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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japanese layout)  (Read 38445 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #165 on: December 19, 2018, 02:01:12 PM »
And more bits in place.





Basically waiting for the glue to dry, then to do some minor landscaping/gap filling with modelling clay, paint it (a blotchy green/brown sprinkled with a mixed medium/light scatter serves well as a basic scenic "undercoat"0, then smother it in shrubbery, which is also good for hiding remaining gaps and other sins.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #166 on: December 19, 2018, 03:06:08 PM »
A quick trip down memory lane to this time last year:



Definite signs of progress  :beers:



The blob of scenery in the first photo was my first ever (at least in this century) attempt at some scenery as a test, and it proved quite handy as a moveable "mockup" for a while but is now, after some surgery, an official part of the current scenery (in roughly the same position).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #167 on: December 19, 2018, 03:38:41 PM »
Q: What has two decks and a long pointy nose?

A: An E4 series Shinkansen, AFAIK still (when two 8-car units are coupled together) the highest-capacity passenger train (in terms of available seats) in the world. Though scheduled for retirement in 2019, because it will be almost 20 years old, which in Shinkansen years is about 100.



Though not entirely prototypical for the location, operational needs may require that it fits through the tunnel without the telltale "thock" of scenery contact.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #168 on: December 19, 2018, 08:07:00 PM »
Lovely stuff, like the 1 year retrospective, encouraged to do something similar :)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #169 on: December 21, 2018, 02:45:05 AM »
Almost there, still need to clear off excess modelling clay smears and tidy up a bit.





Up above it looks like this:



Ridiculous concentration of tunnel portals, but they're not really visible from normal viewing angles, and careful photographic composition will make them into individual scenes (as mentioned before, I see the layout as a collection of scenes which just happen to be linked by some loops of track).
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #170 on: December 21, 2018, 02:55:25 AM »
Top stuff Ian!  :beers:

Bealette is flying to Sapporo today, by the way, en route home on January 4.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #171 on: December 21, 2018, 06:36:20 AM »
Q: What has two decks and a long pointy nose?

A: An E4 series Shinkansen, AFAIK still (when two 8-car units are coupled together) the highest-capacity passenger train (in terms of available seats) in the world. Though scheduled for retirement in 2019, because it will be almost 20 years old, which in Shinkansen years is about 100.



Though not entirely prototypical for the location, operational needs may require that it fits through the tunnel without the telltale "thock" of scenery contact.

For comparison and an idea of the size, here's an E1 at the JR museum in Omiya; different (earlier) class (now all retired), same basic body shape, though nose is much less pointy.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #172 on: December 21, 2018, 01:53:05 PM »
First train to run under its own power through the cutting:



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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #173 on: December 21, 2018, 01:57:29 PM »
Very realistic. Thanks for the photos.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #174 on: December 22, 2018, 05:43:22 AM »
So, my thoughts move upwards a little to the station "throat" area, specifically the grey-painted section in front of the tunnel mouths:





This basically needs "ballasting-up", primarily by adding 3mm strips of styreen sheet between the tracks; these will be painted grey, then covered in ballast material and miscellaneous lineside scenic items. Lineside fencing and possibly a bit of shrubbery and/or signage will cover the abrupt gap between ground and backscene  It occurred to me I can fix the track in place here, which will make things easier. We shall see how it goes, as due to presence of Squidlet I won't have time before 9pm or so.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #175 on: December 22, 2018, 06:49:20 AM »
I'd love to know how you're posting photos because I can't upload anything into my galleries.

Apart from that, looking good!  :thumbsup:

Looking forward to the scenic treatment  :beers:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #176 on: December 22, 2018, 07:26:52 AM »
I'd love to know how you're posting photos because I can't upload anything into my galleries.

Embedded from Flickr  :thumbsup:
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #177 on: December 22, 2018, 07:53:49 AM »
Great photos Ian & good news about the first running service.  THe scenery around the tunnel mouths looks great, the backscene ties in really well.

I might need to look at the Flickr option soon as my gallery space is running out!  I have not had any problems using the NGF gallery though since the server move

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #178 on: December 22, 2018, 02:04:04 PM »
I've gone with Flickr because it's a useful place to store and manage photos for public display, and as I post on several rail-related forums it saves the hassle of remembering the vagaries of different forum software.



So, 3mm styrene sheet shaped and put in place temporarily (well most of it), while I consider the next steps. Fortuitously I found some bits from an earlier project which had already been cut to shape for some of the curves, which helped. Methinks I'll paint the unpainted bits grey, add the ballast and other bits in the comfort of my own workbench before sticking them in place. Once finished I don't imagine I'll need to do much more on that particular block, which is in the far corner and the most problematic to remove to work on.

And yes, the right-hand tunnel portal clearance is *very* tight, I might shave a bit off the tunnel mouth, but it's an unavoidable compromise. Though larger stock won't really need to use that route, which for added fun is an S-curve leading to a curved point cunningly hidden inside the tunnel, which has proved a lot less problematic than it sounds.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #179 on: December 22, 2018, 02:10:19 PM »
Hopefully no one leans out of the window as trains negotiate that tight tunnel mouth.
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