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  1. I quite often have the cab light on in the front end of the real thing so I would have expected that the front one in the model should be able to be switched on. In fact, on the ScR 158s (presume all the others are the same) each side of the cab can be switched on separately. We have two switches on the right hand side of the desk to control these. Cheers
  2. Some more pics from today. Bit more home brew “sculptamold” applied to the board to build the levels up. It seems to take ages to dry but there is no real rush! Also got a bit more ballast down, a wee bit each day seems to be working fine. After that, it was out with the locos for some inspiration pics.
  3. Now that the track is dry, I took the opportunity to nip out to the shed at half time in the fitbaw (football) to start ballasting! Of course, out came the locos too....26028 will be moving to a new home to be replaced by a 27 at some stage.
  4. Book arrived earlier in the week and have been picking certain chapters to look at rather than the book as a whole (at the moment anyway) It’s a great resource, I just need to remember it’s a modelling book rather than the Rule Book! Started with the RETB chapter as it’s one of our main signalling systems up here in the Highlands. I would liked to have seen mention of how the junctions work -obviously I am extremely familiar with it but feel that a short explanation of how a route is selected and the Point Set Indicators work and their interaction with the TPWS equipment would be a benefit. One other small point, we are now on to RETB Next Gen which auto selects the channels and no longer relies on NRN for its signals. That said, I’m looking at it with my drivers hat on rather than a modellers one! Apart from my OCD with regards to RETB, it’s a very well written and clear book. Highly recommended!
  5. Managed 45 mins in the shed after work. Managed to get a first covering on the banks at the side of the bridge plus spray the track with Phoenix Sleeper Grime. With the ground cover starting to go on, it does highlight the angular nature of the foam under the plaster bandages! I’ll soon hide it with the various levels of foliage plus some carefully placed trees.
  6. After yesterday’s destructive phase, today was all about putting some back! The bridge is nearly ready for primer now that all the stone work is done. Last night I cut out some 0.040 thou plastic and today glued it round the arches. The coping stones are almost finished- just one set to do but these will get done last as they are quite exposed at the front. I then moved onto some more rockfaces at each end of the layout. These are just Woodlands Scenics moulds with a mix of Hydrocal and Plaster of Paris used depending on when I cast them. They are hot glued in place and the gaps filled with more PoP then scratched it into a rock type finish. This was allowed to dry and then three washes of acrylic paint (heavily watered down) applies with a small brush. That’s pretty much all I’ll manage today till it all dries and I’m working next two days so hopefully it’s all dried properly by Friday.
  7. Managed a wee bit of work on the wee layout this afternoon. Started by removing some of the previous base scenery before cutting out a section for the signal box to go in. I’ve then mixed up some art mache and plaster of Paris to create a pseudo- Sculptamold to redefine the ground. Much happier with how it’s developing so once it’s dry, I’ll mix some more and continue on along the front. Bridge needs loads more work but it’s getting better with each little session.
  8. In a departure from my normal 4mm stuff, some N gauge stock has appeared for a possible future project. Couple of Farish Mk2 aircons have been stripped of paint and in the process of getting some Electra graphics to create the RUO and BLO for the sleeper rake. I used IPA (95%) to strip the old paint from the coaches and a cotton bud to wipe off. Pretty successful but I need to do some additional painting (roof dirt, frame dirt and the First Group blue on the ends. Also arriving today was the 3D printed bodyshell from Shapeways of the 73/9. It’s not the smoothest of pints and will require lot of work to get it looking ok but no rush for this one! Quick clean then a dusting of primer to survey the work. Final thing to arrive this afternoon was Simon Paley’s signalling book so that’s this evenings reading taken care of!
  9. Just watched the Dean Park video myself. The new Elite looks good and I’ll probably get some for the ends of rakes of stock and the locos. There seems to be some discontent that the original has been superseded so soon but for me, they still have an important job within the rakes and I don’t feel that I will need to replace the ones I already have. They guys are to be applauded for constantly trying to improve things and expanding the range. I’m looking at getting the N gauge ones for my sleeper rake that I have started building!
  10. Davy never disappoints! His stuff is excellent. I’ll be sure to get pics up once we get the locos. One question I do have though Fran, what configuration of decoder will we need? 21pin MTC? Cheers Eddie
  11. Don’t worry Fran, all four of mine will be going to my mate at Alba Model Effects to get the treatment!
  12. Superb work. The attention to detail is amazing! Looking forward to seeing this in the flesh at some point in the future, it will be well worth travelling to see. What really makes it is the consistency throughout the build- too many layouts have one element done excellently whilst other parts of their layout isn't the same (ie; I've seen some layouts where the track is beautiful but the stations are poor) but this layout has a level of quality throughout every part of it. Same applies to the pics that you have posted of the stock- its all just so believable. Cheers
  13. I thought that the step cleared the BB but looking at that, doesn’t seem to be the case. Apologies, looks like I have misunderstood the reason for the step. Cheers
  14. For Bachmann Mk1 coaches you really need the stepped ones to allow them to clear the bufferbeam of the coaches.
  15. Superb work on these Jonathan. Well done. Far more patience than I could muster for a project like this Cheers Eddie
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