River Dee Meats ... My first foray into O Gauge

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  1. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Definitely will be doing the posters and black boards, although I hadn't thought about the door numbers. Thanks Kimbo ! :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    I used the same method you had used for the gutters and the down pipes are old lengths of sprue from kits. Sprue is useful as it can be used as down pipes, water lines and oil/fuel pipe lines as well as many other uses. The awning supports are from L-Cut Creative. They are remarkably strong for such thin laser cut wood (card...). ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    After building and painting the Laser Cut Railway Models station building kit, knowing how good they go together and how sturdy they are, I ordered one of their Goods Shed kits last night...

    see here : https://www.lasercutrailwaymodels.co.uk/Fine-Scale-O-Gauge-Goods-Shed

    It will have to go under the knife as it is far too wide to fit the area where I wish to site it. I will be modelling only 3/4 of the shed, reducing the height as it will straddle the platform (maybe), remove a portion of roof, portion of the side walls, the whole back wall (road/canopy side) office wall, end wall (door end) and have the model built with an open back, full of the details that hibernate inside a goods shed, including a crane.

    Should be interesting...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    That`s a nice kit Gary and really quite different to what we normally see.
    Your mods sound interesting but I`m sure it will come up trumps as usual........:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
  5. hartleymartin

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    Just had a thought about the tension-lock couplers you were using. I reckon what you need to do is extend the angled front of the hook, perhaps with some brass rod/wire to cover the variations in height. Of course, being a long-term O gauger I would recommend moving entirely to 3-links with the first two links in brass and the last one in steel.
     
  6. Gary

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    Hi Martin,

    I have been thinking about installing all 3 links, but a chap on another group done some testing for me and he has 3' radius curves on his layout and uses Spratt & Winkle couplers. I may even venture down that route instead.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Are you planning on doing them single or double-ended? If you don't turn your stock around, you only need to fit a bar on one end and it is a bit simpler and cheaper overall, but you have to point all your stock in the same direction.
     
  8. Gary

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    Hi Martin, apologies for late reply as I have been quite busy lately.

    I'm not going to rush into the couplers at the moment as there is plenty to do elsewhere on the layout. I like what you have suggested regarding placing the couplers on one end only, interesting concept, but then I'm guessing the locos and brake vans would need to have hook and bar one each end.

    Still need to decide if I'll go along with 3 link or S&W... :scratchchin:

    Anyway, earlier this week a parcel arrived for me...

    It is the Laser Cut Railway Models O gauge goods shed kit. Just like the station building kit I purchased back in May, this goes together much the same. What I will have to do is line the inside walls with some L-Cut brick sheet as the shed will be open on the back for viewing.

    So, a couple of pics of what I'm in for...



    There will be quite a lot of 'measure twice, cut once' going on as the full width of the shed does not fit the layout. I'll also model the office interior as well as that will be sliced down as well. Basically what I will be doing is reducing the kit to approximately 2/3s its actual width. The red shaded area in the pic below is what I will be removing, maybe a little more...


    More as it happens.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Looking forward to it Gary.
     
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    Great concept Gary... looking forward to seeing this develop...and of course the bits you cut off can be used on other projects.:thumbs:
     
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    Finally got around to looking at what I need to do to fit the goods shed onto the layout. Apart from cutting the shed down in size, there is more to it than meets the eye... :whatever:

    After removing the platform from the layout, I pieced two end walls and the exterior (rail side) wall together and positioned it on the layout, using a few wagons on the parallel track as a guide to how much space I need to fit the goods shed in in comfortably....



    As you can see from the photo above, the track through the goods shed needs some gentle persuasion to the left, or I should say towards the edge of the baseboard.

    The next photo shows where the join in the baseboard is and it shall be fun realigning the two separate sections of track back up, as this was laid as one piece with copper clad sleepers, nailed into position then cut with the dremel.


    By manipulating the track to move it across closer to the baseboard edge will mean the length of track between the points and the baseboard join needs to be extended. Luckily there is a small piece of track that I had to use to extend the goods siding with (see below). This piece will need to be removed and a slightly longer section put back in its place, enabling the track to line up with the entrance of the shed equally.


    Now to de-solder the wires from the rails, lift the track and reposition it. Once that is done, the tape measure and bricksaw will be called upon. I just have to remember that mantra, "measure twice, cut once, measure twice, cut once..."

    Cheers for now,

    Gary.
     
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    You'll sort it Gary I've every confidence in you :avatar: those open wagons parked up in the siding are looking the business now they have been weathered.:tophat::tophat::tophat:
     
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    A few more items arrived today for the layout... Can you spot the odd one out ?? :scratchchin:


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    OO scale point?
     
  15. Gary

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    That's the one Andy ! Needed a new left hand curved point for my HO North American layout !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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