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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 09:27 pm
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Sorry to disappoint, but I am firmly entrenched in 1/55 scale for now.

I already have too much kitbashed and scratch built rolling stock.
I'm kind of invested now.
Yet the basic concepts for loco bashing are pretty universal.
So anything you do in G scale is easily adapted to 1/55.

Our previous posts got me thinking, and I realized an HO scale Tyco tank car,
makes an ideal source for a boiler on my new loco build,
as it is hollow, round, and has no detail.

Another thing I am thinking of adding,
is a 16" gauge mine train in 1/55, using N scale mechs.
I just gotta find an old cheap loco to mod up.




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 Posted: Mon Jul 15th, 2019 03:12 am
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Sorry I did not realize you have a thread going on this site.

I'll read it tonight and learn all about 1/55 scale.

If Gn15 is 1/24 scale, your 1/55 scale is about half the size of Gn15.

Correct?

Regards, Dave L.



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Yeah.
I discovered it because Harold M? (can't remember his last name) was posting about it all over the place.
He kind of gets on a soap box about things sometimes.

I just happened to have an old Tyco GI Joe loco and decided to try my hand at some scratch building.
I wasn't sure about what scale to go, but then I realized that my HO wheels were most accurate to scale for 1/55.
It was a toss up between doing 2' gauge, or 3' gauge at that point.

15 years ago I had to sell of a fairly large N scale collection to pay bills.
Then I got back into European trains in the garden.
Now, I'm doing what the Brits call 5.5mm scale.

Over the years I've dabbled in scratch building,
but modern layouts are hard to make things for out of found materials.
Doing an odd scale like yours is kind of liberating.
I see the same kind of attitude on so many models and layouts here, whether my 1/55, 1/35, or 1/24 scale.
It isn't really the scale that matters, it's the attitude of making do with things.




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With scratch building you can never run out of projects. 

Here are some projects in my "HO" bin. 

Regards, Dave L.


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I found another photo of layout #2 under construction. 

Thought some might be interested to see it. 
Notice the cardboard building mockup in the background. 

I am so ready to be out of my wheelchair and to start another layout. 

Thanks, for looking, and regards,

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That looks great.

A lot of modelers hate to lose mainline length to spurs, but I do the same thing.

I put long spurs on the curves that go into the corners.

I sort of hate the empty corner look.




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I am still in my wheelchair, but I had a chance to pull up the plan for the S. Charles Fish Head Glue Co,
and reflect on what it will look like when I finally can get to the workshop and start construction.

I like the rigidity of two inch foam for the base (and will be "sea level"),
a raised Luan plywood for the area with track, buildings, and scenery. 
I am thinking that the plywood will be raised two inches from the base using sections (strips) of the leftover foam. 
I like to finish the outside edges with the Luan as fascia.

I have on hand PECO On30 turnouts and track. 
I have mentioned that I like to walk around the layout, controlling the trains and setting turnout by hand. 
Electric power switches are mounted by the turnouts and blended in as part of the scenery.

My engines don't have sound, but I have a CD with two hours of ocean and gull sounds,
that I may play through a speaker in one of the buildings (I'm not sure I can handle that).

At this time all I can do is think about the fun I'll have working on this layout #4,
and the chance to share the process with you. 

Thanks and Regards, Dave L.


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Any suggestions for additional businesses I can tuck in and around the layout?

Dave L.



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Dave,

On the back side,
would there be room to include an additional run-around siding,
without crowding things too much?

How about storage tanks for fresh water or fuel? 
Maybe a cannery?




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Dave

You might want to add a Boiler House for steam,
which is used to supply lighting for the site,
and cooking off excess water from the fish glue.

Also used for heating of the retorts,
for sanitizing the finished product.

Fuel would likely be oil or coal,
brought in by ship or interchange railway,
then transported to the powerhouse.




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