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Author Topic: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire  (Read 74479 times)

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Offline Chris in Prague

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #75 on: July 25, 2014, 02:56:18 pm »
I'm sure if you put those 00 Gauge trainspotters on eBay you'll be able to sell them and, maybe, get enough to buy some N Gauge ones! 8-)

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #76 on: September 07, 2014, 08:56:16 pm »
Made some more progress on Claverdon this weekend.

Simple pair of brackets to hold the main part of the back scene in place.  At some point I hope I can find something a little neater but these will do for now and were nice and cheap.



The "North" end back scene has also been fixed in place and the landscape at that end is starting to take shape.  Eventually the road will disappear over the crest of the hill.




I've also added a bit of an embankment next to the ramp.




At the "South" end of the station I've done some more work on the wire fence.  The paint on the fence posts needs touching up and the copper wire needs painting too but I'm quite pleased with the effect.  I did wonder whether to bother with the wire and just do the fence posts but I think it looks better with the wire.








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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #77 on: September 08, 2014, 07:54:52 am »
Excellent progress, John. Keep those pictures coming, please.

What did you use for the excellent grass grass on the embankment?

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #78 on: September 08, 2014, 01:26:51 pm »
What did you use for the excellent grass grass on the embankment?

Thanks Chris,

From memory, once I cut the celotex insulation board to shape I airbrushed a coat or two of Tamiya brown acrylic paint (possibly deck brown).  I can't remember which scatter I used but I know it is a combination of two colours; yellow and green with more green than yellow.  The painted surface was coated in Copydex before gentley scattering the scatter.

That's about it, I have to say I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

If I can, I'll try and find out what brand of scenic scatter I used but I mixed it up and stored it in an old jam jar so the packaging has probably long since gone in the bin!  :sorrysign:

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #79 on: September 08, 2014, 02:21:46 pm »
Thanks, John. I wanted a similar effect for the grassy area behind the loco. shed which, currently is painted a Humbrol Matt Brown colour.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #80 on: September 08, 2014, 10:01:46 pm »
After I posted my last update I realised I didn't have a picture of the "finished" article, so here it is:



I had some lichen which came as part of a job lot of scenic bits and bobs, most of it was too squashed to use but I've used some of it to cover the gap between the back scene and the ground.


Since then, I've touched up the white bits of the fence posts and given the wire a coat of grey paint.




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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #81 on: September 08, 2014, 10:05:49 pm »
Very nice, John. The finished fence really looks excellent. I'm going to try something similar at Cant Cove along the railway embankment above the beach.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #82 on: September 17, 2014, 09:27:41 pm »
Had some unusual visitors to my layout at the weekend; a Dapol Pannier tank in London Transport livery, a Trix V200 and a Graham Farish BR Class 14 diesel hydraulic in weathered green.



Not your usual day on a Warwickshire branch line as a German V200 diesel hydraulic hauls a short train of BR Mk1 coaches;



I was very impressed with the V200; it seemed like a quality piece of kit with brass gears.  Initially it seemed a bit stiff but a quick clean of the wheels and a drop of oil soon had it running smoothly.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #83 on: September 17, 2014, 09:40:36 pm »
Interesting visitors indeed !
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 #84 on: September 18, 2014, 05:59:33 am »
Those Minitrix locos. were really superb examples of German engineering. My original layout had a Class 27 (before the Class 42 was available) and a Class 42 'Warship' and they were superb runners and highly reliable; as was my Class 35 Peco body kit on a Fleischmann chassis. I have a later Minitrix Class 47 in InterCity livery awaiting DCC fitting at Wickness (it's at the end of the priority line) and am tempted to buy a Minitix Class 42 in BR Blue!

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #85 on: September 18, 2014, 06:58:00 am »
I was very impressed with the V200; it seemed like a quality piece of kit with brass gears.  Initially it seemed a bit stiff but a quick clean of the wheels and a drop of oil soon had it running smoothly.
A Roco V200 was my first ever N-gauge loco, picked up on a business trip to Florence of all places! (Other people bring back leather goods or Florentine candies, but not me.) It's a handsome engine, and if you have UK diesel-hydraulics, the critical role of the V200 in their history is a good enough excuse to buy one. Indeed, you don't have to stretch Rule 1 too far to invent a scenario where (loading gauge ignored) the Western Region of BR hired a DB V200 for exploratory test runs in the late 50s before ordering their own UK-built equivalents!

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #86 on: September 18, 2014, 07:09:08 am »
Lookin' good.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #87 on: September 21, 2014, 05:22:23 pm »

I've realised that there are only a few weeks until I have to show my layout so I need to at least finish off the basics.  Main area that needs attention is this corner which is where the road at the North end of the station goes over the brow of the hill.



The landscape is starting to take shape.  Needs a little more filler to smooth out the contours.






Of course I "had" to run a couple of trains, both recent arrivals from Cant Cove via Prague.

D6224 in weathered condition on a short train of TTA tanks.


And large Prarie 6100 on a short, fitted goods train in front of the new grassy bank.


This is what the bank looked like at the start of the weekend.

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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #88 on: September 21, 2014, 05:37:56 pm »
Thanks for the photos. Making very good progress, John, with the scenery. Nice to see D6324 and 6100 looking well at home. (I simply had more Class 22s and 61XXs than I need for my Working Timetable and I'd much rather they go to someone who will run them regularly.)

Are those also two of my former duplicate wagons behind 6100? 8-)
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Re: Claverdon-ish in Warwickshire
« Reply #89 on: September 21, 2014, 06:24:59 pm »
I really like the Class 22s. Excellent machines and great models.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Trepol Bay :
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=1392
Port Perran :
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=1004

 

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