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Postby NarrowGauge » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:11 am

I have been a regular reader of this forum but never joined as I thought that I did not have anything that I could contribute. Having said that I've been a modeler for some time now and often get comments about the quality of models that I can produce. After reading and re-reading the thread about "Simple Sidings" I have been so inspired that I have now joined the world of G Scale and decided that I wanted to create my own Simple Sidings using 9mm track.
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As you can see my cleaning crew is getting the ground ready to start laying track.
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Postby foswaldy13 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:23 am

Welcome to the forum Tess. You will find this is a lovely place to hang out, with many friendly and helpful people. Be sure to check out the Virtual Exhibition availible at the following address. It is full of inspiring layouts and ideas.

http://forum.gn15.info/viewforum.php?f=16
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Postby foswaldy13 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:27 am

I have had a quick look at your blog. THere is some very nice modelling posted there. I particularily like the flat car and also the BVM box cab. WEll done, and can't wait to see more of your work.
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Postby Dallas_M » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:24 am

Hi Tess --

Welcome aboard! The insanity virus does run a bit rampant here ... hope you ave lots of fun with it. :lol:

Glad that Matt reminded me to follow the link to your blog ... enjoyed seeing the BVM boxcab (of course) -- especially the nice color scheme ... but also intrigued by the little two-level mini-layout. I'm working on a single-level loop layout right now and looking ahead to the possibility of something like that ... and the little four-wheel flats prompted another idea ... dang insanity monster got fed again! 8)
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Postby Adrian » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:48 am

G'day Tess

Welcome......like the look of your modelling......trust we will see you at the Brisbane convention easter, next year ?

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Postby chris stockdale » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:45 am

Dallas_M wrote:
Welcome aboard! The insanity virus does run a bit rampant here ... hope you ave lots of fun with it. :lol:



Best virus around. Nice modelling. Welcome to the Gnuthouse Tess. It's the railway version of Hotel California.


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Getting my head around the shear SIZE of G Scale

Postby NarrowGauge » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:38 am

As I'm kinda between jobs at the moment so I've got loads of time (but no cash !) up my sleeve, I decided that I would set to and start making some assorted "stuff" to place around the layout.

On the left is a 4x4 ft wood pallet and a hand rolled (from tinfoil disposable baking trays) 44 Gal Drum
compared to the right my more familiar O scale drum, pallets and my own castings of the wheelie bin.

I know that the wheelie bins are quite common here in Australia but for the UK or USA I'm unsure if you use them?

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Wow G scale is big ! You know the standard gauge HO Scalers are really missing out on the cool stuff with this hobby.

I still need to decide what kinda loco that I'm gonna make. I have two donor mechanisms that I have to choose from. One is a Kato Tram mech and the other is from a Plymouth. I've seen some on Gnine site "http://iholmes.com/gnine/pages/main.html" that I like but would like to know if any of you out there have photo's of theirs that I could look at for ideas.
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Postby Dallas_M » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:43 am

Yeah, the wheelie bins are common in the US ... but I don't know if we have a name for them. Probably just fall under the general tag of "garbage can" ...

Always interesting to see size comparisons in the different scales ... and the G scale drum can be used to store many of your smaller scale bits! :lol:
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Postby rockershovel » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:02 am

we have wheelie bins in UK ...... :roll: they are frequently used as an excuse to only empty your bins once a fortnight, eeewwwww...
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Work Continues

Postby NarrowGauge » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:07 pm

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As you can see just around midnight last night I completed the track work on the "fiddle yard" and on main module. It's now glued down and pinned, so it isn't going anywhere. In my version of Simple Sidings, I have 3 tracks 2 enter from the right and one from the left just for something different I guess.

The removal of all those extra sleepers was well ... tedious I certainly would not like to be doing that for a full sized layout. I think it would be quicker to hand lay track from scratch. All in all I'm really happy with the results.

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:32 pm

Storyboard presentation is nice and lively.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:05 am

My apologies, a belated welcome Tess, somehow I missed your first post.
Great to see another twist on Simplicity Sidings, or maybe I should say Vanguard Works, which was my original Gnine version :lol:
Will be watching with interest to see how you develop it, have fun.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:26 am

Welcome Tess. Good progress so far :D

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Postby NarrowGauge » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:04 pm

Thank you Matt,Adrian,Dallas,Simon, Steve and any other I missed.
Trolling through these pages over the last year has been most informative and a great source for modeling ideas and techniques. I must Say however the Steve would have been the most inspiring as it is his persistant use of the boxes of fruit and veg would be the inspiration for my current O Scale Project "Traders Junction" as the main product that is transported by my RR is boxes and creates of Fruit and Veg.

I only wish that instead of making an On30 Layout that I had gotten involved in G Scale earlier.

Maybe I'll complete both in time for my Local Show (in June).

Back to the, as yet un-named, micro layout today I attempted the concrete tiles made from several layers of 1mm thick card. It seems that the photo look better that it does in person or perhaps I'm just too critical ??


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Then this afternoon when I was trying to chase the chooks back into their pen I came across some dried out (dead really) shrubby that I thought I could use. So after a quick spray with green paint and some roughly turned Balsa wood using it jammed into the chuck of the drill a "Terracotta" pot was created.

As for the dog and the knocked over pot... I just couldn't resist.
I Love G Scale :D

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Postby Moronguhl » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:06 pm

I think you are definitely being too critical, those tiles look fantastic! I love this worn in look, how did you do them?
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Postby NarrowGauge » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:21 pm

Firstly the I cut cardboard into 1" squares and then lightly filed the edges at about a 45% angle. Next I randomly "squiggled" on supergue to create an uneven surface on the top.
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Once dried I mixed Raw Senna, Raw Umbra, Black and White acrylic paints which were NOT mixed together very well (It looks like a marble effect in the paint tray). Next I dry brush/dab the paint on to each tile. Trying to be as random as possible.

I then glued all the tiles onto yet another layer of cardboard ready to place on the layout.

However still not happy with the look I let it dry completely and then added a wash of graphite paint to the whole project.
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Postby Jes » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:31 pm

Welcome Tess! Good choice to plunge into the world of G9, it has been a pleasant experience for me so far!
I like your method of using super glue for relief, the tiles have come out really well, they have a nice weathered look.
Enjoy building!

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Postby foswaldy13 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:33 pm

Tess, The tiles look great to me, thanks for the how-to on how you created them.
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Postby PeterH » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:39 am

The tiles look great to me. I think bits look much more believable when they are in place on a layout. And conversely if you isolate a bit (of a model or of real life) and look at it closely it can start to look strange.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:37 am

PeterH wrote: if you isolate a bit (of a model or of real life) and look at it closely it can start to look strange.


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Postby Adrian » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:04 am

G'day

If you isolate a Gnatterboxer and look at him closely, would he look strange?


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Postby PeterH » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:39 am

Yeah, well maybe we have a head start.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:53 am

Pressing on I'd just finished soldering the wires to the track and decided to in place the tiles on the layout to see how it would scrub up. OK, OK, It does looked much better In situ. I added some weeds between the tiles using a commercial product "Silfor" but I feel that it dose need a few more. If I was to make a true to live model of things around our house the weeds between the concrete pavers should be about 3 feet high and can't be cut with the lawn mower but on this layout they will be almost under control.

I also laid some ballast. Show here in the photos it's just been placed there, not glued but I really happy with the way it's all coming together.
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Postby AndyA » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:54 am

That's really looking good, Tess. I can't wait to see the next bit... :)

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Postby Adrian » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:33 pm

G'day Tess

I was going to say "That's really looking good, Tess. I can't wait to see the next bit... " but Andy got there first !

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