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No Weigh Back

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, General 25 March 2012 · 855 views

Well! A thoroughly enjoyable time was had at Nottingham. Thanks to the show organisers for all their hard work; I don't envy them at all.

Although Brafferton didn't thoroughly disgrace itself, I have come back with quite a to-do list. There are some fairly substantial tweaks required in the trackwork, especially in the yard area to ensure that running reliability is maintained.

Additionally, I was concious that some of the scenic work didn't progress as much as I would have liked. On the Friday before the show, I even went so far as to steal a coalyard office (Ratio) from my sons N gauge layout just to plug one particular gap! ;)

With the layout still awaiting re-assembly, I thought that I would sort out that weighbridge office this weekend. With no plans or photos of the real Brafferton office, I based the model on a photo of the one at Hexham albeit in mirror image. I also endeavoured to put a bit of an interior detail on the model and made the roof so that it can be removed.

Evergreen clapboard was used for the sides with the profile reduced slightly with wet-and-dry. The tiles are the Noch rubber ones which I have used on the station buildings and the brick chimney is Scalescenes brick around a plasticard base. Bits and bobs of plasticard and paper make up the details before painting and weathering with enamels and some powders.

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All in all an enjoyable few hours work!
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Nice work especially the interior.
Don
A nice project Tony - that SM scalpel really puts the size in perspective.

Love the story about stealing from your sons layout...that deserves 'Father of the Year' award... :D
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Tony Simms
Mar 26 2012 14:22

A nice project Tony - that SM scalpel really puts the size in perspective.Love the story about stealing from your sons layout...that deserves 'Father of the Year' award... :D


Thanks Pete (and Don). Yes it is a bit wee! From the scale on the scalpel, you get some indication of length; 24mm along the longest wall and 20mm high. The base will be set into a recess on the layout so that the threshold of the door will be fractionally above ground level.

I also need to fabricate and squeeze in some weighing mechanism and a coal scuttle and irons. It might be nice to put some sort of lighting in too. We'll see... :D
Nice office. I really must finish mine for South Yard. Dunno about a few hours work - mine has been on the go for about 5 years or so... and that's without an interior.

Your layout looked good at Nottingham, although we spent rather more time looking at the back of it than the front. It certainly didn't look 'unfinished', although I'm sure that you (like us) have a huge list of stuff that still needs to be done.

Regards, Andy
Tony, that's a great improvement on the ratio model ;) I just brought some of those Noch rubber roof tiles for my goods shed, how do you use them? Leave them on the backing sheet or peel and affix to a plasticard subframe? Also how we'll does it take paint and weathering?
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Tony Simms
Mar 27 2012 06:13

Nice office. I really must finish mine for South Yard. Dunno about a few hours work - mine has been on the go for about 5 years or so... and that's without an interior.Your layout looked good at Nottingham, although we spent rather more time looking at the back of it than the front. It certainly didn't look 'unfinished', although I'm sure that you (like us) have a huge list of stuff that still needs to be done.Regards, Andy


Thanks Andy. Yes we are rather more critical of our own models than a general viewer, aren't we?


Tony, that's a great improvement on the ratio model ;) I just brought some of those Noch rubber roof tiles for my goods shed, how do you use them? Leave them on the backing sheet or peel and affix to a plasticard subframe? Also how we'll does it take paint and weathering?


Bryn, I remove the tiles from the backing and stick to a sub roof, usually constructed to fall between the walls so that just the edge of tiles show. The rubber takes paint surprisingly well. It's also worth painting that overlap on the underside of the tiles so that the roof isn't permanently stuck to the building!

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