Belmont Road Crab on its last legs

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jack richards
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Belmont Road Crab on its last legs

Postby jack richards » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:29 pm

This is my exhibition layout Belmont Road. The picture is quite old and the layout, after 40 shows or so is having a real makeover. So I will show more pics when its done.

Jack
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Re: Belmont Road

Postby Polyrhythms » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:29 pm

Looks very nice indeed. Especially the weathering... maybe you could show us how you did it? My 2-8-0 is in need of a good grubbing up :)

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Re: Belmont Road

Postby jack richards » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:30 am

Thanks for the comments.

Both the stock and the layout are weathered. It is difficult to condense this in a short reply. But here goes.

The locos are weathered by a combination of techniques. I use, if I am painting a loco from scratch or sometimes as a wash and want to create a run down state, Precision dirty black. I normally spray this. Another useful application, and the layout has been sprayed with this too, is a mix of Humbrol matt red and black, more black than red about 2 to 1 this gives that oily grime look to locos. I spray this on most locos to a varying degree. Even if they are going to be in good condition the wheels and undeframes will pick up dirt as soon a they are used so a light spray with this on the underframe makes a real difference. You can also dry brush this mix on.

Another useful product are weathering powders which give a similar effect and have the advantage of being washed off easily. The rust is brilliant for a burnt smokebox effect.

I always advise people who ask at shows to practice on a cheap wagon first, the junk you find in a traders box.

The layout has a mix of weathering techniques, I put a few drops of light oil around the place and real coal dust. Not to forget vegetion growing out of dirty walls and buildings. This scene is lit with orange lighting and backscenes are also weathered down with a dirty orange sky to represent a sunset in an a polluted industrial town. No blue sky and combed grass on this layout, this is a steam depot as they were filthy grimy - as I remember them!!

Jack

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Re: Belmont Road

Postby sishades » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:53 pm

You tease us with only one picture of a layout that appears to be a quality item. Very nice indeed.
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Re: Belmont Road

Postby jack richards » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:04 pm

The layout is difficult to photo. I have posted a little cameo at the corner featuring the shed cat Marmaduke!

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Marmaduke waites by the turntable, he is on the payroll!
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Re: Belmont Road

Postby iankemp » Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:01 pm

STOP TEASING!!! :twisted: :twisted: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Belmont Road

Postby jack richards » Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:56 pm

Another shot of the turntable with the layout lighting on.

This is, as I have said a difficult layout to photograph. It is set somewhere in the West Midlands in the 1960's in the run down of steam, everything weathered.

The Mucky Duck on the turntable is a partly detailed and weathered Bachmann. Some problems on the loco, the regulator rod is bent and I had to fit some spare wheels on the pony truck because it was de-railing at the show. :cry:

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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby jack richards » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:47 pm

Belmont Road will be at the Tolworth show on November 13th. 14th. So might see some of you there.

The turntable had been giving trouble so it was taken out and two of the feeder roads have had to be re-aligned .. the photos will show the process.

Jack
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Looking from the underside showing the basic arrangements for the turntable no hi tech here just Meccano gears
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The track with copper clads being re-positioned and raised. There had been continual problems with alignment.
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Turntable upside down showing the pick up arrangements
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby trainsandco » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:41 pm

oh wow :shock: thats amazing.....I love it.....
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby jack richards » Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:12 am

The turntable is a South Eastern Finecast basic kit with Dapol sides fitted upside down. It is a very functional and simple system. Also SE do the turntable in two sizes the smaller 10 inch one just fitted my plans, it won't take a Duchess but it can take a 9f see the picture of an old Hornby which I weathered for sale on Ebay.

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Old Hornby 9f on the SE turntable
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby Stewart Gethin » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:33 pm

I love this layout, any chance of a trackplan :)?

Thanks, Stew.
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby jack richards » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:42 pm

Stewart Gethin wrote:I love this layout, any chance of a trackplan :)?

Thanks, Stew.


Hi Stew, I haven't got a proper track plan but this is the control panel which gives it

Jack
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby jack richards » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:51 pm

Work continues on the surface ground scatter, some of which has been worn away by many little hands at shows.

I use Peco path scatter which is rolled flat with an old socket spanner. I also use the same peco scatter in places instead of ballast,- the track in many MPD''s was hardly ballasted and this acts like ash in between the tracks, N guage ballast is also used.

Everything will be sprayed down with a matt black and red mix soon.

Jack
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scatter being rolled flat
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scatter around the turntable
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby jack richards » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:08 pm

Here we have my ex Crosti on the turntable at dusk.

I made this kit many years ago and looking at it in detail, there are many things that I know I can do better now, front steps are a bit bent and some paint damage but I have posted it to show what I try to create on my layout. atmosphere.

For me some layouts are far too clinical, steam as I remember it was dirty and rough but always rugged and somehow very romantic.

Jack
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Crosti warts and all on the turntable at dusk
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Re: Belmont Road Under Repair

Postby trainsandco » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:14 pm

jack richards wrote:I have posted it to show what I try to create on my layout. atmosphere.


You have succeed much there :P

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