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Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the Boidies is!

wenlock

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The snows have melted and spring has definitely sprung at Sherton Abbas!  I've thought for a while that although there are plenty of trees at either end of the layout, the centre is looks somewhat sparse.

 

Centre section of the layout

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I made some more trees using wire armatures, artex powder, postiche and Greenscene scatters as outlined in a previous blog entry https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/17699-trees/

 

These were then positioned into the hedgerow that runs along the lane at the back of the layout.  Here are a couple of before and after images.

 

Before & After 

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IMG_2423a.jpg.59a97fdbcbfdd38050767e3285496b23.jpgI also bought a packet of rabbits at the Bristol show, the eagle eyed will have spotted them waiting on the platform in picture 3:-)  A few holes were formed into the bank below the trees to represent the entrance to the bunny's warren and the rabbits once painted were glued in position.

 

Rabbits and Warren

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I hope people think the new trees are an improvement, If nothing else they help disguise the join in the backscene between the two boards!  I think the layout is now more or less complete, though i am toying with the idea of putting a water tower between the tracks at the toe of the run round loop.  I'll probably make a card board mock up, place it on the layout and garner your opinions:-)

 

Until next time.........

 

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YEY ! You're back, I've missed the layout and I for one think the trees just finish it off nicely. 

 

As for disguising the back scene, well, as Eric used to say to Ernie..... You can't see the join ! 

 

G

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6 minutes ago, bgman said:

YEY ! You're back, I've missed the layout and I for one think the trees just finish it off nicely. 

 

Thanks Graham, glad you like the new trees! 

9 minutes ago, bgman said:

As for disguising the back scene, well, as Eric used to say to Ernie..... You can't see the join ! 

 

I'm now whistling "Bring me Sunshine!" 

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There are worse tunes to whistle matey !

 

Enjoy 

 

G

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Looking forward immensely to seeing this in the flesh in May.

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Glad you are looking forward to seeing the layout Rob, make sure you introduce yourself:-)

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8 minutes ago, gwrrob said:

... to seeing this in the flesh in May.

OOooh, a chance to see this layout for real?  Please tell us all when and where!

 

regards, Graham

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18 minutes ago, gwrrob said:

Looking forward immensely to seeing this in the flesh in May.

 

19 minutes ago, gwrrob said:

Looking forward immensely to seeing this in the flesh in May.

 

You won't be disappointed mate !

 

G

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18 minutes ago, wenlock said:

 Rob, make sure you introduce yourself:-)

 

Now that sounds ominous David.

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5 minutes ago, gwrrob said:

 

Now that sounds ominous David.

 

He's the railway modelling equivalent to the BFG ! :laugh: I think thats why he models in 7mm ?

 

Sorry Dave !

 

G

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11 minutes ago, gwrrob said:

 

Now that sounds ominous David.

Lol!  Wasn't meant to be :-)

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6 minutes ago, bgman said:

 

He's the railway modelling equivalent to the BFG ! :laugh: I think thats why he models in 7mm ?

 

Sorry Dave !

 

G

Lol! I guess at six foot four and around 16 stone its appropriate!  I've definitely been called worse:-)

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@gwrrob take some stepladders with you, it's quite a high baseboard

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Yes, welcome back! I too am looking forward immensely to seeing Sherton Abbas in the flesh. I imagine the running quality of this evocative slice of Edwardiana to be as silky smooth as everything else you've achieved. You are a giant, my good man, in more ways than one.

 

 

Looking forward to inspecting your manure as well...:P

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Most kind!:-) I shall try not to disappoint on all fronts!  I do hope the manure passes muster after being inspected by the horse poo master:-)

 

Looking  forward to to meeting up at the show

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I think the new trees improve the hedgerow.  I also like the Warren in the bank.

Duncan

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I count 10 rabbits.  Wonderful as ever.

 

The backscene join is hard to spot, I had to zoom right in on it to see it. The joint across the trackbed is more visible but that is a very neat one. Only thing I can think of is to blend in a bit of loose ballast when the boards are joined and keep replacing it when they divide. Wouldn't be a large amount. 

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Evening Dave,

 

Amazing layout, I always look forward to your updates. Regarding the trees, I do not think there are ever enough trees adorning most layouts, so more the merrier in my opinion.

 

Regards,

 

Martyn.,

 

 

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Wonderful Dave, good to see Sherton Abbas again.

 

I like the rabbit warrens, I trust you made all the usual prototype research?

 

 

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4 hours ago, drduncan said:

I think the new trees improve the hedgerow.  I also like the Warren in the bank.

Duncan

Thanks Duncan!

 

3 hours ago, Dave John said:

I count 10 rabbits.  Wonderful as ever.

 

The backscene join is hard to spot, I had to zoom right in on it to see it. The joint across the trackbed is more visible but that is a very neat one. Only thing I can think of is to blend in a bit of loose ballast when the boards are joined and keep replacing it when they divide. Wouldn't be a large amount. 

Thanks Dave, you are quite right ten rabbits, although there are 3 more lurking at the other end of the layout near the buffers:-)

A sprinkling of ballast to hide the base board joins is a good idea, I must remember to bring a pot of it to Railex!

 

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Evening Dave,

 

Amazing layout, I always look forward to your updates. Regarding the trees, I do not think there are ever enough trees adorning most layouts, so more the merrier in my opinion.

 

Regards,

 

Martyn.,

 

 

Thanks Martyn, I completely agree unless you are modelling the Norfolk Fens or the Yorkshire moors you can never have too many trees!

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2 hours ago, Mikkel said:

Wonderful Dave, good to see Sherton Abbas again.

 

I like the rabbit warrens, I trust you made all the usual prototype research?

 

 

Thanks Mikkel, yes many hours prototype research with the the dogs, although I think they would have preferred squirrels:-)

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Lovely addition to the centre of your layout. Gives it even more depth. 

Also like the rabbits with their holes. They really can say now: "Rabbit underground, rabbit safe and sound.”  from Richard Adams, Watership Down.

They really will have to do that with trains are visiting the station.

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Thanks Job:-)  I think the rabbits are so used to the comings and goings of Sherton Abbas’s trains that they hardly give them a second glance.  They’ll be a lot more concerned when Chief Ganger Albert Cruickshank arrives with his lurcher!

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