Not a layout - but railway modelling

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:41 pm

I also have a dusty store of things past .......
We were quite good once !!

Currently struggling for time and drive, but in between assembling a wooden storage shed
I laid some grass. I shouldn't have done so as other foundation building not completed, but
I wanted to see some greenery !!

I was going to add a couple of pictures, but system failure again .......
Perhaps later ?

Remember the old corn field dodge of coconut matting ?

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I feel better for that. More shed building and out tomorrow - No peace !!

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:09 pm

After nearly a month of inactivity on this diorama I forced myself
to lay some additional grass to more, or less, finish this back of
the scene. Still quite wet and brought indoors from the shed to help
drying.

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7 different grass compounds laid to try and get a natural look.

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Still an awful lot to do, and that brake van is part of the backlog, started
back in August 2018 !!

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:18 pm

Painfully slow .....
Another small step forward, all embankment now with grass
and the mixed sands giving a good representation of the gravel
roadway under the railway.

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Not far to go now ?

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby glencairn » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:16 pm

Lovely modelling, Geoff (as usual). Another diorama screaming to be put on a layout.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:20 am

Thanks glencairn,

I do thoroughly enjoy the making of small scenes, for me the diorama is perhaps the cream. No
years of sorting out tracks, electrics, just let your imagination go free. This was inspired by seeing
the small occupational bridge kit on someones layout and I thought it offered opportunities more than
this guy had done.

For the inexperienced here are some of my 'artists' pigments. First various flock types of static grass
scatters. Nature never likes mono culture, so there should be many variations, very subtle but there.

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I'm also an avid collector of sand. Nearly every beach has a differing sand grain size and colour. These
again are used together to paint a picture. These are Cleethorpes, Camel Estuary (Rock), West Bay and
at the top Sandown I.O.W black sand. In addition I have Weymouth, Minehead, Lyme Regis, Tenarife,
Builders white sharp sand, and Builders redish sand. Probably a few others as well !!

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Here I've just filled in a corner with the multi-layered grass and droppered on watered down PVA.

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Now a 24 hour wait before I can do more.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dave » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:45 pm

Cleethorpes


Many moons ago in a different world, we used to call Araldite ‘Cleethorpes’ on account of it being the last resort :roll:

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:14 pm

This thread has been neglected for close on 3 weeks, with little more progress to report, most
recent time spent making a few wagons. In fact these next 2 pictures are already in My Workbench
thread as way of explaining why I'll be going quiet and putting West Bay Wagon Works onto short
time working.

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What was not photographed at the time was the pond opposite the farm house which was being prepared
for filling with Deluxe Materials Magic Water. Well this time it proved to be a disaster for several reasons
all my own fault.

First I'd put food colouring in a new 250 ml bottle to try and produce a brown. Through the thick bottle
sides it didn't look too bad, but when poured in it was more like a toffee colour very dense and too red.
I decided to try an escape route of pouring more of my pale green in to mix and reduce the dark colour.
What happened was the combined depth was greater than they recommend, probably twice advised depth.
It still didn't mix very well, and just the wrong colour.
I left overnight to see what happened, the answer was it hadn't dried much although there was a set skin
around the edge. Disaster, not prepared to leave, scraped out and using a small stiff brush washed away
the liquid residue and dried out with a paper towel. A few small scrapes through the enamel have been
touched-up and with luck I'll try to fill with my pale green Aqua Magic on Wednesday evening.

That means the only small advance has been threading the nylon fence wires through the last fence posts.

This diorama has a deadline of the beginning of December so I don't expect to be doing anything else. With
exception of being the Club Chairman and we have the AGM tonight (Tuesday).

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:11 pm

The last of general grass laid today. Still wet with watered down PVA, I'll have to wait until
tomorrow to really see the finished result. Then if O.K I can fix the last pieces of fencing,
paint the fence posts and attach the 5 barred gate.

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A final area to work will be the pond. This time I'll use my green Aqua Magic, then again
after those delays while things dry out I'll have to add a stand of reeds next to the fence.
I might get around to weathering the painted steel sides of that bridge before that, it sort
of stands out, far too clean.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dave » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:32 pm

Dad-1 wrote:I might get around to weathering the painted steel sides of that bridge before that, it sort of stands out, far too clean.

I would weather it to within an inch of its life, and then add a bit of 1970s graffiti :wink:

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:38 am

Dave, I'm working in more gentile times as well as this being in wild country.
No spray cans invented, too far from mass populations for anyone wanting to
carry a tin of paint !!
All we have is the mild decay from weather over the last 50 years. Any rolling
stock plonked on it will be from the 30's to 50's, but I bet there will be photos
taken with something a little more modern.

My weathering :-

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That gate is just parked there pending the final fencing being fixed, yet the idea
of a gate laying there pending some future field fencing is attractive - build
another gate ?

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dave » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:54 pm

Dad-1 wrote:Dave, I'm working in more gentile times

Nothing wrong with that Geoff, it’s looking good. I quite like the gate just sitting there.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:31 pm

Hi Dave,

I think another gate is on order ...... in reality from pieces of plastic card, but it's winter (almost).
A busy day, fencing finished, that gate now hung, the pond filled.

Some life there now.

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Not finished, but getting there.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dave » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:51 pm

A horse & cart, thirteen sheep and a dog... they make so much difference to the scene... I really like it 8)

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:06 pm

Hi Dave,

Hidden in there is a flash of my humour .......
Notice the stroppy sheep deciding what to do about the sheepdog !!

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dave » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:45 pm

Some Sheep are like that!

I once put 49 sheep on a Club layout, my first task on a Club night was to count them to make sure they were still there :lol:


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