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Author Topic: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!  (Read 3225 times)

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #60 on: December 01, 2018, 03:11:42 PM »
Hi Paul,

Coming along really well  :D :thumbsup: :D

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #61 on: December 26, 2018, 10:20:49 PM »
Seasons greetings.

Itís been a hectic few weeks but Iíve managed a few hours here and there in the evenings. Most of this time has been spent building the metcalfe retaining wall and tunnel. Iíve had to heavily modify the structure of the tunnel to get it all to fit so thereís been much measuring, tinkering and head-scratching  :goggleeyes:

Iím not able to upload photos at the minute so Iíll try and do so once the update is complete. Iíd like to give the train a run to check clearances before I fix anything in position so I may even do a little video.

Next job is to weather the metcalfe buildings and structures so as ever; any tips welcome! Iíll be doing much YouTubing to see which method I fancy trying. Iím a little nervous to be honest so Iíll be trying methods out before committing. I really like the way metcalfe fill space on the cards with spare red brick sheet; this gives me extra material to play with.

Iím looking forward to the ballasting as itís something new for me but Iím resisting it until the buildings are in their final positions. Thanks for looking and hopefully Iíll share some photos or video soon.

Thanks
Paul
« Last Edit: December 26, 2018, 10:22:22 PM by Pjlons83 »
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Clouds Hill - My first layout currently on hold;

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2018, 09:56:51 PM »
As promised; after a few evenings of scenic work and kit-bashing I got everything in place and ďplayed trainsĒ. Iím still struggling to upload images so I took a video (On my Iphone only Iím afraid so sorry about the quality) to show what Iíve been up to.

The track joint near the level crossing needs a little ďadjustmentĒ but apart from that the clearances are fine and Iím happy with the overall look. The bridge and retaining wall is weathered so itís the buildings to do next now that Iíve added the decals. I also need to add an inner wall to the tunnel to tidy that corner up a bit. Once the dodgy join is sorted (you can see the train bounce a little at the crossing) Iíll do the ballasting and then start to fix things down and add more detail.

Hopefully the video uploads ok;



Thanks for looking!
Paul
Gold Hill - my rule 1, ďjust for funĒ micro layout;

Clouds Hill - My first layout currently on hold;

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #63 on: December 29, 2018, 10:35:43 PM »
Amazing what you can find in a bread bin!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #64 on: December 29, 2018, 10:46:53 PM »
Excellent!  Great idea.  :)

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #65 on: December 29, 2018, 10:56:16 PM »
Very cool. I guess you'll have to keep your bread in the fridge now, then.  ;)

Just out of curiosity, what's the little loco?
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #66 on: December 29, 2018, 11:14:11 PM »
Thankyou all for the likes and nice comments.

Just out of curiosity, what's the little loco?

Hi Bealman. The loco is an Arnold OBB kof shunter. I asked the forum for suggestions when I was at the planning stage as I was concerned about the tight radius. Sorry to whoever it was for forgetting who suggested it but itís been great!
Gold Hill - my rule 1, ďjust for funĒ micro layout;

Clouds Hill - My first layout currently on hold;


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« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2019, 09:00:12 AM »
Hi all,

After a few weeks off of layout I had a few hours on it yesterday. The back wall is fixed into position and I did the job that Iíve been avoiding..... ballasting! Itís my first time ballasting so Iíve watched countless YouTube videos and read a thousand different methods. I went to bed last night thinking ďI hope it looks better in the morning when itís dry!!!Ē And thankfully I think it looks good.

Next job is th get the yard area layed with some gravel and then attach the buildings and start working on the power circuits.

I need to go away and read about uploading images again. My old method that Iíve done with all the others doesnít work since the upgrade. Hopefully I can share the image with you later.

Thanks for looking
Paul

Gold Hill - my rule 1, ďjust for funĒ micro layout;

Clouds Hill - My first layout currently on hold;

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #69 on: January 28, 2019, 09:11:56 AM »
@Pjlons83  Hi Paul, I wondered where the bread bin had gone! Regarding loading pictures, there have been a couple of posts about this. If I remember correctly, (will check later), one of the posts was from Mick @Newportnobby and it says "open your picture with 'Paint' then click on 'resize' on the top menu and select the 'pixels' option. I altered the top value to 2500 and the lower one defaulted to 1875.". (I copied the instructions into Word and stuck them on my desktop). If I am wrong, my apologies to those concerned. I have followed these instructions and it seems to work okay.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #70 on: January 28, 2019, 09:47:59 AM »
Thanks Dannyboy Iíll have a look. I liked the ease of doing directly from my phone. Iím not sure how much uploading Iíll do if I need to edit every picture first.  :(

Iíll have a read up and see how best to tackle it.

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« Reply #71 on: January 28, 2019, 10:10:19 AM »
Fingers crossed for a pic below;



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Clouds Hill - My first layout currently on hold;

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #72 on: January 28, 2019, 02:34:05 PM »
Getting there
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« Reply #73 on: January 29, 2019, 08:45:08 AM »
Added a couple of yard lights on the retaining wall and laid the yard's gravelled area. It all looks a bit fresh and clean so I'll add some weeds and maybe a couple of climbers up the retaining wall. I may even weather the gravel a little to make it look a bit more grubby.



I'm still not 100% decided on exactly where to put the controls and what to do with the front corners so I'm happy to hear any thoughts or ideas. I feel it needs a bit of greenery in one corner maybe? But I'm also conscious of that looking a bit random. Once I've added some weeds around the wall and gravel; plus some plant pots in front of the reception building it may be enough.

Its really coming to life now i think!
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #74 on: January 29, 2019, 08:51:25 AM »
Regarding the greenery, I would say that in a layout of this size, with your plans, less is more. By that I mean rather than have an expanse of green, the odd clump of grass and/or weeds would be enough, maybe an odd tree. Not sure about the location of the controls  ???.
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