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luke the train spotter

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    Standard gauge industrial, scottish branch lines and a little bit of narrow gauge on the side. :)

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  1. The cake box is stunning so I cant wait to see what you do with the new extension!
  2. Couple bits of messing around with some trees left over from finlarig Halt. I've replaced some of the tired looking trees by the distillery buildings and also added some more by the end of the layout with the buffers. Simple changes but making a difference.
  3. In between coursework deadlines I had half an hour spare so I painted the backscene. I used the same method as on finlarig halt with the green washes. Here's a picture of it. Now I'm getting somewhere, this is what I envisaged the layout to look like a year and a half ago.
  4. Ah well that's probably cause I've selected camera angles that hide the blemishes. Basically the black lining on the steel parts wasn't as neat as I'd have liked.
  5. Finished the pallet wagon tonight. It's by no means perfect and is a bit meh in spots but it'll do.
  6. I cant think of any reason why not. I have built some wagon kits before but that was a few years back and i found it fairly easy to pick up again and build. I think as long as you build it according to the instructions and dont rush it you’d be fine. Probably the hardest bit is getting the chassis square but this was fairly east to do as the chassis has some plastic tabs to help you glue everything in the right place. The only other thing to note is this wagon doesnt come with couplings but they’re easy enough to fit/lake yourself.
  7. I cant think of any reason why not. I have built some wagon kits before but that was a few years back and i found it fairly easy to pick up again and build. I think as long as you build it according to the instructions and dont rush it you’d be fine. Probably the hardest bit is getting the chassis square but this was fairly east to do as the chassis has some plastic tabs to help you glue everything in the right place. The only other thing to note is this wagon doesnt come with couplings but they’re easy enough to fit/lake yourself.
  8. I'm quite excited to say that distillery yard will be returning to the exhibition circuit next year with an invite for a show in the summer (more on that in a later post) and with that new exhibition opportunity I'd like to make some more improvements to the layout and the stock I run on it. I've recently managed to read a few sections of the fantastic book "iron rails and whisky trails" and realised that I haven't modelled a van train which was very common for every distillery. Since the layout is only small I've started this off with 2 vans. The first (left bottom picture) is a parkside pallet wagon kit. I've never built a parkside kit before and it was an absolute dream. It's currently standing in white primer waiting for the paint shop. The middle wagon is a 12t Bachmann vent van. This just needs a weathering to join the fleet. The third wagon is a 12t Bachmann mineral wagon. Bought second hand and it needs a good weathering and also removing the previous owners weathering attempts but not bad for £8. Once these are finished there are some other jobs that need doing like I need to redesign the fiddle yard so that it has shelves to hold more stock, fresh painted backscene, more trees, probably a new layout name board and more barrels to definitely get the point across that this is a distillery.
  9. Thanks Chris! I've had a lot of practice and I think taking risks and just giving something a go had to really helped me learn new skills.
  10. Marmalade wharf has now gone to a new home. I never operated the layout and it was just taking up loads of space in my very small train room so it's gone now. I might build a new layout to replace it but we'll see.
  11. More progress on the Barclay. Now I'm somewhat satisfied with the weathering I have stripped it of its NCB identity, weathered it and fitted a wooden back plate to the cab. This is an attempt by the crews of the distillery to weather proof the loco for the winter months to try and conserve as much heat but it also acts as a good view blocker for the stay alive unit and decoder. I may add some more planking to the sides of the cabs too at a later date.Still needs crew/lamps/some tools on the running board but Im happy with it for now. It's looking much more like the distillery shunter now.
  12. Fantastic build! Really shows what you can do with a bit of kit bashing. Can't wait to see it all painted up too
  13. Regarding the sector plate I've built a few. My method is to lay one track, then the sector plate then the other track. Instead of using a sliding bolt to join up the rails I use a stopper a block which I align the rails with then super glue it down. This means that I can just push the sector plate across to it and I know it will be joined up.
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