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The Armchair & Pedant Now Open for Shandy and Rover 400 Drivers.


Chris Nevard

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111116_polbrock_IMG_1930_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.

 

 

The Armchair & Pedant is now in place to hide the right hand exit to the fiddle yard on Polbrock. Of course it still needs a proper sign, but my printer inks have dried up, so until I waste yet more time on cleaning the printer heads and taking out a mortgage to replace the inks it won't be happening for a bit unless I get a print done in the local Boots or Happysnappy next time I'm down in town. The sign on the right hand end of the building is a left over from Brewhouse Quay, and by the way it displays the imaginary 'Marriott Dent & Foster Brewery'

 

I've cheated with the backdrop here, it is part of the 4 foot long image file created for the backscene which has yet to be printed, and it has been super imposed behind the layout to see how it looks. I'm sure this will probably upset some 3 day old Daily Mail reading Rover 400 (with 'support stocking grey interior of course') driving ex-pats living in Normandy, in that I should be messing about with a computer to appraise what the backscene will look like in advance of physically producing a hard copy, for you I have a special unadulterated photo here with just a sheet of pale blue/grey card behind the layout like you'd like to see in a finescale mag (sorry it's not in B&W)..

 

What is probably a rather dangerous level crossing will be protected with a warning sign in due course, and probably just behind the loco will be an old shed or platelayer's hut and maybe some more shrubbery to hide the transition between 3D modelling and the 2D backscene.

 

Realistically this is probably about as far as I'm going to get with Polbrock before The Warley Show this coming weekend where it will be used as a prop to photograph some of the OO gauge new releases. Once that crazy weekend of modelrailwaymania is over, I'll be able to get this little layout to a stage of proper completion.

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Lovely quirky looking building. The crossing is probably more dangerous due to its very close proximity to the line and the likelihood of merry patrons falling over late at night.

 

I got a (Samsung) laser printer a couple of years ago. They are very affordable nowadays. I got fed up with ink being dried out every time I wanted to print. Toner can be dear but at least I can use every particle, so it's better value.

 

Cheers

 

John

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When the branch freight has a bad day and just happens to run out of puff clear of the crossing the crew pop in to apologise for the smoke ;)

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You might need to hang on to your beer when a train comes through. Perhaps the driver will give a whistle to warn you or would that be to tell the barman to draw a couple of pints ready for them? Lovely atmosphere.

Don

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Dover, NJ has a crossing with as close proximity to buildings as that! Unfortunately I cannot lay my hands on a photo. Last winter they had a derailment caused by ice at the very point the loco reached as in in your photo Chris.

 

Luvverly stuff as per usual.

 

Best, Pete.

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Its a very small pub!

Might benefit from a wooden lean-to, for barrel storage etc? And outside urinals?

(Hopefully being constructive, not pedantic!)

 

Paul.

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Surely all those pedants wouldn't own Rovers. They have to take the bus/train everywhere. If they do the most certainly won't have used 5th gear.

Looking good Chris.

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Chris, luverly me anzum, moines a soyder loike!

 

Cornwall see, and we dont need outside urinals when theres a nice load o barrels there (Blackrat brewery?).

 

Of course the blue door is to, well, blue an everyone knows it should be three oles not 4 an course it should be 3 screw inges an the barrels got no ooops blah drone!

 

Now wheres me trusty Rover over? xx

 

Yours Mr A Partridge etc

 

ps for the peds, it justs shouts CLAY at you, anyone Cornish will know what I means!

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Mondeo is fine (proper bloke's car) - that 5'6" boot length with the back seat down perfect for layouts! Cement Quay and Catcott B were built around a Mondeo boot!

 

Did your Rover 400 have a 'support stocking beige' interior?

 

I always remember trips to northern France a decade or so ago was full of Brits, they could always be spotted in their British Racing Green or metallic red Rovers, and they always pulled out in front of you because they were short sighted. The French are road-loonies, but they don't pull out in front of oncoming traffic like Brits do. As much.  

 

Halfwit; Lots more to so yet detail wise - god ideas!

 

Bcnpete;  that view of the Helland Bridge Crossing is some of the inspiration, and look just how close that building (a B&B I gather) is (phew). I'd like to model something similar for the other side but don't really have the room, but whatever goes in there will hopefully produce a similar feel. Knocking about somewhere I have kits for pillbox and a concrete plate layer's hut which might do the job in this case.

 

Looking at this I still need to work on the backscene file - it's still too 'photographic' so I'll put it through a filter like 'paint daubs' so soften it a little, I want people to look at the modelling rather than a backscene or maybe I should use a Peco one like the support stocking beige interior would brigade insist on?

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I do believe that this is the very same pub where the cunning Horst hid behind the beer barrels as Algernon Cuthbertson and his tipsy chum lurched off into the night...;-)

 

Top stuff, Chris - can you remind me what you used for the stonework, please?

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I have to ask Chris, is it the Publican or his customers who are want to gravitate to the minutae ?

 

Funny that a train would stop at a pub !! ;)

 

Great modelling

 

cheers

>:~))

( must confess to being a SD1 owner in a previous life ..lol )

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Mr B'rat - some of those there barrels are indeed the Blackrat Brewery, problem is that the pub is tied to Marriott, Dent & Foster, and the landlord should only be selling the in-house brews. The locals that crawl in most nights at 23.25 don't want those snobby beers brewed in Bath and would rather have a local ale from the country of Kernow. Hush hush ;)

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Mr CK, the stone is Slaters I think, problem is that I always stock up on 'plasticard' every time I go to a show and to be honest have lost track of what all the bits and pieces are in my crate.

 

Mr Ozshrek, the punters during normal hours are a little odd, they all have multi-coloured biros, notebooks and very large index fingers from too much typing drivel on web forums about how they have no time for model making and how badly organized model railway shows are. They tend to be far more interested in limited release toy trains from Hong kong than the ale.

 

Luckily, come closing time the locals creep in, the curtains close and the ales flow. Hush hush; the landlord should be more careful with the spent casks though, 5 bottles of 'Shandy Bass' leaves a far different footprint.

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I think Ive met those types Chris, strange folk indeed. They very seldom shout a round of drinks and are miserly with their crisps !! They can often recall every item from a PEco catalog without ever having used any of it . What a bunch of plonkers ( and not because they sip baby chams )

 

Fortuntate indeed for the locals, able to imbibe of 'afters' .

 

Not that its for me to suggest anything as your fine modelling normally invokes a pool of drool this end - Am not certain what era you representing there but with a glance to a cheeky nod regarding the Rover relavance maybe that space opposite the pub could be home to a scene blocking billboard , set to the 45 angle; featuring a lovely Rover P4 ( Rover 75 , 50's ver) ?

 

cheers

>:~))

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I think Ive met those types Chris, strange folk indeed. They very seldom shout a round of drinks and are miserly with their crisps !! They can often recall every item from a PEco catalog without ever having used any of it . What a bunch of plonkers ( and not because they sip baby chams ) Fortuntate indeed for the locals, able to imbibe of 'afters' . Not that its for me to suggest anything as your fine modelling normally invokes a pool of drool this end - Am not certain what era you representing there but with a glance to a cheeky nod regarding the Rover relavance maybe that space opposite the pub could be home to a scene blocking billboard , set to the 45 angle; featuring a lovely Rover P4 ( Rover 75 , 50's ver) ? cheers>:~))

A bit too far West for a nice "Strong Country" billboard :-(

 

John.

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Chris,

 

Have a look at a couple of photos (that you may not have seen) on this website; they show a BWT on the Wenford bridge branch that are very atmospheric; one highlights the house by the level crossing you used as inspiration (I think):

 

http://www.robertdar...k/Railways2.htm

 

The photos are about three quarters of the way down on the web page.

 

Cheers

Simon

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I once owned a Rover (Honda) 418d - and I was 24, and used every gear in the box, sometimes in sequence. :D

As for the drink, mines a pint of the local ale!

 

"Skol"

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A really impressive piece of modelling Chris. I love small layouts (I have 2 small 009 creations myself) and this is inspirational. I've looked at old pictures of Nanstallon, Grogley and Dunmere halts on many occasions and thought they'd make nice models. Look forward to reading more.

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