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  1. Getting on with it now! Got a lot of hats to make shortly for the hat shop on the corner. But is will be all the windows and doors next.
  2. Another productive weekend. Walls, railings, signals and crossing gates all ready for painting. These are mainly for the High Street scene. One of the cross bar signals will be internal, the other located at the crossing gates. The water crane will be near the locomotive shed.
  3. Thanks Jeff. I am now working on the ground work on the High Street board. At the road crossing, the tram line is plastered in with filler and awaits the carving of the setts, similar process to before. The buildings are set out, walls marked out (the green strips) and the footpaths under way. … at the same time as I am painting the shops on the opposite desk in my workroom.
  4. The last board!!.. The High Street. I have set out the building carcasses and am ready to start thinking about the tram track crossing the line in High Street. The railway squeezes behind building's almost scraping the walls. There will be brick walls along the track side both sides for most of the length of this board. This morning I had a final electrical test. The other 4 boards all have their buildings finished and are ready to be stuck down..
  5. Some more illumination. This time gas lamp standards, 14 in total. Negative wire runs inside the brass tube, the positive wire is soldered top and bottom so the brass standard carries the current. A 1000 ohm resister will be fitted to each standard once the lamps are planted. Other than that the electrics are the same as the wall mounted ones shown earlier.
  6. Some of the railway workers having a brew in the mess room. The room has since been illuminated before closing it up with the roof.
  7. Here's a little cameo I have thrown together for a bit of fun. Working my way round to the cooperage board, I needed to detail the inside of the cooperage building. These are two steam driven saw benches sawing slivers of wood ready for cask production.
  8. After a lot of experimentation we have arrived at the following conclusion for the setts colouring. The original colouring idea of an enamel wash pictured on an area in the August post on page 5 was removed as the wash tended to give a mushy finish so I started again. Ground setts were originally laid at Bass brewery using Mountsorrell setts which although light grey colour would of had a very slight pinkish tone in them. The following technique was originally tried out on a section using pink (dark tan polish) but the contrast was too severe, so I removed the finish for the second time and started again. For the final version I painted the top surface with a mix of Humbrol enamel 64 light grey and 33 white, trying not to fill the joints, before lining all the joints with Humbrol tank grey 67 / earth 29. This gave a flat but sharply defined 2D finish. Then when dry and using a clear shoe polish and Humbrol weathering powder brushed on the polish/weathering mix. After a severe buffing-off with a soft cloth the surface will be sealed with Humbrol Satin Cote varnish. This took it up to the 3D finish as pictured below. The weathering/polish mix tended to fill in the tiny surface blemishes and dressed the edges of the setts where the painting had (purposely) missed. This was all Julie's idea. The trackwork on the second picture has been ballasted with fine sand laid dry. Pva /water 50/50 eye dropped on, before painting on a thinned coat of Humbrol 67/29 enamel mix and dry brushing off when dry with Humbrol 110 wood / 64 light grey. The rail sides are painted in Humbrol tan 62. Ballasting in these yards would have been done using gravel and ash I believe, as proper large stone ballast was reserved for the proper railways elsewhere..
  9. Yes, an interesting comment on the skill or mind set required to measure and cut things out. I would say that, as with all these things, taking time out to set up the physical making process to start with will help considerably and pay dividends in time. Such as perhaps using a small drawing board as I do, or maybe a nice piece of plain wood with 2 steel rulers screwed down at right angles with one of them raised a little for card to pass under for measuring and marking, you will be in a much stronger position to draw and mark out en-masse, rather than just one thing at a time. A much more economical use of time I have found. This is why I always try and construct, build and finish several buildings at the same time, so all walls can be made at the same time, painted, all windows etc. It maybe takes longer overall but all are finished at the same time.
  10. Guten tag Torsten. Hope you are well. I will be contacting Herr Ebe again very soon once the brewery and maltings boards are completed. Auf Wiedersehn.
  11. Mike We are due to bring the layout to Portsmouth next year coincidentally as a 'work in progress'.
  12. Paul I am assuming the staircase is at the back of the box (parallel to the track). That is what I am modelling. The signal box appears to only control the crossing gates and local signal. The brewery points in my case will be operated by 2 ground frames mounted on small timber decks. Photo's soon. This may be over the top as most contemporary pictures I have show points mostly hand lever operated at ground level next to the point, but as horses and foot traffic were at ground level as much as at platform level, I have (conveniently) covered all the point rodding in timbers.
  13. AY mod. many thanks for the 'our picks' slot that I have only just spotted! I am hopeless at seeing the obvious quite often. PG
  14. Chaps, Many thanks for all your very kind comments. It is great that people are prepared to follow these old ramblings and discuss some of the topics and elements. I have certainly learnt a lot from peoples comments, both what to do and what not to do of course. I don't believe you can completely create these things without such interaction. Cheers Pete
  15. Martyn Funnily enough, they are still about. 'Rowlands Castle' can be seen at Stanstead House in Rowlands Castle, Hampshire during summer months I believe, and is going to the Netherlands next year as part of a Dutch celebration of the Allied help given to them during the war. 'The Worlds End' is out next January in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire as part of a charity weekend. And Copper Wort is going to Pickering, Portsmouth and Spalding next year, but the High Street scene probably won't be complete but I am hoping the brewery will be complete. Cheers Pete
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