforms.



The next thing was to add a retaining wall around the curve, it was a change of plan but really had to be done before the ballasting continued. I donít have time to scratch build 1.5 metres of curved wall but found the perfect moulding at Langley models.

http://www.langleymodels.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Tunnels__viaducts__retaining_walls__culverts_and_walling__69.html

The sheets are pretty easy to cut out and a few coats of grey/brown undercoat to give a more distressed finish with some dry-brushed cream on top to bring it the stonework looked ok. It will need weathering in due course and the odd bit of greenery to hide the joins.







There will be a brick wall down the back of the station platform in due course.

The ballast at this point is WIP (first coat of grey/brown on) and I then needed to layer some more as the covering was not sufficient.

Quick video of my other 4 light signal hooked up to a heathcoate module.



Got to dash, Iíve giblet stock, chestnut stuffing and a mountain of vegetables to prep.

Very best wishes & have a lovely day tomorrow.

PT







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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #121 on: December 24, 2017, 03:43:02 PM »
All looking extremely impressive  :thumbsup:
As for the chestnut stuffing................. :drool: :drool: :drool:

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #122 on: December 26, 2017, 10:20:03 PM »
 :hellosign: Looking good, thanks for sharing
       regards Derek.

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #123 on: December 29, 2017, 08:09:07 PM »
Thanks!

Next up was getting a bridge for half way down the platform. This was motivated by two main factors...

1) the main hall and bridge will be part of the booking hall over the far end of the platforms (as Leicester and Nottingham stations on which this is based) and it's a jolly long way for passengers to walk to switch platforms. Nottingham has a bridge mid way down so is a supportive prototype.
2) thereís a gap in the baseboard half way down the platforms and a moveable bridge would be a smart way to partly obscure it



The gaps between platforms are quite odd (11cm and a standard 2 track) - so that meant a rather bespoke structure. After kicking this around for a few months I found the prefect kits to bash at www.yorkmodelrail.com.

The Victorian iron bridge is a bit unprototypical but always look nice and this is one of the few options that had the potential to give a single bridge. Initially I was going to get two of the platform kits...



...I.e. two of these grafted together looked like an option but would have had an odd looking dip in the middle; however they also sell a kit with higher stairs which would allow a single long walkway.



A lot of measuring later and it was clear Iíd be one panel short but by cutting and blending the side and floor parts of the walkway it was possible to get a full 24cm span required which was quite rigid. The ironwork braces improved things further.



In the image below you can see the curved ends that are cut off the main spans. The steps system for this bridge are a bit fiddly as they are individual steps in slots on a side support, again they can be seen in picture below.



When all stuck together (lots of sitting around holding bits of plastic together whilst watching Wolf Hall on iPlayer, boy Rylance and Hill are so very much better than everyone else... one digresses...) and then extra glue added to strengthen it stands up and is fairly rigid. The supporting legs on the longer stairs version were too long and had to be trimmed (over trimmed in one case, bum; though I have a spare set in case it looks daft)...





... and in place... happily the clearances are pretty much spot on...



After a coat of primer wash things look a bit nicer....





Iíve not decided in a final colour, but probably grey with darker coloured flooring and a few highlights on the steelwork. Maybe some rust too.

All in all the Yorkmodelrail kit worked out really well and, at around 25 notes for each kit, given the end restult was better than Iíd hoped for. Thanks YMR!

All the best and thanks for looking...

PT

ps donít ask how many hours it took but it was wonderful therapy after two very hard and comlplicated months at work...






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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #124 on: December 30, 2017, 12:15:44 PM »
A most impressive kitbash, Sirrah :thumbsup:

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #125 on: December 30, 2017, 01:01:12 PM »
That footbridge looks superb! :thumbsup:

Cheers, Stu
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #126 on: December 30, 2017, 01:52:25 PM »
That does look brilliant.

I'm wondering if the large span is a bit far for that type of bridge, should it have a leg halfway, between the tracks?

Matt

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #127 on: December 30, 2017, 02:31:46 PM »
What an excellent build!  I didn't know this kit existed but I can see one moving into my stash in the new year 8)

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #128 on: December 30, 2017, 05:05:57 PM »
I'm wondering if the large span is a bit far for that type of bridge, should it have a leg halfway, between the tracks?
A most apposite comment, the longest single span Iíve seen was about 10 divisions (March station) whereas this has 13 - unfortunately the engineer planning this railway failed to give enough of a gap between the fast up/down lines!

It might be possible to place a couple of single piers between the platform lanes and the two central lines; perhaps something to do once Iíve sorted out the final position, thanks for the suggestion.

Cheers

PT

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #129 on: December 30, 2017, 09:03:48 PM »
I'm wondering if the large span is a bit far for that type of bridge, should it have a leg halfway, between the tracks?
A most apposite comment, the longest single span Iíve seen was about 10 divisions (March station) whereas this has 13 - unfortunately the engineer planning this railway failed to give enough of a gap between the fast up/down lines!

It might be possible to place a couple of single piers between the platform lanes and the two central lines; perhaps something to do once Iíve sorted out the final position, thanks for the suggestion.

Cheers

PT

No problem, and it wasn't a criticism. I have seen plenty of bridges with a pole or two stuck under as supports, is there not room between the tracks for a single girder?

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #130 on: January 01, 2018, 10:24:09 AM »
Happy new year & a MASSIVE thank-you to everyone who has made this forum such a valuable community and resource.  The suggestions, support and sharing of ideas and progress are immensely inspiring.

Itís getting to the time when a name is needed for my mainline station and I have no ideas whatsoever. Some themes under consideration...

- reference to the modular design of the layout and/or its mobile nature
- oblique reference to the midlands from which it is inspired
- being from Leicestershire one has a host of LCFC references to reach for

Any ideas warmly welcomed either by reply or PM.

Anyhow, the third instalment of progress just concerns finishing the ballast. Coat one was a medium grey acrylic from a craft shop with about 20% burnt umber to dirty it up a bit. This was diluted with water to give about 2.5 times the original volume and applied by airbrush, except near to platforms and walls. It was clear in several areas the ballast needed building up, I was looking for a slightly untidy feel but they didnít tend to under-ballast main lines and Iíd left a few areas too threadbare. Adding fresh sand on top of painted ballast and re-spraying with a more diluted mix gave a nice unevenness.

One useful tip on ballasting points I picked up is to add a drop of oil to the moving parts of the switch rails - it means the PVA mix does not get into the gaps.

For the busier fast areas a 5:1 umber/rust was was added and then some diluted black more densely in the station areas and with a lighter touch elsewhere. Having studied photos from the later 80s/early 90s a light line of black was added along the lines to mimic the more specific emissions from diesels. With what was left it seemed wasteful not to finish weathering the MGR train (vide infra)

Everything still looked a bit stark so I went back with a light coat of grey/brown to soften things up a bit.

Looking from the bridge...


And back from the bridge-that-is-yet-to-be-scratchbuilt...


Punters-eye view...


And a couple more...




...and with some trains.


Having added a kilo or so of sand, 100mL glue and paint to the nicely running trackwork a thorough clean of the with isopropanol and a touch of clearing grit from rails and points was needed! Luckily most things ran fine immediately which is always a big relief.

Hereís a video with many of the previous trains and shots but with all new scenic features in place.



Next up is fitting a very long download-and-print wall to the far platform, all 1.5 metres of it....

Thanks again for looking and all the really helpful comments and suggestions. Have a great 2018!

PT



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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #131 on: January 01, 2018, 10:35:13 AM »
Excellent! Nice diseasels (even if they're not green :P ;))

As for the station name, I used to sell sweetie wrappers to Fox's of Leicester for the Glacier Mint/Fruits and they were in Sunningdale Road, so how about 'Sunningdale'?

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #132 on: January 01, 2018, 10:52:21 AM »
A superb layout! Track ballasting looks very realistic. My favourite era too  :thumbsup:

Cheers, Stu
« Last Edit: January 01, 2018, 10:53:51 AM by mk1gtstu »
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #133 on: January 01, 2018, 11:11:29 AM »
Hi,

Lovely pics and great video.

Fantastic stuff and looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Name suggestion re LCFC - Filbert, Fosse Road or together Filbert Fosse Road?

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Re: Modular layout
« Reply #134 on: January 01, 2018, 12:25:52 PM »
Bravo !

I would love to see steam trains running on your layout.

Best regards,


Joe

 

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