A Line on the Water

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Postby dieselwater » Wed May 20, 2009 8:00 am

Thanks Andi :D

Here's the front of the blue shack. I've added some driftwood, making a pathway upto it.

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Little old lines to somewhere.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed May 20, 2009 4:24 pm

Lovely David, this is my favourite of your sheds, so much so, I'm even thinking of making one similar :) . I did dig out some castings for tyres that I did ages ago, but they are solid and wouldn't look right on the roof. Then I remembered some rubber truck tyres that I had stashed away in a drawer. Now all I need, is to find some time :roll: Thanks for the inspiration.
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Postby dieselwater » Wed May 20, 2009 5:50 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Lovely David, this is my favourite of your sheds, so much so, I'm even thinking of making one similar :) . I did dig out some castings for tyres that I did ages ago, but they are solid and wouldn't look right on the roof. Then I remembered some rubber truck tyres that I had stashed away in a drawer. Now all I need, is to find some time :roll: Thanks for the inspiration.


I'm really glad I've inspired you to make your own shack Steve :D They're great fun to make, and they seem to take on their own personality 8)

I've done alot of little bits and pieces today (pics to come soon):

Finished putting wire on the fence.
Glued down center and "messy" corner shack.
Bits of junk modelling here and there.
More shrubbery, particually around the "messy" shack.
Touched up the black edging.

I feel the layout is pretty much finished after a month or so from starting...
Though I would like to add the odd little cameo. Such as a spot of fishing 8) :D

"A Line on the Water" has been great fun creating. More so because I've shared the story with you guys here. I've been posting pretty much as I've been modelling. You've seen me make decisons and change them, such as the backboard and buildings :roll: I would like to thank you for sharing your ideas and tips and for your compliments :D

I'm in the middle of making some rolling stock and researching railcars for the layout. More to come... :wink:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed May 20, 2009 7:19 pm

dieselwater wrote:More to come... :wink:


Glad to hear it :wink: on some journeys you dont want to reach the destination :lol: getting there is much more fun :)
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Postby dieselwater » Thu May 21, 2009 8:49 am

A Line on the Water:

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Postby dieselwater » Thu May 21, 2009 8:58 am

... Continued

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Postby Jes » Thu May 21, 2009 9:01 am

Nice little layout you've made yourself! :D
And very quick too! :shock: Just over a month.. wow it would have taken me at least half a year!
What will transported on the railway?

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Postby dieselwater » Thu May 21, 2009 9:17 am

Thanks Jes and welcome to the forum :D

The line serves as a link between a series of small scale industries around the lake, including a small mine and a scrap yard. It also serves as a way of getting around the lake, by fisherman and tourists too.
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Postby John New » Thu May 21, 2009 9:26 am

Excellent work, I echo the similar posts already made and have enjoyed the updates as you have built it.

Only one thing missing - do you have a photo of the original basic train set and the packaging box you can add as an edit into one of the first posts?

I am all for starting with something basic and working it up like you have but it always helps understand the subsequent build tread if the very basic start point is identified. I know you are not UK based so we may never see the same toy range on sale over here but it would give an idea of what works/doesn't work.
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Postby dieselwater » Thu May 21, 2009 9:59 am

Thanks John,

I'll post it up here:

Here's the basic toy set in it's packaging. They come in a circle or oval. I used an oval. I have collected a bunch of these... for future pizza cooking 8)

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Postby Little Andi. » Thu May 21, 2009 2:23 pm

Great idea to add the original toy/inspiration because .............Err WOW!
I wouldn't have had a clue that you'd arrived here from where and what you started with!!! All credit to you - You've done a marvellous job to make that kind of a transition - once again............ WELL done.

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Postby Simon Andrews » Thu May 21, 2009 4:05 pm

Great pizza David 8) I really liked your low relief building backdrop but this is just so much better :o I my mind I can just imagine a tidal creek or some other coastal backwater 8)

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Postby dieselwater » Thu May 21, 2009 4:20 pm

Thanks Andi :D

These toys have really given me the ability to model. Being battery powered it means I don't have to concern myself with electrics, though the operation is limited to round and round (perfect pizza base). The track is spot on gauge wise- 15.5mm. One thing I have to consider is that the locos do have to be handled- to turn on and off. It's kind of fun to make something from scratch that has to fit these parameters 8)

There is some railway models here (Kato mostly), but it's way too expensive, especially for scratchbuilding :( The model shops here have stacks of 1.24 stuff such as car kits etc. The perfect source for all things Gn15 8) 8) :D

It's just great fun and I'm really chuffed if I've inspired others :D

Thanks Andrew :D

Coastel backwater really describes the layout well 8) I'm glad I didn't use the low relief buildings because they would have changed the layout's atmosphere to something I didn't want. The backboard wasn't going to work either. This is the way it is sometimes :roll: I'm going to use them on the next one 8)
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Postby Dallas_M » Thu May 21, 2009 6:17 pm

dieselwater wrote:Here's the basic toy set in it's packaging.

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Hi David --

At first glance, the little bullet trains seen from top view looked like speed boats to me ... I thought they made a special "boat train" for your layout! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Have to admit that I was in favor of one or two relief buildings and a backdrop for a while there ... didn't say anything, because I didn't feel real strongly about it ... just a sort of preference ...

And now that you've decided against those items, have to say the changes worked out quite well. It really has grown into a very appealing little layout with lots of "mood" and "atmosphere." :wink:
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Postby dieselwater » Fri May 22, 2009 3:05 am

Thanks Dallas :D

This is some of the stock that runs on the layout :wink:

The locos and wagons run very nicely on the line.

Welded steel fishvan:

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Flats from the scrapyard on their way to pick up some scrap from the coast:

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Postby route29 » Fri May 22, 2009 7:18 am

Impressive! You can do a lot with those cheap trains. :D
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Postby dieselwater » Sat May 23, 2009 11:36 am

I've had a go at making a mineral tub:

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I made it using card. The rivets were created from white glue drops. I then primed it grey and rusted it up using poster and oil paints.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat May 23, 2009 1:28 pm

Certainly looks the part David and a wonderful bit of rust, very believable.
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Postby dieselwater » Sat May 23, 2009 1:54 pm

Thanks Steve. I studied your mine tub kit, trying to get something to look close to it. I found the chassis tricky, particuarly working with the toy :roll: With all my modelling, I do like to go for some freelancing here and there, and making it look believable, well almost :wink: Rust always helps :twisted:
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Postby dieselwater » Sat May 23, 2009 4:28 pm

Well, I've got a yellow one. So I thought why not have a green one too... :lol:

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Made from "Wills vari girder" parts.

Pottering on... :D
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Postby dieselwater » Mon May 25, 2009 10:25 am

An addition to the layout :wink:

A 1957 Lambretta (IXO 1-24):

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The Loco driver has gone for a rest, probably fishing somewhere :roll: Though Tim has come by to try out the new scooter :wink: 8)
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon May 25, 2009 10:47 am

dieselwater wrote:A Vespa:
The Loco driver has gone for a rest, probably fishing somewhere :roll: Though Tim has come by to try out the new scooter :wink: 8)


I wouldn't leave it there David, it might catch rust from the surroundings :wink:
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Postby dieselwater » Mon May 25, 2009 10:53 am

:lol: :lol: That's a good point Steve :wink:

And while the new Lambretta (I got confused with Vespa :oops: ) is attracting all the attention on the other side of the water, Some duties have still to be attended to this side. Ted is just checking over the boat:

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Postby Little Andi. » Mon May 25, 2009 11:08 am

Hello again David.............

I've got to say I'm enjoying these last few posts as much as any - this notion of story telling is one I particularly enjoy, and intend to pursue myself as you may know? - continue the good work.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon May 25, 2009 11:16 am

That does make a nice little cameo.
Putting the figure there, will automatically draw the viewers eye to it, so maybe you could add a bit more to the story. Possibly a toolbox on the decking at his feet, or even a tin of paint and paintbrush :?: Not really needed, looks fine as it is, but if you want to add more :wink:
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