Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time to Play

Being ANZAC day, I had the club rooms to myself - it was great!  No one around to pester me and nothing for me to do but play.

So I dragged down some of my trains to test on the N-TRAK exhibition layout to make sure they are right for the big AMRA show in just under 2 weeks time at Doomben.

While the trains were running round, I dragged out the 2 x 500 watt spot lights I found kicking around the club rooms and lit up the layout and took the iPhone out for a bit of video making. Amazing what additional lighting does to the quality of the videos and photos that the phone takes. So 


Here is the first film I took - "Just off the Highway we see Trains!"  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZJUF26POKY

"On a quite day at the club I got some of my trains out for a run of the club exhibition layout which is based on N-TRAK standards. First train we see is a Santa Fe hauled grain train headed by EMD SD40-2 motive power. Crossing the bridge we have Canadian National owned EMD GP-9's leading a train of covered hoppers. In the background we see Canadian National owned GE ES44DC leading a long oil train made up of 39' single dome tankers. Next we see close behind the CN GP-9's a Burlington Northern triple header of EMD GP-7's on a short covered hopper train."

I took a couple of dozen videos on the phone and won't bore you here with them all, so here is one more. By the way, if you like them, you can check out the others by just looking at my channel on YouTube after watching one of these.


"Stock Yard View of the Industrial Area"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YomoknFU8iY

"On the club N-TRAK layout, we are now looking past town towards the industrial area. We can see the still in use stockyard tracks with loading of cattle currently occurring.

For such a small town, the trains sure do come thick and fast."

Thanks for dropping by - catch you next time.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Let's add MORE

OK, so it seems that we are either working on the club room layout or on the exhibition layout at any one time and not both. So I will also use this very same blog to keep you all updated on the exhibition layout as well - hey, it is N scale after all.

So a bit of history I suppose won't go astray. The layout has always been based on the Australian version of the N-TRAK standards. As usual with modular layouts, it changes from time to time.

Originally about 3-4 years back it had a definite Japanese flavour to it, but just over 2 years ago we built 3 new front modules to change it a bit. It now has a canyon and country type town and such and has a more generic flavour with the canyon being sort of Canadian like.

It was all built to go into the back of our trailer, which had the following dimensions in height etc and the ability to take the 1.8 metre long modules.


So the overall layout sets out like this.


The over layout is now 8.4 metres long and 1.8 metres wide.

So lets get to right now and what shee looks like today. I took just over 800 photos today of it. There were only really 25 photos, but I was doing a lot of micro focusing. This is so I was then able to process the photos through a piece of software called Helicon Focus and come up with photos that are in focus all over.

So here are photos of modules 2, 3, 4 and 5 from today, oh and modules 10. Here is the cricket pitch:






Here is some of the engine facility on module 5:





And here are some of the three main modules along the front - modules 2, 3 and 4.

















So that is what we'll be showing this year on the show circuit  First show being that held by AMRA in Brisbane on the 4th and 5th of May out at Doomben in Brisbane.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Doodling


No new work on the layout, as the exhibition layout has again taken precedence. But I was doodling away today and playing cut and paste with cardboard while at the club. Based on IF, I say IF, we can get the space I think we can, then here are some baseboard designs for the future N scale club room layout (the old one to be demolished) – the designs are done in the same alignment as the room drawing below.

Here is a drawing of part of the club rooms with the current N scale layout marked out and the area I would like to see the N scalers get for the new layout marked out in dotted red lines. The area is 9 m x 7 m.



By the way, the golden brown strip down some of the peninsulas is the skyboard and wall partition that is needed to support the second deck of the layout. Yes, we are going for a double deck layout. I have allowed about 100 mm for this wall and skyboard combo, but it will probably be either about 60 mm to 80 mm in reality. Note – all this is conjecturing and can and will change over time. I just thought it time to start the design juices flowing in all of the N scale blokes so that once we do start we are already up and running - no standing starts here!

So here are two long wise designs:



Of course we must take into consideration that the first thing anyone sees as they walk into our club rooms will be that top right corner of the layout. So this corner will have da bestest and mostest goodest scenery of all!

Now here are two designs with cross wise peninsulas:




It’s all just thoughts, but I will apply to the club management committee soon, to at least get the determination made of how much space the layout can consume. From there, we can muddle around and design away and see what we come up with over the next months/years…..

Any and ALL ideas are welcome – send ‘em in!