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First entry in yonks

Posted by JZ , 03 August 2011 - * * - - - · 275 views

Serious problems in getting motivated with the layout. I've run trains and built stock since the last entry, but done nothing on the railway. There are a few thing I am not happy with. For a start the turn into the station is too tight. It should have been 3' but is closer to 2'6". The section at the far end suffers from changes in...


Another update. Must be getting my mojo back.

Posted by JZ , 09 November 2010 - - - - - - · 230 views

Thoughts are turning to how I should fill in this corner. From the road bridge to a tunnel mouth it will run through a cutting. What type of cutting is what I am pondering over. Should I go for a normal type with 45º banks, or perhaps a retaining wal about 5' to 6' high or a full height walled cutting. In real life there are factors to consider...


the promised photo's

Posted by JZ , 05 November 2010 - - - - - - · 669 views

This is a view of the timber yard.
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The nearest structure will have a roof added covering an open area to it's front. This is where a steam powered circular saw will go. On the far right of it will go a forge. The wood stores are from Will's and Atlas.

A couple of the brewery. The first...


latest happenings

Posted by JZ , 04 November 2010 - - - - - - · 214 views

Time for an update I think.

Finally getting some work done on the layout. It's been a while, but I have had a few ideas to get on with now. The last thing I wanted to do was to put something down and then be dissapointed with it. For the brewery/timberyard area I have looked out an old Humbrol/Euromodel wooden kit. This will be used as a workshop for...


Getting sidetracked.

Posted by JZ , 17 July 2010 - - - - - - · 155 views

For some reason I cannot get any enthusiasm to get on with the layout. However I have not stopped modelling. At the moment I am putting together a rake of Kirk Maunsells. Work on these originally stopped when Hornby announced theirs. Working away through weathering my fleet of loco's and have finished crewing them.
Some of you may be aware that when my...


Ho hum, not much done.

Posted by JZ , 14 May 2010 - * * * * - · 183 views

Nearing the end of a week of leave. Started out with the best of intentions to get some work done on the layout. So far have done nothing.Posted Image I do have excuses though. Monday I caught up with some old friends at lunchtime and evening, Tuesday, MoT'd the car and met up with...


Little done on layout, but nevertheless an update.

Posted by JZ , 04 May 2010 - - - - - - · 276 views

Not done much on Somercombe since my last entry. I was hoping to get some done this week with my week of rest days, but I left myself available and ended up with 4 rest days work, so far. One of the little jobs I am doing, is to crew the rest of my steam loco's. I am using Masterpiece Falcon Figures. I have tried other makes, but the variety of poses...


Was it a waste of time ?

Posted by JZ , 18 April 2010 - - - - - - · 226 views

Just spent 1½hrs working on this fence. The posts were put in a few days back. Tonight I added the wires.
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You can just make out the wire. I used fishing line for this as it worked out pretty much to scale. Thing is, from normal viewing distance it cannot be seen, hence this topics title. I...


More new stock at Somercombe

Posted by JZ , 07 April 2010 - - - - - - · 199 views

Just about finished my 2H, just a lick of paint to tone down the Black Beetle wheels. Sitting here in the bay waiting to depart for Yeovil Town. Gloucester MPV is on a run down to Exeter, while 3MT is on the Exeter-Salisbury...


Let there be light.

Posted by JZ , 24 March 2010 - - - - - - · 158 views

Decided that the layout needs some form of lighting. After costing out the streetlights, I decided to have a go at making my own. I will be putting them on two circuit. The night one will include the station and street lighting, plus some of the upstairs in the shops and the chipshop ,pub and cinema. The daytime one will do the shop interiors, goods shed. I...

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