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Offline keithbythe sea

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2016, 06:53:36 pm »
I agree about the scenery Martin. I just hope that I can reach your standard on Trepol Bay. :worried:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #46 on: December 05, 2016, 04:03:36 pm »
Time for an update.

Rock construction has started.

Basic construction is cardboard formers with plaster bandage over:





I then apply a layer of plaster over the bandage:



A layer of grey matt emulsion is applied once the plaster is dry. I don't worry too much at this stage how well the grey covers.





Then I try and get artistic with various acrylic washes in an attempt to get some realistic looking rock faces





And finally whilst waiting for plaster and paint to dry I have had my first ever attempt at ballasting...



Thanks for looking.

Comments and suggestions always welcome :)

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2016, 04:16:27 pm »
The rock faces are looking good.
My only concern is if a loco derails somewhere near where that blue wagon is. Tis a long way to the floor from there! Or.....will there be a fence?
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2016, 04:35:57 pm »
Thanks for the feedback.

I'm thinking about having the rock face go higher than currently built. May well put a fence on top of that but probably not sturdy enough to catch an expensive engine. So maybe the rock option is the cheapest solution :worried:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #49 on: December 07, 2016, 09:35:24 am »
Keith, the cliffs look great and well done on the ballasting.

How do the loco's cope with the gradients?

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #50 on: December 08, 2016, 05:48:12 pm »
Thanks Andrew.

I'm not sure about the cliff colour at the moment. I'm going to try a different base colour on a different section and have a deep and meaningful think about it (probably involving red wine). Hopefully this weekend once the Christmas decs are up.

There's more work to do on the ballasting but pleased with my first efforts. Still reading many threads extolling the virtues of ballasting early versus late.  :confused1:

I have a maximum gradient of about 3%. My Hymek and Class 22 cope OK with the Lima tankers that I have. These are quite heavy but I don't plan to run long rakes up and down to the quarry.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #51 on: December 18, 2016, 04:57:11 pm »
Just a quick short update.

Been forming more rock faces and playing with textures colours and effects. I almost have a (very small) section nearly finished. I will post some pictures when I have made a bit more progress.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #52 on: December 18, 2016, 08:05:47 pm »
Nearly completed two kits that I originally bought last century.

This is a Faller kit. Sonmel seems to have the ability to import and store natural gas. Whilst we have no coal, gas powered locos anyone  :confused1:

One of those cheap figures has turned up inspecting the safety gear at the top.



This is a Ratio kit of oil storage tanks together with a workmen's hut.



Both kits need to be weathered in (still practicing my weathering, not got the skill to have a go on the real thing yet).  :worried:

Finally made a start on the big scenery:




Great choice of energy supply company ;)

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #53 on: December 19, 2016, 04:42:24 pm »
"Great choice of energy supply company ;)"

The kit came with a choice of them or "the Dutch mob" for branding. Since my wife used to work for this lot the choice was easy. She was pleased that it was the "proper" logo too.  :claphappy:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #54 on: December 19, 2016, 05:03:03 pm »
Think that I have finally ended up with something that is beginning to look OK....

Clean rocks with a test haul of fuel up to the quarry:


Tunnel lining and some ballast in place (congratulatory note to self that I did most of the ballasting before the tunnel lining was placed)


And the first greenery has appeared:




Apologies for the quality of the last photos, lighting not brilliant in the man cave today.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #55 on: December 19, 2016, 05:25:44 pm »
Very nice work, Keith. Thanks for the photos. Eventually, I will also try to treat my dark grey rocks like yours which look excellent.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #56 on: December 19, 2016, 05:42:03 pm »
Thanks Chris. The formula I have ended up with is very cheap matt grey emulsion as a base coat. it's then a very artistic (as an engineer I struggle with that bit) dry brush with mainly white acrylic with the odd bit of dry brushed black acrylic.
I experimented with adding white to lighten the grey but that just didn't seem to give the depth I was looking for. I will eventually add some bits of greenery to the less steep bits.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #57 on: December 19, 2016, 05:54:50 pm »
Thanks, Keith. I have to confess that my cliffs and rock faces are painted with tinlets of Humbrol enamel 'Panzer Grey' bought locally. I plan to drybrush with an enamel light grey then a matt black but I will experiment, next month on a section of the estuary cliffs. I will also add some greenery after I'm happy with the final surface finish.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #58 on: January 06, 2017, 03:13:53 pm »
Had a break from rocks and grass over Christmas and New Year.

I bought myself one of these back in the summer:



Construction started after some detail painting. I love this model construction progress:

Q, "Had a good time in the man cave this morning?"
A. "Amazing, painted 35 windows in less than 2 hours"
Next day
Q. "How did it go this morning?"
A. " Steady. Installed and glazed 35 windows in about 3 hours"
If only things were like that in the prototype world.  :D

This is where we are now:





The tanker will just fit. Therefore open mineral wagons will have plenty of clearance.

Still got the access ladders and walkways to install. Waiting for paint to dry.


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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #59 on: January 06, 2017, 05:37:25 pm »
 :hellosign: Keith, looks good your layout.       :thumbs:



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