Dabbling in GNine - Skylon Heights Light Railway

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Dabbling in GNine - Skylon Heights Light Railway

Postby skylon » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:24 pm

I've had a few bits of Steve's GNine range for well over a year now, patiently waiting in a shoebox for me to pull my finger out. Enthusiasm has been low over the last year really, and its only in the last month or so that I've regained some interest, the result of some excellent new projects appearing on these pages.
Anyhoo, there's no real premise to it. I'm just saying it's the railway I have around my grounds. You know, usual thing; big house, farm shop, pub, workshops, all rolled into one!
The layout focuses on the workshops (provisionally called the Special Operations Division), where rolling stock is made for other miniature railways.
It's a stretch really to call it a layout out 24in by 9in, but it suits my needs well.
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An overall view showing the non fiddle yard end.^

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A close up showing the workshop and office/tea hut (S.O.D. Office?)^

As you can see, plenty still to do. Interiors, external detailing, general touching up. The list goes on.

Should anyone have any questions on my rubber gauging, ask away.

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Postby Moronguhl » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:28 pm

Don't belittle your work Sam, looks very neat and tidy to me! i really like the wooden fence and corrugated building at the end of the line. Are those doors going to be open-able so wagons can be shunted into the shed?

Is the other end a set of points to create an Inglenook or is it the GBox-patented traverser?

Keep it up, looking promising!
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Postby demaine22 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:57 pm

Hi Sam,

I think you're being a bit harsh on yourself there, I think it looks nice and tidy! And I think the size is quite appropriate for shunting about with :D

EDIT: And as they build stock there for other miniature railways you can build up a nice collection of stock :twisted:

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Postby Moronguhl » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:14 pm

demaine22 wrote:EDIT: And as they build stock there for other miniature railways you can build up a nice collection of stock :twisted:


Ooo..very good point. Very good excuse to have 'guest locos' of other styles/sizes/nationalities every now and then as obscure styles are requested by the company's clients. Maybe even pre-weathered ones if such paintjobs exist outside the model railway world!!
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Postby Jon Randall » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:14 pm

Ooh I like it a lot 8)
It has a gnice combination of materials and a lovely track-plan I may have to pinch :wink:
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Postby demaine22 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:15 pm

Moronguhl wrote:
demaine22 wrote:EDIT: And as they build stock there for other miniature railways you can build up a nice collection of stock :twisted:


Ooo..very good point. Very good excuse to have 'guest locos' of other styles/sizes/nationalities every now and then as obscure styles are requested by the company's clients. Maybe even pre-weathered ones if such paintjobs exist outside the model railway world!!


Weathered locos could be returned stock for repair 8)

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Postby skylon » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:07 pm

Thanks everyone.

Hopefully before too long I'll be in a position to get some more and better photos, the flash shows a multitude of sins!

Moronguhl, there are no plans afoot for an opening door. Never say never though!

demaine22, locos coming in for servicing was something I hadn't thought of. A good excuse to run some bangers!

Jon, pinch away. Most of the ideas and techniques come from these very pages!
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:20 am

Great to see you found your mojo again Sam, motivation is hard to find when they go walkabout.
Looks to be a very workable little layout and I do like the concept.
Like others, I'm admiring the corrugated shed and sorely tempted to borrow the idea on a future project :lol:
As for the fence, thats just brilliant :wink:

Hopefully a bit more inspiration here for you. A before and after shot of a Simplex at Alan Keef's which came in for refurbishment.
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A bit of modelling in reverse, as this came in pretty poor condition and left nice and clean. The opposite to the way we normally model :lol:
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Postby skylon » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:03 pm

Thanks Steve. Hopefully I can crack on a bit more tomorrow, maybe I'll even run a train!
I can't claim any credit for the fence, not here anyway ! :lol:
The shed building is nothing more than a foamboard structure, brick paper around the bottom and painted corrugated card for the upper sections and the roof. It's awaiting touching up and weathering, and I'm thinking of a light, possibly an OO yard light mounted above the door.
Thanks for the pictures, the idea of servicing locos has given me even more motivation!
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Postby ian holmes » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:31 pm

looks great Sam.
the layout oozes character

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Postby Broadoak » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:44 am

Hi Sam,

I agree with all the other comments. You have an excellent little layout with a huge potential.

The idea of manufacturing and repairing locomotives and stock is inspired. 8)
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Postby skylon » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:46 am

Thanks Ian and Peter, there are shades of both your works in there!

The arrival of a new laptop today (allegedly) should make uploading photos much easier. The process currently involves downloading them, emailing them to myself and uploading to Photobucket via their app (which it has to be said is very good).

I've also got the roofers on standby, ready to crack on with the tea room roof when the tiles arrive.

Anyway, I've got a rickety wooden shed to erect!
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Postby Moronguhl » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:38 pm

skylon wrote:Anyway, I've got a rickety wooden shed to erect!


Hang on...we talking Gn15 or 12 inches to the foot?! :wink:
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Postby skylon » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:17 pm

The model variety, though there is a good prototype in the garden! :D
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Postby skylon » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:36 am

Following on, here are the results of the yesterdays cutting and glueing.

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The shed is just a balsa frame clad in more balsa! The roof will be a couple of sheets of tatty old wriggly tin, when the weather permits painting. The design is shamelessly pinched from Simon Andrews and his 'Get Something Running' layout. The figure nearest the camera incidentally is by Charlie Stewart of this parish, a top job. The fence is propped up against the temporary backscene. ^

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I think we got it right anyway, the plans are a bit vague. ^

I might experiment with a brick wall or a hedge instead of the fence, just to add some more variety.
No roof tiles arrived today, so that's been set back again. It's chucking it down here in Berkshire so the back up plan of a proper backscene is out the window too!
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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:41 am

Great, really like the guys consulting the plans :lol: very appropriate.
If it's raining that much there Sam, dont leave it too long getting some preservative or paint on all that wood :wink:
Only joking, that shed is going to be in an ideal place for detailing and all the fun that entails. Another idea I will be borrowing soon :)
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Postby skylon » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:14 pm

Thanks Steve!

With the amount of rain that has fallen already I'm surprised it's not rotten through! :wink:

I was looking at the last page of the 'bodge traverser' thread recently, particularly where you compare it to a 7mm diorama. It's given me some ideas of how I'd like to detail the shed. Ideas borrowing goes full circle! :lol:
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Postby demaine22 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:34 pm

Nice shed Sam 8)

I agree with your idea of making a wall to contrast, I have had a similar idea recently for my pizza which will mix fencing and walling together to add a little more variety to the scene.
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Postby skylon » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:13 pm

Thanks!

I'm thinking something similar. Possibly a low brick wall with a small fence on top.
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Postby skylon » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:00 pm

I decided to mock up the wall/fence combo and slap it in place as bit of an experiment...

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I have to say, I'm not convinced. Maybe it's because it's just a mock up, but I just can't see it looking right. More likely is that I'll go with a continuous brick wall, a la a walled garden. I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts on this.
You can also see from this picture that the roofers have been and gone!
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:44 pm

First off, nice work on the roof Sam, the slates look very good from this shot.
The roof is also relevent with regards to the fence however.
I would agree with you at the moment, it's not looking very inspiring, but I think that is because the wood is too light and very close to the brick in it's tonal range.
I would suggest trying the wood with a darker stain and see if that works better, I think it will.
There is a lot of contrast in the buildings between the brick, paint and the slate roof. That kind of sets a precedent for the way it is viewed, so the eye expects more contrast between different materials, which is lacking with the wall/fence combo at the moment.
I could be completely wrong of course and quite often am :lol:
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Postby Jon Randall » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:45 pm

I agree Sam, it doesn't look quite right. Try trimming off the bottom to three or four courses of brickwork. It may help emphasise the fence.
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Postby Cross Kitter » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:39 pm

Walled garden walls were quite often of a wave design. :shock: Might be a bit difficult to do though it would look nice. :lol:

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Postby skylon » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:15 pm

Thanks everyone, sound advice which will be duly followed.

Simon, that would be a challenge!

On a tangent, has anyone has a go at miniature-ising a largeer, tender loco?
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:25 pm

Hi Sam,

Just catching up with the Gnatterbox. I like you micro, very inspiring 8)

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