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 Posted: Sun Aug 8th, 2010 01:09 pm
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Thanks all!

James, I know what you mean, but it can be annoying to have to scroll all over a photograph to see what it is! Plus it is a monster for bandwidth...

Herb- no smoothing seemed neccesary, I was fairly careful and used a fret saw, as much to reduce the amount of bits given off.
You should come to the Island! The Manx Grand Prix is in a week or so, same format as the TT races, but for "amateurs" and Classics. You'd love it, I'll post photos!

DW- I'm afraid they were new untainted cocktail sticks!

I would love to dabble in larger outdoor scales, and this place would be perfect for it, but at the moment finances rather preclude that option! Maybe in the future...

This is the house, very small but fine for just the two of us, and we managed to accomodate my brother, his wife and 3 kids for a few days last week, a bit of a squeeze!:shocked:


Duck pond...


I took a big drop in salary to move here, but seems worth it so far, my commute to work used to be 40 minutes on a grimy motorway, now it's a ten minute stroll through this...


Sorry for the picture quality, they're from my old phone...

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 Posted: Sun Aug 8th, 2010 06:46 pm
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Strolling is much better than motoring. Take it from someone who drives 120,000 miles annually. And I say your place is perfect for an outdoors line. You'd be surprised at how little it can cost if one keeps things simple. Begging, borrowing and stealing... :)



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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 09:20 pm
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Made a start on the engine house...

I have wanted to make a building from scratch for ages, so here goes. Materials  are  some matchesticks from a kids model toy kit, good old coffee stirrers, and 99p worth of veneer off-cuts from ebay.



















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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 09:56 pm
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Gee Phil- why didn't you just buy an expensive kit?  :)

This, to me, is what modeling is all about- gather up some sticks and cardboard and make a neat structure unlike what any other modeler is likely to have.

I believe the phrase is 'jolly good show,mate".

Like any other modeling, outdoor railroads can be as expensive as you care to make them. Once you get past the cost of rail, almost anything else can be scrounged. motors from old tape decks (gears too) Offcuts of timber sawed up for ties. Might have to pay for wheels. Cars built the same way that you are building your structure. Bogies made from wood (Yes- they work). Every time that you pick up something, say to yourself-"what can I use this for?" Soon it will be second nature.

Nice house--dynamite scenery--If I had ever gone there, I probably wouldn't have come back here-------


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 Posted: Sun Aug 15th, 2010 11:08 pm
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Nice looking little engine house! And you reminded me I've got a few square feet of veneer off cuts in the garage as well... hmmm...

The layout is looking good as well, I like the bit of cribbing that you added along the edge.

-Cody

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 Posted: Mon Aug 16th, 2010 12:11 am
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Cheers guys!

Thanks Herb, I definately see a large(r) scale outdoor layout in my future! I am all for making things from scrap, here is a chopper I just made from off-cuts of timber...



Cody- Go for it! It's great fun, and like Herb says, not just cheap, but probably unique!

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State of play...







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 Posted: Tue Aug 17th, 2010 04:03 pm
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We now have doors...

Hinges made from scrap copper strip and track pins.


Door knobs from track pins.


Comments welcome!

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 Posted: Tue Aug 17th, 2010 05:10 pm
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Well this should be really interesting seeing a layout in a case.

With the walls you may want to rough up the wood faces a bit , otherwise looks good.

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IS JUST MY SERVER, BUT I DO NOT SEE ANY PICTURES AFTER THE FIRST 5??????



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