Well, a while since last posting and my world has changed a LOT!. couple of weeks ago I got news that the 3rd operation on my knee in 12 months had not been successfull,giving me some devasting news. This has meant frantic searching for a bungalow as my wife wants everything to be in place before my surgery. I'm just accepting the idea now, things could be much worse. Anyway the layout has been a blessing really as I can "loose" myself in it. but the downer has been my concentration span on each thing I do seems about 5 minutes, this means theres LOTS of photos of half finished things on the layout. Overall I am pleased with the way its looking but I,m not looking forward to dismantling & moving the nice cosy shed I've just insulated/lined/shelved out!.
Firstly I properly wired up 1 lane of the traverser/fiddle yard, then I wired in led's to show the state of each isolated section, i will wire point route indicators next time I feel like wiring
Route "live" indication
Then I built another loco, its on the left in the next picture, its a Springside kit on a heavily cut-down dapol "pug" chassis
Next I had my first "PROPER" go at doing a rock-face, I'm pretty pleased with it, I used finishing plaster with poster paint mixed in, then used the "tin-foil" method on the wet plaster. When dry I applied a few black/dk brown 'washes' over it.
The full run of rocks here,
This made me turn then to more "greenery", this is the 'loco-service' area with water coal/crane etc...
And the same area but from afar showing more of the layout progressing
Next came my favourite part of it all...Scratchbuilding. I made a second workshop/shed building on the left in the next photo
to the right is the Blacksmiths shop, scratchbuilt once again and I ordered some whitemetal parts to detail this buildings interior
The last photo shows the forge centrepiece, I am going to fit an led to the hearth to hopefully give a nice red glow from beneath some coals, lots of detail here with the bench, vice & tools, "Smithy" will look better with the plywood under his feet removed!!!, but this is my first proper bit of large gauge figure painting too, I now think its much easier in O gauge than OO to actually paint details but its more unforgiving at showing up your mistakes too.
Last few piccies for now just show "in progress" shots of the 2nd workshop hopefully will help people to have a go at scratchbuilding,
A tidy organised workplace is the key to scratchbuilding?????
Next post I might actually have FINISHED something???