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Steph' H

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    Narrow Gauge and Industrial.... Model to 7/8ths and 1/2th scales. About to start in 4mm again too!

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  1. Check out #TwitterModelTrainShow on Twitter. An attempt to do this on Saturday on that platform .
  2. That is a lovely photo! Six years ago... Arrrgh Makes me realise how long it's been since I worked on a loco. You have reignited my modelling spirit. Time to have at the loco I've been procrastinating over I think. Good luck with the dreaded burrowing fiends. I will be awaiting developments and photos of your line with anticipation.
  3. Goodness is it that long ago? Checking out your video channel I am glad to see you still have the hunslet type loco, I'm sure we ran that at Robs one year? I've always liked it. I'm glad we don't get rabbits looking at that but I want to know where all my ballast goes when the local Blackbirds are busy chucking it everywhere... I need to get more yet again I must say if I have to build again I would like a more open line like yours as my bushes and trees are getting a bit much these days.
  4. Watching with interest, I think I remember your previous line. The Bagnall looks fab, as does everything else. Those photos and vids ooze atmosphere!
  5. Speaking as someone who's other hobby (birdwatching) has been the victim of several awful documentary's over the years etc my advice now-a-days for things like this is run, run away very fast. Every one has been sold as "bringing the hobby into the mainstream", or "its going to be a serious film" then degenerated into a mocking and cringe worthy exercise that has ended up making those who are involved look very silly or just making the whole thing a joke, for the general public to laugh at and point at as to the sadness of the hobby. Not one has been a good portrayal of the hobby for a long, long time. One in the 70's wasn't bad but after that..... I maybe cynical to the extreme but its a case of once bittern twice shy in birdwatching at the moment. The last time a film crew came to try to film anyone no-one would have much to do with them, they eventually got a bit done, mostly as it was a program about the birds and places not the birdwatching hobby side of things etc and people felt safer I think just talking about the birds and due to the hobby etc not being concentrated on.
  6. Ha I like the Starwars model. Now did Tatooine have a 2ft narrow gauge line I wonder!
  7. People might get the wrong idea if its too steamed up Seriously though, it doesn't actually look that bad tbh. I can live with it I think. I wish Airfix would re-issue these Wallace and Gromit kits, I regret not getting the Landy and Tractor....
  8. Now as I was working on all this my eyes fell on an old Airfix 1/12th Austin kit based on Wallace and Gromits van. I had built this pretty much out of the box a few years ago and it had served on my garden railway for a while. However I had never been happy with the molded rust patches and dents etc. However hard I tried I could not get the rusty bits to look right. So I decided to do some work on it in time for the November exhibition. I decided to do a restoration job on it, and it turned out I ended up using the same filler etc you would use on a full size car! I used car body filler to fill the dents and rust patches. this stuff sanded much better than your usual "milliput type" model filler. I find I use this stuff for loads of things, brick slips for walls, landscaping, filling, molding etc! Another thing about the kit were there are quite a few molded on details, the most obvious to be where the flat windscreen wipers. This was easily solved by removing the molded detail with a knife and sanding and constructing a pair of new ones from plasticard. I wanted to do new door handles etc but time was against me so they didn't get done (still on the round to it list now). I also kept the clunky toy like door hinges and I'm still thinking about how to sort them out too Once I had filled all the holes and molded detail I went about adding just a few tiny rust patches. The van was then given a paint job using Citadel acrylics applied by using a fine sponge. I like this method of painting and have even used it on locomotives etc! I could have added more wear to the paint job using the hairspray technique but decided to keep the van in used but not wrecked condition. A different coloured "new" door was added! However I did have time to add some detail to the inside of the cab. The seats were removed and detailed with wear including a hole with the filling leaking out added. The ripped leather was sculpted using milliput and the filling was a few strands of cotton wool pushed into the hole! It doesn't show well in the photo but it looks ok in real life. I'm seriously thinking now of adding a bit more wear to the top of the seat too. A vintage map of Lincolnshire was printed out and put on the passenger seat and a tiny note book was made up and slid onto the dashboard. The glove compartment hold a few magazines and a football program (from my beloved Derby County!). Looking at this picture I need to do something with the pedals as well as the hinges too! Normal viewing means you cannot see the hinges or pedals well though though as the door less open that here and its not obvious the hinges are not attached to the door! Since I showed the van off its been pointed out I need to paint some of the the grill as they were not all chromed, just the surround! I have to say I am not a vintage van expert! As I think about it just now as I type the hinges might be best built as the real thing, maybe using brass..... and perhaps fix the door in one position rather than have it posable. Sadly the windscreen plastic had clouded as the model had been on a shelf in sunlight and I still don't know if its possible to rescue it? Does anyone have any ideas? One last thing it was possible to do was model a missing tail light with just the wires and connector left and no glass! An MOT fail there then!
  9. Anyhow, work continued to detail parts of the landscape etc! A broken skip frame casting I had been given by a friend in the trade was embedded in the water and rusted up and more reeds planted, they still look sparse in this picture! Now as the layout is set in early spring (there are daffodils and dandelions in flower) some bare trees were required, so out into the garden I went. Thankfully we had been pruning the previous year and I pile up the cuttings to create wildlife habitats so a plentiful supply of suitable twigs was waiting. As the setting is coastal I didn't want big trees. However these trees did add some much needed height to the layout and being at the front add visual interest. Taking this photo revealed I hadn't blended the skip frame into the water well enough, so work was needed. Amazing how you see on a photograph things your eyes miss in front of you. I find this with my artwork too, holding the painting I'm working on up to a mirror often reveals things I would rather not see The area around the shed was starting to get worked on... I'll admit this is as far as I've got, but writing this is making me want to get out to the shed and work on it. But its still a mite chilly out there! I want to add some ferns etc growing out of the low retaining wall. .
  10. Thanks! having seen your lovely Two Sisters farm I can say that is right up my street too!
  11. Thank You! Not sure as to exhibitions as we don't have any invites as of now, but there is a possible in 2017 if it comes off.
  12. Yes Paul, we are probably moving... the garden line has been taken up atm too Not found a new place yet though, its got to have a garden big enough to house the outdoor line etc LOL
  13. Blimey its been a long time! The Layout did get sort of finished in the last months of 2014 and appeared at Lincoln Garden Railway show in the November, sadly the last time Steve Warrington would organise it. A sad loss to the garden railway scene was Steve. I thought I'd better get the thread up to date! We left the layout with the basic ground work going in. I continued working on this using the same methods to produce the grass and vegetation. The pond had to be done too. This was simply done using a layer of clear plastic over the slightly detailed bottom of the pond. The plastic was then treated to several coats of varnish to provide ripples, in this some scatter was trapped to produce a green scummy algae layer. This has worked OK but not as good as I wanted so I do think I will revisit the pond with some sort of resin water product at some point. It seems to produce such nice results. The vegetation is starting to develop more here, its a bit sparse and "modelly" at the moment! The problem with scenery, to me, is the larger the scale the harder it is I find to get it right! I have been adding all sorts of odds and ends ranging from painted plastic plants to real vegetation to try to get an overgrown look! These work in progress pics are a bit cruel! But I must say even now 2 years on I still have a mountain of reeds and plants that need adding! Plus I might be loosing my workshop so I'm not sure where I will go with it! I should add there is no backscene because of how the locos are operated, some are manual control, via the cabs so you need to be able to reach them to drive! Its awkward leaning over a back scene, however when the layout is set up at home I think a backscene will be added at some point as its run from the front! The low relief shed has been added at the end of one of the sidings, but has yet to be detailed etc You can also note that between the shots the van has been worked on too!
  14. Well we had a successful trip to SWING2014... till I collapsed on the way home and ended up in Chichester A&E Must be all that excitement Model Railway exhibitions cause Happily we were to continue home after about 5 hours! But I've been somewhat under the weather since..... So all that caused a short break in the layout building, but as the Telford NG exhibition draws ever closer I have to get the thing into some sort of order.... So the landscaping on the extension has commenced. I built up the land profile using traditional polystyrene and card formers (to keep the weight down) and then covered the whole landscape with a layer of newspaper, the reason for this last step was I have learned to my cost if I tried to cover the polystyrene with my hard landscaping made up of car body filler the polystyrene melts! The news paper layer seems to stop this. So it was out with the evil smelling filler and open with all the shed doors and windows! One thing with this way of forming the landscape is if you mix it right it only takes a short time to set and it results in a fairly light very solid landscape. Plus it can be worked with files and saws etc later on. Next up was ground works. I find in my large scale that real soil makes for great, well, soil! I try to get some detail in to the base ground cover before adding the vegetation. So onto my grass and plants, so far (as we are up against time now) I have kept it simple using hanging basket liner glued down and then ripped off (making sure the backing material side of the liner is uppermost so the fibers rip away). Stupidly I tied to cut a corner on the liner, before I have used the gardman range which looked nice as slightly worn late winter long grass but I just picked up some cheap liners this time and once they were down they were too "blue" in tone and too fluffy... so it was back out to the garden centre and I got the ones I should have got in the first place..... Anyway, we now have basic grass (still needs a hair do, and pruning though) and I have begun the long process of making up and planting longer grass and weeds, its never ending! I also need to add more weeds to the ballast. This will start to get the layout sections to match, but I fear we may have to be a bit of a "work in progress" in July at Telford. All this is actually me just putting off committing to the buildings... I had originally intended to model a sand pit hopper and fill skips, but time now makes me think for now I'll have a change of plan and make up a couple of brick yard buildings or loco servicing on the left hand board. But as I pretty much wing it as I build, anything could happen yet. Plus I suspect I'll end up still building the sand hopper for the final thing eventually! ATB Steph'
  15. Well, the farm just got set up to prepare it for its first outing to an exhibition in 2014, we will be at Bognor Regis at SWING2014 on Saturday 17th May. When it got set up I found that all my long grass was flat, amazing what a wash and blow dry will achieve! Now I don't think I've ever given a layout a hair do before! I also remembered the hens and chicks I had in a drawer and got round to putting them in place, its amazing how useful some of those childhood toys from Brittens have become! Also today I had to whip up a driver for the Ruston, sadly he will have to make do with a temporary paint job as I don't have time to do a good one.... Now to find the stock boxes! All this has stopped work on the longer version which as at least now got ballast and the start of landscaping... its supposed to appear at Telford in July....... I suspect I have my work cut out! If anyone is at the Exhibition on Saturday please say Hi! ATB Steph'
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