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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #60 on: July 19, 2016, 08:48:14 am »
Thanks folks.  :)

Reminds me a bit of Gatwick.  I was once (a long long time ago) allowed in the box to play with the trains..  Class 73 - Down Fast across to down slow through the station then back out to down fast.  Just because I could...

Very lucky!  I bet that put a big smile on your face.  :D  This will have the GatEx flying through as a regular visitor, as I already have a GatEx train ready to put on the tracks.

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #61 on: July 24, 2016, 12:38:24 pm »
This looks terrible, despite the work involved changing these buffers!  LOL

These are normal Peco buffers, but I sanded off the 'wooden blocks' on the cross beam, fitted and cut two Code 40 rails on each, then sanded again and first coat of paint (red to be done again). The sand is currently drying, so when it's dry I'll add some colour to make it look weathered.


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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #62 on: July 24, 2016, 12:55:38 pm »
I think it looks fine. Especially when the sand has dried and its weathered down.
Don't forget that the camera will highlight any imperfections and, of course, we are all self critical of our own work.
Looks good to me though.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #63 on: July 24, 2016, 01:01:00 pm »
I think it looks fine. Especially when the sand has dried and its weathered down.
Don't forget that the camera will highlight any imperfections and, of course, we are all self-critical of our own work.
Looks good to me, though.

I fully agree with Martin. At normal viewing distance it will look fine.

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #64 on: July 24, 2016, 01:55:44 pm »
Thanks gents.  I guess it's easy to be over critical of our own work!  :)  Once the sand is toned down it will certainly help.

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #65 on: July 24, 2016, 02:21:21 pm »
I've been recommended to use the following for colouring my ballast, Chris:

Citadel Shade - Agrax Earthshade (to dilute as a 'wash')
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And their 'Nuln Oil' black! The 'Earthshade' is brown. In both cases, I was advised to experiment with dilution and multiple layers to darken/lighten the effect.

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #66 on: July 24, 2016, 03:49:17 pm »
Thanks Chris.  I'm trying out the washes from Humbrol.  Seem very good to me - just expensive.

Have had a go at weathering and am happy with it.  Would love to hear what other members think so far?  Will add some weeds and a bush next I think.


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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #67 on: July 24, 2016, 04:10:35 pm »
Thanks Chris.  I'm trying out the washes from Humbrol.  Seem very good to me - just expensive.

Have had a go at weathering and am happy with it.  Would love to hear what other members think so far?  Will add some weeds and a bush next I think.



Looks very good, Chris. Will be even better with those weeds and a small bush.

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #68 on: July 24, 2016, 04:27:08 pm »
Yes, weeds and small bushes will add to the feel.
How about a few oil deposits between the tracks ?
And a wavy bit of thin wire (with outer insulation painted dark) to represent some piping along the side of one of the tracks ?
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #69 on: July 24, 2016, 09:56:59 pm »
Looks fantastic.  Love those buffer stops.  Watching a thread like this really makes me feel like sticking all my rolling stock on eBay and splurging on a load of NSE stock myself :D

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #70 on: July 25, 2016, 12:43:42 am »
It's coming on a treat a few weeds and you will have cracked it.
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #71 on: July 25, 2016, 09:56:42 am »
Rather than Humbrol washes - why not make your own. 

Keep an eye out in Lidl and such like for cheap boxes of artists acrylics or watercolours.  Once thinned down with water they work as perfectly good and cheap washes. 

You could try the tiniest touch of soap in the mix to breakdown surface tension but do a quick test first to make sure the soap doesn't react with the ballast and turn the ballast green..
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #72 on: July 26, 2016, 11:05:20 am »
Yes, weeds and small bushes will add to the feel.
How about a few oil deposits between the tracks ?
And a wavy bit of thin wire (with outer insulation painted dark) to represent some piping along the side of one of the tracks ?

Weeds will be plonked on today, and good idea about oil.  Amazon to the rescue....oil coloured paint on the way! :)  The wire is also good.

Looks fantastic.  Love those buffer stops.  Watching a thread like this really makes me feel like sticking all my rolling stock on eBay and splurging on a load of NSE stock myself :D

What a compliment!  Thank you so much. :thumbsup:  I can't wait to get my multiple units on there.....but not until it's almost complete.  :)

Rather than Humbrol washes - why not make your own. 

Keep an eye out in Lidl and such like for cheap boxes of artists acrylics or watercolours.  Once thinned down with water they work as perfectly good and cheap washes. 

You could try the tiniest touch of soap in the mix to breakdown surface tension but do a quick test first to make sure the soap doesn't react with the ballast and turn the ballast green..

A great idea, but I have two issues with this... one is the time.  I don't get the time to travel to a model/art shop, let alone do much to the layout.  15 minutes here and there - although I'm on annual leave this week, so taking advantage!  :D  Secondly, I'm colour blind, so all of the effort I'd make into creating a colour may look completely wrong to others!   ;D

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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #73 on: July 26, 2016, 11:46:37 am »
Ok... so all those toothpaste tubes you love are actually green and brown?  :D ;)
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #74 on: March 30, 2017, 12:07:18 pm »
Any update on this Tank?  It'd be nice to see some NSE inspiration for my layout!

 

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