Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

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Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Postby franckcombe » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:07 am

After Modelling the Woolacombe Bay at 1/13.7 scale, I start a new layout called Vestvagoy. A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale located on the Vestvagoy in Lofoten Islands in the north of Norway.

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It's a fictional railways. The rea is nowadays. The Track are 45 mm / 2 feet scale. The scale is 7/8 inch for one foot or 1/13.7
The railway system allows the fishermen to transport the fish and the fishing materials from the boat to the fishery

The layout measures 143 cm by 73 cm plus a fiddle yard on the left part of the layout of 93 cm by 73 cm (not shows on the photos). On the fiddle yard, I have 3 tracks that allow me to do various movements between the layout and the “rest of the world”. I run the layout from the front in order to be able to share and discuss with the visitors. I’m equipped for that with a DCC Wireless Infrared System to be able to move freely.

I will be able to utilized my fleet of locomotives of free lance locos and true English and german one like the Lister, the Ruston 20 HP and Ransom and Rapier.

The rolling stocks come from Bachmann, LGB, HLW and also entire scratch build ones.


The layout runs on DCC with an Spectrum EZ Command Control System Dynamis Wireless Infrared System. Each locomotive is equipped with a DCC decoder. The sound of the loco is also played under the layout with an Esu sound 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 seagulls, sterns, …

The boat and the building on the quay belong to Hansen Fisk company

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I start the layout by the central element, the boat. I order the hull in vacuum plastic in UK (30 inches long) plus the accessories of another supplier in UK.

The boat will look like of a mix of that

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Here the mock up of the layout at 1/5 scale of 1/13 scale (ie 1/65 scale)

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The quay will be done in wood. On the quay, a crane from a truck will help to unload the fishes from the boat (crane from mackmouldings)


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The only unknown element for me is how to do a calm sea. I never do that before and I have seen many techniques on internet. The key factor of success for this layout is the sea. I'm a little lost so if you can help me ?

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Postby Corusman » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:51 pm

Looking good. Macs Models are cheap and realistic. I have had more comments about his gas bottle than the locos on my layout.
Are you using the Woolacombe locos on this new layout?

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Postby franckcombe » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:56 pm

The advantage of using the same theme (fishing) means that I can re use locos , rolling stocks and load.

In fact I show only 2 locos because of a problem of dilatation of the sands when it dries, it reduces the gauge of the tracks. So I can only use these 2 locos even I had 5 more already nearly finish. For the next layout, I will check the gauge in order to run 7 locos plus 3 on the benchworks (lister, ruston and hudson).

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Postby franckcombe » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:38 am

I start the layout just after I came back from Midland Railex where I have validate during the 2 days of exhibitions that I can have fun with 3 tracks only and a transfer table.

So now I can built my new layout

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:54 pm

Corusman wrote:Looking good. Macs Models are cheap and realistic. I have had more comments about his gas bottle than the locos on my layout.
Are you using the Woolacombe locos on this new layout?


Franck is referring to an entirely different company Macs Mouldings.
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Postby franckcombe » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:50 pm

Today, I make some progress :

- installation of the backdrop

- painting of sea

- Gluing pcb tie

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Postby franckcombe » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:49 pm

I made some progress during the last 2 days. I install the rail and I begin also the structures.

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Postby franckcombe » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:02 pm

I have finished the wood beam of the pier, paint the pier in white in order to put snow on it. I have also pre stained the builduing before the red paint.

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:36 pm

that fisherman looks a lot happier in Norway :wink:
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Postby franckcombe » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:35 am

I have practically finish the building. The boat is not finished.

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Postby franckcombe » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:44 pm

After a long period of inactivity on the layout, I made some progress on the boat. I need to add few details.

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Postby Christian » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:52 pm

Always lost in the sea...Wonderful as usual.
Make today a great day ! :D :D :D

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:12 pm

Attractive sailboat in background of that one photo.
30 inches long for the hull - looking at photos that makes the layout easily 6 or 7 feet long.

Aw man, even with Dad in Navy while I was growing up, don't have ideas on how to model water as described - was too intimidated by the job to try it - still am too.
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Postby franckcombe » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:35 pm

Willow Creek Traction wrote:Attractive sailboat in background of that one photo.
30 inches long for the hull - looking at photos that makes the layout easily 6 or 7 feet long.

Aw man, even with Dad in Navy while I was growing up, don't have ideas on how to model water as described - was too intimidated by the job to try it - still am too.


The layout measures nearly 5 feet.

For the sea I have test at least 6 / 7 methods. I choose one (crystal resin) but I have to test it in real. It"s quite intimidated me also, I never try it before. If I succeed the sea, the sea will be a key factor of the layout, if I failed, the layout will be failed too.

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Postby MickT » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:52 pm

Tres Bon Franck! This is very impressive indeed!

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Postby franckcombe » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:58 am

The layout progresses a little

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Postby Broadoak » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:10 pm

I think you have made a superb job of the little inshore fishing craft Franck.
It looks most realistic.

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Re: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Postby franckcombe » Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:04 am

I just finish tree locos for this layout. I work hard during 3 days to paint them and weather them.

The first one is a free lance diema base on a 040 davenport of Bachman. I use few laser cut parts.

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The second one is a free lance loco base on a 040 davenport of Bachman. I use parts of backwood transkit. I'm not very happy with the result but The loco will stay like that.


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The last one is a Gmeinder 18/20 on a davenport chassis. I use marvellous casting parts of Bill Martinsen c/.

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Postby Steve Holland » Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:06 pm

Those diesels are very convincing, that is a great depiction of hard use and minimal maintenance. Just noticed the bootprints in the snow around them as well - it's making me feel cold looking at the photos!
Superb work :D
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Postby Simon » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:11 pm

I echo Steve's comments - really top class modelling!

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Re: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Postby Mark Goodwin » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:58 pm

Hi Frank,

You paint jobs look like the real thing. Could you show us how you achieve these realistic finishes ? Please may we have some information about how to obtain the parts used in your conversions?
Wonderful, realistic models - thanks for sharing them with us.
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Re: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Postby franckcombe » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:51 am

The parts come from
bachmann for the chassis
parts from ozarkminiatures, simon harris and bill martinsen
parts for the second locos from backwoodsminiatures
The rest is mainly done by me by hand or laser cut techniques

For the techniques it would be too long too explains. I use only the techniques from military kit. To learn these techniques, just pay a visit to military kit forum or buy the bible book (more than 500 pages) faq 2 from mig jimenes. Take a look at also military magazines.

The techniques use in military kit is far more developed than the techniques used in train.

In few word I use enamel paint, wash, pastel powder and acrylic paint.

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Re: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Postby Nevadablue » Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:50 am

Wonderful work Franck! Excellent pictures too. I've been looking for a loco that the operator sits straddle of the center controls. Yours is IT!

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Thank you very much.

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Re: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:00 am

nice modelling. Can't have been very comfortable driving that loco. On a road vehicle you are mainly driving forward, but on rails you are likely to be going back and forth equally. Also a bit cold in the open, but then they would be used to the cold in Norway.
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Postby ian holmes » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:33 pm

Wonderful modeling as usual Franck.
The small detail of all the footprints in the snow makes me smile.

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