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  1. Thanks for your kind comments. I really enjoy these small layouts - I can finish them and they don't cost too much nor take too much space.
  2. The instructions for Smartmodels Heaton station kit state "If you are not using PaperMax matt coated Inkjet paper spray the paper printouts with matt vernish spray to seal them against moisture." This would imply that if you are using PaperMax matt coated Inkjet paper (Which Smart models can supply) then you don't need to spray. I'm inclined to spray the finished model anyway. I find the reference to moisture surprising as I understood it was UV that caused fading, Anyone got any views. I've only just started the model so no experience as yet with this paper other than it gives a nice printout. Dave
  3. Sorry, here's the picture. The white block down the middle is the roof of the facrtory. The bottom right corner is the drainage ponds. The bottom left corner is the sugar cane with the workers heut in the middle with the grey roof. The rusty corrugated roof at the right is where the shrine is situated. I hope that helps.
  4. Here's an overhead view. The layout is about 60 x 45 cm so the travk plan is abit smaller
  5. The trackplan is an simple oval! That's it. I'll take an overhead view and post it
  6. The little diesel loco was straightforward enough. A bit fiddly perhaps, but as I remember the hardest part was getting the roof supports parallel, and I haven't completely succeeded. There were a whole host of variations and I used the spares to help build the steam loco. I'm contemplating the Backwoods plantation loco which they say is for 'less experienced modellers'. Should be Ok and probably more in period.
  7. I wondered who would notice. Well done. Some who have seen it tell me of their trip to Costaguana!
  8. A couple more pictures. The shrine where the priest was martyred and the sluice.
  9. The San Fernando Plantation Railway, Costanguana 1932 I have long been fascinated by the potential of very small model railways and a couple of years ago built ‘Up the Creek and into the woods’ a double-sided pizza layout based on a Welsh narrow gauge line. This can e seen in the box file forum For my next layout I wondered if it would be possible to build a pizza layout with three distinct scenes. The setting was to be a South American sugar plantation in the aftermath of revolution. Here’s the story. The South American Republic of Costaguana has long had the potential to be a world leader in the production of sugar cane. Unfortunately this production has frequently been disturbed by the series of revolutions which run through the country’s history. It was such an upheaval that resulted in the sorry state of affairs portrayed in this layout. The San Fernando plantation was owned by Don Jose Avellanos, a wealthy aristocrat of the provincial capital of Sulaco. Don Jose was a true patriot and used his wealth for the good of Costaguana, treating his workers fairly and paying almost all the taxes required by which ever government was in power. Such traits, seen as weaknesses by some, did not prevent his acquiring a large fortune, and with it a series of covetous enemies. Foremost among these was General Guzman Bento. Consequently it was no surprise that, when Bento seized power in the bloody coup of 1929, Don Jose and his plantations were targets. Don Jose was imprisoned and his sugar cane factory ransacked and much machinery and plant removed. The San Fernando workers found their wages cut as a punishment for collaborating with ‘the traitor Avellanos’, and the sugar cane they harvested was taken, by the railway, past the rapidly decaying Avellanos factory, to the Bento plant a couple of kilometres away. The local priest, Padre Miguel Macias was caught sheltering opponents of the Bento regime at the height of the revolution, and after a summary trial executed by firing squad at the end of the shed. A cross and flowers mark the spot and the wall is pockmarked with bullet holes. The model. One side of the model shows the once prosperous factory now being rapidly overgrown with tropical vegetation. The other side depicts the workers in the fields, now with no modern aids. The end shed on the layout shows the shrine at the place of martyrdom of Padre Macias. The author and target of the slogan “Muerte a los traidores”, (Death to the traitors) is unknown. The base board was 6mm foam board enclosed in a cheap picture frame only 60 x 45 cm. Searching the internet yielded pictures of suitable buildings which I copied with adaptation. These were constructed out a mixture of card and plastic sheet. The diesel locomotive was built from a Backwoods Models kit. The parts left over were used to construct a steam loco with the purchase of a Kato chassis a bit of scratch building. Wagons came fro Parkside Dundas kits
  10. I recently purchased on ebay a complete set of the Hachette part work kit of the Flying Scotsman. You don't want to know what I paid - you'll be jealous! It's going together very well especially as a careful reading of the instructions means I can correct the mistakes which seem to have been incorporated in the original, only for Hachette to issue new parts and give directions for rebuilding your work. I'm thinking of giving it an identity other than Flying Scotsman, but A1 pacifics seem to be a minefield of detail differences and I'm a modelmaker not an LNER expert. Can anyone out there tell me which locomotives were identical to the 1928 Flying Scotsman on which the kit is based, and where I might find alternative name plates and transfer numbers? Thanks in anticipation. Dave
  11. All's well now. There was a supply problem on one item
  12. Has anyone had any recent problems with Dart Castings? I placed an order on August 5, which was confirmed and the money taken. They say allow 21 days which I did, but nothing arrived. I emailed and left phone messages with no response. I've had no problems with previous orders so I'm puzzled. Does anyone know what's going on? Dave
  13. Very nice layout. I love these unusual settings. I'm thinking about my own sugar cane/ coffee / banana plantation layout. Just a pizza layout but including some interesting modelling I hope. Can I ask if the banks of sugar cane are modelled or partof the backscene It looks really good and I can't tell which. If it's modelled how did you do it? I can't find any to buy and was thinking in terms of a block of eg polystyrene with stalks along the front and leaves on the top. The stalks should be easy enough bt I'm not sure about the leaves. What did you do? Thanks Dave
  14. The layout will be at West Camel show near Yeovil next Saturday, 4th July. Unfortunately I mixed up the dates so I won't be, but the layout is. Thank you for your kind words and sorry for the delay in replying. I've only just noticed the posts.
  15. I'm building the Connoisseur J68. It's my first brass kitfor 30years and my first 7mm loco ever. It's going fine, so another recomendation for Connoisseur.
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