I've been experimenting with backscene materials, I finally decided on use of 3mm PVC foamboard. Unlike wood this has a very smooth finish and takes spray paint well, this was glued to the wooden frame with contact adhesive and kept it's subtle curves.
Track weathering was carried out with a dark brown powder pigment applied to each rail side, this was then faded in with a broad fan brush. Once happy this, along with the road/yard weathering was sealed with a matt varnis
A few shots of the recent progress with the layout.
Once the sculpimold has set I next give the ground a light pass of short straw static grass, then a second layer of 2mm dead grass.
The back scene arrived, this is a 3mm thick sheet of PVC foam board, it takes paint well and is self supporting.
Scrub bushes added with simple PVA
Seamfoam trees. The trunks were thickened up using builders caulk an
Three years on and history repeats itself as Colwyn Bay Goods returns to Tutbury village hall for The 2mm Association's supermeet. My thanks to John Aldrick for the invite and to everyone else involved with putting on another enjoyable show.
Work has been quietly progressing in the background since the layouts previous outing and below is a quick summary.
- Set up at Tutbury with temporary foamboard fiddle yard wall clamped in place.
Another two years have come and gone, without much to report! Colwyn now sports a new fiddle yard and legs and was invited to the recent 2mm Scale Association's Super Meet. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of Steve and Matt, both who travelled great distances to move my layout the short trip to the show! It was great to catch up with so many old faces throughout the day. Special visiting stock from David Smith (Cartic and Peak) was also on show over the day.
Photo Steve N
After nearly 2 years of inactivity Colwyn Bay Goods has finally seen some progress! Not much, but progress none the less. The track weathering has started and all the baseboard wiring has been completed.
This weekend it will be on display at the Nottingham show on the 2mm Finescale Association stand as a work in progress.
Just a quick photo update to catch up on a few of the smaller jobs that are on going around the layout;
First up is the fitting of chair plates, 2mm Scale Association part 1-092, to fix them I dipped the whole fish plate in thin super glue and held then in position with the tip of a pin until the glue set.
Here we have one of 5 etched buffer stops, designed by our very own Chris Higgs. Once this has be primed and fixed in place cosmetic sleepers will be added to fill the gaps, these wil
After following TomE's approach I've been playing with some test ballast examples. Above shows what I have finally decided on using on Colwyn, it's a 50/50 mix of Treemedus Earth power and Carrs fine ash ballast, all fixed with (still wet and slightly glossy) Kleer. I will do a more indpeth write up when it gets applied to the layout. Thanks again to Tom for the advice
Another experiment was to prepare the plastic Easitrac sleepers to take paint more readily, this was done by brushing on a
Finally some progress on the layout! I've finally got on with trying out CNC cut ply wood, as previously done by Missy on her excellent fiddle yard. The top beam is designed to turn the single sheet back scene into a structural support for the forth coming lighting rig, a sketch of the possible design is shown below. I am very impressed with this machined ply, accurate and a clean cut The above photos show a dry run, tape and airbrush boxes arn't in the final design...
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Just to prove I have got something running and an excuse to play with my new camera. Sorry about the quality, but good lighting has always been an issue. I am currently playing around with methods to treat Easitrac ready for painting, more on that next time.
EDIT: By clicking the video you have the option to select full screen in HD, well worth the effort.
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Just a quick post to show I actually get things painted! The Stephen Harris minerals I have been working on are nearing completion, with some finer weathering to add at a later date. 24081 still soldiers on and has now become part of a game of "Where's Wally?" on other 2mm layouts, I'm sure you'll all get fed up of the sight of it soon
Now this wagon has to be a personal record for the longest work bench tenant. At about 4 years from the start of the build and one of my first etched kits, I built the major body bits and left it be. This weekend I decided to finally get on with it, only to discover half the chassis trussing was on backwards! Much fudging ensued....
Please excuse some of the wonky details, most of it predates my ability to use a RSU properly
The kit is from Stephen Harris and is built as a vacuum fitte
The on going saga of my first attempt at etch design lumbers forward once again. Modifications include -
1) Finally I created some axle boxes and springs. Layer etch, Stephen Harris style.
2) Brake rigging/rib issues have been resolved. They don't clash anymore!
3) Beefed up wire on pivot bar, 0.5mm wire from 0.3mm.
4) Clever tab system to line up hopper doors.
It might see production next year, if the slow rate of progress continues
Today I received a sheet of etches from PPD, from my recent doodlings.
Seen here in its raw form. I created the posts from 3 layers of 0.25mm nickle silver and the stainless steel mesh was brought from BLMA (an American import). I have also etched some small slots on the heads of the posts to allow barbwire to be wrapped around them at even spacings. I will just use a single strand of wire for this,2mm barbs arn't worth considering with IMHO.
I am quite happy with how these
Sometimes all the thinking in the world can't compete with a a well timed bodge up I've been thinking about how to frame the layout for a while now, some of you will remember my BcnPete style sketch from last summer.
After operating Jerry's excellent layout, Highbury Colliery at RailEx, I was convinced a picture frame type arrangement will work very well in this scale. Now time to put concept into practice.
Thanks to Mr Masking Tap and his old friend Double Corrugated I have
Built from the etched kit 2-515 from the 2mm Scale Association Shop (originally an N Gauge Society kit) and fitted with 2-313 Standard BR W-irons, the above kit has been sitting on my shelf for the last two years. Since Graham Farish released a new version of the the RTR wagon, I didn't know which route to take.
In short.... I'm glad I continued with it
Too much track tweaking can drive a person insane. Now for an image intermission.
I know it doesn't look very different from the images from last November, but it now runs and basic shunting is now possible
I think I've over done this, but I'm still quite pleased 24081 is now officially my first finished locomotive for Colwyn Bay Goods.
Weathering was carried out by applying MIG powders in a thinner wash, quite thickly. Once dry, this thick layer was dusted back with a dry brush to give a more subtle tone. This was then sealed with a quick spray of Dullcote.
For all those when attended the excellent RMWeb members day down south this weekend, you might of seen me constructing an etch with a RSU (resistance soldering unit).
The etch in question was one of my own design of a GWR/BR Herring ballast wagon. So far, two years in development and it's finally getting somewhere near! Hopefully it's not far from it's first production run.
Just a quick post to show the track work is progressing. The ongoing saga of tweaking the points continues.
I have devised a little test axle to show up any faults with the track, quick to build and fun to play with. I hope it is of use to someone.
Yes, "that" 24. It's the only one that would have still been operational during my time period. That's my excuse anyway
- Water tanks removed from the underframe.
- Body side steps filled to boiler fill point.
- Gangway door filled, to represent welded up version.
- Headcode discs thinned down.
- Extra buffer beam details added, MW air pipes and electric MW socket rebuilt.
- TPM screw couplings.
Final painting and weathering is still required, but progress has been
Tonight marks a small milestone, the wiring is complete and trains are running on the main board of Colwyn Bay Goods! After struggling with the 3 way point for the last 12 months, I can now put this chapter to rest. A few beers are in order
Also, the MDO has had the correct buffers fitted... from the MCV which also had incorrect buffers fitted. I should really start paying more attention
I am currently trying to make the correct style of MCV buffers by turning the heads of some
After many years of sitting on the back of the work bench, my humble 20T brake has finally been completed. Built from the 2mm Association etched kit, I have to say I'm pleased with the end result. I've still got another to build, I just hope it doesn't take another 3 years to finish it
Next up is my MDO, a Stephen Harris etch. This is stil a "work in progress model". Firstly, I painted it a solid light rust and then stippled on some darker rusts. Then I left it for a few days to dry
Just a quick post to show the on going progress of the layout. All track work is currently in place and the 3 way installation is still on going. I'm quite happy with it so far, in comparison to the link below;
(Thanks to Dave Plimmer www.2d53.co.uk)
Anyway, back to the grind stone...
Three months without an update, I'm sure that's a personal best
Nothing really to report, I'm halfway through installing my 3 way point and have decided to weather my 21T MDV coal wagon.
The above was achieved by first giving the etched wagon a grey etched primer base, followed by brush painting enamels in solid colours (sleeper grime for the chassis, rust for the body). Once these layers havd dried ff fully, I started adding a few basic washes of thinned acrylics. When these ha