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Attempt number two at typing all this up...

So, the layout is being prepped for it's next appearance which is 10th/11th September at The International N Gauge show at Leamington. The layout's starting to show its age now, so I think rolling stock additions will be fewer in future and it's not like I'm short of FGW stock for the layout. I've got a 143 to finish, which even if it never sees light of day on this layout, it'll appear on others. Also, I'm tempted to have a go at 08822 based on the Farish Intercity Exec 08 but it's a bigger job than it looks at first glance and being a Bristol loco and out of period for the other stock I may not, especially if the layout's on borrowed time.

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But it is Intercity Swallow. 'Nuff sed!

 

Anyway, to the actual point of the post. Since the layout's first concept I've wanted to have a dual carriageway scenic break to hide the fiddle yard exit, much bashing of plasticard and things are getting there. The finish is the same mix of dusted on rattle can colours as per the concrete areas elsewhere on the layout. I'm currently working on the pavements, which are 10mm wide strips of plastic. The road surface is some kids art foam from Poundland. The bridge is based on a variety of prototypes, I think the ridged surface is from Salisbury, the wall at the near end from the Frome bypass and it'll gain railings along the span, similar to Plymouth and lots of other places.

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Once this is all finished, Embankment Road will have gained, well, Embankment Road.

 

Jo

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Thanks for all the likes etc.

A little more progress. The road surface is glued down and the pavement and centre divider are all cut and have since been sprayed grey after the photo was taken. There'll be streetlamps, white lines, signs and fencing to add next at a minimum.

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I've also sprayed some cars up to remove their plastic finish. They're from a Kato pack of 90's Toyotas, some of the models were sold as Lexus over here. No doubt someone will point out the shades aren't accurate for the models depicted. The big green sedan will have a fitting beige interior

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Thanks all for the continued likes and comments.

The bridge is just about done, needs a grassy bank adding around the base and a mounting block on the backscene for it to rest on, rather than the fetching TV remote.

The white lines are masked up then white enamel is stippled on. 2 or 3 coats gives decent colour with the texture of the foam road surface still showing through.

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Vehicles of note so far are the National Express bus which has had added detail painting, passengers and the front track narrowed before a light weathering. The Tomytec Lexus has gained a taxi roof sign and a square rear number plate as seen on many taxis to give room for the taxi license. The white Scania is a respray of an Oxford model, added FKS Modellbau etched lights and home brew decals. The side skirts were done on the Silhouette cutter. It's also gained custom chrome big bore side exhaust on each side below the side skirts, but these are hard to see in this angle.

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A couple of quick shots to show where things are at - the layout has now gained the embankment it is named after! The bridge is removable to allow for track cleaning, naughty derailing trains and the like.

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The bank was done with a grass mat, sprayed with car paints, then various Woodland Scenics bushery added to complete the look. Just need to buy a pack of N scale photographers to perch on the bridge to really set the scene!

 

I'm weirdly relaxed before the weekend's show, so far things seem to have gone to plan. Normally I'd still be working on a last minute addition well past midnight, but it's all ready to go. I would say this is down to being organised, but well, those who know me know better...

Please do drop by and say hello if you are attending the International N Gauge show at Leamington this weekend!

 

Jo

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Well, back from TINGS and the layout's still in one piece.

All in all the weekend went well, a couple of odd niggles on the Saturday, mainly heat related before the air vents were opened I think, but pretty happy with the weekend.

There's a few considerations to be made now, with a potential booking in 2018, do I look at mounting it on a wooden base to reduce the warping? Reconstruct it completely, reusing buildings and scenic? Bin it?

I think that's a decision that can wait for 2017, see if I have any brainwaves in the mean time.

Anyway, a few pictures from the weekend of the layout. Besides the bridge, there's not much new to see. As usual the green 08 was the backbone of the fleet all weekend.

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Finally a lighter one, after crossing the bridge of doom between the layout and fiddle yard, beware sharp jolts to the traverser...

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Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat and the comments and discussions that ensued!

Thanks also to Jack for the assistance and entertainment  all weekend

 

Jo

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what a lovely layout this one is, I really like the buildings

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Looking good as always Jo, bridge has come out well even if you do insist of putting vehicles of a certain haulier on it.... :no:

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Thanks for the comments guys, yes the buildings do stir up plenty of comment at exhiibitions, there's always at least one person who comments how creative I am to have come up with that design. Cue a photo of the real thing...

Besides tankers and customer liveries, I don't think I've seen many Scanias operated by your lot Rob? Oxford have an Actros and new style FH in the pipeline, it'd be nice to crack out the white and blue paint of a local operator

 

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Thanks for the comments guys, yes the buildings do stir up plenty of comment at exhiibitions, there's always at least one person who comments how creative I am to have come up with that design. Cue a photo of the real thing...

Besides tankers and customer liveries, I don't think I've seen many Scanias operated by your lot Rob? Oxford have an Actros and new style FH in the pipeline, it'd be nice to crack out the white and blue paint of a local operator

 

Jo

 

Renaults and Mercs seem to be the flavour of the month for general haulage and containers Jo, I don't think we have any Scania's in fleet colours but there are some FH's on the brick and block work. If you do model one and need some help with artwork, let me know and I can get you copies of the logos etc.

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Cheers Rob, I'll give you a shout if I need anything

 

Jo

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Evening.

 

Was wondering if there had been ny updates on the layout recently?

 

Phil

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Why have I never seen this before? Cracking idea for a layout!

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Thanks for looking in. The layout has seen better days and is currently dumped non operational at my parents house.  There is a MK2 on the cards (well, there had to be with all the stock I've done) but that is currently timescale unknown. The thread will be back in due course... 

 

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On ‎27‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 01:02, Steadfast said:

Thanks for looking in. The layout has seen better days and is currently dumped non operational at my parents house.  There is a MK2 on the cards (well, there had to be with all the stock I've done) but that is currently timescale unknown. The thread will be back in due course... 

 

Jo

Looking forward to more when you bring this back Jo...

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