Robert Hodgkins bobh Show full post »
Bunkerbarge
I built my layout on cheap doors from B&Q so they are around 2 foot 9 inches wide.  By the way don't use them, it was a terrible idea!  Anyway I always knew I was going to have to use step ladders to reach the rear for the building but I can reach the furthest track when I am operating OK so I'm not too worried.  The corners are all going to be a modular build, which will then be dropped into place and finished in place to minimise the stretching but again the tracks will be accessible for operational purposes.
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Bunkerbarge
That's fine, it suits you
Bit of a stretch, but not too bad for myself.
I have to allow for a bit of a pot, that is hopefully shrinking.
😳
Pete


Maybe we can wear it away!!😄
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
it is horses for courses, good arguments either way, I have 4ft and 3in the 3 inches eases the table from the walls to allow for wiring into wall plugs, and the majority of the scenery can be lifted off to gain access to tracks for repairs, many areas i can move stuff to lean in without crushing, fiddly and needs some planning but long term it covers more angles for me. Definitely not exhibition style modelling though 🙂 which has a lot of advantages in its own way too.

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Robert Hodgkins bobh
RJH_0727.jpg Hi guys
I have finally found some time to get a bit of progress on the layout.  Most of the track is down now and the DCC wiring is looking good.  I have one small issue with one of the points but I think its just going to be a wire reversal to solve.  I will look at it tomoz now.  I still have to work out what I am going to do with the area at the bottom of the picture where the soldering Iron is.  I was thinking probably an engine shed and a small factory/ brick works or coal mine to feed the dock all ideas welcome.

Regards
Bob
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Bunkerbarge
Most of the obvious stuff has been done so you have the advantage with them of being able to get hold of information and materials to help along the way.  Such things as gas works, brick yards, engine and goods sheds and many other installations seem to have been well covered.  How about looking for something a bit different that is perhaps a bit less common? 

With a relatively small area you could easily include just the edge of what would be perceived as a larger installation as much as a single item.  Off the top of my head just to get creative juices flowing how about a boat building yard, a pottery kiln, a school with a playground, a pig or chicken farm, a paper mill with a wharfe, a sugar refinery with wharfe, a wood yard with raw logs coming in one end and cut planks going out the other, using a wharfe and barges. Probably none of those appeal but they may lead the thinking into a new area.
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
I have to agree with bunkerbarge something off the common modelling will give you pros and cons pros as it inevitably attracts nice comments but you may have to put more effort into making the buildings and designs, that said a pub a car park and a pub garden with a party atmosphere could reflect something easier, but allow different eras, an old fashioned milk float distribution area, perhaps you have a family event you could model something that might make you and your family smile when they see it, a derelict piece of old railway track now abandoned might appeal,keeping the railway idea and allowing you to use broken pieces from the cheap rubbish boxes at shows,perhaps you like scratchbuilds if so maybe someone in the family owns a nice old cottage,perhaps you have a memory as a child with the railway you could incorporate, I could of course mention some of my own oddball ideas but know they can seriously annoy the purist. If you have a wife who might appreciate one of her own memories being incorporated you could win serious kudos.

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Robert Hodgkins bobh
Hi  Guys
Very interesting thoughts.
I must admit I had not thought about incorporating those sort of things in the layout.  The plan was to have a few shops etc and a road along the back going to the station.  Most of the front part was going to be goods yard and small dock on the right.  I spent a long time thinking about what to incorporate at the front left'  I kept coming back to a Brick Works with maybe a single narrow gauge line to the docks.
Reflecting on Jaz's thoughts my wife would love to see a pig farm as she loves piglets.  I'm not sure where I would incorporate these in my original plans.  There is a drawing earlier in the thread of my plans.  More thinking is required I guess, while I'm finishing off the wiring and banging my head under the table.

Thanks
Bob
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
A small pigsty (which Bunkerbarge mentioned specifically ) could easily be incorporated in a cottage garden 🙂 or just a couple of sty’s along the edge making them easy to add, you’ll have to be wary you asked for ideas giving Bunkerbarge and I the opportunity to look for the lesser modelled interesting items . I believe paper and vinegar is good for head trauma 😃
piggies would give rise to wet muddy ground, a gentle water feature ie puddle and the opportunity to show someone feeding piggies or falling over  and bucket flying, or similar, wife could be modelled looking on serenely 😃

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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
Ooh I have some nice piggies I’ll go to the my computer and show you some simple options
i’ll Not ...hog...your thread so throw them up on my figures thread for your perusal, if others have samples they might feel free to shows theirs, different models. Painted or not or sty ideas will all be acceptable by the looks of it, if you prefer them here for future reference, feel free to say, I just don’t want to run amok on you thread.

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Robert Hodgkins bobh
Hi Jaz
Ok that will work as the back left was going to be a rear view of terraced cottages with allotments so piggies will work well there.
Put them on the figures thread ...don't Hog my thread lol
Thanks
Bob
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Bunkerbarge
I sometimes think a nice idea is to get hold of a period picture and try to recreate it as a model.  Somewhere you have lived in the past or a place that holds particular interest or significance to you or a member of your family.  Maybe a grandparents place you used to love to visit as a child or a place where you met your wife.  Ideas flowing thick and fast now!

One thing I would like to incorporate somewhere into my own layout is a model of the place where I live now but as it was before it was demolished and rebuilt.  It was a farmhouse with a pigsty and a barn so loads of character in a small area!
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Julian
If it helps any you could double it up, by putting the pigs in an old air-raid shelter, for a sty.  I only mention it because that was just what my father did.  In addition [given it was not modern] you could also have a brick built, wood fired, cauldron to put all the food and vegetable garden remnants in, so they can be boiled up before filling the pig's trough.         ………….    Yum!!

Regards
Julian
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