Post by kevsmithnkp on May 16, 2016 14:58:22 GMT -5
The cast house cries out for more detail. I've fitted the skimmers to the slag and molten metal channels, the large steel plated used to cover them. The crane now has a hook although it needs more ropes and falls adding and a couple of barrows dotted about
An inspection platform has been put above the tuyiers and the tap drill was made from a 1/32nd scale handbrake lever from a model car kit! LED lighting added to the upper and lower levels
I spent last night adding lighting to the hoist area behind but here is a video of the effect so far. I'll explain about the smoke later but you can see how the animation of the layout is starting to take shape
Post by kevsmithnkp on May 28, 2016 3:34:49 GMT -5
I have now got the layout to a point where I felt confident enough to photograph it for the forthcoming magazine articles. Most of the lighting is done, the open heart furnace is pretty much complete so...
In 1990s form 3 AZL SD70ms pass a Stonysmith SW1500 switching the furnace as an MKT SD40-2 waits to take the M/T Gondolas out of the ore yard
in the background 2 Canadian Pacific Geeps switch the finished products yard. You'll notice the the foreground seems bigger. I have made some clamp on sections of flat board with scenery on to make photography easier and to hide the baseboard edge. These are only used for taking pictures and will not be used at Shows.
On the high line a Missouri Pacific GP35 switches alongside a Stonysmith Railking switching machine
The 70ton ore cars are Roy Stevens on Shapeways ones, Gondolas are MTL
Two MTL SD40-2s work a short cut of cars past the furnace. A Showcase miniature Ballast regulator waits its next job
Again in this shot you can see the add-on foreground scenery as SD70ms and GP35s pass by the blower house.
Bethgon coalporters are a mix of AZL and Freudenreich. The high line finishes as it does pending the layout getting its first trial connection to Cuyahoga
Post by kevsmithnkp on May 28, 2016 14:31:43 GMT -5
Thanks for the kind comments. As a sneak preview I took the opportunity to do some preview pictures of the layout in British form
An Intercity liveried Class 47 on an intermodal train passes a DRS class 57 on a rake of Bitumen tanks. An ancient Class 24 switched in the works yard and in the background a Class 07 diesel switcher works the finished products yard spotting telescopic roof coil steel cars under the crane
A DRS EMD Built Class 66 on a Yeoman stone train passes a class 47 still in 'railblue' on empty four wheel steel plate wagons.
One of the preserved Southern railway Merchant Navy 4-6-2 speeds past with a railtour
One thing to point out is the change of road vehicles to european ones including the London double decker bus
I've just ordered three USRA 0-6-0T 3D printed bodies and another Class 86 electric from Shapeways. More interestingly Stonysmith is looking at doing 3D printed 16 ton mineral wagons, 21 ton iron ore tipplers and HAA MGR Coal wagons for me
Post by kevsmithnkp on Sept 15, 2016 15:41:36 GMT -5
The vehicles Patrice refers to are done by a guy called Laszlo in Hungary and come ready finished and painted. He trades as Csikape on EBAY but only during the winter months I believe. His list of Autos is very impressive both European and American and I always have slightly mixed emotions about publicising him because I'm going to end up bidding against the people I've told about him!
Got to love classic American 'lead sleds'
I'm also going to try some of 'ex libris' designs on shapeways who has some very interesting French cars and vans
Still love Randy Browns trucks and vans and miss Tom Phalen's stuff which seems to have disappeared off the scene