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Author Topic: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986  (Read 13288 times)

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #45 on: February 28, 2016, 07:07:00 pm »
That looks great.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #46 on: February 28, 2016, 09:09:46 pm »
The station building looks like an excellent model, Paul. The trackwork is pretty impressive, too.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #47 on: February 28, 2016, 10:44:47 pm »
Good to see such progress being made, and the station building looks like it will be a cracker :thumbsup:

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2016, 10:58:06 pm »
Thanks for the kind comments.
Its lucky I like scratch building, as all structures (except one PW hut, perhaps!) need to be built from scratch for this layout. I will use textured plasticard for all the buildings, as I think -even in 2mm scale - texture adds a lot to buildings
At last I feel things are beginning to take shape. I have got the ballasting out of the way, I always find that the time spent painting the rail sides is wasted as it all gets chipped off when I remove excess ballast from the running rails! Perhaps I do things wrong somewhere, but it seems to look okay in the end, which is the main thing.
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #49 on: February 28, 2016, 11:32:37 pm »
 :hellosign: nice work &  :greatpicturessign: thanks for the updates
regards Derek.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #50 on: February 29, 2016, 08:14:49 am »
Good morning Paul, I will also have to scratchbuild most of the buildings, especially the station building, for Cant Cove and wondered which textured plasticard you use for your buildings as mine are also stone-built?

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #51 on: February 29, 2016, 12:16:22 pm »
Hello Chris,

The walls are Slater's Medium stone courses (the small courses are too small for my purposes). I also use their dressed stone, and may have to use random stone (both 2mm scale) for some structures.

The roofs are packs by ratio as the tiles look a lot more prototypical to me. They also do stone walling sheets which are very good for retaining walls and bridges etc.

Cheers
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #52 on: February 29, 2016, 12:31:27 pm »
Many thanks, Paul. I've not, yet, bought and tried any Slater's stone courses. I think the medium will also be best for me for the station building but will also have a look at the small courses, and their dressed and random stone (both 2mm scale) for some other structures.

I am familiar though with the Ratio roof sheets, (as well as their other plastic sheets), and have plenty of these. I also have some large German N Scale stone walling sheets, bought locally.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #53 on: February 29, 2016, 01:06:37 pm »
Have you seen this? I know it is Orribly Oversize but it may contain some useful information..

http://www.blairatholl-drumochter.co.uk/

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Mark

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #54 on: March 03, 2016, 10:50:00 am »
Hi Paul,

Nice work, my eventual layout will be located a bit further south around Gleneagles/Auchterarder, but I know this part of the world well - Dunkeld has to be one of the prettiest stations around.  My better half works for the EA and has spent the best part of 5 years trying to get SSE to put more water down the Garry, so I look forward to seeing you model this (though in the period you are modelling, it will still show up as a trickle in a dried up river bed!)

Look forward to seeing your updates

Cheers,
Andrew

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #55 on: March 03, 2016, 12:53:35 pm »
Hello,

The OO version of Blair Atholl does indeed have a good website, quite useful - but I just wish I could get hold of some of the building measurements they used! The standard of building is pretty awesome, but I am sure I can get away with a few inaccuracies in N... :-[

As for the Garry - more water would be great - it looks a bit sad at the moment with lots of grey rocks and a trickle of water. I am sure even in the 1980s there was more of a flow than there is now.
Auchterarder and Gleneagles also both nice areas, although a more intensive train service. Looking forward to seeing your layout when its started Andrew.
Regards,
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #56 on: March 11, 2016, 09:25:39 pm »
Good evening,

I've made a little bit of progress on the scenery, the ballasting is complete now, but I must confess I have to wire up all the point motors for the second storage yard, might do a few of them this weekend. But I enjoy the scenic side most of all, and it will nice to see a bit of greenery at last.

I have mainly used a card framework covered in my favourite bubble wrap, which will get a covering of newspaper cut into triangles pasted over the top before the grass is applied. I might experiment with some static grass. I suppose we all have to move forward with new ideas, rather than just remain static :D
For the more hilly areas I have used some polystyrene blocks, or even old foam to provide a bit of height. I have also had to cut a few centimetres out of the baseboard frame so that I could represent the bridge north of Blair Atholl where the B8079 passes underneath the railway (in reality a couple of miles from the station, but I've had to condense things a little!)
Tilt Bridge takes shape
Tilt Bridge takes shape
The route North to Drumochter
The route North to Drumochter
B8079 under-bridge
B8079 under-bridge
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #57 on: March 11, 2016, 09:49:53 pm »
That's coming along very nicely. I'm really enjoying following this project as it evokes fond memories of the lunch I had at Blair Atholl a few years ago.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2016, 09:59:23 pm »
Looking good.
I always enjoy the "under construction" photos.
Keep up the good work.
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #59 on: March 12, 2016, 09:09:47 am »
Thanks for the detailed description and photos. of the scenery under construction. It's already developing a 'Highlands' look. Interesting to see that you're using a combination of cheap easily available materials.

 

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