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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby casper » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:59 am

brilliant :) doing a fantastic job roy and jess :clap: :clap: :)
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:28 pm

Thanks for your replies

chill wrote:Fantastic. Although I would have made the pond darker as water does look black in winter .


I agree that pond water should be a dark colour regardless of the season due to the water is usually murky.

However the pond is frozen over and initially my thoughts would have had the ice more of a white with a hint of grey colour to give that frosty frozen look.

The perspex that I used is from the Faller static ice-skating rink. The colour is an icy blue colour (more white with a tint of blue) and the flash of the camera makes the colour look a lot more blue than what it is. I've also got the problem of the moving ice-skaters on the pond, I though if I was to add a colour paint, this will eventually wear off and if I added some snow, this may fowl up the ice-skating moving. So I glued some snow to the pond, but I made sure that I didn't' add any to where the skaters were or just solely left exactly where the skaters skates as this would not look right.

What the camera hasn't picked up is there is also a fine layer of white snow over the blue which gives the whole pond a frosty look. This fine layer is just some lose powdery scatter dust and the skaters have pushed any lose particles out of the way where the skaters skate.

Since your post, I was thinking about using some clear plastic, which I could apply glue to the under side to give a frosty look and also apply some white or I could go for some dark colour paint to the underside. This could work without fouling up the workings of the skaters. I did put this to Jess who say's that she likes the way the ice on the pond currently is.

However I might try it even if I don't glue the plastic actually in place when Jess is not looking :whistle:

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:46 pm

I took on board with what Chill has said and I decided to try a few things, but these turned out unsatisfactory.

In the end I decided to spray the perspex with a thin layer of white paint to tone the icy blue down a bit and to give it more of an frosty look.

It certainly look a lot better and I've taken a couple of photos with and without the flash to give you a better idea on how it looks.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby chill » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:07 pm

Thank you for showing the different style you tried. I built a duck pond on my dad's layout using perspex to get a similar effect .
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:23 pm

No prob Chill,

I've done water before on layouts using various methods from using clear perspex to using the gel like beads that you melt in a pan which resets like jelly when cools down.

I found that if I added another layer of perspex to the pond, the magnets on the skaters do not hold well. So far the paint that I've sprayed on the existing ice blue perspex has not caused any problems.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:41 pm

A set of snow covered fir trees arrived today and which I fitted to the layout. The fir tree forest is a little more dense now. There is no fiddlers yard off show or behind the scenes, however by using loads of trees to hide the siding on the far right, it can give the illusions that a loco has gone off somewhere else.

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So the layout is more or less finished now, so I now screwed on the top rear of the display cabinet in place. This was originally designed to unscrew just in-case I need access to the rear section of the board. The front half is hinged to allow quick access to clean the track, pick up any ice skater that decides to fall over or to even re-rail a derailed train etc...

I'm still waiting for the horse and carriage to arrive that I place on order last month and we are looking at adding no more than around 6 more figures at a later date.

Even though one loco can only run at one time on the layout, we can also add another two locos, one in each different sidings. Because of the extra small size of the layout, we will be restricted to smaller locos as oppose to the larger ones.

I will shoot a short video and post on here at a later date so you can get a better idea of the layout as well as seeing it all working.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby number1 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:21 pm

Im really impressed with the layout you've built, K on the way :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Manoverboard » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:36 pm

Hi Roy and Jess,
Superb job mate :clap: :clap: :clap: I can't wait for the GRAND switch on ! have a K from me :clap:
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:00 pm

Manoverboard wrote: have a K from me
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Thanks Kim and #1 for your comments and "K's" very much appreciated.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby chill » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:33 pm

Fantastic
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:09 pm

Thanks Chill

Here is the youtube video



I had to film it with one hand and operate the train and accessories with the other :dance:

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby number1 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:03 pm

Excellent Roy, Jess, the parrots seem to like it to :laughing-rolling:
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:25 pm

Christmas has come early again this year for Jess and me :D

It hasn't even been a year (51 weeks ago) since we first receive our first train set as a couple, the Santa express set. I can't believe that we manage to almost complete this build in less than a year, most of it was thanks to careful planning and preparation.

We have a couple of figures set on order and we are still waiting for out remaining horse and carriage that we ordered a couple of months ago.

In the mean time, we received a couple more train sets. The first is Thomas which is Jess's choice and mine is the West coast highlander. I also purchase a couple of coaches for mine.

We can have all three trains on the layout isolated in the sidings, it is possible to also now shunt the carriages on the layout.

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Almost there.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby steve131 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:55 pm

:clap: Great work Roy ,been good watching this build through the year to get finished in time for Christmas ,gets you in the mood now for the big day. 8-)
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby number1 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:25 pm

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:48 pm

I manage to find some time to do some little bits to the railway.

First I glued on some figures to the layout, the set was the Preiser 12195 At the Christmas fair 1900.

I place a couple walking up the station access ramp

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A couple in the church yard

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I added an old lady to the outside of the gate taking to the one that I place just inside a while ago

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And I added two children near Santa, the one on the far left and right

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I gave the trains a service by adding drops of oil in the recommended moving parts.

I painted and added the locomotive pipes and drivers to the loco's

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I'm just now waiting for one more set of figures and one more horse and carriage (both of which have been on order for a while now) before the layout is finished.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Dazza » Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:52 pm

Just been through this build diary and I love it!! Superb work!! :clap: :clap: :D
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:49 pm

Thanks Dazza, I've just had a quick browse through my diary and it was strange seeing how all came together over the year.
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:54 pm

My final set of figures that I ordered a year ago just arrived. These have been out of stock for a while.

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A man was placed in front of the platform shelter

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I place a woman next to the man standing outside the pub

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I place a woman walking away from the church

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I place the man holding a child next to the ice pond watching the ice-skaters

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I also place the rocking horse on the ground near Santa and the final lady was place with her child in-between the horses and reindeer's.

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I'm just waiting for my last item to arrive which I ordered last year and was out of stock and that is a horse and carriage.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby number1 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:07 pm

Hope the horse and carriage arrive soon so that it's all complete for this Christmas, does'nt tlme fly! :handgestures-thumbup:
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