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Re: A New Foreign Layout

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:35 am
by Gavin Sowry
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Fruits of the day's labours. Found some ballast, sitting on the workbench right in front of me, so the turnout got the treatment. While the matte medium was out, some enhancements were made to some of the scenic items. The quay got some anchor rings (fencing staples, of all things), and I made up some looped ropes to go on the boat to hold it fast (it's been held slow ever since DCR built it). At the moment, I'm trying to finish off all the 'little' things... need to wait until I'm back at work, and can access the Model Shop to get church bits.

Re: A New Foreign Layout

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:39 am
by Gavin Sowry
One of the features I put on the layout when I first got it, were diode controlled safety blocks at the ends of the line to avoid 'high dives' onto the floor.

So, today's job, a bit of wiring. First, take out the diode, and close up the joint, from the end that is now continuing to the next board. This time, there are two end sidings to rig up. Being clever, in my own mind, I decided to apply the gaps on the same sides of each of the tracks. That way, I could take a feed off one line (making sure it was one that was not going to be affected by isolating points). From this feed, I soldered in the diode (dry testing, first, of course.... wasn't born yesterday). Off the other leg of the diode, came two wires, one to each of the isolated dead end sections of track. Worked well, first time. Second time, didn't work well, in fact, didn't work at all. Jump wire testing identified the culprit wire. It was one that I 'forced' through the baseboard... turns out I'd actually broken it. Quickly replaced, and all's good.

Lesson, if it don't fit, don't force it (somewhat contrary to the usually good ol' Kiwi slogan).

Re: A New Foreign Layout

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:04 am
by Gavin Sowry
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It appears that this photo is hiding back on the previous page, and has only had 2 views. Since I particularly like this, and am sure you will too, I've republished it for all to enjoy.

Re: A New Foreign Layout

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:54 am
by Gavin Sowry
A setback in proceedings.... the skyboard, only 6mm thick, and only with one brace, has warped.

New thicker one called for.

Re: A New Foreign Layout

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:19 am
by Gavin Sowry
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First undercoat has gone on. As usual, this finds all the 'spots to fill', and firry bits to sand back.
Let it dry, and that's tomorrow's job.

Played around with the static grass, too. Picked up on another layout by accident, that if you spray the grass with hairspray and very lightly sprinke over some 'scatter' material, you can get realistic seed heads on your foliage.

Re: A New Foreign Layout

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:43 am
by DCRFAN 3
Thats looking real nice.