Scenic modules

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Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:44 am

The full set of boards for the scenic area is now complete. Place in situ in the library. I think they look spiffy.....

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby David Knight » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:26 am

Looking good Neil! :thumb :thumb . Now comes the track and scenery - Enjoy!

I'm in transition mode after a house move. I now have a dedicated layout room that will blend the old home layout with half of my portable. The other half to become a new, smaller portable. Pics eventually ;)

Cheers,

David

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby essdee » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:48 am

Lovely baseboard and cupboard units, Neil - Swanage?

I am starting serious planning of my own groundworks; please can I ask what is your trackbed height and depth of the baseboards proper, and the depth from the wall?

Many thanks,

Steve

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby Paul Townsend » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:05 pm

nberrington wrote:The full set of boards for the scenic area is now complete. Place in situ in the library. I think they look spiffy.....

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Having a Turkish rug in the railway room seems like a good antidote for the carpet god's antics.
Hopefully, such a magic carpet will return dropped items to the work surface automatically.

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:58 pm

essdee wrote:Lovely baseboard and cupboard units, Neil - Swanage?

I am starting serious planning of my own groundworks; please can I ask what is your trackbed height and depth of the baseboards proper, and the depth from the wall?

Many thanks,

Steve


Hi Steve

Yep - it’s Swanage with a little artistic licence- to keep it close to scale I pruned 2 of the carriage sidings. The models are 2’ x 4’8.5”. The track bed is 6” high and the basic baseboard 4” - the idea being the train is integral to the surroundings notnplonked on top.

Unfortunately the bookshelves encroach a bit, but the layout is intended to be modular - so this is its “home at home”

More to follow...

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby Le Corbusier » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:05 pm

nberrington wrote:
Unfortunately the bookshelves encroach a bit, but the layout is intended to be modular - so this is its “home at home”

More to follow...


Have to say I rather like the bookshelves ... my minds eye has already got them containing the backscene using the shelves themselves for lighting ... funny how ones mind fills in the gaps with no respect for the actual proposals ;)
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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:19 pm

Le Corbusier wrote:
nberrington wrote:
Unfortunately the bookshelves encroach a bit, but the layout is intended to be modular - so this is its “home at home”

More to follow...


Have to say I rather like the bookshelves ... my minds eye has already got them containing the backscene using the shelves themselves for lighting ... funny how ones mind fills in the gaps with no respect for the actual proposals ;)

Ta
That's all in the works!

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby BrockleyAndrew » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:26 pm

Hello Neil,

They look great! Lovely and light too.

They sit nicely. Will you have to store them away upright or are you hoping to have them out in the library most of the time? I like libraries. Maybe later modellers will have small text screens, no books and more room for layouts! Or virtual layouts : (

Do the seperate panels flex at all when off their support? I'm curious to know if you use the existing support (cupboards) to help with the levelling or does the layout become level in construction and sit on the benches at whatever points meet?

It looks like a quick and simple set-up.

Thanks for the photos.

Andrew

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:23 am

BrockleyAndrew wrote:Hello Neil,

They look great! Lovely and light too.

They sit nicely. Will you have to store them away upright or are you hoping to have them out in the library most of the time? I like libraries. Maybe later modellers will have small text screens, no books and more room for layouts! Or virtual layouts : (

Do the seperate panels flex at all when off their support? I'm curious to know if you use the existing support (cupboards) to help with the levelling or does the layout become level in construction and sit on the benches at whatever points meet?

It looks like a quick and simple set-up.

Thanks for the photos.

Andrew

Brockley, London


Hi Andrew

The layout will mostly stay in situ. I am currently constructing the traverser/ turntable which can slot in either in place of the first module, or at the very end if at a show.

The modules lie directly on the cupboards, and lock together quite tightly with DCC concepts dowels. I did cnc guided holes for 4mm bolts, but they don’t seem needed when the layout is on the cupboards. If moved to a trestle support system I would bolt them together.

The dowel positions where cut on a shopbot- so they align precisely.

The whole idea is suffering from “concept creep” - becoming ever more complicated. The guys at the worker space I use have been teasing me as construction of the traverser becomes ever more intricate.

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby essdee » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:31 am

Thanks Neil,

I just noticed the felt pads under the baseboards proper, excellent idea for sound-deadening as well as non-scratch properties.....

I forgot to ask also - what is the floor-to-top of baseboard height, please?

Cheers, will be following keenly....

Steve

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:16 am

essdee wrote:Thanks Neil,

I just noticed the felt pads under the baseboards proper, excellent idea for sound-deadening as well as non-scratch properties.....

I forgot to ask also - what is the floor-to-top of baseboard height, please?

Cheers, will be following keenly....

Steve


Hi Steve - the cupboard are 3ft, so track bed height is 42” for the mainline. The mpd and goods sidings are ever so slightly lower.

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby essdee » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:20 am

Thanks Neil, very useful, ta. 42" seems popular..... (I am 5ft 11 and 3/4")

Cheers,

Steve

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:04 am

Foam cutting 101 .....

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:13 pm

And finally a use for Edward Gibbon:

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby MarkS » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:11 pm

Looking good Neil,

and you know I approve of your use of foam!
Cheers,

Mark.
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Re: Scenic modules

Postby dal-t » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:54 am

Excellent workmanship and instructive to see how the foam is being used. But Gibbon is worth more than that - the sidenotes alone make for an entertaining evening (although giggling over them in the school library is not necessarily the best way to impress your History master ...).
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Re: Scenic modules

Postby David Knight » Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:34 pm

Hi Neil,

What are you planning to use for sculpting the foam? Knives and saws tend to be a bit messy but hot wire gives off some nasty gasses IIRC.

Cheers,

David

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:06 am

Hi David - all of the above I’m afraid!

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:52 pm

Trying to get an idea of scale

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby junctionmad » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:28 pm

Very nice , I like the idea of storage over the layout but I’m always freaked that I’ll drop something onto the layout

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:45 pm

The spot below the books is all I really have. We downsized for a typical humangous Noth American home in suburbia into a trendy hipster loft. Although I love the place, space is somewhat limited when it comes to layouts!

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:08 am

How pink was my valley

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby Le Corbusier » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:36 pm

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Am just loving watching this grow like magic. Fascinated to see what you do with the foam next ;) Interested that you chose to form the road bridge directly from the foam rather than build off seen and drop in - or perhaps it will be removed for detailing?

I really like the fact that the layout forms part of the furniture ... should look great when complete - have you had any thoughts about layout lighting at all yet? ..... and if so would this just be for exhibition or also as part of its home location. :thumb
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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:49 pm

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Hi Tim - the foam bridge is a temporary structure while I manhandle the foam. I wanted the contours to be consistent each side of the bridge. I need to tweak this a bit after studying some photographs..

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Re: Scenic modules

Postby nberrington » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:24 am

Did a little gap filling today. Expandable foam from a can. Caution - do not be tempted to smear smooth - it becomes hard to remove excess. A light spray of water and let it set up, then trim back with a sharp no 21 blade. Sand smooth.

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