Starlingford - The End of the Line

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Re: Starlingford - Triumphant Renewal Pg 31

Postby BR125 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:25 pm

Hi Gavin,

Welcome back mate,the layout is looking great and I really like the new additions to it,is that a Green Mk1 Escort in that siding? :D

Cheers
Daz
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Re: Starlingford - Triumphant Renewal Pg 31

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:43 pm

Hello everyone!

This is likely to be quite a long post, as I want to answer everyone's questions, and then I've been up to stuff today, which I want to share (and, perhaps more usefully, the techniques I used to create the finished article - I haven't forgotten Elsparrow and Bizzyd6405 and their comments about foliage!) but bear with me, the end results look good, I promise! (Yes, I have been scenerising again!)

DrStroganoff wrote:I like that 37, how does it run ? I have a green ViTrains 37, and I find it a bit erratic !


The 37 runs very well - it's just not quick. It's also fitted with traction tyres, so the electrical pick-up isn't all that it might be. Having said that, the four-axle drive is tremendous - this thing will haul every pice of rolling stock I have!

Michael Thornberry wrote:Love the terraced-houses, what model are they?


The terraced houses are all from the Metcalfe range of card kits. They're relatively cheap but they're excellent models, and I have no hesitation at all in recommending them. I have some full-relief ones to build as well!

sarah wrote:Hi Gavin.

To be pedantic, the Class 47 was introduced in 1962, and so the mint B&C rake should probably have more Maroon stock than B&C.... :wink:

A "Cheap" method of sourcing timber? Costa? I trust someone else actually buys the coffee then? (You could try "Subway" though! Funny to build a level crossing using Subway stuff?)

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Seeing the car loading ramp made me think, "Have you any "Tierwag" Car transporters?"


Ah Sarah, as always, you know better than I. I will take more photos of the Type 4, this time with correct stock... :oops: As for Costa, the cheapest way to do it is to persuade your supervisor to buy you a coffee. Either that or just walk in and take some stirrers...or, if you have access to a chemistry lab, some of the splints used to light bunsen burners! And I have two of the low 3-car transporter wagons...somewhere...

BR125 wrote:Hi Gavin,

Welcome back mate,the layout is looking great and I really like the new additions to it,is that a Green Mk1 Escort in that siding? :D


Hello again! I think it's a Cortina, but I'm not sure. It's whatever Delboy had in 'Only Fools and Horses', I think. (It thus joins the ranks of TV cars on the layout, which include Inspector Morse's Jaguar and James Bond's Aston Martin!)



Right! Now, today's lesson is...

Making Allotments

We begin by making the overgrown lane that will border them. To make this we first of all need some strips of grass mat - I used the Gaugemaster one. It looks like this:

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Using Copydex, I glued the cut strips hard up against the railway line, and then got my stone walling ready.

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The walling in question is a Javis product, bought from DrStroganoff's online shop, and as you can see Javis has already added grass to disguise the base of the wall further. We will enhance this effect later. This is it glued in place (again with Copydex).

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Now comes the clever bit. With a screwdriver, we gently 'chisel' away the grass from the mat in order to create two ruts for car tracks. Don't get rid of the grass thus removed, as we're about to recycle it.

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Do this all the way along the lane, remembering to keep the grass!

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With that job done, I decided to add in some of the fencing that provides the border for the other side of the lane. You should have something like this:

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Now it's time to reuse the grass. Paint a little PVA along the Javis walling and press in the loose grass. This will give you more blended coloration, and breaks up the repetition of the Javis sections. You can also use it to bury the fenceposts:

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Now it's time to get busy on the other side of the fence. I used Peco dark earth scatter, and Noch ploughed fields (cut into strips) inside (again) Costa coffee stirrers, to create my allotment beds. I also used Noch flowering clumps for wildflowers, and I wound up with this type of thing here:

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The tree is Woodland Scenics, enhanced with the same company's Fine Leaf Foliage; the garage is Hornby Skaledale; the long grass round the garage corner is torn off a Noch sheet of the same; the bushes beneath the tree are lichen with Woodland Scenics fine turf sprinkled on for additional greenery.

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The woman gardening comes from the Preiser range.

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The greenhouse is, again, from the Skaledale range.

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As supplied, the greenhouse is without an interior. I added some foamboard 'shelving', covered that with dark earth scatter, and glued some Noch flowers on top.

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The reading figure is, again, Preiser. The grass growing up against the greenhouse is, like the white flowers, by Noch. The bush is Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage. The hint of pale green ground cover is a light dusting of Woodland Scenics burnt grass fine scatter.

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More Fine Leaf Foliage.

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The state of things when I finally abandoned it tonight!

Hope this interests those who find it useful, and didn't bore those who have no need of it!

Cheers,
Gavin
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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby GROTLAND » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:01 am

Top quality pictures of some first class modelling Gavin! I especially like the foliage on the greenhouse scene and the shot of the Moggy on the lane. The raked earth in the allotments looks great too and I'm glad someone else has found a use for coffee stirers! Costa Coffee? ; didn't realise you were so bourgeoise; or did you just go in and nick 'em? :lol:
Nice to see you back and on form; I gotta get some scenics done now.

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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby DonB » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:37 am

Terrific work, Gavin! :shock: :D :D

You can pop round and do my scenery, if ya want! :wink: :lol:

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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby ceejaydee » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:36 pm

Fantastic detailing along the lane and those allotments are just gorgeous :wink:
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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby Michael Thornberry » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:16 pm

Hello Gavin,
I'm assuming it's March in the vegetable-plots as the potato crop isn't through yet :P :lol: . The allotments fit-in really well and hopefully you will be giving the gardners some gated access to save them vaulting over the fencing :roll: :) . Will you be attending Dr Stroganoff's Shop opening on Saturday? Take Care,
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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby Black-Marlin » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:18 pm

I like this aspect of modelling - you know, the 'making other people happy' bit... Thank you all for the very complimentary comments! Bizzyd, I'll have to go away and try to find where I got those flowers... I'll let you know by tonight.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of the progress I made this morning.

Regards,
Gavin

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The 'sunken lane' type thing reminded me irresistably of 'bocage' country. That might explain the following pics...

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Right - now, back to the attic!
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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby Elsparrow » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:23 pm

Bloke on the shed roof looks like he's slipped and is now taking several layers of skin off himself.

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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby RuffnutThorston » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:32 pm

Hi Gavin.

Actually, I don't know everything! :wink: :D

The "Tierwag" is a different wagon to the "Carflat". (3 Car Wagon.)

The Tierwag is based on a wagon that takes 6 cars. It seems that 6 were built for MAT, the car transport people. Apparently planned by Hornby Dublo, a version was released C1964-5 by Tri-ang Hornby. Also known as the "Car-A-Belle" wagon after the set that featured two of the wagons.

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(The Carflats were produced using old passenger coach underframes!)

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Re: Starlingford - Adding Allotments, Pg 33!

Postby Black-Marlin » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:00 pm

bizzyd6405 wrote:the progress you have made is amazing i look up to you as a master of the art of railway modeling :D
now if a mere mortal like myself may ask a question, where did you get the Noch flowers from i've had a look on hattons and a few other sites where i get stuff from and couldn't find any?

cheers

Darren


Hi Darren! The Noching Shop (sorry, I couldn't resist) is Ontracks.co.uk; the link for the flowering grass tufts (there are 100 to a pack) is this: http://www.ontracks.co.uk/index.php?page=product&prodID=84820&catID=

Sarah, thanks for the info! I think I have seen such wagons but no, I don't own any. That's a lovely trainset you have, though. Does it get run?

And now, ladies and gents, the last few allotment pics, and some demonstrating the progress I've made detailing the station itself. Enjoy!

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One now to gladden the heart of Michael Thornberry, who wondered where all the potatoes went. I still don't know, so I'm consoling myself with this:

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"Foliage, you say? That sounds like a job for Black 'Hanging Basket' Marlin..."

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Regards,
Gavin

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Re: Starlingford - Detailing Station, Pg 34!

Postby Zanziba » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:33 am

My favourite is the third from the end, marvellous picture and amazing looking layout!

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Re: Starlingford - Detailing Station, Pg 34!

Postby BR125 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:21 am

Hi Gavin,

Wow!!! fantastic scenics mate,i'll have to refer back to these when I come to do my own........or do you do housecalls? :lol: The car is a MK1 Capri,I can see that now after closer inspection. :oops: :lol:

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Re: Starlingford - Detailing Station, Pg 34!

Postby Michael Thornberry » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:08 pm

Hello Gavin,
The Lay-out is looking better on each occasion you Post, are you sure you haven't got 2 or 3 expert modellers hidden-away in those green-houses :roll: :lol: , or perhaps an illegal modelling family from Ulan Bator in Outer Mongolia :) :lol: . That is a great-looking Omnibus, where did you get that from? It is so obviously too old for your Lay-out, but, it would fit-in well on my up-coming Lay-out nudgenudgewinkwink. Those trees are really "the bees-knees". Keep-up the good-work, mate, well done,
Kind Regards,
Michael Thornberry.

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Re: Starlingford - Detailing Station, Pg 34!

Postby Black-Marlin » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:00 pm

Just a quick post, for two reasons. Firstly, with this post the Starlingford thread reaches 500 replies! Secondly, I wanted to demonstrate that my allotments are not destined for eternal nudity...

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But this is incredibly fiddly tiny work, and if I wanted that I'd have modelled in N gauge. I think I'll get back to my cobblestones...

But thank you everyone for the half millenium of continued interest!

Regards,
Gavin

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Re: Starlingford - Detailing Station, Pg 34!

Postby ceejaydee » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:42 pm

I showed my good lady some pics from this thread and she thought that it was a good fun and 'happy' layout.
We both love those allotments and wish that our veg would grow that quickly :lol:

Congrats on the thread/post milestone and look forward to what the next 500 posts bring :wink:
Regards
Christopher D.


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