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Rosevear is a "what if" layout project in 4mm, depicting a small Cornish china clay dryer of 1950s vintage. The time period is intended to be flexible, covering the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's.

 

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Sentinel Shunter - Episode 2

Sentinel Shunter - Episode 2

I've been making steady progress on the Sentinel. I'd initially started out this project with the intention of making a model of a BSC shunter with the backstory that it had been purchased by ECC, just like Denise. However the more it progressed, the more I thought it'd probably be better to just make a model of Denise herself. Fiction is, after all, only so satisfying. While studying photos of the prototype, I noticed I'd made a boo-boo: Can you see it? It turns out that th

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Well it isn't going to load itself, is it?

Well it isn't going to load itself, is it?

I mentioned in a previous blog that I'd picked up this kit: The china clay industry used (and still uses) small loaders like this in the dryers linhays for loading trucks and trains. The reason I went with the green police theme was entirely down to the fact that this one was cheaper and the yellow ones were all a bit overpriced. The downside is that it makes the kit a little trickier, as everything needs to be undercoated and then painted in several coats of yellow. Despite that, thi

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Progress on the Sentinel and Tiger wagon.

Progress on the Sentinel and Tiger wagon.

Yesterday I got a little bit more done on the Sentinel, but while I was waiting for things like filler to dry and paint to strip, I took the opportunity to do some work to the weathered PBA. As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, I wasn't especially impressed with the factory weathering job, so I took some steps to remediate this. It turned out that it wasn't actually that difficult to improve on, and I'm quite happy with how it's turned out. While I had it out the box I took the usual step of

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And so it begins...

And so it begins...

I was pleasantly surprised to have received an email yesterday from David at Ultrascale to alert me that they'd had enough interest in one last batch of EM gauge wheelsets for the Hornby Sentinel for them to go ahead with it. While I don't plan to go EM gauge for Rosevear, I decided to pick up two sets anyway since no more will be produced after this, and Peco's announcement of an EM gauge bullhead rail product may well see me do future layouts in this standard (you can never have enough side pr

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Rosevear China Clay Works - An Introduction

Rosevear China Clay Works - An Introduction

This layout will be titled "Rosevear" and will be a fictional clay drying works siding, set in a flexible time period from 1965 to around 1995-2000. The approximate geographical location will be the Bugle, Bowling Green, Rocks area. My goal with this layout is to capture the "feel" of clay country without modeling a real location, something easier said than done it's turned out, but I think I'm finally making good progress. The track plan will be fairly straightforward, and broken down into

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