Yet another Earl of Dudley micro

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  1. jelicoe 1914

    jelicoe 1914 Full Member

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    New Level Mill a 7mm Micro Layout
    New Level, now there’s a name to conjure with. Well no, abracadabra is a name to conjure with, but at least as a name New Level has a certain ring to it. So, questions, what’s it all about, why such a name, what and where is it?
    I like building layouts simply because my enjoyment comes from the journey, rather than the finished article. I know I should get out more, but then I’m an independent almost recluse like modeller.
    Well if I must start somewhere it’s better to start at the beginning. New Level is yet another Earl of Dudley based layout and yes, another piece of bunkum. As this will be the 12th layout in a series of Black Country themed layouts, it has as usual my trademark massaged history and geographical manipulation. The layout is a snap shot of part of Round Oak Steel Works Brierley Hill and is based on a 7mm version of the Scalescenes boxfile layout. The name New Level Mill is from the New Level crossing on Level street
    which if you know the area is not level at all. Photos are of the buildings WIP with the track, copper clad and 124 rail, just plonked on the work bench for effect. Oh and please excuse the red oxide primer. IMG-0640.jpg IMG-0642.jpg IMG-0644.jpg IMG-0648.jpg
     
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    It all looks good so far. It'll be nice to see it progress.:thumbs:
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Nice work Michael. I have seen your post on Micro/Small Model RR Layouts recently. Looking forward to watching this develop.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    New Level Mill
    A bit more work on the structures which are now more or less complete. I will start the paint job over the next couple of weeks so that I can put them in place on the base board- scenic section 900mm x 450mm. I hope to complete the micro by the end of August, notice I haven't said which year.;)

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    At the rate in which you are working, I'd say it'll be finished by July... ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Slowly, slowly painting and weathering has started on the mill buildings. Lots more to do and tidy up then off the work bench/drawing board and on to the base board..
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    The buildings are looking excellent, will the track be infilled? You are cracking on apace now!! Keep up the good work.
    Will it be at Telford?

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    The track will be infilled, sorry it wont be at Telford, only show this year will be Solihull.
    cheers
    Mike
     
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    Last building before I start on the baseboards. I haven't a clue what the valves and pipes do.:thumbs:

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    I knew when I made the oO box fuel it would make a great O gauge small layout!
     
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    Looking really good Mike, will be following with interest :thumbs: Kim
     
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    Scenic section baseboard built so it's on with track-laying etc. soon be up and running, well maybe not so soon[​IMG]
     

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    What size is it? Got to be 3ftx2ft at a guess?
     
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    900mm x 450mm or 3ft x 18" in old money so a great guess. :)
     
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    Hard standing fitted (requiring a minimum of gap filling). with the track-work inlaid. Buildings just plonked but loco testing went well and no derailments - sighs with relief[​IMG]

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    Now I’m shocked your rails are stopping short of the doors. As yours Is more freelance to the box file kit, I thought you may have made use of these as other exits off stage :p.

    So much more could be done in O (like a working door from behind the scene) but then I suppose it’s dependant on what your warehouse/factory actually is?

    Whatever, I do like the work so far and the track infill looks superb! :thumbs:
     
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    The track that leads under the building will connect with a cassette to allow for wagons to be unloaded off scene. The is also a hopper inside the building which allows waste materials to be loaded into a wagon via a discharge pipe. So although the other tracks stop short of the doors, there is still operational interest. :thumbs:
     
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    Hello Mike, even on the dark side of the moon the EoDM appears and is looking as good as ever. :cheers:
     
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    The last of the Mohicans , agh! should have read last of the buildings has now been built and ready to plonk. Need to finish the back scene and then fit and finally detail all of the structures but, you get the drift.

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    Looks very impressive. Will it be a home layout or on the circuit?
     

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