Thought I might update you as I've not posted on this blog for ages. There's not been a lot of progress on Almere because I've been concentrating my modelling time on Bexford TMD, my test-piece. I'm really glad I chose to do a test-board for two reasons; one of which is that I've learnt a few lessons in ballasting and warehouse-building, etc. The other is that I have got a small amount of satisfaction out of getting a piece of chip-board looking slightly more like a bit of railway
Not much to update you on the subject of Almere Road TMD unfortunately. Work has been slow lately because I've been spending ages waiting for the varnish or paint to dry on my warehouse units. I've been quite busy as well so I haven't been able to do anything in between waiting for them to dry. However, during last week I decided that it would be a good idea to start a test-area project. I suppose I could also use it as a photography plaque as well, but basically it's currently a piece o
I recently bought a pack of four AWS ramps by Peco after inspiration from the article about painting / weathering them, featured in the Railway Modeller March Issue. I decided that as I couldn't use them on Almere Road (because they're not any use on TMDs as there aren't any signals), I could make some use of them on my home layout.
Here is a picture of the product (SL-45)
The unpainted plastic models on the sprue.
I find that it's easier to paint them on the sprue. The f
Another progress report on the weekend's work on the layout....
Well, I've fully sanded down all the filler and repainted the non-scenic parts of the layout structure / board black. I've also completed the warehouse MDF cutouts, as seen in the pictures below...
Here are the scraps of MDF left over from the cutouts...
I use the scraps to make the two half-warehouses to go on the right end. It needed another little bit on scrap added on to make it the correct length (which
Hi folks. I thought I might share with you my latest weathering project, the BR 20 Ton Brake Van by Hornby.
I purchased this model a month or two back and from the start I got it for a reason... Primarily to pull behind my Break-Down Crane. Yesterday I got round to the 'griming it up'
I began by giving giving the model a quick rinse with tap water to aid adhesion of the paint. After it was fully dry, I moved on to what I normally do to brake van / van roofs. I have a very good method wh
Thought i might take the chance to introduce you to some of my stock that isn't in the 'Locomotive' category. Obviously the layout is a TMD, and very small one at that, meaning that there isn't a lot of space for wagons to sit a round. However, I have been working on weather one or two of my wagons to show off on the layout from time to time. It gives the 08 Shunter something to 'shunt' I suppose and is a change from just a crowd of Locos refueling. So, below I've attached a few pictures of my l
Hi folks, thought I might update you on the layout.
Over the previous week, since the last update, I've got on with completing the retaining wall structure at the back. It's now completely finished, and after purchasing a tub of wood-filler on Wednesday I've been smearing a 2mm thick layer of the stuff over the bare ply-wood with a pallet-knife to give a smoother finish. Next weekend I'll be able to start sanding it down and I'll possibly even get round to painting it a tar-mac colour with
In the previous entry, I wrote a breif discription of the story behind the layout and I also attatched a basic track-plan just to give you a rough idea of what it'll look like.
So, down to the nitty-gritty...
I breifly mentioned that I had been working on the base-boards recently. Attatched below is a diagram in plan-view of the board dimensions:
But, anyway the base-boards - and the 'Sky Blue' painted back-boards are actually now complete, as of a fortnight ago. I'm currently g
Over the past few months, I've been constructing the baseboards for my new exhibition layout called Almere Road TMD. The project began when, a few months ago, I felt like putting a small, compact, cheap and hopefully simple exhibition layout together. I've always been interested in the 80s/90s era of diesel traction and so I instantly chose to model small, fictional Traction Maintenance Depot. The name is made-up but I imagine the scene to be set somewhere in the South of England. As I've said a