Robins Run

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30th October 2012

I started something else new to me - forming the final ground surface. A layer of plaster of Paris over the shaped foam leaving a strip either side of the track. Once dry, I painted an earth colour, then ballasted the track:
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Once tha ballast was dry, it was onward with some green matter. Varying colours of scenery flock held in place by dribbling watered down white glue (in the same way as used on ballast). Not bad for a first attempt:
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9th November 2012

Time to take stock of progress. Track bed laid, all bridges and tunnels in place, points control cables installed, electrics laid in (including switches to divert power from the two stock controllers - note my novel way of mounting them!! :D ), the foam under-surface all down and trimmed to the desired profile, a start made on laying the plaster ground surface, and a small bit of scenery in place:
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18th December 2012

Having a general idea of whereabouts I intended placing a village, I started mapping out the roads. Here's my first attempt of a printed road...simply printed on paper and the design shuffled to fit precisely:
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And here's how I placed a different, smaller piece of road. The road surface printed on paper and the verges (in this case) printed on a separate piece of paper, cut to shape and glued onto the road suface...and the two layers of paper glued onto thin card:
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The green is a sliver of plastic pan scourer I cut to see if it would make hedges!

The road section was then given a very light coat of matt varnish to seal the ink. When dry, I fixed it in position....I think I used no-nails:
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I then plaster of paris'd the road in. Here it's ready to paint and scenerise:
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21st December 2012

Ever looking ahead in the build process, I concentrated on working out what trees I needed. I'd bought a selection at the Warley show in early December...and I'd made a start making my own (see the thread in Tips & Tricks). Here's the collection I had:
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Bet you can't tell which ones I made! 8-)


25th December 2012

Christmas day saw me planting my first hedge....made out of a strip from a plastic pan scourer. pack of 10 for a £1. Potential for lots of hedges...and clean pans:
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31st January 2013

Having a lot of white plaster to cover, I started work in the "mountain" section of the layout. Here's a few in-progress shots of where the track makes it way through a rocky canyon:
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14th February 2013

To mark the first anniversary of the start of the build, here's one of the photos I took at the time that I'm quite proud of:
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March 2013 saw the delivery of my 3D printer.....which marked a significant point in my modelmaking. I could now design and build almost anything.....well not quite anything!

Work on Robins Run was temporarily suspended whilst I spent a few months getting to grips with my new toy. :D :D

By early July, I had sort of mastered the beast....and had produced my first train. ....a Baby Deltic pulling a rake of Mark 1 carriages.:
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I had made some tiny bits of progress, though. Notice the blue painted inside of the layout board!
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I've got some recent interesting progress to show....but I'm wanting to wait until I can get to catch up so everything is shown chronologically.

To catch up I need some piccies off my camera....but its in the pocket of one of my coats. And the coat has been locked away at the Tramway Museum for nearly two weeks. Should get it back on Saturday!
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Only six months progress left to document in order to catch up. :D

17th August 2013

Terraforming continues. Here's a few in-progress shots:
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19th August 2013

And progress on the greenery:
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21st August 2013

In preparation for forming the lakes, I first laid down some colour....pure guesswork here!!:
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And the greenery continues. A lot easier to predict the results.:
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23rd August 2013

With the arrival of the "liquid water", having read the instructions twice, I got my feet wet..(no apologies for the pun):
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Tricky stuff this liquid water. The instructions say use a toothbrush to get a stipple effect for waves as the epoxy is hardening. I did so, and the effect looked very good...until the surface levelled itself out! I repeated the step after it had hardened a little more...and the same thing happened. Then it was too hard to do anything!

To cheer myself up a little, I decided to do a mini photo shoot:
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29th September 2013

Away from the layout, I started to turn my attention to a station...which is located near the front of the board. Here's a shot of my custom platform sections..and the station building. Well, its an early version of the station building. There's no detail in the windows
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And the passengers need to get to the other platform....so a bridge is needed. Unfortunately the superb bridge from TGauge.com only spans two lines...and I need my bridge to span three! So...after much hair-pulling and many test prints, I had a bridge! 8-) :
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I'm so glad I decided to splash out on a 3D printer. You decide you want something, so you design and print it! The challenge is actually succeeding in doing so. :shock:
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21st October 2013

Back on the layout, a few more trees have grown:
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5th November 2013

Thoughts about how all my hard work can be seen got me thinking about lights....and after a chat with a colleague at the Tramway Museum who supplied the lighting for the Starlight Halloween event, I put together a lighting rig. Four strips of Ikea LED lights...:
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17th December 2013

Filling in the gaps around the layout continues. Here, thick paper glued in layers forms a wall to edge a cutting:
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25th December 2013

Christmas Day gave me some free time to get more scenery work done. I'm ballasting here.:
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And here's an overall shot showing how much I've left to cover:
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1st January 2014

A new year...and after the haze of the night before had cleared, I set to:
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As I'm finally catching up with real time updates, I thought I'd group shots from the last couple of weeks into different subjects...and then take the lock off so to open the thread up for comments, etc.

First, here's some shots of my way of laying roads:
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And here's some 3D printed buildings for the village:
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Acouple more shots of 3D printed items...a nissen hut and the station:
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And here's a sequence of shots of progress over the last three days on scenery:
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Wow.

you have been busy dkightley. I do have to say i am injuring all the diffarnt colour's of the grass and so on. very realistic.

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Friday was a day of hellish mixed fortunes!!!

I spent the who;e day cleaning the track down .....removing scenery and glue that would impede free running. And by mid afternoon, I had a single mororised unit running smoothly round both loops. I even knocked up a small device to drag around under a unit to clean the track.

The evening turned to a horror story though. I went to a friends house to discuss events at the Tramway Museum......and just after ten pm...Thunk!!! from outside. And when we looked, there was a Volkswagon Golf embedded into the front of my car! Rushing outside, we found the car sitting there, engine running.....and all the occupants gone! So, after calling the police and having my car towed away cos it was undriveable...the Golf had pushed it three or four feet down the pavement into a van parked behind it.. I was given a lift home.

The fun continued when I got home....when I switched the kitchen light on....Flash! Bang..Tinkle, tinkle. I was now standing in the dark. The light fitting had exploded....and blown the lighting circuit fuse!

So most of Saturday was taken up takling to my insurance company, arranging a hire car, and buying and replacing a light fitting...and mending an uplighter light I moved from the lounge into the kitchen so I could see what I was doing. The base fell of it!

Late evening...I did finally manage to get some more scenery laid:
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