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Author Topic: The Tora Bora Line  (Read 23669 times)

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« Reply #405 on: April 09, 2020, 02:38:45 PM »
Whilst digging out the plastic storage box that contains my static grass "stuff" I found the missing engine house lurking under the dust sheet :claphappy: :claphappy:
Even though Redruth tunnel will mark the exit of the line from behind Brixham station back boards, I still wanted to fill the space above the portal with a bit of scenic work.  I knocked up a template and laser cut scrap 1/4" balsa to laminate. This slope was glued to the lift-out tunnel mouth to get scatter and bushes (compare to the photo two posts above):

Last year when I was trying to apply static grass to the fuel depot boards I found my standard size applicator couldn't get into the corners next to the back boards very well.  Anyway, last summer this WWS applicator came out, so I bought one in anticipation. 

The small patch of grass above the tunnel gave me an opportunity to give it a run out.  What can I say? Does exactly what is says on the tin: it works very well and is very handy/easy to use with precision on small areas. :thumbsup:


Marshall's shaft now has it's proper Engine hose in place.  Not quite level/upright in this photo, but I corrected it when I glued the buildings down.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #406 on: April 09, 2020, 03:08:37 PM »
Thanks for that tip re the precision applicator Pete.
I have the standard sized applicator and, like you, struggle in small  Or tight areas.
I was reluctant togo for the precision applicator but as it has worked for you, I think Iíll invest.

Redruth tunnel is looking good.

Martin
Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #407 on: April 09, 2020, 03:32:04 PM »
As I couldn't finish off Redruth I turned my attention to the other end of Cornwall.
I had a Ratio GWR signal box loafing, so have made that over the last couple of days to take charge of Trago Junctionas trains come off the bridge from Devon.
I have been experimenting with different cameras to try and get better/different photos of the lay out.  These and the ones in the previous post were taken on a Panasonic Lumix FS10 12Mpixel compact camera.  It seems to handle the difficult lighting conditions in the man cave better than the phone. As always though, N gauge subjects never stand up to close zoom shots, but you get the idea.......


I used Humbrol Clearfix for the glazing as I think it does a better job than the acetate sheet provided in the kit. I detailed the interior even though it won't normally be seen:


Back to tree manufacturing this evening, a job I like nearly as much as ballasting  :worried:
However, for a treat I intend having a running session tomorrow :D

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #408 on: April 09, 2020, 03:33:19 PM »
@port perran I purchased the peco equivalent just after Christmas martin from my local model shop, he offered me a good deal and I'm glad I took him up on it, definitely worth getting, especially for touching up little bits 

Sorry for crashing the thread Pete, your tunnel top looks fantastic Sir   :claphappy:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #409 on: April 09, 2020, 03:42:11 PM »
Sorry for crashing the thread Pete, your tunnel top looks fantastic Sir   :claphappy:
No problem and thank you :)  :thumbsup:

I believe the Peco and WWS applicators (full size, small and precision) are actually the same bits of hardware, just with a different badge.
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« Reply #410 on: April 09, 2020, 03:48:31 PM »
Indeed, apparently WWS build and manufacture EVERYTHING static grass related for Peco

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #411 on: April 09, 2020, 04:07:08 PM »
Thanks for that tip re the precision applicator Pete.
I have the standard sized applicator and, like you, struggle in small  Or tight areas.
I was reluctant togo for the precision applicator but as it has worked for you, I think Iíll invest.

Redruth tunnel is looking good.

Martin
I've also got one and it's ideal for small, hard to get at, areas.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #412 on: April 12, 2020, 04:18:02 PM »
Got the power on the layout on Friday for the first time in quite a while.  Not surprisingly the track was filthy and took hours to get back up to scratch.  Not helped by the long main lines hidden behind the back boards and the enclosed bridge decking


Track rubber followed by a good hoovering and then several runs with the track cleaning wagon got things running reliably all the way around the shed again.

There were a couple points at the Redruth end that needed some remedial attention to remove unwanted ballast particles and a soldered rail joiner that needed filing down to give consistent running.  Am now doing lots of running with different stock to build up confidence...................that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! ;) ;) ;) ;)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #413 on: April 12, 2020, 04:25:30 PM »
D1038 Western Sovereign and 11 Hawksworth coaches on the Sunday lunch time Penzance to Paddingon express.....

Powering out of Redruth:

Sexy Cornish curves:

Stepping foot in Devon:

Along the sea wall at Teignmouth and into Parsons Tunnel:

And a few hundred yards later leaving Kennaway just before Dawlish station:


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Western Sovereign
« Reply #414 on: April 12, 2020, 04:28:00 PM »
And if you dable with You Tube......




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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #415 on: April 12, 2020, 04:39:37 PM »
Very nice. Iím turning more Western Region every day :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #416 on: April 12, 2020, 07:17:47 PM »
You canít beat a green Western at the head of maroon stock.
Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #417 on: April 12, 2020, 07:19:29 PM »
Great video Dizz, love watching the trains running, wish mine were  :(

Cheers Derek
Cheers Derek

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #418 on: April 12, 2020, 07:37:00 PM »
The layout is looking good, that grass applicator works a treat,I might have to treat myself to one of those.
Lil Chris
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my old layout was East Lancashire Lines.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #419 on: April 12, 2020, 07:40:12 PM »
I'm impressed with the side on and overhead photography views capturing the Western and the local scenery

 

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