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Cheers Wayne,
Long time no see - must fix that!

I'm currently still working on J Cashmores building
It seems to have been corrugated asbesdos,
from what I can tell from online photos
but I suppose it could be corrugated iron?

Anyhow, I'm only reproducing a small part of it....
It being so huge and all!  :O

I'm hoping that this weekend, I'll get to make some more progress with the
fold-down fiddle casettes too - and finally get to make up my mind,

on which of several options to choose re design....

More later
Hope to catch up soon...
Where have you been? ;)

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Finished my Cashmores main building on the weekend...
All painted & ready to "plant"

But I've lost my pot of Games Workshop "Bleached Bone" paint...
... I use that in a mix of grey, for concrete...
and Cashmores sits on concrete sectional floor
I can't quite get the colour I'm after....

Still, I'm sure I will - right before I find that missing pot
- GW don't seem to produce that colour anymore :(

Also been experiment with oily, filthy colours & textures for the yard floor
And after building "Wales, Rails, Rain & Steel" I decided I like to model puddles

 

Again, I have used Gordon Gravetts method, which he describes in his 7mm modelling book - vol1
Basically, you spray one side of some clear plasticard,
turn it over, so the shiny, clear side is uppermost
and carefully bury it, slightly below ground level....

Will post more pics shortly
 

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Finished my Cashmores main building on the weekend...

All painted & ready to "plant"

 

But I've lost my pot of Games Workshop "Bleached Bone" paint...

... I use that in a mix of grey, for concrete...

and Cashmores sits on concrete sectional floor

I can't quite get the colour I'm after....

 

Still, I'm sure I will - right before I find that missing pot

- GW don't seem to produce that colour anymore :(

 

Also been experiment with oily, filthy colours & textures for the yard floor

And after building "Wales, Rails, Rain & Steel" I decided I like to model puddles

 

Again, I have used Gordon Gravetts method, which he describes in his 7mm modelling book - vol1

Basically, you spray one side of some clear plasticard,

turn it over, so the shiny, clear side is uppermost

and carefully bury it, slightly below ground level....

 

Will post more pics shortly

 

Hi Marc

 

There is a conversion chart on the Games Workshop website. I've not looked, but may help.

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Hi Marc

 

There is a conversion chart on the Games Workshop website. I've not looked, but may help.

Hi Richard,

 

Thanks for that - I haven't seen it before

Very useful :)

I did find a supplier of the older paints, on ebay

BUT they were charging £5.99 a pot!!!!

Rediculous, as they were £2.25 from GW last time I looked.....

 

As I've probably said many times, I do like the Games Workshop colours

I find them very easy to work with, incredibly easy to mix & blend

and although they have some bizzarre names, there are some really useful colours in the range

 

Just looked up the name for the replacement colour....

... and it's an odd one, which I've forgotten already!

 

Cheers

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Evening Marc,

 

I know what you mean when you talk about GW paint. Really lovely paint to use and is rich in colour and pigment.

 

However, a few years ago my local model railway shop-sadly now closed was taken over by a military modeller. We got talking about paint and I said I used GW. He told me to try Vallejo acrylics and I was stunned. They are in another league altogether. Well worth trying Marc if you haven't tried them.  Because they are aimed at the military/aircraft modeller there are some good colours available.  They have an high pigment content and are really good for coverage but can be thinned for washes etc. I believe Mikkel is a user of them.

 

I use them for general purpose paint and for spraying. They are water soluble and don't require a specific thinner.

 

I think Ian Allan sell them in their shops. If not here's a link though never used this company before:

 

http://www.snmstuff.co.uk/vallejo-model-color/

 

Hope that's of some use?

 

By the way-enjoying reading about the progress on Cashmores.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

 

Just realised that link says snmstuff :O Thankfully no chains, whips or dodgy masks!!!! :D

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Yes, I've got a couple of Valejo paints mark
They are great....
I do find several of the GW paints really useful though,

in terms of the colours & tones...

 

Anyhow, here is my low/ end - relief building, representing the huge affair at Cashmores

Naturally, it's just too huge to model in anything like its entirety here,

but my version of the building is only meant to represent a part of that structure......

 

EDIT: Made with mainly offcuts of Slaters corrugated plasticard (left over from my "Wales, Rails, Rain & Steel" layout)
and painted with grey matchpot paint + GW greys, black, & rusty colours....

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I managed to get a bit of modelling done this weekend
At last, I wired the frogs on the layout!

But I really enjoyed building my piles of scrap wheels :)

My pal Dave (Wenlock) cast up a load of wheels for me, in some sort of dental acrylic material
Other wheels I've used are from old Airfix kits and terribly built examples I made, back in the 70's :O

Anyhow, I collected a lot of bits, pieces and odds n ends over the last few months,
thinking that you could never collect too much..... but I haven't used a tenth of the cr*p I collected.....
Better make some of it into wagon loads this week

Photos soon
Marc

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I've been enjoying building the piles of wheels, and painting, rusting & weathering them
Part of the piles is removable - so I can change the appearance / content of the scrap piles...
.... sounds odd, I know. But this is to enable me to change era;

I can add or remove wagon wheels from different time frames
and add or remove steam loco wheels etc....
Pics of this to follow

 

Here is a shot of some wagon loads of scap metal though...
Not quite fifnished - I need to add some metallic colour, and some rusty weathering powder
But you'll get the drift, I'm sure

They are made on offcuts of foam insulation board, and are removable (unloaded) from the wagons

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Hi Marc,

 

Any further developments on Cashmores?

 

Be good to see some more work in progress :D

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

 

Hi Mark,

 

Yes, the build has been ongoing - sadly, I've not had much time to post piccies

but I will do soon, honestly ;)

 

I have been adding som scenery, making more odds & ends of scrap & debris

but I still need more! It's amazing just how messy it needs to look

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Yet more appologies folks!
I know, it has been ages since my last promise to post some piccies
Life has just been so busy lately....

Anyhow, Cashmores scrapyard will be appearing at the show in Newport
on the 1st & 2nd June - in the old Odeon cinema...
It's a fascinating place to visit anyhow
even if you don't like model railways,
you should pop along to this exciting new venue

It houses a railway museum

and a museum of film & television....

Enough rambling Smith!
Pictures please......

 

Edit; The blue arrow denotes the folding fiddle yard

and the blue X shows the position of the additional fiddle cassette.....

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Re the "main" fiddle yard - on the left
I designed the layout in the style of the "Vicarage study" style of layout
This was described by either Iain Rice or Barry Norman

 

I decided rather than to have a folding baseboard

I would keep my main baseboard as 4 feet in length,

but to add folding cassettes each end.....
This way, the board is a tad over 4 feet, and still easily fits on the back seat of a car,
but it is extendible to over 5 feet

which I think enhances running....

Anyhow, Cashmores site at Newport never had an overhead crane

but they did at their site at Great Bridge

I have taken some liberties here, and decided to site one at Newport....

It acts as a view-blocker, although I had several designs in mind for this....
Stubby and others will worry about me, if there's not a mirror on the layout!

And they can rest assured - there is indeed such an item here....
 

Cashmores at Newport was famous for it's huge mountains of scrap metal,
and when I visited in 1978 / 79 there was an enormous pile of wheels!

Underneath the overhead crane, I have made a couple of piles wheels

The contents of these piles of wheels is interchangeable
so that I can change the period of the layout....
Steam loco wheels to set the layout in an earlier period,
and 16t wagon wheels and a couple of 08 and 03 driving wheels for a later setting

 

I have made a couple of stacks of wagon bodies

a la "Braunstone Gate" - thanks to Rouse 2037 for those donations!

 

These sit behind the crane, to help discguise the fiddle

They are removable, and can be replaced by stacks of other components eg. loco cabs etc

 

Please note: In my hurry to get some shots taken yesterday
I didn't sit the pile of wheels in place quite correctly

As the reflection in the mirror shows! :)

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I have been busier than you may think.....
I was pleased with how well the fiddle yard worked on "Wales, Rails, Rain & Steel"
To save space, especially on points, I used a Peco Loco lift

which is permanently wired-in

This keeps sound locos alive when moving them from one road to another,
and you can have them ticking away in a siding which is not connected to the layout

hence the need for no pointwork in the fiddle....

Anyhow, I bought a second-hand loco lift, and EM gauged it....
Using a cut-off disc, I cut it down the middle

I then sat the 2 halves on a piece of EM track, and added some fillets,

to give me correct spacing. These were glued in place with superglue,
and reinforced after the initial ones had dried thoroughly...

It isn't wired in yet - but I'll do that later,

and will probably opt to use a phono plug & socket

so I can use it on future layouts too.....

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Nothing for months, then a flurry of activity eh? ;)
Anyhow, last couple - for now....

 

Scenic items such as the crane, and some items of scrap are removable

so I can change era, or just change the "look" of the yard....

I have included some large-ish puddles of water in the scene

Like I did on WRR&S - I used the Gordon Gravett method
i.e. - I sprayed some clear plastic sheet in black aerosol
then turned it upside-down, and inset into the scenery

 

It's surprising how dusty these pools get

and you need to keep them clean, or hairs & specks of dust can spoil the image....

Also, I've made wagon loads removable, as I mentioned in an earlier post.....
These are made using offcuts of foam insulation board as a base,
this is topped with offcuts of plastic card, old wheels, any bits & pieces etc

 

I well recall walking along the road with Richard Coleman, while he was building his superb micro scrapyard layout, and he kept stopping to pick up interesting looking bits of rubbish  ahem, "items" for his scrap piles....

Needless to say, I have been doing the same!
Much to SWMBO's disgust ;)

Cheers again
Marc

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I'm looking forward to taking it to Minehead too Richard
Last years' show was great :)

Re the photos so far....
Those of you who may also have visited or seen photos of Cashmores
may have noticed that I don't yet have the fence behind the retaining wall....

This doesn't seem to have been in place in early photos of the site,
but was definately there when I visited in the late 1970's
I can well recall clambering over it..... :0

Anyhow, I will install the fence
It took me most of Sunday to make it
And it was sunny outside!

Cheers all
Marc
 

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Afternoon Marc,

 

There's some lovely modelling and interesting techniques you've achieved on Cashmores.

 

The weathering is really good-not overdone either. Subtle in a way to represent the look of a scrap yard with out turning it into a sea of rust! 

 

Those puddles are effective too and I can see a few shots being taken involving these.

 

Keep the photos coming and I'm glad you've been busy. ;)

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Marc, I'm a bit late to the party, however Vallejo make a paint range called 'Game Colour' which is an almost pigment perfect match for the Games Workshop range and is far superior to the GW ones to boot. Something to look at perhaps?

 

As always your layout is superb. :)

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