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  1. Enjoyed that! The coaches are beautiful and your village modeling is just perfect. Regards Shaun
  2. A bit more work on the terrace during the evenings. Paint. My usual formular of grey primer, mortar, dry brushed stone colours, dry brushed grime and black green wash. In the past I've shied away from HO scale stone sheet but this stuff was a bargain and has turned out splendidly! The stench pipes are the very last of some down pipes that came in a Linka kit I brought at age 15. The connectors are snippets of hollow cotton bud stick, anything remotely useful finds its way into one of my many scrap boxes but fear not, the nasty waxy cotton didn't I must draw the line somewhere! The rings were placed loose on the pipes which were then glued onto the sanded mounts. When set more glue was applied and the rings slid into place. I got up at 6, eager to apply the regular black paint. It is starting to look like the North of England on our side board. Squatch
  3. Great video Felix! Something I wish I had more time for! Hope that you're well Shaun
  4. Semis are taking shape and starting to look the part with a splash and daub of paint. Happy Thanksgiving. Squatch.
  5. Two very productive evenings have produced two pairs of semidetached council houses not too dissimilar to the types in the third picture above. All those Crittall steel-framed windows took most of the time! I fashioned them by cutting up these old warehouse windows obtained at a show in Eugene quite a few years back. Such things always end up in my goodie bag at shows. Doors are scratch built from .040 strip and off cuts of siding. A typical style for the period. Otherwise, it's the usual foam board construction only this time I chose to clad it with Plastruct concrete block. The downstairs fronts were constructed using my last scraps of Wills dressed stone to work around the living room windows. The N1 arrived in the post, a build I'm really looking forward to. I've built body kits before and chassis but never a whole kit! It is complete too, all the wheels, pins, gears, gubbins and paraphernalia to complete it. Squatch. Thanks for checking in.
  6. Nothing special just all the detail. Small snippets of Wills pantile sheet have been used to represent the ornate porch brackets. One thing I had to correct was the hipped right end of the roof. Another quirk of this West Riding-esque terrace. With previous builds, I have found that trying to apply down pipe detail futile after the paint has been applied , so have fixed their mounts with a view to masking them. Squatch
  7. After yesterdays plans went wayward I have taken no hesitation in getting cracking with this terrace build this morning. First I cut out all the windows from the foam and then cut the parts from the sheet with a fresh stanley blade, steel rule and my hobby craft square. The square has ridges down one edge on both sides. Next I cut the front and ends out of the plastic stone sheet marking the window and door placement roughly using the foam inner front wall. Taping this flush to the edge of the cutting mat, I cut all the left verticals and used the window parts to gauge the right cuts utilizing the ridged square! A straight edge came into play held down one end with a clamp to cut all the horizontals. The carcass has been glued together and held in place with Peco track fixing pins which will live to fight another day after the glue has cured. Squatch. Enjoying some scratch building.
  8. Here is where I got to with the Balmoral Place terrace this evening. Marked out the foam board carcass, cut the front wall overlay from JTT N scale random stone sheet and found suitable windows from my supplies. Fingers crossed, the whole day will be free for modeling tomorrow. Squatch
  9. The council would send the painters around every 5 years to give them a fresh coat of standard white.
  10. Many happy hours were spent on Tuesday scenic modeling, about a dozen trees and some ground cover on both Goathland and Queensbury. The ivy has killed these 3 trees. Spill from the drainage providing ideal conditions for boggy growth. Yesterday however I had to keep off of my feet again so sat in the warm doing a bit of research on housing for this planned mill town. Firstly I found this terrace in Queensbury on Google Earth. The model will be back dated to the 1940s-50s with all window frames painted orange brown and no railings. The low walls are indicative of railings which would have been commandeered for the war effort. Some more recent occupants have replaced them and note, not all of the same type! I find this row of houses has just enough detail to make it interesting; the four on the left having a mirrored layout to the two on the right, thus causing an odd chimney layout. Also the interior layout upstairs is back to front in the left four; evident by the presence of small bathroom windows and stench pipes etc. The mill town will have a central valley with a canal basin and be constructed like a slice of onion; in that the further away we travel from the center, the younger the buildings become. So down the end we need some typical 1930s semis. This type seem to be most common. Some have crescent style front room windows, some have been half rendered and one or two even have garages! Lastly I've just got to model this one. It's oozing with character and old worldly West Riding charm. Squatch. Looking forward to a bit of structure modeling in the warm!
  11. Thanks mate. The loco kit was a great price and I'd wager, the only N1 that Hattons have ever sold. Regards Shaun.
  12. Yes! and framed the windows. Mrs. S. says I should paint them white. I like the bare cedar wood and to be honest I don't really want to do the circus act of getting up on that plank three or four times again. I just want to get it out of there so that the layout can go back together. I took a few snaps of the corner section of Goathalnd while the situation allowed. Looking through the trees at the tunnel mouth. Down the footpath towards the station. Shallow end of the cutting. Finally a train (or Two). K1 62032 looking very smart and purposeful. It's been a great week, starting with the purchase of a loco kit. Complete with motor wheels and gears etc. Much work has been done this week topped off by a nice full Sunday chicken roast lunch for one. (A rare occurrence in the Sasquatch household). Regards To you all Squatch.
  13. Full respect for helping out with the classes. I for one never got on at school (maybe in art class) and secured a warehouse job at 16 so that I could leave early. Only then receiving any notice from the crowd when I had to return for exams wearing a nice sixties style suit and silk paisley cravat etc. The same kind of thing happened to my son. After we moved to Belgium, we had no choice other than to dump him in school there at 4 years old. Not so harsh as it sounds because he picked up Flemish very quickly. However, he was treated as dumb, even by the faculty at which point we put him in a different school. Years passed, the whole school none the wiser until his first English lesson. When asked to stand and say something in English he blew the whole class, school and faculty away! Even can do almost every English accent even Yanky. Something which after 15 years still evades his father!! To be honest I like to maintain my soft south coast slang as it's very popular with the gals over here. Regards Shaun.
  14. No way! I always was under the impression that you were younger than me. Please accept my "clip around the ear" Revoked! I will endeavor to get back up on my plank, get on with the job in hand and stop moaning until such times that your regard has been restored. Apologies and regards. Shaun. PS. Next time those little tykes are cheeky give them the "When I was your age" routine. These kids today don't know discipline and have no respect!
  15. All I'd need to do is change it from Queensbury to Queensferry. North or South but I don't have room for both. Regards Shaun
  16. You're not too far off...... ......for a good clip around the ear young Julian!
  17. Getting up there to do the job wasn't the easiest thing I've ever had to do. It'll take 4-5 days altogether! Regards Shaun
  18. Here's some utter stupidity for you... An 8 foot ladder, two ladder jacks and a 16 foot bridge have been employed so that the bit of drywall under the window behind Queensbury could get tapped and finished. There was no way that I was taking Queensbury apart! Sorry no trains today. Squatch
  19. Reading this thread is down right depressing. It's very very sad what has happened to Thomas, it was the horrible American accents they have given to the engines that finally inspired me to type something up. I'm just at that age to be lucky enough to have read Thomas the Tank Engine books as a kid. My favorite two stories have always been the very first one where Thomas forgets to couple up to the train and the race with Bertie The Bus. (I still love the idea of having a banking engine on the layout and of course buses will never win). Having said that I'd like to raise a point. Stories! Kids learn from bed time stories. I read them to my boy and hopefully he'll have a kid of his own one day and will follow suit. It seems to me that something more valuable has been lost here despite all the lets cash in mentality. How did it come to it that these fantastic stories handed down through the pages of the late Rev. W. Awdry have found their way onto the big screen in such a pathetic manner which I truly hope doesn't kill the legacy by having made things down right babyish. One thing we must not forget is that the stories still exist. They can still be read to kids at bed time for generations to come and some of those kids will hopefully get inspired by them, I know my kid did as did my nephew over here. He received the books as a Christmas gift from his uncle after I hunted them down on eBay for a sensible price. What's more is that at the local train show in Medford it's amazing how many youngsters recognize a lot of my trains from the Thomas series. Perhaps the new owners of the franchise might have been better off investing in a reprint of the stories or even paying Christopher Awdry to write some new ones; or both! Just to restore some faith then, here's my nephew Zane at the services on Interstate 5 in Sothern Oregon a few years back; after his mom pulled in for a pee. I doubt as a 5 year old he would grasp the sheer volume of luck he had that day. Regards to all Shaun.
  20. Download AdBlocker Ultimate. You'll never see a pop up add again! If only it was available on Spotify (music). Regards Shaun
  21. The signal repairs proved to be quite easy in the end. While I was at it the green lenses were given a drop more blue cake dye/ gloss varnish mix. It's a bit of a challenge to get them to look just right. I think after time the dyes do fade. I'm quite pleased with them for now although the phone's camera shows them much brighter than they really are. The down outer home had been built with the Ratio actuator facing towards the controls thus previously requiring the operating cord to be looped 180 degrees through an extra eyelet which never works well. This was the broken signal . So the logical solution was to reverse the spring in the mechanism. The operating wire up to the arm had to be bent and a new hole drilled in the base. I then shaved a small amount from the bottom of the post to compensate for the bent wire and put the whole thing back together. Now it works a treat.
  22. The gentleman who took those also visited the signal box and was invited to tea at the station masters house but any pictures of the living room there have not yet been found! Note the sun would have been shining on the back wall. Regards Shaun
  23. Don't know about craftsmanship. As a cabinet maker I can see all the flaws and would expect a good half an hour's bollocking off of most of my ex bosses! It's "Wes' Coun'ry Far-mouse" at best"! Regards Shaun.
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