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  1. Seems to be a lot of variation with the road markings. I've looked in various places and found triangles, arrows or nothing at all. I'm not sure which is right but its handy being able to peel the markings away should I change my mind in future. Will keep looking, cheers.
  2. Been so busy the past few months I've not had time to update this thread. Progress on the layout is going well. I've started adding retaining wall detail to the rear of the mainlines along with litter, weathering and some grass. Also been making some progress on the start of the town area. I decided to rebuild this section this year and make things a bit more gritty and urban this time. Retaining walls are from wills and certainly look quite a bit better than my previous homemade effort. Also put a bit more thought into the magnorail car system this tim
  3. I scratch built that from some brass wire and super glued it to the girder.
  4. I forget the name of the layout but it certainly inspired me when I saw it. Fantastic work.
  5. More urban is the plan. While the previous effort did the job I never thought it was very interesting or detailed. Figured I'd have another go and focus more on the buildings.
  6. I've been busy again. This time I decided to extend the scrap yard as I had quite a lot of fun building it originally. A scene like this is never really finished but its finished enough for me to move onto something else. I'm sure I'll be back adding more bits and pieces to it but I'm quite chuffed with how it came out. Also gave me an opportunity to mess about with 3D printing. I'll be adding some more in different colours. Need some fridges and microwaves too. I added some puddles this time. Used railmatch gloss varnish str
  7. Impressive! They certainly look the part and run very smooth. I found I had to put a small blob of blu tack on the top of the battery to ensure reliable connectivity with the contacts. Apart from that I've no problems.
  8. I noticed the raised edges were most pronounced on the flat thicker pieces. To hide them I painted the back side of those parts and glued the partially raised face to the building. On thin stuff and embossed brick the effect was only minor. For those bits a good coat of primer and paint sorted them out. Cheers
  9. Been a while since the last update. I've been busy building some low relief flats to go somewhere behind the scrapyard scene. I used the cricut maker machine I've had for a while to assist me. No way was I going to cut all those windows by hand! Lots of detail left to add but for now I'm going to take a break from it. Looks right at home overlooking the scrap yard.
  10. I've also added another 5 HEAs to my existing rake. They started out as bauxite HSAs that I had spare as they didn't fit on the previous layout. Painted them up as usual and faded the red quite a bit. The load is a plastic parkside item with peco coal glued on top.
  11. I've also been going back through previous weathering attempts and redoing them to a better standard. Latest ones are a mix of VDA, VAA and VGA vans. I removed and tried the weathering again for all of them. Decided to repaint 4 of the VGAs into railfreight leaving just one with yellow ends to better represent the era I'm modeling.
  12. I've made some more progress on the scrap yard. Its about 75% complete and there is plenty of detail left to add. Enjoyed working on this section, good fun doing all the weathering.
  13. Got back into things over the past month or two. I'm still not great at the old scratch building lark. This is my first attempt at a bridge, quite enjoyed the process. Still a long way to go yet. I've lots of details left to add and some touching up to do but the basics are in. Now for the other side... Video about the project is in the usual place, cheers.
  14. I took a break from the layout over the past month or two. I like to take a break every now and then as it helps avoid getting burnt out. Been busy at work on customers cars and my own restoration project making up for lost time due to the lockdown period. I've been working on the layout again over the past few days and hope to have another video ready in a week or two. Despite taking a break from the layout I didn't forget about the Bachmann 117 release. Gave it some gentle weathering and added about 75 figures. Impressive model, very happy with it.
  15. Very impressed. Adding some passengers is well worth the effort if you have time.
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