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Update Pictures and New Purchase

Well I did promise some pictures so here they are. I’ve now demolished the original town scene. It was constructed using 6mm WBP ply for the base with Metcalfe tarmac road sheets, paving sheets and shops & houses. The problem to my eye was it just looked like too much printed card. I have saved the buildings and may use some of them or just rebuild them from scratch using balsa, plasti-card and Das air dry clay. For the revised version, I kept the same layout but the town board and formers for the three roads down to the main board level were constructed from foam board. Using paving tape, I marked out the roads (although cut strips of foam board or similar would work just as well and been cheaper). Modelling plaster was then mixed up with some grey acrylic paint added into the mixture. This was then pour onto the roadways and spread about using a wide spatula which bridged across the paving tape to give a uniform height.Town Layout

Town Layout

After drying overnight I noticed a few imperfections. These were sanded down and another skim added over any pits or depressions. Finally it was given a coat of dark grey which I will be sanding down again to enable any further unevenness to be quickly spotted and dealt with before being given a blow over with a suitable grey colour from the airbrush.

Laying the Roads

Laying the Roads

Then I shall be building up the areas where the buildings will be going and adding the pavement and kerb stones. I also fancy scribing in some drains and manhole covers and painting them black.

So today I popped out to Buffers to get some more plastic paving sheets but ending up succumbing to this little set which has been catching my eye in the second hand section for the last couple of months. A Graham Farish SR EMU. I’ve got to fit a couple of 6 pin chips and fancy trying a sound chip install to complement the interior lighting. It may not be exactly what I was going to run on this board but I’ll just call in an investment for when the main town terminus board is built. All good fun.

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in DCC Layout, Purchases

 

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I’m Back

Hello All – I’m back.  :D

Sorry for not posting anything for 6 months+. A lot has happened this year but I’m glad to say that the layout is now part of that.

Back in January we decided to put our house on the market. This meant that the layout and all associated paraphernalia was relegated to the shed as part of a major redecorating and de-cluttering exercise. But it was worth it as we sold our place really quickly and by the end of March we had relocated to East Devon. The next month or two was spent getting settled in, buying furniture and enjoying fishing on the beach.

Apart from the slower pace of life here, there is another advantage – being slap bang between Pecorama and Buffers (where I am something of a regular now). I think there is a saying that a railway modeller and his/her money are soon parted and this is true for me as I have now gone to the dark side in purchasing a Gaugemaster DCC01 setup. It was very easy to set up, just put power to all track sections. I only had one DCC loco though, the Peco Collet so I went out and purchased a SR Q1 and GW Hall. I also had 3 of my smaller locos chipped. They all run fantastically. My 86 year old father was so impressed, he bought a DCC unit when he came to stay with us.

The layout has had made progress but its a case of two steps forward and one back as I keep redoing areas that I am not happy with. I’ve built up the upper ‘town’ section and the three roads down from it, built the tunnels and completed some other terraforming jobs. I’m currently laying the roads using a quick setting plaster which is great to use. I’ve also been test wiring up point motors and signals to a dedicated PSU and CDU but am not yet completely confident enough to hard wire them into the board yet.

I’ll take some pictures and post up again, hopefully later on today or tomorrow. I also need to get busy with the camera as I have a load of N gauge locos to sell. Busy, busy.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in DCC Layout

 

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