Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:11 pm

Babies take up so much time! It's seven weeks to the day since Henry was born and in that time there has been very little time to attend to the layout. But attend I have. :D so here is a little update.

That bridge is now installed on the layout and I've moved on to the construction of the remainder of Station Road to connect it with Bridge Street.

I'm using the standard method of card latticed together for strength and have built it in three sections. The upper most section caused the most head scratching as the top and lower ends of the road edges drop by approximately 10mm. This has resulted in a bit of a bulge on one side to bring it down to a level street further on. Having observed some real life junctions meeting a sloped road it would appear that these follow a similar method although perhaps not as pronounced.

Here's some photos to explain the blurb.

An overview of the full length of road connecting the two completed sections
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This picture highlights the problems encountered at the top end of the road.
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And the lower section without the top surface applied yet meeting the rest of Station Road.
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That final piece of card was laid for the road and I have now tarmaced it. Similar to the rest of Station Road, I have used 800 grit wet and dry grey sandpaper glued down with modelling best friend - PVA. Once dry, using another piece of sandpaper, I rubbed the surface down and then blended with a finger to give the finished look.

The photo below demonstrates a 'before and after' result of sanding.

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I'll move on to scribing some card for the pavements next.

While I've been working on this superstructure, I had a very small side project also running to plug a tiny gap between two buildings.

This one between Hiltons and The Wool Shop:

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It's hardly worth commenting on but it was my first experimentation with foam board. I wanted to have a go at producing some cobbles as I'd like to do some larger path areas using foam board later in the layout build.

Using an old paint brush I removed the bristles and using the metal sheath, produced a representation of cobbles by pressing the end repeatedly along the length. A dab of paint and a touch of greenery finished it off.

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I'm on the hunt now for a bicycle and/or bin or two to finish this little scene off.

For now, a baby's bottle is looming. 8)

Paul

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:39 pm

Want a challenge Paul ?
How about an empty fag packet on that pavement and a few
dog-ends ?
Seriously though this is first class.

Geoff T.
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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby thebritfarmer » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:50 pm

Layout is looking very nice.
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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:23 pm

Geoff, when you say dog ends that's terminology for butts and not dog sh@t?!? Although, has that ever been viewed on a model railway - particularly the white ones you never see anymore. Ok, I'm off to think modelling techniques for all those thoughts. :D

Britfarmer, thanks for the feedback.

Paul

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby GeraldH » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:09 am

Some fantastic and atmospheric modelling there :) .
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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:09 pm

Thanks Gerald for getting kind comments.

I have now completed all the pavements and the section is now positioned and glued on to the layout.

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The one problem in returning to similar projects so long after you completed the task before is that you forget what method you used to achieve previous results. I thought I'd followed similar practices when producing the tonal effects for the paving but the older paving is much lighter than that produced this time round. I did manage to highlight the pavement joins better this time though so I may go back to the older paving and try to bring it up to the same colour as the new.

I haven't completed the tarmac laying at the top of he road as I want a continuous piece to cross the join of the two road sections for a smoother finish. None of this can be done until I construct the road on the other side of Bridge Street though.

For now, I've had enough of road building. There are huge voids either side of the road that need some buildings slotted in so it's back to some more enjoyable construction. :D

Paul

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby manna » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:56 pm

G'day Gents

Like it, sometimes there was archways over the start of an alleyway.

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:45 pm

Thanks Manna, an archway is something in my future plans. Ive been giving some thought to what I want to populate the remainder of Station Road with. I'd like another pub, a small 1 screen cinema and, perhaps on the corner at the top of the road, a bank or small hotel. I do know the trackside buildings will have a cobbled lane serving the rear with access via an arched entry beneath one of the buildings. Hopefully, as a viewer, you will be able to peer up the passage and view a glimpse of the street beyond.

In the meantime I have started the first build and it is probably the last kit building I will tackle on the layout. I'm using the Dapol general store kit but am hoping to make some minor modifications. The first glaringly obvious one is that it's been chopped in half as it forms a low relief store next to the fruit shop. This will plug the small gap between it and the joining side street.

Here's the progress so far.

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I've added an additional wall to the side from the offcuts of one of the gable ends just to add a little interest. I'm going to keep it as a hardware store and hope to stock it with all manor of items in the shop windows, on the kerbside and hanging on the walls. In addition to this, I'll add a cloth canopy above the shop windows. The building is going to have a whitewashed finish to the brick although this will be faded in places to reveal the original red paintwork.

Since writing this I have the main rendering of the walls is done.

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A coat of red oxide primer was applied first followed by a coat of white primer. This actually took two or three applications to cover over the red but applied lightly and left to dry after each coat prevented the brick recesses from being lost. Finally, sandpaper rubbed over the surface revealed the red brick beneath. Care needs to be taken on what appear to use. Too fine and it doesn't work it's way through the primer and too coarse and it scores the paint in lines rather than lifting full sections of paint.

It all looks a bit spotty at the moment but it should tone down somewhat once signage is fitted and the windows, doors and walls are painted.

Paul

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:14 am

Hi Paul looking through those pictures of the road surface a thought came to mind. The surface shows wear and fading so is obviously not just laid, so how come nobody has been along and dug a trench across it, then reinstated it with a darker asphalt? Or dug out a manhole cover and re-levelled it to the surface of the road. Easy enough to do with some different grade abrasive paper. Have you tried making tyre tracks with a Peco track rubber, great fun.
Good stuff - I'm looking forward to some more.
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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:12 am

Bufferstop, what a great idea. When sanding the road surface I've used my finger to try and vary the tone by rubbing my finger alongside it to represent tyre tracks but it's very subtle and barely noticeable - particularly in photographs. The track rubber may just produce a more defined line so it's time for some experimenting. As for ashphalt repairs, it's something that has been suggested to me before so I must have a look at that too and your solution of different grade paper to produce it may produce the desired effect.

Thank you.

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby Ex-Pat » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:13 am

carnehan wrote:

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Paul


Now, there's an idea for something rather different - a crime scene - you've already got the chalked victim outline in the road!

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby railwayjim » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:56 pm

I'm enjoying the extending of Station Road Paul and am lookng forward to it's development, I really like
the road surface you've created using wet n dry, it looks so realistic, might be pinching that idea Paul!

Keep the pictures coming, as and when.

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:31 pm

Ex-Pat wrote:
Now, there's an idea for something rather different - a crime scene - you've already got the chalked victim outline in the road!


Ahh, Mrs Trimble was deeply distressed when her much loved poodle, Mandy, was callously run over by a hit and run driver. Good news though, the police say they have a lead! :shock:

railwayjim wrote:I'm enjoying the extending of Station Road Paul and am lookng forward to it's development, I really like
the road surface you've created using wet n dry, it looks so realistic, might be pinching that idea Paul!

Keep the pictures coming, as and when.

Jim.


Thank you Jim, I'm sure I stole this technique from someone but I don't remember who or where I saw it. It is, I think, a very effective solution for creating a road surface though. Pictures may be slow in coming but I'll endeavour to do my best. :wink:

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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby Coopslner » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:35 pm

Hi Carnehan,

I've been catching up and I am impressed with your updates, I really like the finish of the hornby terraced shops and a great idea to cut them into half relief. I managed to pick up a boxed kit some while ago which is awaiting assembly however I need to add an extra floor to mine.
I also like your road surface, quite realistic in colour and texture.
I look forward to seeing your hardware store completed.

Cheers, Coops.
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Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Postby carnehan » Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:51 pm

Hi Coops, nice to see your return to the fold and thanks for the comments. The Hornby shops are a particularly good kit, full of detail whether built in half relief or taken as a whole. It's a shame, actually, that they didn't persue the kit options more in their range.

The General Store kit is on hold at the minute, sitting at the back of the work bench awaiting my return. Shortly after my last post I'd had an attempt at a running session with little success and the outcome of which is full brakes applied to the layout with a view to ripping it all up and starting again. I have a planning thread elsewhere on here where discussions are afoot to resurrect Galgorm Hall in to a smoother running and more visually appealing layout. I've already had some great input and ideas that I hope to incorporate in to the build - a new dawn for 2017.

Paul


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