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Postby Ian Roberts » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:38 am

Here is the latest part of the Kiloran saga. Balnakeil is the other end of the island from Camas Orainn and is the HQ of the Kiloran Estate and its railway. A friend passed his 0-16.5 layout on to me which meant I didn't have to build a baseboard and lay track. A useful bit of recycling! As on the previous layout everything apart from the track and running gear is scratchbuilt. New for this layout are a couple more Fimo figures, Balnakiel House (the castle), a "But and Ben" (cottage), a lightweight Land Rover and some extra vegetation - again all home made/scratchbuilt. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
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Postby Broadoak » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:09 am

Hi Ian,

Absolutely superb modelling, it all looks so real. 8)

I especially like the Simplex and the lightweight Land Rover.
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Postby chris stockdale » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:16 am

Very nice indeed. I particularly like the super short looking coaches; I can just imagine them rattling and swaying along the track and over the points.

I couldn't help wondering what tartan the laird (as it is surely he outside the house) is wearing.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:34 am

What a great layout, I really like the scottish feel to it. Well it matches my memories of the highlands anyway.
A very believable concept, which you have brought to life with some great modelling.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:46 am

I'm sure I've been on my Hols nearby a few years back, superb looking layout Ian. 8)
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Postby Ian Roberts » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:29 pm

Thanks for your comments!
For Stockers' info - Torquil MacNeil, the laird, is wearing the MacNeil of Barra tartan (or as near as I can get to it on my experiments with Table in Word for Windows!) He is named after his grandfather in the film "I know where I'm going".
Here's a better view from the other end of the island.

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There's also a piper on the battlements of the castle, and I'll include him in a future picture
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Postby Adrian » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:35 pm

G'day Ian

Really like the layout

Hate to say it ...... but those coaches are really 'cute' (sorry)

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Postby Ian Roberts » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:00 pm

Thanks, Adrian,
Cute works for me! :) When the Laird's father built the railway in the eighties, some of the stock came from pleasure garden railways which were closing (that's my "virtual history" anyway) so I think that's where the coaches would have come from. I based the models on the 1st class Festiniog coaches from Don Borehams book. I blew up the plans to scale on a photocopier and printed them on file card. I cut them in half for single compartment coaches and glued them to mounting card for final cutting out. I do a lot of this sort of thing. For instance the Land Rover is based on 1/76th plans x something like 330%for 1/22.5
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Postby chris69 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:02 pm

Great job,love the feel and representation.
One question,what is the over all size of the layout?

Have a super day

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Postby Ian-IoM » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:01 pm

Good to see this after a week back in the homeland - there's a real west coast feel to it, Gnicely done 8)
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Postby Ian Roberts » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:26 am

Thanks for your comments, Ian. The west of Scotland my favourite part of the world, so I suppose the layout is an expression of that.
For Chris - overall length 2m 70cm or 9ft 2in. When Greg built the original 0-16.5 layout he had two metre length boards and odd offcuts for the fiddle yard! It's 20 inches wide. I know the trend is for micro layouts, so this is a bit of a monster :roll:
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Postby DCRfan » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:44 am

I really like the air portable Land Rover and I most impressed by the kilt painting.
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Postby Ian Roberts » Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:58 pm

Thanks, Paul,
Watch this space as a Series 1 Landy is about to appear. You can guess by this that I only go for the ones with the straight sides and no tumblehomes such as the later series 11 through to Defenders! I would really like a Morris Minor - but all those curves in cardboard would be frustrating! As for the kilt, this is computer generated as I explained earlier, so I can't take credit for painting it.
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Postby Ian Roberts » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:33 am

A few more pictures from the island.
First Torquil admiring his Series 1 Landy - even if it's only cardboard and Fimo.
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Piper MacKenzie often comes down to welcome tourist trains
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Postby Glen A » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:18 pm

Ian Roberts wrote:First Torquil admiring his Series 1 Landy - even if it's only cardboard and Fimo.


:shock: Wow - cardboard! You have done a great job. would never have guessed it was made of cardboard.

Great looking layout by the way.

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Postby Ian Roberts » Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:49 pm

Thanks Glen,
Yup -cardboard although obviously this is shorthand as you need sundry bits and pieces such as;
Axles - 3.2 mm dowel - lifetime supply fom an educational supplier
Chassis -4 mm square lolly sticks - cheapo homeware shop
Wheels - cast in Fimo from a Fimo mould. Pattern from an old plastic kit.
Windows - Tape cassette box - chuck outs (by the organisation that made me redundant!)
Bodywork and springs - File card - also chuck outs from the above - and mounting card - bought in bags of offcuts from picture framers. Cheaper and more convenient that buying large sheets.
Fuel tank, crossmembers - odd bits of balsa.
Steering wheel, lights,dials on dashboard - assorted"rubber" O rings from cheapo tool shops/street markets. There wasn't an appropriate size ring for the steering wheel so I chopped a bit out and joined together with Superglue. Card spokes.
The three gear levers - glass headed pins. I find they're a bit thin so I strip off the plastic covering of garden wire and thread the pins through this. Looks about the right thickness.
Grill - sort of mesh sold in patchwork/haberdashers shops for tapestry. Bought a large roll when accompanying wife on a shopping expedition.
Paint - Humbrol acrylics. Bodywork is 78 Cockpit green. There was a rumour that all the first Land Rovers were this colour as Rover bought up wartime surplus. Could have been worse - battleship grey?
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Postby Ian Roberts » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:36 am

The Kiloran Estate Railway steamer arrives at Bbalnakeil
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The Estate also wanted a loco to use for the peat trains so they had an old tractor converted to rail use - inspired by Bord na Mona
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Both locos use Bachmann 08 shunter chassis. The tractor has cardboard overlays covering the cutdown 08 bonnet. Cassette boxes with cardboard overlays are used for windows. The drive chain covers are balsa. The Steamer is mostly plasticard with oddments from here and there for the details.
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Postby DCRfan » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:26 am

Other than to steam kettle :P I really like your modelling especially the very original subjects. I really must finish my scratchbuilt Series 1 Land Rover some time this century.
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Postby Glen A » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:09 pm

Nice locos Ian.
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Postby Ian Roberts » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:26 pm

Thanks for your comments, Paul and Glen,
I think GN15 lends itself to quirky stuff! Although I've limited my modelling to IC locos that could have run on 15 in gauge.
About the kettle, Paul, I had to have one to please a friend of mine who likes them.
Hope to see pictures of your Series 1 when it's finished.
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Postby dieselwater » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:45 pm

Hi Ian, What a really charming line, packed with great modelling. I love the latest loco with it's engine detail 8)
Little old lines to somewhere.

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Postby ian holmes » Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:18 pm

Ditto on what everyone else has said.
A super atmosphere filled layout

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Postby Ian Roberts » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:02 pm

David and Ian - thanks so much for your encouragement.

Re the tractor loco, David, the engine detail is mostly the Bachmann motor and flywheel with a few plasticard add ons to make it more tractor like and an offcut of power cable and plastic pipe for the exhaust stack.
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Postby Ian Roberts » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:22 am

Just to let you know that Balnakeil has been featured in the latest issue of Model Trains International.
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Postby Broadoak » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:37 am

A most interesting read as well. :)

Two GN15 articles in the latest issue.
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