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A bit of scenery progress this weekend 

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The lockdown is providing plenty of time to progress the scenery and complete parts that other opportunities can’t reach. I am now finishing the long straight below Whinburgh, first by taking a rubbing of the track laid (temporarily!) 12 years ago and then reconstructing the formation on prestretched lining paper

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This is followed by colour detailing the rails and sleepers, the addition of ballast, removal of excess when dry and then a final paint before refitting

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Now the track is relaid on the southern approach to Whinburgh, I can continue with the moorland scenery .  Vallejo textured earth Paint is great as a base, followed by many layers of scenic scatter attached with diluted PVA. The trick will be develop the scenery so that the two parallel sets of running lines remain distinctly separate in the minds eye

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Telegraph poles painted and refitted 

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That looks fantastic. What method do you use for ballasting?

 

You’ve certainly created the feel of a long open mainline. 

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3 hours ago, 61656 said:

That looks fantastic. What method do you use for ballasting?

 

You’ve certainly created the feel of a long open mainline. 

Woodland scenics ballast and PVA plus lots of patience scraping and painting. Getting the colour balance correct is important .  See above.....

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I had a go at making a tree or three today, starting with a pre-made wire frame. I used Vallejo textured paint to create the bark and then added foliage. 

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difficult to totally see but that textured paint looks like it creates lovely rough bark like surfaces

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5 hours ago, millerhillboy said:

difficult to totally see but that textured paint looks like it creates lovely rough bark like surfaces

Yes it does. It is thick enough to create lumps and bumps in the bark. I then touch it up with coloured acrylics to emphasise the natural aspect of the bark and then add foliage

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Three trees planted and watered :-)

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Adding more scenery creates new cameo scenes to photograph. I’m quite pleased with these :-).  I need to straighten up the level crossing gates though!

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Today’s project - improving the PaliToy Mainline Mk1 buffet restaurant car, which in its day was streets ahead of the other Mk 1 models then available. I remember seeing one in the window of The model shop that was on Knaresborough station in 1984. I bought this one second hand from a junk shop in Micklegate, York in 1990  Thirty year later I will finish it !!

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I have decided to create additional rolling stock using old vehicles that have been stored away for years and fitting new sides /details. Progress to date with a Hornby sleeping car and a Replica BCK ...  cost about £15 per vehicle

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7 hours ago, coronach said:

I have decided to create additional rolling stock using old vehicles that have been stored away for years and fitting new sides /details. Progress to date with a Hornby sleeping car and a Replica BCK ...  cost about £15 per vehicle

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More info on the stages, source of the sides, obstacles and solutions please!

 

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16 hours ago, bigwordsmith said:

More info on the stages, source of the sides, obstacles and solutions please!

 

The sides are from Comet - £10:50 a pair. The hinges are bridal lacing pins soldered in to drilled holes and filed to size & shape. Likewise the grab handles are brass wire. The sides are attached to the existing vehicle using Evostick, having first cut away all protruding mouldings and the window apertures. I attach some photos of a RBK that I completed today - as you can see, I complete the side, including windows, curtains and HMRS lining & lettering before I attach the side to the shell. In the words of @Tony Wright, these are ‘layout coaches’, which add variety and are satisfactory when in a rake. The Coaches with Comet brass sides are a good match to Bachmann Mk1 coaches

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Thanks for that  might give it a go one day - how do you deal with glazing?

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This is fantastic layout that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about today.  Looking forward to seeing further progress.

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11 hours ago, bigwordsmith said:

Thanks for that  might give it a go one day - how do you deal with glazing?

Simply clear plastic attached to the back using ‘canopy glaze’ adhesive. The frosted toilet window is scored using a sharp blade

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The project for this weekend - a D1905 LMS brake third which will couple to the LMS 12 wheel sleeping car on the Edinburgh - St Pancras overnight train  The donor is an old Dapol - Airfix equivalent

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So far, so good. Just cobbled together for a photo update. Adding the hinges, door handles, grab handles, door stops and water pipes involved drilling around 100 holes in the brass sides and through the plastic carcass. 

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