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 Posted: Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 02:05 am
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Hi Daniel :wave:


I really liked them actually ! :thumb:

I was a bit sad to see them go. :f:


They reminded me of Hollywoods 'Enemy Of The State' ...

... or 'Ice Station Zebra'.;)


I think we should have more experimental photography on Freerails. :)



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Here's my favorite photo of a Fender 'Jazzmaster' ... Might be a good poster for your music shop ! :shocked:


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Progress on the merchantile building :D

















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Well, Mansfield Show is over for another year,
and Piedmont Blues worked out much better than I had anticipated. :)

The to do list has expanded, as is to be expected after the true test of a two day show,
but overall the layout performed fantastically.

During the show, further work was done on the layout, as was always the plan.
I worked on the scenery whilst Ford ran trains,
and then Ford worked on fine tuning the arduino controlled servos and lighting of buildings whilst I ran trains.

I can't claim to understand how it all works,
but Ford used an arduino control board to work both the lights and the servos for the points.

Connected to it was an infra-red sensor, which allowed us to use a TV remote to switch the points,
allowing for both switching of the points individually,
and route setting - throwing multiple points with one button push to line up set routes for the locomotives to take.

For the Bingham show on 14th and 15th of April, we're hoping to have the point frogs wired up to polarity changing switches,
so that when the button are pressed to change the routes, it also throws a SPDT switch to change the polarity of the frogs.

This would have been a massive benefit at Mansfield.
As it stood, the frogs were dead at the show, which prevented us from using the Atlas Plymouth,
and caused the slightly shorter wheelbase GP35 to stall when going one specific route,
as it ended up with a truck each on two of the dead frogs at once, meaning it stalled out.

The RS3, having a slightly longer wheelbase, didn't have this issue.

There wasn't much in terms of things to buy on the trade stands for the layout,
US O scale isn't exactly all the rage here.
That said, I did managed to get a 3-rail K-Line flat car, which will need converting over to 2 rail,
as well as a Lionel/Corgi Greyhound bus, which you can see in some of the photographs below.

So here we are. Roll on Bingham show in April! :D









































































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Over the last couple of evenings I've started working on weathering the CoG boxcar, using prototype photographs as a guide.

Link to prototype photo: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2448500

Next, the progress so far on replicating it.
At this stage it's had a base rust colours applied with acrylic paint,
then the rust built up with oil paint, and then weathering chalks added to the still wet oil paint.





The next steps for this car is to seal the work so far with dulcote once the oil paint has dried,
then hit the whole car with a wash of isopropyl alcohol and india ink to dull down the shine on the car sides.




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Whilst bored at work, I've let my mind wander,
and taken the rough shape of the "layout room" in the house I've just put an offer in on - 19'9" x 8'9",
and had a bit of a play in SCARM.
A "what might be" flight of fancy, if you will.

Now I've been forced to use the templates for the O scale track already in SCARM,
so the dimensions are going to be off,
but with handbuilt track I should be able to get it all in a bit better, give or take.

So here's the daydream imagining of what PB could look like in that space.

Whether that happens or not (spoiler alert - probably NOT!),
it was a fun little exercise that killed a boring lunch break for me. :D

Streetrunning. Streetrunning everywhere!








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 Hi Dan :wave:



It looks like an AWESOME trackplan ! :!::!::!::!::!:



STREETRUNNING ! :)



Are you going to work on it a bit more & try some other options as well ?

It looks like a really interesting idea already !



Can we have a new Thread in the 'Track Planning' Forum about it ?  :bg: :thumb:



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Si, I'll sort that as soon as I have 10 minutes :D

Progress last night and today has been a bit scattergun in it's focus, so rather than explain it all I'll show photos. :)

Further weathering on the CoG Boxcar:





Coupler repair and weathering on a BevBel New Haven PS2 hopper:





Painting and weathering on a scratchbuilt corrugated metal lean-to shack:














Interior added to the Hoosier Mama building's loading dock:





I've also added bricked up windows and capping stones to the same building,
then I've cut out one of the boarded up windows on the Habbaker's building,
and I've been working on finished the garage with the wooden tower added to the top.
I'll get photos of that later, when it' done. :)




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Work over the last couple of days has been on the 3 story brick/wooden tower building. Here's the latest progress:
















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Today I've been working on the scenery on the centre board.
I'd say it's about 75% complete for now.
Once the scenery is done, I'll get started on the structures.


The caboose in the photos is a Lionel 3 Rail model which I am in the process of converting to 2 rail.
So far I've done the trucks, next I need to do the couplers and the underframe detail.
After that it'll need to add a rooftop solar panel and battery box,
then the correct paint scheme to represent a "Local" assigned cab.
















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Weekend update time, I guess. :)

Mostly I've been working on scenery for the centre board,
however I've also done a bit of structure and rolling stock work.

First up, I've turned this K-Line 3 Rail boom car...





...Into this 2 rail flat car:





It still needs a brake wheel, then the lettering painting out and replacing with something more fitting - probably CB&Q :)


Next, the loading dock at the back of the layout.
I've been working on a building to go here,
but decided instead to put a loading dock here and then potentially add the building in as a flat building
by fixing it to a sheet of plywood which would bolt into the side of the benchwork once the layout is set up at shows.
Mainly because space is a premium in my car, and I'm not sure I could fit the originally planned building in the car!





Finally, we needed a way to hide the servos used to power the turnout throw bars.
I made a ballast bin out of scrap wood and styrene, and a stack of ties from strips of suitable sized balsa wood.





Close ups of the ballast bin. Stanley Knife (box cutter to Americans :) ) for scale.








The hinges, latch and padlock all need painting still.

Hopefully I can get the fencing for the lumber yard finished today.




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