woolacombe layout at 7/8 th scale

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Postby franckcombe » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:47 pm

Sorry but I forget, it's from an italieri truck at 1/24 scale. It's come from a scrap box.

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Postby Corusman » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:13 am

It's all looking really good. I hope to come and see the layout in August.
More pictures of painted locos please, especially the box cab.
Have you see Swift Sixteen have produced a tub wagon in this scale.
I have one already and they are beautifully moulded.

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Postby franckcombe » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:20 am

Corusman wrote:It's all looking really good. I hope to come and see the layout in August.
More pictures of painted locos please, especially the box cab.
Have you see Swift Sixteen have produced a tub wagon in this scale.
I have one already and they are beautifully moulded.


For the locos, I show only one for the moment, I painted a second one but I was deceived by the pastel powder that turn down with mat vanish. I have also 5 already finished locos that I need to paint including the box cab. And I have also 5 more locos more or less advanced on the benchwork. I will show more in april or may because I paint always all a roster in one shoot.

Thank-you for the reference of Swift Sixteen that you allow me to discover.

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Postby demaine22 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:57 am

Is your layout powered through the track Franck or are your locos manual battery control?

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Postby franckcombe » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:19 am

demaine22 wrote:Is your layout powered through the track Franck or are your locos manual battery control?

Simon


My layout is DCC equipped with sound system.

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Postby demaine22 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:30 am

Interesting 8)

I look forward to seeing more :D
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Postby franckcombe » Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:19 pm

I use Spectrum EZ Command Control System Dynamis Wireless Infrared System. Each loco has a decoder. In parallel, the sound is also played under the layout like on the maple shack with an Esu sound lock decoder plus a subwoofer and two satellites. In parallel, I play a CD on a CD player links also to another separate Hercules XPS2-135 system. The CD contains true sounds of waves mixed with sounds of seagull, stern, ... for a true sea ambiance.

I have to develop also an olfactory system with seaweeds.

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Postby dieselwater » Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:55 pm

Hi Frank,

Really fantastic layout. I really like how the rolling stock tells a story of all the different gnoings on in and around the crab shack 8)
Little old lines to somewhere.

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Postby franckcombe » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:56 pm

dieselwater wrote:Hi Frank,

Really fantastic layout. I really like how the rolling stock tells a story of all the different gnoings on in and around the crab shack 8)


It's like your layout with a marvellous atmospheric ambiance.

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Postby franckcombe » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:33 pm

This afternoon I have token fews outdoor shoots

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Postby demaine22 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:23 am

I love the blue you have used on your wagons Franck, reminds me of the seaside instantaneously! 8) I could do with a break there now!

Did you make your own crabs?
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Postby franckcombe » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:28 am

demaine22 wrote:I love the blue you have used on your wagons Franck, reminds me of the seaside instantaneously! 8) I could do with a break there now!

Did you make your own crabs?


I paint the crabs but the crabs come from http://www.macsmouldings.co.uk/page7.php

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Postby joey » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:59 am

those crabs are amazing loving the engine and rolling stock really does remind me of the beach

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Postby franckcombe » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:14 am

joey wrote:those crabs are amazing loving the engine and rolling stock really does remind me of the beach


Thank-you. I live in Paris and the beach are far away even if I really love beach. Hopefully, I will be on holidays from the next Saturday for 15 days at Ré island for taking also inspiration, photos and details for the Woolacombe bay.

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Postby Daniel O. Caso » Tue May 28, 2013 7:19 pm

I enjoyed your work at the NGRM forum but it is a pleasure to see it here again and more detailled.

Great modelling!

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Postby franckcombe » Tue May 28, 2013 7:30 pm

Hi Daniel,

It's perhaps because I prefer Gn15 forum (my favorite one ).

I don't really made big progress on this layout because I'm focussed on another project : a panzer IV at 1/16 scale that I must finish for the birthday of my brother.

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Postby franckcombe » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:42 pm

For those that are interested, the layout will be displayed at the Midland Railex in august and I will be pleased to discuss and meet the forum's members

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Postby howard jones » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:05 pm

Hi Franck - I had already admired this layout ( on the 7/8ths group ? ) I know I have seen it somewhere before. I am in the process of building a Gn15 seaside layout and struggling to find the lighter colour of sand that you have used.
Is it '' Marine'' tank sand ? the only marine sand I can find is stark ''white'' and the very light yellowy' sand that is on your layout would suit the sand dunes I am trying to build.
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Postby franckcombe » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:51 am

howard jones wrote:Hi Franck - I had already admired this layout ( on the 7/8ths group ? ) I know I have seen it somewhere before. I am in the process of building a Gn15 seaside layout and struggling to find the lighter colour of sand that you have used.
Is it '' Marine'' tank sand ? the only marine sand I can find is stark ''white'' and the very light yellowy' sand that is on your layout would suit the sand dunes I am trying to build.


In fact the quest for the perfect sand is not so easy. I try to find in the DIY store but the sand is too big and the color is not appropiate.

You can also see in pet shop (aquarium department), you have a wide choice.

The best solution, is to find true beach sand (fine of course for 1/24 scale). You will have perhaps to visit different beaches before finding the good sand (very fine and with the good color). The quest could be long but don't forget if you sand is not right, your layout could not be right. I find mine after a long quest at Ré island (french west Atlantic island).

According my souvenir the sand of woolacombe was fantastic.

This is the first step : find the sand.

Now you have to apply the sand :
- paint the ground with a latex paint of the same color of the sand (be sure you have the right sand before)
-paint also your ties and rails
- let dry
- apply pva glue
- sprinkle sand
-let it dry a few day
- remove the excess of sand (don't be afraid you will have uncovered area)
- sprinkle another layer of sand (the final one)
- apply a mix of pva glue and water (50 % / 50 %) to damp the sand and remove immediatly unwanted sand (in frog area for example, test a wagon)
- let dry
- remove the excess of sand
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Postby howard jones » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:58 am

Many thanks Francke. A very comprehensive reply and sourcing natural sand from a suitable beach makes sense - and great on the wallet too !
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Postby franckcombe » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:05 am

You are welcome.

It seems that you are not so far from various beaches !

Don't forget a waste bag or IKEA bag to carry the sand !

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Postby Adrian » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:24 am

G'day guys
Maybe not really close to you but the beach at Adelaide, SA, Oz is really fine although probably a little too white.
Brought some back on a trip there some years ago. Still using it.
Transporting it by plane and dealing with customs and immigration might be fun though.

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Postby franckcombe » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:11 pm

Adrian wrote:G'day guys
Maybe not really close to you but the beach at Adelaide, SA, Oz is really fine although probably a little too white.
Brought some back on a trip there some years ago. Still using it.
Transporting it by plane and dealing with customs and immigration might be fun though.

Cheers


the photo of the backdrop is from an Australian beach !

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Postby franckcombe » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:36 pm

During the exhibition, I was very pleased to meet Simon HARRIS. It was a pleasure and an honor for me that he runs his loco and rolling stocks on my layout. He gave me also the excellent idea of the chain shunting, brilliant ! I was also impressed by his battery loco, a system that I ignore all because I'm in DCC.

I had the pleasure to meet also Stephan, Peter and 3 - 4 others 7/8 th scale modellers (I hope the will forgave me to not be able to site them).

I'm already invite for 3 others exhibitions in UK so I hope it will be another occasion to meet others 7/8th scale modellers.

Articles will be written in British railway modelling and in narrow gauge industrial railway modelling review on the Woolacombe Bay so I hope it will contribute a little to the development of this fantastic scale.


Few photos of the layout during the exhibition with loco and rolling stock from Simon Harris

The flat depressed car is a marvellous

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Me with Simon Harris

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Postby chris stockdale » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:30 pm

A shame that I couldn't be there. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Si and others. It looks as if there are going to be further chances to meet, so here's hoping.

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