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15 minutes ago, JR 500系 said:

Really nice Squid san! Nice serene feel to it... Can I ask how you made the yellow and black barriers by the rails? They look really authentic! 

 

By popping along to a shop selling N gauge stuff (plenty of those around 😉 ), purchasing a set of these and carefully cutting them into two sections :)

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11 minutes ago, railsquid said:

 

By popping along to a shop selling N gauge stuff (plenty of those around 😉 ), purchasing a set of these and carefully cutting them into two sections 🙂

 

aaahhh I see ~ though that might be a problem for me ~  😞

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2 hours ago, JR 500系 said:

Really nice Squid san! Nice serene feel to it... Can I ask how you made the yellow and black barriers by the rails? They look really authentic! 

 

I have seen some nice examples of the more basic single pipe railings used between the tracks using something as simple as staples painted yellow, when you're on a tight budget some simple yet effective use of everyday items can do the trick.

 

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On ‎8‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 10:32 PM, Das Steinkopf said:

 

I have seen some nice examples of the more basic single pipe railings used between the tracks using something as simple as staples painted yellow, when you're on a tight budget some simple yet effective use of everyday items can do the trick.

 

 

Yeah suddenly you reminded me of that technique... thanks!

 

Oh an alternative which I suddenly found out accidently: 

 

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10528562

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"This isn't Sodor any more, is it?" said Annie with a worried voice.
"My axle boxes are starting to feel all hot and bothered", complained Clarabel.

 

annie-clarabel-shinkansen.jpg

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1 hour ago, railsquid said:

"This isn't Sodor any more, is it?" said Annie with a worried voice.
"My axle boxes are starting to feel all hot and bothered", complained Clarabel.

 

 

 

Haha good one! But curious how did you couple them together? A Tomix uses power couplers, MA uses interlocking ones and Clarabel & Annie uses Rapido ones I think?

 

Haha Clarabel & Annie are going to get the ride of their lives and wont go back to Sodor anymore. ...

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2 hours ago, JR 500系 said:

 

Haha good one! But curious how did you couple them together? A Tomix uses power couplers, MA uses interlocking ones and Clarabel & Annie uses Rapido ones I think?

 

 

It's a Kato 0-series.

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But as experimentation shows, they do not stay couple together well at high speeds, though one would expect that to be the case in real life too.

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Meanwhile, in the background, a bit more work on getting this corner (seen here in May):

 

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hillside-2018-05-27b by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

filled in a bit better. Intermediate progress:


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corner-hill-tunnel-section-2018-08-30b by Rail Squid, on Flickr

 

Do please excuse the Chuo-Sobu 209-500, not normally at home in hilly areas, I believe it may be on the way to/from Nagano for servicing or refurbishment.

 

 

(yes I know that's an E231)

 

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7 minutes ago, railsquid said:

and slowly it gets greener...

 

That hill is blending really well with the backdrop, Nice work on the greenery!

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Turning away from the hills, by happy chance I found a backscene for the rear side of the layout which is more-or-less what I've been looking for, i.e. a vast swathe of Japanese outer-urban landscape which looks pretty much like that of the main station's intended location in the far west of the urban area where it sweeps up against the mountains.

 

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Station backscene, 2018-09-04 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

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23 minutes ago, railsquid said:

Turning away from the hills, by happy chance I found a backscene for the rear side of the layout which is more-or-less what I've been looking for,

It really blends in well. Where did you find it? Is there a way for us to get one?

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From this company: https://www.hakoniwagiken.com/products_04_railway.html

 

This is the sheet in question: https://www.hakoniwagiken.com/item_dsf-r001.html

 

Actually two sheets printed on both sides.

 

Also have stores on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/s?marketplaceID=A1VC38T7YXB528&redirect=true&me=A2LZXQ52X5GSIU&merchant=A2LZXQ52X5GSIU

and Yahoo Auctions:  https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/seller/hakoniwagiken

 

No idea if they ship overseas.

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AAhh this store... Their products are great... I have the bus terminal one but have yet to go about displaying it...

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