Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:51 pm

Jim,

You could always add a roof - complete with pigeon droppings. In many
ways a more environmentally sympathetic way to blend in !!

What you deserve now would be a genuine full magazine article. Few I've
seen are better with many more inferior and I've NOT got my rose-tinted
glasses on !!


A quick edit ........ I just love picture 019 and the way the background fades
into darkness allowing a feeing of greater depth. Nice sharp picture and looking
through those rather spindly silver birch (has to be) Brilliant work.

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby railwayjim » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:18 pm

Ex-Pat; No timetable for me, just, as and when for me.

Geoff T; Good tip, adding a roof, more work and thought I'd finished, excellent news!

Thanks for the good reviews, they are much appreciated, as always.

Jim.

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby RailwayRobbo » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:56 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha.
Jim, when have the words 'model railway' and 'finished' ever appeared in the same sentence?

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby railwayjim » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:11 pm

Pete; You are right, never finished really, are they. This post just proves that point!

Millsend has now got a new set of station nameboards and a few more benches. The benches are
lazer cut kits by Modelrailwayscenery.com and the station nameboards are a plastic kit by Coopercraft,
slightly modified from their suggested builld. They are supplied with individual letters, but I have gone for
the enamel style boards.
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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:44 pm

I've been feeling a little jaded, burnt out, Thanks for posting
more superb photographs. Makes me start thinking about getting
going again !!

Geoff T.
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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby railwayjim » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:58 pm

Blimey, December since my last post, 'must try harder';

My excuse for lack of post's on the forum are, busy with the family and Grandchildren and
very little needing to be done on the layout, after saying that, I am slowly re-doing small parts
of the layout as and when I feel I can improve it's look.

The latest part to be improved is the corner where the disused station and platform once occupied.
I had changed this once before but was not happy with it, so, this time I have raised the ground level
to that of the rest of the background areas, bringing the arches forward to follow the curve of the long
siding that runs alongside the mainline. Onto this area I thought I would try a couple of the download kits
available online. As this is the entrance to our utilities, gas elec etc. it has to allow the door to slide behind
the buildings, so I downloaded a low relief factory paper kit off Ebay and also one from Model Railway Scenery.
Both are simple to construct and allow a 3D version and also allow pasting directly onto the backscene. I thought
I would try this type of kit against a plastic kit, because they are a fraction of the price of plastic ones and if I
didn't like them, It wouldn't have been an expensive outlay. As it happens I am quite pleased with the results,
not fully finished and in need of matt varnishing and a grimy wash, but on the whole a better use of this space.

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Thats my post finished, now time to catch up on everyones layouts.
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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby NakatsuHime » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:02 pm

RailwayRobbo wrote:Ha ha ha ha ha.
Jim, when have the words 'model railway' and 'finished' ever appeared in the same sentence?

Pete (RailwayRobbo)


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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby railwayjim » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:35 pm

Another awkward corner on Millsend has been dealt with, a chemical plant has sprung up,
made with a Cornerstone kit and some Ratio tanks added.

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Another addition is the Parish Church, a scratch built model with soot stained sandstone finish with
lighting installed, just right for Millsend's industrial 60's grime feel.
Just need to work on the surrounding ground next to the church, to bed it in.

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:28 pm

Ahhh That 'Fix' may keep me going for a week or two !!

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby carnehan » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:21 pm

Stunning Jim. We don't see you for weeks and you come back with that church. Too long between posts but well worth it when you do.

Did you happen to take any progress shots of the church? I'd be interested in the build process.

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:09 pm

Oooh, dark satanic mills and all that! Very atmospheric.
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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby RailwayRobbo » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:39 am

More excellent progress Jim.
Could be any northern town/city in the late 50s, early 60s that I remember well when I was growing up.

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby luckymucklebackit » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:45 am

Cracking Church, in industrial Lanarkshire the local iron and coal masters competed against each other to have a church that had the highest steeple built on the most prominent location (nearer to my God than thee!!). Was it the same in Lancashire?

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby Ex-Pat » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:57 am

railwayjim wrote:
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When I first saw that first church photo I thought the background was the milky way etc. on a starry night.

There is something very ghostly/haunting, but at the same time very imposing about.

I'll second Paul's build process request please.

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Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Postby railwayjim » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:39 pm

Thanks for the positive comments everyone, much appreciated.

Luckymucklebackit; Yes just the same in Lancashire.

Carnehan; Unfortunately I have no build plans for the church as it is something I picked
up at a model railway exhibition, from a stall that was selling off buildings removed
from an exhibition layout and at bargain basement prices, I also bought 3 built and
weathered factory buildings including one factory bigger than the church, complete with
large chimney also removed from the exhibition layout, all heavily weathered and fitted
with lighting.

The church cost me all of £5 and the three factories were £1 each, couldn't believe my luck.

Jim.


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