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Postby Jon Randall » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:45 am

This Sunday (the 19th) the GnOrfolkers make their annual appearance at the Eastern Rail Show

I had planned to take a new Gn15 layout built in an APA box but due to numerous reasons it is taking too long and won't be finished in time :(

This would leave a space on the table so I decided at lunch-time yesterday to build a 6 day special :roll:
This is the stage I got to before I had to go to work in the evening

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Gawd this is gonna be fun :lol:
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Postby Glen A » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:38 am

Nothing like a time deadline to keep a build going. :wink:
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Postby demaine22 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:54 am

Looking forward to watching a speedy build 8)
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:46 am

Good luck Jon, could be a busy 6 days :)
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Postby ian holmes » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:23 am

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:41 pm

6 days is the easy bit as I Gnow Jon is working mostly Gnights, I'm just wondering where the "sleeping time" during the day is going to be! :shock:

Start looks good Jon :D
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Postby Jon Randall » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:42 am

Thanks for all of your encouragement 8)

Update time

I've ballasted all the visible track areas

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And also attached a barn which I'd previously made to try out carved builders caulk and textured spray paint

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I've also spent some time building a loco, well a layout does need something to run on it :D

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To the left will be a planked warehouse which at the moment is waiting for the glue to dry so no photos yet sorry.

Yep I think I may be quite busy but my Christmas layoutwas built in 4 days so I've 50% extra, should be a breeze :roll:

As Barry knows, I am working nights (drivers would hate it if we repaired the main roads during the day) so I'm off to bed now while the glue is drying, gnight all :D
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Postby ian holmes » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:21 am

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Postby demaine22 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:47 pm

Phwoar! I really like that barn Jon! And the little steam loco is super!
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:59 pm

Looking good Jon, I really like the thick stone walls of the barn.
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Postby underworld » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:36 pm

Awesome 8) Echoing the other comments... the barn is really cool ! I Gnow you're on a time limit, but when you've completed it, can you show your technique for the stonework ???
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Postby Si » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:21 pm

Nice so far - you seem to have done in one day what usually takes me a month (or two months if I stop to photograph it)!

Is the engine body a kit or scratch built?

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Postby Glen A » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:11 pm

Nice job on the ballast Jon. 8)
A natural clay and dirt look rather than the shingle look I seem to end up with.
I like the texture on that barn. Are you planning to add a roof, or leave it as is so you can see inside?

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Postby Jon Randall » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:01 am

Thanks all :oops:

Steve Bennett wrote:
I really like the thick stone walls of the barn


I wanted a model based on a proper thickness so I built the shell out of 12mm chipboard, should last :lol:

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I Gnow you're on a time limit, but when you've completed it, can you show your technique for the stonework ???


I sure will, if I remember to photograph it, when I get around to it :roll:

Si wrote:
Nice so far - you seem to have done in one day what usually takes me a month (or two months if I stop to photograph it)!


I know what you mean, this layout has jumped the queue of 6 layouts I'm finishing off, building or planning :wink: The only advice I have is don't think about it, wait until the last moment and sheer panic will provide the incentive :lol:

Si also wrote:
Is the engine body a kit or scratch built?


It is a Smallbrook Columbine ordered on a Saturday, posted on a Monday and received on a Tuesday 8) The only change I've made is to wrap the tanks in a layer of thin plasticard.

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Nice job on the ballast Jon. 8)
A natural clay and dirt look rather than the shingle look I seem to end up with.


It's because I don't use ballast :!: It is granite dust, about 5mm down to, well, dust. Over here we often use it to make the mortar which manhole channels are lined in so the whatever doesn't erode it. Yep you guessed it, work donated it. I got about 40kg so expect to see it on more of my layouts in the future :lol:

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Are you planning to add a roof, or leave it as is so you can see inside?


Originally I was planning to put a roof on but leave the doors open so you could see the interior and the trusses of which I have modelled most, but as time is short I am planning to model closed doors and probably a temporary roof. But if I don't have enough time for even than then I'll probably just sling some debris in it
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Postby Jon Randall » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:07 am

Update time :D

Balsa Wednesday. Built the walls of the building at the other end and a fence to block the view of the trains running around at the back.

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Also added more ballast

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Awful pictures sorry, but the sun wasn't quite up.
The dye is also still very wet

I just need to figure out how to block the sight of the track curving round in the front left building
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Postby Brack » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:26 am

with a roof and back wall on it might be too dark to see much curving round inside the building?

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Postby ian holmes » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:30 am

Brack wrote:with a roof and back wall on it might be too dark to see much curving round inside the building?


Agreed. Add a back wall and a roof, then paint them black and then see what it looks like

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Postby backwaterscotland » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:30 am

Looking really good.

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Postby ian holmes » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:52 pm

Not wanting to flog a dead horse but on Purespring watercress the line exited through a building on the r/h side and immediately turned through a 5" radius curve but because everything was painted black inside You could hardly see anything (see top pic)

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Postby Jon Randall » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:18 pm

Thanks all I shall box it in as much as possible and paint it black.

Not a picture update this time, I've now wired it all up and tested it. It just needs a good clean now. I must remember to wire it all up before ballasting as I managed to pull the frog wire off :roll: All repaired now with the point powered with a peco point-motor.

24 hours left, less the hours spent at work tonight and sleeping. Where's the Jack Bauer clock :?:
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:45 pm

Jon Randall wrote: Where's the Jack Bauer clock :?:


You wouldn't want a clock like that for this project, only when at work, as the 'hours' were 45 minutes long to allow for adverts :wink:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:46 pm

As you wont read this until after the show Jon :lol: Hope it went well :wink:
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:15 am

Ha I will, just got in from work :D
Now off out to the modelling shed to do a bit more and then a bit more when I wake up sometime :roll: The trouble is I've got a party to go to Saturday evening and then it is an early start Sunday so I'll probably post the next photos after the show.

Thanks for all your support fellas, it has helped to keep me focused 8)
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:56 pm

Ok I lied about an update as I thought I might as well quickly post a couple of pictures while I'm eating lunch. I wanted to hide the sight of trains running around the back so I put in a hedge. I've also added grass and weeds.

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I've also started on the building's carcase.

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Must dash :wink:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:25 pm

Go away with W&G for a few days and come back to find a layout completed which wasn't even started when I went. :lol:
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