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Author Topic: what are people doing on their layout right now  (Read 309786 times)

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2715 on: May 20, 2018, 09:26:57 pm »
Next week fencing...

Épées at dawn, eh?

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2716 on: May 23, 2018, 08:48:40 pm »
Not actually on a layout, but this week I har mostly been weathering some already factory weathered Dapol 20T mineral wagons and creating some lift out wagons loads. All that's left is for me to vent my spleen on the coal which @dannyboy very kindly sent to me from Ireland and to carefully mound it up on the 2mm thick card used to make them.
Full gory details to come when they are completed.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2717 on: May 24, 2018, 04:02:17 pm »
Now annoying the hell out of/getting revenge on my neighbours by having at the coal with a hammer in a noisy, and very messy, fashion >:D :D

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2718 on: May 24, 2018, 04:07:15 pm »
I hope you're doing that hammering away from the layout, Mick, or you'll be hoovering like mad for a week or more! :doh:

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2719 on: May 24, 2018, 04:17:51 pm »
Running my Poppylino into the fiddle yard on the up line and back out on the down line into the fiddle yard and back out on the up line it’s just so beautifull watching it snaking through the yard points and then back out on the scenic section again .
I just love it .
But I still like my G W R Steam and Diesel locos as well .
I really am a rule one man, and I just can’t wait to get the Revolution APT-E and the Union Mills City of Truro IF Colin does make it.
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2720 on: May 24, 2018, 04:51:28 pm »
Still wiring up second of three baseboards. Hoped to get it finished by wiring up Seeps this week but garden chores delayed it. (Sleeping in the sun!!).
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2721 on: May 24, 2018, 04:55:24 pm »
I hope you're doing that hammering away from the layout, Mick, or you'll be hoovering like mad for a week or more! :doh:

Dave G

I tried putting some smaller lumps into some kitchen roll and then into a polythene bag but everything just split and, yes, it did go a fair distance around the dining table. (I wonder why I  live alone?:hmmm:)
Having done the cryptic crossword in the Saturday Fail newspaper I then put everything between the folded newspaper and that worked a treat. Let's face it, I don't read the paper anyway. It provides me with a decent crossword to solve, a Weekend mag with TV listings and that's all. The rest of it just raises my blood pressure and makes me angry hence me not reading it any more.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2722 on: May 26, 2018, 04:40:07 pm »
Getting ready to hammer in the golden spike....  Well it will be a Peco track pin, to connect the roundy, roundy bits.
Just got to work out why the elektrikery on the 3rd Diamond crossing isn't working and also solve the problem of why despite trying and making them work , my latest attempt at making 2 points "throw" together is a dismal failure.

I now suspect my old controller doesn't have the "guts" to load the CDU unit.  I have just purchased a Gaugemaster unit for the fiddle yard so some extra 8 metres of wiring and a lot of cursing may solve the problem.

Happy ?  yes cause its Vino time.

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Some days its just not worth gnawing through the straps.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2723 on: May 27, 2018, 12:45:31 pm »
This morning I finished off my little project so here's some evidence of my poor workmanship.
I took 10 of these (paid for by selling some of my Collett coaches) and decided the weathering was merely dust and not much else ::)


Along with some grey and black acrylics (not in the same bottle you understand) and some of these I set to work...




Once I was happy with a really grotty/on their last legs finish I gave them a coat of matt varnish......


The coal loads were made from 2mm thick picture framing card obtained from a shop in Preston £1 for an A4 sheet :D) which was cut to size with a modelling knife, PVA glue applied and crushed real coal spread on it (of which more later). When dry I brushed off any excess, spread some more coal and then went over it again with a ballast mix (50/50 PVA/water with some washing up liquid) applied with an eye dropper. Finally, to avoid getting coal marks everywhere I matt varnished the load too.


To the underside I glued (PVA) a piece of 6mm square plastic and a washer.....


The finished article. I'm not sure the camera has done it justice with a cruel close up as the coal looks more like black sludge than actual coal :-\


Was it worth the exercise? Yes, I enjoyed the weathering although even I would admit to being somewhat heavy handed with it but, in my defence, I did want a very filthy finish and wanted to try out my paints. Sorry, but @dannyboy the coal was not the best idea I've had as it was a pig to break down to somewhere near correct size, was hugely messy and seemed to get where I didn't want it to get and, to be honest, I wouldn't use it on loco bunkers/tenders :no: I'll use packet real coal for those e.g. Peco.
Before anyone shouts "YES - BUT WHAT'S THE WASHER FOR!?" the idea was to use a magnet on a stick (e.g. the extendable Rolson one I have) to lft out the loads so I can run empties/loaded as I desire. The magnet has turned out to be too weak to get through the lacquer/coal/glue and card so is only a partial success. However, with a better magnet it would certainly work. As it is, by pressing on the end where there's a gap in the square plastic the other end lifts up and they can just be picked out of the wagon.
Finally, and to add insult to injury, here's a run past behind Dr Al's excellent Std 4 MT........

https://www.dropbox.com/s/t8hlf1dct1uoguz/Std%204MT%20%2B%20weathered%20Dapol%20minerals.MOV?dl=0


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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2724 on: May 27, 2018, 12:53:11 pm »
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2725 on: May 27, 2018, 01:54:28 pm »
These wagons look very realistic, Mick.  Unlike so many weathered items of stock I've seen.


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And the Standard '4MT' was running very well indeed.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2726 on: May 27, 2018, 02:05:19 pm »
That is indeed great work Mick.
And nice slow, smooth running from the locomotive.
Excellent stuff. 
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2727 on: May 27, 2018, 07:59:32 pm »
I have to agree with the above comments Mick, your weathering has turned out to be pretty good.  :thumbsup: Not sure what you did wrong with the coal, it works perfectly on my open fire and when I fill the bucket up, it looks very realistic!  ;)
« Last Edit: May 27, 2018, 08:00:36 pm by dannyboy »
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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2728 on: May 27, 2018, 08:28:21 pm »
I can't afford a tea strainer, or to get nicked for stealing next door's wife's tights off her washing line so I can only guess there was too much coal dust which became a sludge when wetted with the glue mix. It does actually look better than that cruel shot.................................honest.

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Re: what are people doing on their layout right now
« Reply #2729 on: May 28, 2018, 11:55:48 am »
I can't afford a tea strainer, or to get nicked for stealing next door's wife's tights off her washing line so I can only guess there was too much coal dust which became a sludge when wetted with the glue mix. It does actually look better than that cruel shot.................................honest.

I wouldn't worry too much Mick, if you are modelling the transition years there would be wagons like this which would almost certainly end up in a loco firebox as some depots, particularly freight ones got some real dross in the 1950's and 60's
I have a takeaway box half full of real coal that I crushed some time ago and I shake the box until the dust moves to one side and then pick the size of coal that I want with my fingers - hope this helps

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