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 Posted: Sat Oct 2nd, 2010 03:07 pm
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The layout as I’ve said in my introduction was built as a competition entry that must not exceed four square feet. The actual baseboard measures 38 inches x 15 inches and the fiddle yard is 24 inches long and 10 inches wide. The whole thing when bolted together then sits on an ironing board.

I have a few pictures of when the layout was first started so I will begin with those.
The track plan is very simple and is supposed to be a terminus on a large farm estate railway. Being very loosely based on an actual estate railway, it is a might have been rather than an actually was if you know what I mean.

The track is code 100 with about a third of the sleepers removed and re-spaced to give a more rustic appearance. The points are Peco setrack which take up very little room, covered with ballast and ground cover look acceptable. Point control is by wire in tube.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 2nd, 2010 04:44 pm
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Neat layout, Peter. Now, is this 1:35n2 or 1:32n20? Or does it matter at all?

That's how I started out on my current (and last) layout, one section so I could run my little 0-4-2t. I have kind of let it get away from me!

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In the UK Woodie we just call it 1/32 scale, 3/8 of one inch to the foot. It is very uncommon, most modellers working in 4mm 009 or 7mm HO16.5.

I must admit that some of my rail trucks are actually 1/35 scale so I’m a bit flexible in that department.

A close up picture of my first rail truck which is an Italeri 1/35 kit that I have modified to ride on an Athearn SW7 switcher chassis. It is seen outside a greenhouse that was used to get the seed potatoes started sprouting prior to being planted in the spring. In England we call this chitting. On the estate the model is based on the green house was ¼ mile long with a two foot gauge track running through the centre.

In summer tomatoes were grown in the greenhouse.



I wanted some motive power that was a bit different from the norm, something that made a change from most narrow gauge layouts with their predominantly steam outline locos.
I had come across some pictures of a Bedford truck running on rails in New Zealand and this set me thinking. A trip to my local model shop saw me buying a 1/35 scale Italeri military kit of an Opel Blitz truck. I took it home and studied the parts. A germ of an idea was forming in my mind, could I get the truck body to fit over an Athearn switcher chassis?
A swift check with a set of dividers suggested I could with some modifications. Consisting mainly of removing parts of the internal parts of the lorry to allow for the centrally mounted motor, fly wheels, drive shafts and gear towers to fit inside.
I started with the Opel chassis and removed all the cross members, it fitted snugly against the Athearn centrally mounted motor. It was then a case of making a sub frame of plasticard to locate the two parts together. I cut an area of the load carrying body away to allow the motor, fly wheel, drive shaft and gear tower to protrude into the truck. This was covered by a box made of plasticard so it couldn’t be seen.
To get the rest of the truck body to fit meant removing part of the cab floor, the seats part of the back of the cab and the bulkhead between the engine and cab.
The whole thing is held together by self tapping screws that go through the truck chassis and push against the sides of the motor. All a bit crude I know, but it works.





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Very cool Peter...I love the background of your line, a "cottage industry" for sure. I sort of hang with the 1:35 scale since 16.5MM gauge represents 24" gauge quite well. If you have a chance, check out my little line, the Mogollon Railway, shown elsewhere in this site. No internal combustion (yet!) on the line but it does run a "westernized" Garratt.

Send more photos, I really like what you've done.

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I must say your Mogollon Railway is very impressive Woodie and a tad bigger than mine judging by the sepia map.

The whole model looks very realistic from the track work to the old trucks and cars. The steam locomotives all look good but my favourite is the Garrat no 4, beautifully painted and weathered.

I’m ashamed to say that I only have one steam loco being an unashamed internal combustion engine fan. That’s what makes this a great hobby we all have different interests.



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Here is a view taken in the early stages looking towards the fiddle yard hidden by an over bridge.

A start has been made on the structures, with from left to right a loading dock, greenhouse, and tractor and implement repair work shop/ barn and the foreman’s hut.

The track is lightly pinned then glued when the ballast is put on.

The two aerial views give some idea of how small it is being just 38 inches long.





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I wanted something to disguise the back corner and small bridge over the track that hides the fiddle yard. I thought a tree would do the job looking natural and not contrived.

The tree is actually made from thin telephone wire. We had a new timing system put in at work ( a motor racing circuit ) and there was loads of this wire going spare.
I twisted the wire round itself to make a tree shape adding extra bits for branches. The whole thing was shall we say less than rigid. So I wrapped kitchen towel round the trunk and branches then soaked it in neat PVA. After a few days it had dried out and I then coated it with a thin layer of Milliput modelling putty. When this was drying I scribed it to look a bit more like bark. When this had hardened off I painted the trunk and branches a greenish grey colour with acrylics. Then I washed several coats of a very dark grey with a little black India ink added to it over the whole thing until I thought it looked right. Then I dry brushed it with light grey and glued on a whole pack of Woodland Scenics foliage.

This shows the tree in the early stages of construction

The tractor is an MF 135 an early Britains die cast model.



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This shows the tree with the trunk and main branches in a more finished state.The tree is glued to the base board with white PVA glue.

The tractor on the bridge this time is a Fordson 27N, a white metal kit.

The small diesel, an HO scale 0-4-0 Hornby model is in the throes of being modified to suit the bigger scale.



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The same scene as in the above post but from a different angle.

The cab on the diesel only just clears the underside of the bridge.

The figures and drums are 1/35 scale Tamiya military items.

Rudimentary ground cover has been applied.



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I have now added a few more branches made of wire and used a whole pack of Woodland Scenics material.

The large asbestos barn of a type common in the 40’s and 50’s were the tractors and implements were to be serviced and stored. I made it from a child’s toy barn made by Britain’s. It came in a dark green and reddish orange coloured loose parts and was supposed to be held together with the small self tapping screws provided. I cut the whole thing up into sections and glued them together MEK to form the shape and size I wanted.
In fact there was enough material left over to make the rudimentary engine house as well.
When they were assembled they were both sprayed with an acrylic grey undercoat as a base coat. The engine house was painted in a humbrol light green. The interiors of both structures were painted matt black.
The supports of the barn were hollow so I filled these with household DIY filler to make them look solid. I took some photographs of similar barns to match the colours more accurately.
The bridge abutments are plywood covered with DIY filler and scribed to look like stones. They were painted with water colour paints.



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