St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:40 pm

Geoff, I said it was the nuclear option, some of the discs were ex jukebox, needed the big adaptor in the middle. They were clamped vertically whilst playing, lord knows how much pressure those cartridges were using. Never let any of my own stuff anywhere near them. We even had a lead weight with a hole through it to hold the warped ones down flat.
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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:34 am

Bufferstop,

Perhaps being that little bit older I was able to buy all my 45's from 'Henry's' in St Mary's
Southampton ..... while they were still getting stick in the jukebox. Didn't need to get
used ones - Funny you should mention the large hole, that was standard for American
discs. Living in Southampton you nearly always knew somebody on the 'Liners'. Even
now I can clearly recall the sound of The Everly Brothers 'Cathy's Clown' drifting up into
our 1st floor office from a coffee bar joint next door. Those were the days !!

Back to plastic - No not a new song title. I fib slightly when I say I make things for nothing.
Here is most of my strip plastic, bought over many years for some job and now just spare
stock.

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Somehow during the intervening years two door blanks have become lost. This was why
most of my plastic stock had to be checked over. Now standing in the kitchen just awaiting
painting and touch-ups before being classified as finished.

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I'm hoping my MOJO is back, I'm enjoying this, working in the kitchen while Freya rattles
the windows.

Geoff T.
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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:47 am

Sorry Michaela I turned the page and missed that request.

I use both 0.5 x 1.0 and 0.8 x 1.0 microstrip to add the glazing bars. Spaced by eye
into an outer frame made from 1.0 x 4.0 mm strip. I usually use the 0.8 for the longest
glazing bar lengths, then add small, sometimes as small as 1.5 mm lengths of 0.5 using
very fine point tweezers under a large daylight lit magnifying glass. All those glazing
bars need to be cut EXACTLY to fit which is something of a learning curve. I loose one
or two, but not many nowadays. When in place using the imterference fit to hold I just
add a finetouch of liquid poly to each contact point.

It is a fiddly thing to do, but any size of design can be made although curved top windows
I try to keep away from. Square one are slow enough to make !

Geoff T.

Micheala, Notice the 'cheat' with this building, curved window openings with square frames.
Looking at that lattice window it was probably all done using 08 x 1.0 micro strip.

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Michaelaface » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:29 pm

Ahhh I get it now, I guess patience is the key here, those are some excellent buildings, got me inspired to try scratch building again

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:06 pm

Notice the 'cheat' with this building, curved window openings with square frames.

As indeed it would be, Curved frames "were only for they as could afford 'em". The peasantry got a wooden top cut to the shape of the opening, and only then if they could afford a brickie who could do arches. Otherwise it was a timber lintel half, a sleeper split lengthwise if they were on good terms with the gangers, or a stone one liberated from some nearby ruin.
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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:05 pm

It's rather cold in the garage today, but I wanted to progress
even if only a very small step.
I've laid gravel paths and rear grass behind the white cottage.
Quite why I want this hidden side up to standard is beyond reason
because it's impossible to see from what is the front viewing where
my railway is somewhat higher than the lane, cottages and narrow
stream gorge.

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Something of a helicopter view, taken when standing on a step-ladder.
If as once intended it were to be driven from behind the back scene
I suppose the operator would just about to see if standing on tiptoe !

Some very small trees, intended to be used as bushes should arrive
tomorrow. Then time to get several of my trees out to wood the valley.

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:03 pm

Working in an unheated garage makes progress rather slow. Watered down PVA used for both
grass and grave paths needs something approaching 48 hours to safely set hard. The rear of
this plot done before, now today the front, no further work here until Saturday.

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Trees, always a difficult subject, that is unless you make your own, something I'd quite like to
do, but really can't find the time to try and experiment. I have had bespoke hand made trees
that can cost a lot, currently using the woodland Scenics range. While far from being cheap, it
seems ludicrous not to be prepared to spend as much on trees as say a locomotive. Decent trees
add so much to a landscape, but they tend to be in 'packs' of similar sizes whereas in nature you
have a myriad of different sizes and colours.

On Wednesday my Woodland Scenics 1.25" x 2.0" pack arrived. They are ideal for smaller garden
specimens, or hedgerow. I've put two down by the culvert and to my eye they add a worthwhile
element. In the background you can see one of the largest they do, to which I have added about
1.1/2" trunk extension because they were still too short.

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I've now decided that I'll buy a pack of their even shorter trees, those I suppose most will see as
being suitable for 'N', but will make good bushes. You can see the one currently free standing in the
car park which is too tall for adding into the hedge on the steep hill down past the Inn (it will be )

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MOJO Dave, MOJO !!

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dave » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:51 pm

Dad-1 wrote:MOJO Dave, MOJO !!


Keep kicking me Geoff I will eventually stir from my slumber :(

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby TimberSurf » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:27 pm

There is a new kid on the block that the American's rave about, I think they are in Poland but do seem to be available worldwide, googled and found this supplier, but I am sure there are more. Point is, they are the quality of the few individuals who make tree's as a cottage industry, but have a vast range of incredible quality available off the shelf. Worth checking out! :D
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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby glencairn » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:37 pm

I like the progress made so far. Well done.

As for trees ---- When I used to live in the Border Region, I was fascinated to the point of being amazed how the same type of trees varied in size. Some would flourish to huge height; yet their neighbour seemed to be struggling to grow. On occasions I would see a young sapling growing 'under the protection of its bigger family'.

To me, trees of different sizes no matter if they are sold as O, OO or N can look fine together.

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:53 pm

Yup glencairn, nature really doesn't like uniformity !!

One job I've been putting off for years. Capping, or coping stones to the bridge/viaduct parapet
walls. Originally I'd intended cutting strips off large plastic sheets, but too time consuming and
I really didn't fancy doing it.
On this re-start I've bought a pack of 6.4 mm x 1.0 mm strip plastic, to be honest it's even a drag
snipping off each stone, but it has to be done.

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The topping will need sanding a little to take edges off, but good enough for this little layout.

Just come in freezing cold from finishing the outer wall, inner still as seen in the above, but I have
cut all the stones and popped into a sealed plastic bag. At this rate by next year I may have finished.
No rush is there ?

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby TimberSurf » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:02 pm

Everything seems to take forever! But is a labour of luv, take yer time :)
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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:07 pm

TimberSurf, Never one to hurry .........

Yesterday morning I decided to close the garage door and take a couple
of photographs of the bridge (compressed viaduct !)
At least all the capping stones are on, still need a clean up with wet-n-dry
before painting. Must spend some time working out exactly what colour to
use for water in the creek (at high tide) a tidal location.

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The more I look the more I can see that needs sorting out.

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby glencairn » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:49 pm

The picture gets better and better. Loving it.

Dad-1 wrote:The more I look the more I can see that needs sorting out.

Geoff T.


:lol:

Been there with my layout ----- several times. :( :lol:

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Re: St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

Postby Dad-1 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:56 pm

Another £28 worth of trees, but hardly touched the surface.
Looking at these I think another 6-10 larger trees needed.
Being a visual Art form I'll be trying several different places
for most, in particular another set of Woodland Scenics small
to somehow get growing on the far side of the gorge.

Not happy with the Gaugemaster trees, they wouldn't match in
with the 'softer' 'W-S' types, so I didn't buy them. I may try a
couple of those Polish ones TimberSurf pointed me to. I'd love
to see them first, but A&H are at Brackley my old hunting ground.

Moving around the corner :-

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Down at the creek

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Probably easier to get those chimneys and doors done first.

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