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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Thorness » Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:56 pm

Ian that is very impressive brickwork. Is it scribed DAS or something similar?

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:58 am

Thanks,

The brickwork is made from the foam disk that sometimes comes as packaging with a frozen pizza. The horizontal courses were embossed with the edge of a steel rule and the vertical joints were done with a broken hacksaw blade. It was made flat for another layout but for this I bent it to a 's' curve, and squidged it about a bit to look more distresses or something. It needs a few weeds growing in cracks and so on - think grotty.

btw, while I'm here - don't know why but my access to the forum is still very intermittent. More often than not I can't access it at all, then it pops up for a day or two before vavishing again - most odd. At the moment I can't see the earlier piccys on this thread, posted via my.gn15.info, but the latest photobucket ones are visible, although when I posted yesterday all the pics were showing...
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Fri May 22, 2015 5:17 pm

Blimey, how many months since my last update? Must try harder :oops:

Anyhoo, to prove I'm still alive here's a piccy...

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Added a building using some bits salvaged from the last layout, with walls made from that pizza base foam scribed with a screwdriver to look somewhat vaguely like stonework. Other than that just some balsa for the ladder and to support the track above the rocky bit.

Will try to make a bit more progress soonishly...
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Nevadablue » Sat May 23, 2015 10:09 pm

Looks good, Ian! :D
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Sun May 31, 2015 3:58 pm

Thanks Ken.

Done a bit at the other end now:

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As the earlier photos on this thread seem a bit erratic here's an overview...

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby chris stockdale » Sun May 31, 2015 6:17 pm

It's all looking very nicely put together.

It made me ponder my abilities.... I have a suspicion that even in 12" to the foot scale my buildings, rocks, track etc. wouldn't look that good. :roll:

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby chris69 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:45 am

Fantastic job Chris! Hats off!!!!!
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Laroche » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:55 am

Wonderful work! I also like the big flowers... :lol:

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby docnjoj » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:33 pm

That is simply wonderful. I would like to consider appropriating this design, possibly in G9, which I have been considering for a while. Yours is a perfect size small layout that allows unattended running at times. Great stuff.
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:36 pm

Thanks all :D

Must admit this build had ground to a halt for a while but I'm getting going again now.

David, feel free to borrow any ideas, it's all stuff I've swiped from other people anyway :lol: . I think the design works reasonably well for a bit of operation and a continuous run in a minimal space but one thing is very restricted - clearances and curves. Fitting it into the storage box put tight limits on the size and stock will need to be built to fit, there's not a lot of room to play with! Still, that's part of the fun...
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby henrix72se » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:30 pm

Looks great!

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby NotHarryPotter » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:57 pm

Gnice work!
The layout is coming along very well :D
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:30 pm

That is really impressive, Ian.
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:08 pm

'lo folks,

This might not be the speediest build but it hasn't totally ground to a halt...

I've filled in the basic ground cover and added a bit more vegetation, also gone over the ballast with a mix of smaller bits of cat litter and green scatter material aiming for a semi-overgrown look. Here's where I'm up to now:

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Nevadablue » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:38 pm

Ian, Welcome Back! :D It is good to see an update on this. I'm watching with interest. Nice work!
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby RoGNer » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:05 am

Very gnice indeed - thanks for the update. Great work!

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby NICKJW » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:04 pm

Nice work.

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby docnjoj » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:12 pm

I gotta get off my butt and try that brickwork in the foam stuff. Thanks.
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:45 pm

'lo folks,

Not a huge amount to do scenically now, but I need some rolling stock. A battery trammer would seem to fit the bill for the upper level so I've started something based loosely on this... http://industrialrail.5u.com/manchatrammerpage2.html

A Tenshodo motor bogie plus some plasticard, and resin sandboxes from the bits box (Steve Bennet origin if I remember rightly)...
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Thorness » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:12 am

Looking good.

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Zoange » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:19 pm

Grandiose!
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Montignac » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:02 pm

Wonderful layout :D
And now, the Gnewbee question: What kind of ballast did you use :?:

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Ian-IoM » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:40 am

Thanks all,

Gnewbee wrote:What kind of ballast did you use :?:


It's cat litter, "Tesco's Clumping Cat Litter" to be exact, the cats don't seem to mind me borrowing some. The pieces are a bit big but can be broken quite easily, and when wetted with diluted PVA it goes soft so can be squidged down to give an impression of areas that have been compacted by foot traffic or whatever. I mixed a bit of green scatter stuff in with it, I'm aiming for a slightly neglected and overgrown look.
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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby Montignac » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:53 am

OK. Thanks. Very helpful :D

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Re: Bedbug Mine

Postby rue_d_etropal » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:24 pm

Many years ago when I first moved up north, I remember a well known local modeller recommending cat litter, but to be careful if you don't want one of the highly scented ones.
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