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Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 42930 times)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1140 on: March 02, 2019, 01:29:32 PM »
Just had a thought Kevin.........



Might be a good idea to fit a resistor.

Donít forget.
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 #1141 on: March 02, 2019, 02:18:30 PM »
I look forward to the photos., Kevin. Fitting real red lights to a 2mm scale level crossing gate is a tremendous achievement.

By the way, you (and I) must remember to fit the resistor on the lights before installing!
« Last Edit: March 02, 2019, 04:21:34 PM by Chris in Prague, Reason: Corrected. »

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1142 on: March 02, 2019, 03:05:44 PM »
By the way, Kevin.......

























DONíT FORGET TO FIT THE RESISTOR!!! :no:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1143 on: March 02, 2019, 03:31:06 PM »
Just a friendly word of warning Kevin, if you do not fit a resistor, the light will go 'phut' and stop working! Or so I have been led to believe ........ wouldn't know myself.  :)
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1144 on: March 02, 2019, 03:35:26 PM »
So....donít resist  or....
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 #1145 on: March 02, 2019, 04:15:00 PM »

Now who told you that David  ;) :D ;) :D ;) :D ;)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1146 on: March 02, 2019, 07:46:40 PM »
Quote
the lamp installed.

Then  >:( :veryangry: >:(

A bright flash, and it fizzled out.

Someone (actually me ! ) took the resistor off the end of the wire to thread it through the baseboard hole, and forgot to wire it back in
Bet it wasnt as impressive as 24 1kw lamps being connected to 415V instead of 240V

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1147 on: March 02, 2019, 07:53:13 PM »

 :o  Wow  :o

Got to see that at Cropredy in August if you're there  :D ;D :D

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1148 on: March 03, 2019, 07:41:14 AM »
Remember Kevin,

Not fitting a resistor is futile, or something like that... :-[

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1149 on: March 17, 2019, 03:05:00 PM »
Hi All,

Sorry not to have updated for a bit, but have been busy with other stuff.

I've not put the street light in yet, as I have been waiting for some tiny red led's for the level crossing gates, and wanted to do all the electrics  together.

Instead, I have made a new signal box  :D

This is the one I have, a kit bashed Ratio one .....



Over time, working on the layout the windows have got really messed up, as well as the glazing not fitting correctly. Also the steps are a bit clunky, and the paint finish is not too good. Maybe I am being a bit over critical, but it is really noticeable in photos, and in real life as it is right at the front of the layout (although nothing is really that far away  ;) :D ;))

Anyway, while waiting for the electrics to arrive, which they have now, I decided to make a new signal box, but taking my time and not rushing it.

The first job was cutting the Ratio kit down to size ....



Then I assembled it, leaving the back off. It was then painted without any glazing in, so I would not dirty the glass.



There was no door in the end wall of the kit, so I put one in, and made steps and rails from "Plastruct" styrene bits .... thinner than the rod used before ....





I then sorted the detailing. The signalmans dog was from a set of barbeque figures that included the deckchairs on the beach, and the barbeque the camper van girls are using. The signal box sign is etched on plastic from Scale Model Scenery, and the fire buckets from P & D Marsh.







The glazing was the last to go in. The front window glazing was not glued, but set between the levers and the shelf of whatever they are. For some reason I left the shelf out of the old box, but was not noticeable as you couldn't see through the windows anyway  :D :no: :D 

The glass on the end walls is held in with double sided tape, so it would not get clouded up with glue. The channel behind the stove is to hide the wires for the lighting, and the back window is covered over as it is directly against the embankment.

The lighting bar was then made ....



It fits between the end walls, the wires run down the channel behind the stove, and the resistor (I did remember it  :D :D :D) is downstairs.



Then on with the roof .... with the front edge sanded down so as not to be as clunky as the last one, and gutters, downpipes and other bits added on ....





Hope you like the pics. I need to get some more ballast before I can set it on the layout. Until then it is in a very safe place so I don't faff around with it and spoil it. ;)

Also I have been finalising plans for my next layout. It's not going to be the harbour scene I had planned, but something quite different.  ;)

All best wishes
Kevin

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« Last Edit: March 17, 2019, 03:08:38 PM by Phoenix »

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1150 on: March 17, 2019, 03:51:56 PM »
Excellent work, Kevin. Well worth all the detailing. I hope to achieve something like the same level of detailing and lighting, in future. The piece of wood on the front bottom with the ramps was to clear point rodding, which you do not have any of, so could be omitted. 8-)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1151 on: March 17, 2019, 03:56:50 PM »
That is stunning, Kevin. Smashing detail, down to the anti-macassar on the armchair. :goggleeyes:
One question please. Why does your signalman require a ships wheel? ;)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1152 on: March 17, 2019, 04:11:30 PM »
Thanks Chris and Mick  ;)

I don't know much about signal boxes ..... or anything really  :-[ .... so thanks for that info Chris.

That bit of wood is in the way a bit, so I'm glad it could be taken off  :thumbsup:

As far as the ship's wheel .... that's what I thought it was, and it had strayed in from a model pirate ship. Perhaps I should have given the signalman a parrot rather than a dog  ;D

Apparently it is to operate the level crossing gates, so is a bit redundant 'till I get them put back  :)

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1153 on: March 17, 2019, 06:47:11 PM »
Brillant work Kevin.
An inspiration to us all.
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 #1154 on: March 17, 2019, 07:27:50 PM »
Brillant work Kevin.
An inspiration to us all.

Seconded on both counts!

The 'whatever they are' on the shelf are called block instruments.  These are important to make sure that two trains do not end up on the same bit of railway at the same time.  It's (normally) slightly different with signal boxes on single lines of railway, but that need not trouble us in 1:148 scale.

The shelf itself is often called a 'block shelf'.

You have a splendid example of the third most important thing in any signal box; a distinctly dodgy armchair!

Great stuff and I look forward to hearing about your next project.

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