Not a layout - but railway modelling

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:56 am

Sorry, this is where I finish for the competition. Too busy with other business, but
I do hope to return later this year to complete to my satisfaction.

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Thanks to Alex for getting this up and running and where at all possible I try
to give my full support. I also appreciate all the work put in by everyone who
decided to join in - The important thing is not winning, but participating !!!

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Pete » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:13 am

Hi Geoff

That's worked out lovely, the greenhouse is very subtle. Pics taken outside with 'real' shadows always capture something extra.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Michaelaface » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:31 am

this is excellent and giving me loads of inspiration, is the house kit or scratch built?

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:12 am

Hi Michaela,

All scratch built including the window frames. It really needs weathering down
from chimney to foundations, but I've run out of time I can spare for this at
the moment.

Once you get "In to" buildings they're difficult to leave behind !!

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Lysander » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:08 am

But in daylight it still looks really good Geoff.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:24 pm

Yeah, the outside photos make an excellent model look even more appealing 8)

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:36 pm

After 7 Months ? Ouch.

MUST finish by 18th December as that's the clubs diorama competition.
Today added water to the stream, very flat no ripples as these have to be added as it's
setting - BUT when ? Far too liquid to hold any surface markings, by morning will it be
too dry ? I just have to take the chance.

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How this escaped damage sitting in my garage I don't know, had to carefully remove loads
of cobwebs.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby TimberSurf » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:57 pm

Ripples can be added after with Modge podge gloss, see 19:15m on here
The challenge is to find some in time! :shock:
I think other scenery makes do something similar, too.
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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Jaz » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:14 pm

nice work, small but worth a look.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Michaelaface » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:56 pm

possibly obvious answer to this question, but would you say building dioramas are worth the cost and time for developing skills vs attempting it first time on the layout for real?

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:56 am

Interesting thought Michaela.

I'd say well worth the effort, they can become displosable apprentice pieces.

Cost are usually minimal for the modeller who has gathered a pile of odds and ends.
Take my 'Blue Gate Cottage' as an example, the trees are used on at least 3 different
pieces of work, the Aqua Magic was some left from another job, I always have a bag
of matchsticks and reel of fishing nylon for fencing. What's next, Ahh the building is
100% from plasticard and paper again from a large general stock, that greenhouse and
two cold frames had been bought on a whim several years ago and parked unmade in
the loft ! What's left ? Grass and sand are something I always have around, obviously
my sand is collected for free, but the bags of grass do cost, but are always in use for
all my general modelling.

Seriously I can't think of anything I bought for it other than a set of gardening figures
and tools, yet all I used was the quilt line although it was intended to use a watering can
somewhere. Oh and I bought the embroidery thread for stream weeds.

In reality MOST of my dioramas have a direct cost of under £10 each - so well worth it.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby TimberSurf » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:05 am

I have to concur with Dad-1, my recent venture of a diorama has taught me so much! And if mistakes are made, it hasn't ruined your layout, plus first attempts at a skill will always result in "hmmm, I am sure I could do even better next time!". Like you say, pretty obvious, the more goes you have of something, the better you get at it, so best to try techniques once or twice off layout to perfect them, "practice makes perfect!"
Cost? You need all the materials for your layout, which is acres of area, compared to the small patch of diorama, it only makes a small dint in your supplies. Well worth the learning curve cost. Whatever small cost it incurs will pay dividends later in less waste getting it wrong!
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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:59 pm

A new diorama, too small and simple to include anywhere else. "The Old Farmhouse"
I have a love of the English countryside and this really follows on from last years "Blue Gate Cottage".
Having been rather pre-occupied with other things for several months I've had to force myself to start
a new diorama for the clubs annual competition.

An awful piece of water stained and warped thin ply the basis of a 'Fast' build. By putting heavy duty
runners down the underside of each edge most of the warp has been pulled out. Before that just looking
for inspiration.

My occupational lane under bridge made in a few moments a while back to hold centre stage, the old
Hornby abandoned farm house building has been in my loft for years, I think I had it given to me.

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In the last 24 hours my embankment timbers all fixed, believe me it was not easy matching to less than a mm
of the kits height. Painting ply to try and add some water resistance for the inevitable flood of watered down
PVA for holding sand and grass.

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Here I'm starting to fit styrene ceiling tile segments as the base for hard wall plaster landscape development.

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I should have spent more time planning, but limited to what can be thought through in an hour !
I seriously hope this may revive my modelling instincts, Only time will tell, but keep it simple !!

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:34 pm

Progress, Styrene infills just after lunch.

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Plastered late afternoon

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Now nothing until Monday.

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Re: Not a layout - but railway modelling

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:17 am

Looks very therapeutic Geoff. this was my bit of therapy that got me going again in 2001.
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The "butt'n'ben" we stayed in on the Kintyre Peninsula, only twenty yards to the sea at high tide. The longer we stayed the less we wanted to do. It's a bit battered now and needs the colours freshening up but it convinced me to give up trying to fill the loft and come down into the warm, or cool depending on the season.
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