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11 minutes ago, Skinnylinny said:

In which case, I wonder if I could get away with "vestigial panelling" in white around my windows, and leave the bolection mouldings in varnished wood. Might need a very fine paintbrush though...

If you can paint the bolections before inserting the glazing, do it by lightly loading the brush with paint, passing it through the opening and using the side of the brush to apply the paint.

 

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Apologies for the lack of updates - I've been flat on my bed in a dark room with recurring migraines every few hours for the better part of this week.

I phoned the doctor's surgery about an appointment this morning ("Oh no, you can't book an appointment. We'll get a GP to call you for a 'phone consultation later today...") and waiting to hear back. 

Work began on the interior of the saloon on Sunday, but I feel this selfie taken during one of my short bouts of verticality sums up how I've been feeling since:
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Normal service will hopefully resume shortly.

 

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As an occasional sufferer of migraines myself, I can fully sympathise.  You just have to give in and try to sleep it off.  Thankfully mine rarely last more than 24hrs.

 

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Well, the migraines are continuing, albeit I've now got some meds that seem to take the edge off them if I'm lucky with the timing. I'm back at work (on the basis that I'm allowed to go lock myself in a toilet with the light switched off when I need to be in a dark, quiet room for up to half an hour), and spent most of this weekend packing and dismantling furniture for the move. 

 

This evening, though, I'm resting up, and watching Gary ( @BlueLightning)'s Youtube stream while doing a couple of small painting tasks - a rough weathering on one wagon, just to make the livery a little less stark (using acrylic washes and tissues, streaked vertically), which will do until I can do a better job after settling into the new flat.

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I've also painted a 1hp, biofuel-powered shunting locomotive, and am working on painting the dray (and cursing myself for assembling it before painting!) but that's not finished, so have a photo of the 'oss by itself:

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Other little jobs (finally getting some grotty grey on the roof slates of the signalbox, touching in some blemishes on the Adams radial's paintwork, grotting up the inside of another wagon...) have been getting done, alone with the measured consumption of a glass of my favourite mead (Afon Mêl heather, for them as wants to know). All in all, a rather civilised evening!

 

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We used to have a special room in the office for having a quiet sit-down in the dark - unfortunately it was next to a major corridor so wasn't actually that quiet... That bit of the building is unused now, so it's probably very quiet, but I've not been down to see if the comfy chair is still there...

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That sounds like an excellent idea. Our toilets are off a low-traffic corridor, and have thick walls (old building) so are nice and quiet, and, having no windows, get pretty dark. The temperature seems to stay constantly comfortable all year too, which is a bonus!

I'm slowly getting back to normal again - the migraines seem (touch wood) to be becoming further spread, and I managed a whole night (albeit only five hours) without waking once last night. We'll see if I'm so lucky tonight. 

Exciting times at Linton Town station - three of the four cupboards which will support the boards for Linton were moved to the new flat this evening, although they haven't been re-assembled, and the boards are still at the club until there's somewhere for them to go. Still, the earthworks are beginning... And things are getting interesting.

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Another night at club, this time spent weathering wagons. Thanks to Gary ( @kingfisher24 of this parish) with his airbrush, who rattled through half a dozen wagons in about half an hour! The only problem is that the weathered wagons now show up the clean ones, making them look very plasticky.

 

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It's amazing what a quick mist of brown-tinted dark grey can do! This is before finer weathering (picking out axleboxes with grease, a wash to get dirt into the grooves etc). I managed to get a lift back from club with the baseboards for Linton, too, so it's finally happened; the under-layout cupboards have been built, the baseboards have been moved to the new flat, and a day off work sick (don't ask for details. Really. Don't.) has led to a bored Linny stuck at home. As such...

 

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I couldn't resist a quick mockup setting up two of the three scenic boards (I still have one cupboard to move, which will support the other end of board 3). What this has shown me is that the floor in this room isn't level! So I need to get some adjustable feet for the baseboards (and a spirit level!) before I go any further. It also shows me that I need to build a *lot* more houses. I suspect a terrace or two might enter existence! A pleasant surprise is that a 4-coach GSR train fits comfortably in the platforms, where I'd budgeted for three (based on the Bachmann 60' SECR birdcage stock. I know, I know, too modern, but *so* pretty!). In fact, four plus a van just about fits in the space of three birdcages. Just goes to show that 46' coaches let you fit so much more in! Guess I need to build more stock!

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On 20/12/2019 at 08:35, Skinnylinny said:

So I need to get some adjustable feet for the baseboards (and a spirit level!) before I go any further.

Hello Linny.

 

As an alternative to buying feet, you could try making some wedges out of wood, two per leg. Taping them in or out will raise or lower the leg. The only leg you don't need them for is the highest one. The pointy ends of each pair of  wedges should be pointed in the opposite direction, so the top and bottom of the wedge pair is level.

 

Alternatively, you could also try some thick cardboard under the offending legs.

 

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Beer mats might be useful when the layout is intended to stay in one place, but I would eventually like to be able to exhibit Linton (if partly to upset rivet-counters!). I have found some adjustable feet, and will be getting them delivered to the new flat shortly. Another pleasant find while packing was a box with 9 yards of Peco bullhead flexitrack in - that'll make buying the track cheaper! 

Forgive me, father, for I have sinned... I have started on a post-grouping (and even post-nationalisation - some might even call it "modern image") project, as can be seen here: 
 

 

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6 hours ago, Skinnylinny said:

Forgive me, father, for I have sinned... I have started on a post-grouping (and even post-nationalisation - some might even call it "modern image") project, as can be seen here: 

Unfortunately, I don't think there is a cure for that (yet)!  Perhaps if you stood in front of the National Gallery on the Mound and viewed a procession of non-descript multiple units trundling in and out of Waverley it might help.  :devil:

 

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13 minutes ago, Caley Jim said:

Perhaps if you stood in front of the National Gallery on the Mound and viewed a procession of non-descript multiple units trundling in and out of Waverley it might help.  :devil:


Oh, now that's just cruel and unusual punishment! ...although that HST they repainted in BR Blue/Grey did look very nice...

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2 hours ago, Skinnylinny said:


Oh, now that's just cruel and unusual punishment! ...although that HST they repainted in BR Blue/Grey did look very nice...

My object all sublime

I shall achieve in time

To let the punishment fit the crime

The punishment fit the crime.....

(Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado)

 

 

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9 hours ago, Skinnylinny said:

Forgive me, father, for I have sinned... I have started on a post-grouping (and even post-nationalisation - some might even call it "modern image") project, as can be seen here: 
 

 

 

Ah - invalid saloon. Very pre-Grouping, that. However, it does invert the usual pre-Grouping process whereby a luggage compartment would be converted to lavatory accommodation. (Don't repeat that to your partner, they would very reasonably take umbrage at being equated with luggage.).

 

I had to post this here as it's such a pre-Grouping comment that I thought it would confuse the Mk I-ites.

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So I'm back from my holidays, and have a couple of days left until the house moving will be finished. The big move is tomorrow when the bed and remaining furniture will be moved into the new place. Just before I went away for Christmas, a box of flexitrack was moved over to the new flat, and so, being a little bored this evening, I added to the mock-up...

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I couldn't resist a couple of little close-ups too. I'm hopeful the finished layout will have plenty of interesting places to take pictures from/into/through.
 

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Just a minor suggestion, but when you come to lay cork or whatever, lay it between the platform faces, rather than putting them on top of the cork.

It will look better as it will better hide the joint, but also they are a bit high for pre-grouping stations which were often a bit lower.

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Could be as low as 1'6" at a country station - sloping down towards the rails at as much as 1:24. In later years, most such platforms were raised so as to slope away from the rails. I'll refrain from posing a photo of the accident at Wellingborough in 1898; tragically, the down fast platform was the only one that had yet to be raised - it was 2' above rail level, which Lt. Col. Yorke described as "much below the modern standard".

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On 29/12/2019 at 07:57, Skinnylinny said:

That's a good (and important) point! I'll definitely want to raise the trackbed a little for that reason. From memory I want between 2'3" and 2'6" above rail height for a typical pre-grouping platform? So 9-10mm in 4mm scale.

 

23 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

Could be as low as 1'6" at a country station - sloping down towards the rails at as much as 1:24. In later years, most such platforms were raised so as to slope away from the rails. I'll refrain from posing a photo of the accident at Wellingborough in 1898; tragically, the down fast platform was the only one that had yet to be raised - it was 2' above rail level, which Lt. Col. Yorke described as "much below the modern standard".

 

Agree, I'm pondering this for CA.

 

The platform would have been built in the 1850s, so would be relatively low (wooden extension later), and I'm not minded to raise it, so consideration must be given to use and height of lower coach foot boards.

 

Any views?

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