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Black Bridge

This will be the prototype for the first of the photo planks, a short  section of the famous sea wall berween Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. The modelled section will be a slightly telescoped rendition of the secion where the train is on the picture, with the footbridge marking one end of the scebe.

black-bridge

Here’s the same location from Google Earth, and with a 12″ module depth it looks as though the buildings on the upper level on the left of the picture are close enough to the tracks to be part of the scene.¬† Not that my photo is taken with a telephoto lens shooting parallel to the coast, and those buildings are, as the above image shows, directly behind the train.

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Photo Plank

A small modelling prohect that can hopefully be completed in relatively short period of time, a so-called “photo plank”. Given that my main layout remains devoid of scenery, this diorama-like scene provides a background for photos of rolling stock.

While it’s primary purpose is as a photographic prop, I’m building it to the dimensions of T-Trak’s standards, so that it could be incorporated into a working layout.

I don’t trust my carpentry skills to build the thing entirely out of ply and get the whole thing square. So I’m using a 2″ Woodlands Scenics subterrain foam board as the base with a 3/4″ riser to bring the height up to the 2 3/4″ specified in the T-Trak standards. The track is Kato Unitrack double-track. The completed module will be faced in 4mm ply which will bring the length to the 618mm of a T-Trak double mddule. I’ve got the material to build two, the plan is for one to be British-outline, the other Swiss.

This close-up without the edges of the module visible ought to hint at the way it will be used. Now I need to decide whether to build the British or the Swiss one first.

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