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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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..
  4. 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.
  5. No reason to post these pics it’s just my favourite location on HLJ. I’ll update soon..
  6. No drying time at all needed just bang on 2/3 layers and let it all dry
  7. 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..
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Starting next week I’ll be uploading the first in a series of YouTube videos (with the link on here) on creating particular types of scenery found on Heaton Lodge Junction. Without wishing to come across pompous, these videos will be the first in a series of ‘Modelling Masterclasses’ with the emphasis on redefining realism. I suppose, given this projects timescale I’ve picked up and learnt a lot of what to do, and what not to do’s.! Moreover the great Mr Downes taught me how to work fast without compromising on detail. So next week will see the first video on
  11. Dolls hair before and after.. need to clean the excess flock off the concrete trunking yet
  12. Still working on the 30ft final section of double track- yep the Huddersfield upper level lines. Three layers of static grass later, plus lots of dolls hair to create undergrowth/weeds & the small embankment is coming together. Pics show the bare dolls hair (often sold as canopy or postiche) being covered with spray matt varnish. After the dolls hair is soaked I sprinkle woodland scenics Earth blend through a sieve. Just ‘lifts’ the scenery off the floor if you know what I mean. Two lines on the left are the (usually covered) dive under lines
  13. Hi Jonathan I’ve got some graphite pencils for this reason I’ll actually try these now you’ve mentioned it!
  14. I tried it Roger maybe I was scrubbing it too hard, I’ll retry it but be a bit gentler
  15. Yes I’ve got a CMX track cleaning truck but it won’t remove tarnish. Great for track that’s dirty but not tarnished tho
  16. I’d make a great burglar cos my fingerprints have long disappeared
  17. Ah now there’s a question. Cleaning the track is an utter nightmare. Because I’m still working on it, I’m not running trains regularly on all 4 main lines & the 28 fiddle yard roads. Therefore tarnish appears after a few days and won’t come off with anything other than a track rubber. Ive tried every track rubber on sale and the best one by far is the Peco one. It leaves a little bit of residue but nothing like others I could mention. To clean all the lines inc the fiddle yard takes 18 Peco track rubbers and 4 hrs. If anyone knows of a way to get tarnish off the r
  18. Not much modelling this week for a change. What I did do is adding detail to the Huddersfield double tracks on the upper level. However I did run Heljans new 56 for a full 8 hours last week on an Eastbound MGR train - I’d been wanting to do this for a while. Totting it up I’m pretty sure it covered around 7 miles (which is, ironically about 5 times the length of the real Heaton Lodge Junction) by the time it was shut down at 6pm. The trusty old kit built Romanian 56009 is also seen here heading west a minute or two later. The sound file on this is so much better, hopefu
  19. Haven’t a clue sorry! Jonathan one of the software chaps wrote the effects over the original video. However I'm certain weather can be replicated with a wrap around back screen and some special effects going forward..
  20. A very short clip here but shows what maybe achievable with weather effects in the future. Using a backscene that rises up and over the layout which can then project mist, and what looks like rain I’m pretty sure can be done
  21. Very grateful to you for that contact Andrew. He’s a top chap and they are superbly made
  22. Still working on this last bit of HLJ namely the upper Huddersfield lines. These are actually only visible head on and from a good 6/7m away, but I’ll have to detail them otherwise it’ll just bug me. So today I’ve installed the retaining walls that meet the scenic break tunnel mouth. Fictional of course but every layout needs a scenic break I guess. The walls are actually plastic sheet glued onto foam board. Just couldn’t justify scribing DAS clay for something virtually invisible.. I prime these then simply use various mould green paints to go over them follo
  23. James I’ve thought of that but there isn’t the height sadly. !
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