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Didn't quite get around to a second attempt on the shelter today, what with this online university lark. 

 

I did manage to get half of the insulation foil up, blocking cold air from the other half of the garage coming over the plastic partition I put up in the summer. I've started to up foil under the tiled sections around the edge of the roof too. 20210107_175549.jpg.f3e3cb7b35c3328022a9c46d7606c307.jpg

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It's always fun trying to draught proof garages. Ours is an ancient corrugated iron lean to on the end wall of the house. It almost got knocked down by the previous owner. I replaced some of the sheeting, lined the roof with ply and styrene, the walls with old floorboards and styrene and made new doors. 

It's a Triggers brush of a garage, but it's still bigger warmer and cheaper than a new one.

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Decided to do a bit more work this evening whilst sat downstairs. 

 

This fence kit arrived from ebay during the week. Its laser cut card and isnt too far off gwr fencing, it was also only about £1 a foot so not a bad price. 20210107_224239.jpg.ce9c97d2d6d680fa6f1b5bfc222b6375.jpg20210107_212602.jpg.ff0a20d38ab63a4e7a2ae55fd35a6c79.jpg

 

I've made about 8ft and a few gates and I can make up any extra bits when I install it as I have  another unopened pack. It will be painted off white before installing. 

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Shelter mk 2 was a success, I've added a bench inside and primed it with vallejo airbrush primer. 

 

The primer has highlighted the layers from the 3d printer (0.1mm). Hopefully if I apply a thick brush coat of colour on top it will fill. Most of the bumps. 

 

I used two front roof sections from the ratio signal box as there is a chimney cutout on the other half. I also made use of the barge boards. 20210108_212232.jpg.daeb47cc7881b2cf6a93fd241ba17406.jpg20210108_212211.jpg.242828a0b24fb44cdb756dac1d0c042c.jpg

 

This design is mostly guesstimated, does it look OK?

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I think that it looks great, very convincing and I like the way that you have made use of kit components too. It's NOT cheating!

I had a thought about the striations caused by the printing layers. Brush primer on the boards, then take an emery nail board (they're cheap, get girlfriend to buy them if you're shy) trim off the rounded end and work it across the boards one at a time to flatten them off. Once the nail board goes blunt, trim off another 3mm and so on.  You may need to prime again and repeat, but it will fill the troughs and the board will file off the peaks.

Just my 2 cents, hope it's of some use.

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1 hour ago, MrWolf said:

I think that it looks great, very convincing and I like the way that you have made use of kit components too. It's NOT cheating!

I had a thought about the striations caused by the printing layers. Brush primer on the boards, then take an emery nail board.... 

Thanks for the advice. I shall have a play with some different techniques this weekend , if I have time whilst working on another uni report. 

 

Whilst I had the airbrush out I decided to spray the fencing a few coats of white with a drop of brown. 20210108_215545.jpg.5e74aa6963be8860c35acf3bca4dee61.jpg

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I gave it a go with an emery board before painting. It was reasonably effective. I probably could have gotten it smooth with a few layers of primer and sanding. 

 

It still needs weathering however the painting is now done. I went for my own gwr ish colour scheme as the only image I have doesn't show the colour scheme particularly well. 

 

I sprayed the interior brown, either raw treated timber or painted brown by station staff at some point. 20210109_213532.jpg.c6fd139295eb9cf486b2e7626bd382ea.jpg20210109_213501.jpg.52c80d9e19488f01e8b17d9594dff075.jpg20210109_213507.jpg.aeb4a2b40d34f874fab61ffb7174a907.jpg

Hand for scale. From a foot or two away the texture in the print is no longer visible. 

 

 

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I managed to get the lamps from kyteslights 

Glued in and half wired up. I also weathered the shelter a little and got the name boards painted. 20210109_214122.jpg.f5148be3d21e41879ed69a6de30e86be.jpg

 

With a little bit of imagination ( or quite alot) my freelance version of Coalbrookdale Valley is coming together. 20210110_201217.jpg.df4f7b467ae66386817500485b0eacec.jpg

 

Hopefully next week I'll have submitted my next coursework so I'll have a bit more time to finish wiring the lights, glue in the fence and then set out using up the box of seafoam that arrived yesterday. 

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Still doing odd jobs in between uni work. 

 

I tore out the crossing months ago due to wheel flanges catching. So today I drew up some new "wooden planking" to go in between the rails, and printed them out. 

 

A bit of a compromise was made to still leave enough flange space on the curve, but all my locos run over it and it looks much better than nothing. 20210111_114759.jpg.089e9503a3740497aacd836f9aa5161f.jpg20210111_154602.jpg.6fb85b74ff673b890e62ac027ed91a49.jpg

 

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You can see there are still large gaps, but I've had issues before with flanges so I darent go any smaller. 

 

The road needs fencing and / or hedgerows, as well as crossing gates. 

 

On that note I have a few ideas for either scratch building or 3d printing gates similar to the ones at the steam trust. I'm not sure they're original but they look more interesting than a pre made kit. 

 

I shall go and take some photos when I walk the dog. 

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1 hour ago, Northroader said:

There’s a good set of gates near you, down at Jackfield.

 

I had thought about them, but as I haven't been that far into the George for I while I couldn't remember how interesting the design was. I'll give that video a watch and have a look about at photos before I select a gate design. Cheers

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I've done a little more wiring on the station lamps, just about got them to the brightness I want. 

 

Before I tidy up the wires and move back to scenery I'm thinking about putting my spare lamps in the 'goods yard'. It's more of a turning circle for lorries loading and unloading direct from wagons or the goods store. 

 

Would it make sense to have two  lamps located where the black dots are?

I'm not certain how thick the tree line will be so there may be a little more space. 

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I have just submitted my report, so i should have atleast a few days to work on the layout properly again.

one thing i have been pondering is signalling. i want to incorperate atleast a few signals. probably a starter for each platfrom and some shunt signals. I have no clue what to do when it comes to signalling so i was hoping some of the more experienced signallers could help.

anything coming from wellington has to go the wrong way along the track in orange in order to go up the incline to the works. is there any way to signal this. could someone help with a basic signal diagram please? then i can have a look about at what signals id like to use and have a play with some control systems.

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i had a productive afternoon. I finished wiring in the lamps, got most of the fencing glued in , as well as the signs, added a single lamp in the goods yard, and weathered a section of incline i had to re ballast the other day (i tore up the old ballast because it was coming loose and had a lot of sculpt amold on it. the lamps may still be a bit bright for oil or gas, but its a compromise as i like being able to operate in the dark, so i need to be able to see the platforms. the camera also makes the lamps seem brighter than they are in real life.P1060560.JPG.0ee23baaef863a17f4c090dea98d01db.JPGP1060558.JPG.90fec07472a1b9b7757ba119ac008467.JPG P1060555.JPG.afbd5db4ded6e31795ece18c13b946b1.JPGP1060541.JPG.7fc8e00b868b8d8c8115b7fd321384c0.JPGP1060542.JPG.79fa89fb58b378c71c580dd6ac6566e4.JPGP1060544.JPG.81b2a6b70fab1fed7cac6a5006c138b8.JPGP1060545.JPG.47b778d43f11f826cdc4049ab54f9bc2.JPGP1060547.JPG.d4f86da23d8998a227907f1b834e036c.JPGP1060562.JPG.1965ea1cfa876710493889d55b646d60.JPG   

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The Drawings are coming on for the gates, hopefully they will be ready to print tomorrow. 

 

One thing I have been thinking about since I began to style my layout on Coalbrookdale is to aquire a 122 as seen in this image. 20210113_205007.jpg.dfd8e3c7bc2397bc198d48714df5d49d.jpg

 

I remember being impressed by the Dapol 121/122 in the past. However I know many people have had issues.

 

I've been doing some research over the past few days. It seems the issues pop up in some but not all models and  are easily rectified with a little work. Whether it be the bogie catching on the steps or the drive shaft coming loose. 

 

Has anyone had any terrible experiences that might dissuade me from chancing it, or should I go for it and rectify any faults that might occur?

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2 hours ago, whart57 said:

The GWR "flying bananas" lasted until 1962 and they were definitely in use on the Severn Valley and Much Wenlock branches.

 

Just an idea.

 

Post WW2 the GWR railcars were all concentrated at Worcester, who learnt to speak fluent AEC, and they worked on lines spreading out from there, including up the Severn Valley to Shrewsbury, but they didn’t work the Wenlock line, where the workings started from Wellington. There might be a possibility of a fan trip, but not regular workings..

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27 minutes ago, Northroader said:

 

Post WW2 the GWR railcars were all concentrated at Worcester, who learnt to speak fluent AEC, and they worked on lines spreading out from there, including up the Severn Valley to Shrewsbury, but they didn’t work the Wenlock line, where the workings started from Wellington. There might be a possibility of a fan trip, but not regular workings..

 

I have this vague memory of a photograph of Buildwas where there were bananas on both Severn Valley and Wenlock lines. Also there might have been a pic of one on the bridge near Doseley

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16106350841203959811270278555708.jpg.f581b0e27ba8ffc04d46b115ca2d88ec.jpgGoing a bit mad with static grass today, there is a large area that was just soil so I've set about putting the first few layers down. Obviously it will change colour when the glue is dry and I'll tone it down with the airbrush in some places. 

 

Just done the lawn at the station masters house. Pondering whether to add the spare station fence as well as a line of trees? 20210114_143543.jpg.ad5d2655e86905c61d81b38be585c177.jpg

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If it helps justify a flying banana, here's a shot of one at Cleobury Mortimer c1961. I had a book avalanche trying to find it and so had to steal this from picclick.

If you type into Google "Railcar Neen Sollars" you will find lots of images, some even colour.

 

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