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Finally finished with the tunnel section and now time to leave that bit alone and to stop adding more bits of scenery. Walk away Mark, walk away.

I noticed that a lot of debri and residue had built up on the track rails as a result of my less than tidy scenery exploits, so it was time to get out the track rubber. 

After cleaning down the track to a satisfactory finish I powered it up and had a test run with the railcar and thankfully all was OK :good:

I will now be moving underside to attend to some wiring and then back to the platform to finish that area off. It will then be a case of finishing off the layout front facia with some brown paint and varnish and then deciding on how I can add a sector plate which wasn't part of the plan to start with but the idea is growing on me.

 

Here's a few more shots of the railcar emerging from, which I have now named, Tyteford Tunnel.

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For once, I said what I was going to do and have returned to the platform area to finish some detailing. I have started with the pagoda shelter and the idea was to give Fred and Arthur plenty to be getting on with after they finish the fencing repairs. So the shelter is going to be a bit worse for wear and in need of their expert attention. I've included a shot of the pagoda how it used to look as a comparison.  I need to address the floating effect which ready made buildings suffer from when planted onto a layout as you should not be able to see any visible gap (however minute) between the ground and the building. This is easily overcome when planting a building on an uneven surface as you can use all manner of ground cover and filler to conceal the gaps but not so easy on a dead level surface like a platform.

Platform seating and passengers will be next, I just need to remember where I stashed that Metcalf bench kit (Other GWR benches are available).

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9 hours ago, MAP66 said:

 I need to address the floating effect which ready made buildings suffer from when planted onto a layout as you should not be able to see any visible gap (however minute) between the ground and the building.

 

I'm not sure you do in this case... I am pretty sure the corrugated iron is cladding on a frame, so it would probably sit slightly above the surface. Have a look at the pagoda hut at Didcot, half way down this page:

 

https://didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/article.php/19/the-branch-line/17404ed6589ce7ade465470e053b9897

 

There is a good inch between the cladding and the platform surface there... which I think your model captures quite well at the minute!!

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22 minutes ago, FraserClarke said:

 

I'm not sure you do in this case... I am pretty sure the corrugated iron is cladding on a frame, so it would probably sit slightly above the surface. Have a look at the pagoda hut at Didcot, half way down this page:

 

https://didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/article.php/19/the-branch-line/17404ed6589ce7ade465470e053b9897

 

There is a good inch between the cladding and the platform surface there... which I think your model captures quite well at the minute!!

Hi Fraser

 

Thank you for the info on the pagoda shelter, I hadn't realised that there could be a visible gap which is acceptable in 4mm scale. So all good and one less job to do :good:

 

Mark

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3 hours ago, Kevin Johnson said:

Mark once again super modelling and I love the story line that is with this layout.

Kevin

 

Once again, thank you for the kind comments which are always appreciated.

 

Mark

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I've finished the wiring beneath the layout, how much wiring can there be (I hear you ask) its only a single length of track! Well apart from 4 lots of droppers for the track, its all the wiring for the lighting which consists of the brazier, signal box, pagoda shelter, 2 x station lamps,  lamp for the buffer stop and finally the signal.

 

A couple of things I'm not happy with, the lighting on the station lamps although they are oil type are bright white and not yellowish, I am going to experiment with painting the lamp glass with very dilute yellow paint.

Secondly the signal arm has brewers droop as it does not fully return to the home position and drroops downwards. It didn't use to do this and I'm thinking I may have accidently clonked it at some point as its easily done. It doesn't show in the photo as I gently raised the arm to the horizontal with my finger.

 

 

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@MAP66 my apologies for not popping down to Tyteford Halte in absolutely ages.... I'm the one who has missed out because of this
Very nice progress sir - although not great progress from Fred and Arthur - I'm sure they're sawing the same bits of wood as the last time I swung by! ;)

Looking great as ever, and it's looking more & more atmospheric for each detail you add. Excellent work :) 

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43 minutes ago, marc smith said:

@MAP66 my apologies for not popping down to Tyteford Halte in absolutely ages.... I'm the one who has missed out because of this
Very nice progress sir - although not great progress from Fred and Arthur - I'm sure they're sawing the same bits of wood as the last time I swung by! ;)

Looking great as ever, and it's looking more & more atmospheric for each detail you add. Excellent work :) 


Have to agree - I was a bit surprised to see Fred and Arthur still working after the evening lights have come on (they don’t quite seem the type to me).  Perhaps they were surprised too?

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7 hours ago, marc smith said:

@MAP66 my apologies for not popping down to Tyteford Halte in absolutely ages.... I'm the one who has missed out because of this
Very nice progress sir - although not great progress from Fred and Arthur - I'm sure they're sawing the same bits of wood as the last time I swung by! ;)

Looking great as ever, and it's looking more & more atmospheric for each detail you add. Excellent work :) 

Thanks marc

 

No need to apologise, platform is always open at Tyteford Halte. Sometimes its a good thing to return to a thread after a while as then theres a lot of good content to catch up on.

What can I say about Fred and Arthur, they did come recommended but they quoted me day rates for the job and so there definately hanging this one out. :lol:

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6 hours ago, Keith Addenbrooke said:


Have to agree - I was a bit surprised to see Fred and Arthur still working after the evening lights have come on (they don’t quite seem the type to me).  Perhaps they were surprised too?

Thanks again Keith

Not sure why Fred and Arthur are still there at dusk, its not like I'm paying them overtime, very peculiar indeed.

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2 minutes ago, MAP66 said:

Thanks again Keith

Not sure why Fred and Arthur are still there at dusk, its not like I'm paying them overtime, very peculiar indeed.


I was going to ask if there any jobs going but I changed my mind after finding out you don’t pay overtime :D

 

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3 minutes ago, chuffinghell said:


I was going to ask if there any jobs going but not if you don’t pay overtime  :D

 

Now Chris, I did hear your a bit good at the ole painting lark and I might make an exception in your case and offer you the job of painting the station shelter with overtime included. Fred and Arthur are taking the mick, I'm not offering them any more work. I just hope they don't take 'affence'. :jester:

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Thank you for the comments on the detailing, very kind of you to say so.

I have to be in the right frame of mind for figure painting, I'm grateful for the quicker drying acrylic paints as I don't think I would have the patience to wait for enamels to dry properly - everthing would end up in a right old mess.

Can still be a bit tedious though, I think that I've finished then you take a photo and enlarge it only to see a blob of paint glaring back at you that shouldn't be there. Mrs. Jones on the bench, being a casing point, needs a bit more attention.

13 hours ago, Kevin Johnson said:

Mark it’s those little detailed touches that bring a layout to life. Nice work as always.:good:

 

1 hour ago, simonmcp said:

Your figure painting is superb. Loving all the little details. Simon

 

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Well things have been gaining momentum since we last visited Tyteford Halte, Mrs. Jones who made her debut yesterday, and who’s not one for gossip, was warmly welcomed by the railway community. Anyway, she might have mentioned to one of her gentlemen admirers that some one keeps on taking photos of people on the platform.

“I don’t think its your ordinary train spotter” she said while being served in the green grocers by Albert Plum. "Now then Mrs Jones", said Albert, as he shovelled 3lbs of king Edwards into her basket, “don’t you fret, its likely nothing untoward but just to reassure you I will come down to Tyteford Halte tomorrow to see what it’s all about”. What a nice chap.

So, we join Albert Plum and Mrs Jones on the bench and guess what Albert hasn’t even spotted me taking photos, he’s more interested in the contents of Mrs Jones handbag. Apparently, she brought sandwiches and two bottles of beer – can’t say fairer than that.

 

I did hear that the mysterious photographer may of had a few glasses of Merlot this evening which is another reaon why his photos are hardly ever in focus.

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Evening folks, just posting to let you know that my allocated modelling area AKA the dining room table (my safe zone) has received a furniture upgrade and has transformed into a work bench/desk effort which has materalised in an entirely differerent room.

Meals will soon be eaten at the table again, and this transformation, amongst other things happening at home, has meant that Tyteford Halte is currently at halt while I acclimatise to my new modelling environment. It has definitely had an effect on my keenness to return to the sport of modelling stuff as the Feng Shui is all out of kilter somehow.

I DON’T LIKE CHANGE. Anyway, my new workbench/desk effort is probably going to be OK, I just need to get used to it, maybe I just need to build a kit or something simple to get me interested again.

I've added a pic of my new modelling corner, the bottom desk drawer is empty and I am reserving it for my mojo after I have found it again.

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I don’t like change either but that looks like a nice well organised space

 

Hope your mojo comes back soon

 

Chris

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19 minutes ago, chuffinghell said:

I don’t like change either but that looks like a nice well organised space

 

Hope your mojo comes back soon

 

Chris

Thanks Chris

I'll leave the bottom drawer open tonight, maybe  my mojo will find its way there by the morning :( failing that I'll give myself a good kick up the pants.

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