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Hi David, 

 

I don't know how I've managed to miss this, right up my street. I will be following with interest it looks like a wonderful project and that building is just brilliant. 

 

All the best,

Dave

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Superb! Forgive me if I’ve missed it, how big have you made it? IIRC it scales to about 55cm long? I thought about 35cm would still look imposing!

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More roof detail now - various vents and panels, and an engineer or project manager checking the plans. As my layout is set roughly 2005-2015 the real ROC would be barely months old at this point so the builders are probably still working through the snagging list...

 

David

 

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Hi Ben,

 

Masking up the green panels is today’s task. Getting them right is taking time, the light green had to be bright but slightly desaturated, and I think mixing the dark green will be the most difficult. Waiting a good six hours now for this to dry before masking the final panels ready for spraying.

 

David

 

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The final green has come out a bit darker than I was aiming for, but the overall effect works I think.

 

Tomorrow I can attach the cladding to the main structure, and then it’s just the guard rail to add to the roof - waiting for an order to be delivered before I can do this.

 

David

 

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Jesus! That's some work that fella. My home depot too! Sadly it's a far cry from my first depot, which was in fact Rugby PSB, sadly now confined to history... Just one pointer, the photo where the transit van is parked, where the access door is, is in fact a roller shutter door, but please don't feel I'm nit picking, obviously without having close up access it's probably hard to tell from photos. 

Really is amazing work!!  

Cheers
Anthony 

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Thanks everyone,

 

Today I have added the etched railings on the front edge of the roof. I still need to add the missing letters on the other end, a T and an A, but that can wait until I do the next bit of laser cutting for the next building.

 

David 

 

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My next project is a bit of rolling stock work. I’ve never been happy with the gap on the 350s once the front coupling is removed, so I’ve installed some Dapol shaufenberg couplers.

 

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And I’ve started a slow process of revisiting some of my 3D prints. Coming up to 10 years old now, there has been some crystallisation on the surface of a couple of them, and my painting of them was done in haste. To begin with I’ve stripped down and sanded back the 09-3X bodies. Once painted a better match for NR yellow I will begin to re-detail them and put the motor back in.

 

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After that, the Harsco Rail Grinder will get the same treatment, and some new decals as you can now buy them commercially, so much higher quality than my home printed versions. The UFM 160 will also be revisited. These should look good parked on the layout next to the ROC or trundling through the yard.

 

David 

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With several months at least before the railway room will be ready for me to start building the baseboards, I’ve been getting a bit frustrated as there is very little modelling that I can do until then.

 

I have a full box of OHLE parts, signals, lamps, fences, buffers, and other assorted trackside details, and can’t think of anything else that I can get making - other than more buildings, which I really want to see the actual spaces on the layout before committing to. 
 

Other than gathering some bits together and imagining trains passing by, I’ve been making lists of my existing stock and thinking about how I will use the storage yard, but when I do finally get started on the baseboards I think there’s a lot of pent up modelling that is likely to burst forth and speed things along!

 

David 
 

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To get back to ‘playing trains’ while I wait for construction of the layout to start, I’ve invested in a Kato Unitrack elevated 2 track circuit. The whole thing clips together very easily and has given me somewhere to run my stock. Unbelievably the Pendolino still hadn’t had a proper run in so both that and the 92 have been stretching their legs today.

 

I also have a rake of Network Rail falcons, the IPA car carriers and a pair of Freightliner box wagons to test out. 
 

David 

 

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Having been staying near Peterborough for a week, I called into Trains4U and was pleasantly surprised by the n gauge selection. There was actually stock to browse, which is rare in shops these days. In an excellent 2nd hand cabinet I spotted this Mk2 in Network Rail which had completely passed me by as I had no idea Farish had ever released it. It will look great with my Mk1 and class 37 but the difference in ride height compared to the Mk1 is a little alarming! 
 

David

 

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