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  1. Happy Friday all. have done quite a lot of the last 2 weeks, have put the Church a bit higher as originally planned, looks much better now. Pub is next
  2. Managed to finish the last details this morning. Village is getting shape now
  3. evening, very windy here today so spend most of the Saturday in the train room, next to ' playing with trains @ I have also made some progress on the church. still lots to do but we are getting there 80 cm dia
  4. Happy Saturday all. St Mary the Virgin Church is getting there now, both North and South wings are finished and it's going to be a very impressive building. Currently I am working on the lead roof, before I start with a lot of details
  5. Next little project the engine shed is finished . also started with St.Mary the Virgin church, not a simple job as over the last decades there have been several additions build but up for the challange in the back ground the mock up I have made last year
  6. Happy Sunday Last few Sundays are fully dedicated to the station building based on the old Gamlingay station. although is not a one to one copy I am really pleased with the end result, have shown it to the son of one of the old workers and he told me it is exactly as in his memory, next stop is the goods shed and the old locomotive workshop
  7. Happy New Year all. The festive period was great,no work kids and missus hapily on ipads and laptops so lots of me time Have started on both Gamlingay St Mary's church and the old Gamlingay station building, as per my usual methode I make a drawing on the computer, do a cut and build the mock up. sofar I am really pleased with the result so will start building them from plastic card and styrene. we had friend over a couple of days so a running session was mandatory, with a top of 27 trains at the same time and an average of 930 km an hour I was really impressed never achieved fhis before. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4887/46590182651_4470be47ab_b.jpg[/img]
  8. Happy Monday all. Came home sort of completely over the p.sss so the only remedy is me time so air brush out., normally I paint rocks but when watching some youtube video's I decided to do it this time different and in all honesty it looks soo much better. looking at the pictures I need to do some more dry brushing after that it's time for some green stuff :wave: :wave:
  9. Happy Sunday all. done a lot over the last couple of weeks. firstly , my own impression of Clayton tunnel as I felt this would be a very nice additions to Hills and Meadows. it all started with a google search, after this I did a mock up from card board , once I was happy I started with the model using slaters plastic plates and a couple of nights later, the model was sort of finished, only need to do some minor details another big job I am doing are the cliffs and rocks on this part of the layout including the concreted goods area. looked really scary but once dried it looks so much better still lots of sanding and corrections to do but it needs to be completely dry first. same for the cliffs it didn't look really well but after a couple of hours and a first try to create rocks it's much better really looking forward to tomorrow to see how it looks when it's completely dry
  10. Don't think I want to go into a battle if Itrain is more sensible than the software I am using, looks to me that I am not able to explain properly to you that if you have 20 trains running at a scale speed of around 40k an hour that the total average of those loco's is 750 km per hour, which the statistics are showing. anyway back to modelling part 1 of the cutting, just needs drying before I can start with plaster best regards M.
  11. , It's the total average off all loco's per hour combined, but do understand you don't know this as you use itrain which hasn't got this feature. but Happy Friday all. Slowly it's coming together, once I am happy with how it looks I can start using plaster, but for now it's a big mess My original plan to build something Dawlish style is binned, instead it will be a very small harbour thing people who know the Huntingdon cutting know it's quit a steep one, so justifies to do something similar hope to spend a few more hours this weekend as I can't wait to start with the scenery
  12. Happy Saturday all. Have let the trains out a lot recently, bought a new desk top to replace my laptop and this has improved speed, performance massively. Last session the layout was able to do an average of 750 km per hour compared to the 400 recently. with an average of rains simultaneously of 22 compared to the 12/ 13 I was used to. The biggest improvement is that this computer is able to handle much more data compared to the laptop so almost all commands are followed up with a result of all points set as they are supposed to be and detection's are communicated back. so really pleased that I have taken his step. on the repair front I can report that I have fixed so far 5 loco's with 1 waiting for a few parts, still lots to go , general conclusion sofar that it's nothing with either decoders or faulty motors but all failed pcd boards so hard wiring is the solution. another thing I have started is scenery on the new part. as mentioned this part is imaginary located near the coast, so hills and even some rocks and a good nice town scene. I normally start with a rough idea what I want, polystyrene is a nice product to help, bit messy but ok if you're careful. another product I use a lot is blue underlayer, like I have done here to form where I want roads and houses to cover bigger area's I use a fleece normally used to protect plants. once I have done all and I am happy with the looks I will start using plaster to strengthen the area's but as I am not the quickest it will take a while.
  13. Happy Saturday my friends After the joy and relief of laing down the last piece of track it was time to do all the software bits, not straight forward down to the single line and the return loop but all sorted now. This is how it looks 2nd big project which I have started is to reduce the pile of faulty loco's which was getting bigger and bigger. The first 5 are fixed one needed a new motor the other 4 I just ripped the pcb board out and hard wired the decoder. Really happy that this one is back on track, it's for one reason one of my most favourite livrei's I have. Look forward to Monday as I have ordered a refurbised super powered desk top so hopefuilly that will give enough processor capacity to run all trains together instead of the limited amount I have now. stay tuned
  14. Something to celebrate today. a good 3.5 years after starting with Hills and Meadows, using a good 350 metres of track, around 75 points I have just finished the last bit of track laying. will try to get all points working and droppers done this weekend before the big clear up which is needed as the whole room is one big mess.
  15. Happy Monday all. Not my layout but my neighbours who have kept this little gem a secret for everybody till last weekend. enjoy the moment Best regards Maurits
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