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  1. Thanks Ian. Maybe I should stick with my original desire to build Leeds Central then?!
  2. Hi all, Thanks for the kind comments. I'm so happy and excited about what's to come with the little one, but I will definitely miss my modelling. I have been busy taking images with a decent camera for a change, with a hope to get some published. I imagine I will start dismantling in about 1 - 2 weeks. It will be a sad day. I've not decided what will pull the last train. Perhaps the Fairburn tank formerly of Tetley Mills? As for the future... I have a few favoured options. Staying close to where I grew up in West Lancashire (clue in my profile name!), headi
  3. Hi Mark, Sorry, I missed your comment somehow. Thanks very much I’m glad you like it. Unfortunately the layouts days are numbered as the room needs to be repurposed (due to the arrival of a small human). So I am trying to get as much running in as possible before the line closure notices go up. I’ll be keeping the stock and buildings for future layouts however. All the best, Pete
  4. Hi Mike, You are correct. I have royally messed up on that one! She’ll have to rejoin the back of the weathering queue. Thanks Baz. I’ll blend them in a little and see how they look. My airbrush is the original cheap one that came in a set with a compressor. Although I strip and clean it after use, I haven’t removed the seal between the paint cup and the trigger assembly yet. I’m going to have to do this as I suspect it might have perished as I keep getting paint in the trigger area after about half an hour of use. I’m guessing finding the
  5. Hi all, A little late but Happy New Year! As I've previously mentioned, I have cleared my modelling/home working bench over Christmas and set up my extractor and spray booth (a cardboard box) to continue weathering locos and stock with the airbrush. I feel I've made decent progress over the last few days and have weathered almost all of my locos. The only pristine one left is the SLW class 24. I haven't got the courage to do this yet! For all of my steam locos I have used a limited range of enamel paints (shown below), primarily from a set by A
  6. Hi Lez, Looks like a fantastic start; best of luck with this project. I can’t wait to build my own track on my next layout but it’s something I’ve never done. I’ll watch your progress with interest. All the best for 2021. Pete
  7. Hi Steve, I bought a bag on Amazon. It was reasonably priced and sets very hard. The main reason I used it for the toy is because it is tougher than my usual PVA/filler mix and is non-toxic. Thanks Lez. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021. Time to get the airbrush out I think. A couple of pre-Christmas shots below to finish. Pete
  8. I wanted to put a shopping trolley in the stream! Very magical...!
  9. Hi folks, season’s greetings. Managed to finish the tree house play set for my niece, and I must admit I did enjoy making it. I used a product called Sculptamold for the landform and I quite liked it. I got the idea from the excellent Luke Towan on YouTube; I may well use this on future scenic work. She seemed to love it thankfully, so once I’ve had a clean of the layout room (mainly removing all the dust formed) I can get back to my modelling! I consciously kept the colours brighter than I would for my own dreary modelling, especially the stream! H
  10. Haha well I hunted high and low for a decent piece and gnawed it off with my own teeth! The whole tree had already fallen by the way... Wow amazing! I’d never seen those before. Maybe next year!!
  11. Hi Mike, Page 4 for the finishing of the retaining walls. I did agonise about the colour at first; thinking they were too dark but I’m happy with them overall. No spare time for me on the run up to Christmas as the kit of parts for a fairy treehouse for my niece arrived today. I’m going to be busy...! All the best, Pete
  12. Hi Shaun, I can’t get over the wooden finish you’ve achieved on your furniture, it’s an absolute masterclass! I will have to have a go in the future, following your methods. I always look forward to your updates, thanks for the inspiration. All the best, Pete
  13. That’s a very good idea... I don’t think it’s as noticeable in ‘real life’ but now you’ve mentioned it they certainly don’t look right! Making working signals, kit bashed from ratio parts with etched angled cranks, was the most difficult and fiddly thing I have done on the layout. I will improve on these efforts greatly on future layouts. I’m concerned about dislodging any of the moving parts. So much so that apart from painting the brass base tube, I’m hesitant to do anything to them! Adding hand rails to the platforms was difficult enough without causing any issues, and
  14. Hi Richard, Thanks again. It’s natural sunlight. I’m working from home every other week (from the bench in the layout room) and have seen some lovely shadows cast late morning. I’d like to take some better images but only have my mobile phone camera. I might try to borrow my Dads DSLR at some point / when we can meet up again! An N2 has just been released and is about to head to the MPD: Regards, Pete
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