7mm Blackbridge Town Riverside

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by cbrailways, 29 May 2016.

  1. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    ...and here are the component parts broken down for transportation:


    and packed away:

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  2. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    Thats an impressive amount of pre planning!.
  3. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Good to see so much thought going in to this. One suggestion if I may... For experience on other exhibition layouts I would bring the top fascia beam right to the front of the to angled sides. Two reasons:
    1. Bringing the lighting forward of the actual layout front stops items at the front of the layout being in shadow.
    2. I think it will look better.
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  4. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Neat! You didn't have anything to do with the design of the Transformers did you? :)

    Another suggestion: The lower fascia panels appear to nest. I suspect that they will need something between them to prevent damage to the surface finish whilst in transit - apologies if teaching granny, etc...

  5. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Thanks for all the suggestions above and its good to have some feedback as you can't always see these things yourself. I will have a look at the suggested improvements over the coming days. I should have added to my post that the broken down layout has been designed to fit across the back seat of my Nissan Micra car, for easy transportation ;)

    Construction of the baseboards is complete (although not yet the fascia and back-scene panels) and I posted some photographs earlier in this thread. I will post some more detailed photographs here shortly.
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  6. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Here is a simulation produced in SKETCHUP. How does that look now? Don't want to change the 1/4 scale card model until I'm sure.....

    Riverside Cameo Layout v03 07_06_2017a.jpg Riverside Cameo Layout v03 07_06_2017b.jpg Riverside Cameo Layout v03 07_06_2017c.jpg Riverside Cameo Layout v03 07_06_2017d.jpg Riverside Cameo Layout v03 07_06_2017e.jpg Riverside Cameo Layout v03 07_06_2017f.jpg
  7. Easterner

    Easterner Active Member

    I prefer your latest mock up Chris.

    Out of interest, how high are you going to be having your backscene and what does the viewing aperture work out at? Just something I'm currently trying to settle on/workout for a similar size 7mm project.
  8. Simpas

    Simpas Western Thunderer

    A very interesting and flexible track plan. Looking good.

    Wish my woodworking skills were up to this standard.

  9. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Hi Easterner,

    The opening is 2260 long between the wings (each 80 long) and 400 high (although this might be reduced to 350 high). The proscenium arch and backscene top is 160 high above this. The baseboard top is 105 high. So the overall layout height is 665. The overall baseboard size inside the wings is 2420 long and 410 wide.

    I had great difficulty in reconciling the requirement for horizon level viewing, getting the back lighting pelmet out of sight at that level and not being able to see the backscene top over the proscenium arch top. I think I have the SKETCHUP model correct and I am in the process of updating the 1/4 scale cardboard model to confirm my calculations.

    Hope that helps. I would definitely recommend constructing a scale cardboard model for all of this.
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  10. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Hi Mick,

    Thanks for your comments. I didn't actually construct the baseboards as my woodworking skills and space available to do so are limited. They were constructed for me by a modelling friend to my scale drawings.
  11. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks for your comments and observation :). Its always good to have some independent feedback.

    I have been looking at the 'nesting' issue again and have decided to eliminate the lower horizontal connecting pieces to make transportation easier. You will see this when I next post a photograph of the updated 1/4 scale cardboard model.
  12. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Here is the updated 1/4 scale cardboard model and I think it works OK. I'm going to leave it at that and concentrate on the actual model from now on.


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  13. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    As it was a nice day decided to try out the baseboards outside.

    Set at 48ins high for home use:

    Folded away for transport/storage:
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  14. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Well as the weather has been pretty poor I decided to erect the layout indoors, lay out the track and erect some simulated scenery to see if everything looks OK:









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  15. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Well, things have been a bit quite on here for a few months.......been working on, and exhibiting the clubs new layout :)

    So where have I got to? Well baseboards now complete and painted, retaining walls supports fitted and track laying hopefully to start in the next few weeks. A further slight change to the station platform arrangement. Photos to follow in next post.
  16. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    OK then....

    Updated (and very final) track layout:

    Revised Riverside Layout Reduced Version As Built 16_10_2017a.jpg

    Core Baseboards completed with retaining wall support framework and painted:


    Baseboard fitted out with trial arches:

  17. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    ...and here it is all folded away...

  18. 40126

    40126 Western Thunderer

    Hi Chris, Any more progress ?

    Steve :cool:
  19. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    ...I wondered when somebody would ask. Well yes, despite having little spare time (I am semi-retired you know) the layout has been progressing. At last I'm approaching completion of the baseboards after having to rebuild the middle backscene section as the original kept jamming when being slotted into position. I'm just about to paint the remainder of the structure and will probably complete that if the weather holds out this week. So, watch this space in a weeks time......
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  20. cbrailways

    cbrailways Western Thunderer

    Remember this from Post #20....


    Last edited: 22 April 2018
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