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southern42 last won the day on June 29 2018

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    LMS, GWR and Little Trains of Wales territory
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    The Big Four, in particular Southern and GWR, steam and EMUs
    The real thing, in particular the Pendolino and Class 377 (Southern)
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  1. Well, it looks like the last three months and Cakebox Challenge 3 have passed me by! You know - summer, and all that! But... I am all aboard for Cakebox Challenge 4. How absolutely appropriate the title is - INDUSTRY - for my gravity train, the original gravity train being the method of getting slates down from the mountain quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog to the ships at Porthmadog and slate being one of Wales' major industries by the late 19th century. Then, being reinstated as a part of the Heritage, Tourism and Leisure industries of today. I am rubbing my hands with glee and excitement! What an excuse (and motivation) to carry on! So, fingers crossed I can meet the challenge this time, not that I intend to abandon it at all. ___________ Best wishes Polly
  2. Looking forward to the painting and weathering! Do we get the blood and gore..... ? Sensitively done, of course. ___________ Polly
  3. Great stuff. I do like the story telling bit which gives it so much more life. The deadline itself is a challenge: it just goes to show how much thought and work can go into creating an 8'x8" diorama but also that meeting it is not at the expense of doing a good job. ____________ Polly
  4. I am hoping to make further progress, today on the track base. The infills between the cakeboxes need to be cut back to expose the rear view which will be visible from cakebox to cakebox - the scenic valley (left and middle) leading to the river estuary (right). At least, that is the plan. The white board, which it all sits on, needs cutting off at the back as well but for now is a good platform for trying out my ideas. How much I get done today remains to be seen. It looks like this cakebox will not make the deadline but become part of the next cakebox challenge! Time is running out...but as soon as I get a firm foundation it should come together a lot quicker... ____________________ Best wishes Polly
  5. Thanks, Marly51. I have made a little bit of progress, starting on the foam insulation infills which will separate the cakebox modules. The infills will have a piece of straight track to join up with the track on the modules. I thought it might be easier to lay the track this way rather than in one long bendy piece from end to end. The foam has been sanded down to even up the sides. As soon as it stops raining, it will be cut in half (an outside job!) and positioned onto a full length baseboard - I am thinking of a small plinth for strength and, possibly, to take some wiring. I also made a start on cutting off and sanding down a big bit of flashing on one of the slate infills (from Dundas - very nice!), which arrived this week, for the slate wagons - another four to do. My loco also arrived - a CWRailways George England 0-4-0TT "Prince" kit. On taking it out of the box, it looks superb with separate smokebox door, buffers, cab roof, round cab windows, etc. I must say, I am looking forward to building it...but first, the rest of the wagons to build and the lie of the land to establish. ____________________ Best wishes Polly
  6. Now that is what I like about this Cakebox Challenge - detail that often goes un-noticed on a regular layout. So, will we get to see the "happy family" in spring? Keep up the good work, Geoff. I watch with interest as our new exhibition layout will be in 0 - Yikes!
  7. Fascinating challenge here, Marly51. I love it already!
  8. CAKBOX CHALLENGE 1 Waiting for the train LASER CUTTING I really enjoyed making Cakebox 1, trying out different techniques for producing snow and, more especially, detailing the BRM Fab Four figures to suit. Can you spot who's who? Well, there is Santa winding the film on in his Brownie 127 camera, after taking snapshots of track clearance and the snow train from the centre of the footbridge; Santa's Little helper carrying H&P biscuit tins to the Railway's Children's Christmas Party down in the village hall; and a driver throwing snowballs at his fireman after they helped with clearing the track for the snow train - a pannier tank with snow plough and toad at the rear (just going through in this shot). CAKEBOX 2 - NEW BEGINNINGS TRIP-TITCH - Hang onto your hat! And, now, for some more fun - a Gravity Train. Several years ago, I had the chance to fulfil my dream of having a model railway and this, in turn, lead to so many more new beginnings and railway ventures and opportunities. One of which was an invitation to ride on the Ffestiniog Railway's Gravity Train last September. WHOO-HOO! And WHOO-H009'd have thought it would turn into a new direction in modelling: Trennau Bach Cymru/Little Trains of Wales or put another way - a narrow gauge railway? The Ffestiniog Railway, in preservation, reinstated the gravity train which originally ran without engine from the slate quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog down into the port at Porthmadog where the slates were loaded onto ships. These days, the original way of running along the wagons to use the brakes on the sides of the wagons is not allowed. The new way has the train's crew sitting on top of slate laden wagons and its invited passengers sit in empty wagons at the rear - standing not allowed but cushions for sitting on and as back rest are highly recommended! So, where do I start? An artist at heart, I had a triptych, a mini panel of 3 cakeboxes, in mind for the last 3 Cakebox Challenges of 2019, one for each theme, with a train of wagons passing through each scene under gravity. Some challenges I face: The Ffestiniog Railway has an incline of 1 in 80. I have some foam gradient of 1 in 50 - that should do. What sections of the line do I portray? From the route we took or from the full length route? A bit of both, I think. Will the triptych fit the last TWO Cakebox Challenge Themes? Silly question: of course it will... I will see that it does. Rolling stock. Sorted! Slate wagon kits - two Dundas wagons currently built but not free running (yet!); one loco body and chassis on order - I thought it might be interesting to drag the train up first! The challenges continue - but I am working on it. And will I complete any of them in time? Apart from the two wagons, I have made slow but steady progress on TRIP-TITCH, with three 8"x8" foam board bases and some pink insulation board for 'landscaping' which is partly sculpted and stuck down on the bases. Next job is to make some joining pieces ready to take the track from one end of Trip-Titch to the other and enable the cakeboxes to be shown individually as well as a single unit. Hopefully, I will have something to show, sometime soon...
  9. So, at last, the FEB FOUR and two biscuit tins find a job to do... starring in the Cake Box Challenge 2019 Round One - Waiting for the Train My entry, "LASER CUTTING," started with a block of insulation foam, a spare bit of track, some remnant laser-cut MDF railings, and some snow-making products. Its connection with Great West Road is the appearance of the Great West Road brakevan (with tail lamp) at the rear of the Snow Train which runs through after the track has been cleared by railway workers. This photo is not on the BRM Challenge entry but does show the tail lamp nicely! You may also notice that the driver's hat is a size too big or so. The scene came from the Geoffrey Jones film, SNOW (see below) Bridge scene @ 0.34 and 1.23 Brakevan coming into view @ 1.40; View from inside the brakevan @1.42 Coming into view @ 1.54-2.00. Could I get a pannier tank with snow plough as well as the brakevan in the cutting? There might be a few gauging issues as there were with the brakevan before I cut away even more snow! Maybe, I will try it when next Christmas comes around! You can find "LASER CUTTING" HERE on the BRM Cake Box Challenge 2019: Round 1 - List of entries. Your VOTE would be much appreciated And special thanks to Phil for adding my late entry to the list.
  10. Laser Cutting and the Feb Four had a few finishing touches, today. All sides of the cake box diorama were painted for photographing from different angles although, I am struggling to get a good one! What the eye sees is not translating into replicate photos. The snow on the footbridge rails turned brown overnight. The colour of the MDF gave the creosote look I wanted so I did not paint/prime the rails. I cleaned most of the snow off and tried again with Deluxe Materials Micro Balloons - still looking brownish. On the other hand, maybe(?), creosote would discolour snow and I have a realistic effect after all. The snow: I used both Woodland Scenics Foam Putty that we use for infill on our layouts and Deluxe Materials Create & Shape used on Kathy Millatt's modelling snow youtube videos. It seems the products are the same sort of thing. At least they work, so they will not go to waste! Santa's Brownie 127 camera, which was buried underneath all that fur, was made a little more prominent and Santa's Li'l Helper's knapsack was painted in more of a 1960's colour. Just waiting for the everything to dry out...
  11. Further to the above. Each member of the BRM Team in my diorama of "Laser Cutting" have had some additional detailing. Being set in the early sixties, Santa (aka the photographer) is winding the film on in his Brownie 127. His Helper is looking at a folded map to find the route down to the village. He has a knapsack full of Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins for the Children's Christmas Party and the largest one is down in the snow by his feet. Both driver and fireman have put on their winter jackets although the driver has his wide open - too hot from throwing snowballs I suspect! The bridge was made from laser cut rails that came with a Torri Laser viaduct kit that I have already made. They were an extra ones and were recut to make the required shape for the bridge over the track. The base was a strip of thin plasticard with notches cut in the side edges to take the posts. Will try and get some additional photos.
  12. "Laser Cutting" Featuring the Feb Four from BRM issue February 2019. Santa and his Helper are on their way to the Christmas Fayre in the Village Hall Children's Christmas Party in the Depot's canteen. The driver and fireman, just hit with a ball thrown by the driver, have helped to clear the track of snow and are now waiting for the train to take then back to the depot. Inspired by having to wait for the train to the Warley Show 2019 due to snow sheep on the line and Snow (1963) by Geoffrey Jones (video below).
  13. So, on with the biscuit tin. Over the last few days, I made a shallow 3mm square tin - though not exactly square! This time, instead of blutack, I used the 4mm square clay block I made earlier which had dried out and hardened. It took a few attempts to cut off a shallow section to be happy that it might work. Because the clay tended to crumble when sliced, I decided to carve the "tin" out of it, first, using a scalpel to scrape off the clay so that it was (approx.) 3mm square-ish. Then, before slicing it off, I tacky glued a 3mm plan over it and cut it off on the slant so that it will protrude out of the knapsack - the old word for it... Oh dear! Now, this comes to mind: I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track, And as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back. Val-deri, Val-dera, Val-deri, Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Val-deri, Val-dera. My knapsack on my back. Florenz Friedrich Sigismund (1788-1857) Music: Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller / Words adapted by Edith Möller (late 40s-50s) 26 non-consecutive weeks in the charts (Top 12), and popular in the Scouts, I gather! OK, back to business! Close up view of the tin and closer to actual size! I have just got one more piece of detailing to do. My feeling is that since three of the Feb Four have had little extras added, the fourth must have something as well... I mean, can you imagine the heartache back in the BRM office if one of them has been left out? OK, it is cold out and the fireman's jacket looks a bit thin... Sorted! Now, ready to paint. And to play us out...
  14. Continuing with detailing elements, I downloaded a couple of photos I took of the side and top of a Huntley&Palmers biscuit tin I bought with a gift voucher. I printed out a plan of the tin and pasted the cut-out onto a small 4mm square block of moulded blutack. Approx size representing a 12" square tin (more ye olde shoppe size). My tin is 6" square which scaled down is 2mm square from the printing point of view. I will try 3mm (9" tin) first (below) - 2mm maybe too insignificant.
  15. As I said, I wanted to do some more detailing on the figures. Yesterday, after several attempts, the driver acquired a driver's hat which replaces the cap - in imitation of the driver in this H&P photo: https://www.Hornby.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/832-peckett1.jpg The fireman will retain his cap - as in the photo - but, since his tour of duty is set in midwinter, he will keep his jacket on. A bit more detailing planned before I start painting. Many thanks for your "likes", much appreciated.
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