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  1. Blackmoor Vale simmering in the morning sun, realistic if you squint! And ignore the edge of the baseboard...
  2. Much happening in the 1:1 world so apologies for the absence! A few progress pictures. Sanded the DAS prior to painting. Painted the platform an appropriate shade of greyish, fitted metcalfe paving slabs as platform edge. Blackmoor Vale simmering in the morning sun, need to find some ground covering for around the track, thinking a light sprinkle of static grass, and a bit of railway debris. New gate and extended fencing for the cows field. An overhead view of the layout as it is currently.
  3. Now filled in the platform with a skin of DAS, will probably paint the platform sides with acrylic paint and the top of the platform will use metcalfe paving slabs as platform edging
  4. Brief update: I was unhappy with the platform, the card structure was too flimsy so instead I created an infill with strips of softwood and have begun covering them with layers of DAS clay. I will use the paving stone edging as I think it looks ok but am in two minds about either painting the das or using the brick paper. I also need to work on the half footbridge once the platform is finished
  5. FIDDLEYARD THOUGHTS Now that the scenery is coming together, thoughts now move to a fiddle yard so I can actually run some trains through the scenery! Will be a separate board for ease of storage and transport but I'm torn between: A single line fiddle stick c 2ft long A full fiddle yard basically mirroring the layout Other (answers on a postcard) I'm thinking a full fiddle yard would be the most useful for exhibitions or multi engine running if I want to represent a full days running.
  6. Some slow progress pictures... The BR standard 5 with a short rake of Mk1s including a GUV, all need weathering and detailing. A few drunk trees have sprouted on the bank at the back of the layout, need to add some more. The platform is also slowly coming together. It’s short length is highlighted here, however, as it is a halt and only used by short stopping local services such as the Autotrain and ex GWR railcars it’s large enough.
  7. More work on the backscene, may well add a light grey wash to suggest haze or depth? The platform sides have been glued and pinned onto the platform piers, and I have started to blend in the buffer stops. I have also added scatter on the field to make it less uniform and am thinking some trees and telegraph poles on the bank at the back will help too. Need to decide on what couplings to get, the tension locks just really are off putting! I’m thinking Kadees for the remote uncoupling etc. I also need to order a nameplate for the new engine but it’s getting there!
  8. BACKSCENE AND BUFFERS Painted up a backscene in sky blue, more detailing, clouds and hills to add! Will work out a better way to fix it onto the lay out, probably push pins or brass tacks with painted heads. The buffer stops have been planted in a bed of DAS, which will be blended in when dry. A new loco has arrived, will be detailed and weathered soon! About to do some work on the platform sides with a cup of tea!
  9. Indeed, both were built as ambulance coaches, however, by using a pullman as my launching point, both the roof profile and the doors at the brake end are already correct. I also fancy a bit of a challenge and an interesting piece of rolling stock that I have ridden in feels like a good prototype. MUCH PLANNING STILL TO DO
  10. I am still thinking that making one myself will be a fun challenge, the Southern Rail Email Group is a bit of a treasure trove that I have found this morning, lots of photos of both the prototype and model forms, so I think some measuring and rivet counting may well be in order! https://sremg.org.uk/coach/coupe/coupe_se14.pdf
  11. Thank you! I'm coming back into the hobby after a long break, and when I was a kid I was happy with my triang relics and a tender drive A4! Rule 1 very much applied! So am a bit out the loop on catalogue numbers and the like to say the least! Will have a look around for those Jason
  12. I have a few of them now! They look fantastic, and as my planned layout is a posh seaside resort, something like a shortened Ilfracombe portion of the Devon Belle, a 6 coach + observation car would be nice, but not for almost as much as I've spent on the rest of my stock!
  13. Does anyone know if there is a kit in OO for the Devon Belle Observation Cars? I’m loathe to spend the extortionate prices they go for on the Bay. I was given some Hornby Pullmans from the 80s and am thinking one of these could be the basis of a bit of a cut and shut or new sides? I also have been struggling to find any diagrams of the observation car to plan from? Thanks Rob
  14. Cows Took the layout outside to give it a clean and add the backscene frame. I probably need to add more scatter and ground cover, but it's getting there! The herd of cows are now fully painted up, ready for placing in the field.
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