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Author Topic: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986  (Read 13289 times)

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #60 on: March 12, 2016, 09:35:53 am »
Hello Chris,
Thanks for the kind comments. Other than PVA and wallpaper paste all the materials I'm using for the base for the scenery are totally free. And the good thing is the majority of them are old packaging materials etc would only of gone to land-fill if I hadn't re-used them on the layout, at least I can get some satisfaction from reducing its carbon footprint very slightly.

I've tried to avoid the temptation of any really high mountains close to the track as it wouldn't be in keeping with the area. I am looking forward to going up for another site visit later this year, though I will be waiting until its a bit warmer being a soft southerner!

Regards,
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #61 on: March 12, 2016, 09:47:44 am »
Hi Paul, thanks for your reply. I have used polystyrene packing pellets (free) to build up the scenery on Cant Cove to avoid them going as landfill, too. By gluing them together with white glue I can get a light but strong shape which is easy to curve and build slopes from, as required. It is time-consuming but satisfying. The resultant section of scenery is then covered with sand-free tiling grout before painting and grassing, etc. I'm pleased with what I've been able to complete so far. I've also used insulation tiling as sheets and pieces, too, which did cost but the off-cuts have also been used for scenic sections.

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Chris

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #62 on: March 12, 2016, 10:05:20 am »
There is nothing quite like the highlands in winter Paul.. just wrap up warm... very warm! :D

Cheers
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #63 on: March 13, 2016, 07:53:51 pm »
Good evening,

A couple of updates of work which I managed to fit in over the weekend (although with the first nice, sunny weather of the year I've been out most of the time).

Banvie Burn (tributory to the River Garry)
Banvie Burn (tributory to the River Garry)

I have not quite finished the North end of the layout as I need to find some pictures of the road overbridge, and once I've put the bridge in place, I will build up the scenery around it. The newspaper layer is going well, and might even get round this evening to a coat of powder paint. This will be an earthy colour, in case there are any patches not covered by scatter materials.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2016, 11:38:11 am »
Good morning,

I've actually started to make reasonable progress with the scenery. I just need to get a suitable supply of grass (not from shady characters sitting on their own in a corner of the pub may I emphasise  :goggleeyes:!).

I am slowly finishing off control panel No.3 and once done I will start wiring up the tortoise point motors to it. However, I find the scenic work more enjoyable. The Tilt Bridge is a real challenge - it won't be 100% to scale - perhaps a few scale feet shorter than the prototype, but I think it should be good enough to capture the characture of the original. I am making decorative stone entrance arches from plasticard, but they are slowly coming on well.
Platforms being built up from card
Platforms being built up from card
Checking how the Tilt Bridge will fit in.
Checking how the Tilt Bridge will fit in.
The first railway on Mars?
The first railway on Mars?
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #65 on: March 20, 2016, 11:41:10 am »
This is starting to look seriously good.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #66 on: March 20, 2016, 12:10:39 pm »
Excellent progress: slow, steady, and looking very good, particularly the excellent station building.

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #67 on: March 20, 2016, 12:46:43 pm »
Impressive work. I think the Tilt bridge is going to look amazing :thumbsup:

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #68 on: March 20, 2016, 02:11:06 pm »
Bubble wrap as a scenic base? Impressive!

Coming along a treat. Look forward to your next update.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #69 on: March 20, 2016, 10:06:52 pm »
Hi,
Thanks to you all for the kind comments. It has been fairly slow progress so far- getting the trackwork and points to be reliable is time consuming, but important. Now there are going to be a lot of buildings to construct -I will concentrate on those that are railway related first.
There's a Highland goods shed, and an old steam shed - both sadly disused, plus signal-box to think about next, before I look at the Atholl Arms Hotel. I won't be able to build the entirety of this due to lack of room.

As for the bubble wrap, the only area where the shape of the bubble wrap shows through very much is in the bottom picture. I think this is the newspaper layer becoming too damp due to too much wallpaper paste. I may apply a further layer of paper (cut into triangles) to reduce this, although it doesn't show too much anyway once scenic materials have been added.
Thanks,
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #70 on: March 20, 2016, 10:14:04 pm »
So glad you're putting the Atholl Arms Hotel in there, even if it is in reduced form! Really looking forward to this!  :beers:

George
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #71 on: March 20, 2016, 10:22:40 pm »
Hello George,
I am looking forward to paying another visit myself to the Atholl Arms, perhaps in May. I might well book a night there, as although its fairly pricey I can spend an evening in the bar without having to worry about missing the last train :beers:
Regards
Paul

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #72 on: March 21, 2016, 11:04:00 am »
Looking really good Paul, nice sweeping track curves - great progress

Cheers,
Andrew

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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #73 on: March 26, 2016, 04:39:32 pm »
Hello,

Just a quick photo of recent developments -  I am applying a base layer of flock in order to terra-form the martian looking landscape - this will be followed by a layer of Woodlands scenic materials and even perhaps (inspired by the results achieved by Shaun's model of Georgemas Junction on this forum) may experiment with some static grass.

The Tilt Bridge is taking shape, and even if I say so myself am quite pleased with how its looking. I've roughly put it in place (still some side walls etc to complete, plus detail on the lattice girders) for a photo shoot with 47541 crossing.
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Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
« Reply #74 on: March 26, 2016, 05:12:54 pm »
What a superb looking bridge! :heart2:

 

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