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  1. With reference to the layout lighting. As previously stated, the LED strips are fitted behind the pelmet. An unfortunate result of this is that whilst the roof of the goods shed is well lit, the front of the shed, under the awning, is rather shaded. Having gone to the trouble of making packing cases and sacks to adorn the shed floor, I thought it would be nice it they could be seen from the front of the layout. I don't usually install lights in my buildings, generally viewing it as a waste of time as I have no intention of running my trains in the dark. Nothing shouts "unrealistic" as muc
  2. Still painting my way along the 9' long backscene. Field boundaries mostly painted. Gradually adding more hedges and trees. I had previously fitted a single strip of 'warm white' LEDs behind the pelmet but became aware that the lighting was a little on the dim side. I recently bought another strip of 'cool white' LEDs for under £10 on the 'bay. These are much brighter so, in order not to completely swamp the layout in bright light, I stuck these above the original LEDs in small clusters along the length of the layout. It was simplicity itself to run connecting wires from the original LED
  3. One thing that Sam appeared to have missed in his review was that the plastic footplate on his sample was bent, causing the cab to tilt backwards. This appeared to also affect the rear buffers, one of which was clearly pointing downwards. Can someone please clarify for me. Is this model the same one previously released by Kernow or a different tooling?
  4. How about some drainage holes in the bottom of the boat? That will sort out the rain problem!
  5. I decided to move things along by adding some trees to the landscape and to enhance the hedgerows. All achieved by dabbing a sap green/black mix onto the canvas with a small hog's hair brush. Plenty of work of this nature left to do so I probably won't be updating this thread for a short while. Here is where we are at present... (please excuse the horizontal lines caused by the shed lighting)... Thanks for reading about my humble efforts... more soon. Terry P.S. I must record here that I have derived much inspiration from the book 'Crea
  6. Having been putting off all thoughts of painting the backscene, I finally decided 'to take the bull by the horns' and make a start. Some months ago I bought online a fifteen feet roll of canvas from an art shop, for the princely sum of £20. I estimated that I would need approximately nine feet so this was cut from the roll and nailed to a wall inside the shed. A pencil line was drawn along the canvas at the required height to match the height of the rear scenic boards. I armed myself with various cheap tubes of acrylic paint and made a very thin wash of cerulean blue. I quickly applied th
  7. Brilliant modelling! Inspiring! Terry
  8. Further to my post yesterday. I have decided to return the replacement for another replacement. All credit to Rails. I was sent a return postage label almost immediately with a promise to sort it out. Credit where credit is due. Terry
  9. I received the Southern liveried version of the Terrier. It looked great and I was impressed until I gave it a test run. It made a noise similar to a coffee grinder and ran like a pig at slow speed, stalling at will. Running-in did not improve performance. Rails of Sheffield were very courteous, supplied a pre-paid return label and back it went. I received the replacement last week. Looks great, with no problems cosmetically. Ran it on my layout. Fine when running fast, but at slow speed, another pig sounding like one of those electric pencil sharpeners your teacher used to have. It s
  10. Thanks Keith, very kind of you. Terry
  11. Some recent developments on Farleigh. Fencing has been fixed along the rear of the yard and a gate has been installed. I decided to install the signal cables, represented by 0.25mm nylon thread, which is almost invisible to the naked eye. The excellent pulleys are 3D printed products available from here: https://3dprintingcorner.co.uk/ There are two signal cables, one leading to the starter signal and the other disappearing under the bridge to an imaginary home signal. The foot crossing had to be re-modelled to give clearance to the cables. Though
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