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Author Topic: The Tora Bora Line  (Read 21425 times)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #390 on: April 01, 2020, 04:09:10 PM »
Impressive
 A well lit and ventilated room helps

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #391 on: April 01, 2020, 05:17:32 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
Looking good, excellent progress.  :thankyousign:
   Most certainly is  :thumbsup:
   stay safe regards Derek
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #392 on: April 01, 2020, 08:32:15 PM »
I may have said it before, but I don't like ballasting! :worried:
Anyway, 6 points and one crossing plus the remaining track all done and glued to dry overnight.

Tomorrow I will finish the point tie-bars and touch up a few places that haven't been covered so well.  I have a shed to build Friday and Saturday, but still looking to get this section up to the same basic standard as the rest of the layout by Sunday evening.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2020, 08:38:45 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #393 on: April 01, 2020, 08:34:51 PM »
Join the Club Pete.
I donít like ballasting either.
Itís looking good though.

Stay safe

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #394 on: April 02, 2020, 06:43:11 AM »
I donít like ballasting either.
It's funny, how some people do and some don't.  Myself, I quite enjoy tippling (if that's the right word) the ballast from a tea spoon, tamping it down with my finger and brushing up the shoulders.  When I use the word tippling I mean gently tapping the side of the handle with one finger, so that a small amount falls off the side of the spoon at a time.  It's quite theraputic.  Then spraying it with water and seeing it set rapidly is very satisfying.  Perhaps it's just me.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #395 on: April 02, 2020, 07:01:55 AM »
Yes, I hate ballasting, too. In fact my detestation is well documented on this forum.

However, those photos look great. You've done a really good job!  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #396 on: April 02, 2020, 07:17:51 AM »
Yup, also in the We Hate Ballasting Gang!

I find it tedious and frustrating ... and I'm only doing the 'shoulders' as I use Kato track. No two PVA / Water combos are ever the same, and even with a pipette I still get "globs" of ballast. Did I say I hate it?

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@Dizz Well done on your track! Very nice.  :D

Cheers  :beers:
« Last Edit: April 02, 2020, 07:19:24 AM by GreyWolf »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #397 on: April 02, 2020, 07:22:55 AM »
Looking good. Ballasting just small sections at a time works for me.

Will that be a train shed youíre building?  ;)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #398 on: April 02, 2020, 08:11:40 AM »
I donít like ballasting either.
It's funny, how some people do and some don't.  Myself, I quite enjoy tippling (if that's the right word) the ballast from a tea spoon, tamping it down with my finger and brushing up the shoulders.  When I use the word tippling I mean gently tapping the side of the handle with one finger, so that a small amount falls off the side of the spoon at a time.  It's quite theraputic.  Then spraying it with water and seeing it set rapidly is very satisfying.  Perhaps it's just me.
Maybe thatís the answer Laurence.
We all need to be tippling when ballasting.
Next time I do it, I shall have a small tot of single malt by my side  :D
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #399 on: April 02, 2020, 08:13:36 AM »
Aha!  So thatís the wetting agent most ballasting articles refer to :D

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #400 on: April 02, 2020, 10:44:28 AM »
Aha!  So thatís the wetting agent most ballasting articles refer to :D

No. My wetting agent is dealt with by wearing Tenamen :-[
(and it's certainly not at some of @dannyboy jokes)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #401 on: April 02, 2020, 10:23:54 PM »
So I'm not the only one then  ::)  The ballasting is now complete and glue drying (BTW, I like to use WS Sceneic cement; relatively expensive, but it works very well for me). 
Nothing to show on the layout  tonight, however my temptation by the really dark side arrived today.....

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #402 on: April 02, 2020, 11:25:17 PM »
So I'm not the only one then  ::)  The ballasting is now complete and glue drying (BTW, I like to use WS Sceneic cement; relatively expensive, but it works very well for me). 
Nothing to show on the layout  tonight, however my temptation by the really dark side arrived today.....


Looks impressive. What scale/gauge is that? CV has temporarily laid waste to my garden plans. B&Q is shut. :'(

May as well just keep going to work and fighting the good fight. >:D
« Last Edit: April 02, 2020, 11:26:32 PM by chrispearce »
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #403 on: April 05, 2020, 12:53:24 PM »
It is the new Dapol O gauge one and very nice it is too. Not quite sure where/how I am going to run it though ::)

The shed building over-ran into Saturday, but it is all done now (shed parts were delivered and moved to the field before the restrictions were introduced).  Probably wouldn't have been able to do too much more than I have achieved over the last few days anyway as the scenic cement needed to dry properly before I tackled the next chunk.  Last bit drying off now.
Should be able to airbush the rails and start on the lineside fencing this evening to get it to my intended "basic" level like the sea wall and Churston sections.
Here is what the Redruth corner looks like at the moment:



The engine house is a 3D printed version of my original laser cut ply and balsa one, which is all painted up (like the small compressor house) and can be slotted straight in...........................once I find it!   :worried:  :confused1:
« Last Edit: April 05, 2020, 12:58:27 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #404 on: April 07, 2020, 12:45:13 AM »
Airbrushing the rails was completed yesterday so today I made a start on the lineside fencing and tree manufacturing. 
Still can't find my original painted ply and balsa engine house and until I do (so it can be properly planted in place) there is no point in doing any more work to the scenery in that corner.
Experimented using the railcam this evening with mixed results.  I think the quality will improve if I can get better lighting onto the track (will also sortr out the shadows on the back scene too): something to try next.  Anyway, just a few shots to be going on with:
Coming out of Redruth tunnel:

Trago curves.
I have added a plate layers/linesman's hut.  The sloping ground to the left will be wooded in due course, just like the mainline running down the Glyn Valley behind Trago Mills at Liskeard:


Finally a shot in the opposite direction having come off the bridge running through the junction. 
2+8 HST in the up storage loop, the down loop can take a 2+7 HST. I started the Ratio signal box kit this afternoon and it should be finished by tomorrow evening.

 

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