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Whilst trying to set up a small cameo scene by the engine shed, I decided that the point rodding is just too high! There’s nothing for it, that ballast needs to come up!

 

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The point rodding has now been sunk down. I’ve also relaid the middle section with chinchilla dust to give it a smoother appearance.

 

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Looks promising. Just need to decide how to colour it...

 

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Whilst hoovering the layout last night, the hoover hose decided to attach itself to the roadway and suck a chunk off. Great!


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Fast drying plaster mixed, lightly sanded, and painted over. Let’s hope it looks ok when it’s dried.

 

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6 hours ago, Chris Chewter said:

Whilst hoovering the layout last night, the hoover hose decided to attach itself to the roadway and suck a chunk off. Great!


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Fast drying plaster mixed, lightly sanded, and painted over. Let’s hope it looks ok when it’s dried.

 

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Interestingly here in the US I saw them using a giant vacuum cleaner truck to dig out a hole in the street. So art imitating life I guess (or vice versa)

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33 minutes ago, Chris Chewter said:

Ha. Just that one fella watching. He’s been stood there watching for months!

 

Sixty years later and he would be wearing a hi Vis coat and watching the sink hole from the comfort of his new Audi... ;)

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Just finishing off the patch by the loco shed, when I realised I put the 14xx in an unfortunate location. Not quite Titfield.,,

 

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More like Tetbury Thunderbolt.

 

Can’t go yet, squires not here!

 

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Grammar, again.
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I think this is as good as the patch in front of the engine shed is going to get.

 

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The chinchilla dust has been painted grey, and dusted with Humbrol black and smoke grey weathering powder.

 

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Other than a slight adjustment to the point rodding to remove the kink, hopefully that looks better than before.

 

And a close up of the scene in front of the shed.

 

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One of the things I’ve been putting off is this:

 

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At the top of the access road was an advertisement hoarding. Page 100 of Randolph indicates it has GWR 545 on the end plate, but try as I can, I can find no drawings to get a size. 
 

Does anyone have any ideas, otherwise I’ll have to fashion something approximate and try to get it to look about right.

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On 22/01/2021 at 11:59, Chris Chewter said:

One of the things I’ve been putting off is this:

 

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At the top of the access road was an advertisement hoarding. Page 100 of Randolph indicates it has GWR 545 on the end plate, but try as I can, I can find no drawings to get a size. 
 

Does anyone have any ideas, otherwise I’ll have to fashion something approximate and try to get it to look about right.

 

I usually try to scale items from known or estimable dimensions. It's something that I have to do a lot of with my paintings when putting together a composition from scratch.

 

If the fence posts are 4'0" high, 6" wide (across the slotted face) the fence rails are 4" deep, 2" thick, there's a little something to work with.

 

Looking at the left-hand post and its relationship to the fence, I would say that it is 12" square. 10'0" high. The finial ball is 8" diameter and the base is 10" high. Total height 11'6".

Allowing for a bit of foreshortening due to the angle of the photo, I would say that the board itself is 18'0" long, the poster panels being 5'0"- 8'0"- 5'0". Making a total length of 20'0".

 

Hope that makes sense. 

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On 22/01/2021 at 06:59, Chris Chewter said:

One of the things I’ve been putting off is this:

 

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At the top of the access road was an advertisement hoarding. Page 100 of Randolph indicates it has GWR 545 on the end plate, but try as I can, I can find no drawings to get a size. 
 

Does anyone have any ideas, otherwise I’ll have to fashion something approximate and try to get it to look about right.

Long shot but maybe the Broad Gauge Society might know something about it http://www.broadgauge.org.uk/about/bgs_contacts.html . It looks rather too grand for a mere branch line; perhaps it's a cast-off from one of larger stations elsewhere on the GWR?

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Advertising posters, then and now, were and are in standard sizes, so poster boards had and have identical spaces for them. If you can unearth a history of posters and hoardings, you might find data. There used to be a company called British Transport Advertising, in Newman St London, who sold space on BR poster sites and bus-sides. 

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Hi Chris, I cannot help on the size, but I think the suggestions already given should work. I have been following all your progress on the layout, great work.

 

Purely out of interest, I am modelling Malmesbury Station in 7mm. It was about 7 miles from Tetbury. There was a very similar, but larger version of the billboard there. Sadly I don't have room to model it. But I thought I would show a photo of it for you.

 

Cheers, Ade.

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I wanted to do a couple of jobs that I’ve been putting off on the layout. Firstly the weighbridge.
 

The weighing plate from a Wills SS16 kit was chopped into the ground. It looked a bit uneven around the edges so I’ve given it a bit of weathering.

 

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I also decided to fit the rail fence to the side of the goods yard.

 

This is what I was aiming for

 

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And this is what I achieved by soldering bits of Peco rail together, painting it black and giving it a bit of smoke grey weathering powder.

 

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Whilst it looks OK from that angle, the alignment is a bit tight against the vehicle crossing.

 

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I’m out of time today, so I might realign it another evening.

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In trying to improve the image stacking on a previous image, I thought I'd share my second attempt of the loco in the headshunt photo.

 

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9759 takes a break mid-shunt.

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Although now I'm viewing the image on a computer rather than the iPhone screen, its frustrating the smokebox image isn't quite sharp enough.  I think with photographing locos, you need to stack two images together to get the depth of field corrected.  I'll have to experiment with a few more photos. 

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This is a double image stack I've been working on last night, where I've focussed the iPhone on the front and the rear of the loco.  That seems to come out better.

 

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I've had to tidy up a bit of image ghosting around the lamp handle.  Also, the figure on the left is slightly out of focus, but they're always a pain to get right!

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Looks very sharp. I wouldn't worry too much about the figure, if it was a 'real' photo, passersby don't stand still until it's too late anyway. The wall and car are sharp too but don't overtake the main subject, so I reckon that you have it bang on.

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I’d agree with @MrWolf that the photo of 5532 looks great - to me I think it looks authentic, not just stunning modelling well captured on camera (the only thing my brain is struggling with is seeing this in colour, not black and white - which is a compliment on the quality of course).

 

Comparing the photos of 5532 and 9759 above, I wonder if the ‘secret’ with getting people in sharp focus is to have them conveniently placed alongside one of the points of focus for the shot?  It’s not something I’ve thought of before.

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