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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2013 01:26 am
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Well it was inevitable, it all had to start somewhere. So here we go;
I started simple, just planning to build a bookshelf for my office and as it turned out the upper surface was just screaming for a display of some type. So I started this concept for a small single themed scene to test out my skills as a refresher to modeling and a test bed for some new technologies in lighting. This will keep the time to complete down and hopefully the learning curve and cost that go with it down also.
The unit will be 72 5/8" wide, 20" deep at its max. and around 16" tall. The following images show where I am starting from. The width and depth are kind of set to the bookshelves. It is the height I am all concerned about. Current elevation will be at 56" top of rail to floor. I am 6ft tall and this looks as good a starting point as any.
How much of a vertical opening is enough? How much valance? ...etc.
I will be testing out LED strip lighting, so how to arrange and angle the strips will be important to achieve a shadow free display.
The scene will be a station, water tower, and a short bridge over a stream to feed the tower. Looking at just a single rail line with no siding or switches. Will be using a very large radius curve to give gentle turn to the scene.
Have a look, and if you have any suggestions I am open for discussion.
All of the design is being done in 3D CAD so change and experimentation at this time is easy and only cost is time.











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I love the idea... I would do the same if I didn't fear some smart-arse co-worker of mine would walk off with my engine or rolling stock.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 27th, 2013 12:28 pm
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A great idea and project. 16" is plenty tall as I have a bookcase in front of me now that I built for display of my On30 equip. My shelves are separated 3 sections each about 12 inches. Now these do not have scenery, so I am just thinking here with you.

On my old HO layout - track height from floor was lower but I had 16" openings between track height and bottom of valance and 20 between track height and bottom of cover (meaning the valance Masonite hung 4 inches into the scene).



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Have assembled the bookshelves to the backer board and ready to locate the wall stud and get this unit hung on the wall. Took a few iPad photos of the unit in the room and with a old display box on top. The back board is 13" tall for ref. The pictures of the shay are from my eye height.
Going to make a cardboard template to mockup the concept to see if the whole thing in place looks right.
This weekend if the weather improves I will be out cutting the diorama sheet goods.









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I think the whole thing is a great idea! Are those Ikea units? Look familiar ... actually thinking of doing something similar here. If yes on the Ikea, can they be built without the dividers?



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Looks great Brad



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Dallas,
Yes they are Ikea. I used a five cube unit and a two cube unit. Mounted them to a piece of 1/2" maple plywood, glued and screwed to the Ikea bookshelves. This whole assembly will mount free standing to the wall.with lags into the studs.
The diorama structure will sit atop this assembly freely. I can then take it up or down to work on it.



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Heading to the Midwest Annual Narrow Gauge show in Canfield, Ohio tomorrow.
Anyone else?
If so I will look for you when I am there.
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Finally back at it.
Had some time this weekend to get back at building the base framework. Made all the sheet cuts, laid out the sub panels and started the assembly.
Box of screws and 30 biscuits later here we are. All that's left is the lower valance board. Will get at this tomorrow.
Will have to play with some landforms and contours before this gets finalized.







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The curved face is very nice! :thumb:

Now a thought ... (and we all know how dangerous those can be, so ignore at will) ...

If the station is positioned in the center and a train is displayed ... the station will be largely obstructed from view ...

Perhaps place the station 3/4 of the way toward the right, so a train could be positioned just approaching that station, allowing a clear view of each? :us:



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