Discussion in 'Members Personal Layouts' started by gormo, Dec 5, 2015.
I`ve started designing the parts for an island platform canopy for GCJ.
My platforms don`t conform to the standard sizes that the kit build versions come in, so I`ll have to create my own.
The canopies won`t cover the whole length of the platforms, the first one I`m working on is only 300mm long, but it`s a start.
This is the design for the canopy ends and there will be a valance added below these as well.
These are the valances, however those darker black lines don`t seem to show up when it`s printed out.??
And these are the roof trusses. I will do a cut out in the top of each to accept a ridge board that will run the full length of the canopy.
I need to work out the support posts design. I`m more inclined at this stage to go with a dowel or even metal post but still have not got that sorted.
A few other people do printed posts, but they seem to look too thick to me, that`s why I`m thinking dowels or metal.
Anyhow I`ll sort that out.
I`m also tossing up between corrugated iron roof or tiles. I tend to lean towards the corrugated iron as it will match my foot bridge.
So that`s where we are for the moment, so we`ll see how it pans out.
Will there be lighting Gormo ?
Little lights fitted up underneath the ridge board.....possibly three in all over 300mm.
Grain of wheat types. Nice and subdued
I was recently successful with a purchase on that well known auction site.
I`ve won myself another Lima 33 Class diesel loco. Nobody else bid on it so I got it for thirty three dollars Aust plus nine forty postage
I now have two and the obvious thing about these locos is that some serious detailing would not go astray.
So that`s what is on the ever growing agenda. I have been looking at quite a few pics of the real thing and I think I can turn these locos around visually, or at least improve them considerably.
For a start neither of them have buffers. The old D shaped Lima couplings will have to go. Gary gave me some flush glazing for my first one some time ago, so that will be installed.
The “new” loco has it`s original glazing and no body damage, so the changes are purely cosmetic. I think it may be worth making a rudimentary cab to insert as well and some drivers of course.
My biggest challenge will be the lining detail, but given a bucket of patience, I will prevail.
The thing that`s lacking on these models and even on some new versions of same, is the array of air hoses etc. at the ends under the buffer area. There seems to be scope for improvement in that area as well. Some locos even had a step fitted to the top of the buffers, I guess to make cleaning the windscreen easier.??
I think the research will bring these models up to speed.
Anyway a couple of pics of the new brute and also below a video of it running.
Very nice Gormo. Loo,a in lovely condition and a great starting place for your detailing project. Looking forward to seeing what you end up doing to it.
Looking forward to the project Gormo, it appears to run well/
A bargain is a bargain and you certainly got one there ! All you need to do now is to respray it BR green, add some details and windows, new couples and your done !
Thanks Toto, Ian & Gary,
Yes Gary I`m leaning towards the BR Green.........I`ve found some nice examples and some ideas.
For example, I`m going to remove the plastic hand rails on the doors and around the front under the windscreens and replace them with wire ones.
I`ll have to order another flush glazing kit as well and the rest is down to detail and observation.
Could you remind me again where you got that flush glazing kit from.???
Now we`re back on track again after that little distraction.
The parts for the platform canopy have been printed and glued to cereal box card. Thank you Mr. Kellog for a lot of my modelling materials....
I have spent the last couple of nights, at maybe two hours at a time, cutting out roof trusses. I still have four to go but I`ve had enough for today....too much eye strain and brain drain.
Below is a pic of an individual truss.
There will be eleven of these trusses in the canopy, spaced at 30mm apart, which will give me an overall length of 300mm. In order to assemble these parts accurately, I`m working on a jig that can sandwich these parts together vertically yet spaced at 30mm.
I have an old block set which I picked up somewhere years ago. These types of blocks were used to teach youngsters Maths . Essentially they are a different type of Abacus, but for me they are coming in handy because they are 10mm square and they come in various lengths.
Just as a matter of interest, I used them to make tool boxes on a crane conversion I did a few years back.
I`m a bit of a Bower Bird sometimes and quite often accumulate stuff that I will use some day for something. Anyway the blocks are coming in handy again.
This is just a trial run below to prove that it will work. If I can set it up properly, I can glue the ridge board and the side fascias on at the same time and hopefully achieve a rigid,square frame from flimsy materials.
I have blocks that are just long enough to allow the ends of the trusses to stick out so that I can glue the fascias in place, so I will need something, possibly a couple of lengths of timber, to hold the fascias up hard against the truss ends until the glue goes off.
I am using Box Board for the ridge board and the fascias. It`s consistency is somewhere between thick card and MDF, so it`s quite strong, but it has one rough side and one smooth side, so it has to be placed carefully with visual effect in mind.
The rough side of the ridge board will face away from the viewer because I`m also working on putting glazing sections in the roof.
Once all the roof framing is fixed permanently, I will airbrush the whole lot, which should go a long way towards making it all look like it was supposed to go together.
I have been down this route a few times now, where you look at the parts you are creating, and because they are made from different materials that were originally designed for different purposes, it looks like a bit of a mish mash. But once you paint it all and literally tie it all together through uniform colour, it all seems to all make sense.???
More as it happens.
Lovely work there Gormo
The canopy build reminds me when I built the overall roof for the old layout Kelly Bray. You have fortunately gone down the easier route using card whereas I used individually cut styrene. This is going to be one very nice build of a platform canopy, no doubt ! Keep up the great work Gormo.
As far as the 33 goes, I don't know if any of the grilles 3tc from the class 26 or 27 would be of use. If they work size wise I'll get you a set over ....... on the house. I'll look into it.
Yes I remember your building for Kelly Bray.........that was a little work of art mate...
The card is no doubt easier, but the cutting out becomes mind numbing after a while. That`s why I do it in sessions, best not to try and do it all in one go.
To be honest with you Toto,
I wouldn`t have a clue. I had not considered going down that route..?????
Here`s the latest Folks,
I got the last four roof trusses cut out this afternoon. Also cut myself a new ridge board. I took it down from 5mm to 4mm for a better profile for when the roof goes on.
I have also cut the fascias. Decided to make them thinner, so I did not use the Box Board in the end, but rather cereal box card again. The fascias will have valances glued over the top of them which will double their strength.
So here is my glue press / jig holding all eleven trusses and lined up properly with the ridge board glued in place.
Then the fascias were glued to the ends of the trusses and they are held in place with these two lengths of timber with weights on top.
So now we wait and I`ll probably start cutting out some more parts in the meantime.
More as it happens
OK a quick update.
The glue is dry and all came out OK...
We`re cookin` with Gas !!!!.....