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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #420 on: March 30, 2018, 07:03:30 AM »
I have just noticed it is a very long time since I posted updates to Geominster. I have been doing a lot of work to the layout recently and hopefully I can show the photographs of how far it has progressed. This week for example I have been working with the vinyl cutter to produce some much finer cut road markings and road signage, I have ordered new vinyl stock and it should be here Saturday so I can cut new pieces and update the road along the front of Geominster, also there has been a lot of work done on scenic areas and I have tried to finish some of the areas that have been incomplete for a long time. I never expect to get the layout finished but it is satisfying when you can look at part of it with a view to improving something rather than what to fill the space with. Meanwhile here is a teaser of what is to come using the old vinyl sheet.






« Last Edit: March 30, 2018, 07:04:48 AM by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #421 on: April 05, 2018, 07:44:49 AM »
As promised here is an update of recent work at Geominster.

Forming of the cutting for upper Geominster, the idea being to conceal trains from view while seated without the need for a tunnel which from experience is where all derailments and trouble occur.



You now see where the train goes under the bridge and then out of view returning along the rear track behind the viaduct.





I decided the old road markings were way too big so I experimented with getting them nearer to scale.








This is the latest arrangement which looks vastly improved







The crane assembled and painted with vinyl signage. I tried Humbrol enamel paints but didn't really get on with them so have switched to Tamiya acrylics, these suit me better, drying quicker allowing me to progress without waiting too long for the next coat to be applied.








Nelevator partly stocked following recent layout alterations




Test pieces for road markings and close up of school entrance
















I hope this is useful to understand where progress has reached, thanks for looking.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2018, 09:13:24 AM by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #422 on: April 05, 2018, 09:09:15 AM »
Looking really good.  And such a lovely environment for a layout.

I agree about tunnels; a nice feature but requires really easy access because things tend to happen in tunnels - that well-known law.  Or a cutting!

I tend to find enamels paints easier to work with than acrylics (counter-intuitive, I know, and the brush cleaning isn't fun) but I am persevering with acrylics.  It is a good idea to change brands, as you have done, to see if there is one which suits you.  As an aside, my chum Richard is a professional painter and decorator.  His heart sinks when a customer wants him to use Farrow & Ball paint as he feels that he just doesn't get on with it.  And it has, I understand a really good reputation as a first-rate product.  It's a personal thing; like me with fine Scotch - the finer it is, the viler it tastes to me!

Many thanks for the super pictures.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #423 on: April 05, 2018, 09:30:49 AM »
Nice work, George :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #424 on: April 05, 2018, 10:06:36 AM »
I love that curved fascia.  :thumbsup:

It's weird and most definitely showing me age, but like Train Waiting, I prefer enamels to acrylics. Building an old Revell kit for work reasons a few years ago, I used the stuff from that war games shop, and found it horrible to the point of useless.

Just me, I suppose.  ::)
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #425 on: April 05, 2018, 10:15:51 AM »
I do use mainly acrylic these days, but must confess to still thinking of it as Homeopathic Paint :D

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #426 on: April 05, 2018, 09:57:16 PM »
 :hellosign: Looking really good George, loving the crane  :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #427 on: June 20, 2018, 04:39:46 PM »
I really must post an update but thought a share of the wind turbine kit I recently bought, made and painted to give the layout some movement apart from the locomotives. I still need to finalize its location and complete the area which I am working on with the pylons and farm setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPeaSJdlCbA
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #428 on: June 20, 2018, 05:11:10 PM »
I trust it's quieter than the real thing, George? :uneasy:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #429 on: June 20, 2018, 08:48:42 PM »
Aren't the output cables a little dangerous trailing along the ground? :worried: :D
You know you're getting older when your mind makes commitments your body can't meet.
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40567.0 125x60 and a bit.
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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #430 on: June 23, 2018, 06:36:05 AM »
Just a few more photos of recent work. I had some problems with the layout mimic in Railmaster and sought advice on the Hornby Forum, the problem was I had two pairs of points operating together on my viaduct, the plan was to be able to use them as a passing line, when firing the points they worked together but only from one point button and one of the direction arrows would not register correctly. All sorted now as per photo. Some aerial pictures of the layout still very much a work in progress but will give the extent of the work and all the trackwork. The mimic panel has been abbreviated to fit on one screen.
















With the addition of the wind turbine it was necessary to reduce the speed to a realistic rate. I added a speed controller to the switch panel allowing much more variation.




In doing the additional wiring I decided to trace out the switch panel and list their uses, in doing this i discovered the multimeter I had was broken and giving false readings, I bought another and the job was simple.









I wanted a service station on the layout and metcalfe had just released theirs so I assembled it, the pumps are very fiddly however it did allow me to try out some locations for it and in doing so I have finally managed to decide what will be the plan for the mainline station area, a few photos showing evolvement and and it is now ready to continue, I have some lighting to do and road markings but I am happy with the plan as it is progressing. I am building the station area on a mount board which will allow me to work easier at the desk, saving backache reaching over and allowing me to do the fiddly fences and road lines, people placement etc then I can glue the entire section in place, it isn't sitting flat at the moment due to the wires trailing beneath it waiting to be threaded through the baseboard and connected













The following pictures show the templated paper for the area and the design of the garage and town square, there will be a drop off point for passengers, a short stay parking bay, a bus stop, and a car sales area on garage forecourt,, it also allows my aged multi story car park to be positioned near the station and at the same time allowing access to the main control power area for future wiring.

















That is about all for now, I am still looking for the best site for the wind turbine and pylons in the farm area but as everyone knows the layout is always a work in progress and improvements are always in your mind. I have enjoyed creating the layout to this far and it all works how I hoped it would, some more trees and greenery will improve the overall look of it and of course more people. I have about 100 bare figures to dress with paint and I am hoping to spend some time doing this during the next couple of weeks. Thanks for looking at the thread.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2018, 06:42:53 AM by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #431 on: June 23, 2018, 07:21:57 AM »
Thanks for the extensive update.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #432 on: June 23, 2018, 08:59:34 AM »
Looks smashing, George :thumbsup:
I do have a concern about the clearance to the track in the last pic, though :uneasy:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #433 on: June 23, 2018, 09:13:35 AM »
Yes, thanks for the update!  :thumbsup:

Could be the camera angle or just temporary placing, Mick?
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« Reply #434 on: June 23, 2018, 09:53:52 AM »
Looks smashing, George :thumbsup:
I do have a concern about the clearance to the track in the last pic, though :uneasy:

No need for concern Mick, thanks, the mountboards is bending slightly as it is still freestanding not yet glued down, I did anticipate a comment and explained that earlier 😳😳
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

 

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