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Lots of minor detailing done this week, road signs and markings plus railway restriction notices.

I also found these very nice little tricycles and barrows online so we have the window cleaner at work.

 

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And the odd-job man looking to earn some money.

 

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Its been very hot throughout August here ( temperature in the 30s)  a bit uncomfortable for running trains so I decided to try a bit of scratch building instead.

 

This corner of the layout has never been developed properly, I originally chopped up two Walthers buildings into half-relief kits to provide a filler for the space.833883824_IMG_1763(2).JPG.01f6ce20ccb85150cce2d71dde38c45d.JPG

 

What I really wanted there was a typical complex of traditional West Riding Mills so now a start has been made on the first unit for that.

 

The Gable end wall of the first building was mapped out first to see if the required effect was acceptable.

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That looked OK so the basic building shell was constructed and given its first coat of pale stone paint and then checked for appearance and fit.

 

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Very nice Richard. I particularly like the Messerschmitt KR200.

Regards Lez. 

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On 12/08/2019 at 19:42, lezz01 said:

Very nice Richard. I particularly like the Messerschmitt KR200.

Regards Lez. 

 

Thanks for that, you obviously know your vehicles, it's just a bubblecar to me

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More work done on the Mill Building, two layers of weathering dry brushed on, chocolate and soot black.

 

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Then roof, guttering and downpipes fitted

 

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A bit more work to do but it can now be tried in position.

 

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I blocked off most of the ground-floor windows as this happened in a lot of mills. The lower floor was used as a warehouse so they infilled the arched windows with cheap brick to provide maximum storage space as they didn't need the light for machinery

 

 

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Here is a short video where we travel with Silver Link through the countryside.

 

 

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Great video, especially liked the camera tracking the movement.

 

Bill.

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21 hours ago, Bill37 said:

Great video, especially liked the camera tracking the movement.

 

Bill.

 

 Thanks for that, it's a bit tricky on your own walking backwards while controlling a loco and camera and trying not to knock anything over but got it right in the end.

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A bit more work has been done on the Mill Complex this week firstly an access tower which would normally house the stairs, lift and hoist controls was built.

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This butts up against the main building.

 

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After looking at it I thought it needed a bit more detail so I opened up one set of doors and fitted in some interior walls, steps and lift doors.

 

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Just the hoist mechanism to fit now when I can obtain some suitable pulleys.

 

Then the next stages will be to build entrance gate and office, and a second mill building with an upper storey bridge between the two.

 

 

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Today 60003 Andrew K McCosh (that's a name you don't forget, I know I definitely copped it) has been put on the Scotch Goods and here we see it racing through Oxenholme

 

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Then it passes a J15 waiting in the bay with a parcels train and heads out into the country.

 

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A quick look around the sheds today to see whats in:-

So we spot a Super D just been coaled up.

 

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And Black Watch on the Turntable.

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And now we are just in time to see the Garratt depart.

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Ready to haul another long coal train.

 

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We return to the Station just in time to see 60003 running through with the Scotch Goods.

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The signal gantry here has been cobbled together from broken ratio kits that I have had for years just to get an idea of the visual effect.

 

I've always liked appearance of complex semaphore gantries on station approaches so for me a non-working semaphore set is probably preferable to a working  colour light set, I just need to research it and build something suitable.

 

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A final picture of Andrew K Mc Cosh as it passes the MIll and departs the Town.

 

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This morning the Derby Lightweight waits in the bay platform at Oxenholme.

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Before setting off across the viaduct with the early morning train.

 

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We catch up with her again running through the countryside.

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And then threading her way through the tracks to reach Platform 3 at Byford

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I bought a model of the latest Hornby Duchess some time ago but haven't done much with it until now as I wanted to give it the best possible sound and some very light weathering but wasn't sure of the best approach until I read a couple of good articles in Hornby Magazine dealt with this and proved to be a great help.1280155111_IMG_1899(2).JPG.e7856d1feccee573d264a9eaa6006f19.JPG

 

I wanted to keep the Coal Pusher feature but at the same time fit the best speaker possible so I removed the factory fitted weight and cut down its mounting brackets.

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This gave me just enough room to fit a Dumbo Speaker, Zimo Decoder and Stay Alive Capacitor plus some lead fishing weights in the chassis base to improve the running.151184883_IMG_1905(2).JPG.236205f0b7e65f677e890081849b82e1.JPG

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The next step was a light weathering, she would still have been the pride of the fleet and kept in excellent condition until the final years.432795574_IMG_1938(2).JPG.6106afbbec450e9068c3f39c94cdafcc.JPG

 

So the weathering was concentrated mainly on the tender (staining down the rivets on the side) plus oil and grease on the rods.

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The Coal Pusher feature was preserved although the loco desperately needs a top-up.

 

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I love the shot of the tender in the last pic, it really does show the subtle weathering

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On 12/09/2019 at 11:59, Luke123 said:

I love the shot of the tender in the last pic, it really does show the subtle weathering

 

Thanks for that I was a bit wary with the weathering as its the first time I've done it with a paint brush usually it is just a misting with the Airbrush.

 

Notice that you are using the correct spelling for your hometown ( I lived in Bridlington for many years before moving out here)

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To follow up the pictures of W A Stanier here is a video demonstrating the sound qualities.

 

   

 

 

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A bit more work has been done on the Mill Complex this week:-

The entrance gates and transport office were added.

 

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A second Mill Building was made.

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So the area now looks like this with still a lot of detailing to do plus the ground needs work ( cobbles or granite sets?)

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I really liked the new Accurascale Cement Wagons but thought they would look out of place on my layout in their gleaming silver finish.

Also I imagine in real life they would be very soon caked in cement dust.

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Then I read a very good article on weathering them so I decided to risk it, buy some and have a go myself.

The first stage was to weather the chassis with a mixture of browns plus frame dirt and track wash on the solebars.

 

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The next step was to streak the sides with a broad flat brush using gray colours with a touch of yellow (this is the moment when you think have I gone to far and messed them up)

 

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They look good to me Richard. If anything you haven't gone far enough with them.

Regards Lez.

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On 24/09/2019 at 19:02, lezz01 said:

They look good to me Richard. If anything you haven't gone far enough with them.

Regards Lez.

Thanks for that, I was a bit worried I had spoiled a lovely model but there was one more process to do (shown on the next posting) which I have just completed and it seems to have tidied them up a bit.

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