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    Drumming, music composition, model railways (obviously), scrambling, IL-2 Sturmovik

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  1. Thanks George, that's very kind. Actually, you are to thank/blame for the individually painted stones - after 3 attempts at painting the basic shell I just couldn't get the look I was going for, then saw the results you were achieving and thought 'what have I got to lose?' As it turned out, my hair, my job, my house, my sanity... Currently working on the mineral loading wharf with inset narrow gauge track....finding it more complicated than I thought I would.
  2. This is a very evocative image, and from eye level the background moundage works very well and gives a sense of depth that belies that actual dimensions. The feeling of being high on an exposed moor is really captured. For my two-cent's worth, I'd avoid too many trees or anything that could cast a shadow on the backscene. I could imagine maybe half an inch to an inch of distant hills/moorland, maybe by cutting down an ID backscene so it's mainly a cloudscape with fells a few millimeters the horizon level in this shot.
  3. @ManofKent - thanks for the kind words. I sourced the Palfoam from Bay Plastics, which I believe is up in the north-east (usual disclaimer, no connection etc). It was easy to request a custom size on their website and get dynamic quotes, and in my opinion Palfoam is very good value for money. I ordered 2 sheets matt finish white custom cut sheets 2440x390mm costing £19.02 with VAT. I did order the sheets a bit longer than necessary to enable me to mess around with the corner curvature. Delivery was another tenner, and in retrospect I should have ordered a third sheet as it's a very
  4. Cheers Chris! I used Slaters Stone Courses (for 4mm) over a 1mm Palfoam shell, but in retrospect I might have been better using the 7mm version for a chunkier look. In an act of either pure zen or insanity I elected to paint each stone individually, and then drybrush with a sort of sandstone-y colour in an attempt to blend it together (Vallejo Bone White). Its still quite lairy to be honest in comparison to the buildings in the Forest of Bowland area I was basing the colours on, but at a certain point my inherent laziness kicked in and I just let it be
  5. My first attempt at scratchbuilding.....it took a bajillion hours to get to this point but important construction and painting lessons were learnt, and while there's quite a lot I'd like to redo I'm fairly happy with it for a first go. I feel lucky that I was researching prototypes at the same time as @chuffinghell was, so I benefited somewhat from the deep discussion that was being conducted in the Warren Branch thread (although my effort is nowhere the same level of fidelity). The main doors are currently just held in place by gravity, and the glazing needs to be installed for th
  6. Good Lord!!!! The trees really escalate this layout to the next level of brilliance.....and this photo just captures something that strikes quite deep within me. I know I haven't been here but I've been somewhere very close to there on a day like that. Utterly superb.
  7. What is this 'fun' that you speak of?
  8. Damn, that's a fine looking tree sir. Amazing job! Really intrigued by your building construction methods as well, the results are fabulous (I too have struggled with corners) - it must require godlike patience, particularly the scribing.
  9. Many thanks for the replies @Gilbert and @Mick Bonwick! She's a beauty alright.....I'll see if she's as smooth as Gilbert's without a stay-alive first, fingers crossed. Been wondering if me Peckett has managed to wedge itself at 45 degrees across the Suez canal but it sounds like they're in the country. Bring it on!
  10. I'd also be tempted by option C - the current build progress looks great and it would be a shame to discard it. It's a weird brute of a thing!
  11. My J72 also gave me considerable problems over not just my Peco Code 75 electrofrog double slip, but also on some curves that are marginally greater than 2nd radius. I went through an almost identical process to you, noticing that one of the vees on the slip wasn't firmly glued and therefore not level - so like yourself found it useful. But after quite a bit of work levelling out both frogs, it persists in being the only loco to have issues on my trackwork. I can crawl a Bachy Coaltank at walking speed over it, and my trusty Peckett W4 will consistently run through at a scale jog (so pretty da
  12. Got the Peckett works version of this beauty on pre-order with Derails - has anyone who owns a DCC version found there is a need for a stay alive over live frogs, and if so, has anyone successfully squeezed one in?
  13. Oooo liking where this is going... Regarding Kadees, I don't know if this will be any help to anyone, but here's a link to some experiments with magnets etc. The main finding is de-magnetizing wagons by swapping out the axles for brass ones - I can't emphasize enough the hugely positive impact this has had on shunting operations and its pretty straightforward.
  14. Some high quality modelling in this thread....some hyper attention to detail. Inspiring stuff!
  15. Thanks for the feedback Steve. As a long time lurker I've enjoyed your builds! I found the same issue with paint lifting until I used the Vallejo primer, which so far has seemed to be a decent key. I allowed the primer on one test piece to cure for 48 hours and it only came off with a sharp edge and a decent amount of pressure. I reckon halfway through painting the track I'll start to wish I dumped 200 quid on an airbrush, or failing that, a 7 pound rattle can....
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