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Re: The Bridge

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:36 pm
by dkightley
I'm somewhat surprised its been four weeks since I last posted an update...which doesn't mean I've not been making any progress.

On the contrary, I'm ploughing on with creating buildings for the north shore of the layout. I've almost finished producing the buildings on the east side of the North Queensferry peninsula....which include the largest footprint component I'm likely to produce - the Sea Life Centre!

Here's a picture of the 7 x 4 1/2 inch component, which includes half of the centre's car park!:
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Most of this component will actually be hidden underneath half of the car park surface....which will be printed on thin card and glued down onto the layout.

One thing I have been trying to do over the past few months is contact the exhibition manager for Model Rail Scotland to enquire if they woukd be interested in inviting the Bridge to the show in 2016. I've completed the "Enquiry" form on the show's website three times in as many months....and so far I've not had any contact from them....not even a "No thanks!" Not very good, really! I would have thought such a big show would have at least a small interest (no pun intended!!) in a layout depicting such a famous Scottish landmark.

On a more exciting note.....I have been told I'm on the invite list for the Warley show at the NEC in Birmingham for 2016.....and have interest from at least two other show organisers in the Midlands.

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:59 am
by henningz
Very precise and accurate work... When I had a look at the actual scene of your project on the images of and I'd never guessed this was a building itself. It looked like an ordinary car park surrounded by some minor buildings :D
I'm looking forward to the Forthside Terrace and Eastbay estate with the little harbour on the peninsula as it's looking so cute on the aerial images ;)

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:25 am
by dkightley
The road of East Bay actually fals off the edge of the layout and the houses on the east side don't appear on the layout.

Here's a photo of the area and the buildings I've created so far...with only a couple lef to do:
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And I'll put one or two boats in the bay for you....

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:40 pm
by mattd10
The progress on this project is just amazing! It's amazing what can be done with modern technology in t gauge/t scale (like what I did there?).

I for one will be coming to an exhibition to see this!

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:47 pm
by dkightley
The Bridge has now been provisionally booked for its second event in 2016...the GCR Model Event being held in June...

This may be the layout's first outing - which now gives me a target completion date!!! :o :shock: :shock:

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:56 am
by dkightley
Another month of slower progress....this time caused mainly by an increase in activity in preparation for the new season at the Tramway Museum.

I've got a few more buildings in North Queensferry created:
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I've also been plagued by the higher density of chimneys in this area of the display....and the number of reprints I've had to do!! Some of the chimneys are something like 1.4 mm x 2.0 mm in section....and tend not to print reliably!

Once I get Easter out of the way, I'm going to have to ramp up progress somewhat!!!

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:13 am
by henningz
dkightley wrote:[...]I've also been plagued by the higher density of chimneys in this area of the display....and the number of reprints I've had to do!! Some of the chimneys are something like 1.4 mm x 2.0 mm in section....and tend not to print reliably![...]
Please don't throw those "bad prints" into the dustbin... There's somebody in Germany who admires your work, but would sand the english chimneys off, as they aren't german style of architecture ;)

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:16 pm
by dkightley
Hit another brick wall... :cry: :cry: :x :x

Having spotted that one of the 3D printed parts that make up a filament clamp mod for my printer had suffered a heat induced brittle fracture, I had to strip the print head assembly down and replace the part...having had to make a temporary repair first to allow me to print a new part!! Not a big deal as I had been expecting to have to replace the part at sometime. Its a dog-legged spring loaded lever, so is under stress all the time.

Mental note....make a set of spares now..just in case you have another breakage that puts the printer out of action, preventing new parts from being made!!

With printer repaired, I had to do some settings adjustments to compensate for the new part. Whilst I was doing this, one of the two cooling fans on the print head started smoking. After switching off, I found the whole print head assembly was very, very hot. On investigation, I found that as well as one cooling fan having self-destructed due to the heat, the overheating had been caused by a wire being pulled off the other cooling fan whilst I had been working on the print head.

So, having soldered the wire back on one of the fans, my printer is currently out of action whilst I await delivery of a £1.70 cooling fan! I'm crossing fingers that no other damage has been done!

Just had a thought. The part I've had to replace is the exact same part that a year or so ago, the police in Manchester thought was a trigger for a gun that someone had made, and they arrested them on suspicion of illegally making firearms!! Better keep my head down. :?

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:59 pm
by dkightley
Replacement fan arrived...all the way from China in a 4 in x 5 in mini jiffy bag...but won't be able to fit it until after the Easter weekend. I have some serious event managing to do before then:

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:19 pm
by dkightley
Printer re-assemled and tested.

I'm amazed that everything appears to be working correctly. :shock: :shock: :shock:

First job is to print off a set of components for the extruder filament feed upgrade I fitted some time ago. The parts got a little overheated when the fan failed and they've distorted slightly. One slight snag is that I'll have to dismantle and reassemble the extruder head one more time!

Once these parts are fitted, I'll be able to recalibrate the slicing/printing software and get back to printing for the layout.

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:23 pm
by ivanf
hope the event went well and it won't be long before you get back to ( presumably ) the bit you enjoy doing...

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:57 pm
by dkightley
Hi Ivan...yes, the event went very well. And the sun shined on us for a change. It was very tiring though...I've only just finally recovered from the effects of the long days! It didn't help that I'd booked a driving duty on Thursday last week...but I enjoyed the day, so at least that was compensation. I do enjoy driving the old trams!!! :P I haven't many photos of me driving...but here's one from two years ago:
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And some good news. With my printer back in action and now set up again, I'm starting to catch up on the backlog of prints that need re-doing, and have started again on finishing off the building for the lower part (ie the old village) of North Queensferry.

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:23 am
by dkightley
A few more North Queensferry buildings completed:
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Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 1:39 pm
by dkightley
An update on progress on buildings for the lower part of North Queensferry:
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Only half a dozen left to do and I can move on to the upper section of the village...where the building density is not so great!!


Just had a quick count up of the number of printed parts for just the buildings...excluding bridges and station platforms:

Designed & printed : 307

To design & print: 68

:o :o

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 4:47 pm
by mattd10
Won't be long before they're all done and you'll have to start modelling the gardens! Good luck!

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 8:44 pm
by dkightley
Oh, dear!! :shock:

Big problem! :?

I'm no gardener! :o ;)

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 1:13 am
by dkightley
Just reached a significant point....I'm now on the last section of map to create buildings for:
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And I've updated the model count....Not sure how I reached the previous figure, but this is correct:

Designed & printed: 295
Yet to design: 64
Total buildings: 359

Figures exclude platforms and bridges...they'd be much higher if they did!

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 11:59 am
by Nutter
Finally read this topic from start to finish and have to say I am mighty impressed. :mrgreen:
Have you decided on colour schemes for the housing stock? Looks like a lot of fiddly painting to me.

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 12:21 am
by dkightley
Hi Mike

Thanks for the comments. I'm more amazed I've got this far....if I was to be truthful!!

The houses will be painted as per their colours in real life!! Or at least as they were when the Google camera car drove past them!! There might be a few small compromises on shades to make my job a tad easier, though!

My initial guess was that it'll take as long to decorate the buildings as it took to design and print them.

Re: The Bridge

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 9:20 pm
by dkightley
Been nearly 2 weeks since the last update:
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Designed & printed: 344
Yet to design: 56
Total buildings: 400

Note that the total number of models increases all the time. This is because my initial count was the number of "properties" and excluded all the sheds, garages and conservatories I need to print separately. I'm about to start on a row of three sets of houses where's there's something like 20 sheds!