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Ropley - Still here!

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 25 January 2015 - * * * * * · 716 views
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Hi All.

Blimey, was it really September the last time I updated the blog!

To be honest, Ropley has had something of an early winter hibernation, but the last week has seen some progress made with the embankment and groundwork on top of it. Those who know the real Ropley will have seen the recent landscaping which has taken place here, with the rem...


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Ropley - Treemendus

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 17 September 2014 - * * * * * · 697 views
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Hi all.

After a few months of working on the fiddle yards, track laying and getting Ropley to the stage where it could be operational in time for RMweb Live, it's time to turn back to the scenics side of the layout.

A few entries ago I was experimenting with producing trees using the methods described here . Since then I have also found this gentl...


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Ropley - Up The Long Ladder

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 30 June 2014 - * * * * * · 758 views
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A slightly cruel comparison between real and model. I couldn't quite get the camera into the right position on the model!
Looks like I need a 2mm scale pigeon...

Hi all.

Some more small steps on Ropley. The water tower is heading toward completion and now has steps and a few other little details added. Still some more to go but they are quite...


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Ropley - Let it flow

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 25 June 2014 - * * * * * · 552 views
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Watering at Ropley just got easier!

Hi All.

A very brief entry today to show a little bit of progress in finishing some loose ends. The watertower has long needed it's downpipe making, and so armed with some brass tube and a hammer I set to work. The whole pipe is one section of tube bent to shape, and one end flattend out to represent the rubbe...


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Ropley - Contain yourself!

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 23 June 2014 - * * * * * · 588 views
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Somewhere to store N gauge things.

Hi all.

Well, as usual things down at 2mm scale Ropley have been moving at a glacial pace! Quite the opposite from the real world location it seems.

As many of you will now know, Ropley will be making its first ever public appearance at RMweb live in September.


Gulp.


This will very much be as a work in prog...


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Ropley - Mock Me!

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics, Random Ponderings 25 March 2014 - * * * * * · 831 views
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Two blog entries in two days! This must be some sort of record!

Regular readers of my ramblings will know that when this project first started, all those many eons ago, the only footbridge at Ropley was at the far Western end of the station. In the last 3 years however, significant changes have taken place in and around the yard, the most visual of w...


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Ropley - Don't fence me in

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 24 March 2014 - * * * * * · 767 views
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A visiting 3F pauses to take on water as another service enters the station.    

Hello all.

A short entry today, but I wanted to show some of the new fence that has been specially made for Ropley. Those familiar with the site will know it is festooned with this green, loop top fencing which is made on site by the railway. After measuring up a section...


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Ropley - Slowly slowly catchee Monkey!

Posted by TomE , in Graham Farish, Ropley, Scenics 11 February 2014 - * * * * * · 973 views
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A rare view of Ropley, not4 one which will be easily seen once the layout is complete.    

Hello all.

Embarrassingly little progress to show on Ropley, however there has been some. Mostly this has consisted of a few scenic touches in areas where all major landscaping or other works are complete or will not interfere!

The observant amongst you may...


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Ropley - No bears were harmed in the making of..

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 17 January 2014 - * * * * * · 1,053 views
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A green and pleasant land.    

Greetings all, Happy new year!

Well progress on Ropley rumbles on at glacial speed, but there has been some in recent weeks.

For a while now I've been looking at methods for recreating the overgrown grass on the embankment along the rear of the main running line and station. This varies from quite dense overgrowth to...


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Ropley - Rumors, Demise, Exaggerated!

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 11 September 2013 - * * * * * · 1,029 views
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Waiting for the trains at Ropley    
Hi all.

Firstly I must apologise for the recent quietness on the blog front, I know I say that every entry but a house move and a busy period at work have left very little time for any modelling to take place recently. However hopefully now t...


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Ropley - 50 Shades of Brown

Posted by TomE , in Random Ponderings, Ropley, Scenics, Signalling 11 February 2013 - * * * * * · 1,443 views
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http://img.photobuck...pg??Landscaping for the rear embankment is now complete.    Hi All. Things are moving slowing down at small scale Ropley at the moment, significantly slower than at the real location it seems! You may remember a while back that I was considering whether to keep up with the changin...


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Ropley - On the edge

Posted by TomE , in Signalling, Scenics, Ropley 03 January 2013 - * * * * * · 1,415 views
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http://img.photobuck...zps8176205b.jpg Ropley overview. Visible progress is being made with the embankment to the left now in place.    Happy New Year all!Well, the first blog post of 2013 and I finally have some visible progress with the layout to show! Over the New Year period, a few days off work have seen severa...


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Ropley - On Off

Posted by TomE , in Signalling, Scenics, Ropley 14 December 2012 - * * * * * · 674 views
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http://img.photobuck...0cfde.jpg??Many a singed finger later.............    In the last entry you caught a glimpse of a lattice signal post, the first of two required for the layout. Since that entry I have been working on a second signal with the intention of make it work. Whilst that might not seem such a c...


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Ropley - Illuminating - Updated 30SEP

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 29 September 2012 - * * * * * · 1,247 views
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Shedding some light on things.


Hi All.

For a little while now I've been thinking about whether I should go to the trouble of adding working lighting to the layout. Whilst there...


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Ropley - DAS Yard, the sequel!

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 22 September 2012 - * * * * * · 1,142 views
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A lazy Summer afternoon at Ropley.


Hi all.


Recent progress on Ropley has been limited to work in the yard area, and it hasn't been as straight...


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Ropley - Non-Rolling Rolling Stock

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley, Graham Farish 26 June 2012 - * * * * * · 1,445 views
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Work has started on the main yard area, with the first DAS applied.

Hi All.

A rather random entry this time, with a few different areas of the layout seeing work or planning. Firstly, the...


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Ropley - Let there be fuel!

Posted by TomE , in Small Scale Property Development, Scenics, Ropley 15 May 2012 - * * * * * · 726 views
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Visiting diesel locos now have means to obtain fuel at Ropley.

Hi all.

Just a quick update to show the fuel pump and shelter which have now been finished. These are all built from...


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Ropley - Waterworks

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics, Small Scale Property Development 14 May 2012 - * * * * * · 824 views
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An Alton bound service departs from Ropley.


Hi all.

Something I have been almost about to start for a while now, has finally been started, namely the water tower. This is quite a key...


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Ropley - Expanding tree line

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 05 May 2012 - * * * * * · 1,460 views
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New trees springing up everywhere!


Hi all,

The tree line along the top of the embankment has moved forward a little recently with the completion of a few more specimens!...


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Ropley - 21st Century Modelling

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley, 3D Printing 17 April 2012 - * * * * - · 692 views
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It's modelling Jim.......


Hi all.

Spurred on by WillJ's fantastic work in Google Sketchup with his various projects, but notably his PPM Class 139 & City of Truro boiler...


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Ropley - It must be Spring

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 12 April 2012 - * * * * * · 1,105 views
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Remember this part completed tree seen a few entries ago?....


Hi all

I've spent the afternoon finishing one of the many trees that will be required for the top of the embankment. The...


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Ropley - Powder on the line

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 10 April 2012 - * * * * - · 1,061 views
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A quiet moment between services.


Hi all.

My sole purchase from the York show this year was a bag of Green Scene Weathering powders in browns, black and ash grey. I had been mulling over...


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Ropley - The little things

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 04 April 2012 - * * * * * · 683 views

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Spot the difference?!

Hi all.

Taking advantage of the thoroughly rubbish weather outside today, I've tackled a few smaller details which were preventing ballasting moving further...


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Ropley - Under a MDF sky

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 15 February 2012 - * * * * * · 1,482 views
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Ropley's new Bendy MDF coloured sky. But not for long.....


Hi All!

Another one of those 'I'll do it next time' jobs has been completed in the shape of the...


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Ropley - Escape from Doncatraz

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 11 February 2012 - * * * * * · 999 views
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The Winter Sun peaks through as a Weekend service heads towards Alton


Hi all!

Just in from the Festival of Railway Modelling at Doncaster Racecourse. Nice show as usual, and kudos...


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Ropley - Downtime progress!

Posted by TomE , in Scenics, Ropley 29 December 2011 - * * * * * · 1,630 views
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MHR Resident Black 5 heads towards Alton to collect it's first train of the day.

Hi all, and belated seasonal greetings!

Well it's good to be back on-line, even though I can't help...


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Ropley - D-Day

Posted by TomE , in Ropley, Scenics 21 September 2011 - * * * * * · 1,473 views
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Hi all.

Looks like the PW gang have moved in!

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After a few trials, I've settled on the treemendus Normandy earth powder for the ballast on the main line. First the area is sprayed with Railmatch sleeper grime, the rail painted and then the ballast is fixed in place with...


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Trees - Part 3!

Posted by TomE , in Scenics 30 August 2011 - * * * * * · 1,645 views
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Hi all!

Continuing to refine the tree building method, here's the latest attempt. This time I've tried to match the tree at the start of the line along the top of the embankment at the Western end of Ropley.

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More trees!

Posted by TomE , in Scenics 22 August 2011 - - - - - - · 398 views
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There is something really therapeutic about making trees!

Here's the latest attempt, this time thinning out the poly fibres a little more and adding a couple of splits in the trunk to add variety:

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And with the previous tree for comparison:
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Stuffed!

Posted by TomE , in Scenics 20 August 2011 - - - - - - · 1,359 views
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Hi all.

Just another quick experiment in producing trees, this time using poly fibres intended for use in re-stuffing teddy bears in place of the wire wool. This tree is yet to have any foliage added, which will be a trial using Woodland Scenics fine turf in place of the Noch leaves. It does make quite a nice winter tree as it is though!
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Basboards
  • Construction 1 2 3
  • Backscene 1
Buildings
  • Oil Store: 1 2 3 4
  • Carriage & Boiler workshop 1 2 3 4
Electrics
  • Point Control 1 2
  • Layout Control 1
Fiddle Yards
  • Planning 1
Planning
  • Layout Planning 1 2 3 4
Rolling Stock
  • Real Ale Bar 1
Scenics
  • Trees 1 2 3 4 5
  • Landscaping 1
  • Undergrowth & Grass 1 2 3
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