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As predicted it looks better square and plumb

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And putting a loco on the track always cheers me back up

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16 hours ago, Adrian Stevenson said:

Looks really great.


Thanks Ade :)

 

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23 hours ago, AlfaZagato said:

I remember a discussion in Mikkel's thread over his pre-grouping GWR layout.    The GWR, and most companies for that matter, mostly used the same lamps & posts between yards and platforms.   Economy was more important than image. 

 

I welcome anyone to dispute this, though.    I am, admittedly, working of memory.


I took a look at @Mikkel’s thread on GWR lamps, it was that very thread that inspired me to have a go at repainting the lamps myself

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53 minutes ago, AlfaZagato said:

Happy I could at least offer direction.


very helpful, thank you 

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Very nice Chris. So much atmopshere in that shot.

 

I like the toned down colours you've used on the layout, including the stone colours on the lamp. I must try that.

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Experimented with ash around the ash pit this morning, it looked okay so I’ve taken a chance and ‘threw some glue over it’ (technical term)

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I tried my best to do it random, had to fight my straight line OCD

 

Also added a little more ballast as a ramp upto the barrow crossing 

 

And luckily the ballast around the engine shed appears to be drying out....helped in part by putting the heating on low overnight maybe?

 

 

 

 

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Obviously I can’t take everyone’s advice so I’ve made the decision to put a little moss around the standpipe drain

 

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I like it so I’ve used rule #1 on this occasion 

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Yep, that's nice and subtle. How about a length of semi-curled up hosepipe and an old bucket?

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59 minutes ago, Rowsley17D said:

Yep, that's nice and subtle. How about a length of semi-curled up hosepipe and an old bucket?


Good idea!

 

This is less subtle but there has to be a transition between the railway and the ‘wild’ and I wanted to avoid straight lines, however it won’t encroach onto the ballast any further than this

 

The brown painted area surrounding the railway will be static grassed

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If it’s wrong, it’s wrong :wacko:

 

I’m not really going for historical accuracy, I’m suppose to be doing it for fun

 

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4 hours ago, chuffinghell said:

Obviously I can’t take everyone’s advice so I’ve made the decision to put a little moss around the standpipe drain

 

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I like it so I’ve used rule #1 on this occasion 

And has really enhanced it Chris.

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Not sure if I should add more ash around the ash pit or leave it as it is

 

 

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1 hour ago, chuffinghell said:

Not sure if I should add more ash around the ash pit or leave it as it is

 

I reckon you've got it about right Chris, but if you'll forgive me, it looks a bit too neat? Try and overcome your OCD and add some ragged edges... :D

 

All looking splendid,

 

Al.

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1 hour ago, Alister_G said:

 

I reckon you've got it about right Chris, but if you'll forgive me, it looks a bit too neat? Try and overcome your OCD and add some ragged edges... :D

 

All looking splendid,

 

Al.


Thanks Al

 

I know what you mean, I'll see what I can do

 

I had to fight my desire to trim the tree symmetrically :jester:

 

Chris

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5 hours ago, Alister_G said:

 

I reckon you've got it about right Chris, but if you'll forgive me, it looks a bit too neat? Try and overcome your OCD and add some ragged edges... :D

 

All looking splendid,

 

Al.


I put the glue on first on and around the previously done ash and used a lighter colour (by accident :rolleyes:) and worked it in and around with my finger drawing it away from the ash pit then sprayed on some watered down PVA and allowed it to run a little

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Hopefully it’s not too neat this time?

 

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I like the tree Chris, that corner looks great. I've just made my first tree even though I've no layout to plant it on! 

The ash is looking good but I think you could go even messier, I guess in the real world the pit would have to be cleaned out using a shovel and wheelbarrow and taken away somewhere, so that would spread it about a bit. 

Have you looked at any photo's of engine sheds?

Steve.

 

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3 hours ago, sb67 said:

I like the tree Chris, that corner looks great. I've just made my first tree even though I've no layout to plant it on! 


Thanks Steve, I was really surprised just how well the tree turned out considering how easy it was

 

3 hours ago, sb67 said:

The ash is looking good but I think you could go even messier, I guess in the real world the pit would have to be cleaned out using a shovel and wheelbarrow and taken away somewhere


I didn’t want to go too mad with the ash but I do still need to dirty up the ash pit, I’ve got a wheelbarrow kit to make up which I’ll fill with ash

 

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I also really like what @Rowsley17D has done with the ash piles

 

 

I’ve tried to do this myself but as yet it’s not turned out quite as good

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