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jbvb
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Posted - 07/16/2010 :  12:20:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks nice. If you wanted a small bump on the Middlesex Manufacturing roofline, you could add a 12x12 freight elevator headhouse. When an elevator was added to an existing building, the machinery was enclosed with whatever was cheap/convenient.


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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 07/16/2010 :  4:39:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's looking really good!


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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 07/16/2010 :  5:12:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the update, Neil. If my rail-marine project comes out looking as good as your waterfront, I'll be very pleased.

Don



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Rowan
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Posted - 07/16/2010 :  10:53:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great thread Neil.




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Neil M
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Posted - 07/17/2010 :  03:48:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the compliments

James, that's a good idea on the elevator enclosure. There was a brick one on this kit but on the other side of the building so adding a wooden shed to the roof for it would make sense


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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Neil M
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Posted - 07/17/2010 :  03:49:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by adrian_batey

Niel i love how simple the plan is and the fact it provides opportunity for loads of detail.
Im trying to settle on a track plan for a layout of similar size to fit ontop of a bookshelf in my apartment.

As mario Mentioned this side of the hobby should probably be pushed a bit more as i can see it is a good way to develop skills without having the challenge of scenery for an 8x4 layout. I have enough trouble trying to fill a 1 square foot diorama i'd hate to see how long it would take me to do a 8x4 layout.



I totally agree Adrian. I only really get a chance to work on the model after work during the week so it would take me forever to get good progress on a 4x8 whereas this layout has as much potential for running and is only about 1/8th of the area. The only thing I can't do is continuous running.

Much as I love the huge layouts that some people have (usually in the US or Canada where houses are bigger and have basements) I can't see myself being able to spend enough time on a layout that size to get it to a reasonable level of finish that would satisfy me and I would always be frustrated with it.

I'd like to hear about your apartment layout when you get started on it so be sure to let keep us updated


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/27/2010 :  08:04:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Neil, I am really glad your thread has been re-ignited of recent. The scenes look great from all angles. I fully understand the frustration of transporting large sections from home to shows. I wrote an article for a friend that appeared in Model Railroader Magazine about three or four years back and in that article it showcased the tricks he used to transport his sectional layout. I'll have to check back to the exact date, but the modeller was a gentleman named Jacques Thuot and his layout was called the NTC Branch (Northern Timber Company) and we title the article something like "Two Layouts in One". I'll go back to check for you.

Anyways, I love your waterfront scene. I have a question about the Artitech boats. Are both of them from this company...and do you have any thoughts or hints on the building of the vessels? I like the black hulls...very industrial looking for the vessels as well!


Mike Hamer
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Rick
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Posted - 07/27/2010 :  09:20:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Somehow missed your last update with pictures Neil.
Your modeling and layout design look very good.
Hope to see more progress pictures soon.



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Neil M
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Posted - 07/27/2010 :  10:22:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments. I have been feeling more invigorated towards the layout recently so feel like I am getting a good bit done in the evenings. And accomplishing things is just spurring me on

Mike, the Artitec boats are very nice kits. The barge is also an Artitec model but I added sides to the deck so it could carry coal or loose cargo.

The trawler and shrimp cutter fit together very well and the resin castings needed no clean up or filling. The only difficulty I had was that the etched brass details that fit to the mast were a loose fit around the styrene rods that is used for the masts. Most of the connections for the ropes etc. on the masts are etches brass rings that fit over the mast with etched brass loops for the ropes and stays however the loops on the trawler (white masts) had to be fitted with gel ACC and the trawler (grey masts) needed a strip of 10x20 thou styrene glued to it to pack out the gaps but it came out pretty invisibly.

You can see what parts i am referring to here and as you can see the fix doesn't really show


The instructions aren't great (two exploded diagrams) but they are simple enough kits to build so it's not a big deal.

I also have a kit of their harbour tug that i haven't built yet. It is an older kit and the etched brass is not as fine but the resin castings are still very very good.

The trawler is painted as per the box/instructions but the colour scheme they suggest for the shrimp cutter was a bit gaudy for the time I am modelling (dark blue hull and yellow masts) so I went for something far more utilitarian.


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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wesleybeks
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Posted - 07/27/2010 :  10:55:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great to see you doing more work on this again Neil.

I also have a small space for a layout, so im constantly taking notes for when i start miy layout.

Keep up the great work.



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Neil M
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Posted - 07/27/2010 :  11:27:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Wes. I really like small layouts. Make sure you start a thread about yours when you start building it. Do you have a concept yet?

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 07/27/2010 :  4:49:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much, Neil, for the info on the two boats. They sure look great on your layout. I'll have to order the pair!

Mike Hamer
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ELK RIVER RR
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Posted - 08/26/2010 :  2:32:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Neal, If it's not too late I was reading your thread and when I had 2+4 sections of a layout to take to shows where the legs bolted to the body I inserted to stub legs with wheels and could slide it anywhere even with a backdrop. Sorry I,m comming into this problum at this late date.Tom


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Neil M
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Posted - 08/27/2010 :  05:17:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your suggestion Tom. I'm think of trying something like that rather than buying a fold up trolley.

I can carry it on end but it is difficult to see where i'm going as it ends up blocking my view when i hold it


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Neil M
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Posted - 09/20/2010 :  4:36:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been working away on the pier into the harbour over the last week and I have the basic piles complete and the stringers cut out (but not glued in place). It's trying to ba a general frieght pier which transfers from rail into barges that are towed out and load and unload ocean ships.

It's 73 (scale) feet long and 28 feet wide. The barge in front of it is 65 feet long. I'm happy with the width but am wondering if I should add another panel to the length of it (the piles are 22" thick and on 10 foot centres)



The white hulled boat on the right of the photo is pushed up against the end backdrop of the layout so as it is the pier takes up nearly half the length of the open water and I don't want it to feel even more crowded but at the same time it looks a wee bit strange to me to have a barge that is overhanging the end of the pier.

What are your opiniions?


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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