Italian HO scale modular layout - WIP

minesweeper Feb 27, 2018

  1. minesweeper

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    This week I was out of town and brought some modeling stuff, just put the rigging on the electrical cab, and got the latest touches today.
    Had to use the whole Preiser rigging kit, plus some kitbashing with 0,8 mm brass. IMG_6502.jpeg IMG_6503.jpeg

    Not yet finished, paint and the rest of pieces will go in this week or next weekend. :)
     
  2. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    That looks great mine sweeper.
     
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  3. gjslsffan

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    Thats some great modeling there minesweeper.
     
  4. minesweeper

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    Thanks,
    I got an engineer friend of mine (the guy who builds, not the one driving trains) explain me how to do since I also ran out of parts.
    He told me it would pass in the 70s and 80s but later it was not going to be due to safety rules.

    Inviato dal mio BLN-L21 utilizzando Tapatalk
     
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  5. RGW

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    Nice work Maurizio.
     
  6. minesweeper

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    A few new pictures as I finished the cement mixer, and later wrapped it to protect from the rain and snow (the site is "closed" as I would not like the "open site" during night operations...., it may be in pause due to sub zero temperatures, by the way it is winter and we are 4000ft high).
    The site.... the fence is just placed there, I need to trim it.
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    The mixer, during work hours....
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    and during off work hours...
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    The mixer is fully scratchbuilt:
    the chassis is a scrap piece of puzzle
    the wheels came from a wiking Mercedes in the scrapyard
    the mixer cup is the cap of a lip balm
    the mixer crushers are pieces from a spring loaded gadget car
    the small wheels are part of the preiser rigging kit.

    Rust wash and some cement and rust textured paint to recreate the "dirtiness" of these machines.
     
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  7. minesweeper

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    Hi,
    just got some more work being done.
    I got the handrails for the underground passage and the platform between tracks 3 and 4, and used some spare Italian style "sandstone benches" (it is actually the white stone used by the ancient romans; these are simply made with cardboard) and one drinking water fountain to give some texture to the platforms.
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  8. VinceP

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    Coming along very nicely Minesweeper
     
  9. traingeekboy

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    I'm curious if you will be able to manage any kind of mainline, or if you are building a station setting alone.

    I may have asked this before.
     
  10. minesweeper

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    The layout will be U shaped in the garage in my house in Rome.
    The station is designed to fit the width of the garage, with the fiddle yard on one side (mainline), and the branchline on the other. I have 7 meters on each side, but the one on the fiddle yard would be shorter due to 1 closet and the washbasin.
    The branchline will have some open line and another small station with a brewery, in the end it will all be a switching layout.
    I may decide to move the station on the same side of the fiddle yard to have a longer branchline, but being modular i am in no hurry to decide.
     
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  11. Chops

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    Wow, great content and form. Liking Italian model rail more with each development.
     
  12. minesweeper

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    Did actually take a break from layout construction and decide to upgrade some Italian 6 axle articulates to DCC (following a full revision).
     
  13. minesweeper

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    The four "girls" on parade.
    They are basically the same locomotive in different liveries except the brown one which has freight gear and lower top speed (120kph instead of 140), also the models have the same mechanics, the ones on the side have a slightly different appearance on the sides and roof as these reproduce the ones modified for push and pull service during the 70s and 80s.
    E646/645 class about 4MW continuous power, 112 tons weight. in service from the mid 60s to the late 2000.
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  14. RailMix

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    I'll agree with that. I haven't really seen much of European railroading in the past, but Italian railroads in the era you model make for a very rich landscape. Nice work.
     
  15. minesweeper

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    Thank you guys!
     
  16. traingeekboy

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    The articulated electrics are my all time favorite of the Italian locos. I was never really crazy about 80-90's colors, mine is brown.
     
  17. strummer

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    I think this a beautiful example of some fine craftsmanship.

    Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

    Mark in Oregon
     
  18. minesweeper

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    Thank you guys again, will stop posting for a while cause next step is what I hate most..... WIRING! :sick:
    I have to wire all LED lamplights and prepare the connections to the third module.
     
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  19. traingeekboy

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    Devi fare i lavori poco a poco. (little by little) ;)
     
  20. minesweeper

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    Spot on Geek, but i will go back to italy next summer and want to be done with module 3 before that, since now i can work in the attic, then it would be the garage.
     

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