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  1. Your walking is looking great! This is all useful information for me and I’m starting to accept the fact the only realistic way of modelling this type of wall is one stone at a time. Luckily I’ve got about 10kg of clay in the cupboard! Thanks for the link to that thread also - that made for a great and long read laSt night. Jay
  2. Thanks for the input Al - so at the base these walls are 10mm wide but I’ve made them way to high. I’ll see if I can effectively reduce that when I start carving. If I don’t have any luck I may have to try your styrene rod method; I’m just concerned about my level of patience doing it that way! Geraint told me he’s experimenting with tile grout to produce walls so I might see how that’s working out for him also. The trackbed grass was a good colour match to photos I’ve got of that location but in situ looks off in contrast to the ash ballast. This may be a victim of ‘scale colour’ which I
  3. Most of that grass will be coming off the track work. The colour looks a bit odd in these photos - it’s less artificial looking in real life. I feel happy with the meadow and the over grown spoil tip so far. After the walls go in I’ll detail with more shrubs and weeds. I’ve been having a nightmare with the walls. The latest attempt seems to be working better so far. This time I’ve wrapped card formers with pva then clay. I’ll reserve judgement till I’ve engraved and carved a few sections.
  4. Some unforgiving photos of static grassage. This is pre- hoover up as it’s still drying. I used various shades and lengths to make this look more natural. Ignore the brown clay blobs - these are the foundations for the dry walls! I’ll post more shots once it’s dried and I’ve cleaned it up but any feedback welcome - it’s my first proper attemp at this.
  5. I was really unhappy with how the dry wall came out on that previous photo....I’m now on attempt number 3. There’s a huge amount of this around Middleton Top so it’s got to look right! While the latest set of walls are drying I’m now contemplating how I’m going to approach making the meadow that runs across the front of this board. Time watch some YouTube tutorials....
  6. That is an incredible piece of modelling - thanks so much for posting your progress on this!
  7. Scribed a test piece of DAS that has dried...this is the best result I’ve achieved so far. The shell of the first structure, an old barn, sits on the lane leading to the crossing. This is also going to get the DAS treatment.
  8. The landscape has received a fine coating of chinchilla dust while the spoil tip has had varying grades of basing stones added. I’ve been testing out different methods of replicating dry walls. Although construction of these type of wall in real life tend to have a standard method of build the walls at Middleton Top have a fair bit of variation- differing heights, some have rounded capping stones and some are falling to bits. I tried making a wall using basing stones placed in a ‘mound’ of sorts then soaking and dousing with PVA. They looked to rough and also the undulating landscape of the To
  9. Sealed the foam scenery this morning and started adding some more textures. The ballast still seems a tad too coarse so I’m going to experiment with some finer powders on this till it’s right. Once I’m happy the whole lot will receive layers of appropriate colored paints and weathering using powers I’ve made from pastels.
  10. Really enjoying watching this coming together on here :-)
  11. One of the things that nudged me back into modelling was seeing photos of one of Chris Nevard’s layouts. The track particularly struck me - it wasn’t buried in neatly packed grey boulders. Ballast was something that had always irked me when I was younger so seeing Chris’ use of DAS clay was revolutionary to me. Studying photos of Middleton Top reveals a few different textures in the track bed. Over by the incline it’s all wooden boards and dirt. The engine shed and water tank are has that very fine ash/cinder ballast which DAS is so suitable for. As the line leaves Middleton the ballast is coa
  12. The only issue is it would be yellow snow.....
  13. Scenery has started on the west end of Middleton Top - the photos on this page of the thread are a good reference to the area covered. I’ve started by carving cellotex with a saw. This is an easy lightweight material to shape but the dust particles are aweful so outdoors with a mask when handling is essential. I have an abundance of this material left over from the cottage renovation making it an easy choice. This has had a copious amount of filler applied around the edges and when dry they’ll be some finer more detailed sculpting going on. I’m now working on one board at a time due to space
  14. This is one of the threads on RM Web I keep coming back to - it all looks just superb.
  15. Just picked up this months BRM and loving the blown up in print photos Al. You’ve really captured the atmosphere of the C&HPR there; really inspirational stuff! I hope I can bring Middleton Top up to this sort of standard.
  16. Hi Bruce - just read that thread with interest. I’m not sure I’m on board with the ‘it’s bowed because of the weather’ response to be honest! I’m glad you’ve managed to rectify yours and would love to see any progress as you work on it. I’ll be using hot water and a rubber shrouded clamp to sort mine when I eventually get to it. On a 3 week holiday now so may be a while. Jay
  17. Congratulations on article Al and well deserved. I was searching through Flickr for C&HPR photos and came across Ladmanlow; it took me a moment to realise it wasn’t real and actually your layout! I look forward to seeing it in BRM :-) Jay
  18. Just been looking at the Modelu guttering this morning and most likely going to order some parts. Here’s the link Al: https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/product-category/detailing-components/architectural-detailing/guttering/ The house is looking great! Jay
  19. It seems to me the C&HPR was a very bleak line - one of the reasons I love it! Old photos show very few trees apart from a couple up at Middleton Moor in the distance. These days it’s very different, and a similar change has happened down at Cromford. With the layout I really want to capture the feel of empty sprawling fields and stone walls with a J94 off in the distance.
  20. The stone crusher looms like a dark shadow at the back of most photos of Middleton Top. I’ve been lucky enough to find one where I can zoom in and still find some detail. It’s another corrugated sheet building and sits between the railway and Redhill Quarry:
  21. The engine shed is a flimsy corrugated thing which has been burned down and lost its roof twice. Again I’ve not fully represented the windows on this drawing. Geraint (Middlepeak) has very kindly drawn up the windows for the shed and enginehouse for etching. There are several sheds dotted about Middleton Top and a couple of them appear on this sheet:
  22. I’ve started producing drawings of the various buildings at Middleton Top. The engine house really is the focus with its unusual shape, mix of materials, boilers and tall chimney. The drawings are more for me to get the main dimensions correct rather than the detail so ignore my terrible renditions for windows! I’m really lucky that I know a few staff at the real location and they supplied me with some plans they had drawn for when the enginehouse was renovated. I’ve used this coupled with photos and another plan I was sent to arrive at this:
  23. Finally a closer look at the loading dock.
  24. Thanks Al. Here’s another taken from the trackbed towards Redhill quarry. Loading dock for the private siding where the stone crusher was located over on the right.
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