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back...to the backscene....

Posted by bcnPete , 23 January 2012 - * * * * * · 1,427 views

Good afternoon,

Further to the last update, and I guess Mike's observations, it got me wondering about the backscene.

I think it does look better with it, than the plain blue sky but I wondered whether in fact it might benefit from being toned down a tad?

I have had a little tinker in 'Paint' (as I don't have Photoshop) and basically have...


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getting there...

Posted by bcnPete , 19 January 2012 - * * * * * · 1,105 views

Good afternoon,

Despite a recent flurry of activity on PWIAB, work has been progressing on trying to finish this project.

I suddenly realised that I was going about it all the wrong way :O I had been trying to complete the station building before tackling all...


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kyle station: layers one + two...

Posted by bcnPete , 19 December 2011 - * * * * * · 1,080 views

Good evening,

I must admit, having participated in and been following the thread on 'Blog quality' I was wondering whether to continue with my blog(s)...however, I do try to post something regularly and I accept that it may interest some...but not others.

After two weeks of Christmas parties, its time to rest the liver and slot in some...


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layers...

Posted by bcnPete , 08 December 2011 - - - - - - · 445 views

Back again... :O

Think I have found the new way forward for the station building construction...been experimenting this evening.

Following departure from plasticard, I was thinking that perhaps a mixture of overlaid thin card layers might give a better result. Onto the 1mm card base, seen last night, I first allowed a layer of clear plasticard for the...


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ice and a slice...

Posted by bcnPete , 07 December 2011 - * * * * * · 1,164 views

Back again...

The ice of course refers to my Gin Tonic cooler...but unfortunately the slice doesn't refer to the lemon... :no:

Having decided to try and remove the PVA first thing this evening (the white patch became worse when I prodded it so I figured Neils method would be fruitless) I proceeded to scrap away with the scalpel...and take a slice out of...


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rip it up and start again...again...

Posted by bcnPete , 06 December 2011 - - - - - - · 885 views

Those not wishing to see something downbeat...please avert your eyes now... :this:

I guess it was only a matter of time before the mojo would suffer a dent again...after managing to stoke it high through the summer, thanks to the diorama competition and then straight onto Kyle for a 3 month 'make-over'...it was on the cards at some time...and I guess a...


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this and that...

Posted by bcnPete , 25 November 2011 - * * * * * · 650 views

Good morning,

Progress has been a little set back of late having lost this week to Man flu some kind of 'cold weather induced' sickness.

However, finally brought some paints (and a decent tiny paintbrush) for painting the station building. Armed with a screen-grab of MP's visit to KoL on my phone I tried to best match up the different greys and...


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rip it up and start again...

Posted by bcnPete , 16 November 2011 - - - - - - · 742 views

Good evening,

The good news is...it's not the track...as this has been somewhat fashionable in 2mmFS circles of recent... :O

I am referring to the quayside which has seen some work the last few days.

First up, after repainting the water with a touch of black (thanks Will) I started the PVA layers. The first coat was applied thinly and after leaving to...


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water...off a dock's back...

Posted by bcnPete , 11 November 2011 - - - - - - · 1,502 views

Good morning,

Kyle took a back seat for about a week as my brother visited us. He gifted me an original Hornby HST that he had bought on ebay as a non runner, stripped it down and he had got it running...not bad for a 35 year old model with a 3 pole motor...problem was, the layout I am making for my sons is an end to end on an IKEA (longer) lack shelf. So...


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26 - bed and breakfast...

Posted by bcnPete , 30 October 2011 - - - - - - · 1,056 views

Good afternoon,

A little distraction this afternoon as I dug out my TPM class 26 which was started 18 months or so ago.

Although this preceeds the recently released Dapol 26, it is still a very nice model and represents the later style class 26's. It is intended for a Farish class 33 chassis and although this means the underframe detail will need some...


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we spray to grey...

Posted by bcnPete , 28 October 2011 - - - - - - · 886 views

Good evening,

Just a small update to end the week.

The next level of detail has been added to the station building. Slithers of evergreen strip have been used to create the verticals and framing to doors and windows.

Windows will be (I think) formed of individual 'cut to fit' clear perspex with a paper or thin plasticard frame mounted on top. I would...


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progress...of sorts...

Posted by bcnPete , 27 October 2011 - - - - - - · 604 views

Good morning,

Little bit more progress on the station building however watching 'catch up versions' of Spooks 10 has got in the way a little (two more to finish next week...no spoilers please!)

The station is a reduced version of the building as the prototype is significantly longer and probably to scale would stretch to meet the fiddleyard, so this...


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Ideas (above / below / behind) ones station...

Posted by bcnPete , 18 October 2011 - - - - - - · 1,153 views

Update - Good evening and a quick outline of progress to date.

The layout is now running again and bar a few minor tweaks the rolling stock seems to behave itself...this evening, in between what I am about to describe below, I was running the Dapol RR 156 in and out of the station to relieve boredom from cutting plasticard...simple pleasures in life but...


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Progress - bits and pieces...

Posted by bcnPete , 15 October 2011 - - - - - - · 566 views

Update - This week has seen a number of things addressed.

Firstly, the rewire. More of a replacement of some of the major wires which used to join the various sections together have been redone and the DIN socket for the controller replaced with a terminal box so I can quickly connector the Morley controller. A couple of sparodic sections were traced back...


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Kyle's new clothes...

Posted by bcnPete , 09 October 2011 - - - - - - · 965 views

Update - This week I hope to complete the rewiring...which for me means using more than 2 different coloured wires :yes:

I'm not kidding...most of this layout was wired with what I had available at the time...which was only red and green...I even had to find a few old photos on myiPhone taken when last set up to remember how to re connect the wires...


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progress...

Posted by bcnPete , 07 October 2011 - - - - - - · 719 views

Good afternoon,

This week has seen much thinking, sketching and deciding on the fate of the layout.

It ranged from chucking it in the dustbin...to expanding the layout in width and increasing the amount of water at the edge... :O

I then realised that it was starting to expand as a project...not really what I wanted for a 3 month filler project.

If I...


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an upgrade...from boxfile to shelf....

Posted by bcnPete , 05 October 2011 - - - - - - · 3,064 views

Good morning,

Since its first (and probably will be its last) exhibition, the layout has been avoiding the dust for approximately 16 months now back in its boxfile(s), but was set up again briefly the other week when the Dapol 26 arrived.

I had always promised myself that I would finish off this layout and bring it up to scratch. Rather than piggyback...






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