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  1. I have been using a WS Earth Colour kit which contains 8 different WS colours. Having got a better feel for what colouring the rocks entails, I will buy additional supplies of cheaper acyrlics for the high use, darker colours like the black and grey to see how these work. That said, the level of paint dilution is such that I anticipate the 1 fl oz pots from the kit to last for some time even on my sizeable rock collection. My holy grail for the last few days has been the Youtube video below which does a great job of showing how to colour rock. I have copied the techniques which are
  2. I spent more time modelling yesterday than I have for some time but have little tangible to show for it. I watched several of the Woodland Scenics Videos on YouTube in an effort to learn how to colour my expanding collection of rock moulds and then attempted to put this into practice. I also added 100mm to the fuel platform which will allow an extra tank. By the end of the day I had coloured most of the rock moulds. On checking this morning they have all dried and appear fine. Some may require further darkening but most seem ready for use.
  3. Get some more paint on those rocks on the Atlantic side!!, the bits that have already been painted look really good. I think you will be well rewarded for the painting, there is nothing like seeing visible progress as a motivator to do more. From personal experience visible progress is self sustaining, the more you get done the more you want to achieve.
  4. Thanks Andy, the Ratio tank is a potential solution. As you say, I need to have 1 smaller tank, what I don’t know is the dimensions of it. Please can you measure yours and advise the length and diameter? Yesterday was a low key affair, a little bit of guaging and more rock casting. The casting plaster is 50 % heavier but only costs 20 % of the hydrocal. The plaster sets much quicker and at such a price differential, I will use this in future. Not quite watching paint dry but similar, freshly poured Hydrocal in moulds and my growing stock of finished moulds which shoul
  5. There is a clip of the Bean attached to the rear of an Oban to Glasgow train in Ultimate Scenic Route, The WHL by the Friends of the WHL. It's a rather aincient video made in the mid 1980's which could do with a digital upgrade, nevertheless the material is well worth a watch. Progress yesterday was less than I had hoped largely due to the amount of gluing I deemed necessary to secure the Mallaig platform. Allowing this to dry meant I had time on my hands which I put to use in casting my first Woodland Scenics rock. My mix of the first batch of WS hydrocal must have been poor beca
  6. Hi Ian Sorry I missed your post until this morning. I was blissfully ignorant of Heljans planned class 104, I am more interested in their ETHEL and a replacement for my old Hornby model at present. The Mexican Bean will be an interesting, colourful addition but its not very high up my priority list because on WHL4 it would only shuttle between the fiddle yard and Crianlarich limiting its operational potential.
  7. After what seems like forever I managed to get the 6 platform lights installed and working at Mallaig. The lights are the best representation I could find of those at Mallaig in the 1980's and even then required minor tweaks and repainting. Today I aim to glue the remain parts of the platform and finish guaging which should see the platform complete. First light is glued in place All installed, the last 3 still need gluing hence they are a little wobbly Guaging of the platforms begins
  8. Hi Ben Thank you for the kind words. Weathering track with an airbrush is very straightforward and, based upon my experience, a useful way to learn about an airbrush. Ordinarily I weather track before I ballast, with Mallaig I wanted a different feel to the area hence weathering after ballasting. I am still relatively inexperienced at using an airbrush, I only bought mine 3 years ago. I have weathered several sections on WHL4 using thinned Railmatch enamel paints. Mostly it is sleeper grime, occassionally frame dirt and weathered black. I thin the paint to about 60/40 paint to thin
  9. A brighter start to the day in every sense of the word. Armed with an unused resistor I connected a single light, turned on the power and it illuminated. Flushed with success I followed the same approach, one at a time and now have 5 working lights. I can can only guess that there was an issue with some of the supplied resistors. The white lights are quite bright, if I understand comments correctly, if I used a 2k resistor I should get a dimmer light? If so is it as simple as returning to Ebay where they seem plentiful and buying a supply? again thank you to those who
  10. One of the biggest weaknesses of the modern railway is the inflexibility to respond effectively to seasonal changes in demand. The WHL is a classic example, two 6 coach loco hauled sets for summer use would likely meet with an increase in passenger numbers and get a number of vehicles off of the roads but, it seems, there is no appetite for this sort of flexibiility. It will be interesting to see if one of the charter operators builds on the apparent success of the S&C trains that ran earlier this year. Like others I would dearly love to spend a day or two being loco hauled on the WHL once
  11. Thanks gents, I really appreciate your counsel. I don’t possess a multi meter but I have checked that a different 12v light works when connected at various points all along the copper strip. I will try again tomorrow with previously unused resistor and LED and see what happens. The reason I bought the LEDs was because they are a good representation of what I am modelling. My eyes were wide open to the downside of buying cheap Chinese
  12. Thanks for your input. I do not have any working lights at present. The first light worked when initially connected but when I connected the second, neither light worked. I reversed what I had done with the second light but the first one still would not illuminate. There are no obvious signs of damage to lights or resistors.
  13. I would love to run a Royal Scotsman but the consist in the picture is not the correct one for my era. Your picture shows the second consist that first ran in 1989, the first consist started running in 1985 comprising some wonderful old rolling stock as seen in the picture below. Unfortunately there are no obvious proprietary models available to model them and the work that scratch building or converting is beyond my budget or competence. An issue with the Mallaig platform lights slowed progress yesterday, having thought I had found the answer to making the LEDs wor
  14. Having managed to get one led to illuminate, I foolishly thought I could wire the 5 for platform without further problems. I was wrong! in an effort to reduce wiring I created a bus out of copper tape. I connected power and a single led with resistor in series. It worked, hooray. I added a second led with resistor in series exactly the same way but nothing worked! I disconnected the power , removed the second led but still nothing. At that point I decided to seek advice. Picture shows the first led connected which originally worked. The second led was connected exactly
  15. I created 4 storage tanks from pipe off cuts, 2 vertical at 120 x 68mm and 2 horizontal at 100 x 40. Placed in situ to get a feel, they look somewhere close to the reality. I will add plasticard to create the top and spray them light grey. With some pipework and ladders they should do the job. I intend adding 1 further tank in the gap, this was slightly smaller requiring something in the region of 80 x 30. Still searching for a solution on this.
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