Hamley Circuit

Discussion in 'Members Personal Layouts' started by Dr Tony, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Gloria Aldridge

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    Hi Tony ,
    You are welcome I always admire other people's modelling skills as mine are next to none now.
    Regards,
    Gloria.
     
  2. Gary

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  3. Dr Tony

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    Yep, Wynyard again, but we are also going down to Hobart for a book launch.
    We did watch Back Roads on Monday night. Michelle was a bit distressed about one of the lines that Wynyard was "the most disadvantaged electorate in the most disadvantaged state".
    This is the stuff that I am looking for though, it makes great ballast
    PSX_20200108_221128.jpg My ballasting technique has improved since this early attempt.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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    That's a very heavy grain sand you've found in Tassie. Looks good and not a bad colour either ! James looks pretty happy with it too ! :D

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  5. Dr Tony

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    I finally got to do another assemble of the layout and an electrical test this weekend. Am happy to report that all the circuitry worked first go. I was being quite meticulous with my wiring, so it should have worked.
    We gave it a good test all Saturday afternoon and it all continued to work well.
    Here is an overall photo of the layout.
    IMG_20200112_112313~2.jpg
    Note the remote throttles are temporarily clamped to a saw horse. In time they will be attached to the front of the layout.
    The tracks seem close to the edge of the layout, but as I am feeding the controllers 12V instead of about 15V, the locos are a little subdued in performance, except for Percy of course.
    Here is a line up of some of the expected roster.
    IMG_20200112_112517~2.jpg
    On the Facebook page I have put some videos up of it running, don't have a YouTube account, so can't put them up here. One day...
    This layout is also big enough for me to test some project carriages and locos that don't make it around the curves of my other layouts, or just need a longer run than the shunting layout can provide.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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    Hi Tony I have just caught up reading your new layout build. The work on the construction of your baseboard is blooming great:tophat:looking forward to seeing this build develop Tony.
     
  7. Dr Tony

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    Thanks Mark,
    Well, the trip to Tasmania was very successful in a ballast sense, did need some shuffling of loads in the bags to fly home though.
    Here is the work in progress in my father in law's potting shed.
    One the left we have the raw materials, in the middle at the top (white bucket) have the rejects (large bits and organic matter), on the right we have the finished product.
    In the middle at the bottom was the only sieve I could get my hands on that wasn't in the kitchen. A shaker for hot chic onto drinks, it actually worked very well.
    IMG_20200116_165101.jpg
    Now I have to think about painting the sides of the rails. Going away for another work trip, so should have a few nights to read up on this.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
  8. gormo

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    I`ve just caught up with this Tony,
    That`s coming along very nicely mate.........well done so far .....:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
  9. Dr Tony

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    Been reading some posts about painting sleepers and track, especially taking notes from Gary's posts in his great JSRR layout. I did not wish to do the method I have previously employed, exacting work with a tiny brush, this will take weeks with the amount of track here.
    I thought I would try with a piece of scrap track nailed to a piece of wood.
    First of all I attempted to spray the rails with the airbrush. This proved to be a very annoying method and I stopped fairly early on.
    Then I tried Gary's method. I dry-brushed the sleepers with a light grey artist acrylic. I may try to pick out some different sleepers in different colours in the real thing.
    Then, with a not too thin brush I painted the rails with a similar mix of burnt and raw sienna paints. I went quickly and painted the fish plates and the tops of the rails (something I have always avoided as cleaning dried paint off the rail head is annoying).
    Then before the paint dried, I simply wiped the paint off the top of the rail with my finger! So easy!
    Any paint left over could be dealt with next day by rubbing off with a tiny piece of off-cut softwood, such as pine.
    Hopefully, (as long as another storm doesn't hit this weekend) I might get to paint all the track.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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    I am just about to attempt weathering rail on my friends layout (HO) and like you I have seen so many different methods used it is a bit daunting. I tended to favour using the airbrush but there is quite a bit of track so I imagine it would be a long process, I might look into Gary's method. Great effort on the layout it is quite an amazing amount of work for a U Drive but I imagine it will handle the rough and tumble dished out by some of the kids.
     
  11. gormo

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    G`day Tony,
    I use a very similar method to Gary and it works fine.
    Rail is not exactly all one colour and I think that`s where the spray method falls down a bit. Obviously you want that rusty look on the sides of the rails, but all sorts of other factors come in to play in real life.
    Oil, paint marks, New rail ( not quite as rusty ), Old rail ( nearly black sometimes on the sides ), rust stains running onto the sleepers
    When you look at some track, the centres of the sleepers will be darker probably due to oil leakage. This tends to be amplified in stations where the trains sit for a while.
    So it`s just about observing the real thing and trying to replicate it with colour.
    The colouration should also be reflected as stains in the ballast, unless the section of track has been freshly ballasted.
    With Gary`s method, you can build on the base colour and generate a more realistic and random effect by dry brushing over that with other appropriate colours.
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
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    Gary,s method of painting track works really well, it’s one I use all the time when railway or diorama modelling. Tony I like the ballast you have brought back from your travels.:thumbup:
     

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