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Postby SouthernBoy » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:09 pm

Bryan Gundry wrote:
joshing_man wrote:Hi Bryan
What is on your board, is it polystyrene tiles? Do you then cut out an area to slot in buildings etc to make the right level?
Thanks
Andrew (scenic numpty!)

Yes, I do cut a slot for the building ... I covered the church in cling film and then laid gravel and ground cover material. Once this dried I could unwrap the church remove the building and then take away the cling film stuck to the gravel.
Bryan


What an ingenious idea, I can see myself using that at some future point. Thank you for that.

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SouthernBoy wrote:By the way, does your layout have a name ? I always think an identity of some sort spurs inspiration. !


Sorry does not have a name.....:cry:
Never really felt the need.......... :?
I am open to suggestions however?


Just let thoughts drift through your mind as you work on your Market Square over the next few weeks and I bet some ideas will come to you in time.

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:46 am

SouthernBoy wrote:What an ingenious idea, I can see myself using that at some future point. Thank you for that.

Here is an image I found in my collection of WIP images:

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SouthernBoy wrote:Just let thoughts drift through your mind as you work on your Market Square over the next few weeks and I bet some ideas will come to you in time.

'Er downstairs reckons I spend to much time in the loft with my thoughts drifting now.... :lol: :lol:

Bryan

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Postby Spavo » Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:21 am

That's some great detailing Bryan, very enjoyable to see, very nice.

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:05 pm

Another month on and another section not quite completed.

The plan was to complete the throat/entrance to the station platforms and goods sidings, Two small hill areas, a branch line cutting exit from and main line tunnel exit from the board.

As always never quite completed everything. I have completed 90% of the throat area - photos in this posting, 1 of the hills (now called monument hill) - photos later tonight as soon as I have sufficient battery power to use the camera :oops: , 80% of the branch line cutting and a few odds areas - photos tomorrow.

Mock up of proposed track plan station approach

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Overview Photo as present

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Mock up of proposed track plan branch line junction

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Branch line junction present state

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Throat base

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Now

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Battery recharged in an hour so more and better photos later

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Postby PTmodeller » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:08 pm

Crikey Bryan!

How much do you have done, are you building the whole thing or doing it as modules?

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:30 pm

PTmodeller wrote:Crikey Bryan!

How much do you have done, are you building the whole thing or doing it as modules?


Because of the size of the final layout I find it easier to think of it as a series of modules or sections. But it is all one continuous build in situ.

By tomorrow all that I have completed to date will be shown. Just as it was in September. I do not have part projects completed to slot in.

The 2007 time frame so far:

January to Mid March - The viaduct - to prove to myself I could do it and to have something reasonable substantial to show. A 5ft viaduct could be said to be reasonably substantial.

April research

May and June construction of main layout board framework and initial surface covering

July to September - church area, church road and open space.

October - Throat, Monument Hill, Branch cutting and a couple of small areas.

Photos today and tomorrow

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Postby headshot119 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:46 pm

WOW, your layout is, as ever amazing.

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Postby SouthernBoy » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:55 pm

Nice work there. What do you use to make the bushes around the back of the churchyard (that overhang the retaining wall) ? They look really good. I've not done any foliage on my layout yet but am about to start soon and am looking for tips and recommendations on materials ...

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:03 pm

Got some battery power

Monument Hill and Branch Cutting photos:

The start:

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The current view looking up the branch line cutting:

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The current view looking down the branch line cutting:

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Why its now called Monument Hill

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The Hill construction:

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A few more photos tomorrow

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Postby DrStroganoff » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:13 pm

Ah I hadnt seen this layout before... It's really blown me away, the scenery is absolutely stunning.

Well done mate, looking forward to some more photos of this one !!!

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:25 pm

SouthernBoy wrote:Nice work there. What do you use to make the bushes around the back of the churchyard (that overhang the retaining wall) ? They look really good. I've not done any foliage on my layout yet but am about to start soon and am looking for tips and recommendations on materials ...


Its nothing more complicated than:

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garden twine.

You cut it into short lengths and pull it apart into individual threads.

You then cut it into random very short lengths.

Bunch them into the basic shape.

Drop of white PVA glue where you want the bush to stay.

Press the shape lightly in place.

Spray with very strong hair spray (preferably unscented)

Cover with suitable mix of coloured scatter.

Spray again.

Its simple and easy to do.

Its also cheap.

Practice off your layout.

You can always glue the resulting bush once compleat if you handle gently.

If it doesn't work or you don't get the results you want first time reuse the cut twine and scatter. All you waste is the hair spray.

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Postby SouthernBoy » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:31 pm

Thank you Bryan, that's very helpful. I'll be trying your technique out next weekend.

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:50 pm

As promised a few more photos of work carried out.

The entrance onto the board for th2 main line is via a tunnel.

The view from the mouth of the tunnel:

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The wall on the left is a refuge currently occupied by a brake van:

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Work on the issued state of the buffer end is still to be done.

The clearance gang is out clearing the retaining wall below the churchyard

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I must get round to weathering that retaining wall some time.

A close up of the slate monument and tourists

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Thats it folks unless someone wants more photos of a particular area or view.

Hopefully early December I will have some platforms to show

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Postby PTmodeller » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:54 pm

Good grief Bryan, is this your first layout?

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Postby Bryan Gundry » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:59 pm

Well the first one I have worked on for 40 years. :roll:

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