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black, white...and grey...


bcnPete

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Update - A number of activities have been taking part of recent, and so to blend against those new FC Barca RMWeb colours I thought I would try a few black and white photos.

 

Firstly, I recognise that I do need to improve on my photographic skills. The neat Canon A590 digital camera bit the dust recently so I have been using our 'entry level' Nikon D3100 and am still struggling to get good light/depth of field despite using a tripod, manual settings and selftimer simultaneously... :rolleyes:

 

Back to in front of the lens, rather than behind it and work has now almost finished on converting the Bachfar 24 to 24113.

 

Front end detailed to include pipes, plated over door, headcode discs and the front edge of the buffer beam painted blue on 24113 as opposed to yellow as on the Bachfar 24035 model. Although what remains now...and I keep putting it off...but can't for much longer...is much needed weathering. I aim to have a go at this and the 26 sometime this week...oh well, there's always modelstrip if it goes 'orribly wrong :laugh:

 

The station building has been finally glued in place after finishing the flashings to the roof and a first dusting of weathering powders applied to the roof. It certainly looks a lot better now toned down but perhaps still needs some further work on it. A Langley cast whitemetal telephone box is a placeholder for a brass etched kit...if such a thing exists in 2mm?

 

The hardstand area adjacent to the quayside (which was never really very convincing as painted plasticard) has been overlaid with some scalescenes concrete 'scaled down' from one of the 4mm diesel depot kits waiting to be built for my sons roundy roundy. The quayside has had a little white paint (inspired by Gary's Glenuig) to represent a little froth gathering around the boat and the water lapping against the wall. I would like to work further on the quayside, perhaps using some colour pencils to try and give it some green/algae type textures.

 

The ballast has been infilled and patched in places especially across the middle of the layout (from when it used to be in two pieces) and has bugged me for ages.

 

I still need to add some lengths of 60ft rusty rail, a little more clutter and keep applying the MIG weathering powders to provide the necessary grime from the diesel era.

 

A few pics to demonstrate a little of the above waffle...

 

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24113 collects some vans to add them to the parcels forming one of those typical Kyle mixed trains...

 

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Renumbered using Precision decals...and this time some Klear...

 

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Front ended was filled to represent plated over version...

 

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One of those 'just arriving by boat' views I hope to improve upon....

 

EDIT: Here's a better image which I took earlier today - I think it looks better when you click on it to enlarge it...

 

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Looking good Pete.

Can't wait to get the next few weeks of exhibitions out of the was, and then I can start a bit of 2mm modeling!

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Nice job,Pete. I saw an etched brass phone box kit at the Glasgow show..can't remember details, though...sorry.

Modelmates moss green, by brush, not spray, would be a good bet for the effect on the quay wall.

 

Ian

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Hi Pete -

 

Looking good - even if 'Deseasels' arn't my 'thing'! I *think* Southwark Models do the TK in brass.

 

Regs

 

Ian

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There's something very atmospheric about B&W and it's really adding to the atmosphere here Pete.

Now then... how's the weathering going ?

 

These are Barca colours??? quick how do I change themes ;-)

J

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Looking good Pete.Can't wait to get the next few weeks of exhibitions out of the was, and then I can start a bit of 2mm modeling!

 

Thanks Gary - Look forward to see you get cracking with 2mm modelling too - Guess you must have been buying a few Scottish locos in preparation...

 

 

Nice job,Pete. I saw an etched brass phone box kit at the Glasgow show..can't remember details, though...sorry.Modelmates moss green, by brush, not spray, would be a good bet for the effect on the quay wall.Ian

 

Thanks also Ian - I think BHE do a brass one...Langley too I just found out. Thanks for the tip for the quay wall...having see your one I will have to investigate that...

 

 

Hi Pete -Looking good - even if 'Deseasels' arn't my 'thing'! I *think* Southwark Models do the TK in brass.RegsIan

 

Thanks Ian - Go on...you like diesels really...you will be asking me to put a Black 5 Steam special on it next!...I just had a quick gander at Southwark models but could only see 4mm and 7mm kits...

 

 

There's something very atmospheric about B&W and it's really adding to the atmosphere here Pete.Now then... how's the weathering going ?These are Barca colours??? quick how do I change themes ;-)J

 

Thanks Jon - Weathering will commence tomorrow (see...I just postponed it another day) and I will be using powders and dry brushing. The airbrush will wait until summer...and besides, I am not Mr popular at present having recently 'oversprayed' parts of our terrace in BR warning yellow and grey primer aerosol paint :rolleyes:

 

PS - Despite living here nearly 5 years now, Stoke City will always be MY team... :D

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.and besides, I am not Mr popular at present having recently 'oversprayed' parts of our terrace in BR warning yellow and grey primer aerosol paint :rolleyes:

You'd better get the aerosole out and do the rest of the terrace to match... you can call it "Spanish Sunshine"... she'll never know :sungum:

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Hi Pete

 

Really dig those tires over the dock edge and the back scene of the mountain really lends the scene reality especially in photo number 1. Brilliant work. It's right what they say about it being all in the detail. Can we have some more photos of the station and a few in colour of the whole layout please?

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You'd better get the aerosole out and do the rest of the terrace to match... you can call it "Spanish Sunshine"... she'll never know :sungum:

 

If only it were that easy...:laugh:

 

 

Hi PeteReally dig those tires over the dock edge and the back scene of the mountain really lends the scene reality especially in photo number 1. Brilliant work. It's right what they say about it being all in the detail. Can we have some more photos of the station and a few in colour of the whole layout please?

 

Thanks Mike - The tyres are sliced up from one of my sons 'dinky' type cars which he donated me. They are probably a bit on the large size in diameter...unless they were from a large lorry! I will try and take some more photos tomorrow of the layout (in colour too) but my photographic skills are not really doing me any favours...

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Dunno about that Pete, photo number 1 is a really great shot. I find that you have to take about twenty shots to get a great one if you are not a pro (even for them I think it's all a bit hit and miss) - that's what's so great about digital cameras, you can fire off hundreds of shots without ever worrying about cost.

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Shire Scenes have some phone boxes. Not sure if any of them will suit. As an architect you could probably lose a lot of time and consider spending considerable sums of money on their etched bits and pieces.
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The BHE one, I think, is the same as the Shire Scenes one - nice etchings (the door even opens!) with good castings for the base and that awkward-shaped roof.

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>Shire Scenes have some phone boxes. Not sure if any of them will suit. As an architect you could probably lose a lot of time and consider spending considerable sums of money on their etched bits and pieces.<

 

As an architect Pete might remember (if he's old enough

:-)) when 'Scale link' AKA John Piper was one of the UK's leading Architectural Modelmakers, Just another pointless historical footnote!

 

Regs

Ian

 

PS - Pete - sorry about the mislead on Southwark Models! I Was actually thinking of Shirescenes myself!

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Dunno about that Pete, photo number 1 is a really great shot. I find that you have to take about twenty shots to get a great one if you are not a pro (even for them I think it's all a bit hit and miss) - that's what's so great about digital cameras, you can fire off hundreds of shots without ever worrying about cost.

 

Thanks Mike - Have had another go today after reading Chris Nevard's article on his website - initial results appear to be much better. I will try and post one above.

 

 

Shire Scenes have some phone boxes. Not sure if any of them will suit. As an architect you could probably lose a lot of time and consider spending considerable sums of money on their etched bits and pieces.

 

Thanks Rich - Neat link...I think you are right...thanks for spending a bit more of my money for me :laugh:

 

 

Shire Scenes were the ones I saw; they look good.Ian

 

Thanks to confirm Ian...

 

 

The BHE one, I think, is the same as the Shire Scenes one - nice etchings (the door even opens!) with good castings for the base and that awkward-shaped roof.

 

Thanks Bernard - Although nice as the range is, my quick scan seemed to show they do most types apart from the 'classic' shaped one...need to recheck my KoL pics...

 

 

Very nice photos there, Pete!

 

Thanks GJ!

 

 

As an architect Pete might remember (if he's old enough :-)) when 'Scale link' AKA John Piper was one of the UK's leading Architectural Modelmakers, Just another pointless historical footnote!RegsIanPS - Pete - sorry about the mislead on Southwark Models! I Was actually thinking of Shirescenes myself!

 

I am only 45 Ian!! I know of Scalelink...and have heard of John Piper but hadn't connected the two...No problems on the Southwark link...its given me some ideas for my 7mm stuff :D

 

 

Hi Pete,The black and white photos are very atmospheric, and that 24 is coming along nicely!Best regards,Jeremy

 

Thanks Jeremy...It just needs to be nice and grubby.

 

Now...where was I...

 

MIG powders - Check, Paintbrush and Cotton buds - Check, Prototype photos - Check, Railmatch paints - Check, Large glass of Gin Tonic

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I think it was the BH Enterprises phone box I used on Brunswick (See http://www.2mm.org.u...outs/brunswick/ 2/3 of the way down) and the door does open and close. I did'nt manage to paint the buttons A and B though.

 

Thanks Ian...That's the one I need...and am always happy to see Brunswick...another testament to the KISS theory...

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Good stuff as usual Pete. The photos look fine to me, so I don;t know what you are worrying about.

 

Regards, Andy

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Good stuff as usual Pete. The photos look fine to me, so I don;t know what you are worrying about.

 

 

That last photo is really nice.

 

 

Thanks Andy - Thanks Rich - I got some much better results yesterday having read Mr Nevard's article...trouble is, the better photos are now highlighting the duff modelmaking...I knew there was a good reason for the soft focus mode on my efforts :lol:

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