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  1. Bloody hell, for the first time ever the whole layout minus fiddle yard is together, supported entirely on the leg units. Only took 11 years. As you can see from the thumbnail there was a degree of shock about this. All the boards. Each modular board is 3’6” long, with the two larger station boards individually sized. The classic view from above the signal box. Vs reality Side by side, I didn’t get quite the same angle, but close enough. Obviously there’s a degree of compression in play as well. I am very pleased with the flow of the landscape though. View uphill from the end of the modern Montague Road, towards the top of Hurrell Road, the reverse of the view I showed last time. Further static grass growth is visible in the foreground. View from Hurrel Rd to Motague Rd, as before but with the Lime Grove under pass bridge visible. Another repeat, fence arrived for here today. View from platform end, my view is more like you are perched on the locomotive water tower. “Drone shot” showing track re alignment and station throat. Shock My next challenge is to make it all work.
  2. I have made a little shunting layout on my windowsill in my bedroom. it has three sidings and a head-shunt. This will probably become an exhibition layout sometime in the future. I've thought up a backstory for it but haven't thought of a name yet. It is a fictitious industrial yard located near Sheffield. The yard was fomerly part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway (MS&LR- Predecessor of the Grand Central Railway) In 1923, the yard was in a joint ownership between the LMS (London Midland Scottish) and the LNER (London and North Eastern Railway). In 1948 it became BR property. In its heyday, it was a busy and important yard. Trains would come in via the mainline link, the locomotive would then uncouple, run round the train and wait at the other end of the train. The yard shunter, (normally a J94 0-6-0ST later, a Class 08), would attach to the train and gradually transfer wagons into the warehouse siding to be loaded/unloaded. when the final wagons were put into the siding, the brake van would be detached and left in the loop. the shunter would then reattach the brake van to the end of the train. The locomotive would then couple up to its train. The shunter would then return to it's designated siding and the train would leave the yard. the process would then be repeated with the next train. That's all I got so far. let me know what you think. James
  3. I have been helping a friend design and develop an O Gauge layout similar to my OO gauge "Diesel Depot" (see: Attached are some photos of the O Gauge layout as it nears completion. Note the use of Mirrors at both ends to provide a perspective effect and prevent a small layout feeling too cramped. Build was similar to that for "Diesel Depot" and has been detailed at: https://irishrailwaymodeller.com/topic/7992-br-o-gauge-diesel-depot/
  4. This layout topic will show the work to build the stock & scenics of a new 00 gauge layout, Inchyra Mill. Construction of boards & buildings is moving ahead by my dad @Upthedale . I bring my painting & weathering skills for both buildings and rolling stock
  5. Briganton - A interchange station set in the North East of England. Starting a new layout is always fun - the aspirations, the dreams of wanting to see it become a reality - met by the pragmatism of not being able to do it all and looking to what can be done. Briganton is set to become a modern interchange station, where branch line units park into bays and some mainline services terminate and return back south. The station itself will be old by design. The idea being to have a massive station as the centre piece and main focus, based on that at Darlington (my favourite) where the William Bell designed masterpiece stands on top of the bank overlooking the town. At Briganton the station is set to have two sets of bays on either side, with 2 main platforms in the centre arch and a through line allowing some services to pass through the centre heading southbound. Those non stop northbound will pass through the platform. The main design of the approach has come due to the purchase of a scissor crossover set, with two threeway points into two double slips, allowing two tracks to switch to 6 in front of the station. This will give more possibility of movements across the junction overall rather than limit some of the options with less point work. It has been practical - the bays for the main use for traffic coming from the branch will be able to skirt the junction, although will conflict with some movements wanting to pass southwards. This is deliberate so that trains need to be given paths into and out of the station, where as others across the junction will also be given priority based on the workings they are. The other side of the station will have access to the branch but such a move crosses the whole junction - one of the few times it would be done so this move would prevent anything else passing. Originally plans for the layout were to have an end to end layout, complete with preserved branch running steam services - this would have allowed me to run both the steam engines (lots of North Eastern built preserved engines that somehow survived) including some of the new build steam that I have become well known for. Instead the new build steam will run with its fictitious company operating services through the area, alongside others - allowing a full modern scene station to be modelled rather than mix in the preserved steam which was taking modellers licence a bit far. Instead the station will be on a circular layout - with areas probably for a depot and an area to unload freight in a yard (all layouts need these..). These would be great as again it will allow some action away from the comings and goings of trains to the station. The track plan will give all yards access to all platforms and for the branch to serve both ends of the station - with the idea that some branch trains will pass in the station centre and thus hold up the main. Quite where the yard and depot will go is still subject to debate as plans will evolve as the layout is progressed with. I hope the introduction does get interesting and will update soon with photos and steps taken thus far.
  6. For my 7th layout I have been planning for some time to do a compact O gauge to run some of the GWR rolling stock I have collected to run on Wexford MRC's "Little Siddington". Previously I have done GWR OO "Shunters Yard", BR/GWR "Llangollen", "Cynwyd" and "Llanuwchllyn" all in N and more recently OO "Diesel Depot" (my first OO Irish layout "Ballybeg" is now over 10 years old!) - all are still on the exhibition circuit. This compact O gauge is to be jokingly titled "Buffers Lock" but hopefully that won't occur on the model itself! The plan is that the layout and stock would fit 1-2 cars obviating the need to hire vans etc for transport to exhibitions. The dimensions will be roughly 13.5 feet by 2.5 feet including the fiddle yard all breaking down into three sections. The baseboards will be made using techniques developed for "Little Siddington" and used for "Diesel Depot" and the O gauge BR TMD currently under development by Wexford MRC members. More details will be revealed as I ramble through this project over the next few months. To kick off and to help determine the size of the baseboards, I am assembling some of the buildings that I have selected to populate the layout. Firstly the station building I am using is a model of the GWR Camerton Station Building produced by Timber Tracks. This is a laser cut timber product which is very well presented. Each section of the kit is separately bagged making identification of the different bits easy. The instructions are clear and a fast setting timber glue supplied by TT helps the project advance quickly. I have assembled the main structure and am starting to add some detail. The interiour is beautifully detailed including flush toilets and even a desk for the ticket office. I plan to make the roof detachable so I can show the interiour to exhibition visitors. A couple of pictures:
  7. I'm starting this new thread to describe Oakbourne, the new Exhibition layout of the East Surrey Model Railway Club, based in Merstham. I will update periodically on developments to the layout and exhibition appearances. It is a fictitious terminus station set on a truncated secondary route. It survived to serve the town and its factory which sees significant freight traffic. It also receives regular general goods traffic for the town. The track plan is fairly standard to a branch line terminus layout, but the headshunt and access to the factory siding create extra operational interest. The layout is kept deliberately geographically unspecific in order to cater for member’s varying interests. The photo below shows it operating in BR(E) 1950s guise, but it has also operated as a Southern 1930s layout. The layout can run on DC (tradition analogue) or DCC (digital) power. Future plans include replacing some of the buildings with scratchbuilt versions tailor made for the location, refining the scenery in other areas, such as further weathering and, in the longer term, expanding the layout with an extra baseboard at either end.
  8. This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • USED - unboxed, modified and evidence of use

    Milton Keynes Model Railway Society wishes dispose of its Milton Quays exhibition layout. The layout is 36ft long x 3ft wide including control panels and is constructed to EM gauge using C&L Finescale trackwork throughout. Points are controlled by Tortoise motors and control is analogue. The layout is based on BR Southern practice and represents a quayside passenger terminal together with freight facilities further along the quayside. Buildings are scratchbuilt and all based on real prototypes from various places on the SR. A cosmetic third rail has been laid to permit authentic running of EMU sets to and from the fiddle yard. For more photographs of the layout please review the gallery 'Milton Quays'. Offers please to [email protected]mkmrs.org.uk The layout can be viewed by appointment and please note stock is not included


  9. Milton Keynes Model Railway Society wishes dispose of its Milton Quays exhibition layout. The layout is 36ft long x 3ft wide including control panels and is constructed to EM gauge using C&L Finescale trackwork throughout. Points are controlled by Tortoise motors and control is analogue. The layout is based on BR Southern practice and represents a quayside passenger terminal together with freight facilities further along the quayside. Buildings are scratchbuilt and all based on real prototypes from various places on the SR. A cosmetic third rail has been laid to permit authentic running of EMU sets to and from the fiddle yard. For photographs of this layout please refer to the Gallery 'Milton Quays' Offers please to [email protected] The layout can be viewed by appointment and please note stock is not included
  10. Edit: Anglian solved my puzzle with this post. Does anyone have photos of Bishops Wearburn as I can't find any online. I'm trying to recall the name of an N gauge layout that was on the exhibition circuit ten years or more ago. It was at Warley at least once - I believe that may have been in 2010 when all the 2mm layouts were there for the Association 50th anniversary, but I'm fairly sure this one was N. The layout in question was a former NER main or secondary line set in the North East in the usual BR transition period, a fictitious location I believe. It featured a short viaduct over a river or canal in a steep valley at the right hand end with a stone mill next to the water - in fact the name may have been "something Mill" (but possibly not!). I can't remember the rest of the layout even though I distinctly recall liking it very much (age). I can't find hide nor hair of it online so I may be confused and deluded, but does anyone have similar and perhaps more complete delusions?
  11. Project E. Why: Having exhibited layouts in the past, I have never really lost the buzz from building and taking a layout to a show. What I have lacked was the skills and patience to build something a bit better than my previous efforts. Part of this problem was the lack of space to leave a project set up and return to it as and when the fancy took me. Where: The layout will be based in a Central Scottish location- on a single line branch line that has a small freight unloading point with two sidings and a headshunt. When: Sometime in the late 80s/early 90s primarily but the scenery will be as era neutral as possible meaning that with a change of stock and road vehicles it can cover a much wider area/era. How: The layout will be built on a single board- 5ft x 18” using one of Tim Horn’s scenic boards. I’ll have off scene storage at both ends eventually but the main focus will be on the scenic board initially. The scenic board will have integral lighting in the pelmet area- probably using LED strips. Must haves: Goods unloading building, small yard scene with various pallets and packing boxes, forklift truck, Transit style vans, semaphore signalling, Code 75 bullhead track and points, point rodding/ground frame, Kadee uncoupling magnets. Road bridge at one end and trees masking scenic break at other side. Nice to haves- Small pond/wet area, Buildings lit up, Modratec style frame. Stock: Predominantly ScR 1988-92 with emphasis on Class 26/37 with the odd 47 thrown in. 150/2, 156 and 158 DMUs. VAA/VBA/VCA/VDA/VGA vans for unloading with other Speedlink style wagons for passing by. 50ft Inspection saloon, plus the odd engineers train. All locos/units will be DCC sound fitted by time of completion. Control: DCC system- currently my existing z21 system with additional MultiMaus handsets. Points will be Tortoise motors, Dapol semaphore signal. Points and signal(s) will be manual control rather than DCC in a signal box style. Other thoughts/ things to consider: -Height of layout -Drapes -Fiddle yard style….current thoughts are cassettes but will consider traverser -Unsure about scenic printed back scene, elevated track (15mm or so) What about the current layout???? As the current layout (Inverawe Jct) is a permanent layout, there is no rush to finish this. I have a circuit that I can run trains on, so it can progress at whatever pace I feel comfortable with. Inverawe will get its extension (storage yard) over the winter period and scenic work will continue in conjunction with both layouts- if I have the static grass applicator out for one layout, I mayas well do both at the same time! As for the name…… I’m sure something suitable will come to mind as the build progresses. Current status- Board has been ordered, points ordered, the bullhead track is coming via a friend as are the point motors. A quick sketch of the proposed plan, obviously it will change/evolve as the track gets laid out on the board. I'll post more pics once the board arrives and the build actually starts.
  12. Very early stages at the moment, but I am pleased to start a new topic for a new layout. The new layout is Allington Junction, which is on the Nottingham to Grantham line set in the 1930s and it is going to be an exhibition layout, also my first prototypical layout. The layout will be built by myself and Steve and Andrew Lee, who are dear friends that own and run a hobby shop in Pendle Hill, Australia. Some modellers down under will know of Woodpecker Model Railways. Steve and Andrew being avid Southern fans, I have pleaded into steering them towards an LNER layout, the main reason being that I have an extensive amount of LNER stock from my own layout Brighton Junction. This will be our first exhibition layout for the Australian circuit. The track will be the new Peco Bullhead, cut down to the correct permanent way, which I learnt from Graham Nicholas and mimicked for Brighton Junction. Andrew will be in charge of the layout wiring and the three of us completing the scenery. There is still much to discuss and plan, so I am asking if anybody has any sort of information regarding the line, the area in which is being modelled, or any photographs, could they please post it away? It would be a terrific help to the three of us, as it’s hard for three Aussies to pop round and have a look around the place. Many thanks in advance. Modern photos or steam era photos will help. Many thanks again, it will be a slow progress, but progress never the less.
  13. After a period on display and then in store at the Bishop’s Castle Railway Society Museum (now sadly defunct, but some items are at the House on Crutches MuseumBCRS Collection) Barry Norman’s S Scale model of Lydham Heath made a few forays onto the exhibition circuit last year, but it’s long term future was in doubt. Happily, I was able to secure that and it is now in my possession. There is a little bit of attention needed: the wheels need cleaning, and the reason for the six-wheel coach derailing on the reverse curve to Bishop’s Castle has been identified but not yet corrected, but otherwise the layout is good and ready to go, and available for exhibitions around the country. It already has two bookings subject to final confirmation in the diary for 2019, with a third possibility in that year. I don’t foresee myself doing more than about 4 exhibitions per year, but interested Exhibition Managers can contact me via PM. There are a number of updates to the layout, which was started in the late 1980s, which I intend to make. These are to reflect changes in technology over 30 years, plus experience operating the layout. This thread will document these developments, with this post serving as a reference point. In no particular order, these will be: 1) Getting the ex-LSWR 6-wheel coach to go round bends - problem identified 2) LED lighting and pelmet cover - delivery of bits and pieces has occurred, not planned to happen until Match 3) Changes to the fiddle yard to encourage enforce more prototypical operation - work has started! 4) New control technology - new controller (Modelex) ordered arrived. Contemplating DCC. 5) New couplings - hooks in place, need to add links and remove AJs on existing stock. 6) Back-scene - see more recent posts! 7) Extra stock - done, and also some more in progress 8) Bring the layout into a mid 1930s setting - going for mid 1920s now, which it already was! 9) Static grass - later, dear. 10) Legs that don’t sway when an ant passes wind - Done
  14. So this is my second proper venture into 009 modelling, so far I have only ever completed one other 009 layout and that was the smallest working layout I've built to date. Now I'm doubling the dimensions of the layout to allow a larger radius of track for 'bigger' stock so I should be able to run my roco Hoe diesel and a short set of skips. So my progress so far is just a loop of 009 peco Flexi track which I've bent to a radius of 6 inches which is still fairly tight. Some fishplates and a small piece of copper clad PCB board later and I've managed to get the track to be fairly robust. Here are some pictures: And for fun, here's a picture of the other 009 layout inside of this one for a comparison: Next up is to source a baseboard (just over 1ft square) and then I can begin the scenery. I've given the track a thorough bedding in by running in the roco diesel and all seems good. The setting for the layout will be a small quarry set in the centre of the loop. There will be a small hill there which is being dug out by some sort of digger. Plenty of dirty grimy atmosphere of the 70s is the target for the layout. I've got some das clay to have a play around with too which could make for some interesting experiments as well as having a go at creating some overgrown track and long fibre static grass. Hope this project sounds interesting and I'll try to update it when I can but currently distillery yard is my priority as I still seem to have a lot to do before it's exhibition in February! Thanks for looking.
  15. Well this could be my last ever blog update, (I can hear the cheers from here already), because if the Domestic Overlord ever reads this I'm DEAD. Did you read that Mikkel my tragic demise may be imminent and I blame you for all of this, thanks to the encouragement I have managed to get a little modelling time, and I spent it playing with my cobbels. progress has not exactly been rapid, but I have managed to use up my supply of cobbles, I'm still not 100% happy with how it looks, but if I decide to keep them a lot of weathering may improve things. The problem with this meant I had to do some work on the tram that will run up and down the street, which meant I could get some of my weapon of mass destruction out from the DO's hiding place see what mischief I could get up to. The starting point was the old typhoo promotional tram from more years back that I care to remember. A little paint stripper, soon got the paint off the tram, which mean I could load my mini-drill up with a new cutting disc and I set to work. after a bit of cutting, I managed to keep all my fingers and got to the stage where I could drill out some of the blocked in upper widows and do a little clean up work with some small files. Progress was a little better than I thought it would be (its been weeks in the process so far) and I managed to get a little primer on the body and a test fit on the chassis and ITS ALIVE, IT ACTAULLY WORKS (Insert evil laugh here). The problem is I now have another two to work on The problem is I now have another two to work on This is not the reason the DO may kill me, well I don't think it is, but you can only be killed once? Anyway the reason I may be killed is that a recent Evil bay expedition has resulted in two Standard 4 tanks finding their way into my grubby little mitts. Now I only bought these for the chassis, but it got me thinking what use could I make of the bodies being an LMS only modeller? We wont mention the Midland Flatiron, LNWR G2 and the brace of Stanier coaches I have been secretly working on, well its been nice knowing you all, until the next time if there will be one Happy Modelling
  16. Well I managed to get some paint out today, and not the stuff you put on house walls but the stuff you put on models, if the Domestic Overlord finds out I will be in for it, but for the moment I am a painting God. I thought if I was lucky I might get the first coat of cream applied to the station buildings, if nothing else, and I actually achieved this and a little more besides. The process was helped by using acrylics, which still amaze me with how quick they dry. At this rate I will be able to consider applying a coat of maroon as some point soon, and then I can start on producing the LNWR pattern windows and doors, which will take an age because there are quite a few needed. Getting ahead of myself I even managed to cut a little track for the actual railway, which is a shock as I may end up with a model railway that actually has a railway on it While the paint was out I, the bank got a little attention, as I was not too happy with the original finish, I'm still not happy with it but its slowly getting there, and I suppose if worst comes to worst I can always cover it in a good coating of grot, is only to tone it down a little. The biggest progress made though was the actual laying of some more of the Tram track along the street, and the test fitting of some cobbles for the road surface. This has only been temporarily fitted as I'm still not sure if I want a coble finish or if I should go for an far easier tarmac/concrete finish. What is obvious though is the fact I have an awful lot to do, and this is just the first board. HELP Until next time as ever Happy Modelling
  17. Well despite MetrOLands very generous help on my last post, I am still having problems thinking about how I will wire the layout, I knew that Electro-frogs would be a little harder than my usual Insul-frog points but who would have thought it would be this hard? So any ideas, I have managed to scribble down the track plan, unless it changes again, it does not look that complicated does it? I think this weekend I may have to engaged my brain and work out this wiring mumbo jumbo. I must admit I'm quite keen to get track laying as it means I can get my soldering iron out, that is if the Domestic Overlord will give it back to me, I mean one little accident and its confiscated from me........... I mean if I get it back what could possibly go wrong? Until the next time, as ever Happy Modelling
  18. Hi everyone, this is my DCC Scottish distillery exchange sidings near micro layout. I have been working on this layout for about a month now and have been building it in the micro layout section of this forum. Recently I measured it and it is actually too big for the micro layout section so I thought I should start up the thread in the main layout section. If you want to see the build from start to now here is a link to the previous thread: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134915-distillery-yard-unnamed-so-far-micro-layout/page-1. The layout is oo gauge code 75 electrofrog using the Bachmann ez dcc system. It is set in the speyside area in north east Scotland during the 60s/70s. The loco fleet is mostly class 20s with a class 25 and a j94 as the current distillery Shunter. So far the track has been layed, wired and tested. Point control is through the wire and tube method. A ply wood box has also been built round the layout with an internal lighting rig. The landscaping has begun with some cardboard shapers glued into place. I hope to exhibit this layout in the near future(end of this year and next year) if I can get any exhibitions. Anyway, here are some pictures of the layout at the moment. Thanks for looking.
  19. I really don't know how I did it, but I managed to find a little time to spend on the layout over the weekend (well I suppose its not really a layout yet if ever), and typical of me rather than spend it on something useful I used it all up working on a little redevelopment. My intention for Lugsdale road was to depict a little LMS station on the outskirts of a typical Northwest industrial town surrounded by terraced houses and typical industrial buildings. On the far side of the station I had envisaged that the towns industrial area would start and I set about producing some grotty factories. BEFORE The problem I had was that I was not too happy with the factory I had started building so it sort of just sat there without any progress being made. That was until this weekend, and I got my hands on my stash of card. AFTER What I thought would be a bit of a quick project, after all, I jut needed to build a roof really, its just eaten up hour after hour of precious modelling time . Lots of work remains to be done on this alternative building, in fact it probably needs more work now that it did before I even started. The problem is now, I have run out of modelling time and I have no idea when or where I will get some more from, the other problem is I'm not sure which building I prefer, I think the new one is better as its adds a little more interest and does not hide too much of the buildings behind? What do you think? As ever Happy Modelling
  20. Well it seems to me that it has been a very long time since my last update, but I can hear people screaming from here that it has not been long enough, still I will ignore the screams of complaint and carry on. So what had been the reason for such a long period since updates, its not because I was abducted by Aliens and taken back to my home planet for a little holiday, because as the Domestic Overlord remarked, they went through all the effort to dump me here in the first place, why would they even consider taking me back Part of the reason is we had a week in Cornwall (actually thinking about it, is it that different from being on an alien planet? Only joking Cornwall). Despite being in the land of inferior railways, I thought if I visited some local model shops I might have been able to add an addition to the locomotive fleet by repatriating some poor lost LMS loco to its true home up north, or at least a little addition to the rolling stock collection. This is where my plan went wrong, on a couple of points, firstly it was nearly impossible to find any model shops, but when I eventually did they had hardly any n gauge, and what they did have was VASTLY overpriced (£18 for a peco Cattle van is just crazy). All was not lost though, as on a trip to the Bodmin railway I looked on the bookstall and found these two little gems for a total of £8. All I need to do now Is either build some new locomotives, or find some bargains to repaint, and I can put the books to good use, now where could I find some bargain Jubilees?? Once we got back from our little holiday I thought I might get little modelling done, and even have a little time to possibly visit the Warrington Model club, as I cant remember the last club night I attended, but alas work got in the way again. However I managed to get a little modelling done, and my attempts to replicate modular LNWR station buildings has moved on a little. In my last update I had the basic shells ready to accept my attempt of producing wooden planking, so to move things on a little I cut some planks from my trusted good quality graph paper and tried to ply them in straight lines. Despite my best efforts I managed to get a few straight planks on the buildings but I think true to form I managed to apply more wonky ones. I even managed to use a really sharp scalpel to tidy things up and still have all my 12 fingers. As usual, I'm was not too sure if all the effort was worth it, and considered other ways of obtaining the desired results and maybe to a better standard but until I did I pressed on and managed to complete both buildings. Once the planking was completed, I added the framing and then tried to cover up the mess with a nice coat of grey primer. I'm still not 100% sure about these buildings, but I might just press on with them, that is when I get anymore modelling time, I mean they are made from card so they have cost practically nothing apart from a little time (all of a sudden I quite like these cheap, so value for money buildings). If I continue with these buildings I think the majority of them will be hidden under the eventual canopies and roofs so what could possibly go wrong? If I do continue I think I may have to build another building to act as a parcels office and maybe an open roof gents, but the question is when will I get some more modelling time? So until the next time as ever Happy Modelling ....... Now where to find those bargain Jubilees and where to hide them from the Domestic Overlord...
  21. Well I don't know how I managed to do it, but I managed to find some modelling time and managed to spend it productively for once. In my previous post I mentioned that I had decided to that the station buildings should be modelled on those used by the LNWR. As most people know, they built some of their stations from standardised wooden panels, and as a result they could erect buildings that suited their intended environments quickly and cheaply. I must admit being a prudent (some people say I'm as tight as two coats of paint) the cheap construction really appealed to me so I looked into it a little further. Basically the I could get away with constructing the station buildings using three different panels, a blank one, a window one and a door one, and following the cheap, sorry cost effective approach they would be constructed from card. A little time making out the panels on some card sides, and blunting several knife blades (thank god I use the cheap craft knives from the £ stores) I soon had the basic shells knocked up. To make fitting the planks that form the panels easier I then covered each side with some graph paper, and then had to cut out even more window and door apertures. The station entrance will be located at street level on the right side of the bridge so I have used a Metcalfe subway mini-kit to provide the platform access. The problem is I'm not sure if I like the way the buildings look on the station so I may leave them on the platform for a few days to see if they grow on me, the benefit of card is if I don't like them I can just bin them and start again at minimal cost I think the fact that the building will have a canopy will mean a lot of it will be hidden so that's a bonus, what I have done so far is black the interior walls so that if I do fit lighting to the buildings I wont get any bleeding through the walls. The only problem to adding lighting is that I may have to then fit interiors, so yet again I turn a potentially easy task into a considerably harder one One of the other little jobs is to get my Stanier Mogul finished then I maybe able to add it to the stock for the layout, which leads to another problem of which auto-coupler I should add to the stock for the layout, I have some DG's in the tool box but I have never used them before. Well I guess I will have to end this post now, as I don't want the Domestic Overlord thinking I have any spare time, especially enough to model with, as this is vital to my plan to get enough sympathy that the DO will slate a few model roofs (insert evil laugh here) Mikkel you may have to get ready to bow in the dust as ever Happy Modelling
  22. Modelling time, in fact any free time has been in very short supply lately, despite a career change that in theory would have given me more time to model, I appear to have an uncanny ability to fill this time with lots of none modelling stuff . As a result of this, perhaps I should have tittle this blog entry as "spot the progress"? One of the jobs I have nearly completed is the addition of the end backscene panel on board number 1. As I have used 4mm ply for this rather than my usual 6mm I may have to add a strengthening support to protect it from knocks and bumps, soon it will be time to slap some paint on these boards and try to portray my favoured dark, rainy, overcast grotty dismal impression of the Northwest in the midst of a heatwave. The backscene boards on Lugsdale road are slightly taller than usual which means hopefully this will help focus the viewers eye onto the layout rather than stuff going on behind (if we get any exhibition invites that is). The idea for the layout was to portray an industrial town just like the one I live in, and research showed that if there was space for one there would be a factory or warehouse surrounded by terraced houses and shops to supply the inmates, er sorry workers with just about enough to exist. So my idea was to have suitable buildings flanking part of the station. The basis shells for these have been slowly created over the last few weeks, but I was not quite happy with the look off them on the layout. Rather than bin them and start again (due to lack of time) they sort of hung around while I thought about a solution, after a massive amount of thought, I gave up and just reduced their height a little, and it seemed to have worked, to me at least they now look more balanced. As you can see there is still an awful lot to do on these buildings, but they are very slowly developing, and in honour of the Domestic Overlord I think this complex will be named "Morgans Industrial Gussets and Truss". Before you say it, its not because the DO needs industrial trusses or gussets, its just that I thought an average town up north might have such a manufacturer to provide products for the average northern battle axes (I dodged a bullet there I think ) A while ago, just form something to do I bought a low relief Metcalfe Cinema, I had no intention of using it on the layout, it was just something for me to play around with and modify but now I am beginning to have second thoughts? It can sit on the layout for a while until I have a better idea (so that means it will take up permanent residence). So that's about it for the progress what little there has been, the problem is it just shows how much is still to be done, the good news is that I have two volunteers for the operating crew, the only problem is finding the time to train them Until the next time as ever Happy Modelling
  23. The last few weeks have been what could be called manic to say the least, the strange thing is you can always seem to find extra hours to spend at work, but you can never find hours to spend on modelling. As a result modelling time has been like a Midget Drug Dealer, in Very Short Supply, anyway I digress as a n LMS fan I managed to find a prototype picture of two Terriers totally flat out. With the cheeky girls snoring their heads off at the side of me, I managed to produce a few "slate" strips and widows for what seems like and endless number of terraced houses (the next layout will definitely a rural layout) so progress was slow but it was still progress. I still have window sills to make and fit, along with front doors, of and fit some curtains but they are looking very nondescript which is what I set out to achieve, to add a little variety though I have decided to model a tired house. There is still a lot of detailing to add but I thought I would try and model a demolished house in the process of being cleared/rebuilt, I'm not sure how successful this will be of if its worth the effort (probably why you don't see many) but I might persevere and see how many modelling hours I can waste on this. Progress has meant that one side of the street has things that look like buildings on it, all I have to do now is work on the other side (oh and finish the house backs and yards etc, bit I'm nearly there). There is still a lot of work to complete on the street scene on board 1, and yet even more buildings but from a distance its looking balanced to my eyes and least, and I have even managed to start to look at the station area of the layout, you can even see a little sneaky preview of the track plan. What I need to do is to start work on mortising the trams, and testing how sharp a curve they can run round, just to have a break from endless terraced houses, if only to save what is left of my sanity. So until the next time, as ever Happy Modelling
  24. I'm sure you are all getting bored with my updates on this project, so I think I will start to increase the length of time between updates, at least for the following 2 reasons. 1. There are far better things to read about on this forum. 2. If I post too many, the Domestic Overlord may conclude that I have too much free time, so increase the list of Domestic duties I have to complete each day before I am allowed to go to bed each day, just to dream about another day of servitude. Yes I'm like an actual Cinderella, I even have a FURRY Godmother, thanks to her having an unfortunate facial hair problem, in fact she looks remarkably like Bob one of the neighbours, but why would he be wearing a sparkly dress and wings, I mean it must have taken him weeks to sew all those sequins on, anyway I digress. On my previous layout I used card for the majority of construction for the first time in years, but I decided to revert back to plasti-card for this one, however I decided to use card again as I kind of enjoyed the challenges this presents (nothing to do with the fact that its considerably cheaper honest ). I decided that I needed at least one public house on the layout so I planned to have one at the corner of one of the streets on the layout. Progress on this is moving at such a rate that I may have to start looking at producing glazing for the windows, but there is still a lot of details to be added before then. I keep telling the Domestic Overlord that to produce a model you have to do some really detailed research (especially in the interior of Pubs) , but its fallen on deaf ears. Aparently to become really good Domestic skivvy you have to do more domestic chores, so as soon as I have finished this update, I'm off to scrub the kitchen floor. My idea for the street along the front of the layout was to portray as transition from commercial buildings to more mundane terraces, so I needed a few shops, the basics for the first block of these has been completed. I have not decided what businesses will be modelled yet and I think I will leave this for the Domestic Overlord to decide. This progress means that I am beginning to get a better impression of how Board 1 will look when completed, that is if I don't change the plan too much, and I hope its beginning to show a balanced urban scene. I have decided to work on the layout from front to back, and by coincidence (or planning) board 3 is dived into 3 sections, 1 The street scene, 2 The raised railway section, 3 The area behind the station up to the back scene. As you can see there is a massive amount of wok to be completed on the street scene alone so I better crack on and get some work completed on it whenever I can. I must go now, as I have just received a text message from the Domestic Overlord, saying "if you have time to read this, your obviously not doing the washing" never a truer word said. Until the next time Happy drudgery
  25. Well despite being feeling decidedly off form and weak due to the effects of my condition (the Domestic Overlord reckons I'm a condition all of my own) I have managed to get the second board completed. All I have to do is finish, or rather start the storage yard board and the layout legs, but these can wait for a while, as even a Woodworking GOD like me needs some rest Anyway the boards just need a little sanding and finishing, but on the whole I think I am happy with them, so I think the first stage on building Lugsdale Road is complete. Now I must admit I envy the modellers out there who meticulously plan their layouts, and produce detailed plans using witchcraft and templot, but not me. I have plans for the layout, I mean I'm not one of those modellers who just makes it up as I go along, I actually enjoy the planning stages, with a pen/pencil and some graph paper, but I always find that sometimes there is nothing better than planning on the actual boards. To do this for certain parts of the layout I cover the area I'm working on with graph paper so I can transfer onto it my plans and see how they feel "life size". So I get to effectively double plan, and hopefully the end result is a balanced look (I admit it went wrong with Foster Street), if the plan looks okay I can then look at building mock-ups, and this layout will need lots of them Part if the planning stage now is to decide if I revert back to producing buildings using plasti-card or card like on my previous layout? Decisions, decisions, decisions and I thought railway modelling was supposed to be easy, I mean what could possibly go wrong
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