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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:01 pm

I Gneed aGnother project like I Gneed exploding underpants. :roll:

So to start off, I'm going to blame Jon for the inception of the Gnew G9 layout "PG Wood House". 8)

OK, that's the blame sorted out :mrgreen: Gnow, what about the Gnew layout?

Well, it's Gnot a circle, but it's Gnot a plain oval either. The baseboard is a Gnew departure for me in its construction, but nothing that hasn't been seen on the forum before.

I'm hoping to get this layout finished (to a reasonable standard) in a fairly short time.

Watch this space.................................... :D
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Postby Jon Randall » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:09 pm

Watching with interest with my head below the parapet :roll:
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Postby Nick Ellingworth » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:56 am

I'm looking forward to seeing what you're up to Barry.
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Postby Rowley » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:56 pm

Hi Barry
Watching this space in anticipation of another smart layout
All the best Rowley
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:05 pm

Well one thing is for certain, this is either going to be a presentable layout, or an unmitigated disaster :roll:

I'll know which it'll be when the glue dries.......................... 8)
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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:07 pm

OK, since 'Plum' is a favourite of mine I felt a need to throw this into the mix:

from The inimitable Jeeves'


'Anybody can talk me round. If I were in a Trappist monastery, the first thing that would happen would be that some smooth performer would lure me into some frightful idiocy against my better judgment by means of the deaf-and-dumb language.'


and thus another layout is born :D

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:44 pm

OK the glue has dried :D sort of :wink: Time for an update :D

Right, a simple wood frame 2' x 1' The holes are for the bus wiring.
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Underside

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The board supports a top layer of expanded polystyrene (no photo - too white)

The poly has a covering of cardboard with the trackbed cut out to give a sunken trackbed, the cardboard has a covering of grass matting ( I told you this was going to be a quick and simple layout :wink: ).

The grass mat was first held face down on a worktop by sticky tape and the cardboard was stuck down to it using PVA glue. This grass mat is one I've had hanging about for 15 years or so, so it's a bit wrinkly :wink:

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After the glue had dried (sort of :wink: ) the trackbed was cut out of the grass mat leaving two "bridges" between the two sections to aid location. This topping was glued to the polystyrene base using PVA. This was placed in the conservatory in the sun after 24 hours of having a large weight holding it in place until the glue had set enough so that I could remove the weight and it wouldn't lift. After a couple of hours to bake in the sun, the trackbed was coated in a thick layer of PVA and the track was positioned and held in place by weights. A couple of hours later it was set enough for testing :D


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The bus wiring was installed during the construction of the base, the dropper wires were connected to the bus wiring using a choc block.

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The sunken trackbed can be seen in the picture below.

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Next step is the ballasting between the track and the cardboard to make it blend into the scene. :D

This is about 4 hours work, including planning, but excluding glue drying time :D
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Postby Jon Randall » Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:07 pm

Interesting track shape Barry.
Are the green and white wires track wires too :?:
Can't wait to see where you are going next.
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Postby route29 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:47 am

I like it, Barry. Very nice! :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:57 am

Taking shape nicely Barry, now waiting to see what else is going on there :)
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:12 pm

Jon Randall wrote:Interesting track shape Barry.
Are the green and white wires track wires too :?:
Can't wait to see where you are going next.


See? I said it wasn't going to be a circle or plain oval :wink:

If you look at the top photo Jon you'll see that there are a pair of connectors on the left and a single connector on the right. The pair on the left are 4mm Banana Plug sockets whereas the one on the right is a 3.5mm mono jack plug. These connectors are connected to the red and yellow wires that run down the centre of the board. The bit in the middle is where I took the wires above the board and they are hidden under the polystyrene, this was done to avoid the wires having to cross the central support. The green/white pair of wires are soldered tot he underside of the rails (using the holes that someone had already enlarged :wink: )
Basically I can use either 4mm Banana Plugs OR a 3.5mm Jack Plug on the end of the controller cable to power the layout. Simple eh? :D

Steve Bennett wrote:Taking shape nicely Barry, now waiting to see what else is going on there :)


Gnow the coffee stirrers have arrived, the "Wood House" can be built :D
There's going to ba a path and other stuff as well :D
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:09 pm

First the exposed base and edges were painted brown to hide the white bits.

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Then the void was filled with extra fine granite ballast, and left in the sun to dry out.


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Postby Jon Randall » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:15 pm

That blends it in gnicely Barry.
Are you aiming to exhibit it at Dereham :?:
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:34 pm

Jon Randall wrote:Are you aiming to exhibit it at Dereham :?:


I think we might be able to make room, it's only 2'x1' :mrgreen:

I'm aiming for Potter Heigham for it as well :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:19 pm

Looking good Barry
At only 2' by 1' how tight are those curves :?: Four wheelers only I presume :wink:

Seeing your garden wall in the background, that would make a nice printed backdrop, must admit, I thought it was at first glance :lol: .
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:37 pm

The track is Tomix, 103mm (4in) radius curves :D

Yes, 4 wheelers only, I tried an unmodified Bachmann Plymouth, but it really didn't like it :(
The versions I have modified with the blind centre drivers have no problems with the curves.
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Postby Nick Ellingworth » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:44 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing what scenery you put on it Barry.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:48 pm

More_Cats_Than_Sense wrote:Yes, 4 wheelers only, I tried an unmodified Bachmann Plymouth, but it really didn't like it :(
The versions I have modified with the blind centre drivers have no problems with the curves.


No surprise there :lol:
Will the Kato mechs get around that tight, must be near the limit for the longer wheelbase :?:
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:12 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:
More_Cats_Than_Sense wrote:Yes, 4 wheelers only, I tried an unmodified Bachmann Plymouth, but it really didn't like it :(
The versions I have modified with the blind centre drivers have no problems with the curves.


No surprise there :lol:
Will the Kato mechs get around that tight, must be near the limit for the longer wheelbase :?:


Guess what chassis is underneath a familiar Gnine/Gn15 "Tiny" kit?

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This is the loco that the layout is being built for, and the one used for track testing.
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Postby Jon Randall » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:16 pm

I ran a Grafar 08 diesel around it no probs :shock:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:23 pm

Jon Randall wrote:I ran a Grafar 08 diesel around it no probs :shock:


Of course, stupid me, forgot it was your old track :roll:

Thanks Barry, now I know it would take a Farish 08, the Kato should fly around it :lol:
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:15 pm

The track is Tomix, 103mm (4in) radius curves

Almost mainline curves :wink: looking good Barry :D

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:00 pm

Time for a slight update.............

The wood house (timber summer house type thing) is still in production :roll: construction has been very slow due to work commitments and feline intervention/traumas :( :(

Hoping to have the main construction of the building completed this weekend, even though there is the local model railway exhibition to go to on Sunday, and caring for a couple of poorly felines.
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More_Cats_Than_Sense wrote:and caring for a couple of poorly felines.
:( :? Oh, no. Here's good energy sending to them.
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:34 am

Look forward to seeing the Wood House.
Might see you tomorrow.
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