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Author Topic: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1970s  (Read 95948 times)

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #60 on: October 04, 2012, 11:14:06 pm »
A SILVER Ford Escort? Pretty cool! :headbang:
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #61 on: October 04, 2012, 11:20:12 pm »
A SILVER Ford Escort? Pretty cool! :headbang:

At the time I was soooo proud! I think it had about 80BHP :drool:

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #62 on: October 04, 2012, 11:22:35 pm »
Have you got a piccy of it? Like to see it, if you have!

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« Reply #63 on: October 04, 2012, 11:37:38 pm »
Have you got a piccy of it? Like to see it, if you have!


I'm afraid I don't, at least not a digital one. It was a brand new company car, which I got with my first job after university. I got in trouble with my boss for putting the 'go faster' stripes on  :'(

But thanks to Google and YouTube here is the TV ad for the very same car - a 1986 Ford Escort (mine was a 1.6GL, which I think meant you got a cassette player not just an am radio!!!)

Enjoy :goggleeyes:

1986 Ford Escort MK4 Advert

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #64 on: October 04, 2012, 11:41:26 pm »
Ah, the Sierra style facelift!

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #65 on: October 04, 2012, 11:43:07 pm »
Ah, the Sierra style facelift!

unfortunately my job wasn't important enough to merit a real Sierra  :(

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #66 on: October 05, 2012, 01:59:22 am »
Some mighty fine trackwork Mike, wish I had the brains to do something like that  :doh: :doh:
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #67 on: October 06, 2012, 08:20:02 pm »
Here is a plan of the fiddle yard section. There is a "depot" area (non working) which can be seen on the right of the image. I have built a Scalescenes shed  which I plan to use to display some of my dad's old locos from the 1970's, which are non working (at least with DCC):

~ Minitrix Britannia
~ Peco Jubilee
~ 2 old Hymek kits with Arnold Chassis
~ A couple of Minitrix Warships


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« Reply #68 on: October 21, 2012, 06:06:30 am »
Ok, time for a progress report. As Chetcombe is located at our weekend house, it doesn't get as much attention as I would like and progress is sometimes slow. The focus over the last 3 or 4 weeks has been on a somewhat random collection of jobs. I have to say I love tinkering with a bit here and a bit there rather than working to a plan. Having said that, it would probably be much more quick and efficient if I tried to follow a master plan...

Anyway here are some recent pictures:



First up are some scenery details - I spent a couple of hours putting in the bushes and trees alongside the mainline above Chetcombe station. I have chosen early autumn to model, so there are a few fall colors to be seen amongst the greens. This area is 'waste' land ie between the railway and a river, so it is quite overgrown.



Next up was to make a few mods to my Dapol HST - seen in the same location as the previous picture. I changed the DCC chip in the power car to a Digitrax DZ125IN and put the old cheapo Bachmann chip into the rear unpowered car. I then used my new Sprog 3 programmer to ensure that the lights of the front and rear car operate in unison and also played around with acceleration and deceleration settings until I was happy - I am starting to enjoy DCC! I also put Dapol light bars into the coaches. Whilst I had the roofs off I also glued a load of passengers into the seats. I used some very cheap seated figures from China that I found on e-Bay - other than having to cut the legs off every passenger I think they work fine inside the carriages where you can't see them too closely.



Next up was the garden of a large detached house situated trackside not far from Chetcombe station. The garden shed is one of those ancient Grafar Scenecraft kits where you start with a plastic block and attach stickers to the sides and roof. My main aim though was to tray to create an early autumn feel with the bushes and trees.



This last picture is of a pub 'The Beaminster Arms', painstakingly built from a Scalescenes kit and yet to find a permanent home on the layout. I love the Scalescenes range; for sure they take a loooong time to build, but the final result rivals ready to plant models - I just wish I had the time to build more! I am very pleased with the results, bar one disaster - I sprayed the finished building with matte varnish and you can see that it has stained the roof... Any suggestions for how to disguise this?


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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #69 on: October 21, 2012, 08:55:47 am »
Very atmospheric, the rear garden picture looks superb, you've really captured the autumn feel, well done, modelling of the highest order.     

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #70 on: October 21, 2012, 09:36:16 am »
Yes, indeed. Modelling of the highest order. I love the people in the illuminated coach! God I wish I was starting over these days. DCC is awesome. But I really think that getting it onto my old layout would be fraught with problems.

I am actually not very familiar with the Scalescenes kits - are they all cardboard, or other components as well? Either way, the pub looks fantastic... I wouldn't worry too much about the mark on the roof, if you hadn't mentioned it I for one would not have noticed it. But if you ARE worried about it.... what about a bunch of N scale seagulls planted up there on it?!! Or is it a flock of seagulls? Never know what they call groups of animals!

Well, yeah, I do... I work with teenagers. They're called a SCHOOL. :D

Great modelling. Cheers George
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #71 on: October 21, 2012, 11:04:08 am »
Beautiful pictures.  As has been said, you've captured the colours very well. :thumbsup:

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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #72 on: October 21, 2012, 02:12:05 pm »
Looking good  :thumbsup:

Great pic of the HST (I would say that wouldn't I? :D ), may just get myself one purely for selfish purposes as it wouldn't fit in on my layout, might upset the IC Swallow one  ;)

On an aside I used car pin-striping tape in two colours for my mimic panel, laid onto a white background. There's a full explanation on my website but this is how it came out:-




Paul
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #73 on: October 21, 2012, 07:15:54 pm »
Good work, love the pub, how many real ales do you have on offer? paid up CAMRA member enquiring
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Re: Chetcombe - West Dorset in the late 1960s and early 1070s
« Reply #74 on: October 22, 2012, 05:28:04 am »
I am actually not very familiar with the Scalescenes kits - are they all cardboard, or other components as well?


Many thanks for the feedback George, much appreciated. I remember learning all those collective nouns at high school - I hope you put as much emphasis on English grammar as they did back in the 70s with your teenagers ::)

As for your question on the Scalescenes range, I will refer you to their website:

http://www.scalescenes.com

Their kits are perfect for expat modellers like me. You simply download them and then print them onto high quality paper - much easier than having to order from a British model shop and then wait ages for the postal system to deliver them. Having said that, the kits take way more time and are infinitely more complicated than say a Metcalfe kit - maybe 10 times longer to complete - but to my eye they are worth the effort and look great.

I have also made the low relief warehouse, the garage, the low relief high street, several arch bridges and am currently making the 'medium station'. Happy to share photos if anyone wants to see them.

Thanks again for the feedback

Mike

 

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