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  1. TMC have a Bachmann B/G BCK for £23 https://www.themodelcentre.com/catalog/product/view/id/91165/s/39-225a-Bachmann-oo-gauge-br-mk1-bck-brake-composite-corridor-br-blue-grey/category/859/
  2. Some great bargains to be had at Model Railways Direct - https://www.modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk/store/search.asp?keyword=SpecialOffersOO the pick of the bunch appears to be a Jubilee for just shy of £80 but lots to be had to suit many tastes https://www.modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk/locomotives-steam/Bachmann-31-190-jubilee-45575-madras-br-black-british-railways-lined-black-riveted-stanier-tender/
  3. Hi Terry Yes, there was sufficient wiggle room to fit in the box, also allowing my hands to get in to lift the layout out.
  4. Progress has slowed as the weather has improved and the test cricket has restarted, so just a short update for now. I have managed to construct the outside wall of the train shed and erect the gable end fascia. I think that a Limited Clearance sign will definitely be required for this one!
  5. Not much progress recently, although I have added some posters and a door to the station building. The door needs a lintel above to complete the look. The posters were simply found online and scaled down in Microsoft Word, prior to printing off and mounting on thin card.
  6. Thanks Jim It took a bit of time, but I just pulled small bits off the big block with my hands (about the size of a pea), flattened them as best I could, wetted them by holding in a cup of water for a second, and then pressed them down onto a thin bed of pva on the cardboard base. When a few balls had been put on, I ran a wet finger over them to smooth it out. It was a rather messy process, so no photos unfortunately. I would say that the layer is approx 1 to 2mm thick. It's a bit lumpy and has some ridges and troughs, but I feel that adds to the texture when painted, remembering that this isn't representing a pristine main line station, rather a somewhat forgotten outpost at the end of a branchline
  7. I have made a tad more progress with the platform since my last post. I decided to change my plans for the platform surface. I initially intended to construct from sandpaper, but having read the methods of the peerless Chris Nevard, I decided to use DAS modelling clay. A card foundation was laid for the platform surface which was then covered with a thin layer of the clay, stippled with an old brush and left to set. The rear walling is in place for a 'dry fit', and comprises of Wills Stone Sheets. I then painted it with a couple of coats of an old tester pot of matt emulsion that I found in the garage - B&Q's Lauren if anyone is interested - essentially a light beige. Next, this was covered with a couple of washes of watered down brown and black acrylic, until a suitable colour was achieved . Finally, the rear walling was fixed in place, and the front edging was suitably painted white. The facing stone, again Wills Stone Sheet, was also added. Hopefully a convincing platform has been created. I used the mantra of "you can always make it darker but not necessarily lighter...".
  8. On the subject of feedback when things went wrong, I received the wrong item on a postal order from a model shop. A quick phone call and they sent the correct item out 1st class that day and told me to keep the incorrect item, despite me offering to send it back to them. This is where a genuine mistake actually led to a good review and me intending to use them again. Top marks Rhuddlan Models. Anyway, back to the bargains.... Our old friends in Hereford have a new class 87 for £55. Seems like a good deal to me... http://herefordmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=340_350_354_352&products_id=12252
  9. Many thanks for the kind words. I found that the weathering was rather straightforward. I used the aerosol version of Railmatch's Sleeper Grime as I don't have an airbrush. i have to say that it comes out rather easily after a couple of seconds, but best to test on a scrap of paper first. I found that 'less is more' and ended up doing a few passes with the aerosol.
  10. Another major job has been to fit the points with a manual wire in tube system. This is a relatively simple way of doing things, but I have found that it works fine. For each point, I fixed two small timbers as supports underneath the baseboard (although one point utilised the existing main corner support), one at the front edge and one just behind the point. Holes had previously been drilled in the baseboard underneath each point prior to track laying. In each timber I drilled a 3mm hole and threaded some garden wire through. At the front edge, the holes were enlarged and a dowel fitted as a handle. Below the point, the wire was stripped of its casing and part of a paperclip has been soldered between the point tie bar and this wire. This has been a simple method, but has been effective so far, and if it breaks is easily fixable. The points will be operated from the front but if I ever wished to operate from the rear, it would be relatively straight forward to add a further timber to the rear and lengthen the wire. Apologies for the long essay (although I hope that it may help someone). As they say, a picture paints a thousand words....
  11. I've made a bit more progress following my last post, but with shops reopening (to my wife's delight) and the football restarting (to my wife's annoyance!), progress has somewhat slowed. Nevertheless I have been able to mark out roughly the locations of structures etc, and tidy up the backscene. This was done by PVAing some wallpaper (pattern side down) onto the wood, and then giving it a couple of coats of a matt emulsion tester pot (think it is the same colour as our bathroom). The next job was to paint the walling which will form the station building, retaining walls and platform face. This was done by painting a Wills Course Stone sheet with black acrylic and then wiping off the excess, so that the black paint fills the crevices. After dying, the same was done with a brown acrylic to build some depth and texture. I have seen better efforts elsewhere, but am happy with my attempt. I then proceeded with starting to construct the station. The back wall was painted a darker colour, whilst the wall of the station building which will be under the canopy was 'limewashed' with white acrylic. The platform faces are from Peco platform edging (currently mid painting) and the platform structure is formed of stiff card. I have yet to complete the surface of the platform, but intend to do this with a sheet of fine sandpaper painted a suitable colour, which I find to be a suitable and cheap solution for such a surface. (Note that the siding track is covered in masking tape - this is a simple solution to guard from the sharp track ends - ouch! The keen eyed amongst you may have noted the Peco Highland Signal Cabin to the right. It needs a repaint and I have fitted it with a plastic tiled roof as I found that the laser cut roof did not quite fit correctly. I will post some pictures once finished.
  12. That set is the wrong way round at Wigan - loco usually on the north end. But the GUVs were often put outside of the loco/DVT as not to break the TDM link between the two
  13. Hi Jim, thanks for that input. It may certainly be easier than the rudimentary cassettes I have made. Do you have any pictures?
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