OO Layout – Farm decision made.

It was make your mind up time today for the farm. With all the first scenics done without the farm, it just had to be done. After several tries I came up with the following, sadly not all items could be used and the large barn was left off, it made the area just too crowded.

Below are some photos I took when I was trying different places in the farm yard. The main batch of photos are after I laid down a gravel type yard base of sand, sawdust and ground foam.

I must come up with a name for this project soon.

Testing Positions

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After putting down gravel in the yard.

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OO Layout – first layer scenics

It has been a very busy weekend, as well as very hot! I have done the first layer scenics on both boards of the OO layout.

I say first layer as I usually tend to build up scenics into three layers. About 50% of the first layer will be covered by later phases. The next layer will be longer grasses etc and the third layer will be bushes, trees and buildings.

The materials used so far have been, Heki, Peco and some very old Set Scenes, mainly flocks.

I have also fashioned both Road Bridges using Peco and KS Laser Cut Products.

I am still working out the final position of the farm on the un-flocked section.

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OO Layout – Ballast staining.

Today I stained the ballast on both baseboards of the scenic sections of the OO layout. I used a 50-50 mix of Humbrol Dark Earth and Dark Rust, diluting the paint mixture 40% paint and 60% thinners.   I then used a large bristle brush and dabbed the mixture on, while doing this I added a little neat Matt Black to the places that Loco’s are likely to stand at signals.

I have included one photo of what the ballast looked like before I started, so that a comparison can be taken.

After staining I cleaned the MAS trunking.

Before

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After

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By the way ———- I used Dapol ‘N’ Gauge Ballast!!!!!!!!

OO Layout – Basic Scenery Painting

I have made a good start on undercoating both scenic boards and painting the backscene. All went very well, although I still feel the river could be improved, we will see. I have also painted the MAS trunking with concrete paint, the next step will be the track and ballast painting. Still not sure on what type of bridges I will use, but it will need to be cheap as the whole project is based on using bits and pieces from old layouts.

Board one

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Board two

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The second traverser has turned up, so scenic work will slow down while I make the kit up, lay track and electrify the lot.

Starting to look more like a railway running through scenery now – very pleased with progress.

 

 

OO Layout – Modroc added.

After adding all the polystyrene I wanted, making the ponds and the tunnels, the next job was to mod-roc all the embankments etc over the polystyrene. I found that while it is a rather dirty job, it is well worth it. After leaving overnight, a lovely hard shell made me feel that the whole method had worked and made things less vulnerable.

I have also made the river bed higher, it just looked too deep. I filled it in with polystyrene sheet, after making a template, not an easy job, but I am happy now.

I have over fifty trees and many buildings off previous layouts that were broken up. This  includes a farm yard scene, which I have placed on the layout to see what it could look like, although I would repaint the buildings.

I now consider the basic scenics on both viewable boards complete.

Board one

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Board two

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Farm placed on Board two

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Note that I purposely put the resin farm on the board without the controller etc. This is to even out the weight across the two boards.

Next job is to undercoat the whole viewable layout.

OO Layout – Ponds, Bridge and Embankments

Very busy day, taking advantage of the good weather. My ‘Hot Wire’ implement and the Polystyrene turned up yesterday so I was itching to have a go. I have to say it worked very well and I enjoyed using it – plenty of potential.

Lots of various embankments made, some small and one section larger to encompass a bridge. I recommend plenty of trial fitting and slow and careful is the best method. I used a selection of depths of polystyrene, but mainly 100mm and 25mm.

I used the 100mm to form the embankment for the road adding some 3mm MDF to form the actual bridge.

Last but not least I made two wildlife ponds quite close together. I drilled some pilot holes and then went around my outline with a jig saw. Baseboard cross bars were noted before doing anything – so no damage to the strength of the layout.

I now need to pull all the various parts together with a bit of poly-filla, first job for tomorrow, our last good weather day for a while!

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OO Gauge Layout – MAS Trunking

After ballasting yesterday I tackled the MAS trunking today. I wanted it to be a bit irregular, just like the real thing. I chose wood strips for the job, measuring out the distance between each ‘lid’ and using a razor saw, I cut about a third of the way through. This I hope will look like the real thing when painted and weathered.

I intend to model a few with the lid off and exposed wires inside, even a small loop left after inspection. I have ordered some MAS junction trunking and some electrical cabinets to complete the scene.

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I need to do a little more ‘ballast picking’ to remove errant bits before weathering.

 

OO Gauge Layout – ballasted.

I took advantage of the lovely weather today and decided to ballast both boards of the new OO end to end layout. I had planned to lay the ballast and glue today and tidy it all up tomorrow. In practice, I managed to do the lot in one day due to the temperature. One thing to remember is that this was achieved by working in the shade – please don’t try this in direct sunlight as the rails could warp.

I would normally not ballast until after I had done the basic scenery, but again I have not received the polystyrene or Modroc so doing things a bit out of order.

Before tidying.

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After tidying.

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And then there was three.

Taking advantage of the warm weather and the non arrival of some bits I am waiting for to continue the OO scenic layout.

I had three 4′ x 15″ laser cut baseboards, I also had three small fiddle yards in kit form. The fiddle yards (sector plates) were made up and attached to the already made baseboards. I have experimented with the lengths of the fiddle yard sector plates by adding extra pieces onto the original kit item supplied.

This is not the first time I have used this method to make small layouts, and an earlier post shows how I did the conversions.

Two of the three layouts still have options to have another ‘bolt on’ baseboard added so that the scenic area could be doubled. One has had backboards added already and will remain this size.

The baseboards are from Grainge and Hodder.

The Fiddle Yards are from Norfolk Heathworks.

I have no real quick plans for these layouts except to say, one will be OO, one will be HO and one will be O gauge.  I hope to start at least one layout during the Autumn.

 

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OO Scenic Sections joined and Engine Run.

Well quite a lot of work done on the scenic boards of the new OO layout. The backboards were undercoated, it was electrically joined and the last bit of track was glued down and copper clad sleepers added on the end.

I cleaned all the track, and then run an 08 shunter on both lines and tested the whole tracked area.

While I want the layout to be very rural with very few buildings etc. I do want a focus and thought that a farm would be nice without breaking my overall aim of ‘running trains through the countryside’ . I have a lot of farm buildings that I was given when I helped break up a layout for a friend, and they were found and placed on the layout for assessment. I am not totally convinced about the buildings but planning things is still in the early stages.

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Things will slow down a bit now as the second traverser is still three weeks away !!