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    A cardboard replica of Dartmoor Prison somewhere off the coast of France
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    Railway modelling (obviously), photography, surfing, mountain biking, kart racing and mountain climbing.

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  1. We've just launched a Narrow Planet Facebook page. https://www.facebook...027?sk=timeline Obviously we'll continue to update you with developments here, but if you want another way of seeing what we're up to please like and share our page.
  2. We've just launched a Narrow Planet Facebook page. https://www.facebook...027?sk=timeline Obviously we'll continue to update you with developments here, but if you want another way of seeing what we're up to please like and share our page.
  3. Noted, Mike. There used to be a 'splash' page to do just that on a previous incarnation of the forum, but it must have disappeared when it was upgraded. I'll suggest it gets reinstated to the owners Halton Boy, I'll pass that on and see what we can do. PM me in a few days if you've not heard anything.
  4. As a moderator of NGRM I can confirm the question was put in place to avoid excess spam attacks, there's nothing sinister behind it. Far from it, it's trying to retain a friendly, lively forum dedicated to narrow gauge modellers. I've asked Matt who runs the techy side of things to look into it. Halton Boy - is that the username you registered with on NGRM? Just in case that helps us narrow down the problem. Thanks, Tom
  5. Regretfully I've had to withdraw Isle Ornsay from appearing at the show. Due to the continued bad weather I'm likely to be staying on shift patterns at work for the foreseeable future. Apologies to anyone who was expecting to see it there. The layout will be appearing next at Narrow Gauge South at Sparsholt in April (if the b****y rain stops!).
  6. Thank you, Rick, I'm really pleased with how its going so far.
  7. More progress on rocks and water... Inspired by a visit from my mate Chris to discuss a micro layout project, I decided to fish two of the boards out of the loft to continue the rock painting. To do this I also needed to add a couple of small patches of plaster to the base of the rock casting at the rear of the layout. Once this had largely dried I cracked out the acrylic paints. I've added the first coat of dark acrylic paint to the next sections of rock and stone walling. The paints used are acrylics by Windsor & Newton, and the colour used is a mix of roughly 60% Payne's Gray a
  8. Shunting is definitely possible - see this thread on NGRM for tips: http://ngrm-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8880-shunting-in-009-is-it-a-bad-idea
  9. Heljan kindly provided the details to the 009 Society for display at the Convention, which I pulled together into the display along with the CAD images. They mentioned that the the price is APPROXIMATE, but all other mentions of price have been in the same ballpark. £185 seems perfectly reasonable to me when you consider that a Backwoods Miniatures kit (which is the most comparable in terms of quality based on the details Heljan have provided to date) costs £92 and that requires lots of soldering of bodywork and chassis and lots of time invested in it before you get it to run, let along pa
  10. I've done a little more tonight. The paper mache that Emma did the other day has now dried, so it's received the first coat of brown paint. When this is dry I'll need to add a little more plaster around the edges of the rear plaster castings to blend them into the surrounding ground/coast/baseboard edge. More interestingly, I've been adding some 'wavelets'. This is done using some clear artist's gel. I like using artist's materials, they seem to suit my way of doing things on the layout. A thin coating of this was applied to the entire sea surface that I've painted so fa
  11. Thanks Jack, it's amazing the difference in finish that develops as the layers of paint are added. The final coat of the white makes the greatest difference of all.
  12. More painting of the waves... Prior to painting the sea colours on the flat surface I painted the ply with some artist's gesso primer. I did this as I knew several different materials were going to be used and I wanted the same top surface. This will give a consistent primed finish so that all of the sea and waves accepts paint in the same way. This is the gesso used - for those of you who haven't seen Bob Ross's painting show take a look on YouTube, there might be some handy hints for painting backscenes... This was then applied relatively thickly to the waves and surrounding
  13. Reports on another forum indicate that the coaches are moving very close to production now.
  14. Some progress (of sorts) to report, nothing like doing a demo at a show to spur you on...! I've added the first stage of the waves, the basic shape. To do this I used some Galeria 'heavy carvable modelling paste'. This is funny stuff, somewhere between PVA glue, filler and stodgy plaster of paris in consistency. It's very rigid, so can be shaped easily and will retain that shape quite well - I've been able to pull waves up rocks and it's stayed pretty much where I created the splashes as it dried. As you can see, I've also added some timber bracing to the pier wall. This has been s
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