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  1. A little bit more landscaping has been done around the oil siding and loco siding. This is mostly sieved Chinchilla dust splodged with a runny mix of brown and black acrylic paint. The ash piles are just that - real coal fire ash! Some short fibre static grass is patchily scattered around to blend out the junction between the ballast/ash/bare earth and the concrete.
  2. Hi Paul, thanks for asking after me. All fine here. I hope that you're now fully recovered after your brush with COVID. I'm afraid I've been slacking as far as railway modelling is concerned, so not much to show, but I did more or less complete the Oil Depot. It still needs a few more details and then I can move on to another area to finish. I may be asked to exhibit it at a local show in November (if it goes ahead) so if the call comes through that might provide the impetus to actually finish it!
  3. Equally as curious is the question of how holidaymakers reached the 'camping apartments' on branches from which the passenger services had been withdrawn. Scan is from the BR 1960 Scotland Holiday Guide.
  4. It's been a while since I did anything to the layout, but the fine warm weather we had tempted me elsewhere, however it's raining again now so time to resume building! The next stage is to complete the oil terminal so the tank had to be detailed before it can be fixed down, then the oil pipelines and hoses can be added. The tank itself has been made for some time (from a baked bean tin covered with the silver foil I stripped from the insulation which formed the baseboard for the layout, scribed to simulate the panels forming the tank). What was missing was handrails, delivery and discharge pipe and valve, a manhole, vent and access ladder. I'm not that well versed in the bits and bobs associated with these type of tank, but those seemed to me to be a minimum requirement and frankly, there isn't really room for much more! The ladder and handrails are Scale Model Scenery laser cut items. The pipework is brazing rod and the manhole is a bit of tube with a circle of card for the top. The bolts are tiny squares of 0.030x0.030 plasticard microstrip, all are painted with a mix of aluminium paint and terracotta. Hopefully weathering will reduce the shine a little to match the rest of the tank.
  5. Thanks Steve. I hadn't heard of the dodge of using Cl. 31 wheels. You'll have to let me know how you get on, although I do have an Airfix class 31 so I could just see if they fit. Anyway, your comment made me get back into my model railway room and 'do a bit', so thanks!
  6. Note for anyone also making one this way, make sure you have sufficient length between the pivot and counterweight, or else make that part of the arm cranked upwards, otherwise it won't go adequately vertical before the weight hits the support uprights - like mine!!
  7. Not much done this weekend, just a manual lifting barrier to restrict access to the oil depot area. Made from a piece of welding rod with a piece of brass turned to fit as the counterweight, plastic 'I' section for the uprights and a bit of wire soldered on as the pivot arm.
  8. Glad you found the thread interesting John, and yes, that's my era too!
  9. Hi Steve, I should really have added the comment that I didn't get mine from B&Q after all, as the corrugations on the ones they had were too far apart and coarse. I eventually tracked a suitable one down at my local Ironmongers. Sorry for sending you on a wild goose chase!
  10. Thanks Steve. It isn't my original idea, but it works very well if you can find some threshold strip with the right pitch of corrugations. I described the process in a bit more detail in this post from my 'Far Wittering' thread. For the light railway look I'm aiming for, I fancied having a small corrugated iron building as the station, located at the station yard entrance rather than on the platform. This follows the original designers intentions also. One of my all-time favourite films is 'Oh, Mr Porter!', which was filmed at Cliddesden on the Basingstoke to Alton line, and I found that a card model design download for this actual building was available from http://www.amodelrailway.co.uk/shop/index.html for a very modest sum, so one was duly acquired. Having started it I'm not too happy with the way the corrugations are modelled, so I've decided to use the design as a template and clad it with scale corrugated sheets. The plastic offerings from the trade are too thick so I'm having a go at making my own by using a door threshold strip as a former, rubbing some foil from a takeaway container with a finely pointed stick. The corrugations are just 1mm apart, which is exactly to scale. I have to say though, crouched on the floor in a doorway is not the most comfortable way of modelling, so tomorrow I'm off to B&Q to buy a new strip I can fix to the bench!
  11. On reflection, it seemed a daft idea to strip off the rubber insulation and then reinstall it on some more wire. Why not just use the old cable 'as is', so that's what I did. It was flexible enough to allow me to bend it to shape, but firm enough to stay in the shape required. I made some pipe stools for it to sit on and installed it at the foot of the cliff. It isn't quite finished yet but I need to get the fuel tank that serves the power house installed and piped up first, so a fuel line can run alongside the steam lines over the pipe bridge. This tank also needs a small pump house so I knocked one up from some card and home-made corrugated iron sheet (foil takeaway contained embossed on a door threshold strip). I decided to use a Ratio oil tank picked up secondhand instead of the Wordsworth oil tank as it is a bit smaller. The finished ground surface in this area of the layout is finely sieved Chinchilla dust painted with washes of brown/black emulsion, and whilst the PVA glue was still soft I ran a road vehicle over it to create some tyre tracks.
  12. Reading up on the history of the prototype of the Airfix class B tank wagons, and on tank farms in general, I learned that both tankers and tanks were fitted with steam heating coils to improve the flow of the more viscous 'heavy' oils carried and stored. Unfortunately, that made me want to incorporate steam pipelines on my model, and the obvious source of such supplies is the boiler/power house at the back of the transit shed. So, I've set myself the challenge of installing said pipework and this means crossing the track at some point. I've chosen to do this at the shortest crossing point and started by building a pipe bridge. Pipelines of this nature are of course insulated to ensure that steam and not just hot water actually arrives at the point where it is wanted!, so after an unsuccessful attempt to replicate this feature using 3.2mm welding rod (too stiff to bend readily) I decided to use aluminium wire and some rubber insulation stripped from old electrical cable. This too may prove too awkward to fiddle into the shapes and locations needed, so I may end up just using the insulation sleeving on its own.
  13. Pump House now finished, an enjoyable little project. I expect that the prototype would probably have asbestos cement walls, or perhaps Masonite (treated hardboard), sitting on a brick plinth to raise it off the ground, and be painted. The roof would probably be zinc and the window a steel framed type. The variety and subtlety of building types and styles fascinates me.
  14. Jumping about a bit, I wanted to try and resolve the arrangement for the large oil storage tank and its associated infrastructure, so, after a bit of thought I've started making a small building to house the pumps and valves to control the direction of flow. Pipework going into this building will be added with track-side connections and the tank itself will be re-positioned slightly nearer to the bridge to allow more room for the building and vehicles etc. I re-read this article from the March 1964 Railway Modeller to give me ideas.
  15. A tale of two water cranes. Moving on from the cliff landscaping, I started to detail the locomotive siding and wanted to install a water crane. Easy, I thought, just paint up and add a drainage gulley to the old Tri-ang one I have, let it into the ground and blend it in. But when i got it in there, fortunately, not fixed down, I thought it looked too tall. It was even taller than the oil storage tank behind it. Putting a scale ruler on it I found that it was over 22ft high! I wanted to use it, but it was no good. Having seen how it looked I knew I just couldn't. So, I had a choice, buy one, or make one. I chose the latter course. An hour or so later, after a bit of online research to get an idea of actual sizes, I had turned the main parts out of aluminium and brass on my lathe. Another day or so and, voila! This looks so much more 'right than the Tri-ang one!
  16. Activity in the last few days has been directed towards putting up the iron and concrete fences and adding overgrowth to the cliff top and parts of the cliff face. There is a little more still to do. The iron fence is Ratio GWR 'spearpoint' fencing but this can pass for use pretty much anywhere. I see from the packaging that it is no longer known as 'Ratio', but now comes under PECO's 'Parkside' range. The concrete fence is built up from Scale Model Scenery's 3D printed concrete posts with cereal box card for the slot-in panels, which I made 6ft x 1ft, all painted with 'storm grey' emulsion paint and a bit of dark grey blended in. It needs a little toning down to blend it all together. I'm not sure why, but I have a particular penchant for this type of fencing. For some of the weedy shrubs and bramble-like plants, I experimented by making up some clumps of green polyfibre (Hornby), dabbed with PVA and then sprinkled with dark and light green scatter. This seemed to work quite well so small lumps were teased out and glued onto the static grass base. Dark green clump foliage foam sprinkled with yellow flock represent Gorse bushes, another favourite of mine, and are very common in untended areas like this.
  17. Well, after that lovely, long, dry, sunny spell, the miserable weather we're now having is proving beneficial for the layout at least! The bridge was weathered using both the airbrush and weathering powders, as were the workshop and shops buildings, and it is now glued into position. Before glueing down the workshop building and remaining pavement sections I traced their outline onto the top level and painted the road surface to suit. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to get a perfect match with that already painted on the bridge, I planned to make these sections a shade or so darker, to suggest that the two had been surfaced at different times, and I also had to think of a way to disguise the joint between the two. Filling the gap was my first thought, but it was uneven and that would introduce a further material to the mix, so in the end I set into it a strip of plasticard in the hope it would look like an expansion joint. The 'town' road surface ended up being too dark and didn't look at all realistic, so I brushed it with some talcum powder which improved the appearance and also made it smell nice! After that I glued down the workshop and pavements (but not the shops yet as I'm having to lean over this part of the layout quite a bit at the moment, and that chimney pot is rather vulnerable) and started on the scenic landscaping. Two layers of static grass have been applied so far over an 'earth' base. The gravelly 'yard' to the workshop entrance is finely sieved Chinchilla dust with watery washes of mucky paint applied. A trawl of the internet produced some suitable posters and I stuck them to a hoarding which will be planted in the rough grass between the workshop and the bridge. The Ratio GWR spearpoint fencing which will run along part of the top of the cliff face has been painted 'Council Green' and some concrete panel fencing is being made to enclose the workshop's rear yard.
  18. Thanks all for the kind comments about the Kingsway buildings. I didn't realise how long it had been since I last did anything on the layout, but the lovely weather we've been having got me into the garden to do some long overdue tidying, weeding, pruning and planting. I also got distracted adapting some RTR stock to pass as L&Y wagons for the club layout, when we can finally get back to meeting there. But it's raining today, so I spent some time making a 'Lucy' box, one of those cast iron electrical equipment cabinets that used to be seen all over the place, but are which much less common now. I'm going to tell you that i scratchbuilt one from some 20thou plasticard and a bit of balsa wood because they are a rarely-modelled feature, but that's only part of the reason. The rest is that having glued the parapet to the bridge, there's an unsightly gap at one point on the curve, so this will hide it! And whilst I was about it I made an end pier and fitted rainwater pipes to each of the bridge columns. Now it's ready for weathering before fixing down.
  19. This advert from the September 1967 Model Railway Constructor dates it to the summer of '67.
  20. That prompted me to look at the earliest kits I downloaded, and, no, the scale bars are not present on them. So, as you say John, a later addition.
  21. On all the kits I have downloaded, the title block on each page has both a 10mm and 1" scale within it.
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