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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #135 on: November 18, 2019, 09:36:36 AM »
Strewth!
I thought getting the numbers off the AL electrics running through Bletchley was bad enough but I stood no chance with my ageing eyesight this time! :thumbsup:

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #136 on: November 18, 2019, 10:12:06 AM »
Strewth!
.......I stood no chance with my ageing eyesight this time! :thumbsup:

 ;D Any slower and it gets stuck at the crossing. Hopefully it will improve with some more tweaking.
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #137 on: November 30, 2019, 09:24:12 PM »
I’m at the point now where the progress is not always noticeable so not much worthy of an update. I’ve taken a few pictures to show what I’ve been up to over the last week or so;

Wiring has started. I’m waiting on a Plug and socket for the controller but the power feed is in. In the end I decided it was much easier (and cheaper/more practical) to go with mains power. Everything will be fixed to the baseboard so that the body of the bread bin can always be removed. The picture here shows the power socket and the micro switch that will turn the lights on and also allow power to the track. A “master switch” if you like. The L bracket on the sliding lid in the background is what will activate the switch so it will only work when the lid is fully open.



I’ve also been working on a few small bits and pieces to populate the yard to add interest. I found a ratio tank kit ready built in the local model shop for a couple of quid so I picked it up and have bashed it a bit to make it smaller. The grey base in the background here is the original size which was much too big for the small yard;



They fit much better now in the little space that will be visible through the side of the main factory. Here you can see them along with some cable drums and barrels beside the shed. I don’t like the colour of the barrels but I like the idea.



I have a couple of ideas for little cameo scenes so that’s what I’ll be playing with over the next couple of weeks before fixing the buildings in place and finishing the wiring.

Thanks for looking. As ever, any thoughts or ideas are very welcome.  :NGF:
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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 #138 on: November 30, 2019, 10:09:23 PM »
Looking good.
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #139 on: January 08, 2020, 09:50:54 PM »
The delivery boy tentatively readies himself for this mornings cycle/push up the cobbled Gold Hill;




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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #140 on: January 08, 2020, 10:14:24 PM »
Safety first!


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« Reply #141 on: January 08, 2020, 10:33:12 PM »


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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #142 on: January 09, 2020, 07:33:22 AM »
Just found this thread?

Nice layout and a good idea too!

One, or maybe ones, to watch....  :confused1:
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #143 on: January 09, 2020, 08:47:10 AM »
Thanks Gizzy,

It stops and starts quite a bit so doesn't hang around on page one for long! I can't believe it started over a year ago... the first post was October 2018! I'm hoping to have this one "finished" by spring so I can get out in the garage and re-ignite the Clouds Hill layout.....

That's the plan but we all know that plans always change and very rarely come into fruition in the same guise that they were thought up!
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #144 on: January 12, 2020, 08:30:02 PM »
More detailing work going on this evening. Until recently I’ve avoided painting and always paid a bit extra for the “layout-ready” parts. I’m enjoying getting into the painting though. I’m hoping the hands steady with practice but so far I’m pleased with the outcome! The more I try the more I admire others’ fine detailing work, it gives me a perspective of just how good some of you guys are at this teeny tiny hobby!  :NGaugersRule:






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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 #145 on: January 12, 2020, 09:56:48 PM »
As a fan of smaller layouts (ours are about the same size  :D ) I've loved following this thread   :D :D :D

All the little details are my favourite part of putting a layout together, so I'm really enjoying your most recent threads.

Fantastic work  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

All best wishes

Kevin

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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #146 on: January 25, 2020, 11:49:32 AM »
I’m posting this in the hope that it will spur me on to get some more modelling time this weekend.

My brass plaques have arrived so I can finish the controller and the electrics.



The idea is that the box will double up as storage for the locos and rolling stock for when the layout is not in use.

And this morning I treated my self to a new delivery truck that I can fit into the scene somewhere.



The tacky wax was bought online. It’s a different consistency to what I was expecting so not sure how to actually use it yet. If anyone has any tips for how to apply it at minute scale then please do share.

Thanks for looking and fingers crossed for more updates over the weekend.
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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 #147 on: January 25, 2020, 12:39:03 PM »
If you want to stick people to the layout, just dip their feet into the wax suffiently to stick them down and then do just that.  The same robably applies to lots of other things too.
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #148 on: January 27, 2020, 09:05:18 AM »
From a personal perspective this is quite significant update. The wiring is very nearly complete and the buildings are fixed in their final position. This is after months of prep work and dithering in my own mind as to how and where etc...

The controller end is complete. Just the connection to be made at the other end...




(Since taking this image I've secured and mounted the PCB to tidy it up a bit)

The only wiring left to complete is connecting the 4 core cable from the controller to the board. Brown (permanent 12v), Blue (0v feed), Black/White (Track feed)... In truth I have only written this detail here for when the time comes that I realise I've lost the little scrap of paper with this written on!  :doh:
 






In these images I'm just holding down the switch that would be activated by the lid. I need to make the hole through the back for the power cable before I can power it inside the bin now that the cabling is permanent.

I have lots of bits and pieces ready to populate the yard with (plus vehicles and people);


The skips are something that I've 3D printed so a bit of an experiment for now. I'm not sure that they'll make it onto the layout yet.

I've left a spare way in the terminal strip for another power feed. With the lid in the open position you can see more of the road area above the track than I'd expected so I might choose to add a little cameo scene here at some point. Maybe just a couple of cars with headlights or as the road stops abruptly I might barrier it off and make a roadwork scene...


(just about visible in the dark corner of this image)

My plan is to only have the big items like the bike shelter fixed permanently. The larger itmes that support themselves can just be placed in position and I have Tackywax (Thank you for the tip Laurance) for the people and smaller parts that I might like to move around to make different scenes...

As ever, all thought and ideas are welcome. Thank you for looking.  :NGF:

« Last Edit: January 27, 2020, 02:05:20 PM by Pjlons83 »
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Re: "Gold Hill" - A micro-layout..... In a bread bin!
« Reply #149 on: February 01, 2020, 10:31:04 PM »
The wiring is officially complete!  :beers:



Lots more yard clutter added to the pile;



And the scaffolders have been in to make the road safe above the tunnel. Works starts soon when the plant arrives!;



A short running session has proved the controller to be a success! I’ll try and make a video once the board is back in the bread bin. I’ve got a couple of holes to drill for the controller cable and power lead and it’s a bit late for drilling now.



Thank you for following and for all the likes. It’s very much appreciated  :NGF:
Gold Hill - my rule 1, “just for fun” micro layout;

Clouds Hill - My first layout currently on hold;

 

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