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I have decide to do a cake box model , as a way of building some modelling skills, before I attempt a full size layout.

 

I have chosen to model the crossing at Kirkhall Lane, in Leigh. This was on the line from Parsonage Colliery to the main line at Hindley Green.

 I was inspired by Mr Hilton’s picture, in Dennis Sweeneys book ‘The Colour of A Lancashire Triangle’.

 

The waiting for a train rule will we satisfied by a car, and maybe some pedestrians waiting to cross, after the train has passed.

 

I had already got a Janus shunter, and a class 23, that will need a repaint, and in the case of the class 23, a repair.

 The first question? Will both locomotives fit in a cake box?

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Just about!

 

So, I better, stop waisting time with Rmweb, and get on with it!

 

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Nice choice of location,  i used to watch them crossing there back in my school days, and had my bike wheels stuck in them flippin' tracks more than once.:lol: It looks almost the same view these days, sadly without the locos' & track. Looking forward to watching the progress. :)

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A good plan. I'm following your work with interest.

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A great location to model from. Will be following with interest. BTW I like the Janus.

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Thanks for  the encouraging comments guys.

 

 

I have managed to make some progress today.

I painted the roadway with some poster paint.

I think I should have covered the foamboard with paper first, as it took an age to dry, and is prone to damage.

I may redo it anyway.

 

 I have stuck a Gaugemaster background on, using PVA.

 I am disappointed that I have some bubbles in the sky, but I hope they will disappear when the glue dries.

 

 The paving stones are Metcalfe

The houses are Superquick.93A0AB5E-8954-4776-8F5A-7CA2F2EED244.jpeg.6caa1e20aee6db2caeb5923aace79123.jpeg

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On 23/02/2019 at 21:30, bigd said:

Thanks for  the encouraging comments guys.

 

 

I have managed to make some progress today.

I painted the roadway with some poster paint.

I think I should have covered the foamboard with paper first, as it took an age to dry, and is prone to damage.

I may redo it anyway.

 

 I have stuck a Gaugemaster background on, using PVA.

 I am disappointed that I have some bubbles in the sky, but I hope they will disappear when the glue dries.

 

 The paving stones are Metcalfe

The houses are Superquick.https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_02/93A0AB5E-8954-4776-8F5A-7CA2F2EED244.jpeg.6caa1e20aee6db2caeb5923aace79123.jpeg

 

You could use a strip of folded paper to cover the edge of your foam board and disguise any rough edges. I used foam board a lot at work and we were able to have a metal edge supplied for display panels, which ensured a slightly longer lifespan.

 

I like the composition and story of  your model.

 

All the best, Marlyn 

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Coming along nicely. Well done.

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A bit more progress, this weekend.

 I have added a hut at the back, made from unused bits of the houses.

A Ratio GWR square post signal was put in front.

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DJ models Hurricane crossing Kirkhall Lane.

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I now have some time to document, and sum up the build.

 

I added crossing gates from the Peco kit

I put some gauge master flowers in the flowerbed.

The Fina sign is made from plastic card and a cocktail stick, with the signs printed from a photograph.

 

I used static grass for the first time here.

2mm grass at the bottom of the fence and wall.

6mm grass under the tree.

I was disappointed that the longer grass didn’t stand up.

Perhaps I need to do some more try outs, and read round on technique.

 

What could have gone better:

The house roof - if I had more time I would have re-done it.

Me clumsily putting a finger mark on the sky.

The back scene had bubbles.

I ran out of time. 

A granddaughter arriving two months early!

 

What more could I have done:

Repaint my Janus model into NCB green, and add Yorkshire plates.

Replace damaged parts on my L&Y steam engine, and repaint into NCB livery.

Add some detail to the road - street lights, grids, and road markings.

Add some people - after all the theme was waiting for a train.

 

What went well:

I got off my backside and did some modelling.

I tried out some ideas I plan to use on my Bickershaw Colliery layout.

I learned how to lay ballast.

A healthy granddaughter arriving two months early!

 

Will I do another cake box:

If I can come up with an idea that sparks my interest, an fits the new theme - yes.

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I could imagine a number of people taking the line that - whatever the results - these challenges have achieved the desired results.

 

OK - some things haven't worked out exactly as planned - but you've done some experiments you wouldn't otherwise have done - and you've tried (and learnt) some stuff you wouldn't otherwise.

 

I could make similar comments about my dubious efforts in last year's challenge.

 

If my experience is anything to go by, these challenges won't necessarily have been everyone's first choice of challenge - but they've got people doing model making and trying out different techniques and materials. People have been pushed into doing things - pushed out of comfort zones - and there have been tangible results.

 

Somehow, I doubt if cakeboxes will be going away any time soon.

 

As for people like me, who are actually looking for rather different challenges, this actually poses a bit of a problem. Personally, I don't want challenges like these to disappear - but, in the absence of other challenges running at the same time, I'm looking at trying to engineer some way of finding some aspect of these challenges that actually interests me.

 

Of course, right now, there might be another issue for me - trying to find some time to build anything, in view of my current full time caring commitments - however, stuff like this is really nothing to do with this website.

 

 

Huw.

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2 hours ago, bigd said:

I now have some time to document, and sum up the build.

 

I added crossing gates from the Peco kit

I put some gauge master flowers in the flowerbed.

The Fina sign is made from plastic card and a cocktail stick, with the signs printed from a photograph.

 

I used static grass for the first time here.

2mm grass at the bottom of the fence and wall.

6mm grass under the tree.

I was disappointed that the longer grass didn’t stand up.

Perhaps I need to do some more try outs, and read round on technique.

 

What could have gone better:

The house roof - if I had more time I would have re-done it.

Me clumsily putting a finger mark on the sky.

The back scene had bubbles.

I ran out of time. 

A granddaughter arriving two months early!

 

What more could I have done:

Repaint my Janus model into NCB green, and add Yorkshire plates.

Replace damaged parts on my L&Y steam engine, and repaint into NCB livery.

Add some detail to the road - street lights, grids, and road markings.

Add some people - after all the theme was waiting for a train.

 

What went well:

I got off my backside and did some modelling.

I tried out some ideas I plan to use on my Bickershaw Colliery layout.

I learned how to lay ballast.

A healthy granddaughter arriving two months early!

 

Will I do another cake box:

If I can come up with an idea that sparks my interest, an fits the new theme - yes.

 

You should be very proud of your efforts, its all a learning curve.

Just picking up on the static grass, as I suffered the same problem when using for first time with the longer fibres, I still apply using a Noch puffer bottle, as its better for smaller areas, but manage to get reasonable results. When shaking the static grass onto the scene a lot of fibres will lie flat, allow some time for the glue to take hold but so that it is not set hard and then using a hand held vacuum go over the static grass and the suction will pull the fibres upwards (you will need to practice as holding the nozzle too close, the increased suction will pull all the fibres away from the glue which is not good). You can also get a similar result by teasing all the fibres upwards using a wide flat paint brush. 

 

Happy landscaping

Mark

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