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What do you do today on your layout (HO and other scales/gauges)?)?

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Well N scale had one so it's only fair for HO and other scales to have an area to post daily work on your layout and rolling stock.

 

I will start with my Tsugawa HO Level Crossing. A neat kit but it would have been nice if they molded the parts in yellow plastic.  It is very easy to add black over yellow but it took me 4 days to cover the molded black plastic with yellow. One coat of primer and 3 coats of yellow later I was ready for my black stripes, the stripes aren't perfect and a bit oversized but they look good enough to me. If I get really adventurous  I might drill out the lights and add LEDs but that will be a project down the road after I start an HO module to install these on.  After hours of youtube videos on Japanese crossings pretty much anything you can think of is prototypical but I wanted to paint mine like most of the generic crossings.

 

Tsugawa HO scale crossing

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Hmm, somehow my gallery went to private...it should work now changed it back to public.

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I am going to bed...apparently I am sleep deprived..lol

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Strictly speaking I didn't work on the layout, but I did do some measuring and planning using the Kitchenbenchbahn. I wanted to get an idea of how a four-car EMU would look on a layout with a 10' length of track. And while I had the track down I took some photos of my recent additions to the fleet.

 

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Cheers,

 

Mark.

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I hate your photos mark!  They always make me want to do very irresponsible things with my wallet.  :grin   

Nice work as usual, the details on those models is amazing.  Do the grab iron's come already installed, or do you have to add them on yourself?   The Kato Kumoha 40 looks very tempting...

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Not H0 or N scale and not even japanese, but there is an exhibition right now at the Budapest railway historical park and i was invited.

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That's my station and some of my trains. And yes, that's lego... (it's a huge modular layout built by 3 clubs and has 6 stations)

 

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On 16/09/2017 at 5:22 PM, Kiha66 said:

I hate your photos mark!  They always make me want to do very irresponsible things with my wallet.  :grin   

Nice work as usual, the details on those models is amazing.  Do the grab iron's come already installed, or do you have to add them on yourself?   The Kato Kumoha 40 looks very tempting...

 

It depends on the individual model. Some have the handrails, grabs and other fiddly bits already installed, other you have to do yourself. The Tramway diesel cars have some parts already attached, and I have to do the rest. That's okay, I'm happy to have models with such good detail, so I don't mind doing it myself.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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Last weekend I visited the AMRA exhibition at Liverpool -

 

http://www.amransw.asn.au/exhibition/index.html

 

There were some rather good layouts on display there - but sadly nothing Japanese! - and I got some good ideas about layout lighting and presentation. And I also scored this little gem from one of the commercial stands:

 

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This is an older brass model of a C50 made by Toby. When I looked at it closely I could see it hadn't been well cared for, and being an older model it has an open-frame motor without a gearbox. So I assumed it would need repowering. But I wasn't too concerned about that, there's no shortage of aftermarket motors and gearboxes available. Some years back I was at an exhibition and didn't buy a KTM C50 that was for sale there, and I've always regretted it. So I did buy this one. 

 

The really interesting part came when I got home. I gave her a quick test run on the Kitchenbenchbahn, and to my surprise the loco not only ran, but ran very smoothly and quietly. After a clean and some careful oiling it runs even better. So I'm not going to bother replacing the mechanism for the moment. The loco needs some minor repairs and the paint needs a touch-up in places, but all in all I'm very happy with my latest addition to the roster.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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What a beautiful engine, it looks like its in pretty good shape to me!  I wish kato would come out with a C50 in N.

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On 09/10/2017 at 3:05 PM, Kiha66 said:

What a beautiful engine, it looks like its in pretty good shape to me!

 

Before I took this photo I'd straightened numerous bent parts and generally tidied it up. I've since replaced the missing cab handrail and touched up the paint where it was chipped or scratched. Next is a light application of weathering.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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