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Postby Geeky Gecko » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:02 pm

Very impressive, Bob.
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Postby Artizen » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:44 am

I could have sworn you had used a full sheet of MiniNatur ivy there! The right hand end is looking really good now. Bit concerned about the slope of the path before it becomes steps though.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:35 pm

Another update. Working on scenery at right side track end. Made first of three trees.

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I think I will be referring to this portion of scene as Dragon Tail!

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Built another bumper.

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Postby Glen A » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:11 am

I like the way you have got the track gracefully disappearing out of the scene through a tunnel without having a hard back board immediately behind it.
The eye accepts the track has naturally gone. And the scene just carries on without anything looking out of place.

Very skilful design work. 8)

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Postby Bob Roegge » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:20 pm

A little more progress........

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Postby Bob Roegge » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:45 am

Open for business.........

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:03 am

The greengrocer's looks great Bob however I think it lacks colour:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=french ... m_1i_1xf4A

I note that the RH end of layout has capability to extend. 8)
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:10 am

must be the dull season, a very short period in that part of the world. :roll:
Would tend to find seasonal stuff mainly. When the peaches are ripe, you cannot move for them.
I have noticed it can change in just a week, One week there might be a glut of something, so it is cheap to stock, then the following week you can not get hold of that same item. Much better way, but when you get used to 12 months a year supply it comes as a shock initially.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:45 pm

The view looking towards the village from Dragon Tail.

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The birds have already taken up residence.

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Postby Glen A » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:51 pm

You must be very pleased with the layout Bob.
It's a stunning piece of work.
And all built from scratch in only a few months! 8)

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Postby Bob Roegge » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:22 pm

Four new (?) wagons have been delivered. The pedestals are On30 items from Boulder Valley Models.

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Postby Boghopper » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:23 pm

Bob, this just gets better and better. I wish I had you tenacity and time!
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Postby Bob Roegge » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:12 pm

The sidewalk cafe has it's first customer. The bases of the building mounted street lights provided table bases and a little brass wire and cardstock made chairs.

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I decided to add a few more trees in the foreground. They serve to create more depth and also diffuse the view of the streets on either side of the clocktower. I am playing with the backdrop that will make the roads appear to go somewhere. A bit of view block will help to distract from the faults in the backdrop.

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Postby Bob Roegge » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:02 pm

Still adding details. The first show is coming up 20-21 April. A lot more work will be needed to have the layout ready. Found an appropriate French car to add.

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It is not exactly correct for the era of the layout but who in the US will know that it is to new a 2 CV? Who will even know what it is?

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Postby Glen A » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:58 am

Bob Roegge wrote: The first show is coming up 20-21 April.


Wow. And I though it was a fixed shelf layout. I didn't realise it was all portable. It just keeps getting better....

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:29 am

Trés Bon 8) All you need now is a CD of typical French music playing in background(but not French Christmas carols though :lol: )
Don't envy you taking it apart and setting up at exhibition, one reason I love using APA boxes
Just checked number plate on car(department 75). It must be some tourists from Paris, probably the girl in the cafe visiting.
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Postby dieselwater » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm

Hi Bob,

The layout is fantastic! You've certainly captured that charm. The different elements such as the key side, the variety of buildings and the topography really make for a truely great stage for telling stories with your modelling talents. Top stuff chap 8)
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Postby Adrian » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:08 am

G'day Bob
That is a really impressive layout.
Just hope that it runs as well as it looks.
Like Glen I will admit that I thought that it was a fixture ----
Impressed that it is actually mobile :D :D
Like your choice of road traffic ----- even if of the wrong era -----
one of my favourite motor cars.
Thought that an R4 would suit but models of them in 1/24 appear to be even rarer than the 2CVs.
:shock:
Good luck with the show
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Postby Roger Jenner » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:26 am

Bob
Beautiful modelling, i have really enjoyed watching this come together.
Inspiration indeed.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:10 am

Thank you all for the kind comments. I have been admiring the work of so many of you on this forum for some time. Compliments from models of your caliper are very special.

Portability was part of the plan from the beginning. The most enjoyable part of modeling is sharing the work with others. The criteria I designed this layout to was the length, width and height of the back of my Toyota Scion XB. I have room for two sections 54" x 18" with a height no more than 32". The layout is therefore in two sections joined by two alignment dowels and one bolt. I made a couple small stands on which it will sit on top of a standard table top making the viewing height 40".

It runs very well and quite slowly. At home it is a switching layout with manual operation of the turnouts. For shows two trains will run continuously. One on the front track and one on the rear track. I installed two Circuitron AR2 automatic reversing circuits with delay. The only shortcoming is that starts and stops are a little abrupt. Momentum throttle does not work with the reversing circuits. I will post another youtube after I finish the backdrops.

I am working on the backdrops and adding a back in the event the back is exposed at shows. Still need a few more details to add life and some more little folks. Added some freight details and a bunch more plants this week.

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Postby Trevor Coburn » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:33 am

Bob

I cant add any more to what others have said before , Just WOW!.

I hope the viewing public appreciate it too.


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Postby chris stockdale » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:58 am

Trevor Coburn wrote:Bob

I can't add any more to what others have said before , Just WOW!.

I hope the viewing public appreciate it too.




Indeed!

If only it were real (as in 12" to the foot) and one could visit.

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Postby Bob Roegge » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:05 pm

Overall view.........

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Posted a Youtube video at.......

http://youtu.be/Xd5awPVvYMA
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:30 pm

:shock: WOW :!: Stunning work 8)
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Mon May 06, 2013 8:38 am

That looks great, Bob. I seem to have missed your recent posts until today. How did the show go? I hope the visitors were impressed. Can you please tell me the source of the 2CV and what scale it is?
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