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bcnPete

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Good morning,

 

Progress has been a little set back of late having lost this week to Man flu some kind of 'cold weather induced' sickness.

 

However, finally brought some paints (and a decent tiny paintbrush) for painting the station building. Armed with a screen-grab of MP's visit to KoL on my phone I tried to best match up the different greys and the blue from the Humbrol rack of tins in one of the model shops. Not sure how popular Humbrol paints are in Spain...but some of the colours on the lids were coated in a layer of dust...so a little coughing and spluttering later to reveal the hidden colours, I purchased a few tins.

 

It struck me whilst painting some of the station last night how small 2mmFS is...and once again, I questioned my eyesight and whether I am really suited to this scale of work. I think it will take a few passes with the brush going over, touching in, re-touching, re-re-touching until the various colours look right. Only then will I start the window/door construction. Its looking crude still, so I haven't done the cruel close up.

 

The Harbour wall has now had base coats of grey and green applied. These will be added to in the next few weeks to represent more grime etc and then add details.

 

The water (which had the PVA stripped) has now been repainted again and ready to commence the first of many PVA layers.

 

You may be interested to hear that although my pre-ordered Farish Blue/grey 101 DMU and 4CEP arrived yesterday at the same time (a tad overwhelming :O) both were run in last night, they have been packed away in their boxes so as not to distract from this layout. Why is he buying a Southern emu as his layouts are BR ScR / BR WR? Don't ask... :biggrin_mini:

 

 

That's about all really. Kicking this sickness thing into touch gradually and now off for a long weekend in Rome to visit my brother-in-law, so I hope to come back refreshed, topped up with linguine and ready to start the final push on Kyle.

 

Ciao...

 

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If you go to a bigger scale you will be able to see more detail a bit self defeating. Try painting under a magnifier. The reults are looking good anyway.

I presume the 4CEP is under the "I like it" rule and a reason for buying will be an exercise in justification and sophistry. I cannot believe you have room for more shelves. Although there could be some interesting subjects if you do have room.

 

Don

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3rd rail at KoL now that's a departure from the perceived history ... Back in 1923 following their (well, the constituent companies) successful experiment with 3rd rail traction the newly formed SR found they had a director with a holiday home up on Skye. Being a very persuasive man and one not wanting to travel on other companies stock he got the SR to construct the 3rd rail infrastructure up to KoL to allow him to travel up in the comfort of the company EMU.

 

Onto the Man flue, was this brought on by puffing on the paint tins? :P

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Hi Pete,

 

Excellent work as ever and coming along nicely. Almost there I guess?

 

A 4 CEP eh? What ever next?

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Looking good. Trip to Rome sounds good...it's on our list to visit when we set off on our 5 year motorhome tour. Hope you're feeling better; I have found a simple way of making quite authentic-looking 2mm scale fishboxes, if you need any for the quay.

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Looking good. Trip to Rome sounds good...it's on our list to visit when we set off on our 5 year motorhome tour. Hope you're feeling better; I have found a simple way of making quite authentic-looking 2mm scale fishboxes, if you need any for the quay.

It might be interesting to hear this anyway, regardless of whether Pete needs to make any...

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Thanks all for your comments...now back from a wonderful weekend in Rome, so need to focus on all things Scottish!

 

Try painting under a magnifier

 

Thanks Don - Good tip!

 

I presume the 4CEP is under the "I like it" rule

 

Sort of...

 

I cannot believe you have room for more shelves.

 

There's always room for more IKEA shelves Don ;)

 

Onto the Man flue, was this brought on by puffing on the paint tins? :P

 

Don't think so Kris...I was taken in by your narrative though...I'd quite like a pint of whatever you were drinking when you wrote it :)

 

Hi Pete, Excellent work as ever and coming along nicely. Almost there I guess? A 4 CEP eh? What ever next? Cheers, Mark

 

Thanks Mark - Getting there...need to get back in the saddle now. The 4CEP came from lack of patience for that FGW 153 :)

 

Hope you're feeling better; I have found a simple way of making quite authentic-looking 2mm scale fishboxes, if you need any for the quay.

 

Yes thanks Ian...and as Rich said, perhaps you can share that in your blog...sounds interesting.

 

5 year motorhome tour

 

Now that sounds impressive...assume the layout will fit in the motorhome? ;)

 

relocate it to the Medway and get the 3rd rail down

 

No need Nick...you are taking care of all things 3rd rail related...over to you...

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I think I was drinking a black coffee at the time Pete, strong and no sugar.

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I think I was drinking a black coffee at the time Pete, strong and no sugar.

 

Pint of black coffee with sugar it is then Kris... :O

 

What about a location on the isle of Sheppey?

 

Hmmm...interesting suggestion Lisa...thanks...immediately starts googling...

 

It is true that the 4CEP was bought on a 'nice model to have' basis...but having grown up a part of my life in Sussex, I always wonder whether I should create a Southern region layout as some sort of reminder...Horley springs to mind as there were a few sidings there...but it was mainly CIGS and VEPS in the area...one to keep pondering though...

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Hi Pete - just found this post belatedly... usual reason.

 

I think the building is looking good. Personally I wouldn't stress too much about perfection in the paint job or this or that fine detail. I like the analogy (I think it was from Keith Armes) that 2mm is the modelling equivalent of watercolour impressionism as compared to 7mm which might be oil painting.

 

So put away the optical aids. Step back and look at the overall effect. Is it pleasing? It certainly seems so to me.

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Hi Pete - just found this post belatedly... usual reason. I think the building is looking good. Personally I wouldn't stress too much about perfection in the paint job or this or that fine detail. I like the analogy (I think it was from Keith Armes) that 2mm is the modelling equivalent of watercolour impressionism as compared to 7mm which might be oil painting. So put away the optical aids. Step back and look at the overall effect. Is it pleasing? It certainly seems so to me.

 

Andy, hi

 

Thanks....only just found this post too.

 

I agree that the analogy is a good one...but believe me when I say I have been very careful when I have photographed it from, to make sure its at distance!

 

This disappointment...and the water failure (again) has led to a temp loss of mojo again, so stand by for another one of my downbeat blog entries coming soon... :(

 

I am having some serious thoughts about the building in the next few hours as to its future...

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