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  1. Well done HonestTom, and was chuffed to get a mention for my efforts. Back to the 'big' project to use what I've learnt now. Cheers
  2. Tick tock, tick tock ... Out of time with no back scene done. When I went all 'artistic' with my building chopped at an angle I didn't realise it would make a simple back scene tricky, well you live and learn. My finished effort (' A very small slice of Smith Wood coking plant') is as follows: And the tightly cropped, b&w shot that hides all the poor modelling (like the horribly warped base or the 'cobbled together from old sprue' pipework): I've had a lot of fun doing this and I think its officially the first 'la
  3. Running out of time but progress has been steady ... I doubt I'll have time to really finish off all the detail I'd like but considering the very slow pace I'm normally working at it's been a lot of fun throwing something together in a few weeks, Still a bit of work on this unfinished corner and I think I really need some form of backscene/backdrop to get some nice photos. Tick tock, tick tock
  4. And I thought I had joined late. Go for it HonestTom, your idea sounds like a clever way of making a small space seem much bigger! I'm making slow but steady progress with my little project and sure it will be work in progress right up to the 20th: I've not really decided what to put in the currently empty corner so if anybody has suggestions I'm all ears, as long as its something I can create in the short time available and from the scrap box. Cheers and stay healthy Simon
  5. Alex, those buildings are looking great. The flour mill is very nicely done and the corrugated iron store (left in the first picture) is really beautifully weathered - captures urban and slightly decrepit perfectly! Cheers Simon
  6. It really is fun to put the main project aside and 'throw something together' on a short time-frame. Feel like I'm still way behind but making some progress with my little industrial grot project: Thought I'd experiment a bit with some lightweight filler (other brands are also available!) I had lying around. I'm not sure how this will stand up long term but it is very, very easy to work with and make seems to make decent nice approximation of industrial wasteland. A bit of rail weathering, a couple more washes and some grass/weeds
  7. Late to the party but I'm going to give this a go, though my rate of progress probably means I'll end up being a year late! My inspiration is this: which I'm trying to recreate a very small slice of ... It's actually going to be quite a bit smaller than A4 in footprint and so far I've only got this far with it : so will definitely have to speeds things up. The plan is to make this entirely with existing left-over bits from the scrap box. Wish me luck! Cheers Simon
  8. As per my previous post, have been spending quite a lot of time building an LCUT Creatives warehouse that I picked up at the Doncaster Show back in February (you remember, when we used to be allowed out). As usual, I forgot to take any photos in the early stages: ... and the build is just about complete now, but it's been a nice kit to make and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out: The current plan is for this to be in the middle background of the layout, with a larger (low relief) stone mill further ba
  9. Thanks Adam, kind words indeed! The building was made in foam board with a wills sheet skin so ended up with quite thick walls, but that seemed appropriate to represent an old 19th century stone storehouse. The lintels were cut to full thickness and the windows applied on the inside, hence the deep sills. The lintels are actually just balsa strip which looks surprisingly like distressed stone after a bit of dry brushing with dark greys/browns. It did take me a long time to build it though - pretty much all last summer just for the one building! The windows are from L
  10. I admit the headshunt is shortish, but the major design flaw I mean is that once scenery is done I have no access to most of the wiring (including point motors) without tearing apart the scenery. Let's hope my wiring is robust! Much of the past 9 months, when I've had time, has been spent on the foreground scenery, which is now getting quite close to completion, as shown here: It feels like I need to do some work on weathering and blending things together. Since I'm aiming for a neglected and semi-derelict look for t
  11. Thanks Steve, it may have been more by chance than design! And yes my plan is certainly at the top end of 'micro' (the scenic section is 4'x2') so I do have the luxury of space compared to many. Here's some more images of the construction: I wish now that I had taken more photos as I was building as there are large parts of the work that I didn't capture (and have already forgotten what I did). Wiring/electrics took me ages, especially the 6 Cobalt points motors as I'm not great with electrics. So then some time later I started on scenics:
  12. So 40 years ... and then another 15 months later, but to be fair I've made some progress, which I'll try to show in a few posts over the next week or two. Starting with basic track mock up And then a bit of woodwork of course
  13. So I had another think and have adopted a more 'conventional' fiddleyard approach that should also add extra operating potential. One question I wanted to ask, I'm trying to achieve a claustrophobic industrial feel but am I trying to cram too much into a small space?
  14. Thanks guys for the feedback. bazzer, I did wonder about the practicalities of the fiddleyard behind scenery - it seems such an obvious and neat space saver, but seems little used in the layouts I see on the forums, suggesting others have found it difficult to work with as well. I'll have to think about this some more. John, I wasn't trying to match head shunt, fiddleyard, run around and siding lengths, just trying to design it so that I could shunt 4 or 5 small wagons on any of them, if that makes sense?
  15. 40 years ago I lost interest in railway modelling (I blame girls and football), though I have dabbled with model/diorama making on and off in the intervening years. After a couple of years thinking about it and browsing these forums, I've finally decided to take the plunge and start a layout. I think my interests are most easily summed up as 'industrial northern grot' and, if I'm honest, its the scenic side that interests me more than the actual railway, especially since i know virtually nothing about the prototype. So what I'm hoping is that i can get a bit of advice on a rough plan
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