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One side is now fully bored.  The other side about 1/3 so.  

 

I have begun painting the platform supports in a "concrete" colour so that they no longer look like bare metal.  This is achieved with a 50:50 mix of white gesso and Woodland Scenics "Earth Undercoat".  A small shake of Peco "Ash" is added so that the paint occasionally contains irregularities.  The scale is too small to accurately represent the uneven texture of concrete on these small items but a little texture at random helps to eliminate the "flat paint" feel.  

 

In the next stage the fence wires will be painted a dirty colour using heavily-used thinners while the brass rod top rail will be painted black as per prototype.  Once done I can level the legs and fit the platform surface.  

 

On 15/06/2020 at 16:17, Gwiwer said:

The recalcitrant crossover still isn’t working as it should

..... and has been removed pending skilled intervention at some future time.  I have replaced it with a Y and a three-way point which bring together the two tracks in a short section of single line before leading to the yard fan.  I regard this as a medium-term but temporary "fix" in order to get the trains running.  

 

 

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There isn't much room on the layout to place the SLR for decent pictures so most until now have been taken on the phone.  I did manage to get the "proper" camera out for a few shots tonight so here are some better quality views of recent work.  Plus one including the Up-side station building on the ground in the position it will occupy on the platform when completed.  This is a Bachmann "Scenecraft" item as yet undetailed save for application of a pair of Waddlemarsh Halt target signs.  Those are supplied by Trackside Signs.  

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While resting my fingers between boring tiny holes - which task is very nearly complete - I have moved a half-step ahead to the platform shelter.  Before being fitted in position this required weathering.

 

It began as the Bachmann Scenecraft product out of its box plus a couple of Trackside Signs "target" nameplates simply stuck on as seen above. 

 

It moved on to have mapping-pen inked in to the joints and corners for added depth.

 

It then gained powder weathering using soot black, a brown / rust mix and some green for the moss and lichen.  Don't forget the roof and interior!  

 

 

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It's not proving as easy as I hoped to seat the platform supports but then which tasks in this hobby ever are?  

 

They are going in.  A fair number have parted at the glued join which isn't a problem but a mild frustration.   Only one has broken beyond repair after being encouraged into its hole with a little too much persuasion :fool: 

 

A near-overhead shot shows that both sides are well under way, both have a gap for the footbridge access and a small building.  The piano wire has to have the curve it was supplied with eased out over several days before gluing down which is helped by the placing of the steel rule on top of positioned (but not fixed) supports.  

 

Once I am happy with the general position of the legs I apply superglue to the holes and seat each in turn; they require a few seconds to grab but a minute or so of working time is available allowing a little correction and levelling to take place as required.  

 

Keen eyes might recognise the footbridge as that recovered from Penhayle Bay.  This will not be used on the new layout; it is only a guide here.  To re-use it would probably be a kit-bash too far for plastic which has sat outdoors for over ten years and isn't in great condition.  A new kit has arrived.  The colour scheme will be mid-dark green with black supporting legs and detail.  

 

 

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You are making tremendous progress there, Rick. I'm looking forwards to seeing the end result.

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12 hours ago, SRman said:

You are making tremendous progress there, Rick. I'm looking forwards to seeing the end result.

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Thank you Jeff.  

 

The "tremendous progress" is of course slower than I would like - isn't it always?  I haven't had the relative luxury that many other modellers have "enjoyed" of being granted an extended paid break from work.  Being defined as a Key Worker and now an Essential Worker means I have been in at the House of Fun every rostered day.  Coping with the different stresses this emergency has brought about has also left me a little drained at times though I tinker most days and seem to get a few things done.  

 

I am turning my thoughts to the platform surface.  It was to have been 2mm foam-board which I have and which was prepared with a textured surface some time ago.  Cut into the requires strips it loses rigidity and I am not convinced it will hold shape so my satisfaction.  Plan B is 2mm card which does have a tendency to warp slightly if there is dampness in the air - and if in contact with sprayed water-based adhesive.  I shall try a few experiments in the coming days.  

 

The surface also needs to represent concrete slabs with defined edges.  I am thinking of texturing the surface then drawing fine cotton or even offcuts of piano-wire across the top to represent fine lines rather than leave a homogenous platform which would look wrong to all who know these "concrete halts".  Trial and error is probably the way forward.  

 

In other news I have the temporary track layout set up and working meaning I can run trains  though with some limitations.  I intend to return to the vexed question of the crossover unit at some future time.  I have been in touch with a member of the Twickenham & District MRC in addition to receiving significant help from an RMwebber but so far nothing has resolved what ever the problem is.  

 

 

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Regarding the platform supports, I would suggest for any future work to drill all the holes at once in a piece of thin ply or heavy black styrene, fasten in place with 5 minute epoxy, not superglue, and then place the whole thing on the railway and cover.

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11 hours ago, Gwiwer said:

I intend to return to the vexed question of the crossover unit at some future time.

Happy to have another look if that would help Rick.

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20 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

Happy to have another look if that would help Rick.

Appreciate the thought thank you but I think it really needs someone actually here to take a look in the hands-on sense.  Which isn't going to be in the particularly near future as things are.  That was one reason behind making a medium-term alteration to the track plan in order to get things moving.  

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On 01/07/2020 at 14:18, Gwiwer said:

 

I am turning my thoughts to the platform surface.  It was to have been 2mm foam-board which I have and which was prepared with a textured surface some time ago.  Cut into the requires strips it loses rigidity and I am not convinced it will hold shape so my satisfaction.  Plan B is 2mm card which does have a tendency to warp slightly if there is dampness in the air - and if in contact with sprayed water-based adhesive.  I shall try a few experiments in the coming days.  

 

 

Hi,

 

have you tried giving card a good coat or two of button polish, or something similar, before painting and adding texture?  It helps waterproof and stiffen the card.  Another alternative is 2mm plywood, although I would treat it the same way before painting.

 

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All the legs for the Up platform are glued in place.  The R076 station footbridge kit has arrived, has been assembled and has had its Up-side steps cut slightly short.  It will have its legs on the ground but the steps will end at platform level meaning a minor kit-bash is required.  The Down-side will be dealt with in due course.

 

The platform shelter is supported on a cut-down Bachmann "Carriage Sidings Walkway" unit and with the lowest footbridge step bearing onto an L-shape groove made in the cutting-down process.  

 

The Down side platform will be next followed by some detail painting.  I need to scratch-build or source a suitable small building for the Down side platform.  It should not be as big as the Up side as that is more important and will be adapted to include a small ticket office as these halts often had.  

 

 

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Another small step forward. 
 

Brass etched “target” signs from Shire Scenes to receive the Trackside Signs name stickers. 
 

That’s a close enough fit for my eyes. 
 

 

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