A few of you may be familiar with my blog, sporadically chronicling the painfuly slow progress of an N Gauge layout depicting Ropley, a station and yard on the preserved Mid Hants Railway in Hampshire.
I'm a big fan of the blogs section of RMweb, there is some superb modelling taking place in there, and if you don't check them out from time to time you really are missing a treat. So why am I starting a thread for Ropley in the layouts section instead of updating the blog?
In the last few months, work on Ropley has slowed significantly for a variety of reasons, and finding enough coherent content for a blog entry was becoming increasingly difficult. This thread will allow me to post more random and shorter updates on progress without the months long gaps between blog entries. The blog will still be updated as a summary of progress when enough content is available, but this thread will become the main place for updates and progress.
And on that note, post Warley I've had a huge boost of Mojo, and work has now started on the Coal Staithe area of the yard. The first section of sleeper built wall has been completed and will shortly be fixed in place. This was produced from one piece of 20thou plastic, with sleepers scribed on and then roughed up with course sand paper. Supporting metal sections were added from 10thou plastic strip and the whole thing was then sprayed with some Railmatch sleeper grime before individual sleepers were picked out with weathering powders and being sealed with Matt Varnish. Hopefully this captures the look of old wood, and i'm quite pleased with how this turned out.
The 'coal' is actually Woodland Scenics medium cinders ballast and the small pile is a test to make sure I was happy with its size and appearance. There are a few larger lumps in there so when the time comes to add the final coal pile I'll run it through a sieve first, but generally I think it captures the look of real coal much better than some of the products marketed specifically as coal.
Edited by TomE, 30 November 2015 - 20:52 .