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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #60 on: July 08, 2014, 10:49:16 pm »
Southern Region excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon pauses at Claverdon.  The four coach train is in the capable hands of BR Standard 5MT 73068 and comprises two Bulleid coaches and two BR Mk1s (including a Second Open that worked through from Cant Cove ;) ).





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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #61 on: July 09, 2014, 08:48:13 am »
Very nice pictures, John. The BR Standard looks very good at the head of the SR stock. Alas, only their larger cousins in the 75XXX series were, right at the end of WR steam services, used in North Cornwall as, otherwise, I'd be very tempted to have one of them, too!

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #62 on: July 12, 2014, 05:15:55 pm »
I'm not sure what the proper name is for this type of fence but the real location had a simple wire fence to mark the station boundary.  I thought I'd do a quick trial to see if I could make something that looked right.  It uses Plastruct 'L' section 90502 1.6mm styrene and ordinary cotton thread.  I suspect 1.6mm is a bit over scale (would that be 18-inches if scaled up?) but any thinner and I'd struggle to make a hole to get the thread through.



The fence posts need painting and I'll get some grey thread for the wire.  For the mock-up I threaded the cotton before planting the posts, I think it will actually work better if I get the fence posts planted and then thread the wire through; will be easier to get the wire tensioned correctly.

All comments, hints and tips appreciated.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #63 on: July 12, 2014, 05:48:39 pm »
Just a thought, would a single strand of very fine wire look a bit more to scale instead of the thread. That is if you can separate a single strand of wire from an ordinary bit of flex.
Having said that, what you have done looks fine and will be even better painted.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #64 on: July 12, 2014, 05:52:11 pm »
Thanks Port Perran.  I'll give it a try and see how it comes out.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #65 on: July 12, 2014, 06:10:49 pm »
If you paint the posts off-white / grey and the wire grey they will look smaller.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #66 on: July 13, 2014, 03:04:58 pm »
No wire but some painted fence posts.  A bit of grey paint certainly helps.


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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #67 on: July 13, 2014, 05:53:34 pm »
Yes, John. They look smaller already. You could also try, experimentally, dry brushing one with matt black paint on the edges to further 'shrink' them?

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #68 on: July 23, 2014, 09:56:14 pm »
Had a go at putting a strand of wire between the fence posts.  Drilling the holes and threading the wire is going to be a bit of a chore but it is a better solution than thread.



I think I'll need to watch the positioning of the holes, try to keep them consistent and try and keep the wire free from kinks.  The wire will need to be painted too but I think it is a reasonable solution. 

Happy to hear comments and suggestions as always.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #69 on: July 23, 2014, 10:07:07 pm »
The finished ones to the right look very good, John. Alas, the SR used 5 wires strung between the concrete posts. . .

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #70 on: July 23, 2014, 10:35:04 pm »
The finished ones to the right look very good, John. Alas, the SR used 5 wires strung between the concrete posts. . .

Yes, I should have more wires between the posts (five does look about right) but I'm not sure my eyesight or patience are up to the task.  However, if I feel up to it I might try adding a third row.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #71 on: July 23, 2014, 11:22:31 pm »
Hi John, if you can manage three strands of wire, I think that will be enough. I cannot remember how many the GWR / WR used but I think it was only four. I don't know why the SR went for five but I'm planning to try at least a short length of SR wire and post fencing at the front of Cant Cove. I remember someone recommended old guitar strings.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #72 on: July 24, 2014, 07:38:29 am »
Looks good.
How about a young spotter standing on the lower strand watching the trains go by.
I must have spent hours doing that in my early years !
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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #73 on: July 24, 2014, 08:20:30 am »
Looks good.
How about a young spotter standing on the lower strand watching the trains go by.
I must have spent hours doing that in my early years !

Great idea, Martin.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #74 on: July 24, 2014, 01:25:46 pm »
I nearly bought some Graham Farish train spotters a couple of weeks ago but decided against it.  If my local shop still has the figures in stock I'll buy some at the weekend.

After I'd decided against the 1:148 scale figures the friend who I'd dragged around the model shop announced with a big smile, "I've got you a present," and proudly presented me with some Bachman 1:76 scale train spotter figures...

No idea what I'll do with them but at least the thought was there.  Maybe I'll have an invasion of giant train spotters (sounds like a very bad B-movie) ;)

 

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