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serotta1972

Kiha66 had this idea a while back and I went and got some of these Daiso Model cases and totally forgot about them.  Been pre-occupied with other things especially RC Cars but the  passion for trains will always burn inside.  Gonna do a couple of little dioramas with these cases and hopefully this will create some momentum and I can get started on my T-Trak modules.  Been MIA but the trains keep coming, these darn pre-orders. 🙂

 

 

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bill937ca

Repaired the green corner building on my Euro tram layout. Some corners weren't holding as well as I'd like so I moved it to the  work pad and completed repairs during a sleepless night.

 

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Sheffie

I removed all the trains, vehicles, and containers, in preparation for stripping this layout down for parts for the new layout. Most of this will be reused. But I haven’t had the heart to start ripping up any of the terrain. 

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In other news, I’ve noticed how much debris there is on the track. This is entirely my fault, for adding loose “foliage” to the ground when planting trees (especially the super cheap ones), and not gluing it down. 

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cteno4

Good old hair spray can help with this. Hit the trees with a few fine coats before planting. It can also work as a final fix on ground cover as well. Cover tracks of course when applying. Scenery bits can be bad mix with truck gears and loves to mix with other dirt, oils and electrical oxidation soot.

 

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Sheffie

Track bits assemble! And trees and trains obviously. 

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I still need half a dozen points, timber and an XPS sheet before I can start on layout 2.0, but it is coming together. The old layout is completely dismantled and all parts were recovered (except for one polystyrene ramp—I have 7 more and I’m not concerned).

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Das Steinkopf

Finally got the Kura for Myokozanhoncho Ji completed today, the temple is situated across from the up platform of Kamisakaemachi. I used the Greenmax kit as the basis and had to do a fair bit of kitbashing including reducing the length by 18mm and removing the Namako-kabe pattern, I used a fibreglass pen to score the walls and added styrene strip to emulate the wooden panels. I have also done some slight kitbashing of the Tomytec temple by cutting off the roof extension to match the roof of Myokozanhoncho Ji, there will be some modellers license used with making the scene but hopefully I will capture the essence of the site. 

 

Here is a photo I took on a site survey back in 2017. 

 

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grimd0rkNess

Tore the whole previous layout out and started in on a new one, now that I've been given the green light to expand out into the room as a whole. The previous layout didn't offer much in the way of train storage or switching, so the part of this layout that will be along the wall to the right will have more of a yard and a further station in it.

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cteno4

Oooh railroad expansion! Cool.

 

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kevsmiththai

I've started on Hakuho again after a bit of a lay-off but the most important thing in the workshop is I've changed some of the 4 foot Flourescent tubes over to LEDs. What a difference! You don't realise how much the flourescents haxe deteriorated until you see the comparison. Still got the ones over the lathe to change and the one over the workbnch is going to be replaced with an LED Double batten to give my old eyes a better chance. Nice thing is they are simple to change as they fit the same batten you just change the Starter over to an LED one (Supplied with the tube)

 

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cteno4

I’ve just about converted everything to led in the house and shop and love it! The replacement led tubes that run to direct ac seem to the most effecient and bang for the buck. Just tear out the ballast and wire ac directly. Now the really thin tubes you can mount directly are great in places like the basement where every inch of headspace is nice and got rid of the taller florescent figures!

 

my older eyes also have really appreciated the extra light in the shop, I was amazed at how much I think I was squinting! Not good for the eyeballs.

 

jeff

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Drunkenclam

Despite the wife and office doing their best to prevent me from getting out to the layout. I managed to get the side walls in place. Plastered around the tunnel portal and give it a quick coat of paint. Due to budget cuts and such like. The wall was going to be embossed sheets. But the rear side of fibre board will have to do. I'm sure once its weathered and complete. It will look a lot better. 

 

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As for the traditional tourist town above it. Still trying to get the road and buildings in a position I like. Its seems Cul de Sacs aren't a popular town planning method in Japan.

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Drunkenclam

Looks much better after a black wash. 

 

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railsquid
On 1/28/2020 at 4:29 AM, Drunkenclam said:

As for the traditional tourist town above it. Still trying to get the road and buildings in a position I like. Its seems Cul de Sacs aren't a popular town planning method in Japan.

 

Plenty of dead-end roads around, they tend to just end, or in less urban areas just fade out. The good thing about Japan from a modelling point of view is that "town planning", such as there is, allows you to place buildings very close together.

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Khaul

The Making of Urban Japan by Andre Sorensen is an excellent book on the topic https://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Making_of_Urban_Japan.html?id=KprPdsSvGyoC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

I have been busy finishing my own book in the topic ;-), and thinking about coming back to the hobby. Perhaps during some time forced out of the office because of a certain virus.

 

Anyway, what happen to this thread? Just nothing got done since early February or people are back to post in the own project threads? 

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Sheffie

I’ve been posting on my own thread in Layout Building.  Otherwise this place would be full of spam 

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cteno4

Like most things topics like this ebb and flow.

 

this thread was intended to be a place to post little bits folks did as a quick and easy way to show off new things quickly to other and spark discussion. We do prefer big layout stuff go in folks own layout topics as it’s nice to have all the big discussion of a layout and it’s evolution be together, other wise it’s scattered over the going on now 2700 posts in this thread! We call this one of the water cooler threads where folks gather casually to chat a short bit on something small, helps with a sense of community with some little casual spots.

 

that being said we realize not everyone is up to doing a full layout topic on their own layouts (but we really encourage it as it’s super useful and enjoyable for everyone!) or doing major updates all the time if you have one, so cool to post little bit here if you have your own layout topic. Also cool to post a little bit here and also add it to you own layout thread so it’s there for historical sake, but not everyone looks at all threads.

 

forums are messy for content as it’s a lot of conversation and it can wander. Always a balance between highly ordered basic content (but that can severely limit interaction and intimidate some to not posting) and the community chatter that is a lot of what the forum is about with discussion and exchange of ideas on top of basic content.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Sheffie
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So, today I installed the catenary poles on the double track main line. The places where I cannot install them due to points and platforms bother me, but an outsider might not see the problem. 

 

Let me know what you think.

 

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