The layout - a start

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Bryan Gundry
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The layout - a start

Postby Bryan Gundry » Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:47 pm

I have at long last have some visible progress on my layout over the summer.

I have over the last few months been landscaping the area to the rear of the throat of my main junction station.

It is to consist of a church, church road , an rough open space/park and a market square.

I have more or less have the first 3 areas 90% finished.

Well finished enough to show to the forum.

Church Road started life as a 2nd hand metcalfe terraced cottages. After a trip in the post and storage in my attic I started with:

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The preliminary idea was:

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Church Road now look like this:

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Yet to be added are the chimney pots, the 28 that are required are due to arrive tomorrow. A swap in exchange for lunch.

I might have them suitably painted and in place by next week.

The pavements are yet to be populated with pedestrians, window cleaner, workmen and dustbins. These will need to wait until the remainder of the board is nearer completion.

However in the meantime I think the street cleaning team and had better be out to do a bit more weeding!

Here's some detailed views:

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The cars are a bit clean. I think the matt varnish needs to be applied or I had better find myself a troop of scouts going round doing bob a job. :wink:

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Postby Danny » Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:50 pm

Nice job there Bryan.

I like the lille details such as the people in the windows and wheely bins, definately gives it atmosphere.

Danny.

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:55 pm

Thanks for the compliment Danny

I think just putting curtains on the ground floor windows is an improvement.

Even if you check out the illustrated example on the Metcalfe site

http://metcalfemodels.com/acatalog/Low_ ... ne_00.html

they don't put curtains in the lower windows.

IMHO Decidedly odd

Bryan

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Postby mumbles » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:05 pm

hi
great stuff, looking very atmospheric as danny said, it has a genuine feel to it, all parts seem to belong and fit together
i notice the houses have gutters and drainpipes.. looks like whoever you got them off added them, what are they made of?
look forward to more pics of the rest of the layout too
michael

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:44 pm

Hi Michael

I added the gutters and drain pipes.

The gutters are Plastruct Channel, the drainpipes are steel wire rods from a magazine binder.

They were all sprayed grey.

Now the photos were taken I have noticed that I need to block the end of the gutters and paint them grey

Another job to add to the list.

Bryan

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Postby headshot119 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:49 pm

Looks fantastic, The level of detail is amazing.

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Postby mumbles » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:50 pm

Bryan Gundry wrote:Hi Michael

I added the gutters and drain pipes.

The gutters are Plastruct Channel, the drainpipes are steel wire rods from a magazine binder.

They were all sprayed grey.

Now the photos were taken I have noticed that I need to block the end of the gutters and paint them grey

Another job to add to the list.

Bryan

ah, good work
does that mean you staged the picture of the houses in the box? coz it looks like the houses have the drainpipes on them in there! :D
first blue peter fake a naming competetion, now pics on nrm are staged.. whatever next!! :lol:
michael

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Postby Infrontcat » Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:22 pm

Must say mate, those terraced houses look wonderful. I agree about the windows too: they look excellent with those curtains. I like the fact that the houses look as though they have been there for years and years :)

Cheers

Tim
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Postby SouthernBoy » Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:59 pm

Very nice work and quite evocative. You've captured that comfortable, mellow maturity reminiscent of so many sleepy towns and villages very well.

I guess you'll put a backdrop in at some point ? It'll give the whole thing a whole new dimension and perspective.

Looking forward to more pictures.

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Postby jweighell » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:25 pm

Very impressive - at first glance some of the pictures look like they're taken of a real place!

Do like those Metcalfe houses, quite tempted to get some for myself if I can fit them in!

Jonathan.

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Postby m.levin » Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:33 pm

Those terraced houses and the surrounding area looks great.

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Postby joshing_man » Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:48 pm

Very nice work - the details are excellent and make it very realistic. Now I know what I need to buy!

Keep up the good work.

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Postby PTmodeller » Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:58 pm

Excellent! I love the variety of trees' what it really needs is a backscene.

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Postby edwardholmes91 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:25 pm

As many of the other people have already said, superb detail. It is just the small things like the curtains, dustbins, and the weeds in the pavement that really make it come to life.

Well done! :)

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:01 am

PTmodeller wrote:Excellent! I love the variety of trees' what it really needs is a backscene.

Dave

This is always the dilemma

Do you post pictures when its nearly there or when you have done everything. That last 10% can take weeks, possibly months to complete.

Take the backscene.

My choice of backscene will be dependent on the boards either side. Now the left hand board should be in a position to be seen by the end of the year the one to the right will definitely not be finalised until next year.

Do I post now or wait 4/6 months?

I have a list of jobs I know I need to do to get close to finish off but what I have now will do. Like all modelling its one of compromise.

Glad you like the trees......:D

Its by showing my output to people like yourself allows me to gauge whether the compromises I make are acceptable to others.

We all have to compromise between....time, money and talent.

Cheers mate

Bryan


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