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Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 47141 times)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1080 on: January 14, 2019, 09:50:11 PM »
 
Love it  :D :D :D

I've just seen the pic (How on earth did you find that ...... or maybe I don't want to know  :-[ )

I was thinking how long will it be before David responds ....... It was 47 secs   :P

I'm just resizing some photos, and will be back with the true story of what happened to the windmill.

Back in about 10 mins  :thumbsup:

All best wishes
Kevin

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PS.... I wonder what the grown-ups are doing now ..... they're not here with us  :laugh3: :smiley-laughing: :laugh3:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1081 on: January 14, 2019, 10:42:57 PM »
Back again with resized pictures  :wave:

So here's what happened .......

I haven't had the windmill sails turning for ages, as I took them off a long time ago so they would not get damaged as they are quite delicate. Then a couple of days ago a friend came round to see the layout and the sails wern't turning.  :veryangry: :veryangry:

I could hear the motor running, but no motion of the sails, so the mill had to be uprooted to see what the problem was.  :worried:

Luckily it was not too firmly glued in, as someone here suggested access would be needed just in case something went wrong, so it was quite easily prised off its base with no damage.

The problem was the glue holding the gear axle into the end of the connecting tube to the motor had lost its grip  :(

I'm glad it was nothing worse, as it would have been a nightmare to get the motor out.

Here is the inside of the mill .....



You can see the end of the axle. It just needed re-gluing back to connect it to the motor.

While I had the windmill out, I thought about an outside light for it. I ordered a couple from Railroom Electronics a while ago, just to make an order up to get free postage, and now was an ideal time to use one.

You can see the wiring glued to the inside walls. Here it is from the outside.....



It is powered on the layout from the washing machine the ladies were dancing round  :D

I then roughened the gear axle with a grinding wheel on my dremmel, so the glue would get better grip, connected the light, and replaced the windmill. The connection to the motor was really tricky, as it could only be done by feeling .



When it was done, the bits and pieces round the mill were replaced, except for the tub of flowers as it did not look quite right.



Then after the glue was left all day to thoroughly get its grip, the sails were tested and all was  back to normal.



I don't think the residents of Windmill Hill will forget the visit of those two ladies though  ;) :D ;)

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1082 on: January 15, 2019, 07:37:29 AM »
Excellent Kevin. Im glad were all back to normal.
I dont think the rest of us will forget those two ladies either.
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1083 on: January 15, 2019, 06:19:48 PM »
Nice one :thumbsup: Glad you were able to get it up and running again. The light sets it off well.
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1084 on: January 20, 2019, 03:11:41 PM »
Hi All,

Hope your weekend is going well  :thumbsup:

Here is the new willow tree bedded in, with the figures back. When I post photos the only manipulation I do is contrast / brightness, and I have a blemish remover (only photos, not real life unfortunatly  ;) ) which is for getting rid of pimples on spotty youths, or wrinkles on grumpy gits. This is great for getting rid of dust or stray bits of static grass etc.

However I just found a function which removes things ..... also not in real life though  :D , and I tried it for the first time here, and took out the car behind the willow tree, and the back of the super-flared boat repair man.



Here is the beach in full ....



Also, with my new extended backscene I can now take photos portrait style, so here is the newly fixed windmill, with the shadow of the sails on the clouds taken out .....



And a close up of the owner smoking his enormous pipe  ::) next to the new light. I think the new plants growing up the wall look better than the pot which was there before.



All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1085 on: January 20, 2019, 03:23:33 PM »
You have an excellent eye for detail Kevin.
Looks good.
Is that a bell hanging from the roof edging to the right of popeye?

Cheers
Martin
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1086 on: January 20, 2019, 04:12:22 PM »
Great willow tree, and nice to see a windmill back in place, otherwise youd have to change the name of the layout!
« Last Edit: January 20, 2019, 04:58:51 PM by daffy »
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1087 on: January 20, 2019, 04:16:09 PM »
Hi Martin,

It is a light I had, so thought I would fit it while I was inside the windmill .....



All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1088 on: January 20, 2019, 04:33:38 PM »
Ah. I see it now.
Looks good - especially lit up.
Im hoping to add various little details and cameo scenes on my little boxfile layout.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1089 on: January 20, 2019, 04:56:40 PM »
I can't imagine how you could do this without 20:20 vision and a very steady hand. Terrific detail. :o
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1090 on: January 20, 2019, 09:14:16 PM »

It is a light I had, so thought I would fit it while I was inside the windmill .....


Did you imbibe from a bottle labelled "Drink Me" to able to get inside? :D

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1091 on: January 20, 2019, 09:32:25 PM »
Thanks Dave,

My eyes are far from perfect, but I am patient, and one thing I have learnt from my modelling is not to rush things, and take time out (for a small cider  :D ? ) when things get too frustrating.

Also a tip from my friend Jenny, who is a craft lady, was to use daylight bulbs in the two lamps above my workbench. They really have made the detailing easier to see  :thumbsup:

I am not very good at getting evening photos showing the lighting, but here is the best I could do showing the new mill light, and the pub lit up.



EDIT .... This is strange, I resized the photo smaller, but it has loaded really HUGE ? Just click the photo and you will see it smaller with the whole pub and beer garden lit up .

All best wishes
Kevin

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PS... Most of the bottles in my house shout "drink me !" at some stage Mick  :D

In fact the Jack Daniels Honey is doing it now ! I only bought it 'cos I have a sore throat (and it is sooooo smooth and lovely  :P)...... Hope there are no rabbit holes in my house !!
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1092 on: January 21, 2019, 07:24:50 AM »
Really like lit up shots - of the railway!

Nice photo. Weird about the resizing  ???

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1093 on: January 21, 2019, 09:19:53 PM »
 :hellosign:.  Many thanks Kevin that is one special photo
        regards Derek

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1094 on: February 04, 2019, 03:10:58 PM »
Hi All  :wave:

Hope you all had a good weekend,

I've not been doing much modelling recently, as other things have kept me occupied, but I have been doing a bit of tidying up, mainly round the windmill where it needed fixing, and I added the new light. This is because I hope to be getting a new camera this month, with magic focus stacking wizardry in it  :D :D

One thing I can't make my mind up about is a companion for the miller. He has generously agreed to rehouse the destitute ladies who occupied his site, but he needs a canine pal.

Any preferences ?





Also I am getting my stock weathered soon. I have noticed most people go to TMC, and I have seen what they do, and it looks good.

I would just like to ask some advice please.

The two trains I have are these .....





I think the upper level goods train should be more weathered than the passenger train, but I don't want to go overboard.

For anyone that has used TMC, would medium weathering be right for the goods train, and light for the passenger service ?

All best wishes,
Kevin

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