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  1. What a lovely looking layout! This is the first time I’ve come across it, don’t know why I haven’t seen it before now? Great work on the scenery and especially the Loch. It looks very interesting to operate too. regards Hector
  2. Hi JimSan, Nice video explaining your plans. While it will be nice seeing your trains run through a nice country setting will it not be operationally limiting doing away with the fiddle/storage sidings? Just wondering how many trains you intend to run on it? Regards Hector P.S. Jeez, you’re putting that poor little loco through its paces - can you slow it down a bit?
  3. Hi Michael, What a great idea for a layout! Love your work on the tunnels, bridge and viaduct. Some very neat looking work there. What plans do you have for the station end? Regards Hector
  4. Hi Fezza, Thanks for your comments. Is your modern 1990s GCR version a layout in progress? I’ve had a look around but I can’t find it. Or is this just an idea that you’re toying with at this stage? Regards Hector
  5. Hi andyb, Although I have not yet commented on your Charwelton - into the 80’s layout rest assured I’ve been following the updates with interest! An interesting concept for sure. I’m still not sure about the demolition and simplification of the station buildings but that’s modernisation and progress I suppose! Best regards Hector
  6. I agree Pete, I never realised how satisfying it is to build something from scratch until I gave it a go. A laser cutter and 3D printing certainly would make things easier for me and enable my building to be somewhat more accurate and a lot neater. For the time being I’ll have to settle on my faithful scalpel and ruler! I’m not sure I have the patience though to build my structures a second time even if I have learnt lessons along the way! Time will tell. Regards Hector
  7. Hi Richard, I’m surprised I haven’t come across your Dettingen before now until you replied to my post on my own layout, it being GCR and all. I’ve just read the first 10 pages (might take me a while to read the other 53 pages)! - and I really admire your scratchbuilding of your buildings - I wish I could get as much accuracy and detail into my 2mm buildings. I also really admire your scratchbuilding and kitbuilding of your wagons and locos. This is something I’ll have to tackle once my buildings are complete as I have a K3 kit waiting to be built onto a Farish V2 chassis for my fish train as there’s no r-t-r available. I love your attention to detail and I’m flattered that you were interested enough to post on my own layout efforts. I shall read the remaining 53 pages with interest. Best regards Hector
  8. For the benefit of those who may not be following my topic on the Layouts section, here’s a few picks of my latest efforts, the Charwelton (N) platform canopy. More pics and descriptions on my Construction link below: A quick mock-up to see how it looks on the platform: And here’s the original: Regards Hector
  9. I agree, your buildings are extraordinary Grahame. Well done. I am very envious of your building skills in such a small scale! Regards Hector
  10. OK so, having procrastinated for several months for fear of possibly undoing all the good work I did on the booking office, I thought I’d use the many hours being spent at home during lockdown to get on with the platform canopy. The roof has utilised Scalescenes asbestos sheet paper while the ornate supporting brackets are from a Ratio platform canopy kit which was purchased purely for the brackets only. Bear in mind that these are extreme close up shots, which can highlight the minutest of errors but from normal viewing distances these are not noticeable. The booking office is only 32mm wide and about 35mm high: Looks like the support bracket on this side has gone slightly astray - that will need re-glueing before it goes on the layout! Here’s the underside construction. I didn’t have to cover the underside with asbestos sheet as you can’t see it once it’s the right way up but ‘I know it’s there‘. I also made this station name board/notice board - it measures only 25mm wide x 18mm high. ‘Charwelton’ was printed on a laser printer but it still appears pixelated close up but again is not noticeable from normal viewing distances. The knobs are actually a couple of ‘100s &1000s’ from the kitchen baking cupboard stuck on top the posts and then painted! - You have to be a bit resourceful when looking for suitable sized materials in this scale! The luggage scales were scratchbuilt from 1mm card and evergreen plastic sheet, posters are Scalescenes and luggage trolley and sack barrow are from Modelscene: And so having completed it all, I did a quick mock up of what it will look like on the platform. The buildings are not yet stuck down. See what I mean about normal viewing distances? I then tried to get a couple of comparison shots of similar angles to photos of the real thing that I’ve been using for reference. One is of the existing Quorn & Wood house on the preserved GCR, the other is a Charwelton photo from 1951. What do you think? Link to copyrighted comparison photo here. And finally, here’s a couple of shots with the working lights on! I really like those last two shots, they look very atmospheric. All in all I’m very pleased the way the station buildings are all coming together and it has been well worthwhile making the effort to scratchbuild rather than purchase the Bachmann offerings. It’s all looking very GCR London Extension now! I’ll have a break for a week or two now then it’s onto the waiting rooms. That just leaves the gents toilet then. Thanks for looking Hector
  11. When laying my curves I used a 3rd radius Tracksetta to get the inside curve laid to ensure a smooth curve. As there was no 4th radius tracksetta in my pack I then ‘borrowed’ some of the kids 4-stud square LEGO bricks and butted them up against the outside sleeper edge to act as spacers. It was then an easy job to bend the outside curve round the bricks to get the perfect gap for N-gauge, ensuring a smooth curve and that even with mk3 coaches they wouldn’t bash together when passing on the curves. I dare say a similar packing item could be found for 00? regards Hector
  12. Here's the latest construction for my Charwelton in 'N' station buildings. Ignore the roof, it's only temporary while I build the platform canopy. It also needs the capping stones at the top of the end walls after the canopy has been added: Hopefully, anyone who's been to the preserved section of the GCR, partcularly at Quorn or Rothley stations will recognise this building, but just in case you don't here's a link to a picture of the real thing circa 1951. Hector
  13. Having had some 12 days off over the Christmas/New Year break but the fact that it's been so damned hot here on Oz over that time (30-35 degrees C!), I've not had a chance to do much outdoors but that has meant plenty of time indoors to do some more modelling! I've made a start on the Charwelton booking office and so far the progress is thus: Basic structure of double-skinned 1mm grey card. Internal walls covered and some items stuck to the walls. I intend to internally light this building and so it would help if it didn't look totally bare inside! Floor lined in Terracotta tiling, some furniture installed (serving counter, bookcases and table), chimney added and brick paper added to tops of end walls. Note the Edmondson Ticket Rack to the left side of the counter. Probably should have been on the right hand side but I'll pretend I have a left-handed booking clerk!!: External walls bricked and lintels added. I started to think I was getting a bit anal with my detailing when I found myself adding a strip of skirting board to the wall when said skirting board will be hidden behind the serving counter! However, if I didn't include it I would know it was missing, and to my mind that makes the model incomplete!! The almost finished article. Ignore the roof - that's only temporary until I complete the platform canopy. Also awaiting coping stones to the top of the end walls which can't be added until the aforementioned canopy is completed. Signage is from Scalescenes: The white parts of the windows are cutdown pieces of Scalescenes 'Scaleglaze'. The maroon window frames have been constructed by filling an A4 sheet filled with maroon colour on a printer and then cutting out strips to assemble the window frames and stuck to Scaleglaze windows of the appropriate size: The 'Private' marked door was made using the same method as the window frames but just sticking the paper strips onto clear plastic. I need to do something about that chimney - it looks completely straight in the previous two photo's but this shot shows a definite lean! How does that happen!! Here's a link to a copyrighted photo of what I'm trying to achieve. As always, thanks for looking! Hector
  14. Here's my N-gauge scratchbuilt stairwell for Charwelton in N. It's constructed from 1mm grey card, Scalescenes brick papers and Evergreen sytrene sheet and other shapes. Fire buckets are from P&D Marsh and the stairwell handrail is from N-Brass (loco handrail wire).
  15. Hello, I'm back! For anyone still interested in following this, it's been a long time between updates and for good reason. Due to a change in domestic circumstances and a house move, I didn't have access to the layout for much of 2018. I have now retrieved my layout from the old house (good job I designed it from the start to be dismantleable!) but as I don't currently have the room to erect a 14ft model railway I have had to put it into storage for the time being. After a long hiatus in modelling involving other hobbies/pursuits, including building a 1,686 piece LEGO Routemaster bus that I received for Christmas last year, I managed to get my modelling mojo back. I thought I should make a start on the station buildings for Charwelton. These are of the typical London Extension design typical of many along the Great Central, such as Quorn and Rothley on the current preserved line. I did briefly consider the excellent Great Central building offerings from Graham Farish/Bachmann, but just plonking a few purchased buildings onto the layout, in my opinion, didn't constitute 'proper' modelling, and so I thought I'd give building my own a go, and if it was a complete failure I could always use the Bachmann offerings as a Plan B. However, having not done any card modelling for a long while I decided to ease myself back into it by building the Metcalfe N-gauge church first: There is actually nowhere on Charwelton to use this, I just needed the practice! Having what I thought was half-decent job of it and having had some recent practice in card modelling again, I felt confident enough to have a go at making a start on the Charwelton station buildings. I wanted to get as much detail in as possible if they were to be good enough to use over the commercial offerings. This has involved some extremely small parts, sometimes needing to cut pieces of styrene only a millimetre wide and a few millimetres long! For example, the window frames were constructed from individual 1mm strips of styrene, all cut with the correct mitres, and the gates at the bottom of the staircase were also put together using individual parts. I also decided late in the day to add interior lighting to the stairwell. I purchased some micro SMD's from Ebay for this and they are small enough to be stuck onto the head of a track pin, and this was used to make the 'lamp' and there are three of these - one each at the top of the stairwell, the middle landing and at the bottom: The wires are also extremely fine, so much so that I was also able to add lighting to the front of the station access without the wires being obtrusive. I also made lampshades from the waste paper out of my home-office hole punch! These having a slit cut in them and then made into a slight cone shape before pushing the track pin and wires through a hole in the middle. I'm afraid I don't have pictures of the progress of the construction but the completed efforts are below, I think it's good enough to use? It was constructed using 1mm grey card, Scalescenes brick papers and Evergreen styrene sheet and various shapes. The fire buckets are P&D Marsh: And with the obligatory penny for size comparison: And here's how it looks on the station platform with overbridge. Note the stairwell handrail, this was made from N-Brass loco handrail wire: Onto the booking office and platform canopy next. . . I'll try and take some pictures of its construction this time. Hopefully it won't be so long between updates! Hector
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