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Depending on the weather, early morning’s can provide some great lighting through the window shutters in the bedroom. 

 

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A real moody shot.

 

 

 

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Thank you all for the kind comments! Always enjoy getting creative with a bit of photography.

 

Today’s job is to weather the new mineral wagons, taking the edge off them.

 

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Starting with a light wash of black to add some definition to the slats and bolts.

 

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After the wash has dried, weathering powders we’re added. Rust around the hinges and bolts and charcoal black added to the panels before being wiped with cotton buds to create a streaky effect.

 

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A coat of varnish needs to be added and then a few photos will be taken on the layout. A subtle job but at least they don’t look brand new plastic.

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Not much happening on the layout however more steam on the mainline this week! 35028 Merchant Navy Class ‘Clan Line’ passed through one of my local stations on the Man of Kent Pathfinder Tour.

 

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Always an impressive sight at speed!

 

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Nothing new to add at the moment. Another busy weekend of photography meant the layout went untouched til this morning when a few wagons were shunted around for a few hours.

 

Both Peckett’s working overtime while the BR locos are away getting some digital tlc. A few small projects planned for this weekend however.

 

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend yesterday drawing up plans for the second board of Lancaster Lane…the addictive nature of this hobby!

 

Anyway, new plans aside. A lovely sunrise this morning.

 

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Up early this morning for a productive day of modelling. First job was to sort out a few of the Dapol models. These fruit vans rarely make an appearance on the layout as they suffer from the dreaded droopy couplings. 
 

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The wheels were removed and the screws on the underside tightened. It’s not made a massive difference but they’re now definitely more useable. 
 

I might have to address that factory weathering at some point as well…
 

 

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Trains aside, a few cameos of the figures around the layout. As much as I hate painting them, they do add another level of interest to the layout and a bit of character to the photos.

 

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1 minute ago, Alister_G said:

Looks like a German tank crew have invaded... :D

 

You have made a lovely job of the figures though, very good painting.

 

Al.


Thank you Al!

 

Looking at the photo they do look grey however I can confirm that they’re British Standard Issue Green! :D No cause for concern!

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The first task of the day. Weathering the Series 1 Land Rover. Nothing too drastic, just taking the shine off the model and muddying up the wheels. 
 

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The original Series 1 had a green interior with green or black leather seats however I’ve taken apart the model and painted the cab green with the seats in brown to stand out through the windows.

 

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A subtle change but a touch grubbier!

 

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Just had email confirmation today that’ll I’ll be exhibiting Lancaster Lane for the first time at the Gravesend Model Railway Exhibition on the 6th - 7th November this year. Humbling considering this only started out as a small project to occupy me during lockdown!

 

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Very much looking forward to it. Plenty still to get done and a deadline to work towards…

 

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