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New layout - Mike's Bikes

Postby Chrisp » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:42 am

I made some progress on my gnew layout - Mike's Recycled Bikes. Scrap metal and bike parts in, finished bikes out, all carried by rail of course.

Here's an overview, the table is 2 x 4 feet with an 8" min radius. The track plan is based on one I saw on Carls A's site:

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I still have to make/install the CD turntable and add a siding to the left of the table for an assembly/shipping building.

Motive power for my handful of cars is a half-built critter based on a Bachmann 0-4-0 gas mechanical. I hope to have it finished soon.

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I'll start working on buildings as time permits.
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Postby JT Previa » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:45 am

Chris,

I think Michael has some left-over bike parts (rear stays I believe) from his crane project he can ship your way (by rail of course).

I hope that gas mechanical is a "vegetable oil" mechanical.

So, are you building Santa Cruz downhill bikes, beach cruisers, fixies or??? :D
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Postby Chrisp » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:26 pm

Good idea - biodiesel critter! Not sure I can deal with that old french fry odor, though. Maybe LPG like a forklift.

Being a roadie myself, I'm partial to road bikes but the Preiser model bikes I have look more like beach cruisers.
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Postby Peter » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:06 am

Looking good :D
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Postby Korschtal » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:42 am

Good idea. I could well see this sort of outfit in a place like Amsterdam or Freiburg for shifting reconditioned cargo bikes around the old city. Shifting bikes with heavy steel frames, the staf would probably welcome some help.

How are you going to carry the bikes so the ydon't get scratched in transit?
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Postby dieselwater » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:52 am

Great start, great idea! Look forward to seeing the progress 8)
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New layout - Mike's Bikes

Postby Bilco » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:44 am

Hi Chrisp - an intriguing start to your critter! It bears a distinct family resemblance to your box-top wagons. I look forward to seeing developments in your layout, too!
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Postby altterrain » Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:09 am

Hey Chris,

I'm not sure if you're looking for bicycles or motorcycles but I ran across these -

http://small-scale-tudor-miniatures.com/vintage/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_65&products_id=9604

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Postby Chrisp » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:07 am

Made a bit more progress on Mike's Bikes - finished the CD turntable and have the critter close to done. The hood has a louver panel cut from a roofing vent and a gas tank made from a plumbing fitting and some carriage bolts:

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I also made a passable tractor-style seat from a scrap of aluminum sheet bent and drilled. Assorted Sidelines details round out the mix. Next:painting.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:21 am

Great ingenuity! Cool 8)
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Postby Geno6309 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:30 pm

Really like the fuel tank, the weight should add hauling capacity.
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Postby Glen A » Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:00 pm

Nice job. It is looking great.

Good 'thinking outside the square' for the parts used in the tank.

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Postby Peter » Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:21 pm

That looks amazing!

I can't help but think that the barrel looks suspiciously like a beer keg. You might want to check that engineers breath! :lol:
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Postby dieselwater » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:37 am

Great critter design 8) Gnifty use of materials.
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Postby Korschtal » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:06 pm

Peter wrote:That looks amazing!

I can't help but think that the barrel looks suspiciously like a beer keg. You might want to check that engineers breath! :lol:


Put him on one of the products: bicycles have an inbuilt drunkenness test.
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Postby Chrisp » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:35 pm

Finally finished up the critter. For the safety stripes, I found a suitable pattern on the internet and printed these onto large adhesive mailing labels. A coat of matte spray prevents smearing:

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Here it is all assembled:

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And yes, the fuel tank does look like a beer keg. Party on Wayne!

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Now I plan on adding a concrete or asphalt-like surface to the layout around the tracks (any suggestions or posts on materials and techniques?) and getting started on some buildings.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:01 pm

Chrisp wrote:And yes, the fuel tank does look like a beer keg. Party on Wayne!


Biofuel :!:

Stroke of inspiration abut the stripes :idea:
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Postby Korschtal » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:28 pm

Chrisp wrote:Finally finished up the critter. For the safety stripes, I found a suitable pattern on the internet and printed these onto large adhesive mailing labels. A coat of matte spray prevents smearing:

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Typical, guess what I'd just finished carefully painting when I logged on this evening? Great finish on the buffer beam.
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Postby Oztrainz » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:47 pm

Chrisp wrote:Now I plan on adding a concrete or asphalt-like surface to the layout around the tracks (any suggestions or posts on materials and techniques?) and getting started on some buildings.


Hi Chris,
on the Randim Stackum & Wrackem, I plated the floor area with 3mm mdf offcuts to bring the floor up to just under railheight and used a light weight wall filler to fill the gaps between the mdf plated and the rails. This gives a slight drop away from the rails.

I used N-scale rail as check rails between the tracks an filled this area between the track to level between the check rails. Spacing the check rails was easy - I just bumped the foot of the N-scale rail up against the rail clips holding the main rails in place, and used ACC to hold the check rails in position. This gives sufficient gap for your flangeways.

I then painted the surface with a water-based texured paint designed for painting terracotta pots. This came in various textures and colours from more yellow "sandstone" with a coarser texture to the off-white based "marble" with a slightly finer texture that I used.
Add some scrapes, dings and tyremarks...
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Clean the tops and inside railheads on your main rails and you are done. :wink:
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Postby Moronguhl » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:28 pm

I know this hasn't been touched for a few months, but I just wanted to log in and say 'Party on Garth!'

It's a lovely little critter, particularly the off-centre bonnet. I'm convinced asymmetry is cool in almost every walk of life, especially with Shay locos, very nice. The warning chevrons also look great! Probably a bit trickier with less flat surfaces, but probably worth a try!
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:55 pm

Moronguhl wrote:Probably a bit trickier ... but probably worth a try!

Sometimes being a bit trickier is reason itself for giving it a try!
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Postby Simon Andrews » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:03 pm

Missed this some how :oops: Great critter Chrisp 8)

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Postby Ian-IoM » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:06 pm

Simon Andrews wrote:Missed this some how :oops:

Hmmm, me too :oops:

Really like the critter, and the imaginative use of found materials (15mm york straight? Good tank!) Hope to see more progress soon :)
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Postby Chrisp » Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:28 pm

I was surprised this thread came up again, it's been a long time since I posted. Thanks for the additional comments on the critter.

Because I've been sucked back into working on my SE and F scale projects, I have made modest progress on Mike's Bikes. I'm about 1/3 of the way done with "concreting" the layout using floor patching mix, and I got a Fiskars tool for creating corrugated siding for my buildings. Also built a bunch of pallets. As time and interest level permit, I'll get back to focusing on this.
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