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  1. I've gathered up a few tools and some materials, and thrown a few building examples in a large box ready to take up to Sutton Coldfield tomorrow for the DEMU ShowCase exhibition to go on my demonstration/display stand. The drive involves sections of the M25, M40, M42 and M6. There's bound to be a hold up somewhere along the way. Fingers crossed. See those who can make it for the show.
  2. Yep, very neat and tidy. That chap can't spend much time sitting on the bench and is presumably continually tending his crops.
  3. A quick update for those interested in my N/2mm layout building efforts. The viaduct is made from two different cast resin sections (the three arch lower and the corresponding upper parapet wall sections) from homemade masters and silicon rubber moulds with scratch-built non-repetitive sections. I've finally got some colour and dirtying down on the full length of the viaduct wall, although I'm not entirely happy with it. Perhaps I'll have another bash at it at a later date - but it'll have to wait for now;
  4. Finally I've got the last planned stage of dirtying down on the viaduct wall, although I'm not entirely happy with it. Perhaps I'll have another bash at it at a later date - but it'll have to wait for now. Here's one helicopter view and one low level shot (that doesn't show much of the viaduct); And a quick reminder, should anyone be interested, that I'll be at the DEMU ShowCase exhibition in Sutton Coldfield townhall this weekend (June 15/16th) demonstrating how I go about N/2mm building construction (see appropriate posts in Exhibitions thread section for further details). Pop along if you want a chat about my building methodology and techniques, and to see some of the examples featured here. The show also features the superb and not to be missed N gauge layout 'Blueball Summit'.
  5. I've started on the weathering. All the sections have had a coat of 'deep brown' PL wash, which knocks back the brightness of the base colour, and allowed to dry. The next stage was to apply 'industrial city dirt' weathering power and seal that with sprayed on matt varnish. Next, and yet to do, is another run over with a lighter weathering powder, probably 'Russian earth' (as that's what I've got) to try and homogenise the finish and tone down the piebald look. But now to have a bath, take the cat for a walk, and get ready to stroll down to the local for the lunchtime/afternoon sesh.
  6. Yep, that's who I ordered from. I've used them quite a few times over the years and had pretty good service.
  7. I've been using the Polycraft SG2000 PU casting resin from MBF and found it most acceptable. Demould time is 30-60 minutes although it seems to cure a lot quicker. It dries in a smooth ivory finish. Other details in pic above. And below is some of my efforts with demoulded cast viaduct sections and tothers curing in the moulds :
  8. The arches, in the period I am modelling, were very much more scruffy and run down than they are today. That's something I need to replicate: Before: Now:
  9. And here's how it looks with all the sections just plonked in place. It's much compressed (shorter than it would be to scale) but being a distinctive part of the station I hope I've done it justice and that it is representative and looks the part. Making one three arch master and resin casting the sections so they were consistent seems to have paid-off. I need to fill the arches with various businesses entrances.
  10. I'm back from holiday and cracking on with modelling (well, at least for today). I've filled the worst gaps in the viaduct sections (with acrylic resin plastic putty), given them a coat of base brick colour (Humbrol matt desert yellow aerosol that I went out this morning to purchase), painted the main features and sealed with matt varnish. Next I will be undertaking the weathering and dirtying down (hopefully to match the taller sections with train shed walls on top of the three arch sections that I'd previously weathered).
  11. Looks like the Cornerstone kit (above ground water tank). The bit above the walkway is a 'lift' and would move (unlike the tank below) - you can see the guide wheels that run up the standards (columns) on it as the top lift pulls it up as it fills with gas. I'm not sure why the bottom 'lift' is painted light grey like the rigid water tank below (up to the walkway) as it ought be the same colour/weathering as the top lift (having also been in and out of the water).
  12. There are various types of gas holders. There are three basic types to be seen in the UK. Firstly there are those with an external framework of columns, called ‘standards’, and cross members, that allow and guide the holder tank to rise and fall within the structure. Secondly, is the spiral type where the holder rises without a supporting framework by slowly turning through angled spiral guide rails attached to the tank sides. Basically the 'lifts' fill with gas and rise out of a water tank as in the diagram below. The third and least common is the rigid type where the volume of gas inside is controlled by an internal piston type diaphragm and there is no obvious external movement or indication of the gas within it. The kit represents a column guided one with above ground water tank. The tank can be located above ground (with fixed rigid sides as with the kit) or the tank located below ground. Below ground means the 'crown' (top) can fall down to ground level when empty as here and not dominate the skyline so much when full: I bashed the kit so the above ground rigid water tank effectively became one of the lifts: I've written an article about how I did the conversation which should be published shortly in 'Model Rail'. Hope that helps.
  13. It's a bashed Cornerstone kit. I adapted it to represent a more appropriate below ground water tank type with three lifts, rather than the above ground water tank type that the kit represented.
  14. I've not posted here for a while, mainly because I've not completed anything recently - rolling stock or building wise - although I have been making some progress on my shed based N/2mm layout. It's far from completed but here's a helicopter view featuring a scratch-built bowstring truss bridge side and showing the buildings/structures on both sides of the viaduct. I've also completed the viaduct frontage from cast resin sections although it needs detailing and painting, and can't be seen in the pic. However, it might be of interest.
  15. I recently took a couple of snaps and, although they don't illustrate any particular progress or point, rather than waste them here they are. They might be of some interest;
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