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    That whole dock area looks really nice! What tremendous amount of work.

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    Excellent work. So much great detail.
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    I've followed your progress on other forums and already then was amazed at your work, especially since it is mostly made with paper. Keep posting your progress here, you'll find we're a great dedicated group of nscale nuts (well, at least I am) - is your wife still helping out with the painting?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngaugingnut View Post
    I've followed your progress on other forums and already then was amazed at your work, especially since it is mostly made with paper. Keep posting your progress here, you'll find we're a great dedicated group of nscale nuts (well, at least I am) - is your wife still helping out with the painting?
    Thank you. Yes, that is the primary reason why I joined here, even though I am there in two other forums - it is dedicated to N scale. And the way I see it, so far I don't know if I will ever have enough money and space to have room full of HO or O scale trains, so I am sticking to N for now - in that case it makes more sense to be a part of this group.

    Yes, my wife is still working with me and doing painting, decals and all, but she has got a lot of her own stuff to take care of now, so she works on the layout whenever she gets time.

    Hey thanks again for the warm welcome note.
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    This just keeps getting better and better, Kaustav!
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    Check this new video in Facebook - the most comprehensive so far. Detailed description attached! Enjoy.


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    This video shows three operational elements in Wrightsville Port, my N scale layout. First, pickup of the container consist, second, pickup of the covered grain hoppers and the oil tankers and third, dropping the containers back to the container dock. These straight forward operations are shot form various angles to reveal the track side scenic elements developed so far. Hope you enjoy it.

    And for those who are interested, here is a bigger file on YouTube.



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    Another quick video, with a nighttime shot...

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    I am still trying to find new angles for photos and videos on the layout. Most of these spots are going to disappear when the new buildings come up.

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    Here is a record time build - completed in 3 days. All that is left to do is painting and a little bit of detailing. This building is going to represent the main freight house of Wrightsville Port. For this one I am not going to bore everybody with all the step by step construction procedures. Just some shots and features:

    Here is the top view of the building that shows it's unique shape. This building has four large shutter doors on the curved side of the building for the loading/unloading of the box cars as well as big trucks - there is a similar one for 1 box car on the other side. There is a large platform for loading/unloading of only vehicles as well.




    The most challenging part in this building was definitely the lighting. I wanted to make sure that the lighting is as prototypical as possible. So I went for Circuitron's Micro lights - 1.5 mm bulbs as lamps outside the building and two white LEDs inside.



    The lamp fixtures are basically the tiny coffee stirrer straws and the round shades are thin card boards punched out using a punching machine.

    And just to scare you a little, here is the wiring below the building!



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    Now some different angles:











    And here is a night shot:

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    With that shape it looks like a sailing ship! Stick two or three masts on it and string some rigging... Honestly, I know the shape is due to track constraints, and real ports would do that at times, but I applaud you for supporting your waterfront motif by this subtle "galleon" reference. Even the flat roof with a parapet around has echoes of a ship's gunwales. Yet I bet for most people the association won't be that obvious. The shape will just be sitting in their pattern-recognizing brain whispering "ship" to them, and they'll wonder why it is that they smell the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
    With that shape it looks like a sailing ship! Stick two or three masts on it and string some rigging... Honestly, I know the shape is due to track constraints, and real ports would do that at times, but I applaud you for supporting your waterfront motif by this subtle "galleon" reference. Even the flat roof with a parapet around has echoes of a ship's gunwales. Yet I bet for most people the association won't be that obvious. The shape will just be sitting in their pattern-recognizing brain whispering "ship" to them, and they'll wonder why it is that they smell the sea.
    You know what, that never did occur to me before, but looking at the pictures again - yeah, it does look like a boat! As far as I've observed, real ports do make irregular shaped buildings to make best use of space constraints, but don't know if any architect ever built a boat shaped warehouse before! Well, may be they can use this model to build a prototype now.
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    Although not a warehouse (although isn't a convention centre just a warehouse for humans?)

    Designed to look a bit like a boat, even has sails!

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    Yep - it surely does look like a boat! And yeah - a convention center can anytime be considered as a werehouse of humans! :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    (although isn't a convention centre just a warehouse for humans?)
    That would be spelled "werehouse"
    [wer / were is Anglo-Saxon for "man", as in "werewolf"]


    The SF Maritime Museum is also build in the shape of a boat, though one a little less sleek:



    I think your warehouse looks great, especially that night shot.
    This layout is going to look even more amazing when all the structures and lights are done!

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    thanks MC. yep! that's the target - in my estimation this small layout would count at least a hundred tiny bulbs and LEDs when done, if not more. It will have a complete night time operating sessions without any external light source - that means starting from spotting, pick-up and dropping cars which will need a LOT many prototypical lighting.

    By the way, that's a very nice photo of the SF Maritime Museum. And I totally agree with the 'werehouse' part! :P
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    Pneumatic Grain Unloader

    Here is something new that I have started with - a Pneumatic Grain Unloader. Not sure if anyone has built such a model before, especially in N scale. Even if someone has, I am not aware of it. Here is the detailed step by step construction details: http://wrightsvilleport.blogspot.in/...-unloader.html. Please note that given the complexity of the whole grain portal thing, this madness is here to stay for a while!

    And here are some photos of the progress so far:



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    You're quite the scratch builder!!

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    Default Grain Portal WIP: Grain Silos

    Just a couple of pictures - nothing much to describe - two concrete silos, the central access elevator between them and the conveyor housing on top. You can see the complete Pneumatic grain unloader and some conveyor basic structure in the front.


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    Next, the grain elevator, the conveyor belt housing and grain barge to complete this - long work ahead!
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    Ok, tell me about the lift bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by videobruce View Post
    Ok, tell me about the lift bridge.
    Classic Bascule bridge design with a rocking truss with counterweight to lift the leaf without any additional mechanical device other than to provide the initial thrust. Made out of thin wood - the remains of several wood puzzle toys (eiffel tower, ships etc.) - thin strips cut out of those and joined using epoxy glue and super glue. Joints are normal paper pins cut to the right sizes using a snipper, sealed with tiny pieces of electric wire insulation. perfectly balanced on it's weight, can stay steadily in any position due to the balance between the leaf and the counterweight. 3 coats of acrylic paints, rivets are basically tiny drop of paints - weathered using colored charcoal dust (this part was "outsourced" to my wifey :P). Planning to make remote lifting mechanism in future (currently hand driven).

    That's an express description! :P Hope it helps.

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