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

Posted by bcnPete , 11 November 2011 · 1,448 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 we went down the DIY store and knocked out a 7' x 4' roundy roundy for the kids in a day using all the setrack from their boxes...they also have all the BR Blue rolling stock I have been gradually building up for them...ahem...layout no.5 in the apartment and things are a little tense here...so lets get back to 'discrete, doesn't take up too much space, easy to sneak parcels through the front door' 2mmFS stuff...

One of the things I wanted to redo was the slither of water along the front. It was done using some kind of poured quickset resin and although you could tell it was water, it sort of looked odd, where there was a join in the middle (when the layout was in separate pieces) and also it had sagged a little when set. I decided to redo it using Mr Nevard's PVA layers method. First up, I cut a new piece of card to fit in the 'tray' and cut around the verticals on the quayside. This has been glued in place and brings the water flush with the edge...which I prefer. Last night I then gave it a base coat of Railmatch BR blue...strange you might think, but I had no other greeny blue colours to hand...and I kinda like it! I gave it another coat this morning and this weekend I will try the first of a number of coats of PVA layers on top. If it ends up looking pants, I can always repaint it and have another crack.

I have sourced a few items for the yard (some new ladders for the quay and a beautiful TPM etch of a temporary construction fence) and after trying to find some rubber tyres to hang on the quayside, I found a car in my sons toys, stripped it, left it up on bricks and have the tyres, which can be seen lying in one of the photos I think.

The station building has had a wash of white paint on the horizontal planking although, my paintbrush was too big and I started overlapping the grey, so have been less than careful in its application and I will go back and tidy up the joinery in grey paint afterwards...sort of how you would paint it in real life I guess.

Lastly, as inspiration, I received my copy of Michael Palin's rail journey to KoL and even though they only spend about 3 minutes of 50 at KoL, it is good reference material for colours (some nice shots of HST's throughout the dvd too)

I took a cheeky 'still' off the TV as his class 26 arrives at KoL and I will try to recreate that on the model as a close up shot...

A few pics...have a good weekend peeps...

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Overall view...water has been redone and is now flush...and continuous!...

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From the end...this was a photo last night with flash...it doesn't look as bright as that in daylight...

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A cheeky 'Still' of MP's train arriving at KoL...

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I will try and recreate it...kinda like the old Scottish Blue sign...which of course MP took home with him!...
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Looks good!
I'm interested to find out how the PVA water experiment turns out, please keep us updated on progress.

Cheers!
Frank
Hi Pete

Looks excellent - I'd love to see some more detailed pictures of the half relief station building.

Cheers, Mike
I've been to Skye on some beautiful summer days when the water really does look that blue. The illusion is soon shattered when you dip a toe in!

This is looking very nice, and I love the concept and compact nature of it. Seems perfect for a 'plug and play' while-away a few minutes shunting. The half relief station building looks very effective. The Dapol 26 is a superb model but I think your TPM kit more than holds it own, and as I'm finding there's something very satisfying about running stuff you built yourself.

I'm quite tempted by a little Scottish plank (maybe more West Highland), why living in Yorkshire do I not chose prototypes nearer home!

Look forward to more updates (and some from the South West as well).
Love the real/model comparison, I think the model is very close. The 2FS track is particularly nice in these side-on shots.

FWIW I think the blue water could do with a little bit of black to tone it down, but take that with a pinch of salt - colour is very subjective, and as you say if you don't like it it's easy to re-do.

One tip which might not be relevant for the PVA method (do you pour it on or paint it on?) is that I've found it better not to mask the edges when applying acrylic water - it creeps up the tape and leaves a meniscus when you peel it off. If you leave the edge open and pour very carefully you can get it to go up to the edge of the board and not spill over. I guess it depends whether you like convex or concave curves :)

Looks good!I'm interested to find out how the PVA water experiment turns out, please keep us updated on progress. Cheers!Frank


Thanks Frank...will do...kinda curious myself on the PVA experiment...

Hi Pete Looks excellent - I'd love to see some more detailed pictures of the half relief station building. Cheers, Mike



Thanks also Mike - Do you mind if I hold off a little on the 1/2 relief station until I have done a little more painting? At present it resembles something from when I did 'potato painting' at preschool ;) ...once its looking a little more respectable I will for sure.

I've been to Skye on some beautiful summer days when the water really does look that blue. The illusion is soon shattered when you dip a toe in! This is looking very nice, and I love the concept and compact nature of it. Seems perfect for a 'plug and play' while-away a few minutes shunting. The half relief station building looks very effective. The Dapol 26 is a superb model but I think your TPM kit more than holds it own, and as I'm finding there's something very satisfying about running stuff you built yourself. I'm quite tempted by a little Scottish plank (maybe more West Highland), why living in Yorkshire do I not chose prototypes nearer home! Look forward to more updates (and some from the South West as well).


Thanks Tom - Yes, I blame Ian Futers for my Highland wanderings...and he is still knocking out layouts that inspire. I am juggling Far North and South West today if you refer to todays blog list :)

Love the real/model comparison, I think the model is very close. The 2FS track is particularly nice in these side-on shots. FWIW I think the blue water could do with a little bit of black to tone it down, but take that with a pinch of salt - colour is very subjective, and as you say if you don't like it it's easy to re-do. One tip which might not be relevant for the PVA method (do you pour it on or paint it on?) is that I've found it better not to mask the edges when applying acrylic water - it creeps up the tape and leaves a meniscus when you peel it off. If you leave the edge open and pour very carefully you can get it to go up to the edge of the board and not spill over. I guess it depends whether you like convex or concave curves :)


Many thanks also Will - That sounds a good tip for the acrylic water. With the PVA I will paint it on...I will first check Mr Nevard's excellent website again though. I should change the sign for the old BR black and white ones if I wanted the model to be more correct...I will ponder that one.
I tried the PVA once it sort of lifted and looked milky I presume the first coat hadn't dried enough before the next. Looking nice though.
Don

I tried the PVA once it sort of lifted and looked milky I presume the first coat hadn't dried enough before the next. Looking nice though.Don


Thanks Don...yes I am aware that there is a risk of it going milky...I recall El Davo had a few issues with it on Waton but I think it disappeared after...I need to go back and read his excellent thread history on it...

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