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Author Topic: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's  (Read 945 times)

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2020, 06:47:26 PM »
Box looks fantastic now you've toned her down a bit Ted!!!!  :claphappy:  :wonderfulmodelling:

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2020, 07:00:36 PM »
Thats a cracking model Ted  :thumbsup:

At BT we called your 'cable rack' cable bearers, would imagine the same term probably used on the railway.

Cheers Derek
Cheers Derek

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2020, 07:38:51 PM »
Thanks chaps  :beers:

As an aside for anyone reading, I've been testing weathering a roof with a Peco shed. It's not going on my layout, I use it to test.

The left side looks far more realistic (right side if pre-varnish step), to get the effect:

  • Flat grey acrylic, nice and simple
  • Very mild/light streaks with acrylic thinned
  • Brushed on matt cote varnish with 1 part white enamel - just slap it on!
  • MIG dark weathering was then applied around the edges and dragged down with thinner
  • Finally a grey and brown mix was sprayed over edges and lightly across areas of the roof, this blends the manual brush work

In the daylight at viewing distance, it looks very convincing. I'll certainly be using this method in the future.


« Last Edit: May 03, 2020, 07:46:28 PM by Ted »

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2020, 07:42:17 PM »
Ted. Just needs appropriate depot signage and compliments on the weathering

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2020, 04:07:45 PM »
Today, woodwork in the sun.

I'm an amateur so this is definitely woodwork and not carpentry!

9mm hardwood ply from timber merchants, not the god awful B&Q rubbish (all their wood is warped).

Tomorrow, start cutting out the track runs and then hopefully, jigsaw the risers down to size/contour of the landscape.






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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2020, 07:52:27 PM »
Hi Ted,

The frames look really good to me - I think you’ve done a great job  :thumbsup:

Cheers Derek
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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2020, 10:40:18 PM »
Looking good, I will be following closely the construction of this layout, keep the posts and questions coming

Stay Safe and keep Well

Mike H  8)

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2020, 08:39:07 PM »
I'm beginning to really appreciate the open-frame design.

It gives you so much room to manoeuvre, wiring and point work will be a doddle with this much space - as will scenery.



Obviously I need to cut the risers down for the none track bits to suit the scenery elevations and contours.

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2020, 05:21:22 PM »
Some progress today, just making sure the track and wiring actually works.

Best way to do that is to thrash the 37. :D



In addition, I have an ESU Mobile Controller II to replace the NCE Powercab.

Also, I'm going to 'gamify' my layout with automation i.e. I can run a train, loco or shunt, whilst everything goes on around me.

iTrain 5 Plus purchased from James at DCCTrainAutomation - a very helpful guy, as is Iain (WIMorrison) on RMWeb!

Just waiting on the arrival of my Digikeijs DR5000-ADJ, DR5033-ADJ DCC Booster and Digikeijs DR5088RC feedback detector with RailCom.

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2020, 05:25:37 PM »
Ps: anyone thinking of doing open-frame over a flat board, just do it!

Makes fixing and wiring so much easier, and it's a pleasure to work on.

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2020, 05:31:34 PM »
Ps: anyone thinking of doing open-frame over a flat board, just do it!

Makes fixing and wiring so much easier, and it's a pleasure to work on.

Ted,

Couldn’t agree more, even better if you have a multi board layout, you can take a section out and tip it on its side to work on

Stay safe

Mike H 8)

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #41 on: May 23, 2020, 05:49:18 PM »
Ps: anyone thinking of doing open-frame over a flat board, just do it!

Makes fixing and wiring so much easier, and it's a pleasure to work on.

Ted,

Couldn’t agree more, even better if you have a multi board layout, you can take a section out and tip it on its side to work on

Stay safe

Mike H 8)

Indeed, this is the first board of two (to start). Like you say, I can flip it over easily, I can also detach the entire track piece of needs be and leave the frame in situ. Easy!

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2020, 05:51:44 PM »
Looking like a wise choice ted

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #43 on: May 23, 2020, 10:38:16 PM »
I still have an itch to scratch with helices, so I shall watch with interest! I'd love them to work with my plans, but I just don't think I'd get away with the train lengths.

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Re: Midlands Coal & Freight, Late 1980's
« Reply #44 on: Yesterday at 10:29:16 AM »
Some people say I overthink things... they might just be right.  :-[

I want to get the scale right compared to the real location. I'm using the original plan (drawings) but wanted to confirm with a photo, the best I have at an appropriate angle.



It looks to me like the Peco 6ft Way Gauge is 'a bit off' for my purposes. It's 18mm from rail edge to rail edge. I can use it for the sidings as it's within a few mm, which is fine at this scale.

However, the main up/down I need to make my own!  :)

 

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