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Author Topic: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986  (Read 13872 times)

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Offline Chris in Prague

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #135 on: October 02, 2016, 06:39:29 pm »
Thanks for the update. I like your scenery and the "Speedlink" train. The water looks very realistic, too.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 -October update
« Reply #136 on: October 02, 2016, 08:11:48 pm »
There's only a few more trees to make now - maybe another 70 to 80 or so. I don't know how many are on the layout, maybe I should count one day, but I reckon its about 250 at the moment...

Cheers,
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #137 on: October 23, 2016, 10:11:07 pm »
Hello,

A little bit of progress over the last couple of weeks, having started to build the signalbox and completing a few more scenic areas. The village area will need a lot of buildings to complete to say the least, so I have still got quite a lot to do just south of the station.
Will be busy decorating the main bedroom over the next few weeks, so modelling on hold for a while. I have certainly been busy today before the plasterer arrives. I removed the coving to save him time, but found the original coving was simply stuck with impact adhesive over the original wallpaper - a real botch-job which turned an easy task into a rather tedious one :(.

Anyway, I digress - a couple of video links this time, with various activities in the summer 1985 season:

https://youtu.be/6SC8sLL1OtA

https://youtu.be/cL2GoKOdShM

Hope you enjoy looking at the videos,

Cheers,
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #138 on: October 23, 2016, 10:51:05 pm »
I certainly did enjoy looking at them!  :thumbsup:

Your scenery is really starting to capture the feel of the location. Excellent work!

Good luck with the bedroom rejuvenation.  :beers:

George
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #139 on: October 24, 2016, 09:54:06 am »
Your layout doesn't look to be portable which, IMO, is a shame as I think it is/will be of exhibition standard.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #140 on: October 24, 2016, 12:31:44 pm »
Hello Mick,

Thanks for the positive comments - exhibitions are a big commitment, moving the layout would require a van, and with work etc I simply don't have the time to attend  them.
The layout could be made to be portable (it will have to be dismantled if/when I move house) as it is sections, but the scenery goes across to avoid unsightly gaps. Maybe when I've taken retirement, but could be a few years yet!

Regards,
Paul

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Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 - Shed Contstruction
« Reply #141 on: December 18, 2016, 08:29:40 pm »
Hello,

I didn't realise it was so long since the last update, to be honest I've not done a lot of modelling as its been very busy with decorating etc going on, plus the usual Christmas arrangements etc (as usual none of these things 100% complete!).

One thing I have been working on is the dis-used loco shed, which is still present at Blair Atholl - I think its used as a storage shed or similar - albeit a little sorry for itself nowadays.
Its not an exact replica, but is based on various photos, a couple of my own and others I have found on line. I've made it a little smaller than the real shed in order to fit the available space.

You can see the progress below. I think the  Ratio corrugated sheets used on the roof may be a little over-scale, but it looks acceptable to me for such a large construction. I of course need to build the vents etc on top of the roof. I've roughly positioned it on the layout, but I will probably need to remove some of the rough grass area in front of the shed to give it enough room. There is certainly enough weeds, scrub and trees around the shed nowadays, but probably not quite as bad 30 years ago, so won't go over the top blending the shed into the scenery.





Its a shame the shed isn't still used for some kind of railway use - such as storing on-track plant - but at least it still stands. The engineer's yard has also been out of use for some years now, but I am sure it will be quite busy with ballast wagons being loaded and other activity on my layout.

Happy Christmas to all on the forum,
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #142 on: December 18, 2016, 08:56:46 pm »
And a merry Christmas to you, Paul.

The shed looks great! It will really add to the authenticity of your cracking layout.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #143 on: December 18, 2016, 09:21:31 pm »
Yes, that boarded up look is very evocative. Lovely bit of modelling.  :thankyousign:
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #144 on: December 21, 2016, 08:08:57 am »
Thanks for the update, great to have you back - shed looks very good so far

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #145 on: January 29, 2017, 11:06:02 pm »
A few photos attached showing recent progress, most of which has been concentrated on building construction.
The old shed is almost finished now - perhaps a bit more weathering to do! I have removed some of the grassed area, and will blend the shed into its surroundings once its 100% finished. For the purposes of the photos I have put some of the buildings temporarily in position. I will probably drill holes underneath for retro-fitting of lighting.

You may notice a train randomly in the background, it happens to be in the "fiddle yard" behind, but I am missing a part of the back-scene at the moment!













Cheers,
Paul
« Last Edit: January 29, 2017, 11:10:10 pm by Mr PJ, Reason: Adding extra photo »

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #146 on: January 29, 2017, 11:27:26 pm »
Looking great! Station building instantly recognizable.

Thanks for the update!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #147 on: January 30, 2017, 09:53:39 am »
Great update, the station is looking great - I hope the facilities maintenance team are mobilising urgently from Pitlochry to repair the footbridge pillar :)

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #148 on: April 01, 2017, 11:34:41 pm »
Hello,
Another update, a few things taking shape, having gone on a recent "off-fencive". I have made no attempt to try and replicate the wires between fence posts as in N gauge they would be some 2 or more inches in diameter using the smallest diameter thread or brass rod available...

A video attached - maybe not the best quality, which I apologise for -hope to add some photos tomorrow.

« Last Edit: April 02, 2017, 10:45:24 am by Sprintex, Reason: Post modified so video shows in thread »

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #149 on: April 02, 2017, 05:29:40 am »
Wow! :goggleeyes:
That is some superb looking scenery.
I like the way you've tracked the sun across the sky ;)

 

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