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Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:01 pm

Hi all

After some three years' work on Starlingford, I thought it was about time to load up some of the better pictures on their own thread. Don't expect this to be updated massively often, as I seldom enough get the opportunity to work on the model never mind photograph it (I'm based in Aberdeen, Scotland; the layout is in my parents' house in Bangor, Northern Ireland), but given that these pictures are spread across 40 pages I thought it might be helpful to put them all in one place.

One further addendum - not everything in all these pictures is finished, and there is considerable variation in the 'completeness' on display. These pictures, after all, span a three-year period. That being said, I think it's still possible to take a decent photo even of a model that is incomplete...

So let's get things started then with the Grouping-era photographs...

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:08 pm

Here are some of the BR Steam-era pictures:

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:14 pm

Advancing on to more modern stock ('modern' being a relative term!) here is some BR diesel action:

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby slackbladder » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:32 pm

Fantastic :D

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby TerryB » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:37 pm

Excellent.....thanks for posting them. 8)
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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby PeterH » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:38 pm

Most excellent photographs for a most excellent layout! I especially like the J39 on Blood & Custards.
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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:48 pm

slackbladder wrote:Fantastic :D


TerryB wrote:Excellent.....thanks for posting them. 8)


Thank you both :)

Here are some non-train-based pictures for all to enjoy:

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Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:53 pm

...And these, I think, are the last I have to offer:

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:03 pm

PeterH wrote:Most excellent photographs for a most excellent layout! I especially like the J39 on Blood & Custards.


Thanks Peter! I don't know that I have any more pics of the J39 and blood & custards that are significantly different to the one I've posted, but I quite like this image here:

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby slackbladder » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:25 pm

Hi again black, I love the fine details such as the lady hoeing between the cabbages lol.
I agree about the J39 on the blood and custard. I too have a J39 on a loft layout and have been wondering just what would look good behind the loco. This has given me good guidance, can I ask who's coaches they are?

Not wanting to be a copy cat but I am about to fit some polystyrene sheets between the roof spars exactly like you have there.. This is like looking at my own loft. :D

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:50 pm

slackbladder wrote:I too have a J39 on a loft layout and have been wondering just what would look good behind the loco. This has given me good guidance, can I ask who's coaches they are?


Hi slacker!

J39s were primarily goods engines - or, at least, Gresley designed them as such - and I think that therefore they look particularly good on van trains:

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But I agree that they look equally fine on passenger duties - they were often used on the 'Sunday School Specials'. The coaches I have behind mine are Bachmann Mk1s, and the train is comprised of 2x first class; 1x buffet car; 1x second class; 1x brake. At the time I bought them they were a mere £18 a pop, which is a superb price for what are probably the best-running coaches I own (their only real competition on Starlingford are the Hornby Maunsells). Hattons is currently taking pre-orders for the next batch - more information is here.

(Although, if you're wanting to do things even cheaper, the J39 was a NE engine and so you could feasibly use the crimson-and-cream Thompsons, which, at £15 each, might be an even more attractive proposition. The trade-off comes in terms of motive power: the Mk1s look good behind almost anything, while the Thompsons are really for NE stock. Having said that, a rake of six or seven would look stunning behind a BR-blue A4 if you happen to have one...)

Hope this helps,
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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby slackbladder » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:34 am

Gavin... talking my language (someone who does at last) ohh thank you for the tips and info. And absolutely yes to the J39 on the vans. I was somehow hoping you would say the coaches were Bachmann

Many thanks again

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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby westbrom » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:45 am

Smashing pics of a really great layout.




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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby trainsandco » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:17 pm

crumbs!!

what livery & company is that pannier supposed to be?

Weathering Heights Light Railway?? :P :D
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Re: Starlingford's Best Pictures

Postby Black-Marlin » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:30 pm

trainsandco wrote:crumbs!!

what livery & company is that pannier supposed to be?

Weathering Heights Light Railway?? :P :D


This pannier?
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I think this is the London Metropolitan Railway. Barely visible under all the rust and grime I applied to tone it all down (this was my very first weathering project!) is the crest of the city of London.

BTW, a friend of mine who considers himself quite the gift to the ladies was once very chuffed when I described him as 'Heathcliff'. He quietened down considerably, though, when I finished with '...Huxtable'! :D

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