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    O Gauge modelling and have been a member of The Guild since settling on O Gauge at an early stage in my modelling. I enjoy modelling micro layouts/working dioramas and currently have two, The Shed, and Osney Town which is basically a re-build of Osney which was itself a re-build of the original Osney Town. Both of these are available for exhibitions. I am currently building a new Osney and I may have to get rid of Osney Town to make room for the new layout. I prefer to model the period and area I best remember which is BR(W) in the late fifties and early sixties, which means mainly steam although my interests include railways generally.

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  1. At last some progress. The first thing I needed to attend to was one of the last things I did before packing everything away. When I lifted the small siding, which was to serve the coal wharf, I enlarged the loading bank area to replace the track. What I didn't do was check that I had left sufficient clearance for the facing material. At the moment I haven't definitely decided whether to face the platform with stone or timber, or a combination of the two but whichever I choose I hadn't allowed for it when I enlarged the platform. So the first job was to remove the platform extension and set the edging back, as below: HHaving put right that mistake I then moved on to the first of the buildings on the back scene. The first two are now roughly in place but still require further work, guttering and down pipes and more weathering. The strip of foam board in front will eventually be a boundary wall. Its good to see the layout begin to take shape but does show that my modelling is following my usual pattern of two steps forward and one step back More progress soon, hopefully. Regards Rob
  2. When we last left Osney Wharf we were off to Wales for a holiday and sadly there is little to report on progress since. When we decided to go to Wales we knew there would not be much in the way of steam to visit but had to make do with much walking instead, so we returned much fitter than when we left. On our return we had a friend to stay and those of you that follow this saga will recall that I initially said that I could not start a new layout as I didn't have the space to build it, but it was suggested that I used the spare bedroom, an offer that couldn't be refused. Unfortunately I didn't appreciate that apparently guests can't sleep under a railway layout. I know, who knew. So the layout had to be packed up for the duration. As my other half worked all through lockdown looking after the children of essential workers, which included what would have been the Easter holidays and half term, we have been enjoying the delights of Cornwall and even Devon but now with schools soon going back, the layout has been erected again and the card mock ups put back in place. Which brings me finally to the point of this post, as seeing everything back in place I am still very pleased with the way things look and haven't wanted to change anything, so I am looking forward to getting back to the modelling and hopefully I will soon have some positive progress to report. In the meantime thanks to all for your continued interest. Regards Rob
  3. I hit the like key when I saw this but decided that was insufficient for this superb photo and the modelling it represented. Just wonderful. Rob
  4. When I said in an earlier post that the track was about finished and I would be getting back to the buildings, it turned out that I was being a trifle optimistic. I thought I had finished the track but after looking at it for a while I decided that it didn't quite do what I wanted it to do, that is, look like well worn track in its final years. This is not always easy to achieve when you start off with pristine new track but another coat of paint was tried which I think is closer to what I am hoping to achieve. I will now leave it until I do the later stages which may involve some more weathering and certainly the addition of grass and weeds. In the meantime we are off for a few relaxing days in Wales, so no work on the buildings just yet. Rob
  5. Thanks for your kind comments, Stu is very good at spreading the word, he is largely responsible for getting me to my first local exhibition, several years ago now, and I have enjoyed that aspect of the hobby ever since! Regards Rob
  6. Thanks Don, you can never have to much advice when starting something new. I started with the buildings on the backscene, as they are pretty basic, and have done what you suggested by adding additional bracing but I might go back and add a little more, as they are open backed so haven't got the added strength you would get from a rear wall. I have just about finished the trackwork so will shortly be back to the buildings! Rob
  7. Thanks Stu, more useful advice and as you will see, it drew my attention to Richards post which I had missed! Anita's tacky glue sounds interesting and conveniently situated. Rob
  8. Hi Richard, I completely missed your message as the thread had moved on to a new page. It was only Stu's reference to your comment that sent me in search for it. Thanks for your detailed response, much useful information and you confirm what I thought I would need to do. Good to have it confirmed. Rob
  9. Hi Alan, Thanks for your comments, it all helps when you are using a material for the first time and don't know what to expect. Rob
  10. Hi Don, one thing I have learnt is to ensure that the scalpel blade is sharp but I have also read advice that it is a good idea to paint both sides of the board to avoid warping. Have you found this is the case as it could be a problem painting the inside when the building is complete and ready to paint. This would also apply , I imagine, if you are covering the outside with modelling clay as well. It may be a good idea to add additional bracing before completing. All interesting questions that come up when you are working with a new material. Any help and advice would be appreciated. Regards Rob
  11. Thanks Adam, a shunting puzzle is usually about moving wagons about on the visible section of the layout whereas I seem to have moved the puzzle to the fiddle yard! Only time will tell if it works. Cheers rob
  12. All the buildings on my previous layouts have been built the same way. I have constructed a frame from 10mm strip pine and then faced the skeleton with thin ply. This has worked well and produced solid, and sometimes heavy buildings when faced with modelling clay. This time faced with difficulties getting the necessary wood, I looked for alternatives. Gordon Gravett uses foam board and I have seen some recent examples on here, so decided to have a go. As I hadn't used this before I was unsure what problems I might encounter, so I decided to have a go at the buildings which form the backscene. I am now kicking myself for not having tried this material sooner as it is so simple and easy to use. As I progress I will probably come across issues but I am very happy at the moment. The value of the card board cut outs was illustrated when I started, as I moved one of the larger buildings and put it down at the other end of the layout, out of the way, but it immediately looked good where it was and contained the overall picture I have in my minds eye. So another mock-up was made and added: Now I am sure about the foamboard I can go back a step and get the track ballasted and painted before I get carried away with constructing the buildings. Regards to all Rob
  13. The early morning workers were surprised to find 6421 shunting the wharf when they arrived this morning. it had been a while since anything had moved on the wharf due to work on the junction between the wharf line and the junction with the branch to Osney Town. Now that has been fixed and goods can be delivered to the wharf again , all that now concerns them is how soon work will start to improve the buildings they have to work in. So much for the fantasy but what about the real world? Well, as you will gather the track is now laid and wired. The fiddle yard being the most complex part of the build as it incorporates a sector plate and traverser. This will allow me to pull wagons from the scenic side and place them aside without the need to handle them, other than uncouple them. The eagle eyed among you may also have spotted another change from the original idea. Yes, what happened to the point? I guess introducing a point to one of my layouts was a step to far, but having laid it out I decided that the layout would be better without it. In this build I am trying to create a sense of space and isolation similar to the photographs which inspired the original Bude Quay and which I have also seen in photos of the quayside at Wadebridge. Creating that feeling in 5 feet of layout is not easy and I felt that a point gave a feeling of complexity that was to much for the space available. So it has gone and I am happy with things as they now are and in line with my philosophy of 'keep it simple stupid'. I can now start the fun part, creating the scene! Regards Rob
  14. Hi Chris, apologies for not spotting your post earlier. Thank you for your comments and yes, the sector plate will only take a loco. Ideally it would have been better if it had capacity for a wagon as well but there simply wasn't enough space for anything bigger. Good to hear from you, regards Rob
  15. Thanks for all your comments, they are appreciated. I think that this build has the potential to provide the interest that New Osney didn't and I am really quite excited at the prospect of the modelling ahead of me. Rob
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