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Ray Von

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  1. It's starting to take shape! I'm not sure if the grey building looks right - it seems a bit tall, as do the two doors, do you need that much clearance? I think the windows look a bit odd too - being so high up on a one storey building, maybe they would look better as air vents or similar, or hidden behind some signage? The building itself will look great once it's painted and weathered a bit, but I would definitely think about making it slightly more "squat" if possible. Just my opinion, hope it's helpful.
  2. Never spray Testors Dullcote in a room with a cup of tea in it!
  3. Here is an article that talks about metals as freight on the railways (scrap gets a mention about 2/3's down): http://www.igg.org.uk/rail/7-fops/fo-metals.htm
  4. Does it have to be card kits? I work in 'N' gauge too and have found this guy's videos very interesting and helpful. He takes full size plastic HO kits and cuts them in half prior to construction, creating two low-relief buildings. Sadly, he has since passed away - he had a very pleasant manner and came across as a nice bloke.
  5. This includes buildings: I imagined my scrapyard to be on sidings no longer used by the railway, at one end the goods shed was developed and a "modern" extension was added and at the other end an engine shed is used as a large workshop for stripping vehicles of parts before adding to the heap (the track leading to the engine shed had long since been torn up or buried under old cars!) Just imagine how you would run a scrapyard if you were in charge and have fun with it!
  6. One of the great things about modelling a scrapyard is that you're pretty free to use your imagination! If it's not outside your time period, I would say that a scrapyard would utilise all manner of vehicles, equipment, etc....
  7. Cheers, it's a Ruston Bucyrus 19RB by Langley(?) Models - white metal and brass kit, VERY fiddly in 'N' gauge! I'm trying to find an appropriate claw or magnet attachment, but haven't had much luck as yet.
  8. I modelled my scrapyard from a combination of suitably "modified" vehicles (ie squashed by hand!) and a selection of old bits and bobs from my spares box, I also used any old bits of rusting metal, bits of old wire etc - most of which was found on the ground when walking the dog. The vehicles were spray primed and then painted by hand, I used a selection of weathering powders to create rust, dirt and fading effects. The other scrap was painted in the same way but colouring was limited to mainly browns. I also made a car crusher from a articulated lorry trailer, and crushed cars from tin foil.
  9. Just a tip for future reference, I use a pepper/salt grinder to grind small bits of coal into a nice chunky dust. Makes a lot less mess and can be stored away for future use.
  10. Thanks for the advice, I think for now I'm going to stick to tarmac (!) I recall that when I was a kid the road outside my house was a sort of whitey-pink colour, because the surface was covered with red and white gravel, in later years it was tarmacked over - but in worn patches you can still see it. I'd love to recreate that effect, but gawd knows how!! Anyway, just about to hit the "buy" button on a few sheets of P7000 grit wet n dry paper, this seems to be the finest grade available. Thanks again!
  11. Cheers David, The era is loosely based around mid 1970s to early 80's. I have been scrutinising roads a lot lately - because of the issues you mention above - and I have seen several surfaces that I could probably recreate fairly closely. I have also seen quite a few "joins" too, that if scaled down would look just like badly positioned emery paper - so I'm more than happy that I can copy these "real world" examples!!
  12. Wow, thanks Philip - that is really I useful info!
  13. Thanks again, Philip - I will definitely be picking your brain over the coming weeks re: this part of the layout, if that's ok?! It all hinges on the emery paper for now though, will be grabbing some tomorrow - all being well.
  14. Thanks for all the input, chaps. The plan - at least in my mind - is to start with wet n dry / emery paper (as fine grade as possible) and spray it with grey primer. This will be a base for consequent coats of paint, and not the final colour of the road surface! I will cut the paper in such a way to mask the joins between sheets, and make cutouts for various patches and "repairs" and paint these in lighter and darker shades than the overall road surface. Hopefully, when the whole thing is laid and the patches are replaced and the whole thing is given a dirty coloured wash it should all come together...
  15. Thanks, I'm thinking now about the possibility of creating the impression of height and depth optically as well as physically, ie: using a highlighting colour along the centre of the road and a darker shade at the edges, I think that together these two measures might reinforce the effect. Mind you, still got to buy the emery paper yet....
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