I haven't posted in an age and, in fact, haven't even visited RMWeb for quite a while. What a great new format and I'm really interested in becoming a Gold Member - currently in negotiations with the financial controller about the monthly fee!
The new layout, High Trees Junction, is nearly complete so here is a few initial test pics. This layout forms part of a roundy roundy scheme in my loft. My previous layout, Perry Barr Station, is on the opposite side. I just wanted to get my trains running for a change so have turned away from micro layout building for a while. After a previous country type layout some years ago, Cheslyn, I vowed never to go down the country route again. However, the thought of building a huge suburban theme really put me off after many hours of drawing up several schemes. It would just take too long to construct the required amount of buildings to populate it. To my surprise I enjoyed building this one. High Trees Junction is a simple enough scheme and soon became an essay in forced perspective. Having grown up in Birmingham, like most city folk, I fell in love with the English countryside. Whilst I am surrounded by natural beauty here in Ireland I do miss those English Church Spires. It always seemed to me that you could always spot two, even three, Spires from high vantage points in Britain so it seemed essential to include two in this layout.
The signal box is Scalescenes and the signals are from Ratio. I really enjoyed making up these.
I wanted to have a lead in curve although it is not based on a prototypical radius. I think the radius is generous enough to make it look convincing. The brambles are all made from rubberised horse hair and flock.
There's always a Church Spire to be spotted somewhere in English countryside views. The small church is probably around 1/200 scale is merely a downloaded photograph that has been made up into a 3D model from card.
The fabulous Lima 101 waits on signal from an imagined Branch connection to the main.
The entire layout. All of the trees were handmade from seafoam and flock. It was a large task, but once a production line was set up it didn't take too long. I bought the seafoam from a Spanish modelling supplies company for a reasonable price and the flock from the UK. All the trees came in for around £150.
The village scene. This hides the entrance point to the left. The church (approx N scale) is freelance from mounting card. The pub is Scalescenes and the house from Superquick.
These two shots are from the same viewpoint at different angles. The illusion of distant hills is busted once viewed from above.
That's it for now. More pictures at a later date.