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Oh wow, this looks nice (and looks like a lot of work too :laugh:). Can you approximate how many parts you have used for the ballast so far?

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On 15.1.2017 at 8:06 PM, KlodsBrik said:

Look´s like some great progress.
Also this is an very overwhelming project.
Looks very good so far. 

Cant wait to see what you come up with next. :classic:

KlodsBrik

 

Hi KlodsBrik,

thanks for your positive feedback :sweet:. Yes, I'll keep you all up to date on this here. But currently I have to deal with the not so interesting task, unfortunately: finishing the track ballasting. After that, it will become more interesting (Landscaping, tunnel portals, other city areas, additional streets, ... and last but not least, the planned cargo train station).

BR, Guenther

 

On 16.1.2017 at 11:25 AM, Capparezza said:

Oh wow, this looks nice (and looks like a lot of work too :laugh:). Can you approximate how many parts you have used for the ballast so far?

Hi Capparezza,

thanks for your nice feedback :sweet:! Actually I can tell you quite accurate the part count: The complete track ballasting will eat up 22500 parts, and for now roughly 16000 parts used. So roughly 6500 parts to go :laugh: ...

BR, Guenther

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Hi Guys,

I have a new update on my WIP Layout.

I am now close to finish the work on the track ballast (finally :cry_happy:, it was quite a boring work, but I like the look and feel and it was worth the effort in my opinion). I have now finished the long two-tracked siding:

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The most complex part was the transition from the 45° main line to the siding where it was necessary to do some trial and error to figure out the ballast layout beneath the  point to end up in a valid raster again:

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I had also reused my old buffer stops from the old Layout:

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I hope you enjoyed my update. I am now very curious about your opinion. So please give me some feedback  about what you like and what you don't like and what you would do in another way...

BR, Guenther

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Hi Guys,

 

my last update is now nearly two months ago, so I thought to give you the latest news about the progress of my layout.

First of all, the most important achievement: I managed to get my track ballasting done! Wow, this was a whole junk of work and my fingers are still hurting :laugh: ... anyway, here you can see the result:

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I have also made a short video of my rolling stock in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxTgEWopQa4

I also added a "breakout-track" where I can attach the cargo terminal area I showed some posts before:

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The other task I completed was the digital design of the street section for the middle layer of the layout. It will look like this:

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It will also contain a tunnel portal:

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I have already ordered the parts for this street section, and I already got them all, so stay tuned for an update and real build of this section in the near future.

An I currently work also on a third thing, which need some explanation.

I own the Tower Bridge 10214 and it currently rests on a shelf where it can not be seen very well. So I had the idea to put it directly on the layout. You immediately will recognize the problem I have: the Bridge is not minifig-scale and therefore will not fit very well on the layout. Basically I had in mind to use it as street bridge. So I fired up LDD and fiddled around a little bit. I created a rock and river  (more a brook :wink: ) where the bridge rests on an span over. Then I widened the bridge to get a wider an higher clearance for the cars, so that minifig-scale cars can driver over the bridge. Long story short, this is what I cam up with:

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I actually liked it so much, that I also already ordered the additional parts for it (the whole model with bridge, rock and river contains exactly 7500 parts).

I planned to put the bridge here on the layout:

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I hope you enjoyed my update. I am now very curious what you  think about it.

BR,

Guenther

 

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Looks damn sexy. Have been following your progress over on DB, the idea of using the Tower Bridge (or at least, most of it) is cool and the tunnel looks OK too.

Maybe, if feasible, put the black bricks one or two studs into the back of the tunnel to get a more 3-dimensional look? But I think this is planned to go flat against a wall, so this might not be an option at all...

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2 hours ago, Capparezza said:

Looks damn sexy. Have been following your progress over on DB, the idea of using the Tower Bridge (or at least, most of it) is cool and the tunnel looks OK too.

Maybe, if feasible, put the black bricks one or two studs into the back of the tunnel to get a more 3-dimensional look? But I think this is planned to go flat against a wall, so this might not be an option at all...

Hi Capparezza,

first of all, thanks for your positive feedback! :classic:

You are right (more or less) regarding the black bricks. It is not directly a wall which blocks me from putting the bricks deeper into the tunnel, the problem is a support pillar of the upper level, which is directly behind the tunnel entrance. The main problem is, that I can't move the pillar itself, and I can't move the tunnel+street due to space limitations :sceptic: ... so I have to go with this sub-optimal solution ... 

I have to check how it will look in real life, and when I don't like the outcome, I have to rethink and maybe change something ...

BR,

Guenther

 

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Hi Guys,

I have now managed to get all the Bricks for the tunnelportal and the Tower Bridge modification.

The tunnelportal is now finished and already on my Layout, in good company with the Ghostbuster HQ and the Brick Bank:

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I started also with the Tower Bridge modification and managed to finish the little brook with the rocks on the side and the streets. The dark gray 6x12 plates are holding the modified bridge later. You can easily remove it from the rocks, and you can also detach the ramps on each side from the river section for easy handling.

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and here a picture with the street layer removed, so that you can see the river and the rock walls in detail:

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As always, you can find higher resolution images after they are publicly available for the tunnel here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=569611

and for the bridge here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=569624

I have also created a short update Video of my Layout:

I am now very curious about your feedback.

BR,

Guenther

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Looks great! Thank you for the video! Maybe build half of a car coming out of the tunnel? Not sure how to pull off the look right, but might add a bit of realism. Keep up the work, like to see your updates!  :thumbup: :thumbup:

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5 hours ago, pyro690 said:

Looks great! Thank you for the video! Maybe build half of a car coming out of the tunnel? Not sure how to pull off the look right, but might add a bit of realism. Keep up the work, like to see your updates!  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Hi Pyro690,

thanks for your feedback! Great that you like my layout.

Regarding the car and the tunnel: actually I already had the same idea, and I am definitely thinking about it! Thanks for pointing that out and bringing it back into my brain :wink: ...

 

A little forecast what I plan for the future on my work on the layout:

As I already showed a view post s before, I plan a little waterfall and pond below the bridge. Here again (so that nobody has to search up the older post) the render image:

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Anyway, this will now take again some time, mainly to gather all the bricks needed for it. But don't worry :tongue:, I have still enough bricks here for several smaller additions to my layout, which I'll do meanwhile (e.g some train tunnel portals, ...) . So stay tuned ...

BR,

Guenther

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