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  1. Not sure how much will get done in the next couple of weeks. Just signed up to a 3 months of exact editions access to the Railway Modeller archive and currently reading my way through the 1950s. I have been out to the shed and the last 3 shops have been added. Now for the fun part (aka the bit I hate) of detailing each of these. My thinking is I add a floor which will also help hold the card for the windows in place, add the fittings and then a back with some kind of image printed on it. The back of the shop will be the simplest as there are plenty of results from google searches. UI thought it time I went back to Norton Rd and the signal box. I've added the fireplace and chimney. by sheer fluke I glued it in place exactly where the Metcalfe roof needs it to be but the plan is to make a better roof out of Scale Model Scenery weather roof tiles with plenty of bird poop.
  2. Consider it toned down. Again, the sketching pens were used. Step 1 was use one of the cool grey pens in the set and leave for around 30 seconds. After that, simply wipe over with some kitchen towel. The only piece I will have trouble with is by the loading edge of the platform and you can still see the original colour but I am thinking weeds can run along that edge to cover it. Now, do I actually start finishing a building or build the next 3 shop fronts? I think actually finish the run and get the roof tiles in place is next along with think about the road/pavement surface for station walk.
  3. Another week and a bit more done on the shops with signs and windows added. I've taken delivery of roof tiles from Scale Model Scenery and need to have a think about the best way to apply them to a long stretch of buildings. Whilst waiting for things to dry on the buildings I have fixed the station wall in place. The 2nd piece of cobblestone is down as well for the yard area and I have to say I do like these Cooch products. I have some offcuts where I will see whether I can tone the colour down, but if not I can live with that. I will add weeds and tyre marks whatever though. Might also be time for some dusting looking at the roof of the Class 128.
  4. Hmmm, something beginning with B. Your gonna have to give me a clue. Looked at that and can't see it. What I can see is Your Achievements, Activity/Blogs, warning points, followers, about pirouets, profile info, recent profile visitors, edit profile, cover photo, See my activity plus the main menu bar. Thing is if I inspect the code for the page I can see the link (and it works as I clicked it), but if I do a text search on the page as loaded for bookmark it only finds it in the content of this thread which is in the activity section so its not as if you hid it in white text on a white background.
  5. Now its quite possible I am being a wally and have mis-understood something in earlier posts but I don't see this from my profile and it looks like this.
  6. So it turns out the app for the HM6000 is fine and its user aka - me is just a complete muppet. One of the things that annoyed me was if the phone went to sleep it would cut power to the track, until I found the setting that disabled that so now I can sit there modelling with something running in circles. Why is it so many men hate reading manuals? As a result I spent a happy hour running trains for the 1st time in a while and was amazed when everything ran. The only unit that stalled was the class 108 which takes a bit of running in if left for a while. Still runs great for a 2nd hand purchase. The shops are coming on though and I am definitely going to have to come up with interiors. Given I can't possibly finish 1 thing before starting another the next block of 4 has been started. I won't join that on until each part is finished as there needs to be another 3 shops to the right to complete the run. I've also started fixing in the station wall which I said would wait till the main building was finished as I am happy I have all the measurements correct. Once the wall is in I can think about the road/pavement surface for the shop area. I also need to make my mind up whether I am going to add working lighting to the layout. Still not sure I am that bothered if truth be told but we shall see. it might be I just don't fancy crawling under the boards.
  7. My arty son has some fabulous sketching marker pens which I have used to colour in the shop fronts rather than create some kind of paper design that I would then have to affix. My only concern is did I cut the windows to high so I don't have much room for the shop sign. We shall see as I need around 8mm for a 2ft high sign. Also need to have a think about interiors for these but that's for another day. In other news I am going to have a look at rigging my gaugemaster controller so I can use that when I decide I don't want to use the Hornby bluetooth controller. Sometimes I do find the phone interface just a bit unresponsive though that could be my 5 year old phone being a bit sluggish.
  8. Sums up my thoughts when I saw your use of cling film. Such a simple idea and one I should have used before I stuck down some cobblestones up against a building that is far from finished. Anyway, family off to bed so can watch the programme on catch up and then i'll have a vague idea about what everyone is talking about.
  9. Are you just jealous because you hadn't thought of it as a technique or had reason to? Anything on Callow Lane need a big of a singe effect?
  10. I really should focus finishing 1 building before starting another, but that's no fun so here we have the start of the shops that will form station walk. After taking this picture I wondered whether the shop fronts were to uniform so....... ... I flipped one of the doors around and created a centre door front. beauty of this is I can make 3 or 4 fronts and inter change them as I build. One of my kids has a set of colouring pens where you can blend the pens to make other colours so I am going to see whether that comes out better than creating a paper wrap for the shop fronts. The next is nothing other than one to show the overall scene I m trying to create Over in the station yard I have a sheet of Chooch cobblestones. its not glued down yet but I will get a 2nd sheet to complete the yard. I can then leave it like that or add a colour wash to dull it down. I should have some off cuts that i can experiment on for that. Just waiting for Hampshire Models in Basingstoke to get a new order in. I wasn't planning to go there but had a morning off to play golf and ended up walking of the course after 7 holes as just wasn't enjoying it (might be the end for me & golf after some 38 years but that's another story). Instead spent the rest of the morning in the shed starting on the buildings in this post.
  11. Two new like options are needed - Gulps in astonishment - That's it. I quit Also, is your local celebrity, Lady Scoggins prepared to grace such an establishment with her presence or is it still to down market?
  12. So taking a break from the station building i've made up the sections for the station wall. These are not fixed in place yet and won't be until the station building is finished and in but it achieves the effect I was looking for. I need to have a thing about the capping for this next. Not sure whether to cap with a row of vertical bricks or capping stone but I suspect it will be the latter. I've also got a new toy to play with. Up till now I have used one of the tea strainer models for electric grass which has it limitations so getting a bit older meant I asked my wife for a larger one. Dug up a test piece I still have in the shed and will try things out on their 1st such as, weeds in the stone work, between the rails and a general grassy area. Also if you look at the area by the station building, part of me wonders if a cobble stone yard area might be an option. Question is could I do it without covering the buildings and platform.
  13. Andy. Are you sure your not missing something here. Surely there is a whole variety of charging options you could have around moderation. Just look at what your average wheel clamper can get away with. Forget getting the coat. I'm off to sit on the naughty step.
  14. I have to agree with Mr Muddy above. The layout has that sense of space about it which I think comes from having the scenic run either side of the station along with your idea of slightly raising the line from the countryside it is sitting in. I don't know whether you ever saw a layout called Tapley in the modelling press but this has that same peaceful feel.
  15. Something I have been trying to work out using exact editions. I have a 22 inch monitor and was wondering if there is a way it can display the content in a full screen mode? If I could see the pages without the menu at the top and the navigation bar at the bottom it would make it that little bit better. Whilst I am like others who though the step back from having app based access on a tablet was a retrograde step from a user experience, I did take Gold to get access to the archive specifically along with the free ticket at some point. (Oh and if you could see your way to me winning a WOR comp at some point that will mean a few hours being less middle aged and grumbly )
  16. So one of the questions being mulled over whilst the station buildings come together - What goes along the backscene behind the platforms? In one corner of my mind I am thinking its simply station parking, but hiding away in another recess of my mind is some low relief shops/offices. If its the latter then now road and simply a pavement area between then platform and the buildings. The edge of the platform will have a brick wall about 4ft tall added to it that will go all the way up to the warehouse building that is on the end of the platform. As for the station building its starting to come together. The building on the left will have sliding doors added where as the station entrance/exit will have doors mounted internally. Plan is to fit out the buildings and I am thinking its time to start adding lighting to buildings, which also means I need to have a think about lights for the platform. Oh, and thinking back to the start of this post, another cell in my brain is wondering does the station building also wrap round the passenger platform? Think this is the least likely of the ideas. I've also added the platform starter. Not wired in yet and I need to work out what signal goes at the end of the station given the control there needs to be - Out of the station platform - From the sidings to the main line - Departure done the freight only branch (to the hidden siding)
  17. But sir, you always tell us off for wish lists. Thanks for the update and i shall get my coat.
  18. And here we have the finished platforms. I wasn't planning on it but the warehouse building still fits which is good which means the short siding just before the platform can still be the warehouse platform for box vans, etc. The quick mock up of the station building got slotted in and the scene still works. The edging is from the Scalescenes platform kit whilst the platform surface is acrylic paint simply stippled on to the surface. It doesn't show to well in this photo but I have added the brick layer below the platform edge for the 1st time. If anyone is looking at the parcels bay and wondering why there are paving stones in the middle, well that is simply because I'm a prat. I forgot about the extension it needed and put the end wrap of edging stones. However rather than rip it up I thought I would leave that in and maybe it means the bay platform was extended at some point. The other plus point of having the warehouse out during the rebuild is I fixed the sagging roof. Not sure what's next other than time for a good running session I think.
  19. I assume Mrs Davies actually can never leave as she knows where all the skeletons are as wel Seriously though, you almost ignore the railway in these pictures given all the cameos such as the escape train spotting chicken. How many hours have you spent on interior detail that only you can see once you have done 20 mins stretching to crane your neck into the right position?
  20. So a start made on the platform base. Its set at 17mm so I can add the surface once i have worked out which option works best. As for brickwork it will a brick paper but the question is whether I use Scalescenes or try something else such as the range from Scale Model Scenery. I can also make the main platform in chunks and assemble at the end rather than trying to make the full 1.2m and then cover it.
  21. Started playing with ideas for the platforms. In the past I have used Scalescenes papers for the surface but I find that you get the odd edge that lifts very slightly so with the rebuild in mind I thought how else can I do this and I have 2 ideas in mind - The top piece simply has the paving carved in to the edge and was then painted by stippling the paint to get a slightly rough surface rather than seeing brush strokes on the card. - The other option is to carve in the paving stones for the whole surface but i don't have the paints for this. I did make a mistake in the pattern which is why there are 2 pairs of rows where the slabs are laid side by side rather than off set though I have seen some station pictures where it is laid like that. The only issue I did find is that the frog tape did pull slightly at the surface of the card but we will see how well it looks once paint the edge up. I also hope if I build up in layers I can get rid of the card join with the asphalt effect, where as for the paving stones it won't matter so much as long as the pattern lines up. What I do know is that looking at these test pieces I will probably end up redoing all platforms on the layout and not just Dinfield.
  22. So a quick bit of cutting and gluing mocked this up and glad I did because it made me realise the idea I had in my head is way to big. Whilst their will be an unloading platform on the left hand side, the building when I make it will ne about half the length seen here which in turn, leaves more room for a couple of vehicles in the yard area. The remaining question is whether I add a building that will run down a short length of the passenger platform or do something else.
  23. Well, the plunge has been taken and the station isn't going to be central and I am back to the terminus idea. I have shortened one of the sidings slightly so I can have what today is used as a parcels platform. I am thinking the station building itself will one of those that is far grander than the town needed and be wrapped around the end of the station. From an electrics point of view I am lucky as there is an un-used switch wired up that can be used to power the track where the 33 is sitting. Not going to rush to much and will mock things up first as having been shoe shopping for one of the kids, there are 4 empty boxes. (And to think their is a debate in another thread about whether modelling is luxury - kids cost way more ) I also cut the length of the factory siding rather than remove it and that will remain there but a new smaller factory will be built.
  24. So the bulldozer has been in an removed all the buildings. For a while now the station set-up had been bugging me as it felt to compressed. Nothing got thrown away and all the buildings have gone in to storage. I have an idea that the station actually is rebuilt centrally with houses or shops at either end. Not sure whether it will be backs or a road scene up to the lineside. Freight would run through the station but passenger trains would terminate here as further up the line is now only some remaining industry. This does mean that where the box vans are sitting will have to go. Before I make any changes though I will get some drawings done as the other idea is to have this back as a terminus with a longer platform and the box van line would then be platform 2. Either way enough work to keep me happy for a while and various buildings needed. The yard area will also need some thought as to buildings and loading areas. It may be that I treat it more as a set of exchange sidings for the branch that leaves which is also freight only.. (See pic 2)
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