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Postby Jes » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:25 pm

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Today I've started building my first experimental G9 layout. The base is a 24 x 24 cm wooden box for teabags (bought for a couple of euro's), with its lid removed and turned upside-down. Excellent little base for the Tomytec 10.3 mm radius track circle.
I am thinking of turning it into a Lavender farm-type railway, used for harvesting the crop and transporting it to a small distillery in a shed. The track will be sunk into the soil and covered with grass. I like the look of those 'feldbahn'-style railways that are barely visible. It's often seen at peat railways.
The build will be split up in small projects to keep building enjoyable (and enlarging the chance of getting this finished... ;) )
I'll keep you posted on the progress, and of course any suggestions are welcome!

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Postby Simon Andrews » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:36 pm

Good luck Jes :D

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:15 pm

To quote a famous quote "I love it when a plan comes together." :D
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Postby Oztrainz » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:35 pm

:twisted: :idea: Suggestion - hide an essential oil evaporator in the distillery shed - a waft of cooking lavender or similar from the distillery stack :?:
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Postby Jes » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:57 pm

Thanks Simon!

Suggestion - hide an essential oil evaporator in the distillery shed - a waft of cooking lavender or similar from the distillery stack

Nice one, I'll use that :)

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Postby dieselwater » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:41 am

Good luck Jes! Looks like a good plan 8)
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Postby joe gilmartin » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:55 pm

Jes....
Great start !
Glad to see more people moving into Gnine
Good plan (about the building in stages)
that Kato unit is the smart choice almost bulletproof!
Can't wait to see your progress

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Postby Jes » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:25 pm

a quick update after a day playing with cardboard and filler :)

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Postby AndyA » Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:27 am

Nice one. I wish I'd done mine that way, but you've inspired me to get back to work on it. Look forward to seeing your progress.

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Postby Kevin » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:39 pm

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That's a very promising start. Please keep the pictures coming.
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Postby Jes » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:26 pm

Made a little mockup of the shed today. Well.. little... that thing looks huge on the tiny layout :shock: .

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The business end of the layout will be the back where the lavender is grown. I'll make this part removable so I can change the grown crop and the appearance of the layout. (why not a little pumpkin farm for halloween :) )

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Postby Jes » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:26 pm

...and another step further. I filled the space between the tracks with Milliput and gave the whole thing a coat of paint.

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Now the base is more or less done it's time for the fun part :) Next up is building the shed. I'll keep you posted!

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Postby Jes » Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:33 pm

I didn't like the look of the mockup shed I made last week, so changed the design slightly. The shed was made out of plain cardboard, with 1x5 mm balsa strips glued on. All cardboard visible on the outside will be covered with thin strips of wood. When finished, I'll paint it red with white accents (should be a nice colourful combination with the colour of the lavender).

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For my first attempt of building a structure in G scale I'm quite satisfied about the way it's beginning to take shape. One of the best ways to spend your sunday afternoon I recon :)

By the way, if you're wondering, there's actually a prototype for this :wink:
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Postby underworld » Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:24 pm

Jes

I really like your idea of being able to change the crop! The new shed is really cool....is the prototype in your backyard? Those small barn style sheds are really common where I live. Many stores sell precut kits and some have prebuilt sheds they deliver to your site.


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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:29 pm

New shed style is way better :D
Thought popped in that shape of gambrel roof sort-of echoes curve shape of track, and that is why it looks better.
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Postby Jes » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:13 pm

@ underworld: Funny to hear those sheds are very common where you live! I had never seen one before and found this one browsing the net. I liked the agricultural look of it.
@ Willow Creek Traction: Thanks! I hadn't thought about that but you're right!

Another small update. I added the red boards to the side of the shed and weathered it a bit. I'm not really satisfied about the boards, but I force myself not to nag about it, they look okay from a distance. :evil:

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Postby scott b » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:54 am

Underworld has it! Every big box hardware store has those out in the parking lot in North America. You buy them in a kit and knock them together in an afternoon or 2. There is even plastic molded versions and stamped steel ones all the same shape as your little shed. And for those of us who remember there was a hamburger chain called the Red Barn who`s restaurants had the same shape as your shed. Your shed is a mini version of the typical farm barn in this part of the world.
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Postby Jes » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:04 am

I finished the shed by glueing 6x12 mm pieces of sandpaper on the roof (which doesn't need any paint really). All left now is some wheathering and small details like the hinges. I'm thinking about adding a chimney on the side to give the idea that someting is being distilled inside. Perhaps even some equipment inside.. But that has to wait untill later. Anyway, now this is done, I'll continue with the terrain on the layout. I'm thinking about raising the middle section to give the layout a less flat appearance (and Jon doesn't have to bend far when removing weed..) I'll put a low brick wall around it, which will be the next project.

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Postby henrix72se » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:41 am

Like it a lot, looks great !!

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Postby teetrix » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:59 am

Looks much better as the first attempt! Some pics for further inspirations:
http://www.essentialoil.com/distillinglav.html
I'm not sure, if you wanna build the harvester :D
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Postby Simon Andrews » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:26 pm

Nice looking shed Jes. Plenty of character :D

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Postby Bilco » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:02 pm

A really neat little shed, Jes. I look forward to seeing the layout progressing.
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Postby Jes » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:51 pm

Thanks for the kind words :D
Very inspiring link Michael, thanks. Oh I love those strange looking contraptions! Don't think there's a lot of room for it on my layout though... But perhaps a smaller version.. hmm.. for the time being, let's just say the harvester is in the shed :wink:

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Postby foswaldy13 » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:56 pm

Jes, The little shed looks awesome. Good Job. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your layout progress, as I have a huge love of pizza layouts.
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Postby Pandy » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:25 am

All looking great so far, well done ! what about a small distillation plant mounted on a wagon ? :)
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