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Coal part 2

The uncharacteristic sunny skies above Wales this Summer have meant little time has been spent modelling, motorcycling and other outdoor pursuits have taken precedence. I have however managed to finish the coal yard scene that I started in the previous blog entry http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1131/entry-20890-coal/ back in the middle of May! As Stubby pointed out the ground around the coal heaps looked a bit too clean, so coal dust and artists pastels were used to blend the coal into the yard and pieces of coal were placed between the rails in the siding. Matt aerosol acrylic varnish was the used to fix everything in position.

 

Coal dust added to yard
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I wanted to incorporate a coal merchants horse drawn wagon into the scene and found an etched brass kit was available in Duncan Models range. http://www.duncanmodels.co.uk/price_list_horse_drawn_wheeled_vehicles.htm

 

Duncan Models kit
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The kit was assembled using a Miniflame torch and Carrs 188 solder paste for the etched brass components, along with 5 minute epoxy resin for the white metal parts.

 

Assembled kit
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I'd noticed some rather nice etched brass hand barrow kits on the Roxey Moulding's stand at a recent show http://www.roxeymouldings.co.uk/category/88/7mm-scale-/-0-gauge-southwark-bridge-models-accessories/
and thought they would make a nice addition to the scene.

 

Hand barrow etch
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After a bit of fiddly, finger singeing soldering the completed kit looks like this!

 

Finished barrow
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I needed some coal sacks to place on the cart and used some "filled" and "unfilled" versions from http://www.sanddmodels.co.uk/products_43_accessories.htm whichhave a nice surface texture. These along with the barrow were painted using Humbrol enamel paints.

 

Painted barrow and coal sacks
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The Coal merchants cart was primed, then painted using more enamel paints. The lettering was cobbled together using press fix letters from a GWR 7mm scale wagon sheet, I hope Sherton Abbas's coal merchant Mr Frederick David Harris approves of his vehicle's livery!

 

Painted horse drawn wagon
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Figures for the scene were provided from Andrew Stadden's excellent range https://www.acstadden.co.uk/product-page/vn2-navvies-2 One of the figures had his arms removed and replaced in a new position so that he could hold the head of the horse, a la Mikkel of this parish:-)

 

Figures
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Once the paint had dried the various models were positioned on the layout and moved about until I was happy with the composition of the scene, then glued in position with 5 minute epoxy resin.

 

The following pictures are of the completed scene along with a couple of gratuitous images of the Dean Goods, as after all this is supposed to be a Railway Modelling blog rather than Horse Drawn Weekly!

 

Completed scene
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Until next time:-)

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Excellent Dave!!  I particularly like the wheel barrow and the coal sacks.

 

Ian

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Excellent Dave!!  I particularly like the wheel barrow and the coal sacks.

 

Ian

Thanks Ian, it was your post about Modbury that inspired me to get it finished!

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Very nice, the coal merchants cart is an excellent  bit of modelmaking.  And 2467 is just gorgeous. 

 

May I make a small suggestion ? I think there would have been a standpipe or water pump and some buckets in the yard, possibly near the cattle dock. Maybe even a metal or stone drinking trough.  Horses and cattle need water especially in a long hot summer like this one. 

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Thar scene looks totally convincing, really well staged reconstruction.
Thanks Northroader, glad you liked it:-)

 

Very nice, the coal merchants cart is an excellent  bit of modelmaking.  And 2467 is just gorgeous.  May I make a small suggestion ? I think there would have been a standpipe or water pump and some buckets in the yard, possibly near the cattle dock. Maybe even a metal or stone drinking trough.  Horses and cattle need water especially in a long hot summer like this one.
Thanks Dave, I must admit I’m still very taken with 2467:-)Your idea for a water trough and stand pipe is splendid, so I shall get busy and make them! The cattle dock already has a couple of troughs, but I think one outside for the horses would make perfect sense.

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This layout gets better and better Dave, the " devil " is certainly in the detail and you have made the scene come to life with those little extras.

 

More please, oh! and if 2467 ever needs a new home !!!

 

Cheers for now

 

Grahame

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This layout gets better and better Dave, the " devil " is certainly in the detail and you have made the scene come to life with those little extras. More please, oh! and if 2467 ever needs a new home !!! Cheers for now Grahame

Thanks Grahame!  I'll be sure to let you know if 2467 gets bored of trundling into Sherton Abbas and needs a new home:-)

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Thanks Grahame!  I'll be sure to let you know if 2467 gets bored of trundling into Sherton Abbas and needs a new home:-)

 

Always nice to have a stable mate Dave !

 

Cheers

 

G

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Poo! That's what you need now - where there are horses there is ...........

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Hi Dave, coming a bit late to the party - but what a treat. Horse Drawn Weekly is fine with me!

 

I was intrigued by the first shot, which has some real depth to it. We ought to build our layouts as squares (although a touch impractical of course...).

 

I really like the composition of the cameo, and the colour scheme on the figures. I often use dark brown to give a period feel (as you have also done), but your man with spade shows how well light brown can work too. Must try that.

 

The wheelbarrow is a little work of art, almost beats No. 2467. Well, almost :-)

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Absolutely beautiful as usual. Very crisp.

Thanks Richard :-)

 

 

Poo! That's what you need now - where there are horses there is ...........

You're quite right!  I shall be following the methods of our "poo master" Tricky http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/121411-midland-in-london-or-is-it-birmingham/page-4?hl=%20monks%20%20gate post 96 onwards!

 

 

Hi Dave, coming a bit late to the party - but what a treat. Horse Drawn Weekly is fine with me!

Thanks Mikkel, I'm glad "Horse Drawn Weekly" met with your approval:-)

 

 

 

I was intrigued by the first shot, which has some real depth to it. We ought to build our layouts as squares (although a touch impractical of course...).

 

 

I would be lovely idea as long as someone could invent telescopic arms for a bit of judicious track cleaning every now and then!:-)

 

 

 

I really like the composition of the cameo, and the colour scheme on the figures. I often use dark brown to give a period feel (as you have also done), but your man with spade shows how well light brown can work too. Must try that.

 

 

I was trying to represent that unbleached cotton shirt material, glad you think it looks OK.

 

 

 

The wheelbarrow is a little work of art, almost beats No. 2467. Well, almost :-)

It was certainly a lot quicker to build than 2467, but doesn't run as well:-)

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Excellent work Dave another scene bringing it all to life.

 

Don

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Excellent work Dave another scene bringing it all to life.

 

Don

Thanks Don:-)  There are still a few things I want to do, I guess layouts are never really finished!

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Lovely work, Wenlock. Brilliant attention to detail and patient craftsmanship.

Thanks PaternosterRow!

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No need for track cleaning with radio control!

 

Looking forward to seeing your poo!!!!

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Lovely scene. The coal side is another eyecatcher on your, in my opinion, great layout.

 

Thanks Job!

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No need for track cleaning with radio control!

That must be fabulous!

 

Looking forward to seeing your poo!!!!

Shall we say it’s a work in progress, watch this space!:-)

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