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Author Topic: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack  (Read 16920 times)

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #150 on: January 06, 2018, 01:56:30 PM »
My purchases were collected from Argos (the 2nd hand buildings off Ebay) and the sorting office (Kato DioTown road sections)



I fancied the Tomix condominium (no. 4034) because the architecture, especially the rear staircase, reminded me of the Brutalist style used in the demolished Tricorn shopping centre in Portsmouth

http://brutalism.online/brutalist-buildings/13-uk/209-tricorn-centre-portsmouth-england

The Kato station building will be investigated for anglicising or adaptation as a pub.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #151 on: January 06, 2018, 02:46:51 PM »
I fancied the Tomix condominium (no. 4034) because the architecture, especially the rear staircase, reminded me of the Brutalist style used in the demolished Tricorn shopping centre in Portsmouth
I remember as a student frequenting Granny's Nightspot at the Tricorn in 1982.  The place was falling apart even by then!
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #152 on: January 07, 2018, 12:10:21 AM »
I've no room to reproduce the Tricorn with the space at my disposal at home!

However if I can prepare a suitable design, because Brutalist architecture is rarely modelled, something might appear on Southgrove at some time in the future.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #153 on: January 07, 2018, 12:52:43 PM »
Having looked at Farish's intentions elsewhere, I'll spend my hard-earned income on buildings, track and accessories.

I'm not ruling out buying Scenecraft's Sheffield Park station buildings and/or a South West Trains 450 when they're released.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #154 on: January 13, 2018, 11:21:10 AM »
This week, I resumed plastic-bashing.

I dismantled Kato's station building, it's easy to do as it's held on by clips and cut up the platform base and approach.

The entire front approach, once cleaned up, will be attached to a standard double track platform which will have a small building and footbridge to make it all self-contained (below)



The rest of the base has been cut up to form a terminus module (below)



As the building will now be too big for the platforms, it'll be reused, probably as a pub (below)



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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #155 on: August 02, 2018, 05:33:43 PM »
I've been having a break from creating more modules but one intriguing possibility has arisen recently.

As well as having Priory FC, I'm proposing to establish a rival non-league club called Fisherlea FC.
One of my former schoolmates - now living in London - was recently awarded a 2018/19 season ticket by Fulham FC as the ultimate superfan after topping a public poll of the club's superfans

https://blog.grosvenorcasinos.com/grosvenor-name-meet-fulham-ultimate-superfan/

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #156 on: October 30, 2018, 10:00:03 AM »
Southgrove has just twinned with Treptow (Berlin)

A scaled-down version of Treptower Park without the Soviet war memorial might be incorporated as a public park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treptower_Park
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #157 on: January 13, 2019, 08:58:32 PM »
New terminus section being planned using Kato parts and reusing a Lenz Digital clear plastic box with planned office block above with approach as part of the "Hopes Square" development

(one of my former secondary school art teachers bore that surname whose son's now an architect)



PS - In the last few months I've got back in touch with quite a few former schoolmates and found out from their Facebook profiles where they lived, therefore in my scenario I could run a service from Leeds to Bournemouth or Portsmouth via Doncaster, Chesterfield and Bristol. Therefore I acquired and won a Farish Cross Country Voyager to cater for this traffic, now awaiting delivery.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #158 on: January 13, 2019, 09:27:54 PM »
Oddly enough I was watching a DVD this afternoon (Marsden Rail No. 40) which showed a Leeds-Poole train in steam days. In those days you could seemingly catch a train from anywhere to anywhere ;D

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #159 on: January 13, 2019, 09:34:24 PM »
Oddly enough I was watching a DVD this afternoon (Marsden Rail No. 40) which showed a Leeds-Poole train in steam days. In those days you could seemingly catch a train from anywhere to anywhere ;D

True, I'm modelling Southgrove post-Beeching and like to imagine the former Somerset & Dorset line still in operation. Think how HSTs and Voyagers would cope from Bath on the 1:49 out of Bath Green Park!
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #160 on: January 13, 2019, 09:53:37 PM »
I've always intended the cut-off point as 2008, but may extend it as late as 2015/16 if I buy a Farish FGW plain livery class 150/1 version, however I've no plans to model the GWR or South Western Railway franchises.
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« Reply #161 on: January 14, 2019, 06:12:17 PM »
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In those days you could seemingly catch a train from anywhere to anywhere ;D
:hellosign: Many thanks for the updates & yes Leeds to Paignton Friday Night back in summer 1975, good days
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #162 on: January 17, 2019, 08:07:59 PM »
It's all provisional so far but here's my "Hopes Square" station and office block



I'm pressing into use an old toothpick container for the lifts and OO/HO scale greenhouse panels to create a modern look.
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« Reply #163 on: January 18, 2019, 07:40:52 PM »
Tonight I collected my Farish Cross Country Voyager from Argos.



It's more fiddly to couple up compared with Dapol's version but will be quicker with practice.

My plans are for two pairs of CrossCountry services each running between Leeds-Southgrove and Leeds-Bournemouth timed so that it's possible to spend several hours at their terminal destinations on day trips meeting friends and relatives.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #164 on: January 19, 2019, 04:35:27 PM »

As the building will now be too big for the platforms, it'll be reused, probably as a pub (below)




Work's resumed on this ...
After some deliberation, I'm modelling this as a pub, because Southgrove has currently no hostelry. However, I've yet to choose a name for it.

A conservatory-type extension covers the wide entrance present in Kato's original building. This'll be the rear of the pub with garden and tables.



A new canopy is now added to the other side, the main entrance from the street. To help with the pub's construction, roofs have temporarily been screwed back into place, before being disassembled for painting.
Once painting's completed, everything will be reassembled, however I'm waiting for warmer weather before undertaking any painting.


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