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Middle ground coming along

This is where I’ve really struggled, but happier with this than anytime previously. I’ve built the crane housing by adding windows to a Wills lamp hut, inverted the walkway along the crane and removed the original crane platform. Looking in Monk Bar models this afternoon made me dig out a Metcalfe brewery warehouse, and it might be combined with a workshop. I think I’ll remove the rear two columns of windows and replace with brick to allow for a clean join between the two. The brick section join

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Back to it

Seems like an eternity, but the Christmas break gave me a push to do something. A strip of LEDs is hanging over it at the moment while I decide on how to mount it permanently. Christmas delivered several workers for the allotment and waste ground, so they received a quick wash along with the pigs and took up residence.. I saw the frame for the warehouse crane while browsing and decided that it was the way forward and I’ve just knocked it up after tea. Away for a few days so the painting will hav

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More steam needed...

The last couple of locos I bought were diesel, but it looks like I’ll be running more steam eventually. It just seems to be heading that way. A few more bits to do, the shed at front left is still not compete, maybe a bit of loading to be done at front with a bit of open shelter, nothing too heavy though. The loading platform has been fully assembled and painted, all the goods need to be painted up, might stick them together in groups so that it will be easy to change over and place on wagons. S

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No plan ever survives contact....

Well, work got the better of me, but I was determined to get somewhere so 30 minutes on Tuesday to build the crane (what a great kit), sprayed it Wednesday morning before work, finished first swipes at weathering last night. Looks like it could be a derelict, so maybe using some ratio ‘halt’ platforms perhaps as a newer drop off point. Lets me make the ground between crane and bridge waste ground, so maybe some abandoned rails and other rubbish. Letting it settle for a day or two now to see how

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Minor rearrangements.

Thinking about things a couple if days ago to possibly move the crane platform from the right hand end to the left. Finally got around to it today and replaced it with coal staithes, which makes better sense as it had been looking like that area needed a function anyway. The crane platform does the job, now just need to fit a crane. While I was at it, one of the buffer stops was loose, and took the opportunity to move it forward 2”. Adds a bit more of a busy feel somehow. Factory not moved on an

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Capping stones are a pain...

If it could go wrong today, it did. Straight edges were easy, corners were another matter, 50% of what I cut were wrong, then the replacements were also reversed, so I had to have a third go. The inclines were just as bad. At least the side door went to plan. On to the greebles now... Glad today is over... Thanks for looking.

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Another idea....

Working on the roof while waiting for windows to dry and struggling with a couple of options. First up was the position of the long roof. I could place the apex at the same position of the backscene, which was the original intention, then had the idea of moving it forward slightly. This will hide the join with the backscene as it will appear that the the roof slopes away and the apex will be higher, does give slight issues with the intersection of the roof at right angles but I can live with tha

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Many thanks, still moving forward

Thanks to everyone that’s taken time to look at this and click, it’s really helped me push on. Worked on covering the exposed edges today, managed to overlay parallel lines behind the texture before printing which gave me a score line and 2 cut lines to work to, scored with a cocktail stick before folding and cutting from the page. Added a bit of powder to add depth. Still got the last panel to do, more windows needed, finish the interior as much as it is, then downpipes and roof. Bit behind sch

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Will look something like this when finished.

Main door just finished. Looking at what to do with the windows to make it look less derelict.   Updated after tea, added rail for door, printed a strip of random photos and mounted inside first floor to break up the bleakness inside.   Thanks for looking.

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Almost there now.

I like to make look functional if possible, so I’ve added a door for vehicle access in a suitable place. Some examples show a sliding panel in front of windows, so I’m going for that. Most of the windows are now in place and all but the roof levels are glues in place. End panel tomorrow, sliding door, roof and corners to cover yet followed by down pipes and details. Thanks for looking

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On time so far

Warehouse coming along, ran out of windows so time for a break. No major calamities today, most parts were reusable though I had to go to the reserve for a couple of parts. One panel is temporarily in the wrong place, it should be at the end and a door panel needs to be put in. New quoins need to be cut, getting straight edges along with a straight fold for such narrow pieces is a morning job.     Thanks for looking.

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Disassembly continues

Day out yesterday, did manage a bit of time on Pickering station (NYMR) yesterday and picked up some back issues of Hornsby magazine that contained scalescenes buildings. I like scalescenes, but cutting out the windows is a killer for me, but the textures are worthwhile investments for adapting and additions.   The doors are a write off, so I’m putting in some new old ones. Turned the strip over and added some corrugated sheet and wood clapboard. Checked how the floors fit and they seem fine

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On the warehouse floor...

Rather than just join the existing parts of the warehouse together, I’ve cut out the floor plan out 4 times from mounting board. Hopefully the walls can be assembled onto them.     Thanks for looking.

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Progress today...

Well, had a bit of a shift around with the warehouse to add a bit of ‘weight’ further to the left, started to take some of the warehouse apart to rearrange and improve it a bit. Makes you realise how bad some glue is, spray mount is great for getting an even join, but after a while really loses its stick. This section was a spare from earlier and used as a test bed. Windows and frames were removed and the frames sprayed with an off white to tone down, I’d made the replacement frames some time ag

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Back to it...

Set a target of getting this finished before the end of the holiday, given that is three weeks away this could be a bit optimistic but you never know... Wasn’t happy with the way Farend was taking shape (there is still no name for this), for the past few days I’ve been positioning various collected bits, leaving it, then looking at it the next day. Today when I sat down I didn’t want to move anything so this is the plan. The peco depot along the front edge has probably been one of the longest

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Good and bad news

The retaining wall is finished bar a few capping stones... ...but it is 2in short of the bridge at the near end. Will need to put in a plain section and hide it behind some trees. There is a patch of waste ground there already.   Thanks for looking.

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Back to the wall.

Despite having no problems with my spray glue before, today it just wasn’t up to the job and the printed paper simply peeled off the card after an hour or so. Nothing worse than trying to squeeze glue in without a trace. Finished 4 retaining walls, 4 more to go. Been working on the workshop, windows and edging stones now on. Remembered to paint the inside for the lighting this time, doors have been made and are drying before fitting. Not entirely happy with the over door window but needed to ada

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Time to move along

I’m done here, I’ll be finishing the goods crane when I begin work on the overhead at the far end. Seems to make sense so they can be finished at the same time. The veg weren’t the easiest to dress up, but they do the job. I cut a couple of them up so they could be used in different ways. These still look a little card like, from a distance their okay, but I might get a paintbrush out to blend them in a bit. Not today though.   Thanks for looking.

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Mostly done in this area

Got to give this time to settle in now. The greenhouse was touch and go for a while, particularly while looking at it in situ and thinking that the back face ‘glass’ was so clear it looked like I’d missed it out...given that it was all planted, I had a few choice words. It’s missing some planting and general detritus, good news though, the pigs got a trough of feed today.   Thanks for looking.

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Allotment

Started to work for a few minutes and spent an hour on the allotment, fitted light into the factory. More difficult than I thought, going to make up some frames tomorrow and a greenhouse. Had to coax a pig down from a tree for this photo. Strange how they get about when I’m not looking.... Just holding off doing the brewery I suppose. Better keep going...   Thanks for looking.

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Burning the midnight oil

Managed to get the leds I was after, 8mm warm white. Must remember to paint the insides of the buildings black before assembling from now on if they’re to be lit. Will mount switches along the front panel for individual control of each building. Looks like they need a draught excluder in the office. Thanks for looking.

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Moving along

Continued to make retaining walls and move along the front edge. Extended the waste ground, still some work to do but happy so far. Began to work on the hard standing before the bridge using the workshop from the Metcalfe engine shed, the height of the buildings will gradually increase towards the left hand end. Glad I’ve got the brewery on the shelf as it’s now discontinued. The ale house opposite is a temporary fix and the incline is in the wrong place. New windows have been fitted, And a

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I wasn't going to do this...

The mundanity of making retaining walls required an antidote in the form of adding some life... What is worrying is how the pigs get about...yesterday they managed to get on the roof, when I started today they were looking over the fence. My wife denies all knowledge...   Thanks for looking.

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