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  1. Many thanks - The cliffs are a little close to the road and railway and a bit too shear an angle compared to prototype but that's the compromise with a 1ft wide layout. You are obviously a mind reader as I am thinking of placing a a rockfall prevention fence on the cliff similar to this: This barrier at Dover has since been replaced with a galvanised steel H beam and galvanised mesh. Just trying to think of a mesh that will look good at n gauge. You can see the more realistic cliff angle and road setback in the image above. (More modern catch fencing
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    Lining out...

    This weekend was a chance to finish off painting the asphalt and to make a start on getting all the road lining and decals down. Ferry terminals seem to be covered with white yellow and red lining of different sorts so out with the acrylic pens and bendy ruler to start marking it all on. (marking on the top road lines first using the bendy ruler for the corners.) (I then marked out a chevron where the two routes split before marking the lines down the ramp.) The ramp road crosses the railway at the bottom. Due to the dockside industrial nature I
  3. Tonight I managed to finish off the point infilling and then get on with finishing off the paving. (infill finished off along the dockside) First of all I paid attention to an area of das clay I wanted to turn into concrete (wanted a bit of relief from the tarmac). Concrete needs a nice clean edge to represent the formwork so out with the craft knife and metal rule to straighten up the edges. After that I scaled down and scored 9m movement joints into the das surface. (area to be 'concreted' tieded up and movement joints scored in).
  4. So having completed most of the infill and das clay around the dockside track I thought I better try out various items of stock to ensure different wheel flanges and wheel bases work before I start painting it all up. The first to test were two of my cargowaggons with the class 66. (class 66 going into the underpass on the headshunt for the train deck Linkspan) I tried out various sidings and locations with this set up making sure they all worked nicely. The 66 was sticking on some of the point work. I think some of the das clay was stuck on the point flange red
  5. It's been a few days since I last posted but progress have been steady. I've been focusing on completing the das clay roadway around the Dock area. More rolling between balsa formers to get the right depth before smoothing off with a shaping tool. (rolling out the das clay to correct depth and standard width before laying on a pva layer) There was a lot of cutting and shaping the clay to get it around lots of tricky corners. (all the clay in but looking a bit rough.) Once dried I sanded down the clay to get rid of the
  6. Having completed the cliffs and having an evening to spare I decided to tackle a fairly long section of road. Having learnt from my earlier mistakes with the overbridge and Linkspan I didn't try to put the ironworks in first. They can be a finishing touch instead which stops them getting bashed about. It also saves a lot of fiddly cutting about the das clay. I used the air dried clay again as overall I was pleased with the result last time and I still have a large block to use up! Sticking two strips of balsa down to my kitchen work surface gave the correct depth and width to roll out my clay
  7. Just a quick update tonight as I didn't have much time. The shrubbery has grown dramatically today with the rest of the embankment covered up. I've left a small amount of embankment clear for a small diorama depicting a landslip. (embankment fully vegetated) There are two structures that will adorn the top of the cliff. The first was an abandoned WW2 observation bunker. These were always very crude bits of architecture so thankfully quite easy to model. Digging through my box of bits I had some 3mm ply which I cut the walls and roof out of. Having glued it all t
  8. So having left the plaster to dry overnight today was a painting day. Firstly I painted the soil a lightish soil colour having seen some photos showing how the underlying chalk affected the upper soil colour (pic of light brown soils on the white cliffs) (soils painted-its lighter than it looks) Having painted the soils I then painted the cliffs some very light shades of grey and white. Initially my son asked me why I was painting my cliffs to look like Stilton rind so with this constructive criticism ringing in my ears toned it all down
  9. And so after a few false starts today was cliff building day. The cliff is the only major landscape feature on the layout and hopefully will really set the tone and feel for the layout and give it the character of the Kent coast. First thing to do was to remove the polystyrene along the back scene which hadn't really worked and replace it with landscape mesh. To set the right angle I used cardboard from an old cereal packet to create some formers. (cardboard formers in) (mesh screwed into place with 10mm screws) Having got the mes
  10. Did a bit of work around the station this evening. Produced some brick walls to the rear of the viaduct to represent the rear of the structure. I also used some modern platform paper to complete the finish of the platform surfacing. (paving paper done from scale model scenery. Like the look of the tactile paving) (brickwork parapets 'laid' along the backscene) I also have had time to do a bit of bodge wiring. Whilst my father is a retired electrical engineer the electrical genes weren't passed on! I currently have a Gaugemaster controller on o
  11. A chance to do a bit more detailing this evening. I wanted to get some railings on the ferry. Using the same laser cut scale model scenery key clamp handrail as used on the Linkspan. (handrails starting to go on) (and another view) Once both sides were safely railed up I painted all this white. (finished railings) (all painted up) (rear view) Not sure how long these will last before getting knocked off or damaged. It's very fine detail very close to the edge of the layout so
  12. Check out Kathy Millets instructional video on YouTube. Whilst my Wilko PVA took days rather than hours to dry as she stated, the rest was pretty much as her tutorial describes. The colour is perhaps still a little blue but I wanted to capture a summers sunny day when the Dover sea is at its bluey greenest! (from the photos I've seen anyway) I think I'm going to have a rethink about the cliff construction and perhaps order some Noch aluminium landscaping mesh or something similar. The polystyrene is too crude and thick in places for my liking. Live and learn!
  13. It's been a little while since I last posted. I've been concentrating on getting the sea finished. Eventually after 48hrs the PVA dried. Now for the fun part of tacky glue and making some wavy texture. (Dock ready for texturing) Put an angle on it to make it look like the breeze is blowing across the Dock. The glue holds its shape pretty well and with the aid of a cocktail stick I could get rid of the bubbly bits and make it more wavy. I did two treatments of this to infill between rows. (second row complete and left to dry)
  14. Once I've built my cliff I'll give it a go at preserving it at 1:148 scale!
  15. Many thanks. The nice thing about painting is if you don't like it you can just paint over it again. This took about 3 coats to get the 'right' grey that I was happy with. I had thought about downloading some of John Wiffen's work but thought I'd give painting a go first as concrete is generally just a stained grey with some movement joints. If I mucked it up I could always stick paper over the top! I drew the line at old Victorian brickwork though which was just to small for my eyes so bought some brick paper for the viaduct and old tunnel mouth. I really wanted the layout to hav
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