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Author Topic: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout  (Read 5687 times)

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #90 on: November 02, 2017, 08:02:08 am »
North Watford has passenger access up the ramp and as you are thinking, there's a small bus shelter style waiting area.

Here's a photo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Watford#/media/File:Watford_North_entrance.jpg

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #91 on: November 09, 2017, 09:03:44 pm »
I am lost in a world of card kits, sitting building them with STar Trek NG on in the background. Happy days!

Anyway, couple of pics, the Country station comes with a lovely waiting room for the opposite platform, but it is a bit wide for the island platform, problem solved, it is perfect for the other station. I have ordered the country halt and small country station to do the other 2 stations.

A note on the Footbridges. I tried the Kestrel one (gaugemaster now) and I am very disappointed. It had been around for ages and the moulds are obviously knackered, I spent ages trying to clean up the pieces but they were shocking. The Metcalfe one looks so much better, despite being card. Iam hoping it will look ok painted up with some concrete colours and rusty iron supports but it is a bit naff.












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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #92 on: November 09, 2017, 09:07:11 pm »
North Watford has passenger access up the ramp and as you are thinking, there's a small bus shelter style waiting area.

Here's a photo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Watford#/media/File:Watford_North_entrance.jpg

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Yes, that's the kind of thing. I have ordered the Metcalfe Wayside halt shelter, and I think I will go for that on the platform if it fits, and access to the platform up the end ramp.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #93 on: November 10, 2017, 08:51:59 am »
The station buildings are looking really good. The Metcalfe country station does come up very nicely.

I tried the Kestrel footbridge and thought it didn't look right so abandoned it. The Scenecraft covered footbridge (42-127) works well although costing a lot more than the decent Metcalfe offering.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #94 on: November 10, 2017, 06:51:02 pm »
Just an additional thought. I am aware the buildings are all clean and have the white edges showing. My plan is to get the bulk of them made, then have a session and get rid of the white lines and add a bit of weathering all at the same time so they get the same effect.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #95 on: November 11, 2017, 07:38:05 am »
When building Metcalfe kits, I use watercolour pencils with a fine/sharp tip to lose the white shown in the fold.

I dip the pencil in water just for a moment and carefully  :worried: run down the fold, before assembly.

The Works often do a set of the pencils at a good price.

Gentle dry brushing is suggested if you are weathering the walls and roofs as the card doesn't take kindly to anything close to damp!

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #96 on: November 12, 2017, 09:35:49 pm »
Metcalfe Wayside station, I think this is a newer one as it has lots of lazer cut bits. Particularly liking the BR posters, including HST advert.




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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #97 on: November 13, 2017, 06:37:32 am »
When building Metcalfe kits, I use watercolour pencils with a fine/sharp tip to lose the white shown in the fold.

I dip the pencil in water just for a moment and carefully  :worried: run down the fold, before assembly.
Everyone will find a different technique that suits them best.  I tend to fold the sections back at 180 degrees and use the side of a dry watercolour pencil to colour the white edges.  When unfolded back to the correct shape, it seems to serve the purpose.
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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #98 on: November 30, 2017, 02:42:17 pm »
Hi there guys an gals

Sorry for the lack of updates. I have spent the last few weeks on my Metcalfe production line, firstly building all the buildings I had, then doing some weathering. Lesson learned, colour in the folds BEFORE building. Not as neat as I would have hoped, but then I like a weathered look anyway, and I have used some weathering to hide my poor attempt at covering the white bits.

I have an electrical question. Having used the layout with my son for a while, I have found that the two mainlines being basically whole, electrically. with the only isolated parts being the passing loops is a bit restrictive. I have great difficulty changing trains from one line to the other as I can only do it when all loco's are in passing loops and isolated, which is a pain.

I am thinking of adding more sections of isolation so I can properly control what is powered when, but the track is all glued down. Is there a good way to split the track? I tried using a cutting disc on a dremel, but it actually left a great clunky gap. I could probably slide rail joiners out, but would struggle to get insulated ones back in as they have the pip in the middle.

Any suggestions on either best way to do it, or also, where to put the sections? Track plan has not changed.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #99 on: November 30, 2017, 02:44:20 pm »
When building Metcalfe kits, I use watercolour pencils with a fine/sharp tip to lose the white shown in the fold.

I dip the pencil in water just for a moment and carefully  :worried: run down the fold, before assembly.
Everyone will find a different technique that suits them best.  I tend to fold the sections back at 180 degrees and use the side of a dry watercolour pencil to colour the white edges.  When unfolded back to the correct shape, it seems to serve the purpose.


I really wish I had done this. It sounded too fiddly, but I guarantee is less fiddly than trying to do it afterwards. I had a go with watercolours, but that was embarrassing. they are not for me! In the end I plumped for a very fine brush and enamel paints, as I have used them for 30yrs, and used to paint small figures by hand. Shame I have lost some of my talent over the years and was out of practise

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #100 on: November 30, 2017, 04:04:05 pm »
Perhaps careful use of a razor saw may be better than a Dremel type cutter and just leave the very small gap in place of a standard IRJ?

I'm sure other folk have done a similar job to the one you want to do and reported on it on the Forum so hope better advice will follow.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #101 on: November 30, 2017, 08:10:45 pm »
Rather than a razor saw I'd use Xuron cutters myself as they give an instant and clean cut. To avoid any possible expansion in the rails  fill the gap with a sliver of plasticard or similar.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #102 on: December 07, 2017, 09:26:01 pm »
Ok, here are some pics of the buildings so far. White lines covered up, and the platforms have had walls added and the edges painted white. With the Metcalfe platform, painting the edge white seems to make a huge difference. Pretty pleased with the result anyway, next I HAVE to get on with some proper scenery.




















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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #103 on: December 07, 2017, 09:29:37 pm »
Those sweeping curves look smashing and I look forward to a vid sometime of trains running round them.

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Re: Beattie Road, 70's to 90's Attic scenic layout
« Reply #104 on: December 07, 2017, 09:31:52 pm »
Those sweeping curves look smashing and I look forward to a vid sometime of trains running round them.

Thanks, and crikey, ok, I will have to find out how to host that. I am guessing I can't host vid on here? I haven't uploaded any vids since Bucket fail threw their toys out of the pram!

 

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