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Offline Bob Wild

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2015, 10:58:14 PM »
I've also added a few trees and grass tufts to the corner I'd been doing the scenery one, its amazing what a difference they have made.

That looks a really interesting layout - especially when you attack it and cut it all up. Been there, got the tee shirt.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2015, 12:28:43 PM »
Looking really good, will follow this layout and the progress your making :)

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2015, 06:57:42 AM »
It looks great with the trees and shrubbery added. I like the shots from ground level, they really give you the feel of being in the layout.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2015, 05:41:24 PM »
Well todays been fun, with the new track laid I ran some trains and just could not get them running over the curved point correctly. After solving the detailing by adjusting the angles a bit I then started to get shorts in the electrics. No matter what I tried I just could not get it to work in the space I had available. The angles of the tracks were just too tight and throwing the wheels out of alignment as they entered the point.

So I had to take a new approach to it. Out came the new track and point and in went a simple straight point, the downside of this was that I had to set it much further back on the track, i.e. into the hill. This would have then made the hill look all hacked up, I didn't fancy having it under the hill in case of detrainments. So I decided to rip out the hill and start it again.





So for the moment the layout is called Colworth NoHill :-)

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2015, 05:45:01 PM »
I had a couple of curved points on a previous layout and had lots of problems with some stock refusing to run through them correctly. I wonder if there's an issue with the geometry for some items.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2015, 05:47:52 PM »
I think the flange on the wheel was making contact with the blade and causing the short.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2015, 08:01:49 PM »
I've had similar problems with curved points, and did the same as you on a previous layout and replaced them with straights. I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who ends up modifying their layouts as they go. Just when I think I've got it spot on I decide to change something. It normally involves me adding extensions to the baseboard.

Actually though if I had everything planned to the n'th degree at the start I'd  feel as though I was missing out on the fun of layout building.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2015, 10:49:47 PM »
I, too, had problems with curved points on my first disaster and swore never to use them again. In fact all curves on my current layout have an easement into the straight (is that an elliptical curve in Anyrail?) followed by a one inch straight before any point. To date I have had zero problems with derailments. That's 100% better than the disaster.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2015, 08:50:02 PM »
THE HILL IS BACK !!!!

Well sort of, it's at least got a frame now. Little trip to Ikea to rummage through the junk bits pile in the car park gave me all the wood I needed.





Just need to install the point motor before putting the last base bit on.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2015, 12:38:43 PM »
Just a quick update on some scenery/building work

http://youtu.be/MUwlHBRUY8Q

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2015, 01:00:34 PM »
Good progress and looking very good.
I like the station with those canopies and nice neat ballast work  which is a realistic (I think) colour.
Nice smooth running too.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2015, 01:40:45 PM »
Very nice indeed :thumbsup:
It could just be the camera angle but the clearance on your tunnel mouth at 1.40 looks somewhat tight :worried:

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2015, 03:01:23 PM »
Its just the angle, it does look a bit close on the video.

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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2015, 09:32:46 PM »
Very nice to see the progress. I have just started building the metcalfe tunnel mouths so nice to see an example of them not installed fully.
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Re: Colworth Hill
« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2015, 09:53:55 PM »
Very nice to see the progress. I have just started building the metcalfe tunnel mouths so nice to see an example of them not installed fully.

I've got one spare one if you make a mess of any. I've fully installed mine now, i'll post some more photos tomorrow.

 

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