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The Sidelight Job

Posted by Mikkel , in The Depot, Construction 28 November 2011 · 1,524 views

Depot construction GWR
Not quite a "heist" movie, but my family did wonder what I was up to in the basement this weekend...

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Job's Modelling
Nov 28 2011 09:34
I like the idea to create a nice scene on such a small space in a picture frame.
Looks great.

Now that's different! I would never have thought of that.

A great use of what would normally be a boring piece of plain MDF, I like that idea a lot.

You understand that you are NOT allowed to be called a modeller any more, right? This is art. You are an artist.

Stunning... simply stunning.
Your work always makes me smile Mikkel! As Jan says art comes into the equation; you certainly see a different approach to do some things to anyone else I know.

Sheer genius. :)
Nov 28 2011 11:43
And whose version of the Pink Panther was that?
Very clever indeed! :)
Simple, but so, so effective !
OK, that is officially brilliant.
Nov 28 2011 13:37
Fantastic... shared that on Facebook.

But what are they saying to each other I wonder. :scratchhead:
Fantastic. I hope my Edwardian scene looks as good when I get round to it.
Very simple but absolutely brilliant.
Whoa, many thanks everyone!  Particularly heartwarming as I left on some work travel after uploading this, so am a long way from home just now. But RMweb is everywhere :-)

Yes, its simple stuff. A more elaborate picture frame could be chosen in order to help set the scene through its design or livery, but in this case I opted for something simple The concept could be expanded/adapted to provide controlled viewing of the wider layout through multiple picture frames. I'm considering this for the rear view of the depot.

Not sure what the two are discussing. Could be a mising fire bucket. But more on that later :-)
Mikkel.., amazing, enjoyable and educational again. Fantastic as ever! Sorry for not commenting earlier... I was on business aswell... but with no wireless!!!!
Thanks Jon :-) But very disappointing that you are not permanently logged on to RMweb! Don't think you can escape from us! As Al Pacino says in The Godfather: Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in! :-)
Dec 03 2011 17:51
+1 what Jan said. It's so refreshing to see what could be such a mundane concept turned on it's head by thinking outside of the box - and almost literally at that - and then you get all that lovely atmospheric lighting in the 'after' shots...just fab. The Farthing Layouts - one of my favourite concepts and definitely my favourite blog.
Thanks very much Buckjumper. Since these are micros, it is a bit embarassing that overall progress is so slow when compared to the epic undertakings that I greatly admire, such as your own Basilica Fields (no other comparison intended!). But as I think you'll agree, it's all very much about enjoying the process, isn't it.

Absolutely brilliant! I really admire your work, the attention to detail is fantastic.

Many thanks Ian. I fear the attention to detail is a bit selective in my case - I still have much to learn on the technical aspects of stock and track etc. Just had another look at your baulk road, it does look superb. Am considering a siding or two laid in this way on the next Farthing layout so I might pester you on that at some point. But don't worry, it's still way out in the future :-)
Hi Mikkel -

Back on line now & catching up with 'Farthing' - EXCELLENT!


Remarkable Mikkel. I loved the video. What else is there to say about the master of the cameo?!
Thanks gents :-) It made for some light relief while waiting for various components to arrive from the UK. (I can't fathom the mail from Britain these days. Two parcels are sent the same day - one arrives within 5 days, the other takes 3 weeks?)

And whose version of the Pink Panther was that?


I wasn't quite sure, but apparently the original one! So for copyright reasons I've had to replace the music. Not quite the same effect now, but a bit of jazz never hurt anyone.

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.


Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play


Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)


Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams


Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4


Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)


Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing


Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)


Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt one-planker (1)
Scratchbuilt one-planker (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets
Same but different: 1900s wagons


GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers
Backdating the Oxford Dean Goods (1)


C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"


GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn vehicle
Parcels van and coal trolley


Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests


Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures


Constructing the Branch Bay
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt


Constructing the Goods Depot
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee


Constructing the Old Yard
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Stops, levers, plates, gauge, wall
Lamps and Lamplighters


Constructing the Stables
GWR Park Royal stable block
GWR stables - an overview


Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings


Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester


Pre-grouping livery clippings
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website


RMweb Workbench
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