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With another lockdown on us the final details for Loch Dochard in the post and two of SMS models 77L box storage baseboards sets to hand here's the first one... introducing 'Bank House Colliery' under construction. Three days of track laying, kit building, kit bashing and painting so far.

 

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Thankyou very much @Andrew D.

 

Progress has been slow this week with the return to work but some ballasting and light installation has been done. Some phone photos of progress.

 

I managed to ruin the original planned back scene with a dark grey cloudy sky and so had to use the other which is very pale and just looks like a white sheet of paper.

 

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A bit more work today culminating in the first evening photos. Sadly the light grey sky back scene gives a bit too much away!

 

 

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Finally a bit of sunshine meaning Loch Dochard could go outside, with now back scene it's much harder to hide next door! Still their trees come in handy still.

 

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Great pics as always Karl. Would you mind telling me what you use for the ‘dirty’ ballast and the platform surface? The effect you’ve achieved is excellent and one I’d like to copy emulate.

Cheers!

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34 minutes ago, Andrew D said:

Great pics as always Karl. Would you mind telling me what you use for the ‘dirty’ ballast and the platform surface? The effect you’ve achieved is excellent and one I’d like to copy emulate.

Cheers!

 

Thanks very much. When I started this I never imagined I'd ever be asked how I had done something, but no problem at all! The platform on Loch Dochard was a laser cut wood kit, once assembled I sprayed it matt black, then cover it in a thin layer of glue and applied a thin layer of a mix of ballast (woodland scenics fine black ash, medium brown ballast and some genuine crushed (almost to a powder) granite), I just mixed that in a proportion that I thought looked ok and spread it thinly on the glue.

 

For the track, the ballasting is exactly the same as the station but the proportions are made to be more black so less grey put in, I apply this by mixing in ballast magic powder and spraying with water. Once that's dry to get the mucky ballast that I've used on the shed and Loch Dochard to indicate where engines stand for a while and more liberally across the colliery it is 'Hattons Oil Spill Solution' from Hattons Model Railways. It's a bag of grey powder that you apply where you want it then fix with water mixed with PVA, once that's dry you brush on the black liquid you get in the pack and leave it to dry and that's it. (On the colliery I have used some some weathering powders to try to vary the tone a little afterwards) I've used it for the shed, Loch Dochard and the Colliery and still have more than 3/4 of the stuff left so you get plenty!

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Brilliant, that’s really useful to know, thanks very much. Planning my first Boxfile so the tiniest details are so important, and I love the effects you have achieved. All the best.

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