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  1. Thanks, that's really useful, substitute the bark chippings for beaten earth or ash and anything plastic for wood / metal and it's sorted. I miss having a veg patch at home (parents had an allotment that I got volunteered to help with.) Where we live now it's not an option. Nothing much edible will grow on cobblestones!
  2. Definitely coming to life.
  3. Just make sure that you have Monday clear as standby turntable testing day. Friday might just get out of hand to extent of losing a couple of days, then waking up on Sunday morning with a hangover and a new girlfriend. It happens that way sometimes....
  4. It will have to be the old style square wooden posts. I do have some domestic junk including a mangle to go by the back door.
  5. I hadn't put that much thought into the precise time of year. I've used spring grasses because I thought that the summer ones were a bit too bright and the river is well down, so I'd have to say late spring early summer.
  6. I'm thinking a bit of a scruffy yard / track across the front of the van body to the firewood store and filling the gap 'twixt that and the footpath around the house with a veg patch. Between the front door and the gate to the road could be vaguely 'garden' with a couple of hydrangeas flanking the gate to the road. Something that you used to see a lot of in old houses. I'm going to have to search modelling vegetable patches.
  7. Ordinary is what it would be. I'm just not sure what was ordinary in the 1930s. I have a reasonable recollection of how my grandfather's garden was in the 1970s. It was laid out in neat order behind a Victorian house. Brick surfaced yard, wood and corrugated iron workshop for motorcycles, radios and odd things people brought for repairs, rows of chrysanthemum, which he grew and sold to the village flower shop, vegetable plot, rows of small fruit trees, chicken shed. Up the centre of the garden was a path of diamond faced blue bricks as per the yard with those rope twist edging stones which would have dated back to when the house was built in 1892. It wouldn't surprise me if that garden had never changed in the previous forty years. I've seen some very well modelled gardens and others that look like I had the wrong mushrooms for breakfast. How to go about convincingly making any of the above flora is something that I don't know. Now I understand why the modern equivalent of "not another GWR branch line terminus" is "not another run down city diesel depot" .
  8. I've been busy trying to figure out what should be in the front yard of this house. I'm assuming that there's a piece of land behind the house containing the outside WC and a vegetable plot. Around the house itself would be a blue brick yard, leading to a gate onto the road and another gate by the corner of the building leading onto the railway. Beside the box van at the end of the short wall I'm thinking of a pair of gates and a bit of an ash track leading to the open fronted shed which would be stacked with firewood. What to do with the rest of the yard / garden I currently have no idea. Any suggestions?
  9. I got the distinct impression old chap... To be honest, I thought that it would be too. The makers have been around long enough to have been doing most things right. No doubt, don't some of the German manufacturers do similar devices? We'll there's some good news at least. If I were stuck with it, it would annoy me just looking at it.
  10. So I take it that you wouldn't recommend either then? Sorry to hear they're not up to much. It's so frustrating when you buy something to do a particular job and it's simply not fit for purpose. I find it hard to believe, considering what a litigious society we are told that we live in just how many things we buy don't do the job that they claim to.
  11. Flashing indicators have never been made a legal requirement on vehicles not originally so fitted, you're quite right. IIRC the only retrospective requirements are for twin tail lights and stop lights and a windscreen washer on vehicles without an opening front screen. As for the flashers, they were available as aftermarket items, either as the orange "Teddy bear's ears" fitted to car roofs, or conventional round indicators. One thing to remember if modelling an early sixties scene is that the front indicators were often white lights. Orange didn't become compulsory until around 1965.
  12. As the ballasting has now reached the level crossing and completed the short section of track beyond it, I now have the road and level crossing to sort out. The crossing keepers house is being assembled onto a separate base to make it easier to work on. I've knocked together a bit of a wall, placed the sheds temporarily and worked out where the drains etc are.
  13. MrWolf


    Nice looking loco though, what make is it? I take it that the tender coupling has been over designed and under engineered in some way?
  14. Great little scene. What's the origins of the loco?
  15. I'm currently working my way through two banana boxes which contained some hundred and thirty odd wagon kits. I'm looking at slippery slope in the rear view mirror....
  16. You can get away with any colour for the grille it seems. The badge above it was chrome with a pale yellow enamel background. These vans were originally fitted with trafficators, rather than flashing indicators ( flashing indicators were illegal pre 1955.) so I wouldn't worry about those too much.
  17. This picture took my interest, especially as I have a facsimile of that sign in my stash. So having been inspired by @KNPs poster boards, I have had a go over lunchtime. The post and brackets are leftover from the càttle dock kit. I'll paint the back later when the glue has dried.
  18. It will look much better as you're modelling it in its original condition. I can understand the thinking behind rationalisation, but the results are never aesthetically pleasing.
  19. Doubtless I too will be fitting side lamps where applicable.
  20. ISTR that you can buy an anorak adorned with a GWR logo....
  21. It's the muzzle velocity of said fertilizer under panic conditions that would bother me. It might just be sufficient to propel horse and cart forward at a dangerous rate. Those skinny wooden wheels don't come with Z rated tyres y'know....
  22. This is not good. I'm getting tempted away from layout building and feeling the need to dig my outside framed Toad brake van kit out from the Box Of Doom.
  23. One of those formerly battleship grey no frills jobs with slatted seats? That's a proper bus. That would definitely smell of old engine oil and stale cigarette smoke. Lurking under a bridge would probably suit it. Come to think of it, despite being static models, I don't think that I have ever seen one placed beside a suitably period bus stop on one of those pauses so that they don't turn up early and of course wait for the arrival of the other two. Just don't stop in the middle of an overbridge. It would hold up other road users and doubtless incur the wrath of your friendly local Stukageschwader. @treggyman has got it right with his horse and cart though. If I were driving such a thing over a narrow occupation bridge in the middle of nowhere and I heard a train approach, I'd pull up short of the arch in case the sudden blast of steam and smoke over the parapet scared the #### out of my horse.
  24. Good point, I'll tone them down a little with some dark rust.
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