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    Wakefield, West Yorkshire
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    British Rail, Italian classic supercars, running & the outdoors in general.

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  1. Me too Dave I used to sit on the embankment near the signal gantry. I remember seeing a 37/0 pulling in a set of brand new Class 314 emu’s, still don’t know why to this day. They were new in ‘79 so must have been around then. Good days eh
  2. Last shot of this triangular section. I’m glad I included it, it wasn’t in the original plan but the vast area makes a huge difference. You can just see the tunnel mouth of the overground Huddersfield lines in the distance..
  3. a view through the tunnel mouth looking towards the junction along the above ground Huddersfield lines. Ironically the retaining wall and most of what you can see can’t be seen from the viewing area!A view of the completed huge triangular scenic section with backscenes still to be completed and fitted
  4. As of today (20-1-21) the scenery on phase 1 of Heaton Lodge Junction i.e. the 200ft scenic side is finally complete. (I think the first static grass laying began in 2014)! I can’t remember how many bin liners of grass the scenery swallowed but it’s into double figures. The last smaller shipment from Mini Natur in Germany landed yesterday.. All that remains to do scenery wise now is another epoxy resin pour, as too much matt varnish in the air has dulled the shine of the river a bit too much. I’ve constructed the first of the two river weir barriers to hide the frame join
  5. Back to the triangle today and although I’ve almost static grassed the whole area of about 60sq ft I’ve never been happy with the visible joins between the sections mounted on the trolleys. So today I decided to use a spare box of 50ft of ‘stone’ walling to disguise these joins. I’d asked ‘Ten Commandments’ about five years ago to run me off 300ft of their excellent plaster cast walling that runs almost the full length each side of the main lines on HLJ. It’s the most realistic walling I’ve come across although it’s quite brittle but takes watercolours really well. Ha
  6. First post of the year, hopefully a better year for us all. I’m cracking on during January finishing the triangular section of scenery. Basically I make a list of all the details to add (once I’ve completed the static grass) which is what I’ve been doing today. I’ve allowed two weeks to get all this done after which I’m going to start assembling all the lighting gantries, which provide light from the front and above.
  7. If I could redirect you to my thread in Heaton Lodge Junction see the video I did on static grass in the last 10 posts or so. Basically matt varnish and fine sieved dirt transform the look of static grass..
  8. Thank you you too and may I once again also thank all those who have frequently posted support on here and PM’d me. Really made a huge difference, especially when it’s been a day of massive frustration and a sledgehammer looks tempting.
  9. No reason to post these pics it’s just my favourite location on HLJ. I’ll update soon..
  10. No drying time at all needed just bang on 2/3 layers and let it all dry
  11. Well folks here is the first of the Modelling Masterclass series - this one dealing with that ubiquitous subject of creating the best static grass. Apart from realising I need to lose a few pounds I quite enjoyed making it. Hopefully get a bit easier as the series progresses. Thanks to Jonathan D for filming & editing it..
  12. Been rather a stressful week I don’t mind admitting. It’s been at the back of my mind for some time - given the sheer size of HLJ, and the constant testing work the locos are undergoing, I needed to get a proper maintenance schedule sorted out. This all came to a head on Wednesday when a (prearranged) film crew arrived to capture footage of HLJ. As well as putting up with multiple locos stuttering (despite the track being clean) they just missed kit built 56009 lose all its wheels from the front bogie before collapsing on its side like a dead pig. So I've now stopped
  13. Hi Mick, they look superb! Not seen this thread before. I shall copy your techniques on the HUO’s I’ve left to do! Simon
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