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Drewry Lane - Retirement

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Have decided to start a new topic about the layout rather than continue the blog which I never really felt suited my way of doing things. If anyones that interested it can be found here - http://www.rmweb.co.....log&blogid=106

Progress has been a bit sporadic of late but the scenery is starting to come together.Rather than waffle on here's a few pics showing progress.
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The embankment is traditional card formers, paper mache and a plaster skin. I got a rather exasperated painting the track and in the end decided I was trying to be too clever. I ended up mixing brown and black paint to a shade that was similar to what I remember track colour to be and sprayed the lot. It came out rather better than I expected though the photo's make look a bit odd. The bridge and retaining walls are also in place and it's all beginning to come together.
Stu

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Hi James,

Using clay was pretty easy and a lot less troublesome than plaster for infilling. I don't know if you've looked at this http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=13683&hilit=catcott+burtle&start=250

which is how to do it properly. What I ended up with is far less elegant though it will do for me to represent old and worn ash ballasted track. track

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This shot shows how it turned out but it was done with flash and the colours look weird!

I've now fitted the fencing along the embankment. It's probably a bit of a cheap trick to hide the baseboard/backscene join this way but I'm happier with this rather than a poor attempt to blend forground and background into one seamless view.

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The embankment has also now had a coat of white emulsion. This is going to be a partly overgrown chalk embankment when the weathering and greenery are added. The overbridge still has some more detail to be added on the underside.

Stu

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Hi,

Progress since my last post has been largely sporadic due to work, family and of course Christmas. Did manage to get the odd bit done here and there. That was until this week. What's been a serious problem for many has fortuitously given me a chunk of extra modelling time so things have moved on at frenetic pace. I know no layout is never really finished but now Drury lane has reached the stage where it could be seen in polite society. Just a few pics to show where it's got to.post-82-12631488331172_thumb.jpg

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A couple of shots showing the layout without stock to give an overview of where it's got to.

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There's still a deal of tweaking to do here and there and then there's the stock to get up to par but it's now largely sorted.

Comments welcome even if they're not complimentary - I might learn something :)

Stu

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Looks good stu, when are you debuting?

 

Send St Jude my love!

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Thanks Gents. I was considering an EM project before I got tied up with this. Hardly unique as a project but I am pleased with how it's come together, especially as it's nearly all recycled or unused materials so it's been cheap and given me chance to try to put into practice lessons learned from earlier efforts.

St Jude is at Chatham in June and I suspect this one's first outing will be Broadstairs unless there's an unexpected rush!

Stu

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Hi,

Just a few more shots of the layout.

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4562 rolls in with a Plate wagon

 

Pannier2.jpg

 

3737 shunts vans with a couple of ill-starred Pallett vans waiting to be moved to the Goos Shed road

 

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7782 with a single coal wagon arrives.

 

when are you debuting?

 

Watch this space.

 

Stu

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Thanks Gents. I was considering an EM project before I got tied up with this. Hardly unique as a project but I am pleased with how it's come together,

 

This looks really nice already, maybe not unique but the presentation so far is very nice, and I'm afraid its another one where the effort put into making the trackwork look good and in keeping with the surroundings would make me say why bother building your own, though I'm still very much 'on the fence' regards this. Lovely layout anyway!

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This is a really nice layout, little layouts with tonnes of atmosphere I really like!!

 

Keep more pics coming matey!!

 

P.S - Any chance of a visit from a class 66 laugh.gif

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Thanks Gents. I was considering an EM project before I got tied up with this. Hardly unique as a project but I am pleased with how it's come together, especially as it's nearly all recycled or unused materials so it's been cheap and given me chance to try to put into practice lessons learned from earlier efforts.

Stu

 

Why not try an EM project anyway? The next project (a joint effort with Neil of this parish)will have the same criteria as you've mentioned above with recycled or unused materials. Will the excellent results you've achieved from this layout, the world is your oyster!

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hi stu, i really really like this, i think the way you have shaped the back panel is fantastic and makes the whole thing look bigger and adds to the scenery effect which is all done very nicely well done and hope to see this more

 

regards

 

neil

 

 

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Stu

 

What a nice layout you have, simple design well thought out I love the way that you have used the plaster as chalk saved your self a lot of work there.

 

Very nice :icon_clap: :icon_clap: :icon_clap: :icon_thumbsup2:

 

Pete

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Hi,

A new loco for Drewry lane has been on the workbench for a few weeks now but six weeks of seemingly unrelenting hand to hand fighting with our new IT system (BSF Managed Service in case anyone else on here is in the same business) had left little time or inclination to get any modelling done. But it's settled down a bit and a chance to get on with this.

When I sprayed the thing black it dawned on me that weathering it wasn't going to be that easy. For one thing contemporary colour photo's of black 350hp's seem almost non existent. In black black liveried shunters din't seem to get much coverage at all though I find them quite appealing and 13263 will probably be joined by a similarly liveried Drewy 204hp in time.

In the event the loco was sprayed gloss black and then logo'd and numbered. It was then given a coat of semi-matt varnish.

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Weathering was a foul and varied concoction of matt black, dark earth and matt red plus some matt black for the exhaust and bodyside grills with some glossier mixes to represent the oily wobbly bits.

I'm not sure my photography does it justice but there could be a little more tonal variation on the body but I'll wait till the weathering has really hardened off before I try any tweaks. 350's have some quite distinct weathering unique to this class which I don't think factory weathering can get close to. The latest Bachmann 350 looks, in some pictures at least, like it served at El Alamein!

The layout now has two firm invitations for late this year and early next year so that will give me the incentive to get all the stock sorted out, the lighting installed and maybe even a couple of trestles to stand it on.

Stu

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Hi,

Today the sky went a strange colour - if my memory's not playing tricks I think it's called blue. This is in complete contrast to yesterday when I spent a soggy morning trekking through the Kentish rainforest !

Anyhow when I got back I had another look at the 350 and decided it was looking a bit too bland and that the photo's I'd taken barely rated a "poor".

So out with the pastel chalks - if prefer these to the AFV weathering powders which I find too strong - and a bit of dry brushing to get a few highlights to relieve the black.

So here's a few more which I hope show it more accurately.

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Stu

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Hi Stu

 

Excellent Progress of the Layout, love the Class 13 are you going the other part to it...?

 

What size is the Layout and do you have a track plan...?

 

Cheers

Jamie

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The black 08 is looking really nice now and the greasy rods are really nicely captured. I think the underframe itself could do with being a bit more gungy - I find adding powders to wet paint works well :)

 

 

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Hi,

Just a quick update. The Lane has got it's own scratchbuilt goods shed now - my first effort. Nothing extensive or fancy but perhaps a bit more in keeping with it's possible location(s) !

 

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The debut show is small but is a charity event held in fairly unique venue in a church at Braunstone in Leicester on the 6th Nov.

Not exactly down the road for me but have family very close and I helped out at it last year.

Some info here - http://www.stpetersbraunstone.org.uk/?p=407

 

Other shows are at Broadstairs - usual venue but apparently larger - 27th/28th Nov

and Tonbridge on 19th Feb - http://tonbridgemrc.co.uk/exhibition.aspx

 

Hopefully a couple more in the pipeline as well.

 

Cheers

Stu

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Very nice looking layout! Great detail and not too 'busy' :D

 

The black 08 looks excellent, I have one in green that I'd like to backdate when I improve my skills!

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hi

very nice small compact layout

looks very interesting to operate

like the concrete fence along the backscene

well done

Hugh

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Hi,

Thanks for the comments Gents.

 

very nice small compact layout

looks very interesting to operate

It'll be a bit a shock to have to cope with points after St Jude. I've tried to do something that will hopefully look equally comfortable with an open cab pannier with "BRITISH RAILWAYS" on the tanks to blue pre-tops diesels. Changing rolling stock to suit is obviously not a problem but getting the road vehicles right is another matter and something I need to get some learned advice on but more of that anon.

 

like the concrete fence along the backscene

It's a bit of a cop-out but avoids any problems with perspective, etc. My own view is that I'd rather have no backscene rather than an unconvincing one. Having no artistic skill I'm not going down the DIY road and am still in two minds about photographic ones though they seem to be getting a lot better.

 

Cheers

 

 

Stu

 

 

Thanks for the responses.

 

Stu

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look at the id backscenes

 

LHS has some of these but not had a chance to have a close look but will do so.

 

To lorrys.

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I think it's oldest on the left and newest on the right. No idea of what they except the RH which I think is a Bedford - which looks a bit underscale to me. As for period, again from L to R 40's, 50's, 70's, 60's

 

Any advice/info gratefully received,

 

Stu

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