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Summer's Almost Gone

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 25 September 2011 - - - - - - · 464 views

Some of us might say it's been long gone. Meanwhile I notice that I haven't posted here for over three months. Dead? Lunatic asylum? Not just yet...

A few bits and bobs have been progressed over summer. Most recently I've turned my attention to the lighting and initially the gantry:

The gantry is in five...


Father's Day (Any Excuse!)

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 19 June 2011 - * * * * - · 743 views

As the wife was away at a concert, and the kids felt that they'd done their Father's Day duty by about 7am, I've been left pretty much to myself today. Bliss! Posted Image

I'd recently resolved to finish the ballasting and now that 99% of the plastering is done, I...


A Grand Day Out - The Platform For Further Progress

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, General 14 June 2011 - - - - - - · 1,033 views

As others have previously posted, last weekend was Expo 2mm; a lower key event than last year's Golden Jubilee Expo, but an excellent day nevertheless. The big advantage of these days is getting to see members from across the country, old friends and new alike and have a good chat about all things 2mm in a relaxed environment.

I especially enjoyed...


Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 21 May 2011 - - - - - - · 678 views

I know that one of my big failings is that I often rush into things and end up having to redo them or extricate myself from the resulting mess. This applies to life generally as well as modelling specifically!

However, that initial bodge-up often helps me understand how I might do things better and therefore as long as I learn from my mistakes, I'm...


Getting Plastered and a Rethink

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 16 May 2011 - - - - - - · 756 views

Steady progress on Brafferton continues. Mike Taylor did kindly invite the layout to Expo, but we agreed in the end to give it a break from Association events for a little while.

The station area continues to receive attention and the cattle dock base and platform (brick bit) are in. I've been playing about plastering these into the contours of the...



Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 30 March 2011 - - - - - - · 825 views

As promised, I am posting several pictures of the yard crossing following clearance of the flangeways. Once the filler had set, I initially used a Stanley knife to score close up to the inner of each rail, down as far as the tops of the chairs. This was cleared out using a 1/2" paintbrush. The knife was reversed and the score widened using the flat...


Getting Cross and Other Tales of Indiscriminate Destruction

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 27 March 2011 - - - - - - · 740 views

I think (and hope) that the worst of the winter weather is behind us. The garage having recently been relieved of workshop duties, following a batch of home improvements, the layout is once again reassembled therein.

I'd been following Pete Matcham's progress on Moorswater with interest, especially his recent travails with inlaid trackwork;...


Contrary Mary

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 21 February 2011 - - - - - - · 1,364 views


I'd established a method for construction of the station buildings. You think I'd stick to that? Not a bit of it!

The remainder of the station (seen furthest away in the preceding entry) seems to be of a later and simpler construction than the main block. It was before I'd released it, that I was picking out various pieces of...


House of Blues

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 16 February 2011 - - - - - - · 803 views

There really is only so much ballasting one can take! It's still not finished, but I persevere.

Meantime, I thought I'd take a break and make a start on the station buildings. These have been started several times before, always with unsatisfactory results which end up being scrapped. The main problem is that the window surrounds are recessed...


Trying to keep the customers satisfied

Posted by Tony Simms , in Motive Power 21 December 2010 - * * * * * · 655 views

Ballasting is coming along nicely, filling those long winter evenings as well as the gaps between the sleepers.

Meanwhile, I did promise an update on the D49, and have been reminded of this in a comment to an earlier post! :lol: This loco has now been chipped and substantially painted. I'd originally painted the cylinders with a brush. This looked...


You shall go to the ball...

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 16 December 2010 - * * * * * · 663 views

... cinders!

Onward with ballasting. Over the years, I've tried various methods of everybody's favourite part of layout building. This time I noticed, when laying the Easitrac, that the Easitrac glue remains slightly rubbery, unlike normal PVA which sets fairly solid. This seemed to be a good medium for applying the ballast...


A Resumption

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Motive Power 12 December 2010 - - - - - - · 601 views

Following a barren two months (modelling-wise) I am now back at it with avengance. I hope!

Last week the Class 04 had it's chip rewired as the black lead had come adrift whilst I was fettling the couplers in anticipation of the 2mm AGM. As a result, that loco merely sat sadly on the layout unmoving....


Chocks Away!

Posted by Tony Simms , in General, Motive Power 30 September 2010 - - - - - - · 354 views
yes, 90125
The layout was dismantled today ready for showing at the AGM on Saturday. Prior to this, however, I did receive the reprofiled wheels for my Cl24 from Gordon Solloway; thanks Gordon!

The loco was reassembled and had a good couple of hours just circuiting Brafferton with two coaches in tow. Despite still having Rapido couplings, this train can now run...


Putting it to Bed

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 27 September 2010 - - - - - - · 365 views
bon iver, blood bank
The coal drops are now substantially complete and its time to incorporate them into the layout. With hindsight, I should have sorted out the cross board join at an earlier date and not tried to do it as part of the drops. However, what is done is done and I had to make the best job I could of the rails up to the...


Weather You Do Or You Don't

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 21 September 2010 - - - - - - · 291 views
in mono vol 2, the beatles
Weathering. Do you?

Personally, I feel that everything on a layout should be weathered to some extent such that the whole comes together as one seamless 3D picture. It doesn't necessarily mean that everything has to be as black as a hole in Calcutta; indeed I use more white and light grey weathering powders than any of the others.

Today I've been...


Walk This Way

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 20 September 2010 - - - - - - · 311 views
rick wakeman, silent nights
Firstly my apologies to all of those who noticed the naffness of the photos in my last post. It was only later that I realised that the camera was set to something like ISO 1600 Posted Image. Sorry!

This weekend I had an enjoyable Sunday at Shipley show where there were some...


A Painty Sunday

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Motive Power 13 September 2010 - - - - - - · 348 views
eels, tomorrow morning
With a few spare hours on Sunday (between walking dogs, lopping tree branches etc. You get the idea), I managed to progress a couple of my projects.

Out came the brushes and the Humbrol. Rails and timbers were painted on the coal drops, stonework was touched up and the coal piles were painted matt black.

When this had dried, the coal piles were glued in...


Coal Piles, Potato Pies

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 07 September 2010 - - - - - - · 465 views
dave brubeck quartet, time out
Further progress today, with second track now in place. Transoms (?) are being added between the timbers and then painting will take place. There probably ought to be some transom bolts too; these will be bits of steel wire, to be added after painting:



Dropping Coal; Make Way!

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 06 September 2010 - - - - - - · 488 views
yes, relayer
Moving straight on from the last post, or maybe at a bit of a curve anyway (!), the longitudinal timbers were inserted. These are Association point sleepers, copperclad PCB, trimmed to the appropriate lengths:

As these timbers are straight and the rail will be curved, the rail will deviate from the centreline...


Dropping Coal, Dropping Names

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 03 September 2010 - - - - - - · 304 views
king crimson, red
There has been a blank hole, for some time now, on Brafferton where the coal drops were supposed to be.

By curving the main line, which was of course dead straight, I gave myself a dilemma of how to deal with this pesky area; should it remain straight, in which case how could I get it far enough back to give adequate clearance? Or should it curve parallel...

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