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disturbman

Ok, I'm having quite a few technical problem with the forum this morning. I can't upload any images and for the moment I can't even open my own "In progress thread"... Maybe it's the computer, I don't know. Hopefully everything will get back in order soon. I'm going to try one or two things to sort this out.

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disturbman

Since my previous discussion thread is dead I opened a new one here.

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Martijn Meerts

Your masking looks pretty well done. One thing I would recommend though, is if you spend that much time and effort into the masking you should really try using an airbrush or some spray cans. When you use a brush, you use a lot of paint in general, and the paint will cover up the masking tape. When you then take off the tape, there's a fair chance part of the paint will be stripped off the plastic.

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disturbman

You're right and I discovered this with a little bit of disapoint/anger/disgust (pick one). But I can't afford to buy a airbrush. I will maybe look into cans. If I could find something with the right cement color it will be perfect. If not I will give shot to this Q-Tip technique I tried during the week. It will be a lot lighter than the brush and hopefully the paint will not be stripped off like it did. But the damage are within control, very subtle and light.  Problem is, I have to redo some masking.

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Bernard

Vincent - Sorry, but on your last post about the module I not really following you. Is it possible to show which part of the track plan you are doing in the overall scheme?

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disturbman

No problem Bernard. Since English is not my native language my explanations can sometimes be a bit confused or confusing.

 

For this project, after much toying arount and despite my first idea, I choose to do a "linear" layout. Also designed as an end module of a bigger modular layout, the project layout feature a terminus station, two tracks that will connect the layout to other modules and a sidding. I did't have any updated version of my actual track plan but I worked out a quick version. The part I'm will be doing here is more or less the one represented in the bold and dark quadrilateral. Sorry for allmost monochromic schematic, I couldn't find how to add color to this Photoshop file at these very late hour.

 

[smg id=674]

 

I hope it's clearer now. Just tell me if it ain't.

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Mudkip Orange

The paint on the houses is pretty spiff.

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disturbman

Thanks Mudkip! It's allways recomforting to have feedback like that. :)

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serenityFan

Are the buffers too long so that it won't fit in your base? How long are they?

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disturbman

The buffers are 70mm each. Which add 140mm to the track plan. Even the little fold I have on the layout can't help too keep the tracks on the base. Everything has become too big.

 

I have too find an alternative solution knowing that I absolutely need (at least) 300mm between a point and a buffer in order to stock a 4 cars B Train. I have ordered a package of very small rail (18.5 and 30) just in case, before I even had this problem, but they will not arrive untill three weeks now. So, for the moment, I'm stuck.

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disturbman

Anyway, if someone as an idea, even an alternate trackplan to submit, I will gladly hear it. I do like mine but I still don't see any options.

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Bernard

If you like your track plan than stick with it. If it's the dimensions you're worry about because of the specs of the project, I wouldn't worry about it. Make the adjustments that you need to make so the track fits.

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disturbman

Thanks Bernard. I think I will take your sound advice and change the focus of this project. That should allow me to keep my beloved ( :p ) trackplan. So, instead of having a terminus station, suburban city center and a one track yard, the module will be from now on limited to the station and city center. The yard will be build on another adjacent module.

 

At the end, this option is clearing space on my first board. I'm still thinking about cuting it so it will match the new track size and plan but I'm also toying with the idea of leting the baseboard has it is now. It will give me more room to build a city and give a more urban feeling to the module. That might be a good thing.

 

I'm also questioning wether I should add two tracks to the station so I could have Limited Express finishing their run here. Or maybe they will stop here coming from one line before entering in another one. You know, they will make a cusp.

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Bernard

The photo of the scene you are modeling says a lot. I see what you are doing and it's looking good.

At this point I would worry about dimensions, the most important thing is to have a layout that runs smoothly and that you'll be happy with.

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disturbman

Thanks Bernard.

 

I'm now in the process of finding the right product to model the platforms. But today is Germany's National Day, everything is closed and I will have to wait until next week.

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marknewton

Vincent, how's your project going? Looking your in-progress thread, you've chosen an interesting subject. I hope you've sorted out the problems you mentioned with dimensions.

 

All the best,

 

Mark.

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disturbman

So far no real progress since the last post. I got clogged up in work. The dimension problem is solved and I found some building material that should allow me to get a step further. Might have a new update soon.

 

Thanks for the kind words Mark. :)

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disturbman

Advice welcome. I'm thinking of adding a layer of cork under my tracks (I'm using finetracks) before gluing everything done but I can't decide if it will add something to the layout.  ???

 

I know cork is used for defeaning the sound produced by the running trains but, should that alone be a good reason?

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Bernard

Vincent - I don't know if you need to add a cork roadbed, that's usually for track that doesn't have one and your track does. Also by adding a cork roadbed will raise the track and it you have tunnels or other extensions you'll have to compensate.

But what you can do if you want, is do a test with a piece of cork roadbed under a section of your finetrack and see if there is difference in the sound.

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marknewton

Vincent, as Bernard says, cork is usually used with track that doesn't already have roadbed/ballast attached. It does have some sound-deadening qualities, but that depends on how it is used. For example, if you use crushed stone ballast and white glue, the sound reduction will be minimal.

 

Also the height of the track would be excessive with cork under the integral ballast/roadbed of Finetrack.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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disturbman

The word was "deadening" not "deafening"! I can't believe I was so confused!  :grin

 

Thanks for the advices guys. I was in fact thinking of covering the whole baseboard with some thin layer of cork. The track will then not be higher than the rest of the layout.

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marknewton

No worries, mate, we knew what you meant!  :grin

 

Covering the entire baseboard is not a bad idea for a yard or station scene. Then you can easily incorporate drainage ditches and other shallow relief features with minimal effort.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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Bernard

Vincent don't get upset with you Furry friend, these things happen and hopefully it can be fixed.

It could be worse, how about finding out that your Furry friend, decided to shred all the toilet paper in the house!

I did.

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serenityFan

Yup, no need to be upset, he/she didn't really mean to wreck your module (or did he/she?? :angel12:)

So how are you going to cover all that cork? Are you just going to paint over it?

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