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 Posted: Sat Mar 26th, 2022 07:34 am
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Daniel Cooper
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Hello all.

I've just joined,
and hope to add a little to this wonderful Forum.

I returned to the hobby,
after many years modelling other subjects.

I hope to build a small switching layout in G-scale.

I have made a bit of a start using what I had to hand,
and without too much experience.


'Tumbledowne' is meant to be a relaxing large scale
working diorama and shunting time waster.

A place where I can have fun,
not take things too seriously and enjoy modelling.

Set in the period just before WWI
in some undetermined spot in the USA.

The idea is to just build something reasonably quickly
and cheaply but have an overall nice looking finish.


The plan so far is...





I have roughed in the baseboards and have the track down
so as to run trains and see if I like the layout.

Which so far I do.










I have been slowly building up some rolling stock,
3D-printed up some link and pin couplers.

And bashed up a very small manual turntable.















I've been bashing in an interior for a Bachmann coach,
and hope to have a caboose on roster soon.

Till then I'll keep bashing away,
and running trains with a big smile on my face.

Thank you all for looking in.
I hope you like.

Dan


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 Posted: Sat Mar 26th, 2022 01:13 pm
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Hello Dan

Welcome to Freerails.


You have a great start on the layout.

Keep up the good work.

Don


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 Posted: Sat Mar 26th, 2022 02:27 pm
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Welcome, Dan

Love the name you have chosen for the layout.

The turntable,
with all those bolts and fasteners, is first rate.

Your track layout looks to have all the necessary elements,
for a nice bit of switching fun.

If you have a little more room on the right hand side,
you could add a loco shed off the turntable.

Larry Gant


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Hey Dan, welcome !

Love the little layout.

I wish I had a shelf area,
to do this with my G-scale loco.

Very inspirational.

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Don

Thank you for the warm welcome and encouraging comments.
I hope to add more soon.

So many things/ideas I want to try.
On todays list are 'No Clearance' signage on the turntable uprights.

SWMBO pointed out I didn't need any workers getting squished.
She's super good at occupational heath and safety.

:2t:


Larry

I am honoured Sir.
Super stoked you like my little efforts.

The layout name, like much of what I do is a bit twee,
but hopefully sets the mood.  I want to have fun.

I have had a lot of said fun building the turntable,

Much still to add to it,
signage and a brick pit wall for starters.

But it works and adds a lot to my 'play'.

Turning the engine to have trains leave town adds a bit of fun,
it allows me to turn my coach,
so passengers leave town facing the right way.

It was a great exercise in Fusion 360 and 3D-printing too.


The right side is slated for the back of the local Railway Hotel,
cough, bordello.

Placed at an angle to try and help with
the 'end of the world' layout edge problem.


I have thought of adding an open tin shed
backed onto another background flat
(Railway maintenance building ?)
on the left side of the turntable.

Not prototypical I know, but a spot to store the loco
out of the weather but not hide it from view.


So many ideas and projects.
(Funny that's the reason I started this whole caper)

Thanks again for your interesting and encouraging comments.


Mikel

Thanks !

I'm happy you like what I've done so far.
I hope to keep your interest.

G-scale sure does chew up the available space.
Though I think a six foot shelf could do in a pinch.

Everything is so big !
and where you can dodge or fake details in smaller scales,
everything is on show at this size.

I hope I can tempt you to start something,
because honestly I'm having a blast.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by for a look.
I hope you have fun.


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On its way ^^ to the Roadrunner in Arizona, no doubt !  ;)


Those squirrels you have working for you,  :shocked:

do a GREAT job on lettering & weathering !!


Hi Dan  :wave:


I really like the layout & plan.  :thumb:

I hope it's operating as you like to ?

I used to build 1:24n3,  :old dude:

& always fancied a small indoor G-scale layout.


I think Porters & 4-axle cars,  L:

are a bit more practical, than Shays & trucked cars.


Love that turntable !

Just right for dat lil' locy.  :cool:


I am looking forward to seeing how it all goes.  :)

What's next on the bench ?


:java::moose::dt:


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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 08:16 am
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Thanks Si. !

I do love a little joke now and again.
It's all about the fun.


I have since added some 3D-printed stake pockets to the flatcar.
Need to add some lettering too.





Overall the layout got a bit of paint.

Both on the ground,
and a start was made on a small backdrop.

 



The turntable got some signage,
and a start was made on a brick walkway.
(I ran out of bricks !  200 so far)





The rolling stock roster got some additions,
with a pair of nifty Bachmann side dump cars,
which are just great and actually work.

They have metal frames and wheels,
and run very well out of the box.





On the 3D-printing side, I started to design a tank,
to add to a second little flat car I'm working on.
(Still a WIP)





But all up a great week,
and so much other stuff to do/think about.

Need to get some kind of tethered throttle/controller,
find a spot where all my stock can sit while I work on the layout,
and fix up some kind of drape to cover up the benchwork.

Thanks for looking in.

Dan


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What you have done
with the bricks so far, looks great.

Are the bricks 1/2" scale doll house products,
or something else ?

Larry Gant


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The brickwork is a lot of fun, but very repetitive.
I do a little bit, then wonder off and do something else.

Once sealed with varnish and an application of some spacial grouting,
some weathering and some weeds, it should look okay.

I used pre-mixed coloured plaster 1:24 scale bricks from Juweels,
that I bought from BNA Model World.com Link to bricks

I have made my own bricks in 1:48 in the past, but honestly,
for the money, they are a lot easier to just buy them.

You do use a surprising number of them,
for any project of a decent size.

IHTH.

Dan


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I just could not wait.
I added a tethered DC throttle to the layout.

Man !  What an improvement !

So much more fun
to be able to control the engine on the move
without having to run back to the controller after every move.

I think the loco runs a bit smoother too.


I do wish that the throttle box had a hook or a loop
so as to be able to hang it from the facia when not in use
but I'm sure I'll come up with something.


I also added a cabinet
to house all the wiring and whatnot out of the way.

I mounted an old wooden box that some booze came in
and which I have been meaning to chuck out for ages.
(Never throw out anything) and painted it up for fun.

:glad:

I still need to clean up, shorten some wires,
label said wires and do some cable management.

But running trains just got a whole lot more fun.










Thanks for looking in.

Dan


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