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That Model Railway Guy

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  1. Well it's my first post of 2021 so I thought I'd share this photo I took the other day for a bit of fun. I don't yet have a backscene so the landscape has been extended with a little bit of dodgy work in photoshop but I was pleased with how it's turned out (as long as you don't look too closely!) given I was just messing around.
  2. Happy New Year everyone! Hope you were all able to celebrate in someway, if not as much as we would have liked too. Following on from my last post about the bufferstops, here's a video that shows the whole process in case anyone wants to do something similar on their own layouts.
  3. Thanks @Acklam, glad you found it useful and I hope it helps out with your own plans. So far I've found that it was worth spending the time I did on this area as it's made building the rest of the layout a lot easier in comparison.
  4. Hi there, the endplates are my own custom design as I wanted something quite specific and I just send the computer file off to a company who do custom laser cutting for them to make. Anytime I need more endplates I just order some more using the same file and they come back identical to every other batch. The endplates are only one part of the puzzle though. You may have already seen it but a few weeks back I posted a video where I went through the whole process of aligning and joining the baseboards/modules, so if you're thinking about doing something similar it might be worth a t
  5. Thank you @Alister_G, I had a great Christmas. Hope you had a good one too and best wishes for the New Year!
  6. A little job I did earlier this month was to "upgrade" the Peco bufferstops I've been using. They're alright but a bit basic. This is how they've looked on the layout for the past year... I glued them together and removed the peg from the centre of the buffer blocks and gave it a quick paint job - white on the beam with red blocks and then some matt brown on the sides with some rust dry brushed on afterwards. It's probably not prototypical but then nothing else on Pickwick Yard is! Finally here's how they look back in position on the layout. A
  7. Merry Christmas everyone! Here's a quick attempt at a festive shot on one of the scenic parts of the layout
  8. Merry Christmas everyone! Parcels have arrived at Pickwick Yard ready for tomorrow
  9. Hi everyone, I'm doing a live running session tonight at 7pm over on YouTube to celebrate the channel hitting 900 subscribers! I know lots of people have had their Christmas plans suddenly ruined or disrupted due to the last minute restrictions that have been brought in place, so if you're at a loose end or feeling a bit lonely do feel free to pop in and say Hi. Doesn't matter whether you've subscribed or not but if you'd like to watch some model trains run and hang out with like-minded people in the chat you're more than welcome to join us. It's turned into a lovely little communi
  10. Thanks @STATO, glad you're enjoying it. Ooh, that's a really interesting idea and I'll definitely have to look into that. Unfortunately the room it will usually be setup in isn't long enough to have the buffer module as well as the curves in that configuration but it's definitely worth keeping in mind for all the potential options it opens up if space ever isn't an issue! Thanks for that
  11. Hi Folks, earlier in the thread I sort of explained how I'm connecting the baseboards and aligning all the track and scenery in a way so that it's consistent across every module. That said, if anyone's interested in seeing it action I've made this video of me adding the endplates and dowels to a module and getting it to a stage where my stock can cross the join smoothly. I did this mainly for my audience on YouTube as they wanted more information on how it worked, but thought I'd post it here in case it's of interest as it's relevent to the layout. As m
  12. I'm sure by now a few of you have twigged that I'm quite a fan of the Hornby Pecketts! I had both the W4 and the B2 on the layout the other day so here's a few stills from the running session. The B2 was mainly on mineral wagon duties, bringing in full coal wagons and taking away the empties. Meanwhile the W4 was kept busy working the smaller factory siding.
  13. Fantastic! One of my favourite types of loco so I'll definitely be picking up at least one of these... most likely two or three Well done Rapido!
  14. Another little job I've been working on lately is to add coal loads to all my open wagons. The Dapol kits were nice and easy as they have the moulded load that slots in. I just painted it black and glued some Hattons coal to the top. For the rest of my wagons I had to make the coal loads from scratch which meant having to do... some actual modelling! In reality it's such a simple thing but it's made a really big difference to the layout. Wagons and movements now appear to have more of a purpose (even though I'm still just aimlessly shunting things around) so it's definitely been w
  15. Mine arrived this morning too. Have just put together a quick video showing off some close ups and a little bit of them running behind Rocket, just in case anyone wants to see them in action.
  16. Ooh interesting idea. I don't think it would work for me with these particular modules as the trees are generally on the higher ground but it's good to know in case it's useful for future modules. In this instance though height is very much at a premium when it comes to storing these and so it's ended up saving me a lot more space by having the trees be completely removable.
  17. As I've mentioned before I'm also documenting the build of this layout over on my YouTube channel. I tried to film as much as I could while building the scenery up and have edited together a little video of my efforts so far. Here's the link to watch it if anyone prefers that to reading my rambling posts! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlqnN3o_kVo
  18. Thanks @Alister_G, sadly the road isn't anywhere near as smooth as it looks in the photos. I certainly wouldn't want to ride a bike down it! I might try painting it to see if it makes it less noticeable before I take any drastic action but I'm not too worried considering there's still fencing/walling and bushes to go on either side of it.
  19. Just in case anyone's wondering - in the pictures on my previous post the modules were aligned but not bolted together, which is why the baseboard join looks very noticeable. It's much better when properly connected but I also want to do some work on the static grass at the edges of the modules to hopefully disguise the join even further.
  20. Lots more progress today! This morning I had a go at the road surface across the bridge - it's not come out amazing but it'll do for now. Funnily enough it actually looks better in the photos than it does in reality (usually it's the other way round!) but I imagine I'll end up going over it in the future to get something slightly smoother. I also added a dirt verge alongside the road and the track too just to blend it into the grass a bit better as that was something I wasn't quite happy with on my first module. There's also a dirt patch where my two buildings stand with a little p
  21. Thank you. They've continued drying this evening and are now a bit paler than they were in the pictures... presumably as the plaster absorbs more of the paint. I'll plough on with the static grass tomorrow as planned but I can always touch up the rocks with a tiny dabs of watered down black/grey here and there if it really continues to bother me.
  22. Just a quick update from the last few days... rocks have been made using the woodland scenics mould and have been added to the module with a little bit of modelling compound. These were painted using the leopard spot technique which was mostly successful (though I know what I'd do differently next time!). Once this was dry the entire module was painted brown before I did the ballasting. I'll leave this to dry overnight before I hopefully starting on the static grass tomorrow.
  23. So far I haven't had any trouble with aligning the rails because of the markers on my endplates. There's also bullet dowels in each baseboard which keep the entire module aligned in a consistent way when joining up. That said I have no idea what the longevity of this is, it all works today but in a year or two things might start to slip a little. The rails are soldered to brass screws at each end so I wouldn't expect it to happen but if it does retro fitting fishplates shouldn't be too much of a problem - it'll just make connecting up the modules a lot more fiddly! Long
  24. Thanks @Jeff Smith. No problem, the rails aren't actually connected across the joints at all. On each module I'm making sure the rails are lined up to markers on my endplates so that they're consistent on every single board no matter which order they're setup in. When the boards are bolted together there's only a 1-2mm gap between the rails which so far hasn't presented any problems with locos. For power, there are bus wires running underneath each module that feed power to the track. These have push connectors on each end to transfer the power from one module to the next.
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