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#4269
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Oooh... how about some Teleportation Points?...(Ok... Now I'm Joking, that might be more of a Drow or Gnome thing then Dwarven)... As far as Using Existing Rails goes... I Think that Law may be right about Painting/Weathering the Tracks to get rid of the "Perfect" machined Plastic and Metal Look of a Traditional HO train track...
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#4270
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O.k. now this is totally insane but... ::hee hee..!:: What if... what if you could find a really cool little roller-coaster type setup that a mine cart would fit on? How insane would that be?! Would that just be crossing the line or would you be the coolest kid on the block with the most awesome helter-skelter Dwarven Mine Cart system in the world?!?

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#4271
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
That would Definately put things back into the IJTD Arena... I Have Seen some Kewl Roller Coaster Toys out there... Boy you'd need a lot of DF then...

"Honey, I Know i'ts kinda Pricey, but I Just Can't make my Dwarven Rollercoaster Look right with out this Extra $1300.00 worth of DF... Puuhhlleeease?"
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#4272
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Tomorrow morning, when there is better natural light, I'm going to take a couple of pictures of today's building frenzy...

It is a section of mine tunnel, a crossing, in fact, with a track running down the middle. The box is made of that kind of thick paper board with expanded plastic in between (I can't remember the name of that stuff right now...). The construction was quick and easy, with very little in the way of finishing for the walls, as I just wanted to test a few ideas. Anyway, the most important idea that has come out of this, is the notion that I really should build my projected HO narrow gauge mining railroad as a _mine_ railroad. Instead of a railroad from the mine head to the mainline I'm going to build the railway _inside_ the mine using the same construction methods... :D
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#4273
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
I really should build my projected HO narrow gauge mining railroad as a _mine_ railroad.

Of course it's going to be yours. Who else's would it be?





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#4274
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Willypold,

So are we Talking about a Truely 3D Cutaway Piece like the Entrance to DarkFathers sons Mine Entrance? (Where you Pull the Mountain away to reveal the Mine within)? That would be Very Kewl... Or am I totaly misunderstaning this? (Which is Highly Possible)...

Law,

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#4275
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
The section is shaped like the four-way passage from the Room and passages set (only a little shorter - just 6 inches long). Along one of the crossing passages I glued a section of narrow gauge track and filled the floor with scale "gravel", painted everything black and then drybrushed it up to conform with the DF colour - sort of. I have taken a few pictures and the next thing will be to get them out of the camera and reduce them a bit. Expect the images within half an hour after this posting!
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#4276
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Ok, here it is!

Two of the walls are sort of finished using Milliput, the other two are more or less left in their raw state, with just the paint slapped on. The plan is to cover the inside walls with thin plaster castings of exposed rock or something else that can simulate the right kind of stone walls, but that will have to wait until I get the proper building materials and also some good quality plaster. This piece is more of an exercise to find out if its worth the effort, and I think it is! :D
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#4277
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hey I Understand that this was an Experiment, and Of Course I can see the "Rough" partially Finished Nature of the Piec... But Holy Cow! You are Definately on to Something... You GOing to do any Support structure details? It might be kewl to do each Walls End Cap as a Small portion of Wood Brace? Then if two were put together the "Seems" between the Tiles would look like a couple of Supports nailed together? And if a Piece was "Exposed" (Such as the First Tile), then the Edges of the Walls would look like the First set of Supports?... I Dunno'... Am I making any sense here?...<Grin>...

In any Event I'd say that your Efforts so far are awesome! Can't wait to see the Final Examples... How much time went into that piece so Far?
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#4278
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
Some of the things I wanted to find out:

Does the board I used work? Maybe. I used the 4 mm thick variety, and the floor, which is single thickness, has warped, the walls are leaning inwards. Maybe if I use the 10 mm thickness it may work, but I'm not going to spend the money to find out. I'm probably best off using sandwiched pieces of 4 mm plywood to get 8 mm thick floors with another 1 or 2 mm for the surface material (or use 8 mm right away - the 4 mm thickness is easy to work with). The regular DF floors seem to be 9 mm thick, with the cavern floors 10 or even 11 mm.

Walls could be made of the board. They take the Milliput readily enough, and if I use 8 mm board I should probably see very little warping.

I should NOT use gravel for the entire surface, only the trackbed, if at all. It's a pain in the rear trying to paint, as there are always loose pieces and it positively kills the brushes.

Track. For a working model railroad I would of course use real railroad track, but for a non-working model I will lay the track using wooden ties and probably just a piece of Plastruct plastic for the rails, as they will take paint easier than the highly polished metal track.

The outside of the walls. If I can give the walls some surface structure, I will definitely paint them anything other than black.
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#4279
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The section is shaped like the four-way passage from the Room and passages set (only a little shorter - just 6 inches long)

Eh...? It is of course only 4 inches wide! That would be obvious to anyone looking at it! (Main reason I did that short was the width of the material I had on hand...)
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#4280
Mine track and carts 9 Years, 10 Months ago  
There is a kewl 2nd edition adventure in Dungeon Magazine called Train of Consequesnces that involves a dwarven steam-powered mining train that would be a hoot to play with a proper scale train. I can dig through my back issues if anyone is interested in what issue number.
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