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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #225 on: August 26, 2017, 06:52:57 am »
I also think the water effect is superb. How did you achieve it, please?


The water effect is Woodlands Scenics Realistic Water, but please ensure that you have sealed around the edges, this is the most important step as Realistic water is Very thin (low viscosity) and will disappear through the tiniest gap.
When I first poured the lock basin half a bottle disappeared into the bowels of the layout overnight. Another Tenner down the drain, but that’s the story of railway modelling I suppose.

Originally I tried to make the two areas of water scale depth of 4 ft i.e. 8mm, this was NOT a good idea as it means that pouring at the recommended rate of 1/8 inch (3mm) at a time led to shrinkage. Post here http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=26446.msg397193#msg397193

I eventually realised that this was not necessary and then put a topping of two layers of 2mm card over the original pour with the top side painted a suitable murky green/brown. This left me with just one pour of 2mm and the result is what you now see, I think the surface ripple is a result of the long drying time and large surface area as I did nothing to encourage a ripple in the surface it just ‘happened’.

There are a couple of scratches in the surface of the lower basin so I will need to pour a thin layer over this area to hide them. You can see them in the last picture in post #222. Lesson No.1, never brush debris from a smooth surface always use a vacuum.

Realistic Water never seems to set hard and will deform over time so if you put anything on top of it such as a waterline model boat it will gradually sink. My recommendation would be to set the boats at the correct height before pouring, but my solution will be to drill a couple of pillars through the ‘Water’ down into the base layer end sit the boats on top of these.

Sorry another long answer to a short question. Almost a tutorial.
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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #226 on: August 26, 2017, 07:07:11 am »
Lightweight layout update 26th August 2017 No.37

Just a couple of pics with a short empty train waiting for a barge to appear. Or maybe the barge just left with a load on board!





I only added these because I like the way the light sparkles off the water.






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« Reply #227 on: August 26, 2017, 07:10:30 am »
Absolutely no need to apologise, it was a very informative answer, and I've bookmarked your thread to refer to when I start on my gravel pit.

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« Reply #228 on: August 26, 2017, 07:17:40 am »
Agreed, an excellent tutorial, it's the little tips that make all the difference especially with water where most probably haven't do it before. Nice pics too.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #229 on: August 26, 2017, 09:07:41 am »
Absolutely no need to apologise, it was a very informative answer, and I've bookmarked your thread to refer to when I start on my gravel pit.

Graham.

Seconded! Many thanks for your comprehensive and informative answer to my question. Woodlands Scenics Realistic Water is one of the options I'm currently considering for the expanses of water at Cant Cove. (One of the last major scenic tasks after I've added the beach sand, Chinchilla Dust -- when I can find the bag!)

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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #230 on: August 26, 2017, 09:09:20 am »
Thank you, too, for the excellent set of photos. of the NCB Class 14 and NCB mineral wagons. (I once had these but sold them on, some years ago.) I too, really like the reflections and waves on the water area.

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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #231 on: August 26, 2017, 10:19:31 am »
Chinchilla Dust -- when I can find the bag!)

First you catch a Chincilla in the bag, and then hoover off the dust :)

Note to self. Always chose the dustiest Chinchilla you can find.

For those that didn't know Chinchilla dust is very very fine sand and can be bought from pet stores. It is excellent for a base coat of N gauge rough surfaces (tarmac etc) or for a model beach.


Can I, by way of this reply aknowledge all of you who have posted 'Thank you' and/or replied to my posts.
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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #232 on: August 26, 2017, 10:32:20 am »
Mate, you're welcome. Your layout is coming on a treat.  :thumbsup: :beers:
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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #233 on: August 26, 2017, 11:30:48 am »
Colin, Please give me a buzz and I will get SWMBO to bring me over with my paints to help with the backscene.

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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #234 on: August 26, 2017, 02:59:02 pm »
Colin, Please give me a buzz and I will get SWMBO to bring me over with my paints to help with the backscene.
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We'll catch up when the holiday break is over, I need to formulate a final plan for how the backscene should look.
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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #235 on: September 06, 2017, 11:38:57 am »
Lightweight layout update 6th September 2017 No.38

The front L/H corner has always been for a station building on an over bridge. To this end the first attempt (and maybe only attempt) is to kit bash the Metcalf footbridge kit PN-136 and Country station PN-137.

So this is how it is going.

This is where it will sit.



I have cut to the shape of the gap a piece of 40thou plasticard to build the booking hall section of the station, with the footbridge with cut away the rear glazed wall.





Remove gable ends of booking hall and add an up stand to support the clerestory.



Construct clerestory using the bits from the back wall of the footbridge.



Pop on a flat roof for now as I need to build a pitched roof later.






The two end parts of the station kit, the stationmasters house and parcels office will be built with flat roofs and set in a straight line along the footbridge edge. The front canopy is still in the design stage.

If I had 6 years I don’t think I could match @rogerdB ‘s Wrenton
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« Reply #236 on: September 06, 2017, 03:54:35 pm »
Colin,
That is ingenious. Looking really well. Can't wait to see the end product.
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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #237 on: September 29, 2017, 05:20:36 pm »
Lightweight layout update 29th September 2017 No.39

Station and forecourt near enough finished, as always the camera will show all flaws so along with capping the roof parapets little bit of additional tidying up to do.











This one is a bit out of focus, but I reckon that some cast iron (or plastruct) columns are needed under here.




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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #238 on: September 29, 2017, 09:35:51 pm »
That looks pretty damned good, Colin :thumbsup:

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Re: Ensbourne
« Reply #239 on: September 29, 2017, 10:55:01 pm »
Brilliant kit bash!   :thumbsup:
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