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  • Hi guys.

    Well - per Johns request, here are a few shots of the benchwork and accompanying model of the model shots. I did a little more carving yesterday, uncovering various scenes, and took some more photos of the model of the model. I find it difficult to get good photos of the model of the model.

    Photo 1 - So here we are standing at the end of the last module looking down the isle behind the back wall of Tellynott. If we moved back a little from here we would be standing at the other side of the peninsula.
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    Photo 2 - Here is the same shot from a slightly higher angle, looking through and over the river gorge. The same shot is available under the bridges, but doesn't photograph well with my cell phone.
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    Photo 3 - From a little further back showing the front arch bridge.
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    More in a sec, cheers, Mark.

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      Photo 4 - Here we are at the end of the alcove.
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      Photo 5 - And here is a closer view of the new benchwork. You can see I have diagonally braced the end riser to keep it plumb and sturdy. I also added a piece of ribbon board to the backdrop and added cleats out the the top of the rises. It is now all quite sturdy. You can see the river baseboard in a kind of an 'eye' shape in behind the summit track.
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      Photo 6 - And here is the same view on the model of the model.
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      More in a sec, cheers, Mark.

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        Photo 7 - Here is a straight on view of the new timberwork. This shows clearly the ribbon board and cleats. My two passing loops are long enough to have trains double this length.
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        Photo 8 - Here we are at the end of the, as yet unbuilt, peninsula sneaking a view around the corner at the right end of this benchwork.
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        Photo 9 - Here we are looking along the length of the first module I built. The limeworks will be in the foreground here. Again, this should be another long view, making distances appear vast.
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        More in a sec, cheers, Mark.

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        • Part 4...

          Photo 10 - Here is a photo down the alcove from a bit more of an angle. Its been some pretty good progress since February. (Note - I just looked back through this thread and my first post on benchwork was the 6th of March - so I guess I started this in March. That's 6 1/2 months. I'm pretty happy with that.)
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          Photo 11 - Here is a shot through the second river valley. next to the river in this valley will be a mine. This will be the lowest trackage on the layout. The height is yet to be finalised, but somewhere very close to 800mm (31.5")
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          Photo 12 - One more view of all that benchwork.
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          More soon, cheers, Mark.
          Last edited by mark_dalrymple; 09-15-2022, 04:06 PM.

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          • Mark, Cheers,

            Wow, you've been very busy on the layout benchwork. I love all the curves, as it is in the real world with mountain railroading. This has been very exciting to watch now that I'm caught up on all 80 pages.

            BTW, I gave Curt the message to come back. He's still a member here but stopped posting. He told me he has two other forums he watches so his time is limited. I've also encouraged him to come back. We'll see.

            I do admire your ability to model a mock up of the layout. My mock up is all in my head.

            Tom

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            • Wow, you've been very busy on the layout benchwork. I love all the curves, as it is in the real world with mountain railroading. This has been very exciting to watch now that I'm caught up on all 80 pages.

              BTW, I gave Curt the message to come back. He's still a member here but stopped posting. He told me he has two other forums he watches so his time is limited. I've also encouraged him to come back. We'll see.

              I do admire your ability to model a mock up of the layout. My mock up is all in my head.
              Thanks, Tom.

              Its been exciting for me watching it all come together, too. I've worked out that Tellynott is 96 square feet while Shadowlands will be 235 feet squared. That gives a total of 331 square feet. I don't think I will need to bore a hole through the wall to steal more space! Those long sweeping curves are really starting to look like something. I hope to create a lovely scene along here of tiny trains snaking their way through massive mountains. I've now completed benchwork for 123 square feet of the 235 in Shadowlands, so I guess I'm half way. That probably makes completion of the benchwork by next March unrealistic, when taking into consideration the need for a concrete slab and shed, the spring growth and lawn mowing needed, the convention and the care of a new puppy, but we will see. I have a good system now. Whereas I had to think through how to construct everything in the beginning its only the finer points I have to do that with now.

              I hope to see Curt back here soon.

              My convention talk will be on 'Techniques to help visualise complex designs in their finished state. This will include the advantages and methods of building a model of a model and mock-ups, along with various other imagineering tools.'

              Cheers, Mark.

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              • deemery
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                It would be GREAT if the convention recorded your talk and made the video available!

            • Hi guys.

              In answer to dreemery's request - my clinic was not videoed. I am, however, happy to send a copy of my power point presentation to anyone who wants it. Just send me a pm with your email address and I'll send a copy through. I have added descriptive notes to the slides so you should be able to make sense of the slides.

              More coming soon - I'm still trying to catch up on the gardening! Speaking of which...

              More soon, cheers, Mark.

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              • Mark

                This is just fantastic! And thank you for reposting the pictures of the model of the model along side. Love it. I can see the mountains forming between the boards.

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                • Great work Mark. Love the start of the mountains.
                  Jerry



                  "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                  • This is just fantastic! And thank you for reposting the pictures of the model of the model along side. Love it. I can see the mountains forming between the boards.
                    Thanks, John!

                    There were a lot of comments at my layout tour by people who had been to my clinic where I talked (among other things) about my model of a model. I had the model of the model set up on a table at the end of that long view down the alcove, so you could look at the model of the model and then the actual thing. The most common comment was 'now I get it'. I'd talked about the size of the layout space - giving measurements - but many people were blown away by the scope of the project. I guess until you are actually standing in the room... I'm itching to get back to things, but a lot of gardening was put on hold while I got ready for the convention, so I'm in catch up mode. Our 2fatpossums group has a modelling weekend in Blenheim the weekend after next, so I hope to get stuck into some good modelling then.

                    Cheers, Mark.

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                    • Great work Mark. Love the start of the mountains.
                      Thanks, Jerry.

                      I guess I'll be into track work soon. My DCC system that I ordered through Tony's Train Exchange last October is finally on its way here. Unfortunately, what was going to cost around $975NZ this time last year will now cost around $1,500NZ now. It just seems to be the way of things today - inflation - which also causes our dollar to drop against the US dollar, problems for companies getting parts and shipping delays. NZ has a $1,000 limit on imports - once over that we get a 15% GST charge - of course the system is now well over that bracket.

                      It will be a lot of fun to get stuck into those mountains, but trackbed, track and wiring will have to come first.

                      Cheers, Mark.

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                      • Amazing progress Mark.....many of the old crowd has migrated over here and I have a bunch of catching up to do with the progress y'all have made recently. All that benchwork framing looks quite finish grade, but I look forward to seeing what you are going to do with the scenery for all those great vistas.

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                        • Amazing progress Mark.....many of the old crowd has migrated over here and I have a bunch of catching up to do with the progress y'all have made recently. All that benchwork framing looks quite finish grade, but I look forward to seeing what you are going to do with the scenery for all those great vistas.
                          Thanks so much, Greg.

                          It will be a lot of fun creating a mountain range for my trains to cross.

                          Cheers, Mark.

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                          • Hi guys.

                            Well - I'm back after a great weekend of modelling in Blenheim with our 2fatpossums modelling group. Lots of fun, and it was great to catch up with the Blenheim guys who are pushing hard to keep modelling alive and well in this country. We all came back inspired and motivated to follow suit. We were all invited to a BBQ on the Saturday afternoon and didn't leave until midnight! Much was discussed about the state of the hobby in this country and around the world, and what we can do to help keep it alive and hopefully entice some young people into railway modelling. The recent convention certainly brought home to me the 'greying' of those in our hobby.

                            Of course the possums had lots of fun and got some good modelling done on the Friday night, Saturday morning and early afternoon, and all day on the Sunday through to 10pm when we finally packed up. I finally was delivered home at 7pm Monday night. It was also, as always, lovely to drive up the east coast and the weather couldn't have been better.

                            Below are the possums hard at work. We took large drop cloths to cover the floor in case of any spills.
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                            My first project was this Magnuson kitbash. I'd started before the trip away, but added the central floor and removable back and then spent the Friday afternoon and night painting and grouting the structure. Brick colours were raw sienna and burnt umber. The trim was army painter stone golem and Model color flat green.
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                            • Nice looking build Mark! The picture shows some young looking guys keeping the hobby going!!
                              Jerry



                              "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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