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  1. And now for something slightly different and a bit of progress. Observant eyes may have noticed the metalworking machines which appear in the background of several pictures of the layout and occasionally they are used for jobs related to it. Here’s one. The spraybooth seen earlier needed a little job to finish it off, an adaptor to convert the 2&1/2” diameter output on the fan to 4” diameter flexible trunking. So take a suitable lump of white nylon, roughly Mark the centre and set it up in the lathe (before anyone gets overexcited about the tea mug balanced on the headstock, it’s a running joke on a series of daily furlough photos I’m putting up on Facebook and was removed before any work was done). Machine an external register and bore a hole through the middle to fit the 2&1/2” fan output spigot. Reverse it, and hold it on the register. Support with a dolly and centre and turn the rest of the outside to 4” diameter. Add a split with the bandsaw and fit onto the spigot. Fit the trunking and secure with jubilee clips. The split ensures it nips onto the spigot and locks tight. Now for slightly more relevant progress, the station building. This has been glued to the batten base of the platform (g clamps and packing whilst the glue dries). The ramp is secured with hot melt glue Finally the ballast is touched up. Once that’s gone off, it’ll be touched up colour wise with the airbrush. Also the back scene base is being trial fitted. Owain
  2. Right, a bit more and another milestone! The last bit of bare baseboard has disappeared under the north end ramp of the rear platform. The ramp is mounting board card supported on offcuts of foam core board, stuck together with hot melt glue. Edging from scale model scenery is fitted, this has already been sprayed with grey primer. So here it is masked off, ready for a coat of plasticote ‘stone’ textured spray paint. And with the masking removed, with fences, gates (ratio) and anti trespass grids (SMS) added. Before the worlds’s much older that point rodding needs painting and a hoover running over the trackbed to remove those bits of stray ballast. There’s also more weathering, ballasting and detailing to do, but the basic form’s there. Also in the package from SMS were some field gates, one of which has been installed. Observant eyes may notice that one gatepost had to be shifted slightly to accommodate it. The gateway has gained a little more mud, rather pleased with this area now. Just needs the handrails fitting on the bridge walkways (they’ve also delivered from SMS). Another weathering job job has been revisited. I wasn’t happy with the work on the seacow fleet, so they’ve all been breathed on. First the EWS and Dutch examples gained a more ‘rustbucket’ look. Then the mainline example gained a bit more rust and the remnants of a load. The dogfish also gained a load at the same time, (for anyone of an operating/technical bent, I’m assuming the dogfish has gained through piping for air brakes, to allow the two to work together). Owain
  3. Thank you very much! I criticise my own work harshly, you always do when it’s your own work. But even I’m impressed with what I achieved on the provendor store. Being honest decent paints that cover and reliably dry Matt (I’m looking at you, humbrol...) are what give results like that, I’m very taken with the Vallejo acrylics and the Mig washes. Owain
  4. Thank you very much, that exactly the effect I’m aiming for! On that theme, I’ve revisited a few older weathering jobs. I finished the BDA and the Bobol-C a while back, but for some reason they developed a white bloom over the weathering (suspect Humbrol Matt varnish) so they’ve been breathed on a bit more, with Mig’s Wash for wood and a gentle scuffing with a fibreglass brush. The warflat I simply wasn’t happy with, so it got similar as well. Owain
  5. And a bit more! Here’s matey repainted and installed in the Ruston. Also the macaw poses in the yard. Inspired by a YouTube video I’ve played with the wood finish a bit further than usual. Owain
  6. Steady on lads, you’re making me blush! Glad you like it! Anyway, here’s a few more bits. First up, a random whitemetal figure I’ve found in a bits box which I think will do nicely as a driver for the Ruston. So he needs repainting and the mould lines removing. A macaw H, from Hornby. Before anyone asks how that’s made it’s way to Cumbria, don’t forget the NYMR’s got one of these that survived as a crane runner at York carriageworks! So it’s been fitted with Kadees by the easy solution of gluing the tails of a pair of no 17’s to the existing coupler mount. Also a start’s been made on the chocolate brown deck, making it look more like weathered wood. Finally,the roof for the goods shed, foam core board with strip wood for representations of the roof trusses. Owain
  7. Another one who’s still going, Scale Model Scenery. Superb communication, got an email when I placed the order explaining the delays (running with a staff of two due to social distancing requirements). Second email when the order was dispatched and the order turned up on time (so well done Royal Mail as well). Spot on. Owain
  8. Playing devils advocate here, I’m modelling a ‘could have been’ preserved line (real location, but never reopened. Should you wish to, you can stand in that field gateway, look at where the bridge isn’t any more and if you wait long enough when the local mart is on, chances are one of Billy Armstrong’s cattle floats will drive past as well). So I decided that the pool of engines would include one or two of those that got away. So 76080 didn’t get scrapped at Barry in 1972 and instead entered preservation. Owain
  9. Well, thank you very much! Weston’s book is pretty much my bible, there’s a link in this thread earlier to a superb collection of photos taken around the demolition of the line. Apart from the OS map and photos taken on a site visit that’s about all I have (this is why some of this is pure guesswork, like the office on the back of 5he goods shed, there’s several errors in the proportions of that, but I’ve not convinced myself where they all are yet), so if you find anything, please shout! When you start on yours let us know, always enjoy seeing someone else’s work. More power to your elbow! Owain
  10. The boards have been temporarily reconnected, a brief ‘testing and development’ session was run to check the work where required. Here’s some photos. Owain
  11. A bit more progress in the goods yard, this time on the goods shed itself. First up, false sliding doors were produced from scribed plasticard, for a bit of variety and as a small detail the rear door had a small secondary door for access to the store vans. The building was then given a coat of grey primer. Then airbrushed cement grey, to give the mortar colour in the stone work. The office roof was also airbrushed blue/grey at this point. The stonework then had various shades of Vallejo grey acrylics stippled on with a sponge, to get a variation in colours and leave the cement grey in the pointing. Corbels picked out with Vallejo sand, doors and runners painted painted humbrol 120. Sat in position, it’s sitting cockeyed due to siding rails fouling the doors. The roof is to follow and awaits wills slates to clad the foam core board base that’s been assembled. Owain
  12. Painting the provendor store. First up, it’s given a coat of Tamiya grey primer. Once dry, the walls are given a base coat of Vallejo cement grey, followed by a light uneven dusting of their sand. The roof is dusted unevenly with a 50/50 mix of their anthracite grey and mid grey. Once that’s dry, it’s then attacked with mig washes. The panel joints in the walls are treated to a neutral wash, the roof dark wash. The lower horizontal wall joints also get a dark wash. Roof fastenings are picked out with tracks wash and rust streaks added with light rust. Doors are humbrol enamel, washed over with migs wood wash before the humbrol has fully gone off and distressed with a cotton wool bud. The loading dock is wood wash over primer, again attacked with a cotton wool bud. Owain
  13. The provendor store. As I said above, it’s an interesting build. On top of that I’m also bashing two kits into 1 to make a ‘type C’. An internal styrene floor was fitted, also due to the doors fitting loosely the doorways were backed with more styrene to give something to glue the doors to. Roofing sections were cut to ensure the resultant three vents were centrally spaced. Legs added and the building is roughly located. More is to be added, it’s going to gain a corrugated tin extension over the siding not the goods shed, to give an undercover workshop area. Owain
  14. The time has come to revisit the goods shed! So the gable ends have been finished off, gaining lintels and the runners for the sliding doors. On the north end, this structure has been added. At a guess an office, going by the chimney (not fitted yet). Dimensions are scaled off an OS map, it looks a little over long though, so I’ll file it as a work in progress. A start has also been made on the new provendor store, from two of the ratio kits. To keep everything square and solid, I’ve built it around a styrene floor, also the styrene bracing across the doorways. Politely described as an ‘interesting’ build. Finally, a bit more on the platform, a ramp has been fabricated and the front wall painted. Owain
  15. Glad you like it! The road is more experimental hotch-potch, involving Payne’s grey acrylic, plasticote ‘stone’ textured spray paint, a bit of airbrushing, woodland scenics fine cinders for the edges. The whole mess has then been rubbed with a fibreglass brush where vehicle tyres would run, to create a slight difference in colour and texture. Just needs some road markings. The mud is various of the games workshop textured paints, which I’m very taken with indeed. For the track in the field it was simply applied with a tatty brush over the grass. Need to decide if that henhut’s staying there and if so grass in round it with a few bits of mud. As a brief update, some wildlife has been added (Langley) Also the spray booth in the garage (produced from various plywood offcuts and the back of a redundant wardrobe) has finally been commissioned. The mound of crap next to it had accumulated in it over the last year, so had to be evicted and tomorrow will be found a new home. Owain
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