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Postby royjess » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:57 pm

OO Gauge Winter Wonderland diary build coming soon.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:09 pm

Ok, so Jess my wife has really twisted my arm in purchasing an 00 gauge train set. Have only got N gauge since moving in my current bungalow due to lack of space.

So I search the internet for a small 00 layout but one that is a bit interesting, an oval shape with a couple of sidings.

It should fit on a 3 X 4 board which is not too large.

The next thing we did was to have a brain storming session to come up with some ideas :think:

Here is our list and not everything will be included in the final build and our options are still open to add to this. We are simply looking for a seasonal Xmas theme, so it really rules out your typical things like a station and signal box etc...

* Victorian theme
* Houses
* Winter wonderland/Xmas
* Ice skaters on a village pond (Using magnets and motors to make them skate)
* Village green
* Carol Singers
* Xmas/fir trees
* Fiber optic lights to light up trees and outside of houses
* Tunnel
* Santa
* Reindeer's
* Sleigh
* Bridge
* Santa Grotto
* Snow
* Icicles
* Snowman
* Snowball fights
* Victorian streetlamps
* Horse and Carriages
* Xmas market
* Holly bushes
* Trees without leaves
* Postbox
* North pole sign
* North pole
* Candy canes
* Country pub/inn
* Church
* Semaphore signal
* Polar bears
* Penguins
* Working level crossing gates


Like I've said, the above is just what we got from a brain storming session. Please feel free to add anything that might be of interest.

I'm also going to have to fit in some safety features, with breaks in some of rails especially in the siding with a diode fitted to prevent the trains hitting the buffers and also just before the points to stop any derailments, especially if the points are incorrectly set wrong with the train going in the wrong direction.

Roy & Jess :D
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby casper » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:19 pm

interesting project Roy and Jess :) should keep you busy till next Christmas :occasion-santa:
can't wait to see the skaters having fun on the ice and the snowball fights going on in the background. Country Pub is a must :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:59 pm

Thanks Casper for your interest :clap:

The build is still in the planning.

I've just done a quick mock up with the track and some cottages and Inn roofs (still need to paint and build these).

The blue type plastic is going to be used for the ice skating pond.

The photo gives a rough idea and the buildings and pond may be position differently in the final build.

The board is a bit on the small side, but this board was originally cut for another one of my N gauge build which is still in the pipeline.

I'll need to make a bigger base board before I really continue.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Manoverboard » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:32 pm

Hi Roy and Jess !
I see from the "pics" that you use "ready made" tracks, have you ever considered making your own ? using PCB and separate rail lengths ?
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:50 pm

Manoverboard wrote:Hi Roy and Jess !
I see from the "pics" that you use "ready made" tracks, have you ever considered making your own ? using PCB and separate rail lengths ?


You must be joking :laughing-rolling:

I've only ever used PCB when making modular boards to reinforce the track ends where the boards join.

The track will be covered in snow anyway, so I'm going to keep this build simple. Got to get it all up and running for the start of December ;)

Oh by the way, thanks for your interest.
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby chill » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:11 pm

I cut my teeth on OO gauge railway models. got really good at it.
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:55 pm

Today I found some time to start on the buildings.

These have been partly glued together and now going to paint these before I glue any more together.

There is a Church, three cottages, an Inn/Pub, a pub sign and a trough. All Dapol kits.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Mark » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:10 am

Those Dapol kits are the old Airfix toolings from the 70's. Nice buildings, even if the moulding it a bit crude by today's standards.
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Paul » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:30 am

Hi Roy & Jess,

I reckon that will be a cracking (sorry no puns on crackers) set for Christmas, possibly underneath the tree (?). :D :D
Just :) to Cause a Landslide - Some :superlglue: will be included .....

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:07 pm

Mark wrote:Those Dapol kits are the old Airfix toolings from the 70's. Nice buildings, even if the moulding it a bit crude by today's standards.


I never seem to have a problem with the old toolings :think: am I missing something? :think:

Mind you, these will be covered in a good layer of snow ;)

Paul wrote:Hi Roy & Jess,

I reckon that will be a cracking (sorry no puns on crackers) set for Christmas, possibly underneath the tree (?). :D :D


Thanks Paul. Fingers cross I'll have it all ready for December, only 10 months left and en-counting... ;)
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:53 pm

Just finished the Inn/pub. I've also lined this with black card for when I illuminate the interior of the buildings.

The roof will eventually be covered in snow.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:49 pm

The church has just been completed.

Again the roof will have a layer of snow on it.

I found some stain glass images on the web and I scaled these down and printed them off. They look good when a light is shone through them. I've also lined the church with black card for illuminating.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby chill » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:14 pm

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:45 pm

Thank you Chill.

I've just completed the cottages. The only thing I need to do with these and that is to line them with black card to block out the illumination lights.

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Here is the village.

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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Mark » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:53 am

Love the paintwork on the church ! It looks a real treat :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby casper » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:47 am

Looking really good Roy :) Love the church. whats the pub called?
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby chill » Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:46 am

How about The Partworks :D

where weary modellers can rest their feet and hand's with green cocktails on tap.
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby Mark » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:21 am

chill wrote:How about The Partworks :D

where weary modellers can rest their feet and hand's with green cocktails on tap.


Served by Dancing Girls of course ;)
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Re: OO Gauge Winter Wonderland

Postby royjess » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:27 pm

We had four choices of Pub/Inn signs. We went for the one that looked quiet oldie woldie and after fitting it, we realized it was called "The Admiral" , great for a fishing port diorama :angry-banghead: , however I think we can just get away with it :whistle:
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