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Brafferton - 2mm Finescale


Shine a Light!

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 17 November 2012 - * * * * * · 762 views

I'd been pondering station lamps for a while. A stock of Ratio ones are stashed in a drawer and I thought that these might serve. Having built on and placed it on the platform, I had to rethink. The whole thing seemed just too clunky and the uprights are square not round as per the originals.

Out with the brass tube and sheet and lets see what we can...


Out to Grass

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 11 November 2012 - * * * * * · 893 views

Ongoing work to make the new platform "disused"!

From the last post, you will have seen the groundwork around the platform painted but ungrassed. This was the first job. I used a slightly longer grass this time using 2.5mm and 4.5mm fibres of "fall", "winter" and "hay" mixed together. Some trimming will be...


Platforms and Huts

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 28 October 2012 - * * * * * · 872 views

Further work on the station area to make me (and hopefully you!) happier with it's appearance.

The "disused" platform which was hastily cobbled together for Shipley has been replaced by a more refined one, constructed of plasticard off-site and detailed before placement on layout. This features a grounded van body as mentioned in the...



Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 13 October 2012 - * * * * - · 1,053 views

When I first fabricated the platform extension, I used Association PCB sleepers to make the base and topped it off with some thin ply. Now there is a old adage that "nothing looks more like wood than wood". This may be true in 7mm and even in 4mm scale. However when you get down to 2mm scale, I'd say that nothing looks less like wood than...



Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 26 May 2012 - * * * * * · 851 views

Having gone as far as I might with the trackwork from a running aspect, I turn further attention to scenery. Actually I'll be getting some third party input on the trackwork from somebody substantially more qualified than me; more of that when it's happened.

Now then; I have been slapping paint around to try and build up those layers of...


Pots and Stones

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 15 May 2012 - * * * * - · 1,300 views

In anticipation of the North East Area Group of The 2mm Scale Association 30th Anniversary Event (hereinafter referred to as "the do"), I've been doing some scenic work to Brafferton.

Last time, I mentioned that the surface of the goods dock had been removed to relay it in the same manner as the platform. Nothing has yet progressed on this,...


Bank Holiday Blues

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 09 April 2012 - * * * * * · 994 views

Bit of an anticlimactic weekend following a week away in Wales. Saturday was spent sorting out the usual chaos that greets you following a period of absence and then, yesterday, there was a pile of paperwork to shuffle into some semblance of order as well as catching up with various relatives.

After all that, I really didn't feel like braving the...


Let There Be More Light

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 27 March 2012 - * * * * * · 850 views

With the sun shining this morning, I took the opportunity to take some better (?) photos of the weighbridge/coal office. These are somewhat higher resolution than the previous post and highlight the grottiness of my modelling! :D

Here you can see the method...


No Weigh Back

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, General 25 March 2012 - - - - - - · 868 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...


Summer's Almost Gone

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 25 September 2011 - - - - - - · 457 views

Some of us might say it's been long gone. Meanwhile I notice that I haven't posted here for over three months. Dead? Lunatic asylum? Not just yet...

A few bits and bobs have been progressed over summer. Most recently I've turned my attention to the lighting and initially the gantry:

The gantry is in five...


Father's Day (Any Excuse!)

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 19 June 2011 - * * * * - · 734 views

As the wife was away at a concert, and the kids felt that they'd done their Father's Day duty by about 7am, I've been left pretty much to myself today. Bliss! Posted Image

I'd recently resolved to finish the ballasting and now that 99% of the plastering is done, I...


A Grand Day Out - The Platform For Further Progress

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, General 14 June 2011 - - - - - - · 1,021 views

As others have previously posted, last weekend was Expo 2mm; a lower key event than last year's Golden Jubilee Expo, but an excellent day nevertheless. The big advantage of these days is getting to see members from across the country, old friends and new alike and have a good chat about all things 2mm in a relaxed environment.

I especially enjoyed...


Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 21 May 2011 - - - - - - · 671 views

I know that one of my big failings is that I often rush into things and end up having to redo them or extricate myself from the resulting mess. This applies to life generally as well as modelling specifically!

However, that initial bodge-up often helps me understand how I might do things better and therefore as long as I learn from my mistakes, I'm...


Getting Plastered and a Rethink

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 16 May 2011 - - - - - - · 741 views

Steady progress on Brafferton continues. Mike Taylor did kindly invite the layout to Expo, but we agreed in the end to give it a break from Association events for a little while.

The station area continues to receive attention and the cattle dock base and platform (brick bit) are in. I've been playing about plastering these into the contours of the...



Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 30 March 2011 - - - - - - · 818 views

As promised, I am posting several pictures of the yard crossing following clearance of the flangeways. Once the filler had set, I initially used a Stanley knife to score close up to the inner of each rail, down as far as the tops of the chairs. This was cleared out using a 1/2" paintbrush. The knife was reversed and the score widened using the flat...


Getting Cross and Other Tales of Indiscriminate Destruction

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 27 March 2011 - - - - - - · 734 views

I think (and hope) that the worst of the winter weather is behind us. The garage having recently been relieved of workshop duties, following a batch of home improvements, the layout is once again reassembled therein.

I'd been following Pete Matcham's progress on Moorswater with interest, especially his recent travails with inlaid trackwork;...


Contrary Mary

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 21 February 2011 - - - - - - · 1,355 views


I'd established a method for construction of the station buildings. You think I'd stick to that? Not a bit of it!

The remainder of the station (seen furthest away in the preceding entry) seems to be of a later and simpler construction than the main block. It was before I'd released it, that I was picking out various pieces of...


House of Blues

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 16 February 2011 - - - - - - · 800 views

There really is only so much ballasting one can take! It's still not finished, but I persevere.

Meantime, I thought I'd take a break and make a start on the station buildings. These have been started several times before, always with unsatisfactory results which end up being scrapped. The main problem is that the window surrounds are recessed...


You shall go to the ball...

Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic, Technical 16 December 2010 - * * * * * · 655 views

... cinders!

Onward with ballasting. Over the years, I've tried various methods of everybody's favourite part of layout building. This time I noticed, when laying the Easitrac, that the Easitrac glue remains slightly rubbery, unlike normal PVA which sets fairly solid. This seemed to be a good medium for applying the ballast...


Putting it to Bed

Posted by Tony Simms , in Technical, Scenic 27 September 2010 - - - - - - · 359 views
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The coal drops are now substantially complete and its time to incorporate them into the layout. With hindsight, I should have sorted out the cross board join at an earlier date and not tried to do it as part of the drops. However, what is done is done and I had to make the best job I could of the rails up to the...

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