N Gauge Forum

Your Layout and Models => Layout Construction => Topic started by: keithbythe sea on January 15, 2016, 03:24:43 PM

Title: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 15, 2016, 03:24:43 PM
Hi,
after buying various bits and pieces over the past 20 years I am now semi-retired with time (and space) on my hands. :)

Looking to build a 1.8m by 0.65m layout with plenty of geology. I will start searching for tips on everything from baseboard construction up.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Newportnobby on January 15, 2016, 04:18:06 PM
Hi Keith, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Don't be afraid to ask questions as there is a plethora of knowledge to be found here.
Using the 'Search' button on the main toolbar is a good way to start.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: scotsoft on January 15, 2016, 04:28:27 PM
Hi Keith and  :welcomesign:

You will get lots of help here to get you up and running. We have a very generous membership who are always willing to help.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 15, 2016, 05:54:25 PM
Welcome, Keith. I waited well over 30 years inbetween N Gauge layouts so, don't worry about the long wait! I'm sure it will be well worth it. 8-)
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: austinbob on January 15, 2016, 06:10:44 PM
Hi,
after buying various bits and pieces over the past 20 years I am now semi-retired with time (and space) on my hands. :)

Looking to build a 1.8m by 0.65m layout with plenty of geology. I will start searching for tips on everything from baseboard construction up.
Hi Keith
Like you I spent 20+ years accumulating kits and stock for a, wait for it, 4mm scale EM gauge layout when I retired.
Come retirement decided I couldn't get my EM gauge layout of Kings Cross station into my small spare bedroom and decided to go for N gauge instead. Still couldn't get a full layout of Kings Cross station in my spare bedroom but decided I could get loads more N gauge than EM gauge and thats where I am now.
Will never look back to EM gauge mostly cos of the incredible support from this forum.
You won't find any shortage of help, advice and assistance here.
Good luck.
 :NGaugersRule: :beers:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: port perran on January 15, 2016, 06:17:41 PM
Welcome aboard Keith.
As others have said, there is plenty of friendly help and advice available on here so just ask away.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 18, 2016, 05:29:46 PM
Thanks guys,
been searching the forum and downloaded anyrail as a starter. I had already done some designs using rule, compasses and pencil. Put these designs into anyrail after watching a couple of the online tutorials - fantastic. I want a layout with various levels. It is has been simple to put gradients in and check out levels etc. Looks like I need to cut back on the more crazy ideas and get real in a few places.
Wish I could see a 3D visualisation!! (Just being greedy, great piece of free software)  ;)
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: dannyboy on January 18, 2016, 06:46:34 PM

Wish I could see a 3D visualisation!!

Welcome Keith. As has been said, there is no shortage of help and advice here. Regarding the 3D - SCARM is another free design programme, that does give you the 3D view. David.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Papyrus on January 18, 2016, 08:18:38 PM

after buying various bits and pieces over the past 20 years I am now semi-retired with time (and space) on my hands. :)


Greetings from another 20-year-wait man and  :welcomesign:

You're lucky you're only semi-retired... Wait till you're fully retired - you'll have no spare time at all then...  :( I haven't touched my layout since the summer.  :'(

Anyway, have fun!

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 30, 2016, 02:27:02 PM

Wish I could see a 3D visualisation!!

Welcome Keith. As has been said, there is no shortage of help and advice here. Regarding the 3D - SCARM is another free design programme, that does give you the 3D view. David.

Thanks David,

when I work out how to attach a file here :confused1: I will post my latest 3D model in SCARM
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 30, 2016, 03:27:13 PM
 :hellosign: keith, :welcomesign:  I am still in planning thinking the best things come to those that wait
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Bealman on January 30, 2016, 08:44:51 PM
G'day from Australia, Keith, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 01, 2016, 03:35:59 PM
I will be more than slightly amazed if this works.  :worried:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_34930.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34930)

If it does work, then thanks to Tank for the video!

If not then blame me!!

Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: petercharlesfagg on February 01, 2016, 04:30:00 PM
 :welcomesign:  Peter
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: MalcolmInN on February 01, 2016, 04:32:43 PM
 :hellosign:  :welcomesign:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 20, 2016, 07:12:17 PM
Well after a false start in February construction has finally started.

For my first layout it’s all rather basic. The baseboard is 9mm hardwood ply glued & screwed to a 22 x 47 mm softwood frame.

As I am effectively starting from scratch I have taken the plunge and decided to go DCC.  I therefore wired the baseboard before doing anything else. My thanks go to Brian Lambert for his excellent website on wiring. I installed a couple of wiring buses using some stripped down surplus 5 amp lighting cable. A few extra holes were drilled in the frame for future cabling. I currently have no plans for lighting, but who knows?

The majority of the track is peco code 80 set track with a few lengths of peco flexi track. All went together really well. The low level track consists of an inner and out loop with sidings in the centre heading towards what will be a harbour. A higher level single track will head across the harbour to a mine / quarry.

I had no DCC locos so I took advantage of the recent special offer on Class 22s. Very pleased, a good looking model and good operation.

To my amazement everything worked first time, albeit from some very temporary wiring connections from track to bus. Having made sure that the two low level loops work ok I will now take all of the track up and fit cork underneath.

Many thanks to all on the forum over the last few months during my enforced frustrating delay. It has been great looking at the various layouts and searching for all sorts of hints tips and ideas. There is loads of help, enthusiasm and fantastic layouts to get you inspired (if a little daunted by some of the quality of modelling)!

I will endeavour to keep you updated as the build progresses.

Thanks for looking, comments most welcome.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/5/main_37054.JPG)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/5/main_37055.JPG)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/5078-160616175444.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/5078-160616175623.jpeg)

Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: port perran on June 20, 2016, 07:25:29 PM
Very nice tidy trackwork there.
You are making good progress - thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Newportnobby on June 20, 2016, 07:52:46 PM
A good start there, Keith :thumbsup:
Trouble is, once locos start running all other progress seems to slow dramatically :angel:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Drakken on June 20, 2016, 07:58:09 PM
Very nice start to the layout there, The best are always worth the wait. Enjoy your build and look forward to updates in the future  :beers:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 20, 2016, 08:16:22 PM
Very good to see progress with the tracklaying and the Dapol Class 22s are indeed fine models and real bargains at the current prices. (I bought a 3rd one, my first BR Blue one but a D63XX series one to fit my up to 1968 period.)
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 24, 2016, 12:12:02 PM
Hadn't realised it has been so long since I last posted.

Steady progress over the summer, fitted in between gardening, grandchildren, holiday and still some part-time work.

I added the "mountain" area and mocked up access via a very temporary bridge!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/5078-040816170945.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/5078-241016113453-448252267.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/5078-241016113449-448151741.jpeg)

I wanted to make sure that I had not been over ambitious with the gradient (about 3%). No need to worry both the Class 22 and the new Hymek cope very easily. Also wanted to make sure that the wiring did what was required!

Ah, which reminds me, I did make a few purchases over the summer too. More of that later.

Thanks for looking.

Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 31, 2016, 05:22:58 PM
One of the new purchases over the summer was something more permanent to fill that big gap.

I bought a bridge kit from Faller:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/5078-040816171048.jpeg)

Which with a bit of careful work turned in to this:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/5078-241016114104-44832685.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/5078-241016114104-448331494.jpeg)

First model kit I have built since my early 20's (some time last century) when I was really in to building Tamiya model cars (the Lotus 49B was amazing, working suspension etc).

Really liked the Faller kit, straightforward to assemble and good quality and attention to detail.

Once the painters had finished it was assembled on site:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/5078-241016113915-4482764.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/5078-241016113916-44828351.jpeg)

Need to get it dirty now. Still need to practice weathering off site before I have a go at the real thing though.

Oh and the Hymek was a summer purchase too..

Not sure that I like the low level bridge mock-up in the background. The Peco truss girders seem to be a bit on the small side. I may buy some plate girders and see how they look.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: port perran on October 31, 2016, 05:27:50 PM
That bridge looks impressive.
As for Peco, I think they do the girder bridge sides in 2 sizes. I certainly have one pair that are slightly taller.
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 31, 2016, 05:40:57 PM
Thanks PP.

I will investigate further, I do prefer the idea of a truss bridge.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Milton Rail on October 31, 2016, 06:41:49 PM
Nice looking bridge, well made too - I have seen this one online, but not pictured made up & on a proper layout.. looks good - my only slight issue is that the line I want to put the bridge on has curves & incline ....  how much "manipulation" do you think this kit could take...i.e. would the moulding lend themselves to being warmed up and a curve introduced?

I had a look at your thread a few days ago, was intrigued greatly by your quarry and the corkscrew to get up to it - neat idea :)
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 31, 2016, 07:06:19 PM
It will certainly take an incline, mine has about 3% gradient.

Not sure about a horizontal curve. The bridge deck is quite sturdy and rigid. That said, because it is sturdy maybe some gentle heat and persuasion might work. If the deck does bend then the substructure will be ok since it is modular so should be quite easy to adapt. I think Faller do a curved brick viaduct but I could not find a curved steel bridge. My original plan was to scratch build my own curved steel bridge out of plastistrut but I bottled out of that. The bridge is a key focal point of the layout so it needs to look "professional"  :worried:   
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 31, 2016, 08:01:12 PM
Curved metal bridges were made up of a series of short sections joined at an angle rather then being actually curved. Little Petherick Creek bridge in North Cornwall being an excellent example:

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/p/padstow/padstow(1960s)old97.jpg (http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/p/padstow/padstow(1960s)old97.jpg)
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: ptopo on November 02, 2016, 08:25:41 PM
 :welcomesign:

It's nice to see something a little different Keith, loads of scope for scenics and a great start with the bridge. Am I right in thinking the top quarry line is completely independent from the lower level (there's not some sneaky helix out of sight....??).

Good luck & thanks for sharing

PT
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 04, 2016, 09:22:18 AM
Thanks PT,
yes you are right the quarry line is independent from the low level track. I wanted to model some rock faces so needed some height. The quarry line terminates about 50 feet (prototype) above lower track level. At a 3% gradient I just did not have enough space to link, even with a helix.
I plan to have some form of "unloading system" for getting quarry product off the wagons. No definite plans yet but lots of possibilities with the planning department at the moment: crane, gantry, conveyor, factory...
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 24, 2016, 05:10:00 PM
 :helpneededsign:

Hi all, I now have a name for my layout. Is it possible to change the name of a topic? or do I start a new one?

 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Just starting after 20 year wait
Post by: Chetcombe on November 24, 2016, 05:22:40 PM
Looking very nice. I didn't like the Peco Girder bridge sides for the same reason and used a kit from Vollmer for something more substantial:

http://www.vollmer-online.de/en/articles/art_2546.html (http://www.vollmer-online.de/en/articles/art_2546.html)

I also looked at some Knightwing components which were somewhere between the two:

http://www.knightwing.co.uk/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?product=N_Buildings&cart_id=1480007243.127 (http://www.knightwing.co.uk/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?product=N_Buildings&cart_id=1480007243.127)

Keep the photos coming, I look forward to seeing how you progress. And I look forward to seeing the layout name revealed (the mods can change the thread title by the way!)
Title: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 24, 2016, 05:32:50 PM
Thanks Mike,

I've bought some peco plate girder sides to try out as an alternative. However, I think a truss girder bridge will look better.

The knightwing stuff looks really good, thanks for the link, I had not discovered them as a supplier. Maybe they will make their way onto my Christmas list  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on November 26, 2016, 11:25:28 PM
Moderator Comment Thread title is now 'Sonmel ' as requested by Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 27, 2016, 09:39:56 AM
Thread title is now 'Sonmel ' as requested by Keith.

 :thankyousign: George.

my layout now has a name and I am currently composing a short backstory which I will post soon.

Those of you familiar with the less well known islands of the Aegean will spot where the name is derived from.

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 27, 2016, 09:54:13 AM
So, a little bit of background to the layout name change...

Keith has decided to blow his retirement fund on the purchase of the island of Sonmel, a somewhat rundown small island located somewhere not quite on the beaten track. He has plans to “invite” small cruise ships to call and will offer fine dining excursions on Pullman dining cars. This will hopefully generate some income so that island refurbishment can be funded.

The island has a small derelict quarry, used to mine who knows what. He has plans to reopen the quarry to further supplement funds.

There is no coal on the island so it looks like it will be a diesel only fleet.

Since the island is located nowhere in particular he has free reign to scour the world in search of bargain kit, rolling stock, buildings and anything else that might appear to be useful.

Thanks for reading and ideas and feedback always welcome.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on November 27, 2016, 10:35:27 AM
Love the idea, and the layout looks great.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 27, 2016, 04:00:40 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.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154647-457551995.jpeg)

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

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154647-457341875.jpeg)

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:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154651-457562338.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on November 27, 2016, 07:37:47 PM
Can you get your inspection chappie a safety harness please? If the elf and safety lot turn up, somebody will be in bovver  ;D. The models look quite good actually.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on November 27, 2016, 07:47:37 PM
Thanks for the pictures.
The models look really good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on November 28, 2016, 09:20:39 AM
Hi Keith,

All sounds good and looking good.

Looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 28, 2016, 01:00:26 PM
The back story is a very interesting one, Keith. I look forward to seeing this develop.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 28, 2016, 04:19:35 PM
Can you get your inspection chappie a safety harness please? If the elf and safety lot turn up, somebody will be in bovver  ;D. The models look quite good actually.  :thumbsup:

As a private island I could be immune from the excesses of the modern world ::)

However, not wanting to be in trouble (that would be a first) anyone any thoughts on N gauge safety harness material (cotton thread, fishing line??).

 :thankyousign: for the comments and encouragement.

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on November 29, 2016, 09:28:17 AM
Hi keith,

Don't know the answer, far too fiddly for me. Just say they're from Spain and make tiny Ducados cigarettes or Belgium, where only last year the owner of the garage was smoking, talking to the petrol delivery driver, while we were filling up.

Make your island your own and don't get bogged down in little details yet as then nothing gets done. Been there, still doing that.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 29, 2016, 04:49:19 PM
Hi keith,

Don't know the answer, far too fiddly for me. Just say they're from Spain and make tiny Ducados cigarettes or Belgium, where only last year the owner of the garage was smoking, talking to the petrol delivery driver, while we were filling up.

Make your island your own and don't get bogged down in little details yet as then nothing gets done. Been there, still doing that.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks Weave, was he on his mobile at the same time by any chance??

Like the advice on avoiding too much detail in the early stages. Must get out of the "work mode" and indulge my "oooh this is nice and shiny" side. Must admit that starting on the scenery has immediately changed the feel of my layout.

 :thankyousign: :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on November 29, 2016, 08:37:10 PM
Hi keith,

Don't know the answer, far too fiddly for me. Just say they're from Spain and make tiny Ducados cigarettes or Belgium, where only last year the owner of the garage was smoking, talking to the petrol delivery driver, while we were filling up.

Make your island your own and don't get bogged down in little details yet as then nothing gets done. Been there, still doing that.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks Weave, was he on his mobile at the same time by any chance??

Like the advice on avoiding too much detail in the early stages. Must get out of the "work mode" and indulge my "oooh this is nice and shiny" side. Must admit that starting on the scenery has immediately changed the feel of my layout.

 :thankyousign: :beers:
Hopefully, you'll enjoy the scenery bit. For me, that's the best bit of railway modelling.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151915-460941730.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154652-457571101.jpeg)

I then apply a layer of plaster over the bandage:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151915-46094824.jpeg)

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.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151918-460961914.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151920-46097401.jpeg)

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

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151923-460981100.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151926-460992302.jpeg)

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

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-051216151911-46070774.jpeg)

Thanks for looking.

Comments and suggestions always welcome :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran 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?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail 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?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail 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.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154647-457551995.jpeg[/url])

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

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154647-457341875.jpeg[/url])

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:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/5078-271116154651-457562338.jpeg[/url])


Great choice of energy supply company ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-191216164701-464691500.jpeg)

Tunnel lining and some ballast in place (congratulatory note to self that I did most of the ballasting before the tunnel lining was placed)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-191216164702-464701490.jpeg)

And the first greenery has appeared:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-191216164709-464721417.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-191216164708-464712427.jpeg)

Apologies for the quality of the last photos, lighting not brilliant in the man cave today.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague 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.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague 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.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea 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:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/5078-040816171132.jpeg)

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:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-060117145927-468821295.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-060117145928-46896200.jpeg)

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.

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 06, 2017, 05:37:25 PM
 :hellosign: Keith, looks good your layout.       :thumbs:



                                                       :A1Tornado:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 07, 2017, 05:32:39 PM
Change of plan methinks.

Had originally planned to put the walthers mine in the quarry at the top.

However, a mock-up at the lower level looks like a good alternative. Need to play a bit more with the siding layouts.

Problem now is how to get quarry product from the high level track from the quarry (where the tankers are currently) down to the diamond coal corp building?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-060117145930-468971313.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-060117145934-468982201.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/5078-060117145935-468991331.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on January 07, 2017, 06:03:01 PM
Could you scratch build an enclosed conveyor linking the upper track with the building?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 07, 2017, 07:59:27 PM
Thanks nn, excellent suggestion.

The walthers kit comes with some covered conveyors which could be suitably "kit bashed". Steamie has also very recently posted some pictures of excellent scratch built conveyors.

I will have to re-design my planned access road, but hey ho, what fun!  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 08, 2017, 01:38:35 PM
Spent the morning playing with plaster bandage, great fun I love it!

Maybe I should have worked in fracture clinic? Although not a great deal of creative opportunity I suspect.  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on January 08, 2017, 10:56:23 PM
I agree that closed in conveyers are the answer and would make a very nice scene..

Yes, modern materials are making things easier and more fun. We have plaster bandage as you say, various sculpting materials, and foam. My first layout was constructed with chicken wire over wooden formers, covered with paper mache and then plaster of Paris. Tedious and messy!

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 09, 2017, 07:01:44 AM
Thanks nn, excellent suggestion.

The walthers kit comes with some covered conveyors which could be suitably "kit bashed". Steamie has also very recently posted some pictures of excellent scratch built conveyors.

I will have to re-design my planned access road, but hey ho, what fun!  :D

 :thankyousign: for the mention Keith, they were really easy to make and you can have them has long as you like, just coffee stirrers joined together and lolly sticks for the roof and Redutex covering the roof and then plastacard for the sides.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on January 09, 2017, 01:28:15 PM
My first layout was constructed with chicken wire over wooden formers, covered with paper mache and then plaster of Paris. Tedious and messy!

Webbo


The main scenic board of 'Bletchford' was constructed just like that, Webbo. I used aviary wire as it has a closer mesh and, though the pic shows some card being trialled, I found it didn't really have the strength so used the wire throughout. This was then covered with several layers of kitchen roll soaked in a filler and then painted before using scatters.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/main_14033.JPG)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 09, 2017, 03:59:27 PM
More plaster bandage today, more joy (Monday is a non-work day)!

All of this getting plastered (opening for you there NN) has finally resulted in the basic structure of a quarry.

Possibly beginning to look like a proper model  :worried:

Some of the basic skeletal structure:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-090117154657-47098217.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-090117154657-471391299.jpeg)

Plaster bandage applied:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-090117154704-471412482.jpeg)

View from the front of the layout

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-090117154701-471401903.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-090117154705-471422021.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 09, 2017, 04:05:52 PM
Thanks for the latest update, Keith. Those rockfaces are coming along very well.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 09, 2017, 04:38:34 PM
Starting to look pretty good I think.
I like seeing scenery develop from the messy bit into something that starts to look convincing.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 09, 2017, 04:58:08 PM
 :thankyousign: Martin.

Really pleased that you think that it is beginning to look convincing. I am hoping to achieve close to your standard eventually. :worried:

I still haven't worked up the courage to have a go at my harbour walls yet (too much fun with the plaster).
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 09, 2017, 06:33:50 PM
Hi Keith.
The harbour walls will be much less messy than the cliffs.
If you need any help with the walls give me  PM.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 09, 2017, 06:37:13 PM
Martin's harbour walls are really superb so it's well worth asking him. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on January 09, 2017, 11:05:17 PM
My first layout was constructed with chicken wire over wooden formers, covered with paper mache and then plaster of Paris. Tedious and messy!

Webbo


The main scenic board of 'Bletchford' was constructed just like that, Webbo. I used aviary wire as it has a closer mesh and, though the pic shows some card being trialled, I found it didn't really have the strength so used the wire throughout. This was then covered with several layers of kitchen roll soaked in a filler and then painted before using scatters.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/main_14033.JPG[/url])


Thanks Mick

Just goes to show that one size doesn't necessarily fit all and that some of the older techniques might be best for particular situations.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 15, 2017, 01:05:56 PM
Today is my first anniversary of joining the forum.

 :thankyousign: for all of the help and comments!

 :thankyousign: for everyone who posts. A great source of ideas, experience, inspiration and advice (and humour).

 :thankyousign: for all of the administrators and moderators. Without you we would not be here!

Looking forward to year 2.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 15, 2017, 02:31:28 PM
Happy Anniversary Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 16, 2017, 04:09:11 PM
Busy weekend creating more rock, covering the plaster bandage.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-160117160306-47440117.jpeg)

The quarry is beginning to take shape, with a lorry added to give a sense of scale.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-160117160308-474431227.jpeg)

Really enjoying this terraforming.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 16, 2017, 04:51:12 PM
I have had a first attempt at some harbour walls.

The mark 1 version is modelled on a concrete wall with timber greenheart piles. The wall is modelled using coffee stirrers on a card background. There was some movement in this structure when I added paint and glue. I can probably rectify this but maybe a more substantial sub-structure is required.

Comments and feedback welcome.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-150117150521-473701384.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-150117150524-47372266.jpeg)

I have a mark 2 version under construction, but (paid) work will interrupt progress until Friday at the earliest.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 16, 2017, 05:04:59 PM
Looks pretty good to me. Just the top section (above the weeds) looks a bit too pristine really. Higher tides or a storm would make it look a lot dirtier ?
I might also suggest a coat of thin varnish over the weeds to give a "wet" effect ?
Just my thoughts.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 16, 2017, 05:09:40 PM
Thanks Martin,

2 excellent thoughts. Something for me to try later in the week. I may also be able to post the mark 2 version as well for a comparison.

 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 16, 2017, 06:47:26 PM
Your rock faces are coming along very well indeed. I also really enjoyed making mine.

Martin's tips are well worth following, Keith, as the harbour at Trepol Bay is really superb: very realistic indeed.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 20, 2017, 04:42:15 PM
Hadn't realised how much rock terraforming I had done last weekend.

It's time for some serious paintin (no g).  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 26, 2017, 04:20:11 PM
I think that I might have overdone the weathering of the concrete  :doh:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161628-47862715.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on January 26, 2017, 04:51:52 PM
The weathering looks really good to me.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 26, 2017, 05:32:01 PM
The weathering looks really good to me.
Looks very good to me too.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 26, 2017, 05:42:40 PM
Thanks guys.

I need a couple more coats of varnish on the seaweed.

The mark 2 is still in progress, had to work this week (not for much longer). I will post for comparison once completed.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on January 26, 2017, 09:54:15 PM
I think that I might have overdone the weathering of the concrete  :doh:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161628-47862715.jpeg[/url])


Definitely nothing wrong with that.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 27, 2017, 06:37:26 AM
I think that I might have overdone the weathering of the concrete  :doh:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161628-47862715.jpeg[/url])


I agree with dannyboy above   :thumbs:  When i clued my coffee stirrers i used Gorilla Glue put on with a fine paint brush to stick them together and to any post, they never moved after painting Keith. That Gorilla Glue is serious strong stuff   lol...    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 07:16:59 AM
Thanks Steamie. The gorilla glue is an interesting idea. I have used stirrers glued to card using pva , then uhu glue for the matchsticks. My mark 2 is using styrene sheet as the backing for more rigidity. I might upgrade to gorilla glue for the rest of the structure.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 27, 2017, 07:34:30 AM
Thanks Steamie. The gorilla glue is an interesting idea. I have used stirrers glued to card using pva , then uhu glue for the matchsticks. My mark 2 is using styrene sheet as the backing for more rigidity. I might upgrade to gorilla glue for the rest of the structure.  :hmmm:

Use it sparingly Keith because it dries to a creamy colour if you use to much, thats why i used a small fine paint brush, it makes the brush useless for any thing else but then the structure you are making will be very strong and  another best bit it doesn’t overpower you with a strong smell.       :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on January 27, 2017, 08:18:02 AM
I've always stuck to the maxim of start off dark with everything, because it all fades over time.

Particularly with the rugged UV we cop here in Australia!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 04:04:54 PM
Ouch ! No sun here and max of 6 degs, roll on spring. 8)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on January 27, 2017, 04:12:35 PM
Ouch ! No sun here and max of 6 degs, roll on spring. 8)
6oC sounds positively balmy.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 04:16:34 PM
Finally finished most of the new rock painting:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161635-478931942.jpeg)

There will be a stone retaining wall in the big gap in the foreground.

After all of that rockwork and painting thought it would be a good idea to play test trains. Then that was it, - nothing else constructive done.  :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161638-47894851.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161641-478952306.jpeg)

The class 04 is a new addition. Got it in the January sales and then had a chip fitted by Douglas (ex of wickness models)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 04:22:59 PM
Ouch ! No sun here and max of 6 degs, roll on spring. 8)
6oC sounds positively balmy.

Hope that you are starting to feel better Laurence.

It is warm compared with the last 2 weeks. We moved to the south coast a couple of years ago. Idea was for a warmer climate but we have had a morning frost for pretty much every day for the past 2 weeks. By comparison the previous 2 winters have maybe had a total of 5 frosty morning between them. Seriously thinking about moving even further south although my wife points out that I will get very wet if I do so.  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on January 27, 2017, 04:23:47 PM
Those rock faces look excellent, Keith :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 27, 2017, 04:25:48 PM
I agree with Mick, those rock faces are top notch.
Brilliant.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Jimbo on January 27, 2017, 04:26:27 PM
Very nice work Keith......some serious modellin' (No g)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 04:28:18 PM
Those rock faces look excellent, Keith :thumbsup:

Thanks NN. Trying to get close to the standards set by you experts.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 04:30:36 PM
Very nice work Keith......some serious modellin' (No g)  :thumbsup:

 :thankyousign: Oh yes, right time of the week for that... might even try sending a text in... :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Jimbo on January 27, 2017, 04:34:19 PM
Very nice work Keith......some serious modellin' (No g)  :thumbsup:

 :thankyousign: Oh yes, right time of the week for that... might even try sending a text in... :D

Good idea!  :music:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on January 27, 2017, 04:38:21 PM
Really impressive rocks!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 27, 2017, 07:52:58 PM
I agree, too; excellent rock faces, Keith. Eventually, I will get around to trying to achieve the same effect on my Panzer Grey (really) rock faces. Now, some greenery would further add to the realism. 8-) The far right front corner of Cant Cove has just about been completed as far as greenery goes and I'm very happy with it.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 27, 2017, 08:47:52 PM
Thanks Chris. Yes my grandson is keen to have some grass and I have trees on my shopping list. I will have a look at Cant Cove and steal some ideas!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 27, 2017, 09:13:15 PM
Please, be my guest, Keith. You can see here that I need to weather the rocks as you have but the greenery, including some Cornish yellow gorse, is done. (A wooden fence would be good too along the cutting wall ridge.)

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2016-09-27%2009.59.43_zpswcdzeczo.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2016-09-27%2009.59.43_zpswcdzeczo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 28, 2017, 05:13:48 AM
Finally finished most of the new rock painting:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161635-478931942.jpeg[/url])

There will be a stone retaining wall in the big gap in the foreground.

After all of that rockwork and painting thought it would be a good idea to play test trains. Then that was it, - nothing else constructive done.  :D

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161638-47894851.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161641-478952306.jpeg[/url])

The class 04 is a new addition. Got it in the January sales and then had a chip fitted by Douglas (ex of wickness models)


That is a brilliant rock face Keith, some real looking rock indeed. Bit of moss and maybe a mountain goat 🐐 or two would be brilliant, what do you think.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 28, 2017, 07:10:47 AM
Thank you for the kind comments Steamie. Blimey, hadn't thought about mountain goats, great idea! Now where's that search engine?  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 28, 2017, 07:21:22 AM
Thanks for the photo Chris. Very impressive scenery, you and PP set high standards. I agree about the fence, I have some ideas for Sonmel but they are just ideas at the moment.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on January 28, 2017, 08:24:06 AM
Some great progress Keith, the rock faces look excellent, I think they would be a great temptation for some rock climbers too :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on January 28, 2017, 08:54:04 AM
I think Preiser make 'em
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 28, 2017, 12:02:59 PM
Thank you for the kind comments Steamie. Blimey, hadn't thought about mountain goats, great idea! Now where's that search engine?  :D
I think Preiser make 'em

Well it was just a thought and they would look brilliant i think, i have 2 sets of Mountain Climbers on my Grandsons layout, they do look impressive.    :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 28, 2017, 03:59:02 PM
 :thankyousign: guys for the great suggestions, keep them coming. The birthday present list is looking very healthy already, and another 5 months to go yet!

The rock faces could look very busy at this rate.  :D

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 30, 2017, 10:42:04 AM
Not much action at Sonmel over the weekend. Started painting (the hall ceiling), much bigger brush than I having been using recently. And so much more area to paint.  :D

However, my grandson popped in for coffee (well his dad did) so I had to stop painting and run some trains. Needed a bit of a clean up first. Got this in Maplins recently, brilliant for collecting loose bits of ballast, scatter and plaster.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/5078-260117161628-478622330.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Jimbo on January 30, 2017, 11:52:05 AM
That looks like a handy little piece of kit Keith  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on January 31, 2017, 05:34:24 AM
Thanks for this Keith, mixed reviews for it but for a fiver, so what.         :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 31, 2017, 05:23:54 PM
Thanks for this Keith, mixed reviews for it but for a fiver, so what.         :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I read similar reviews, but as you say for a fiver not extortionate. However, for light stuff it's really good and the dust bag means that you can recycle material. Had it for a couple of months now, still on the original batteries and still has suction!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on February 01, 2017, 04:11:30 AM
Thanks for this Keith, mixed reviews for it but for a fiver, so what.         :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I read similar reviews, but as you say for a fiver not extortionate. However, for light stuff it's really good and the dust bag means that you can recycle material. Had it for a couple of months now, still on the original batteries and still has suction!  :thumbsup:

Well get myself down there when i can, not be this weekend though, going to Stafford with NPN on Saturday so might spend what little money i have got LOL.      :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 03, 2017, 07:34:46 PM
From what I have seen of NPNs stock it might be an expensive day out, enjoy  :D

When you are ready to splash out on the vacuum might be worth checking if they have it in stock. I had to order via the web site for collection. Not a problem, very quick. Could save you a wasted journey.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on February 04, 2017, 03:36:18 AM
From what I have seen of NPNs stock it might be an expensive day out, enjoy  :D

When you are ready to splash out on the vacuum might be worth checking if they have it in stock. I had to order via the web site for collection. Not a problem, very quick. Could save you a wasted journey.  :beers:

 :beers: for that Keith, i am hoping it will be a brilliant day, in fact i am sure it will, you will be seeing a very young kid going around with his eyes agog...LOL   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 09, 2017, 05:19:46 PM
I have been busy FULLY Retiring for the past couple of weeks so progress on Sonmel has been a bit slow. We have also had some hard landscaping done in the garden which has also kept me busy.

However, I have made some progress, shown below.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-090317171222-493972279.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-090317171222-493801397.jpeg)

This is all very temporary at the moment, just seeing how things might look.

I will now have a hunt around the forum and see what you guys and gals have been up to over the past few weeks.

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on March 09, 2017, 05:50:04 PM
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 09, 2017, 05:55:32 PM
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.

Thanks Martin. technically I am on holiday until the end of the month. However, having given back my office laptop and mobile I am rather uncontactable.  :)

I did 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years until I finally decided that 4 day weekends were just not long enough to fit everything in! Already enjoying the flexibility, great weather here today, so bit of gardening in the morning, beach in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 09, 2017, 05:56:00 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. Very good to see renewed progress.

Alas, it will be quite a few years before I can retire. Meanwhile, I'm collecting all the rolling stock for a planned, future larger layout.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on March 09, 2017, 06:59:55 PM
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.

Thanks Martin. technically I am on holiday until the end of the month. However, having given back my office laptop and mobile I am rather uncontactable.  :)

I did 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years until I finally decided that 4 day weekends were just not long enough to fit everything in! Already enjoying the flexibility, great weather here today, so bit of gardening in the morning, beach in the afternoon.
Sounds good to me. I currently do 4 day weekends and you are correct, just not long enough to do everything we want to do.
No chance of the beach here today though-dank, drizzly, dark and dismal all day.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 10, 2017, 05:08:32 AM
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.

Thanks Martin. technically I am on holiday until the end of the month. However, having given back my office laptop and mobile I am rather uncontactable.  :)

I did 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years until I finally decided that 4 day weekends were just not long enough to fit everything in! Already enjoying the flexibility, great weather here today, so bit of gardening in the morning, beach in the afternoon.

It is looking good Keith, one thing though, have you thought how the lorry is going to go down the mountain yet, cant see a road, unless you are thinking of cutting through your mountain and having a road cut across the line down to the valley, it would look great i think.

Well i have a week to go before being made redundant and then 6 months until i fully retire, can’t see me getting any work until then so i suppose i am retired after the 17th of this month, really looking forward to getting back to doing some thing on my layout again.

Keep up the great work Keith.   Happy Modelling       :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 10, 2017, 12:03:47 PM
Thanks Steamie.

Good luck with the redundancy, happened to me a few years back and it turned into quite an opportunity with a bit of luck and some perseverance. Sounds like you could turn it into earlier than planned retirement if resources allow.

The lorry will eventually live at low level so it will not need to travel up and down. However, I will have to get quarry equipment up at some time in the future, as well as workers. I don't think that I have enough space for a road but I do have some ideas for both the equipment and the workers. Still just a cunning plan at the moment, watch this space for future developments.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 11, 2017, 02:10:32 AM
Thanks Steamie.

Good luck with the redundancy, happened to me a few years back and it turned into quite an opportunity with a bit of luck and some perseverance. Sounds like you could turn it into earlier than planned retirement if resources allow.

The lorry will eventually live at low level so it will not need to travel up and down. However, I will have to get quarry equipment up at some time in the future, as well as workers. I don't think that I have enough space for a road but I do have some ideas for both the equipment and the workers. Still just a cunning plan at the moment, watch this space for future developments.

Thanks Keith, the redundancy is a bit of a stressful time at the moment.

Maybe a overhead chair lift, a cable car or even the mountaineers carrying the equipment up for the quarry  :laugh3: Seriously we are looking forward to more of your layout Keith.         Happy Modelling.     :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 11, 2017, 08:02:19 PM
Try to keep smiling Steamie. :)

Mountaineers will appear at some time. Cable car sounds like a good idea, more thinking time required for that. Someone also suggested mountain goats, maybe a "goat train" carrying supplies up?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Jimbo on March 12, 2017, 12:09:47 AM
Techno trousers!  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 12, 2017, 09:16:07 AM
Techno trousers!  :claphappy:

Thank you Jimbo. Of course, how could I forget the obvious solution  :bounce:

Must have been a senior moment on my part. Seem to be getting more frequent.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 12, 2017, 11:10:43 AM
I had planned for today to be a gardening day. However, rain has stopped outside play, so it's indoor play in the cave.

In preparation for getting the quarry fully operational again power will be required. Keith has therefore procured some wooden poles (currently drying after being dipped in preservative) to carry a power cable up.

Once dry they will be installed alongside the track ready for rigging the cable. Any thoughts on pole spacing would be appreciated. I am thinking 100  to 150 feet?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 12, 2017, 11:30:44 AM
Stand down chaps. Just found the UK Power Networks design manual online, amazing this google thingey. It would seem max span is 70 metres.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 14, 2017, 05:33:08 PM
In a sudden burst of enthusiasm the pole erection team have commandeered a couple of the newly purchased hopper wagons before they could get to the paint shop (the wagons that is)!

The brand new class 04 was put into action to run them up to the quarry.

After much huffing and puffing (all done by manual labour) the first poles were erected.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-140317172444-495542179.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-140317172445-49558712.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-140317172447-49559519.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 14, 2017, 06:45:36 PM
Thank you, Keith, for these three very nice photos. I always enjoy seeing the 'Little People' in place. The Class 04 is a lovely model but the NCB on the cabsides should be changed?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on March 14, 2017, 08:55:08 PM
Great stuff Keith.
Those little people look so good and really bring things to life.
And that 04 looks really good in yellow.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 15, 2017, 04:03:22 PM
Thank you, Keith, for these three very nice photos. I always enjoy seeing the 'Little People' in place. The Class 04 is a lovely model but the NCB on the cabsides should be changed?

You are right Chris, although it's too new to change just yet. Unless I can think of an alternative meaning for the acronym in relation to Sonmel... :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 16, 2017, 06:34:33 AM
In a sudden burst of enthusiasm the pole erection team have commandeered a couple of the newly purchased hopper wagons before they could get to the paint shop (the wagons that is)!

The brand new class 04 was put into action to run them up to the quarry.

After much huffing and puffing (all done by manual labour) the first poles were erected.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-140317172444-495542179.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-140317172445-49558712.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-140317172447-49559519.jpeg[/url])


Really great photo’s Keith and i love the little people also, but shouldn’t one or two of them be leaning on shovels or something   lol.     :laugh3: :laugh3: :laugh3:

Keep the photo’s coming Keith.      :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on March 16, 2017, 06:51:19 AM
I like the livery on that little 04..... NCB, I note. Does that mean I could run one on a 50s - 60s period layout?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 16, 2017, 07:15:41 AM
According to my quick search they were built between 1952 and 1962. Looks like you have found your next purchase George.  :)

I got mine in a sale from Rails earlier this year, very good price.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on March 16, 2017, 07:48:48 AM
Thanks for that!  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 16, 2017, 04:43:50 PM
Encouraged by the prospect of power arriving at the quarry soon preparations have begun for installing the required plant.

Mock-ups have been made of rock handling, conveyors and wagon loading facilities.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-160317163629-49614289.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-160317163633-4964223.jpeg)

 
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 17, 2017, 05:07:00 AM
That looks great Keith, it looks a lot like my Coal Distribution on Roedann Viaduct, great to see another layout with something else other than stations.      Happy Modelling Keith.      :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on March 17, 2017, 07:10:15 AM
Ditto on Steamie's comments, Keith.

Steamie, we are wondering what's happening with Roedann Viaduct?

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 17, 2017, 12:39:33 PM
That looks great Keith, it looks a lot like my Coal Distribution on Roedann Viaduct, great to see another layout with something else other than stations.      Happy Modelling Keith.      :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks Steamie. I've just had look at your conveyors on Roedann. Am I right in saying that they are card covered with "corrugated" effect paper? Inspired by your work I am looking to do something similar (and hopefully as good). I will probably build in plasticard and then add corrugations later.  :helpneededsign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 17, 2017, 02:56:02 PM
Ditto on Steamie's comments, Keith.

Steamie, we are wondering what's happening with Roedann Viaduct?

Webbo

Well Webbo with all the aggro with the redundancy i haven’t had the inkling to do anything with it, but don’t worry i am going to get on with it next week and hopefully the roundhouse will be finished.   :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 17, 2017, 03:19:55 PM
That looks great Keith, it looks a lot like my Coal Distribution on Roedann Viaduct, great to see another layout with something else other than stations.      Happy Modelling Keith.      :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks Steamie. I've just had look at your conveyors on Roedann. Am I right in saying that they are card covered with "corrugated" effect paper? Inspired by your work I am looking to do something similar (and hopefully as good). I will probably build in plasticard and then add corrugations later.  :helpneededsign:

Thanks Keith, but they aren’t made from card, they are coffee stirrers, i put 3 end to end then 2 lengths of the 3 end to end side by side, then 4 to make a box, with 4 more put on an angle for the roof, it sounds complicated but it is really easy to do, you then can cut them to the length you require. I then used corrugated plasticard for the sides and then used this stuff for the roof.

Corrugated Sheet Grey Redutex 148TI111, it is like rubber and really easy to apply, it also comes in roof tiles, you can get it from DCC Supplies.

If you look again at the photo’s in my gallery you will see the Coal Distribution Photos and you will have a better idea on them.   Happy Modelling Keith :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 17, 2017, 07:32:02 PM
Excellent Steamie, thank you for the explanation. I will use the card formers I have already made in place of your coffee stirrers. Saves me a job and I have run out of coffee stirrers (I think that Waitrose have got wise to their usefulness and don't have them laying around all over the place anymore!). I can easily add a card strip along the top to form the ridge. Then I can add an outer layer of plasticard. Thank you for the link to the material that you used for the conveyor roofing. I have not come across this before, will order some. :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: outofgauge on March 17, 2017, 08:47:48 PM
Hi Keith-just a quick one -ngineer on shape ways does some conveyors if your interested -just the Base roller belt -no top cover thought don't know if that's any good to you ?

Regards

Neil
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 18, 2017, 07:04:49 AM
Hi Keith-just a quick one -ngineer on shape ways does some conveyors if your interested -just the Base roller belt -no top cover thought don't know if that's any good to you ?

Regards

Neil

Thanks Neil. I was not aware of the Shapeways website. Amazing stuff on there, but not cheap!  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 18, 2017, 07:32:36 AM
Hi Keith-just a quick one -ngineer on shape ways does some conveyors if your interested -just the Base roller belt -no top cover thought don't know if that's any good to you ?

Regards

Neil

Thanks Neil. I was not aware of the Shapeways website. Amazing stuff on there, but not cheap!  :thankyousign:

They are not the cheapest, i bought a brick template from them and the cost including postage was a bit to much IMO, a covered conveyer is what is needed on your quarry Keith because i don’t think a ready made would get up to the top of your distribution tower would it ?    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: outofgauge on March 18, 2017, 08:42:22 AM
There is another guy on eBay-goes under Dapr he does unusual items as well -it's one of those keith-it's not mainstream -so you have to pay more. Like steamie + says thought -its got to go some height on your mockups maybe home grown is best -keep us informed. There's a whole load of plastic sections out there to build with the evergreen selection seems endless !

Regards

Neil
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 19, 2017, 05:10:39 PM
There is another guy on eBay-goes under Dapr he does unusual items as well -it's one of those keith-it's not mainstream -so you have to pay more. Like steamie + says thought -its got to go some height on your mockups maybe home grown is best -keep us informed. There's a whole load of plastic sections out there to build with the evergreen selection seems endless !

Regards

Neil

Thanks Neil. Yes, I have seen the Dapr stuff on eBay. Do you know of anyone who has used his stuff?

As Steamie said the length that I require means that I will have to scratch build. I have started this today, to also include a small building where I will have a change in direction of the conveyor. Really enjoyed it although I have to order some corrugated sheeting for the roofing. Just primed what I have built so far.


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: outofgauge on March 19, 2017, 05:57:35 PM
Bought some of his skips-because the merit/ peco scene looked rubbish (pardon the pun ) his stuff looks OK to me -in the point of a building to change direction it would be a hopper ? One conveyor feeds in the top -second conveyor goes from the bottom ?? Have I got it right ? If so are you just going for a tower no internal details or are you going for an open affair using girders/ braces and the like ?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 19, 2017, 07:07:31 PM
Thanks for the info on Dapr. I quite like the look of the converted shipping containers.

Yes, one conveyor drops material onto another. This aspect aspect will be hidden inside my building. However, the building will be elevated on a tower of some description. Currently assessing whether I have enough spare parts from my Walthers kit or whether I will have to scratch build the tower.  :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 20, 2017, 05:50:58 PM
Scratch build it Keith, you will enjoy the thought that it is unique, has no one else with have anything like the one you make. All you need to do is take your time and think about how you would go about, looking at various photo’s will help enormously.      :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 20, 2017, 08:37:15 PM
Certainly a strong contender for scratch building Steamie. Not done any work on the layout today but pleased with my efforts to date on the conveyor and building. Need to put together a shopping list for structural sections for the tower. I have some beams but they are prototype 2+ feet deep, bit over the top for a tower.  :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: outofgauge on March 20, 2017, 08:55:25 PM
Keith -I'm a structural welder/ steel erector -24"×12" wouldn't be uncommon! Our industrial unit has some quite close for the uprights ! It's all to do with the twist action -and depending on how much your hopper up there holds -wouldn't be a silly as you think !!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 22, 2017, 05:31:50 AM
I agree with outofgauge Keith, it would be ok, you have to remember what it is supporting in real life, but you can always get some slightly smaller beam and do a mock up to see if it looks ok.

It’s your layout after all Keith and if it looks right to you, but do please don’t give up on scratch building Keith, once you have done something no matter how small, (My1st attempt was the Coal Staithes) on Roedann Viaduct, you will get so much satisfaction from doing it i promise you.     :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 22, 2017, 07:58:14 AM
 :thankyousign: for the feedback and encouragement guys. No worries, scratch build be the way. Currently negotiating with the finance department and the steel stockholders. Looks like an order will be placed today. Probably order a variety of sections, makes the postage look less :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 22, 2017, 08:10:00 AM
:thankyousign: for the feedback and encouragement guys. No worries, scratch build be the way. Currently negotiating with the finance department and the steel stockholders. Looks like an order will be placed today. Probably order a variety of sections, makes the postage look less :D

Try and get it interest free Keith.       :laugh3: :laugh3: :laugh3:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 22, 2017, 08:15:33 AM
:thankyousign: for the feedback and encouragement guys. No worries, scratch build be the way. Currently negotiating with the finance department and the steel stockholders. Looks like an order will be placed today. Probably order a variety of sections, makes the postage look less :D

Try and get it interest free Keith.       :laugh3: :laugh3: :laugh3:



Hopefully there will be plenty of interest.... :claphappy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 22, 2017, 08:16:40 AM
:thankyousign: for the feedback and encouragement guys. No worries, scratch build be the way. Currently negotiating with the finance department and the steel stockholders. Looks like an order will be placed today. Probably order a variety of sections, makes the postage look less :D

Try and get it interest free Keith.       :laugh3: :laugh3: :laugh3:



Hopefully there will be plenty of interest.... :claphappy:

 :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 24, 2017, 05:46:03 PM
Much excitement on Sonmel today as there was a shipment of many tonnes (well grams actually) of structural steelwork from the mainland.

After furious cutting and welding the support structure for the mine conveyors begins to take shape. (There was a bit of a delay as the lawns had to be mowed first,  :))

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5078-240317173722-500931585.jpeg)

Further cross bracing needs to be added before the structure is finally assembled and moved into place.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on March 26, 2017, 12:42:28 PM
I have been busy FULLY Retiring for the past couple of weeks so progress on Sonmel has been a bit slow. We have also had some hard landscaping done in the garden which has also kept me busy.

However, I have made some progress, shown below.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-090317171222-493972279.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/49/5078-090317171222-493801397.jpeg[/url])

This is all very temporary at the moment, just seeing how things might look.

I will now have a hunt around the forum and see what you guys and gals have been up to over the past few weeks.


Looks great Keith, that Horton Sphere there, reminds me of the large tank farm hidden in a shale bing on the outskirts of Edinburgh that I used to work at :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on March 26, 2017, 07:31:37 PM
Just caught up with your thread Keith, like the way the conveyor is coming together, look forward to seeing how your scratchbuilding comes along, looking for some inspiration :)

been wracking my brains for an idea on NCB (similar to the way I hi-jacked BP to be Blackford Petroleum) .... best I can come up with so far is Norris Crag Boulders :) but give me an hour in the African sun tomorrow & I might come up with something else (other than sun stroke)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 28, 2017, 04:31:31 PM
The support structure for the conveyors is now assembled.

Here it is ready to leave the fabrication shop:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5078-280317155519-50389168.jpeg)

And just to show how it might look when it is transported up to the mine.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/5078-280317155522-503991495.jpeg)

It needs to be painted prior to moving...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on March 28, 2017, 05:34:58 PM
the second picture is very well framed :)

Great work, great looking structure

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on March 29, 2017, 07:56:51 AM
Looks superb Keith, it’s better on the inside now don’t you think.      :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 29, 2017, 10:54:41 AM
the second picture is very well framed :)

Great work, great looking structure

Cheers,
Andrew

Thank you Andrew. Rather intricate but quite pleased with the end result. I had already built the building to go on top but the tower changed dimensions from planned during construction. So now need to build new building. Bit like real construction... :'(

How is the sun?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 29, 2017, 11:03:32 AM
Looks superb Keith, it’s better on the inside now don’t you think.      :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Many thanks Steamie, much appreciated. Your feedback was good. :thumbsup:

Rebuilding has caused some more work, see above post. But that's my fault so hey ho no problem.

Redutex is currently out of stock so I am experimenting with different ways of making corrugated iron from scratch. Not entirely pleased with any outcome so far, but no rush. I did buy some ratio stuff, on-line so unseen. It is very thick and seems to be a bit over scaled to me. Best results so far with kitchen foil, but that is too thin. I have just discovered some old foil baking trays, need to "upcycle" one and see how that looks.


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on March 29, 2017, 03:30:28 PM
too hot to handle!

Have you tried printing corrugated overlay?  I used that technique for the interior of my garage

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/main_33878.jpg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 29, 2017, 07:53:06 PM
  :thankyousign: Looks very good. Something I have not considered to date. I have so far favoured plastic over card. I have had a Metcalfe kit unbuilt for 12 months now!

However, I have yet to find a home made technique that I am happy with.

I have the scalescenes website currently bookmarked. Did you use theirs? What quality of card / paper did you print onto?

Maybe I should risk a couple of quid on a download :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on March 30, 2017, 10:28:17 AM
I didn't do anything more complicated than a google images search for N Gauge corrugated iron & got a picture I could use... it was then just printed onto ordinary paper.  this was an internal office for a garage that won't normally be seen, but I plan to detail the interior so that the roof can be lifted off to reveal what is going on inside.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 30, 2017, 02:48:34 PM
I didn't do anything more complicated than a google images search for N Gauge corrugated iron & got a picture I could use... it was then just printed onto ordinary paper.  this was an internal office for a garage that won't normally be seen, but I plan to detail the interior so that the roof can be lifted off to reveal what is going on inside.

 :thankyousign: Andrew.

A good, simple and pragmatic solution!! (Keith fires up new browser window and starts searching....)

Do be careful in that sun.  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on April 02, 2017, 08:12:36 PM
Great weather has delayed progress as we have been spending time in the garden and on the beach.

However, the tower has been primed, new building constructed and many experiments conducted regarding modelling corrugated iron. I think that I have found an acceptable solution. We will see what a new day and objective appraisal brings...  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on April 02, 2017, 08:18:39 PM
It is indeed difficult at this time of year. We've been gardening then a cliff too walk because it's been so nice today.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on April 17, 2017, 05:18:21 PM
Great weather has delayed progress as we have been spending time in the garden and on the beach.

However, the tower has been primed, new building constructed and many experiments conducted regarding modelling corrugated iron. I think that I have found an acceptable solution. We will see what a new day and objective appraisal brings...  :hmmm:

As you may have gathered by the lack of posts, the objective appraisal did not go well  :no:

Complete re-build was the prognosis. This has now happened and I am much happier with the result. Progress is now delayed by lack of a shipment of corrugated iron from the mainland (DCC are expecting a delivery of redutex in about a month  :'( ) Whilst I have found that metal foil "corrugated" with various bottle tops is OK I am not entirely sure that it is of the required quality. I shall continue to investigate different bottle tops, primarily those associated with vino. (Oh well you have to take the rough with the smooth.  :goggleeyes: )

In the meantime I have been messing around with rock crusher models. Much styrene sheet later I think that I am beginning to get somewhere..

As I have said somewhere before, no rush, no pressure, it will get done when it gets done.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 17, 2017, 08:52:02 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. Looking forward to seeing the photos. of the results. I'm sure that the extra work will have been worth it.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on April 19, 2017, 07:12:05 AM
I think most people are of the same thought Keith, although here we aren’t getting the same temperatures has down South. I haven't really done a lot myself on my layout due to lack of funds.

The wait for the Redutex will be worth it Keith, you will find it is so easy to use and you can weather it to suit you very easily.

Happy Modelling.      :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2017, 10:30:17 AM
A wet morning here today so a chance to catch up on things.

Still waiting for the Redutex corrugated sheeting to arrive, but the first picture shows some progress on the support tower, rock crusher and conveyors as far as I can go at the moment.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/5078-150517095420-518331188.jpeg)

I have also been working (slowly, when not outside) on the first accommodation on the island:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/5078-150517095620-51839826.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on May 15, 2017, 11:15:06 AM
A wet morning here today so a chance to catch up on things.

Still waiting for the Redutex corrugated sheeting to arrive, but the first picture shows some progress on the support tower, rock crusher and conveyors as far as I can go at the moment.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/5078-150517095420-518331188.jpeg[/url])

I have also been working (slowly, when not outside) on the first accommodation on the island:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/51/5078-150517095620-51839826.jpeg[/url])


Thats very good Keith, like your Granite Distribution very well made, it will be worth the wait Keith for the Redtex i promise you, if i had any left i would of sent it to you. Happy Modelling Keith.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on May 15, 2017, 11:36:29 AM
The row of houses looks very good.
Love the water butts-a nice touch.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2017, 11:56:52 AM
The row of houses looks very good.
Love the water butts-a nice touch.

Thanks PP. The water butts were not originally planned. The terrace is a kestrel kit. Good model but the gutter and downpipes seemed to be massively over scale. I bought some Ratio gutters and downpipes, much better scale. BUT the down pipes were a tad short. So cue some ratio barrels suitably converted. Necessity the being mother of invention and all that...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2017, 12:00:26 PM
Thank you Steamie. No real problem with the wait for the redutex. No rush, and more "thinking and planning" time!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 15, 2017, 12:29:39 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. Looking very good. I agree with you about replacing the Kestrel kit gutters and downpipes with Ratio ones as I plan to do the same and have plenty of the Ratio ones painted and ready for use.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on May 15, 2017, 12:49:02 PM
The quarry looks very good, as do the houses.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2017, 07:58:25 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. Looking very good. I agree with you about replacing the Kestrel kit gutters and downpipes with Ratio ones as I plan to do the same and have plenty of the Ratio ones painted and ready for use.

Thanks Chris, don't forget the the Ratio downpipes are bungalow sized. You may need water butts too  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 15, 2017, 08:18:13 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. Looking very good. I agree with you about replacing the Kestrel kit gutters and downpipes with Ratio ones as I plan to do the same and have plenty of the Ratio ones painted and ready for use.

Thanks Chris, don't forget the the Ratio downpipes are bungalow sized. You may need water butts too  ;)

Thanks, Keith. If necessary, I plan to glue parts of Ratio downpipes together to make longer ones.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 15, 2017, 08:35:40 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. Looking very good. I agree with you about replacing the Kestrel kit gutters and downpipes with Ratio ones as I plan to do the same and have plenty of the Ratio ones painted and ready for use.

Wow Chris, mighty intricate work. I thought about that and went for the water butt option instead.  :smiley-laughing:

Thanks Chris, don't forget the the Ratio downpipes are bungalow sized. You may need water butts too  ;)

Thanks, Keith. If necessary, I plan to glue parts of Ratio downpipes together to make longer ones.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 15, 2017, 09:06:35 PM
One advantage of being short-sighted is that such close-up work (without glasses) is quite easy.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on May 16, 2017, 08:33:52 AM
Thank you Steamie. No real problem with the wait for the redutex. No rush, and more "thinking and planning" time!

Yes your right there Keith, thinking and planning is good.   :laugh3: :laugh3:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 18, 2017, 07:34:11 AM
Thank you Steamie. No real problem with the wait for the redutex. No rush, and more "thinking and planning" time!

Yes your right there Keith, thinking and planning is good.   :laugh3: :laugh3:

And of course, train running...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on May 18, 2017, 07:38:35 AM
And of course, train running...
After all, what's the point of a model railway if you don't run any trains?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on May 18, 2017, 07:49:17 AM
And of course, train running...
After all, what's the point of a model railway if you don't run any trains?
Thank you Steamie. No real problem with the wait for the redutex. No rush, and more "thinking and planning" time!

Yes your right there Keith, thinking and planning is good.   :laugh3: :laugh3:

And of course, train running...

Of course, silly me.    :laugh3: :laugh3: :laugh3: :laugh3:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on May 23, 2017, 12:06:52 PM
Looking good keith, I also liked the water butt idea, the house occupants seem to have adopted the Tobermory approach to colour co-ordination :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 08, 2017, 05:39:56 PM
Thanks Andrew, apologies for the delay - just back from hols.

The house occupants were "directed" to adopt a colourful approach to exterior colour.  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: joe cassidy on June 08, 2017, 06:41:19 PM
I used to live in Alresford, Hampshire.

Apparently people who live in the main street really are "directed" as to what colour they may paint the facade of their house.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on June 09, 2017, 06:00:18 AM
Hope you had a brilliant holiday Keith. Looking forward to more on your layout soon.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 09, 2017, 07:01:44 AM
Hope you had a brilliant holiday Keith. Looking forward to more on your layout soon.   :thumbsup:

Seconded! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 09, 2017, 01:29:15 PM
I used to live in Alresford, Hampshire.

Apparently people who live in the main street really are "directed" as to what colour they may paint the facade of their house.

Best regards,


Joe

Thanks Joe, I believe that this is the case in a few locations. Sonmel is influenced by many things, one of which is the use of green paint for windows and doors as on Lanzarote. However, unlike Lanzarote buildings can be colours other than white.....
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 09, 2017, 01:32:10 PM
Hope you had a brilliant holiday Keith. Looking forward to more on your layout soon.   :thumbsup:

Seconded! 8-)

Thank you guys. Back refreshed although many things to do in the garden at the moment. Lots of new ideas whilst away and many pictures of rock formations.... also good news is that the Redutex now has a delivery date of mid June. I may be able to finish the conveyors soon...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 05, 2017, 01:00:16 PM
Hooray, long awaited Redutex has arrived in the post today. Looks to be very good.

However, it's clear blue skies and 26 degrees here so off to the beach for a swim in the sea this afternoon  8)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on July 06, 2017, 01:29:01 AM
Hooray, long awaited Redutex has arrived in the post today. Looks to be very good.

However, it's clear blue skies and 26 degrees here so off to the beach for a swim in the sea this afternoon  8)

Hi Keith

Didn't know what Redutex was until I Googled it just now. Looks like interesting stuff.

Lucky you with the beach handy. Swimming a bit chilly here at my latitude this time of the year, but a nice sunny day is coming up.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 06, 2017, 07:36:41 AM
Hi Webbo. Steamie put me on to the Redutex. It looks to be really good. I will find how easy it is to work with when the English summer ends (which could be tomorrow...). As you will probably have seen they do a variety of "materials", all at n scale.

I will post pictures when I have made some progress. However, hot again today (can't claim that the sea is, but this is England after all) so may well be the beach again this afternoon.  8)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 07, 2017, 08:37:07 PM
Thought I would try out the Redutex on one of the quarry buildings first. Larger area than the conveyors so better chance to get used to working with the material.

Here is a naked (can I use that word on here??) building:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-070717202344-53202129.jpeg)

This shows the only plain side of the building. I didn't think ahead that the other three sides all have openings in them.  :doh:

Note to self, need to correct the drooping access platform half way up.

However, after much careful knife work a corrugated steel clad building was created:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-070717202343-531992058.jpeg)

Now need to put the roof on and clad that.

Many thanks to Steamie for the recommendation. Great stuff,  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on July 07, 2017, 11:06:24 PM
That "careful knife work" looks good.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on July 08, 2017, 02:37:38 PM
@keithbythe sea (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5078)
I am guessing the "careful knife work" is just a question of scoring the redutex with the knife against a straight edge? Is it an easy material to cut/score?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 08, 2017, 08:09:13 PM
@keithbythe sea ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5078[/url])
I am guessing the "careful knife work" is just a question of scoring the redutex with the knife against a straight edge? Is it an easy material to cut/score?


Overplaying my skill levels really. I can best describe the Redutex as a reasonably soft rubber like material. It is self adhesive with a removable paper layer at the back. Really easy to cut with a new sharp craft knife. Only problem I found was that if you cut "face up" the backing paper tends to want to slide around on the cutting mat. You can cut face down, which for my corrugated steel is not ideal as you can't see the corrugations. Great material, really pleased with it.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on July 09, 2017, 06:32:10 AM
Thought I would try out the Redutex on one of the quarry buildings first. Larger area than the conveyors so better chance to get used to working with the material.

Here is a naked (can I use that word on here??) building:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-070717202344-53202129.jpeg[/url])

This shows the only plain side of the building. I didn't think ahead that the other three sides all have openings in them.  :doh:

Note to self, need to correct the drooping access platform half way up.

However, after much careful knife work a corrugated steel clad building was created:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-070717202343-531992058.jpeg[/url])

Now need to put the roof on and clad that.

Many thanks to Steamie for the recommendation. Great stuff,  :thankyousign:


Great to see that you have done a brilliant job Keith it looks really impressive.  :thumbsup:

One tip for you, if you place the Redutex on your building slightly oversize before cutting, you can get the corrugated to match up better, you only need to be about 2mm.

Have you tried any off their other stuff, i have bought some walling i am going to try on Roedann Viaduct when i get myself sorted, (on here without Anne knowing at the moment).   Happy Modelling Keith, and hope to see more of your great layout.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 11, 2017, 05:47:32 PM

Great to see that you have done a brilliant job Keith it looks really impressive.  :thumbsup:

One tip for you, if you place the Redutex on your building slightly oversize before cutting, you can get the corrugated to match up better, you only need to be about 2mm.

Have you tried any off their other stuff, i have bought some walling i am going to try on Roedann Viaduct when i get myself sorted, (on here without Anne knowing at the moment).   Happy Modelling Keith, and hope to see more of your great layout.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks Steamie, that's a really good point. I nearly got there myself thinking about how I would put the roof on!

With regards to other Redutex, I have been looking at their paving range. I am working on the fourth (at least) version of my harbour walls and like the look of the stone setts. I have also found that Vollmer do a range of textured card. I can see the advantages of card for walling and flat surfaces but Redutex will win every time for apex style roofing or curves.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 11, 2017, 06:36:41 PM
And on goes the roof...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-110717173636-53269128.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 11, 2017, 06:42:34 PM
Really excellent work, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 12, 2017, 07:37:12 PM
With enthusiasm high the cladding crew quickly moved on to the conveyor, a full sides and roofing job, and put a roof on to part of the rock crusher unit.

Max X Posure, the island photographer, chartered a helicopter to capture some footage from the "sea" side of the island.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-110717173643-532731189.jpeg)

Not one to miss an opportunity he got the pilot to fly down lower to capture a sneak preview of a Class 22 hauling some recently re-painted hopper wagons on their way from the paint shop.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-110717173638-532711294.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 12, 2017, 08:25:58 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. The rock crusher looks excellent.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Steamie+ on July 13, 2017, 10:36:05 AM
And on goes the roof...

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-110717173636-53269128.jpeg[/url])


Brilliant job Keith, well done. Now on to bigger things hey..  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: GoodsYard on July 16, 2017, 06:02:18 PM
Those hoppers look grand in their new paint work, props on the layout its looking grand.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 20, 2017, 04:27:43 PM
A major change... a large hole has appeared in the quarry floor  :o

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-110717173646-53274356.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: mika on July 21, 2017, 03:01:45 PM
Intriguing!
Is it a diamond mine? :confused1: :doh: :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on July 21, 2017, 03:52:29 PM
Sorry, couldn't resist....

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7344/10363840764_273d7bb244_b.jpg

Anyway, yours looks far more comfortable.

Still thinking of proper answer.

Thunderbirds Tracey Island?

Sorry again, been in the sun.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on July 22, 2017, 03:04:25 PM

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/5078-110717173638-532711294.jpeg[/url])


Looks like Max also grabbed a photo of a secret nuclear reactor in the background.... adding weight to the tracey island theory :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 25, 2017, 07:56:26 AM
Thank you for your replies...
Not a diamond mine. I like the idea, maybe a future layout will have a multiple level mine, with a helix running around it. Where are my calm pills...

Mrs Keithbythe sea says I can't have a layout in the bathroom (nice idea, but NPN would be very concerned that there is no edge protection...)

Not a nuclear reactor, the base of my desk light, temporarily installed in the harbour for extra lighting for the photos. Another idea for the future, no stop.

It's an access hole for the inevitable derailments and track cleaning under the quarry. The original plan had one but my enthusiasm to get trains running meant that it was deemed to be an "unnecessary delay". As always real life has struck and out came the drill and saw...

However, it does mean that I can build the quarry floor detail as a separate model on plasticard base.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on July 25, 2017, 08:39:07 AM

However, it does mean that I can build the quarry floor detail as a separate model on plasticard base.


Knew there would be a silver lining in there somewhere, or as it is a mining theme, maybe that should be a silver seam :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 25, 2017, 08:43:35 AM
I thought that hole was something to do with a Thunderbirds launch pad and that Lady Penelope would turn up somewhere.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on July 25, 2017, 10:29:21 PM
with reference to your query on my thread, I have a few cranes, far more than a preservation society needs, even for canabalising spares from!  Sure we can come to some arrangement :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 26, 2017, 07:09:20 AM
Thank you Andrew. I'm after a land based crane (rather than rail). Because of Sonmel's back story I can be very flexible on type and era. I will pm you.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 02, 2017, 05:25:11 PM
Very wet here today, so a chance to run some trains and have a general play (take stock of progress). Also fitted and glazed 16 windows, 2 doors and built 8 walls.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 10, 2017, 05:22:46 PM
After another wet Wednesday down here yesterday, all of the painting, glazing and assembly has produced a result...

Primed components:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-100817171254-541541920.jpeg)

Painted components:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-100817171254-54163694.jpeg)

Also including some painted pallets and drums (missing drum eventually found on floor of man cave without embedding it in my knee)

Assembled components, just the staircase and handrails to finish:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-100817171437-541642025.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 16, 2017, 05:00:14 PM
Concern grows surrounding the mystery of the hole in the bottom of the quarry. There is much speculation as to what may be found....

The trusty class 04 is despatched with a mixed load of tools and supplies:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-160817165428-54294740.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 16, 2017, 05:26:57 PM
I hope the mystery is solved soon.
By the way, the 04 does look good in kellow (I have a boring old green one).
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 16, 2017, 05:39:50 PM
Thanks for the update, Keith. That is a very attractive little goods train. However, somehow, the guard in his brake van seems to have been left behind?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 17, 2017, 05:00:44 PM
Hi Chris, thank you for the feedback, you are correct. As a private island Sonmel sometimes strays from normally accepted procedures. Indeed last year there was an incident involving staff working at height without safety harnesses which sparked some debate here.

However, the forum seems to operate in a very flexible part of the space-time continuum. This has allowed me to post pictures of the following (or is that preceding?) events showing a different version of reality. Or is this the real version of events? Ooh, my brain is beginning to hurt, nurse the screens please...:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-170817164113-543031413.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-170817164113-54295440.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-170817164117-5430470.jpeg)

The guards van is detached in the quarry siding allowing the tools and equipment to be delivered closer to the work place.

PS I'm still trying to remember where I parked the De Lorean so that I can get to the Thomas weekend at the Perthshire Preservation Society  :hmmm:

 
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 17, 2017, 05:04:54 PM

By the way, the 04 does look good in kellow (I have a boring old green one).

Yes, Martin, it's a jolly fellow in yellow. Not sure about other colours being boring though. Rails have the 04 on offer at the moment, I have been contemplating buying another in blue. However, I may well have to wait until Christmas due to budgetary constraints... :(
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 17, 2017, 07:52:57 PM
Thanks, Keith. The yellow brake van looks very fine. I hope the guard has forgiven the train's driver for setting off without him and his van! 8-)

Yes, indeed, this forum does seem to operate in a very flexible part of the space-time continuum. 8-)))
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 20, 2017, 04:36:00 PM
A phone call from Jeff Tracy to keithbythe sea finally resolves the mystery of the quarry. Jeff explains that essential maintenance work to the swimming pool on Tracy Island required a re-deployment of TB1. As is well known, operations from Tracy Island are held in strict secrecy. The re-deployment was therefore kept secret even from the owner of the new temporary base.

However, Max X Posure, captured a sneak snap of the final lift off:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-200817162302-5434310.jpeg)

With TB operations now completed work on re-opening the Sonmel quarry can proceed again.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 20, 2017, 04:46:04 PM
Excellent, Keith. Thanks for this fun update.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: RailGooner on August 20, 2017, 05:18:15 PM
F.A.B. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 22, 2017, 06:02:15 PM
New (to me) rolling stock has arrived on the island...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/5078-220817175902-544091294.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 22, 2017, 06:59:29 PM
Very nice, Keith. The "Hymek" must have been fitted with dual (air and vacuum) brakes then to work with the new arrivals. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: mattycoops43 on August 22, 2017, 08:15:07 PM
Very nice, Keith. The "Hymek" must have been fitted with dual (air and vacuum) brakes then to work with the new arrivals. 8-)

Nooo, they are simple 'Rule 1' brakes. They can run anything quite easily! :P
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 22, 2017, 08:22:11 PM
Those two bridges look really good from that angle.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 23, 2017, 07:04:53 AM
Very nice, Keith. The "Hymek" must have been fitted with dual (air and vacuum) brakes then to work with the new arrivals. 8-)

Nooo, they are simple 'Rule 1' brakes. They can run anything quite easily! :P

Thank you Matty. It seems that Jeff Tracy sent Brains to Sonmel to have a chat with the maintenance guys as recompense for use of the quarry.  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 23, 2017, 07:06:34 AM
Those two bridges look really good from that angle.

Thank you Martin. The lower bridge is still very much work in progress!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 26, 2017, 05:35:56 PM
Whilst work still slowly continues in the quarry, awaiting shipments of supplies from the mainland, there has been some progress down at sea level.

Development of the access road has started, with the following mock-up developed as the final(?) solution:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-260917172739-56162786.jpeg)

Western Sultan has been called in to action to check clearances (both height and width) for the overbridge

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-260917172743-561921909.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 26, 2017, 06:21:33 PM
Thanks for the latest update, Keith. Looking very good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on September 26, 2017, 07:02:52 PM
Yes Keith. Looks good indeed.
Looks like plenty of room for Western Sultan there.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on September 26, 2017, 08:20:22 PM
When you use phrases like 'the final solution' it always sounds like gassing badgers.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 27, 2017, 07:04:33 AM
No badgers on Sonmel.  :)

I am still trying to source some mountain goats....
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on September 27, 2017, 07:08:56 AM
Heaps of clearance there for the sultan!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on September 27, 2017, 07:37:29 AM
Keith, your photo of Western Sultan negotiating the curve really shows it to be the Sultan of Swing.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on September 27, 2017, 07:49:38 AM
Yeah but because of the clearance, it's not in dire straits.  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 01, 2017, 10:26:09 AM
Thank you for the feedback on the clearance.

Bridge construction:

Beams welded to bridge deck, (much easier to do than on the prototype), and primed:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-260917172743-561911900.jpeg)

Bridge beams painted in "Sonmel green":

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-260917172745-56193709.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 02, 2017, 05:08:05 PM
Well the Sultan might well have been swinging under the bridge with the attached Pullmans, but wait a minute. We could be in Dire Straits after all. Is that really the tallest rolling stock on the island?

“What we need is are some Private Investigations, any ideas?”
“Yeah, there’s a specialist company on the Telegraph Road, let’s call them in”.

The private investigator duly turned up on site.

“I’m so glad that you called me out, really pleased to get out of the office. We have a serious case of Industrial Disease there at the moment”.

“Oh really, I’d only heard good things about the company”.

“Oh it’s normally OK there, although I think that it’s a case of working there for Love over Gold if the truth be told. Anyway, like I say, pleased that you called me out today, and every time I’ve been here before we have no problem with the weather, It Never Rains on Sonmel”.
 
Those Private Investigations revealed that the crane is significantly higher than any locos and carriages ….(Ooops):

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-011017103058-56274542.jpeg)

Raising the abutment foundations by a couple of mm proved to be a very satisfactory (final) solution to the problem:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-011017103057-562711977.jpeg)

{Many apologies and acknowledgements to Mr Knopfler for the above dialogue based on the album "Love over Gold"}
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 02, 2017, 05:13:26 PM
So......your musical tastes are confirmed then.
Glad you found a solution to the problem .
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 02, 2017, 05:16:15 PM
As a big Dire Strait's fan, I enjoyed that from the very first song reference to the end, Keith. Very clever. Thanks too for the photos. As you've found, it's always wise to run your longest, widest, tallest rolling stock before fixing anything down near the track.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 02, 2017, 05:18:26 PM
So......your musical tastes are confirmed then.
Glad you found a solution to the problem .

Oh, my musical tastes are rather eclectic, more later maybe. However, Love over Gold is a good (very) album.

I'm really glad that I found that I had a problem before the serious terraforming started.  :-[
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on October 03, 2017, 11:43:56 AM
Great updates Keith, and also loved the play on song titles, a lot of Alchemy happening on Somnel :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 05, 2017, 07:16:53 AM
Hmmm, Alchemy, not an album in my collection. Lots of tracks, bit of a challenge there...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 17, 2017, 05:14:31 PM
The bridge steelwork fabricators continue to fiddle, but the terraformers have been in for the first pass of the next rock formations. The road foundations have also been completed:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/5078-171017170811-56780396.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 17, 2017, 05:27:44 PM
Looks really good.
Steady progress.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 17, 2017, 05:48:50 PM
Coming only very well, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 18, 2017, 07:18:53 AM
Thank you Chris and Martin. As you say, steady progress. Mrs keithbythe sea is quite happy with this as she is worried that when I finish this layout I will be looking to build another one  :no:
I don’t know if you are fully retired yet Martin, but since I did in March I seem to have even less time...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 18, 2017, 08:19:13 AM
Thank you Chris and Martin. As you say, steady progress. Mrs keithbythe sea is quite happy with this as she is worried that when I finish this layout I will be looking to build another one  :no:
I don’t know if you are fully retired yet Martin, but since I did in March I seem to have even less time...
Not quite Keith.
I finish my working life at 11.30 on Thursday Nov 2nd. Mrs PP is then taking me out for lunch.
As I’m self employed, I’ve been winding down for some time but I’ll be glad to reach the big day now.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 30, 2017, 03:55:43 PM
The terraforming team have been experimenting with the next rock faces. South of the harbour the geology is dominated by volcanic ash deposits. This has posed an interesting challenge. Hopefully the trial and error process(es, and very many of them...) has resulted in something vaguely realistic (the edges need significant "tidying")...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/5078-301017154759-574671602.jpeg)



Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 30, 2017, 04:19:40 PM
I think that is looking really impressive and realstic.
Keep up the good work Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 30, 2017, 04:48:50 PM
Very nice work, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Cornishnavy on October 30, 2017, 06:01:47 PM
Hi Martin
Have you noticed the rock strata on the east cliffs on Porthtowan beach. From the horizontal to vertical within a few feet. Only five miles from Carharrack. Will need to be there at low tide unless you have surf board!
Regards
Geoff
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on October 30, 2017, 06:15:55 PM
That's a very nice formation, Keith.

Takes me back to my student days!

All the very best.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on November 05, 2017, 07:20:14 PM
The rock face looks fantastic, hats off to the terraformers   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 06, 2017, 07:23:28 AM
That's a very nice formation, Keith.

Takes me back to my student days!


Thank you John. I guess that you aren’t a geologist since you speak of your student days? Perhaps a geographer or engineer maybe?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 06, 2017, 07:25:46 AM
The rock face looks fantastic, hats off to the terraformers   :thumbsup:

 :thankyousign: lots of attempts, but got there eventually!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on November 06, 2017, 07:33:44 AM
That's a very nice formation, Keith.

Takes me back to my student days!


Thank you John. I guess that you aren’t a geologist since you speak of your student days? Perhaps a geographer or engineer maybe?  :hmmm:

Geographer.  Rarely used it for business but handy for the better things in life, such as railways - real or model!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 10, 2018, 04:17:49 PM
Terraforming has been progressing at only slightly faster than geological timescales...

However, the team have now installed the road and supporting rocks. This has also included the wing wall to the bridge abutment.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-100118160905-604011232.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-100118161152-604022441.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 10, 2018, 04:48:25 PM
Looks good Keith.
The rock strata and cliff face look excellent. Reminds me a bit of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on January 10, 2018, 05:46:27 PM
Lets face it... that terraforming rocks   :headbang:  Cracking (or should that be fracking) stuff Keith
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 12, 2018, 07:43:51 AM
Thank you Andrew and Martin.
I see what you mean about Shanklin, we were there a couple of years ago. Subliminal messages I think, not exactly what I was aiming for, but hey ho!
No fracking on Sonmel, unless of course oil supplies get short and we have to consider gas powered locos!?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 17, 2018, 09:08:18 AM
The terraformers have leapt to their own defence after what they see as harsh comments about their pace of work. They have pointed out that they have been working on many other projects in recent weeks. For evidence they produce the attached example of one of their many projects...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-100118162429-604092240.jpeg)

{Sorry, not the correct gauge I know, but the terraformers were insistent...]
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: MARK1985 on January 17, 2018, 09:11:06 AM
Think you've got a short there !  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on January 17, 2018, 06:40:50 PM
The terraformers have leapt to their own defence after what they see as harsh comments about their pace of work. They have pointed out that they have been working on many other projects in recent weeks. For evidence they produce the attached example of one of their many projects...

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-100118162429-604092240.jpeg[/url])

{Sorry, not the correct gauge I know, but the terraformers were insistent...]


Scary biscuits!  :worried:

This is exactly why it is essential to have a mongoose available at all times during layout construction.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 18, 2018, 08:49:59 AM
Mark, yes more than one I suspect. That’s the beauty of Brio of course, the motive power is all contained in the rolling stock! Now if someone could perfect that approach in n gauge,  :hmmm:

John, the terraformer’s motto is “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” (stolen from somewhere else me thinks). Therefore they always carry a mongoose, “just in case”. My granddaughter (22 months old) discovered that Sid the snake could “hide” under the bridge.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on January 18, 2018, 10:24:54 AM
I hope you realise 'Hissing Sid' has drunk the entire river dry and needs a good talking to ;D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: 25901JFM on January 18, 2018, 12:21:51 PM
I hope you realise 'Hissing Sid' has drunk the entire river dry and needs a good talking to ;D

Where's Captain Beaky and his Band when they are needed! 

 :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: mattycoops43 on January 18, 2018, 10:53:11 PM
Mark, yes more than one I suspect. That’s the beauty of Brio of course, the motive power is all contained in the rolling stock! Now if someone could perfect that approach in n gauge,  :hmmm:

John, the terraformer’s motto is “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” (stolen from somewhere else me thinks). Therefore they always carry a mongoose, “just in case”. My granddaughter (22 months old) discovered that Sid the snake could “hide” under the bridge.

Thank you sir, this is the proper spirit of railways, you can keep your rivet counters! :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 21, 2018, 04:32:45 PM
Just finished assembling this piece of heavy lifting gear.

Mighty fiddly doing the staircases and handrails, but very good model to work with.

Having carefully hand painted everything it now needs a serious session or two of making it look used.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-100118162428-604082166.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-100118162433-60410122.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 21, 2018, 05:20:36 PM
A fine job, Keith. I hope the crane driver has a head for heights; that's a steep drop down the nearby cliff!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 21, 2018, 05:26:35 PM
Thank you Chris. Yes, bit of a drop!

When the weathering is done and the crane rails installed, and the conveyor made and fitted, and weathered and the landscaping finished, and the fencing made and installed and the... it will hopefully be less scary.  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on January 21, 2018, 07:19:36 PM
Cracking crane model Gromit!  that looks excellent.... I'll be watching to see if you try to nobble any of my crane operators whose own lofty perch is right on the edge of the boat, just a mere 40m above the waves (and we roll about all over the place!) - they have a strong head for heights
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 21, 2018, 07:35:38 PM
That’s an excellent model.
Well done - looks great.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 22, 2018, 04:03:54 PM
Cracking crane model Gromit!  that looks excellent.... I'll be watching to see if you try to nobble any of my crane operators whose own lofty perch is right on the edge of the boat, just a mere 40m above the waves (and we roll about all over the place!) - they have a strong head for heights


Thank you Andrew.

No need to worry, your crew is safe. They would consider Sonmel too easy! Operators cab is about 12 metres above ground and the cliff is 13 metres maximum above the road. Also, the ground is relatively stable, last significant seismic activity on Sonmel was a few hundred years ago.

And.... local crew seen getting on board:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-220118155329-608771389.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-220118155329-608771094.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 24, 2018, 05:12:23 PM
Two years on from my first post here:

 :thankyousign: to all here, for your help, enthusiasm, skill, support and friendliness (and humour)!

Preparations are very advanced for the opening of the first franchise on Sonmel. The rock climbing school buildings are erected and the owner, Cliff Hangar, has arrived together with his wife to install the equipment. Cliff is still in his patriotic mini, whilst his wife gets ready to open the upper office area.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-240118170059-609421984.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 24, 2018, 07:39:45 PM
Excellent.
Just as long as I don’t have to climb any ropes!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 24, 2018, 07:41:26 PM
Excellent.
Just as long as I don’t have to climb any ropes!

Me neither!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on January 25, 2018, 05:05:32 PM
All of the terraforming has meant that I haven't run any trains for ages.  :(

So after a good track clean up the Hymek was retrieved from storage and given a run out. Truly amazed that it ran OK first time, so congrats to the terraforming team for their tidiness and cleanliness.  :thumbsup:

Said Hymek captured emerging from the tunnel under the quarry.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/5078-250118163908-61025705.jpeg)

But what's that on the rock face in the background? Worth a closer look...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/5078-250118163909-610261793.jpeg)

It would seem that some free climbers have already made use of the base provided by the Sonmel Rocks buildings.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/5078-250118163914-61028807.jpeg)

Whilst Elf & Safety on Sonmel isn't as extreme as in some places a fence has been quickly erected between Sonmel Rocks and the adjacent railway line to provide some sensible separation.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 25, 2018, 05:55:43 PM
Very nice work, Keith. The free climbers look very good on the cliff face. The "Hymek" looks very good, too. I'm glad that it runs well after a long rest.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on January 25, 2018, 06:00:48 PM
Blimey Keith. Those free climbers have a long way to go!
I hope an ambulance is on hand in case someone falls.
The guy on the right in the blue shirt seems to be in a bit of a predicament. Hope he’s ok.
Seriously though, great stuff. Looks very good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 23, 2018, 04:53:47 PM
The conversation went something like this:

"I really need a vehicle gate for the Sonmel Rocks site. Free climbers just seem to turn up out of nowhere, park on the site and up they go"

"So why are you talking to me about it?"

"Well, I was looking in the general stores out of idle curiosity and saw those old level crossing gates..."

"And?"

" I was just wondering if one (only one mind) was going spare?"

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-230218164128-62195546.jpeg)

And so it was removed from stores and installed. It even opens and closes!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-230218164127-62173748.jpeg)

The camera is awful isn't it? Initially the fencing leaned to the right. After a bit of careful re-working... it now leans to the left  :veryangry:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-230218164132-621962269.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on February 23, 2018, 05:13:19 PM
Free climbers will find a way in I’m sure.
Looks really good though. Thanks for the photos.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 23, 2018, 05:35:41 PM
Thank you, Keith, for the update. Nice photos. Fences, in real life, do lean out of true.

Interesting to see an old faded dark blue "Castle Brewery" BD Container has been put to a new use in retirement. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 25, 2018, 04:02:05 PM
Thank you Chris, yes the container is a useful store for all of the climbing gear.

Sonmel is slowly transforming. Along from the climbing school, 2 shops have been built and a row of terraced houses has appeared with excellent views of the harbour (currently empty of "water"). There are even some roads!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-230218164137-62198622.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-230218164137-62197763.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 25, 2018, 07:51:33 PM
 :hellosign:  Many thanks for the updates Keith, houses looking good below the cliffs.
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on February 25, 2018, 08:14:19 PM
Thanks for the photos Keith.
The houses look good. I like the colours.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Jimbo on February 26, 2018, 03:02:21 PM
Nice work Keith  :thumbsup:, I especially like the effect of the coloured houses with the cliff face, it looks very.......Cornwallish! Beautiful, carry on Sir!  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 26, 2018, 07:49:43 PM
Thank you Jimbo. My inspiration for Sonmel scenery is a mixture of inputs from the many places I have visited through both work and leisure. To me this is an excuse to “make stuff up” rather than strive for actual or historical accuracy (that’s my story anyway!). The houses are based on some we have seen in Scotland, Potree, Isle of Skye, although I have used some license in my implementation  ;). The harbour is definitely Cornwall based, rocks I’m not really sure about, bit Cornish, bit Norwegian, bit Rockies... just came out that way!! Bridge I liked the look of from a search of available models, (not brave enough for scratch building yet, although some plans are forming...)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on February 27, 2018, 05:22:48 PM
Two years on from my first post here:

 :thankyousign: to all here, for your help, enthusiasm, skill, support and friendliness (and humour)!

Preparations are very advanced for the opening of the first franchise on Sonmel. The rock climbing school buildings are erected and the owner, Cliff Hangar, has arrived together with his wife to install the equipment. Cliff is still in his patriotic mini, whilst his wife gets ready to open the upper office area.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/5078-240118170059-609421984.jpeg[/url])


The Mini reminds me of the one in "Butterflies" driven by Ria

Great work though, soon the rock school can send some pupils north to tackle some Perthshire cliffs
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 28, 2018, 07:28:20 AM
Thank you Andrew. Ah yes, terror in the neighbours as the great car swap happened on Ria’s drive... :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 28, 2018, 11:38:26 AM
The class 04 is called into action to move some hoppers in the quarry:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-280218112910-624351054.jpeg)

Space needs to be created for the crane which is needed at the quarry:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-250218161223-622511633.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-250218161220-622451077.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-250218161224-6225250.jpeg)

No snow on Sonmel  :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: mattycoops43 on February 28, 2018, 12:00:02 PM
Looking great!

Sorry if it's been covered, but who makes the crane?

Matt
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 28, 2018, 12:26:37 PM
Thank you for the update and the excellent photos., Keith. The hopper wagons and the crane look very good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on February 28, 2018, 12:57:40 PM
Thank you for the
update and the excellent photos., Keith. The hopper wagons and the crane look very good.
Are those hoppers the NGS kit ones?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 28, 2018, 01:41:46 PM
Looking great!

Sorry if it's been covered, but who makes the crane?

Matt

It's made by Arnold. I picked it up on Ebay early last year. Cranes seem to come up fairly regularly, sometimes at sensible prices, sometimes not... There are also some good models, others not so good... Good luck with your search.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 28, 2018, 01:48:51 PM
Thank you for the
update and the excellent photos., Keith. The hopper wagons and the crane look very good.
Are those hoppers the NGS kit ones?

No, the hoppers are the Dapol unpainted ones. I got a rake of them some months ago when they were on offer (with Hattons I think). Like everything they have increased in price since. They are good models, well constructed and with spring couplings. They do need weighting for push shunting (round curves over points).  I have hand painted them and am currently experimenting with building detachable loads and doing some weathering...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 28, 2018, 08:32:21 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: all looking good keith   :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 07, 2018, 05:25:00 PM
The reason why the heavy crane was needed at the quarry has now become clear. First of the quarry plant is making it's journey up...

The class 04 is replaced with a class 22:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-280218112919-624372196.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-280218112909-62415479.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/5078-280218112935-624382149.jpeg)

Is the excavator a tad overscale???? Or maybe the dump truck is underscale??? :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 07, 2018, 05:28:42 PM
I'd say that the dump truck is rather underscale, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 07, 2018, 05:35:33 PM
Yeah, thanks Chris. Quarry dump trucks are monsters. I will renew my search...(shame really it's a really good model)  :'(
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: wookie on March 07, 2018, 08:03:06 PM
It's a great shame that there are no N British cranes availabe RTR - I for one would buy one!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 16, 2018, 05:36:28 PM
Flipped the layout round today (quite easy as it just sits on a worktop and I put foam under the baseboards) so that I could do some more terraforming. Discovered (well I forgot) that most of the track along the back of the model is loosely pinned down. Following the many recent discussions regarding the robustness of dcc I decided to add a few more droppers down to the bus “just in case”. Half of the job done. Droppers (Peco pre-wired jobs) added but not connected to the bus. As an experiment I will run before and after connecting the new droppers to the bus to see if there is any discernible difference. My layout is small and simple so not expecting too much.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on March 23, 2018, 02:08:16 PM
Just having a catch up, looking good, like the climbing school.

As an experience climber happy to advise how ropes for both top and lead (placing the rope as you go) should be if you wanted.

 If you're wanting to leave them as free climbers they look good, if wanted, could add some bouldering matts to the path below where they are if they're having a lesson, bit like 5inch thick foam crash mats from gym class at school, just to soften the drop, usually dark colours.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 23, 2018, 06:03:59 PM
Thank you Black Sheep. I’ve been thinking about adding ropes, your comments are timely and welcome. Advice gratefully received. The mats sound great, I’m sure that I can improvise something and it will be different from a bit of grass (and a softer landing too). I could even adapt one of my many Chinese figures as a “saved faller”.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 23, 2018, 06:11:50 PM
Results from the re-wiring. Extra droppers have made no discernible difference, other than in the language associated with retro-fitting them under some of the scenery! Hey-ho it hasn’t made things worse so no problem. The result has increased my suspicion that locos failing to instantly respond to a signal from the dcc controller is possibly due to the loco chip not responding. Next test is to buy a new dcc chip (zimo is the way to go it seems) and swap that for one of the Dapol factory fitted chips.

I have taken the opportunity to make some minor mods to the track layout at the high level which will mean I have more scope for different positions for the crane. However, this does mean that I need a new bridge (yippee!). I think I might have a go at scratch building one.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on March 23, 2018, 06:30:47 PM
I could even adapt one of my many Chinese figures as a “saved faller”.  :thumbsup:

Which means you could then have Paramedics, an ambulance, maybe a rescue helicopter ............................ ;D (How big is your layout again?).  :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 23, 2018, 07:01:54 PM
I have heard that the DCC chips factory fitted by Dapol are not as good as they could be, Keith. I would also recommend trying a Lenz Silver Mini.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on March 23, 2018, 09:20:09 PM
Thank you Black Sheep. I’ve been thinking about adding ropes, your comments are timely and welcome. Advice gratefully received. The mats sound great, I’m sure that I can improvise something and it will be different from a bit of grass (and a softer landing too). I could even adapt one of my many Chinese figures as a “saved faller”.  :thumbsup:


no problem,

Bouldering is usually going only a few feet off the ground, working along the wall rather than up it, good practice for foot and hand hold technique but has become a sport in it's own right.

Some climbing centres will have a bouldering wall for people to have a go on / practice in between their turn on the wall.

Top rope, this is the usual way in which someone will learn to climb with the rope anchored to a point on the wall or above (if to a fixed object above there'll be something as it goes over the top of the wall onto the flat to protect the rope) The rope will run from the climber, up the wall to the anchor point then back down to someone belaying who will be stood behind and slightly off to the side of the person climbing to make sure the rope is not catching on anything (including the climber) they'll usually have a bit of a pile of rope off to their left or right depending on if they are left or right handed. The rope will come in a straight line (with a bit of slack depending if the climber is climbing or resting or being lowered back off the wall) down to the belayer.

Lead climbing, this is where the person belaying is not taking up slack in the rope but often paying it out, the climber will start with a few feet of rope between his harness and the belayer, the climber will climb up, putting in temporary anchor points as they go, usually around 3-6ft apart (place anchor, climb a little, reach up and place next anchor) these are usually metal blocks on a strap that are wedged into gaps in the rock. If the climber falls, they'll drop about 4ft before being caught (Assuming the first anchor point holds, sometimes the first goes slowing the fall and the next one stops the fall) the rope will wiggle it's way up the wall between these anchor points with the rope then running from the lowest anchor point to the belayer. They may also use mats when starting off as, until you've got your second or third anchor point in place a ground fall is still possible.

A climbing centre would take the ropes down each night, partly for liability, partly for theft prevention but mainly for weather damage. If anchor points are at the top of the wall, someone would likely walk round, fit the rope into the anchor point and drop the ends down the rock face.

If the anchor point is not accessible from the bottom, someone would have to lead climb up to place it, removing the anchor points (correctly called 'quickdraws') as they came down so that it's not in the way for the class doing top rope.

I hope that's of help and will help make sense when looking at photos of climbers, search for 'top rope climbing' or 'trad climbing'

One additional note is, if there is an overhang, it's possible the belayer will stand with their back up against the wall looking up and out at the climber, the climber's life is literally in their hands.

Ropes are fastened to harnesses at the belly button, helmets should be in use outdoors for all on site (blob of paint on the head should do it) belayers hands are generally holding the rope below waist level unless pulling the rope in (or letting out for lead climbing) probably best watching a youtube vid for belaying rather than me try and explain)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-v9DGRd8Udic/UdyCCxeWxhI/AAAAAAAAFpU/ESfZ2W4IDsQ/s1600/toproping+vs+lead+climbing.jpg)

People coming down the wall after finishing climbing will usually be feet against the wall, in a straight legged sitting position, walking backwards (jumping out from the wall is optional and good fun)

modern kit is quite brightly coloured, you may have some chalk marks on bits of rock that have been used as hand holds for a few people (absorbs sweat) you're meant to clean it off but a climbing centre might not bother to clean (or to use)

sorry, that's become a bit of an essay!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 24, 2018, 07:40:03 AM
Thank you Black Sheep, brilliant!  :beers:

Watch this space, but not too soon (I’ve diverted myself onto some terraforming)  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 29, 2018, 07:36:48 AM
I could even adapt one of my many Chinese figures as a “saved faller”.  :thumbsup:

Which means you could then have Paramedics, an ambulance, maybe a rescue helicopter ............................ ;D (How big is your layout again?).  :)

Oh yes, great ideas  :thankyousign:

It’s only a small layout but room enough for all of this. Need to find an n scale helicopter (adds to list of purchases) and I need to research modelling blood... (lots of blood everywhere, where are my calm pills?)  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on March 29, 2018, 07:55:11 AM
Morning Keith,

I'm sure you've done your own research but saw this....

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/john.whitby/review05.htm (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/john.whitby/review05.htm)

Hope helps. Also this which is slightly over the top but bit of fun....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFlAXVnOY8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFlAXVnOY8)

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Just use real blood, it's pretty indelible. The source is up to you  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 29, 2018, 05:34:19 PM
 :thankyousign: Weave

Yes the model zone helicopter looks to be ideal. Unfortunately model zone went bust in January 2017. I can't find another source of the Revell mini kits (even on the Revell web site). However Revell do a number of 1:144 helicopter kits, just need to decide which one to buy (probably not the Apache!). Also got tempted by some whacky alternatives to a helicopter: harrier jump jet? (bit too much down draft), space shuttle? (too fast), Concorde? (definitely too fast) and I see that they still sell the Saturn V Apollo moon mission rocket (always wanted one of those but it never happened).

The motorized helicopter with led light is definitely a step too far!!!!

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on March 29, 2018, 07:03:59 PM
Also got tempted by some whacky alternatives to a helicopter:  space shuttle? (too fast),  and I see that they still sell the Saturn V Apollo moon mission rocket (always wanted one of those but it never happened).


so, what I'm hearing is that the quarry is a front for an evil layer

Do Oxford make a silver Aston Martin?  8)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on March 29, 2018, 08:16:49 PM
Hi Keith,

I love your layout, and seem to remember Thunderbird 1 being hidden up by the Quarry....

Who needs helicopters when you've got International Rescue  :claphappy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E)

Best Wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on March 29, 2018, 08:22:41 PM
Hi Keith,

I love your layout, and seem to remember Thunderbird 1 being hidden up by the Quarry....

Who needs helicopters when you've got International Rescue  :claphappy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E)

Best Wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Let’s hope that The Hood isn’t lurking somewhere up by the quarry.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 29, 2018, 08:30:47 PM
Hi Keith,

I love your layout, and seem to remember Thunderbird 1 being hidden up by the Quarry....

Who needs helicopters when you've got International Rescue  :claphappy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIAKj3Gl1E)

Best Wishes
Kevin

 :beers:

 :thankyousign: Kevin. Yes Thunderbird 1 was temporarily based in the quarry, and I did think about inviting Thunderbird 2 back for emergency evacuations. The problem is that I don’t have enough room for the runway and I really don’t want to contemplate modelling folding palm trees!

I did see an n scale model of a Millenium Falcon...  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on April 30, 2018, 03:07:50 PM
Well, a month since my last progress update. Time flies.

The terraformers have been in again. This will be the last large scale terraform on Sonmel.

What is now my standard technique, card formers for the basic structure with plaster bandage over the top as a shell:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/5078-290318172455-63513888.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/5078-290318172459-635172184.jpeg)

The geology on Sonmel is rather unique (!) with a significant range of rock formations and strata. I wanted to try the plaster and foil method for forming rock faces. Previous trial runs using this method had not been successful for me but I thought I would give it one last go. Plaster applied and foil suitably scrunched I left the foil on the wet plaster for 24 hours (first effort). I think that this has proved successful. What I have found (I formed the rock face in three different sessions) is that:
1. There is an optimal time for stripping the foil
2. Strip early (plaster not fully set) and the result is more texture to the formed rock face (some of the plaster comes away with the foil).
3. Strip late (plaster set rock hard) and the foil comes off in tiny tiny pieces. It then takes ages to remove every last piece of foil.  :veryangry:

On the picture below, left hand side is an "early strip", and the right hand side is an "optimal strip". You might just be able to make out that the LHS is rougher. The "late strip" bit hadn't been formed when I took this photo. It looks like the optimal strip (apart from the gouge marks made in the rock face from extracting the foil!)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/5078-300418144144-647831130.jpeg)

Last photo of the entire rock face with base colour coat applied. Now need to get creative with some washes and add greenery etc.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/5078-300418144144-64780863.jpeg)


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on April 30, 2018, 03:15:20 PM
That looks pretty impressive to me. How will you guard against rockfalls? Some form of N gauge netting?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Only Me on April 30, 2018, 03:21:53 PM
When I made Tormouth, I used Wickes Filler over bits of foam packaging material, and I made a ball of tinfoil that I then rolled across the filler making similar but slightly deeper grooves and indentations... found it to be less messy as the filler was a lot thicker than plaster, your cliffs look very good though
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on April 30, 2018, 04:24:04 PM
Looking good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on April 30, 2018, 04:38:41 PM
Hi Keith,

All is looking great  :thumbsup:

For rocks cliffs etc, some of the War-Gamers have really useful videos on YouTube.

One guy I subscribe to is Mel, the Terrain Tutor, who shows some easy yet effective techniques, and is very entertaining to watch.

This is his playlist for rocks and cliffs ..... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLohbeH3fTP1sy244bli51FN-QtNURIQzs (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLohbeH3fTP1sy244bli51FN-QtNURIQzs)

Videos 19 and 20 are for painting and are how I painted my rocks.

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 30, 2018, 11:49:51 PM
 :hellosign: Very  impressive cliff face Keith, looking good   :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.
   
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on May 01, 2018, 09:25:53 AM
A great example of a Cliff, your really coming out of the shadows :)

Great updates!  I too was distracted by the 1:144 Revell kits..... spent ages mulling over possible locations for the Millenium Falcon :)  .... in the end I decided it was just too big (and expensive) to justify!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: DaveGlew on May 01, 2018, 06:11:21 PM
One guy I subscribe to is Mel, the Terrain Tutor, who shows some easy yet effective techniques, and is very entertaining to watch.

This is his playlist for rocks and cliffs ..... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLohbeH3fTP1sy244bli51FN-QtNURIQzs (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLohbeH3fTP1sy244bli51FN-QtNURIQzs)
:thankyousign:
I took a look........ the guy makes the painting seem so easy...... Great videos
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2018, 07:25:23 AM
That looks pretty impressive to me. How will you guard against rockfalls? Some form of N gauge netting?

Thank you NN. Yes, I think a mixture of netting, walling and some form of “catch fencing”. I have lots of ideas, it’s the implementation of the ideas that’s a bit slow!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2018, 07:31:41 AM
Thank you Only Me. Tormouth is very impressive.

Whilst I say plaster I did actually use ready mixed filler (Wickes as well). The rolling technique sounds good, it would have saved me a lot of stripping time, especially on the over-cooked section. The weather was particularly cold when I did some of the work and I also think that covering the surface with foil prolonged the setting time. What I didn’t note was whether there was a difference between shiny side in or out!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2018, 07:33:21 AM
 :thankyousign: PP. Praise from a master such as yourself is praise indeed!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2018, 07:36:33 AM
Thank you Kevin. I will take a look at the videos on painting. As you say the war gamers are a good source of knowledge and techniques, as is Windmill Hill!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2018, 11:34:21 AM
A great example of a Cliff, your really coming out of the shadows :)

Great updates!  I too was distracted by the 1:144 Revell kits..... spent ages mulling over possible locations for the Millenium Falcon :)  .... in the end I decided it was just too big (and expensive) to justify!

Oh no, I see what you did there!
Takes me back to when I was a Batchelor Boy hanging out with the Young Ones. Had a chance to Move It with a Living Doll when she asked me "Do You Wanna Dance?".
This bloke said "you look like a real Foot Tapper in this Wonderful Land, here on your Summer Holiday. Do you want to meet a genuine Apache on his replica on the Kon Tiki?"
Congratulations Andrew.  :beers:

How do we know that the Millenium Falcon is 1:144 scale??  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 06, 2018, 08:17:05 PM
Thank you for all the info. on cliff making. I used a similar process for mine: crumpled aluminium foil and sandless tile grout. Some areas came out better than others. I still have to apply various colour washes to the basic Humbrol enamel Panzer Grey!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 31, 2018, 04:03:34 PM
Another month passes, time for a quick update.

Not a huge amount of progress since my last post. We have had a couple of weeks on holiday and we are finally able to get out in the garden and catch up on all of the spring jobs.

The terraformers have been back and used some new techniques (thank you for the utube links).

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/5078-310518155011-65896807.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/5078-310518155012-65899519.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/5078-310518155015-659001155.jpeg)

I now need to add some vegetation.

I also need to add some fencing and netting as helpfully suggested by NN. I'm struggling to find suitable netting. I've tried the plastic netting that Babybel cheese comes in - but it is too large.

Mrs keithbythe sea's sieve looks to be perfect but I think that she will notice if I cut a large whole in it.  :uneasy:

I feel a trip coming on to Poundland or Wilko to source a cheap sieve (or old fashioned tea strainer maybe)...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2018, 09:05:46 PM
Mrs keithbythe sea's sieve looks to be perfect but I think that she will notice if I cut a large whole in it.  :uneasy:


Probably best left well alone or you may find yourself becoming part of the rock face :hmmm: :uneasy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 01, 2018, 10:14:28 AM
 :hellosign: Excellent modelling Keith, the cliff is looking really good.  :thumbsup:
regards Derek
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 07, 2018, 02:46:44 PM
Mrs keithbythe sea's sieve is safe (and therefore so am I)!

I have found two options for the netting. Total outlay of £2 (how do they manufacture, ship half way round the world and make a profit)?

Each one is photographed with a little person to help with the sense of scale...

Option A
A metal sieve.
Mesh size is approximately 1.5mm, so around 9 inches full scale. Bright metal is probably not the right colour, but I can easily spray a suitable rusty metal finish.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-070618143112-661571325.jpeg)

Option B
A chip drier (not come across one of those before).
Mesh size is approximately 5mm, so around 2 1/2 feet full scale. Again colour is adaptable although the natural colour is reminiscent of a rope type of finish.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-070618143117-661591165.jpeg)


Option C

Use both, depending upon the local rock conditions. Here is an example (using blue tac as a temporary fixative)!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-070618143117-661581428.jpeg)

Comments most welcome please. :help:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on June 07, 2018, 03:31:27 PM
Option A for me.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 07, 2018, 03:33:04 PM
Option A for me.

Ditto.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: RailGooner on June 07, 2018, 03:49:42 PM
Option A mesh size :thumbsup:

Option A wire size :thumbsdown:

Now, you don't have to answer this, :-[ but might Mrs keithbythe sea have some stockings that'd do? :goggleeyes: :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on June 07, 2018, 04:07:31 PM
might Mrs keithbythe sea have some stockings that'd do?

Good idea. If you could construct a frame and then stretch the stockings, (or tights), across the frame and fasten/glue  ???. And they come in all sorts of colours.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: RailGooner on June 07, 2018, 04:34:56 PM
might Mrs keithbythe sea have some stockings that'd do?

Good idea. If you could construct a frame and then stretch the stockings, (or tights), across the frame and fasten/glue  ???. And they come in all sorts of colours.

OK, confession time. In the past I have bought my own tights and stockings. :-[

Stretched over a frame - I used an old tennis racket - and sprayed with varnish. Once you get the knack you'll be able to cut out sheets that have just the right degree of stiffness/flex to best suit your use. Have used this technique to create mesh seating for a Hercules, cargo nets, camo-netting, etc.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 07, 2018, 07:39:43 PM
Hmmmm, I’ll avoid the question relating to Mrs keithbythe sea’s stocking wearing  :-[

However, good idea. I have a supplementary question which I hope will get past the mods. Are we talking standard stockings or fishnets?  :-[ :-[
Sudden panic as image of Nora Batty appears in mind - quick, finish post....
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: RailGooner on June 07, 2018, 08:44:55 PM
I'd say that anything described as fishnet would be too large a mesh for your use here Keith. So it's off to the shops with you to have a look at available options.

I last used this technique some twenty years ago. No, actually it would have been early to mid eighties. I had to go to high street shops and buy a selection of ladies hosiery, getting some very critical looks for my troubles. :-[ No anonymous internet shopping back then. :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on June 08, 2018, 10:15:35 AM

However, good idea. I have a supplementary question which I hope will get past the mods. Are we talking standard stockings or fishnets?  :-[ :-[
Sudden panic as image of Nora Batty appears in mind - quick, finish post....

Somehow I miss-read "Nora Batty" as a fellow forum member's username....  :-[ :sorrysign: NN :confusedsign: :helpneededsign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Takamine on June 08, 2018, 01:21:43 PM
Have you considered fly screen netting?

BR
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 13, 2018, 03:31:04 PM
Thank you Railgooner for the stockings idea, Option C. I bought some "pop socks", 15 denier in neutral and tried spraying them with varnish whilst stretched over a 5 litre paint tin. Not convinced with the outcome yet, more experimenting to do...

I like the idea of fly screen Takamine, Option D. Still investigating but I have not yet taken the plunge in buying anything, too much choice!

Thanks for the votes for A from Chris (IP) and Dannyboy. I have continued with Option A, sub option I, applying a spray coat of primer. Results are shown below:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-130618151222-66415204.jpeg)

I quite like this, but Mrs Keith has come up with a couple of other suggested materials, Options E and F. But more of this later.

I have been distracted by a new shiny object, just delivered today all the way from Japan, in less than a week!

Here it sits in the harbour, (tide is out)!!!!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-130618151223-66416927.jpeg)

And here it sits on a "trial sea".

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-130618151218-664071055.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 13, 2018, 03:36:31 PM
Thanks, Keith, for the update and photos. The boat and the sea look very good. I'd apply repeated layers of non-yellowing clear varnish on top of the sea and leave a boat hull-shaped depression in the surface when you come to the final sea surface in the harbour. Then don't forget some seagulls! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 13, 2018, 03:46:09 PM
Thank you Chris.

Yes, having ordered the boat I couldn't wait to play with some test water. As pictured there is only one coat of varnish, I expect that I will need at least half a dozen coats on the real thing. As you say I will mould the sea around the boat hull. However, I have ordered another boat, delivery awaited. There is only room in the harbour for one boat, so I will await delivery of the second boat before deciding which to use.

Ah yes seagulls, on my list of "livestock", along with the mountain goats.  :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 13, 2018, 03:48:26 PM
Excellent, Keith. Did the mountain goats come from the mountains of Crete by any chance?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 13, 2018, 03:53:22 PM
Ah, maybe that's where I should be looking for the mountain goats,  :hmmm:

Despite looking for several months (albeit rather intermittently), I still can't find any mountain goats. Hopefully I will be more successful with the seagulls.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on June 13, 2018, 04:44:19 PM
Thanks, Keith, for the update and photos. The boat and the sea look very good. I'd apply repeated layers of non-yellowing clear varnish on top of the sea and leave a boat hull-shaped depression in the surface when you come to the final sea surface in the harbour. Then don't forget some seagulls! 8-)

I've heard people paint Johnson's klear on to achieve the same result.

the model boat peeps use clear silicone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFOpc8Q6a7M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFOpc8Q6a7M)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on June 13, 2018, 05:05:32 PM
A bit late to the party but Option A for the netting seems best at the moment but would like to hear about new options E & F :uneasy:
From my memories of fishnets (and not me wearing them!) they would not do the job at all :no:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 13, 2018, 05:17:59 PM
Ah, maybe that's where I should be looking for the mountain goats,  :hmmm:

Despite looking for several months (albeit rather intermittently), I still can't find any mountain goats. Hopefully I will be more successful with the seagulls.

If you search for N Gauge Farmyard animals you should find some goats included, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 13, 2018, 08:11:58 PM
Hi Keith,

Might have been discussed before so apologies if so, Faller 155512 has goats. You could sell off the pigs. Not trying to be funny as some people want pigs and some want goats. Am trying to be serious  :).

The Tomytec fishing boats are great IMO. I've got three at the moment for my Brittany fishing harbour. Detail is good and certainly at the price. I know nothing really about boats but to me they look very much like small scallop dredgers which is what I'm trying to achieve....

https://www.diomedia.com/stock-photo-great-scallop-pecten-maximus-fishermen-saint-quay-portrieux-brittany-france-image23168432.html (https://www.diomedia.com/stock-photo-great-scallop-pecten-maximus-fishermen-saint-quay-portrieux-brittany-france-image23168432.html) .

Like NPN looking forward to options E and F.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on June 14, 2018, 06:50:06 AM
Love the little boat.
Option A for the net gets my vote but lets wait for further ideas.
Great stuff
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 14, 2018, 07:10:42 AM
Thank you for all of the comments.

Hi Weave, thank you for the heads up on the Faller set. I’ve probably been too picky in my search, looking only for goats. At the moment I don’t foresee a need for other animals on Sonmel. Perhaps we need an “animal exchange board” on the forum.  :hmmm: or I could always make some mini bacon sandwiches  :D
Very impressed with the Tomytec boat, and not too challenging to build! Agree that it could be a scallop boat (tasty), it’s certainly some type of stern trawler. I’m waiting delivery of the tug boat, then I can decide which to use. With luck they might have similar hull shapes and sizes and I can then have interchangeable scenes.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on June 14, 2018, 07:22:16 AM
Mini food items.
Now there’s an idea. A bacon sarnie would slip down very well.

I need mini cornish pasties on my layouts.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 14, 2018, 09:02:22 AM
Hi Keith,

Sorry for a bit of a thread hijack here so Martin, was thinking you could knock a few up with blue tac for some sort of pasty festival....

https://cornishpasties.com/giant-cornish-pasty/

Keith, have got a tug boat too but can't get into the train room at the mo as the dogs bark and wake the wife. Think it's slightly bigger than the fishing boat but will let you know asap.

Also, when yours arrives can you please let me know if it comes with a detachable hull like the fishing boat. I didn't bother with the hulls for my previous layouts as they were going to be water. Trémargat St. Croix is going to be tide out sand so need them back and can't find  :(. but can't remember if the tug boat had one anyway.

Cheers weave  :beers:


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 14, 2018, 10:07:10 AM
Apologies! Further hijack. Baking such a giant Cornish pasty then exhibiting it to generate publicity is just the sort of promotional stunt that Sylvia and Eli will organise for the North Cornwall Pasty Co.! At Paddington AND Waterloo, of course.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 15, 2018, 06:54:52 AM
Mmmmm, nice looking pasty. Do you know if they make family sized ones as well as the individual?  :drool:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 16, 2018, 03:24:46 PM
Tug boat has arrived.  :thumbsup:

Here's a photo comparing the hull sizes of the fishing boat (on the left) and the tug boat:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/5078-160618151554-66485555.jpeg)

Weave, you correctly recall that the tug boat is bigger. Slightly longer but considerably wider. The tug boat will also require considerably (?) more construction effort. Must be at least 10 pieces.  :D  Don't waste time looking for your tug boat keel, it doesn't come with one! Not suitable for a tide out harbour.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 16, 2018, 08:11:00 PM
Thank you Keith,

Am so sorry but forgot to compare the two for you. Bad weave, bad weave  :thumbsdown:  :doh:.

Will keep my tug for the future French/Spanish layout or Port Regleun proper with water, whichever comes first, but thanks for letting me know about the hull.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 18, 2018, 06:54:06 AM
No worries Weave, I had already bought the tug boat so it’s not as if I was waiting on your reply  :thumbsup:

Fishing boat is fine for the harbour, tug will find a home on my next model..... :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 28, 2018, 03:43:27 PM
Options D and E for the rock netting have finally been procured and photographed for comment.

I have an excuse for my slow progress this time - busy taking advantage of the settled weather and I am painting the outside of the house.

Option D is net curtain. I think that the thread spacing is too close, but I am advised that I can practice my lace making skills by pulling threads to make a coarser grid:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-280618153258-670472088.jpeg)

Option E is a dress making material, as suggested by the very clever Mrs Keith:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-280618153257-67046935.jpeg)

I think that you will agree that we have a clear winner...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on June 28, 2018, 04:56:24 PM
Aye. Mrs Keith has the right of it :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on June 28, 2018, 06:09:52 PM
Definitely option E.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on June 28, 2018, 10:14:12 PM
Great rockfaces developing there Keith, that was a cliffhanger about what options D & E were!

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: RailGooner on June 28, 2018, 11:33:05 PM
Beehive yourself, it has to be option E! :D … I'll get my coat.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 29, 2018, 07:57:00 AM
Definitely option E.

Ditto!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 01, 2018, 10:39:39 AM
I have enhanced Option A slightly by adding some rust.

Enhanced Option A on the left and Option E on the right. Temporarily placed against a cliff face for comparison purposes:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-010718103543-670961303.jpeg)


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on July 01, 2018, 10:56:56 AM
Hi Keith,

Just found these pics, so seems Mrs Keith was right with that honeycombe  material  :thumbsup:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5755-010718105205-671082391.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5755-010718105221-67109814.jpeg)

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 01, 2018, 11:13:57 AM
Thank you Kevin. Yes, why did I doubt her? Just what I was looking for!

Weather permitting, need it to cool down a bit otherwise there are too many outside distractions, I will be having an attempt at the sea in the harbour soon. Interested in your progress with the pond on Windmill Hill.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on July 01, 2018, 12:46:50 PM
Hi Keith,

This morning I repainted the bottom of the pond so it is not quite such a vivid blue, and sorted out the bullrushes, and the fisherman's area. The paint is now dry, and after lunch I will pour the water  :worried:

Will keep you posted  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 01, 2018, 01:02:28 PM
Thanks for the updates. I would suggest that Option A (on the left) is appropriate for rock climbers whilst Option E (on the right) is appropriate for preventing rock debris falling below.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 09, 2018, 04:57:43 PM
Tidy Up Time

I have just purchased and installed a new paint store for the vast sum of £1.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-280618153303-67049954.jpeg)

The perfect size for paint tins.

However, I have serious doubts about its suitability for the stated purpose...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/941-120718234222-673821067.jpeg)

Sorry, I can't work out how to rotate this image in my gallery. It says, "Handy for clothes, etc". Maybe suitable for 1 1/2 pairs of trainer socks, i.e. one sock per drawer.  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 09, 2018, 05:00:48 PM
Tidy Up Time

I have just purchased and installed a new paint store for the vast sum of £1.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-280618153303-67049954.jpeg[/url])

The perfect size for paint tins.

However, I have serious doubts about its suitability for the stated purpose...

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-280618153301-670481801.jpeg[/url])

Sorry, I can't work out how to rotate this image in my gallery. It says, "Handy for clothes, etc". Maybe suitable for 1 1/2 pairs of trainer socks, i.e. one sock per drawer.  :D


I could really use one of those, too, Keith. Where did you buy it from, please?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 09, 2018, 05:08:23 PM
Hi Chris, I got it from Poundland. I don't know whether you have such things in sunny Prague? The drawers are just big enough to hold the small tins from Humbrol, Revell. Not big enough for railmatch paint pots though.

It's really good (well a bit flimsy, but hey what do you expect for a quid?) and a typical man solution to tidy up. Everything is all in one place and not tidied such that you can't find what you are looking for.  :doh:

If you like I can investigate postage costs. it's very light so it will be size that will dictate cost.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 09, 2018, 05:09:00 PM
Looks neat.
If you are like me you open each drawer in turn looking for the orange only to remember that orange (being the colour I use least) is somewhere else because not all the tins fit in my new storebox.
But....where actually did I hide the orange pot?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 09, 2018, 05:15:41 PM
Looks like I've been rumbled! Although at the moment all paint pots, apart from the railmatch, and the weathering powders, and the maskol and the matt varnish... fit in the drawers.  :angel:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 09, 2018, 05:35:21 PM
Hi Chris, I got it from Poundland. I don't know whether you have such things in sunny Prague? The drawers are just big enough to hold the small tins from Humbrol, Revell. Not big enough for railmatch paint pots though.

It's really good (well a bit flimsy, but hey what do you expect for a quid?) and a typical man solution to tidy up. Everything is all in one place and not tidied such that you can't find what you are looking for.  :doh:

If you like I can investigate postage costs. it's very light so it will be size that will dictate cost.

Hi Keith, that would be great but I have more little tins of paint than you. No, we don't have Poundland, here. Many thanks, Chris.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 11, 2018, 12:37:14 PM
Hi Chris, I got it from Poundland. I don't know whether you have such things in sunny Prague? The drawers are just big enough to hold the small tins from Humbrol, Revell. Not big enough for railmatch paint pots though.

It's really good (well a bit flimsy, but hey what do you expect for a quid?) and a typical man solution to tidy up. Everything is all in one place and not tidied such that you can't find what you are looking for.  :doh:

If you like I can investigate postage costs. it's very light so it will be size that will dictate cost.

Hi Keith, that would be great but I have more little tins of paint than you. No, we don't have Poundland, here. Many thanks, Chris.

Blimey Chris. Thought that I could get 2 sets of drawers in a single box to “halve the unit cost of postage “. According to the parcel force calculator sending a 650 gram package to Prague would cost £45  :goggleeyes:   That means each £1 unit would cost you £23.50. I’m guessing that doesn’t make sense  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 11, 2018, 12:52:30 PM
Hi Chris, I got it from Poundland. I don't know whether you have such things in sunny Prague? The drawers are just big enough to hold the small tins from Humbrol, Revell. Not big enough for railmatch paint pots though.

It's really good (well a bit flimsy, but hey what do you expect for a quid?) and a typical man solution to tidy up. Everything is all in one place and not tidied such that you can't find what you are looking for.  :doh:

If you like I can investigate postage costs. it's very light so it will be size that will dictate cost.

Hi Keith, that would be great but I have more little tins of paint than you. No, we don't have Poundland, here. Many thanks, Chris.

Blimey Chris. Thought that I could get 2 sets of drawers in a single box to “halve the unit cost of postage “. According to the parcel force calculator sending a 650 gram package to Prague would cost £45  :goggleeyes:   That means each £1 unit would cost you £23.50. I’m guessing that doesn’t make sense  :hmmm:

Thanks, Keith. That certainly does not seem right. See: https://www.parcel2go.com/parcel-delivery/czech-republic (https://www.parcel2go.com/parcel-delivery/czech-republic)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on July 11, 2018, 01:07:32 PM
It looks like it could be under £8.00, if you take it to a drop-off point.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 11, 2018, 01:17:12 PM
Hi Chris, yep around £12 postage for two units. That would be insured, but not express  :)
So down to £7 each. By the way each of the three drawers takes 12 paint pots. So 36 pots per unit.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 11, 2018, 02:18:02 PM
Many thanks, Keith. That sounds far more reasonable. 36 pots in one unit should be more than enough. I don't use many colours but do keep 'spares'. Please, PM me re: postage and payment when you're ready. (I need to tidy up and these units will help.)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 13, 2018, 01:50:05 PM
"New" Rolling Stock Arrives


My first attempts as some serious weathering...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-130718134040-674081293.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-130718134039-6740673.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-130718134042-674091331.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-130718134044-67410794.jpeg)

Each pair of wagons uses a different technique. The "boulders" are bluetac to temporarily add some running weight.


Thank you for looking. As always comments and feedback most welcome.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 13, 2018, 02:33:00 PM
Looks good Keith.
I particularly like the pair nearest the Hymek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on July 13, 2018, 05:27:08 PM
Flippin' 'eck, they look rusty!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 13, 2018, 06:06:24 PM
The first two look too orange in the photo., to me. Such rust is more mid-to dark brown. The rust patches also look a little too large. I'd also try dry brushing dark grey and black around the raised parts most likely to collect dirt. But, for a first attempt, very good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 13, 2018, 10:14:48 PM
 :hellosign: Looking good to me, excellent work  :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on July 13, 2018, 10:21:33 PM
:hellosign: Looking good to me, excellent work  :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.

Seconded!

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on July 14, 2018, 12:31:42 PM
I think the last pic shows them up well. At least you haven't gone OTT like I did with my first attempt, but I did want them 'very grotty'

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/264-270518121532-657581246.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 23, 2018, 07:55:39 PM
They look suitably grotty to me NN! I don’t consider them to be OTT at all.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 02, 2018, 05:11:33 PM
After rather a lot of delay and procrastination I have girded my loins and filled the harbour with water.

First picture is of an extreme low tide:  :D

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164829-67793206.jpeg)

I then began water construction using the toilet paper method. This is best quality Andrex. Hate to think what the result would be using the famous old Izal stuff. Those younger than a certain age who missed the pleasures of Izal paper will have to resort to the interweb to discover its fabulous properties...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164828-677902449.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164835-67795304.jpeg)

Most of the area is covered with 2 layers of paper. some areas required a third layer. Method I used was:

Paint layer of 1:1 PVA:Water mix
Add layer of paper
Paint layer of 1:1 PVA:Water mix
Add layer of paper
Whilst still wet use a wide(ish) brush to move paper around into ripples and waves (avoid over-brushing, which can cause the paper to clump and tear. If this happens, grit teeth, mutter darkly and then add more paper and bush more gently!)
Walk away for at least a day to allow to fully dry.

Apply some paint (in my case artists acrylics):

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164835-677941609.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164841-677961926.jpeg)

After letting the paint dry I decided that the sea was too blue, so more paint applied. All of the above pictures are taken from the back of the model. I had turned the model round as it is easier to work on the harbour from the back. Aware that when viewed "the right way round" the lighting would be different I turned the model back to "front view" to apply this layer of paint. I also added some white water to the wave tops (it's quite stormy even in the harbour...)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164842-677971653.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164844-67798312.jpeg)

I now need to "tidy up round the edges", apply several coats of varnish and then add the finishing touches, such as seagulls, people, sharks fins, whales tails etc...


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on August 02, 2018, 05:24:11 PM
That is looking pretty impressive.  :thumbsup:

and then add the finishing touches, such as seagulls, people, sharks fins, whales tales etc...

And don't forget the Mermaid, as mentioned elsewhere on the forum. :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 02, 2018, 05:30:46 PM
Many thanks for this detailed, illustrated explanation, Keith. Your cliffs also helped me finish mine and, now, I can follow your example for the estuary but not the little cove as the water would not have any waves there.

I will have a spare mermaid . . . 8-)

I also have some (metal) seagulls, already spraypainted in white but they need detailing before placing.

The excellent Peedie Models have announced: "We will be adding a number of nautical items to our website shortly in both 2mm and 4mm scales, such as bollards, winches, anchors and several other items with will make your quayside look even more realistic." (Perfect timing!)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on August 02, 2018, 07:18:53 PM
Hi Keith,

All looking good and thank you for the 'how to' as any harbour advice always very welcome on board my ship.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on August 02, 2018, 08:23:56 PM

I then began water construction using the toilet paper method. This is best quality Andrex. Hate to think what the result would be using the famous old Izal stuff. Those younger than a certain age who missed the pleasures of Izal paper will have to resort to the interweb to discover its fabulous properties...

pain has a name!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Caz on August 02, 2018, 08:50:22 PM

I then began water construction using the toilet paper method. This is best quality Andrex. Hate to think what the result would be using the famous old Izal stuff. Those younger than a certain age who missed the pleasures of Izal paper will have to resort to the interweb to discover its fabulous properties...

pain has a name!

I remember at school we had to put our hand up and were given 2 sheets of the terrible stuff.  :veryangry:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: sp1 on August 02, 2018, 09:19:19 PM
You could always say that the sea was so blue because there was an outlet pipe for the water from the policeman’s laundry....😀
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on August 02, 2018, 09:46:24 PM

I then began water construction using the toilet paper method. This is best quality Andrex. Hate to think what the result would be using the famous old Izal stuff. Those younger than a certain age who missed the pleasures of Izal paper will have to resort to the interweb to discover its fabulous properties...

pain has a name!

I remember at school we had to put our hand up and were given 2 sheets of the terrible stuff.  :veryangry:

Being blunt, Izal soaked nothing up but just pushed it further up your back :doh:
However, I digress (unusual for me, I know)
The water effect with the loo roll does seem to work extremely well. Nice job!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 03, 2018, 07:23:52 AM
That is looking pretty impressive.  :thumbsup:

and then add the finishing touches, such as seagulls, people, sharks fins, whales tales etc...

And don't forget the Mermaid, as mentioned elsewhere on the forum. :)

Of course, how could I forget the Mermaid! She can be a tourist attraction, sitting on a small rock. But wait, that means I will need hordes of camera clicking tourists.... :doh:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 03, 2018, 07:35:12 AM
Thank you for the comments and support, always helpful.  :beers:

Chris, yes I saw your Mermaids on another post. It would be good if one could swim over to Sonmel.  :thumbsup: I had also seen the comments regarding Peedie models (from you I think). That’s great news I need some nautical clutter for the harbour wall. I await their release. PS have my drawers arrived yet (can I say that mods?)?

Pleased that I prompted some (painful) memories regarding the delights of Izal.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 03, 2018, 07:48:26 AM
That all looks really good Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 03, 2018, 07:51:51 AM
Thank you Martin, more detailing required but heading in the right direction!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on August 03, 2018, 08:28:28 AM
Congratulations, Keith; that looks splendid.  And an interesting technique.  Thank you.

By the way, I really like the little row of cottages.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on August 03, 2018, 09:43:34 AM
PS have my drawers arrived yet (can I say that mods?)?


Global Moderator Comment Providing no forum rules have been contravened you are free to do with your drawers what you wish ;D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 04, 2018, 06:55:48 AM
Thanks NN, I don’t normally air them in public  :-[
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 04, 2018, 11:12:28 AM
Thank you for the comments and support, always helpful.  :beers:

Chris, yes I saw your Mermaids on another post. It would be good if one could swim over to Sonmel.  :thumbsup: I had also seen the comments regarding Peedie models (from you I think). That’s great news I need some nautical clutter for the harbour wall. I await their release. PS have my drawers arrived yet (can I say that mods?)?

Pleased that I prompted some (painful) memories regarding the delights of Izal.  :beers:

Good morning Keith,

I plan to finish the three mermaids, next week, two will be surplus to requirements for Cant Cove, (although I may keep one for Penmayne), so one will be posted off to you, soon, together with a spare, duplicate (boxed) Graham Farish No. 2305 Single Vent 12T Van in BR Brown, E568011, for 'through' running, should you wish to, as Martin and I, plus others have identical vans. I should also have some spare wooden crates to add. The mermaid can be placed on a (very) small grey rock, before despatch, as I can adjust her tail to fit.

Many thanks for the two, very well-packed sets of plastic drawers for storing all my Humbrol enamel tinlets, plus acrylic paints collections, which I collected, yesterday. They will come very useful for my big end-of-summer tidy-up!

Martin's excellent Trepol Bay Harbour has a lot of added detail but I'm not sure if any are from Peedie Models. Some of the sailors are metal figures painted by me, originally intended for Penmayne Harbour. Others are German plastic figures.

I agree that the little row of cottages looks very fine. The two railwaymen's cottages which will be across the line from Cant Cove's loco. shed will look a bit similar as one will be white-painted.

I too remember the awful, shiny 'Izal' toilet paper and refuse to have a Peco 'Izal' branded pallet van for that reason!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bubule on August 04, 2018, 12:01:48 PM
After rather a lot of delay and procrastination I have girded my loins and filled the harbour with water.

First picture is of an extreme low tide:  :D

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164829-67793206.jpeg[/url])

I then began water construction using the toilet paper method. This is best quality Andrex. Hate to think what the result would be using the famous old Izal stuff. Those younger than a certain age who missed the pleasures of Izal paper will have to resort to the interweb to discover its fabulous properties...

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164828-677902449.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164835-67795304.jpeg[/url])

Most of the area is covered with 2 layers of paper. some areas required a third layer. Method I used was:

Paint layer of 1:1 PVA:Water mix
Add layer of paper
Paint layer of 1:1 PVA:Water mix
Add layer of paper
Whilst still wet use a wide(ish) brush to move paper around into ripples and waves (avoid over-brushing, which can cause the paper to clump and tear. If this happens, grit teeth, mutter darkly and then add more paper and bush more gently!)
Walk away for at least a day to allow to fully dry.

Apply some paint (in my case artists acrylics):

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164835-677941609.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164841-677961926.jpeg[/url])

After letting the paint dry I decided that the sea was too blue, so more paint applied. All of the above pictures are taken from the back of the model. I had turned the model round as it is easier to work on the harbour from the back. Aware that when viewed "the right way round" the lighting would be different I turned the model back to "front view" to apply this layer of paint. I also added some white water to the wave tops (it's quite stormy even in the harbour...)

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164842-677971653.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-020818164844-67798312.jpeg[/url])

I now need to "tidy up round the edges", apply several coats of varnish and then add the finishing touches, such as seagulls, people, sharks fins, whales tails etc...


Very nice scene ! Great job and design. The perspective is nicely done.  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 04, 2018, 12:52:18 PM
 :thankyousign: Jeff.

 :thankyousign: Chris. Pleased to hear that the drawers arrived safely and will be fully functional soon.  :D

A Mermaid on a rock will be perfect, thank you.  :thumbsup: I have been contemplating adding a harbour view walkway. This would be an ideal vantage point for camera wielding tourists to snap the Mermaid.
I also look forward to receiving the wagon for through running with Martin and you (and others). I am slightly concerned  :( that this will mean that I have to concentrate more when reading your posts!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 04, 2018, 01:25:02 PM
Thanks, Keith. Don't worry, the van is a generic BR one and can appear in any train. 8-)

The plastic storage boxes are excellent and already full.

I will work on completing the mermaids in the coming week. Yours will be the extrovert sister of Cant Cove's shy, long blonde-haired 'merry maid' (mermaid), Morveren. She will sit, on her hidden rock, combing her hair and (you will have to imagine) softly but beautifully, singing, whilst some seagulls (when I find them) sit nearby and listen.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 05, 2018, 09:51:13 AM
Thank you Chris. I will have to get planning (and building) the walkway!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on August 05, 2018, 10:13:28 AM
That is great modelling, and it's good to see the toilet paper technique being used.  :thumbsup:

However, at the risk of being shot at dawn from afar, I find the water a bit too blue.

 :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 05, 2018, 12:09:54 PM
That is great modelling, and it's good to see the toilet paper technique being used.  :thumbsup:

However, at the risk of being shot at dawn from afar, I find the water a bit too blue.

 :sorrysign:

I blame global warming for the Mediterranean blue sea! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 05, 2018, 02:08:39 PM
That is great modelling, and it's good to see the toilet paper technique being used.  :thumbsup:

However, at the risk of being shot at dawn from afar, I find the water a bit too blue.

 :sorrysign:


Thank you for the feedback George, no problem, no ICBMs being fired from here.

I am not entirely sure where Sonmel is located (gives me all sorts of modelling licence)!  ;)

However, there are strong indications that the south coast of England is becoming more Mediterranean. I took this photo on Wednesday from near to home...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/5078-050818140158-67839570.jpeg)

 
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on August 05, 2018, 02:38:13 PM
Cant Cove's shy, long blonde-haired 'merry maid' (mermaid), Morveren. She will sit, on her hidden rock, combing her hair and (you will have to imagine) softly but beautifully, singing

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on August 05, 2018, 03:58:10 PM
 :hellosign:

The water looks a lot nicer than the water in Weymouth harbour …..don't forget the varnish will darken it, and change it's colour a bit  :D

Lovin' what you're doing, and the row of terraced houses look just like the row of coloured fisherman's cottages I live in  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 05, 2018, 04:28:37 PM
:hellosign:

The water looks a lot nicer than the water in Weymouth harbour …..don't forget the varnish will darken it, and change it's colour a bit  :D

Lovin' what you're doing, and the row of terraced houses look just like the row of coloured fisherman's cottages I live in  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
And just like the row of old miner’s cottages we live in. Except ours aren’t coloured!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 06, 2018, 07:22:15 AM
:hellosign:

The water looks a lot nicer than the water in Weymouth harbour …..don't forget the varnish will darken it, and change it's colour a bit  :D

Lovin' what you're doing, and the row of terraced houses look just like the row of coloured fisherman's cottages I live in  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:

 :thankyousign: Kevin. I’m not familiar with those, must look more carefully next time in town! Sonmel’s are (loosely) based on Scottish cottages at Portree.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 06, 2018, 07:23:53 AM
:hellosign:

The water looks a lot nicer than the water in Weymouth harbour …..don't forget the varnish will darken it, and change it's colour a bit  :D

Lovin' what you're doing, and the row of terraced houses look just like the row of coloured fisherman's cottages I live in  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
And just like the row of old miner’s cottages we live in. Except ours aren’t coloured!

Maybe there’s a new project for you Martin? ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on August 06, 2018, 07:35:46 AM
Portree on Skye! Thanks for jogging me memory. I was there a few years back, and couldn't for the life of me remember the name of the place.

Yeah saw those cottages.

Thanks again!  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 08, 2018, 07:35:07 AM
I forgot to say earlier that the row of cottages are a slightly modified Ratio kit.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 08, 2018, 09:13:47 AM
I forgot to say earlier that the row of cottages are a slightly modified Ratio kit.

Thank you, Keith. I thought they looked better than the DORNAPLAS terrace houses which are, to me, too narrow. However, the Dornaplas windows are better than the plastic Ratio ones. Anyway, thanks for the colour scheme inspiration.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 10, 2018, 05:31:14 PM
I forgot to say earlier that the row of cottages are a slightly modified Ratio kit.

Doh!  :doh: they are a highly modified Ratio kit - the only Ratio parts are the gutters and downpipes! The kit is a Kestrel kit.  :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 10, 2018, 06:10:08 PM
I forgot to say earlier that the row of cottages are a slightly modified Ratio kit.

Doh!  :doh: they are a highly modified Ratio kit - the only Ratio parts are the gutters and downpipes! The kit is a Kestrel kit.  :sorrysign:

Thank you, Keith. The Ratio gutters and drainpipes are much better than those supplied in other kits. I have a stockpile of them spraypainted black ready to use.

The Kestrel windows (unless you carefully file the window bars to make them thinner) and drainpipes are rather crude. I have / had some Kestrel building kits (houses, shops) but may have passed them on, as I did the ones already made and painted I once had. The Ratio brass windows and doors are a big improvement. However, the Dornaplas plastic doors (in particular) and windows (both available separately and which I have also stockpiled and spraypainted ready to use, are also good. I bought their signalbox just for the LSWR pattern stairs.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 16, 2018, 03:56:50 PM
Ages since I ran some trains. Wet morning here so a good excuse to clean the track and do some serious work (running trains that is). It was a bit dark in the man cave with all of the heavy cloud so apologies for the poor depth of field in the photos.

At low level in the foreground a Pullman train passes a stationary class 22 hauling BP tankers:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-160818153641-681921003.jpeg)

A trawler struggles to enter a rather turbulent harbour. At high level the Class 04 is running some hopper wagons up to the quarry. Meanwhile a Class 121 DMU, used to transport workers to and from the quarry, waits for "going home time".

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-160818153639-68171382.jpeg)

The reason for the stopped Class 22 is the mineral wagons exiting from the lower works.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-160818153644-681932238.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-160818153650-681951300.jpeg)

Please don't be alarmed at the incomplete high level track! No one has "gone over the edge" yet. :no:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on August 16, 2018, 09:53:09 PM
Mmmmm. Hydraulics. :drool:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on August 17, 2018, 07:16:53 AM
Nice work on the harbour Keith, looks really effective :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 17, 2018, 07:37:26 AM
Thank you Andrew. It’s not been varnished yet, I’m still deciding whether or not my painting work is done.  :hmmm:

There is also a high level of excitement relating to rumours of sightings of a Mermaid. I may need to implement crowd control measures.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on August 17, 2018, 07:44:26 AM
Great pictures!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on August 17, 2018, 11:26:49 AM
Great pictures!  :thumbsup:

Seconded!

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 17, 2018, 08:42:44 PM
That looks really excellent Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: RailGooner on August 17, 2018, 08:51:30 PM
 :greatpicturessign: :greatwork:
Great pics of some great modelling Keith. :thumbsup: Thank you. :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 17, 2018, 09:25:17 PM
:greatpicturessign: :greatwork:
Great pics of some great modelling Keith. :thumbsup: Thank you. :beers:

Seconded. The grey cliffs helped me finish mine with dry brushing. The mermaid on her small rock should be coming, soon!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 18, 2018, 07:56:50 PM
Sonmel's mermaid waving with her right arm, seated on her rock. [A real Cornish rock, courtesy of Martin. It was the best rock I could select. The superglue around her looks like water as she has just emerged from the sea.]

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2018-08-18%2017.52.53_zpslnirfdbx.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2018-08-18%2017.52.53_zpslnirfdbx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 20, 2018, 05:29:25 PM
Thank you for the "Thank Yous" and comments, they are much appreciated.  :thankyousign:

As rumours spread through the island of famed "Mermaid sightings" management orders construction work to begin at the harbour in anticipation of large crowds. Sonmel is no different to anywhere else in the world when it comes to construction, I spot three workers and at least twice that number "supervising". There is no information available on what is being built.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-200818171546-683042129.jpeg)

To maintain a balance another photo of the hydraulics in action:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-200818171548-68305813.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 21, 2018, 07:06:44 PM
TWo Extra-LWB "INSULFISH" vans will be despatched to the island of Sonmel, tomorrow.

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2018-08-16%2014.50.16_zpsqcsyuxhp.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2018-08-16%2014.50.16_zpsqcsyuxhp.jpg.html)

Both have been fully overhauled. The one on the right has been fitted with roller bearings (hence the gloss yellow axlebox covers) and will be used to convey prime fresh fish to North Cornwall whilst the one, on the left, will be used on Sonmel, itself on fresh fish traffic.

Sonmel's famous mermaid waves goodbye to Cant Cove's Morveren.

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2018-08-21%2014.29.46_zpstcnnjblg.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2018-08-21%2014.29.46_zpstcnnjblg.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 22, 2018, 05:42:06 PM
The Sonmel boffins have intercepted a transmission from a passing satellite, affording this unusual view:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-200818171544-682762444.jpeg)

As can be seen, only one major area of the island remains completely "undeveloped". There are calls for more housing, however, the available area will have spectacular views to the west of the quarry rock handling plant.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 22, 2018, 06:56:51 PM
Thank you Keith.
It’s great to see this overall view.
It’s all looking really good.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 22, 2018, 07:31:11 PM
Thank you Keith.
It’s great to see this overall view.
It’s all looking really good.

Seconded!

Where will the mermaid and her little rock be, I wonder? What is her name, I wonder? 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 23, 2018, 06:46:36 AM
 :thankyousign: Martin & Chris.

It’s taken me 2 years (and a bit!) to get this far. I reckon I have at least another 2 to go.....
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on August 23, 2018, 09:39:25 AM
Smashing view of the layout, Keith. I never realised Gary Powers was still flying his spy plane about :no:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 23, 2018, 05:35:29 PM
Smashing view of the layout, Keith. I never realised Gary Powers was still flying his spy plane about :no:

Thank you Mick. I think that you have got the wrong rock band there, I was thinking more Tornados (hope that’s not too obtuse?)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Flakmunky on August 23, 2018, 06:25:35 PM
Looks like a fun layout! Some really nice touches... Thanks for the updates.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Leon on August 24, 2018, 08:17:14 PM
:thankyousign: Martin & Chris.

It’s taken me 2 years (and a bit!) to get this far. I reckon I have at least another 2 to go.....

Keith, it's looking good! Had my 80th birthday this week, but I feel good and do a little every day. Two years or four years, will be just fine for me - and every day is an adventure. :)

Leon
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 24, 2018, 08:51:17 PM
Thank you Leon, and many happy returns to you!

Hope that I will be modelling for many years to come. I’m in no rush and Mrs Keith is worried that when I finish this layout I will want to build another. (I’m already planning...)

I think that I have posted on your thread that retirement offers the chance to do things at a more reasonable pace, and I have found with Sonmel that the bits that I have rushed I have either re-done or will be re-done. And as you say every day is a new adventure ( currently thinking about motorising a point and maybe installing some lighting...)

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 26, 2018, 12:35:40 PM
I fully agree, Keith: " the bits that I have rushed I have either re-done or will be re-done."
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on August 26, 2018, 04:25:21 PM
I have "re-done" quite a few bits and didn't think I had rushed them at the time! The problem with life and this flamin' forum, is that you keep finding new, (and better), ways of doing things!  :doh: But thanks to everybody who keeps putting in their twopennorth.  :thumbsup:. As @Leon (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6724) says, "two years or four years......" - who is counting? And belated birthday greetings Leon.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 26, 2018, 09:53:50 PM
The Sonmel boffins have intercepted a transmission from a passing satellite, affording this unusual view:

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-200818171544-682762444.jpeg[/url])

As can be seen, only one major area of the island remains completely "undeveloped". There are calls for more housing, however, the available area will have spectacular views to the west of the quarry rock handling plant.  :hmmm:

 :hellosign: Thanks for the   :greatpicturessign:  & the recent updates, looking really neat   :thumbsup:   :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 12, 2018, 03:46:53 PM
Local sculptor, Pablo Moore, has been commissioned to provide a tourist attraction for the harbour area. Inspired by recent (I probably need to check my time lines here,  :uneasy: ) sightings in the Cornish town of Cant Cove he has produced this masterpiece:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-120918153045-689692294.jpeg)

Pablo has criticised the local landscaping workers for not completing the grass seeding in the area. He is also critical of the quality of the road surfacing. Such is his "artistic fervour" that there are rumours that he may demand that his magnificent sculpture is relocated to another harbourside area more fitting for his work.

{Some readers will be pleased to see that the sculpture of the Mermaid comes complete with her very own treasure chest}
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 12, 2018, 05:20:22 PM
It is a splendid work of art!

(Great to see that the mermaid arrived safely, as did the two sets of transparent drawers! Nothing to do with female undergarments. )
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on September 12, 2018, 09:11:10 PM
Yep, I can see her chest!  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 19, 2018, 03:49:17 PM
I have decided what to do with the last remaining (large) undeveloped area of Sonmel.

The planners felt that housing would be inappropriate but have agreed to one of these being built:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5078-120918153041-68968289.jpeg)

It took a while to arrive from Japan, via customs and the obligatory VAT (plus handling) charging departments. These added 50% to the cost!

Many pieces currently being de-flashed and primed prior to painting. Hopefully construction will be straightforward as my Japanese is poor (to say the least). However, much kit bashing will be required so maybe the assembly instructions will be superfluous anyway.  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: wookie on September 19, 2018, 04:23:12 PM
Looks interesting, a piperama  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on September 22, 2018, 11:55:18 AM
 :hellosign: Looks interesting keith, look forward to seeing in situ
      regards Derek.
   
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 24, 2018, 07:30:02 PM
Rock School opens

The first (official) climbers have been released from the climbing school.

Thanks to blacksheep for the mountaineering advice, any errors in technique are due to me rather than blacksheep. I believe that the guy on the right is "top roping" and the girl lower left (yellow top) is "lead climbing". The crazy guy near to the very top in the centre with the red shirt is about to get a surprise. He will soon encounter a very rare beast - a Sonmel Mountain Goat, "Oreamnos Sonmelus Kevinus". A rare sighting of two can be seen.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/5078-240918190934-693831164.jpeg)
 
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on September 24, 2018, 07:49:40 PM
Great fun.
Is the guy in the blue top and red trousers going up or down?
Whichever, I do hope that the white goat doesn’t have a gnaw at the rope!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on September 24, 2018, 09:26:25 PM
Rock School opens

The first (official) climbers have been released from the climbing school.

Thanks to blacksheep for the mountaineering advice, any errors in technique are due to me rather than blacksheep. I believe that the guy on the right is "top roping" and the girl lower left (yellow top) is "lead climbing". The crazy guy near to the very top in the centre with the red shirt is about to get a surprise. He will soon encounter a very rare beast - a Sonmel Mountain Goat, "Oreamnos Sonmelus Kevinus". A rare sighting of two can be seen.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/5078-240918190934-693831164.jpeg[/url])


Looks good, is the guy at the top free climbing (no rope)?

The one lead climbing, is the person lower down the rope belaying for them?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 25, 2018, 06:59:56 AM
Great fun.
Is the guy in the blue top and red trousers going up or down?
Whichever, I do hope that the white goat doesn’t have a gnaw at the rope!

He is supposed to be going up. As you say, goats will eat anything - if it does gnaw the rope he may be going down.  :(
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 25, 2018, 07:06:44 AM
Rock School opens


Looks good, is the guy at the top free climbing (no rope)?

The one lead climbing, is the person lower down the rope belaying for them?

Yes, the guy at the top in the red shirt is free climbing.

He should be belaying, looks more like he is hanging on for dear life.  :worried:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on September 25, 2018, 08:05:49 AM
Hi Keith,

I've just noticed this, a very rare breed of goat you have there  :D  ;)  :D

All best wishes,
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Black Sheep on September 25, 2018, 12:09:47 PM



Looks good, is the guy at the top free climbing (no rope)?

The one lead climbing, is the person lower down the rope belaying for them?

Rock School opens

Yes, the guy at the top in the red shirt is free climbing.

He should be belaying, looks more like he is hanging on for dear life.  :worried:

if the rope below him is not stuck down it may look neater if it were coiled to the right of his feet and a couple of dots of silver paint on the rope between him and the climber would represent the quick-draws (that clip the rope to the rock)

It does look great, need to see if I've got space on my layout for some climbers
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 26, 2018, 07:33:44 AM



Looks good, is the guy at the top free climbing (no rope)?

The one lead climbing, is the person lower down the rope belaying for them?

Rock School opens

Yes, the guy at the top in the red shirt is free climbing.

He should be belaying, looks more like he is hanging on for dear life.  :worried:

if the rope below him is not stuck down it may look neater if it were coiled to the right of his feet and a couple of dots of silver paint on the rope between him and the climber would represent the quick-draws (that clip the rope to the rock)

It does look great, need to see if I've got space on my layout for some climbers


Thank you for the expertise! It’s all held together with tacky wax, so modifications should be easy.  :(
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 15, 2018, 02:45:16 PM
So, the factory is substantially complete. Needs finishing off and "planting" properly...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/5078-151018143923-701022022.jpeg)

I now need to see if I can turn the train load of pipes and process equipment into something...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/5078-151018143923-70105481.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 15, 2018, 03:46:16 PM
Looks pretty good to me.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2018, 05:48:54 PM
A very interesting selection of wagon loads. It's well worth spraypainting any of those Peco wagons which are unpainted, including the wooden floors a lighter wood colour for the BR livery ones.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 21, 2018, 07:35:18 AM
Hi all, just back from a month away, seems mighty cold here!

No progress to report on from here, but I see that you have all been very busy. Lots of things to catch up on...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on November 21, 2018, 07:59:36 AM
Welcome back again.  We all look forward to some more reports of your layout in due course.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 21, 2018, 08:35:01 AM
Welcome back again.  We all look forward to some more reports of your layout in due course.

Seconded! How is the Cornish mermaid? 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 21, 2018, 08:00:00 PM
Welcome back again.  We all look forward to some more reports of your layout in due course.
:hellosign: Thirded,
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on November 25, 2018, 07:50:52 PM
Thank you Laurence, Chris & Derek.

Pablo Moore is still not happy with the original placement of his Mermaid statue. Negotiations on a suitable re-location continue....

Still catching up, not managed to get time on the layout yet, but hopefully this week will see some progress. Meanwhile busy compiling my wish list for Santa 🎅

I did manage to get some time at the New Forest open day today in Brockenhurst. Some good n gauge layouts.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 20, 2019, 09:45:28 AM
Eye, Eye...

Some time since my last post so a quick update.

Progress over December and January was slow and not particularly interesting, Ballasting, scenery bits and pieces and some model construction. I have some photos which I will post.

However, at the beginning of February I had surgery to repair a detached retina. Needless to say this has prevented any work on Sonmel. I’m recuperating ok, consultant is pleased with progress but it’s a steady haul back to full vision. Typing and reading is a bit difficult but improving steadily. Hence not many comments on others posts either!

 :beers:

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on February 20, 2019, 10:09:29 AM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 20, 2019, 10:43:00 AM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Keith.

Seconded! Take it easy, Keith. Post when you're ready. But, many thanks for the update so we know what is happening.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on February 20, 2019, 12:23:24 PM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Keith.

Seconded! Take it easy, Keith. Post when you're ready. But, many thanks for the update so we know what is happening.
Make that three!  Your eyes are so important that you really need to look after them otherwise, no modelling.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on February 20, 2019, 01:23:58 PM
Best wishes, Keith.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Phoenix on February 20, 2019, 05:37:30 PM
So sorry to hear that Keith.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on February 20, 2019, 05:58:01 PM
Don’t overdo things Keith.
Best wishes for a full recovery.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 20, 2019, 10:43:20 PM
 :hellosign:   :sorrysign:  to hear, look after yourself wishing you a speedy return to full health
    regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on February 21, 2019, 01:52:39 AM
All the best Keith

We look forward to your updates when you are ready.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: wookie on February 22, 2019, 08:55:11 PM
Hope you're soon fighting fit Keith
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 23, 2019, 07:40:44 AM
Hi all,

 :thankyousign: for the well wishes and kind thoughts.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on February 27, 2019, 03:34:43 PM
Abridged post..

I'm not able to resume modelling work yet (some would say...  :no:) but my vision is now good enough to read and write reasonably well. Therefore an update on work done over the winter months.

The bridges over the entrance to the harbour have always been temporarily fixed. They are now firmly bolted and concreted in...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-240219143959-74379869.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 06, 2019, 01:19:17 PM
"Well, stone me..."

The ballast train arrives and delivers a load of stone to the newly completed harbour bridge track.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-060319131244-747391198.jpeg)

The partially completed work. I need to add some brick piers to the end of the bridge.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-060319131244-747391357.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 06, 2019, 01:44:35 PM
Thanks for the photos. Very nice work, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on March 06, 2019, 01:54:20 PM
Thanks for the photos. Very nice work, Keith.

Seconded.  Looking excellent, thank you.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on March 06, 2019, 02:44:01 PM
Very nice indeed.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on March 08, 2019, 04:51:55 PM
Hope your eyes are conntinuing to improve, great to see the pictures of the bridges, looking very good
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on March 08, 2019, 07:27:01 PM
Nice work, Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 10, 2019, 03:20:21 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
    Looking good Keith
  regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 14, 2019, 01:41:37 PM
"Lazing on a sunny afternoon..."

Firstly, many thanks for the kind comments on the modelling and well-wishes for the eye.

Things continue to improve and I've even managed to do some modelling this week! Photos to follow so that we can judge how well I can really see  :goggleeyes:

Whilst the ballast train was in town we managed to take a few photos as the late afternoon sun peeked round the slopes of Mount Cerebral:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-060319131246-74741541.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-060319131246-74741651.jpeg)


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 14, 2019, 02:00:57 PM
Thanks for the photos. Good to see the sun was out. Nice model ballast train, Keith. The ex-SECR 20t brake van is a good choice for such a train but some wag has branded it LMS! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 16, 2019, 08:01:58 AM
Thank you Chris. All sorts of misdemeanours happen on Sonmel!  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on March 16, 2019, 09:29:40 AM
Thank you Chris. All sorts of misdemeanours happen on Sonmel!  :beers:

Hopefully, Miss Demeanour will decide to relocate to Poppingham!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 17, 2019, 07:25:54 AM
 :laughabovepost:

Ah, Miss D Meanour would welcome a move to the delightful location of sunny Poppingham. She could arrive with her travelling companion, Miss Di Rection?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 18, 2019, 03:58:49 PM
Pier pressure

The brick piers have been built at the bridge ends and some seriously robust fencing has appeared to prevent rock falls. In the first picture some work is needed to "tidy up" the brickwork! Also the ballast crew will need to be back...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-140319134351-74945431.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/75/5078-180319154617-750952103.jpeg)

Thanks for looking!  :)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on March 18, 2019, 05:03:08 PM
Great work.
I love the rust staining on the bridge pier.
And that fencing works well.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: lil chris on March 18, 2019, 05:55:13 PM
Very nice looking bridges Keith. Look after your health too,pleased to hear your getting better.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 19, 2019, 04:08:10 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Seconded on both the above post's
       regards Derek
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on March 20, 2019, 07:27:08 AM
 :thankyousign: Martin, Chris & Derek. Things certainly start to look better as the small details are added. I have a lot of them still to add... :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on April 29, 2019, 07:24:42 AM
 :hellosign: back in action after a longish holiday.

I see that there is lots of progress to catch up on around the forum. Everyone has been very busy. 👍
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 29, 2019, 11:42:51 AM
Very glad to 'see' you back, Keith. Not long now until June when I hope to be more active with work on Cant Cove and agreeing, describing and photographing more 'through' trains with all those interested,
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on April 30, 2019, 06:59:55 AM
Very glad to 'see' you back, Keith. Not long now until June when I hope to be more active with work on Cant Cove and agreeing, describing and photographing more 'through' trains with all those interested,

Thank you Chris. The eye is holding up well, next visit to the consultant is scheduled for the end of May.

Ah, the challenge of through running. Not sure that I am capable of such accuracy! However, I do have stock that would be common with alternative Cornwall and the French / Spanish border region. Perhaps an infrequent ferry service from Sonmel could be initiated?   :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 01, 2019, 02:35:37 PM
Permanent Way Success

Amazing! After 3 months of train inactivity and some serious ballast work, trains ran straight away with no problems  :claphappy:

A Class 22 hauls away the last of the ballast wagons...

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/76/5078-010519142043-7685093.jpeg)

But what's this? The 04 shunter is also seen moving 2 newly arrived coaches. The first is a standard Pullman, but the second has an unusual colour for the roof.
It would seem that we have some rogue stock arrived from "le continent"

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-140319134349-749422409.jpeg)

Where could this have come from? {Answers on a postcard, no prizes involved, the editor's decision is final, all trademarks acknowledged, legal stuff applies, etc. etc}
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Newportnobby on May 01, 2019, 03:41:26 PM

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/5078-140319134349-749422409.jpeg)

Where could this have come from?

France?? :laugh: Going by the windows and the smaller profile I would venture perhaps a Minitrix or Lima item. :-\
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 01, 2019, 07:51:48 PM
Thanks for the excellent photos., Keith.

The mystery coach is a LIMA 320333 Blue and White CIWL Pullman No. 4161. No. 4161 has arrived, via train ferry, of course. No. 4161 is, normally, part of the CIWL Pullman "Star of the West" / 'L'etoile de l'Ouest', Brittany - Cornwall (via the West Porthsea Quay - Regleun train ferry) service. However, outside the Summer timetable, the coaches are available for charter. No. 4161 has been hired, via Marielle Kerbriant, the SW England CIWL representative, to take the "Chelsea Girls" for week's holiday in Sonmel. They have booked one of the charming pastel-painted harbourside cottages for their stay and are looking forward to exploring the island and seeing the mermaid, a relative of Cant Cove's own Morveren.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2019, 07:11:20 AM
Well done NN, it has Lima marked on its bottom. As to coming from France, Chris has provided more detailed information suggesting it has come from either Alternative Brittany or Alternative Cornwall.

Chris, the Sonmel tourist board, recently formed on 1st May  :), is delighted to welcome the Chelsea Girls. No expense will be incurred spared in ensuring  that they have a memorable visit  ;). The board will endeavour to reveal all of the delights of the island.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 03, 2019, 10:19:07 PM
Well done NN, it has Lima marked on its bottom. As to coming from France, Chris has provided more detailed information suggesting it has come from either Alternative Brittany or Alternative Cornwall.

Chris, the Sonmel tourist board, recently formed on 1st May  :), is delighted to welcome the Chelsea Girls. No expense will be incurred spared in ensuring that they have a memorable visit  ;). The board will endeavour to reveal all of the delights of the island.

Thanks, Keith, that's excellent news. I'm sure that 'Girls' will have a wonderful time. They are looking forward to meeting the official tourist guide. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 04, 2019, 07:30:29 AM
Happy Star Wars Day everybody  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 04, 2019, 11:20:37 AM
Thanks, Keith. I wish you the same.

I have some basic Dornaplas kits already spraypainted ready to construct a short terrace of houses with gardens which, on a removable base, will cover the Hex Frog Juicer. I plan to build the short terrace of railwaymen's cottages, inspired by a much longer terrace behind Wadebridge station for Cant Cove, this summer. They won't be in the same bright pastel colours of the very attractive terrace at Sonmel but will have plastered and plain stone walls. One will be for the Cant Cove signalman and the other, which was for the loco. crew when Cant Cove was a terminus and the loco. shed in daily use, will house the local doctor (MD) who is a friend of the local mermaid, Morveren. (There will be a future story about them.)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 07, 2019, 07:22:21 AM
A clean sweep

Many thanks to Train Waiting (thank you John), and Webbo for the informative information regarding track cleaning.

I’ve just cleaned the track using contact cleaner (Halfords rather than WD40), but that’s simply because I had a can of the Halfords stuff. Really good looking results and quick and easy too.

My method is:

Spray some contact cleaner into a milk bottle top
Dip a champagne cork into the pool of cleaner
Rub wet cork along track

I feel that further research is required as to which champagne cork is the best.  :)

PS John’s excellent post regarding engine cleaning is a step too far for me.  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on May 07, 2019, 08:12:24 AM
I’ve just cleaned the track using contact cleaner (Halfords rather than WD40), but that’s simply because I had a can of the Halfords stuff. Really good looking results and quick and easy too.

My method is:

Spray some contact cleaner into a milk bottle top
Dip a champagne cork into the pool of cleaner
Rub wet cork along track

I feel that further research is required as to which champagne cork is the best.  :)


Many thanks, Keith.  I use a similar method, but with a little piece of cloth over the cork for the first clean.  Then just the cork for the second clean.

The research is continuing, here at the Table-Top Railway.  Champagne corks are good (those from Cava and suchlike are best avoided, in my view), but better are those from English Sparkling Wine.  'Nyetimber' and 'Chapel Down' are excellent and generally available.  Perhaps the best, so far, is from 'Leckford Estate', exclusive to Waitrose.

Happy track cleaning... and cork hunting.

Best wishes

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on May 10, 2019, 08:47:13 AM
Nice work on the ballast Keith ... I also liked the staining on the bridge piers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 10, 2019, 03:47:31 PM
Talking of champagne (corks). The "Chelsea Girls" are enjoying their stay on the Isle of Sonmel. They are:

Sylvia (Trevelver) (big, brown eyes, long brunette / sometimes dyed auburn -- hair)
Eli (Elayne Guillou) - originally long, sometimes short, auburn hair
'Big' Belinda (blonde), round face
Suzi (long, dark wavy blonde hair, brown eyes),
Monique, French model (brunette)
Jenny (blonde), short, round face
Angela (curly, longhaired brunette) -- very methodical; the organiser
Amanda, new.

8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 13, 2019, 02:47:07 PM
Long Train Running*

The Sonmel Tourist Board did not appreciate how many Chelsea Girls would be arriving. In a state of mild panic the longest train ever to run on Sonmel was rapidly assembled. Not knowing the exact requirements of the vacationing party, and keen to impress, Western Sultan is seen hauling an eclectic mixture of rolling stock.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-130519143220.jpeg)

We have a baggage car for storing no end of suitcases (I can't image the Chelsea Girls arriving with just overnight bags), together with many cases of various alcoholic beverages.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-130519140647-77348954.jpeg)

A First class carriage for use during daytime sight seeing excursions and a Buffet car for daytime canapes and aperitifs:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-130519140649-773661422.jpeg)

The sleeping car that the girls arrived in by ferry, and finally two Pullman dining cars for fine dining experiences whilst on the move. Whilst the colourful harbourside cottages look very appealing their catering facilities are rather limited. As of yet Sonmel does not have a restaurant. Like so many things on the island this is at "planning and pre-construction" phases.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-130519140651-77368365.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-130519140651-773681568.jpeg)

I really must invest in some better quality lighting for photographs.

Thank you for looking.

*Doobie Brothers if you were wondering.





Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on May 13, 2019, 04:12:13 PM
Nice to see ma long train running Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 13, 2019, 04:41:20 PM
Nice to see ma long train running Keith.

Seconded!

A very fine selection of coaches, Keith. Very wise to include a CCT for all their suitcases at the front. They will be accompanied by their close male friends but two Pullman cars should be more than sufficient. 8-) Still it allows the authorities to run a full-length train. The "Western" has been suitably cleaned and polished for the occasion and looks in full control of its train.

The first photo. shows the majestic cliffs very well.

[Look out for the "Girls" in the post, next week, Keith.]
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on May 13, 2019, 06:39:13 PM
Splendid, Keith.

Being an old-fashioned sort of chap I love the Pullmans.

Tickety-tonk.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 13, 2019, 10:11:42 PM
 :hellosign:.  :greatpicturessign:
  All looking really superb Keith.
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 20, 2019, 01:33:27 PM
Warning Adult Content - some viewers may find the following post unsuitable

The Chelsea Girls were keen to see the local statue of the "Cant Cove" Mermaid. This has now been permanently located close to the harbour. Local sculptor Pablo Moore is quoted as being "well happy" with the location.

A photo opportunity was capitalised upon by the Sonmel tourist board. The girls were happy to pose, some dressed very appropriately for the excellent weather conditions.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-200519131706-776622427.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-200519131706-7766211.jpeg)

In the second photo the newly arrived dining car can be seen in the background crossing over the harbour bridge.

As many have commented, taking photos can seriously highlight the many unfinished features...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 20, 2019, 01:36:34 PM
Splendid, Keith.

Being an old-fashioned sort of chap I love the Pullmans.

Tickety-tonk.

John

Especially for you John... (I like them too and seem to have a growing collection).

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-200519131707-776682249.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on May 20, 2019, 02:00:55 PM
Excellent photographs Keith.
Those Pullmans do look good - maybe something for the future at Trepol Bay.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 20, 2019, 03:03:34 PM
Many thanks, Keith, for these excellent photos. The "Chelsea Girls" seem to have brought along Cant Cove's official photographer and his charming assistant for the photo. sessions.

Whilst to the untrained eye, the statue of Sonmel's lovely mermaid may seem to be just that, the "Girls" know that the mermaid is real but has the power to appear to be a statue. So they were able to chat to her. They were very glad to be able to wear their summer clothes thanks to the mild, sunny climate of the Isle. They found the harbour cottages very pretty.

They were very pleased to see that the familiar BR SR Green RFO had safely arrived to take them back to Cornwall via Devon when their relaxing break comes to an end. They were also interested to see the British "Pullman" cars of the "Sonmel Belle" which reminded them of the "Cornish Belle", which runs from Waterloo to Penmayne and back via Wadebridge, Okehampton, and Exeter and first run back in the 1920s when the Dowager Duchess of Trevelver was a young debutante. Lord and Lady Trevelver and their friends are regular travellers on the midday "Cornish Belle", three coaches plus the Observation Car forming the Penmayne portion.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 20, 2019, 03:41:58 PM
Excellent photographs Keith.
Those Pullmans do look good - maybe something for the future at Trepol Bay.

Thank you Martin. Part one of the lighting upgrade in the train shed was completed today and it has made a real difference (not much natural light today, very dull here). I've changed my GU10 spotlight bulbs to LED daylight bulbs. As well as giving better light they have gone from using 50 watts to 5 watts. Now, what can I buy with all that money I'm saving...  :hmmm:

Yes, I really like the Pullmans, an opportunity from more through running? Not too complicated though I have trouble keeping up with all of the parallel universes on here.  :worried:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 20, 2019, 03:45:38 PM
Thank you Chris. The Girls are having a "truly fabulous" time.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 20, 2019, 03:49:59 PM
Alas, I have yet to build my 3D printed Pullman Observation Car although I have most of the parts. In any case, it would have to go to Gideon for painting. However, I do have some old style (1920s?) Graham Farish British Pullmans, including one brake end that could run 'through', this summer, to Sonmel via the new train ferry. (I also have some of the later Metro-Cammel ones, also for the "Cornish Belle" in later years, behind diesel locos.) One of the "Chelsea Girls" will win the annual "Miss Cornish Belle' contest when I can get around to arranging everything for the pictures!

I also have plans to make some posters for the train ferry services, later.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on May 20, 2019, 04:41:19 PM
Splendid, Keith.

Being an old-fashioned sort of chap I love the Pullmans.

Tickety-tonk.

John

Especially for you John... (I like them too and seem to have a growing collection).

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/5078-200519131707-776682249.jpeg)

Thank you very much, Keith.  Quite my kind of thing.

I'm sitting in a First Class car (always a 'car' for the Pullman Co.!) having light luncheon and looking out at the harbour and pretty cottages.  It's all jolly agreeable old chap.

Thanks again.

Chin-chin

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on May 20, 2019, 04:55:58 PM
Great storyline Keith, great photo's of the Chelea girls   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 21, 2019, 09:42:23 PM
Great storyline Keith, great photo's of the Chelea girls   :thumbsup:
:hellosign: Seconded Excellent work keith
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 03, 2019, 02:04:13 PM
Departure Time

Time for the Chelsea girls to head home after a short (but enjoyable) holiday.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-030619140036-780711205.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-030619140036-780711586.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 03, 2019, 05:15:26 PM
Many thanks, Keith, for these two photos. That is a very unusual yellow loco. The BR Maroon BR Standard RMB wiil, I'm sure, be kept busy serving the passengers on their return journey to the mainland via the train ferry crossing to Porthsea Quay, Cornwall. Sylvia and Eli will then be off to the Continent, again, soon, having already amde a short trip to visit TOUROPA in Munich.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 03, 2019, 07:22:55 PM
Thank you Chris. Yes, the yellow loco is a very recent arrival on Sonmel. It’s possible that it came on the ferry from Port Regleun.  :hmmm:

More pictures coming soon...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 03, 2019, 07:39:40 PM
Couldn't resist the price eh Keith  ;).

Don't know your story but 24 were built by Alco in the US and imported to Spain in 1958. No reason why a 25th wasn't specially built to standard gauge and worked it's way up through France to Sonmel.

Looking forward to more pics.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 03, 2019, 08:15:03 PM
Thank you Weave. Seemed to be too good an offer and I am a firm believer in “resistance is futile”.  :) (Not sure that it’s worth full price though).

Thank you for the real historical information. It would seem that the mysterious 25th has been specially acquired for ferry services between alternative Spain / Brittany and Sonmel. All sorts of strange goings on occur on Sonmel, this is just yet another example.

It’s quite a nice model, runs well and comes DCC ready. For an American loco it’s actually quite small (not all entirely due to it being 1:160 scale methinks) so it shouldn’t look too out of place with my rolling stock. Not sure that I’m up to adding a DCC chip myself, although I’ve already had it apart, just to see....

Cheers,  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 03, 2019, 08:59:20 PM
Thank you, Keith, and Chris (Weave) for the update info. The "Chelsea Girls" wondered what the strange bright yellow diesel was. However, before departure for Sonmel, they were given a confidential briefing by the train ferry's captain about all the strange but, mostly harmless, goings-on which occur on the Isle of Sonmel, so were fully prepared. Susan, not being native to Earth, found nothing very unusual, being already well acquainted with merfolk  For the taciturn train ferry captain, who had served on the top-secret wartime Royal Navy escorts to the convoys across the Atlantic to and from the fabled island Republic of Rockall (chronicled by the late Antony Swithin) conveying mineral ores from the immensely rich mines of Reschora and Kelcestre, Sonmel was nothing extraordinary.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on June 04, 2019, 09:24:00 AM
Hi Keith and others

The rear end of the yellow loco looks just like the rear end of my New South Wales class 44. Apparently, this is the same ALCo design exported to a number of countries including Australia and Spain. I like it.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Bealman on June 04, 2019, 09:29:19 AM
Wot he said  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 05, 2019, 07:38:05 AM
Hi Keith and others

The rear end of the yellow loco looks just like the rear end of my New South Wales class 44. Apparently, this is the same ALCo design exported to a number of countries including Australia and Spain. I like it.

Webbo

Thank you Webbo. Yes,  it’s a good looking loco, and a reasonably detailed model. I’ll post another couple of pictures later today.

The limited information I can find is rather conflicting, especially relating to numbers built. It was certainly exported to Spain and Portugal, Australia (New SouthWales in particular), and I think India and Pakistan.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 05, 2019, 01:34:30 PM
Some more pictures of the Spanish Renfe class 316, also known amongst other aliases as an NSW class 44 it would seem.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-050619132451-78158784.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-050619132451-781581069.jpeg)

In the background in the second picture is a Hymek hauling some Pullmans. You can see that the Class 316 is by no means oversized!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 05, 2019, 06:03:04 PM
Hi Keith,

Very nice. I have no idea what VIAS is the acronym for, presuming it is one, maybe just short for viajes meaning journeys but, anyway, will you make up an acronym with possibly Sonmel at the end?

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. By the way, don't want to sound pedantic but I think it's a 318, not a 314.

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 05, 2019, 08:10:31 PM
Thank you for pointing that out Weave. Seems like it was more than the price that was discounted! I’ve corrected the post to read 316.

Working on the acronym, but you are right that it will end with Sonmel!  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 05, 2019, 09:55:16 PM
316/318, tomayto, tomarto. Not clued up on the difference but looks weird without a train behind it IMO....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4efd7TMXMhw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4efd7TMXMhw)

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on June 06, 2019, 08:57:03 AM
Hi Keith

Your Spanish 'class 44' or 318 looks like a very well detailed model which includes mirrors or or are they wind shields on the cabs. In Australia, the NSWGR class 44 is modelled by Gopher Models. Who made yours?

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 06, 2019, 09:33:50 AM
Hi Keith,

To clear up any confusion, yours is a 316 (ex 1600), 17 of which being lent to Spain by the US in 1955. Due to it's success, 24 of a slightly more powerful version 318 (ex 1800) (my model) were bought by Spain in 1958.

None of the 316's are in RENFE service now but several are used by private companies, including Vias, to this day.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. Webbo, they are made by Arnold.

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 06, 2019, 09:28:12 PM
Hi Webbo, Weave has kindly provided the answers in the above post.

It is a nicely detailed model, I think that they are mirrors rather than wind deflectors. It has directional lights too, which since my quick opening up of the bonnet seem to be working even better than factory supplied. If you are interested in acquiring one (with your skills I’m sure that you could give it a NSW paint job), Rails of Sheffield are currently selling them at 67% discount.  :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on June 07, 2019, 07:20:53 AM
Thanks for your suggestion Keith. I had a look at the Hatton's 316 on their website. This is certainly the same loco as my 44, but many details are different, such as the arrangement of lights and grab irons. I don't think I can face modifying another loco requiring significant changes at the moment as my M630 required a whole lot more time than I anticipated. However, the price on Hattons 316 is a good one and if I were to extend myself to Spanish railways I would be sorely tempted to get one. My loco also has the mirrors fitted to yours.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 08, 2019, 02:21:48 PM
"Get the beers in"

Encouraged by the success of the recent trip by the "Chelsea Girls" the Sonmel Tourist Board is planning another crowd pulling extravaganza. "Let's have a beer festival, look how successful that thing in Munich is. We'll follow the same theme, all beers will be German. If it works this time we could have different Country themes in the future."

The STB office work experience junior is put to the task of ensuring that there are sufficient supplies. Not lacking in enthusiasm a train load of various beers is imported via the newly opened ferry service from the mainland. Brought to the attention of the Head of Tourism, he is overheard to comment, "I thought that we were getting a few crates of selected beers..."

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-070619175933.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-070619174823-782192483.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-070619174823-782192441.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-070619174822-782121371.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-070619174821-78212531.jpeg)

I picked these up recently as a job lot. They are generally in good condition but a little "grubby".

 :helpneededsign:

Now,
a) do I clean them up in preparation for weathering? (Seems slightly bizarre).
Or
b) do I leave them as is ("already weathered")

I think that I know the right answer, but would be interested to hear what you all think.

PS - Weave, you're right the loco looks much better with a train behind it!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on June 08, 2019, 03:06:46 PM
Sounds good, what time does the festival start?

As for weathering, I’d only weather those wagons very lightly. I wouldn’t bother cleaning them first though.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 08, 2019, 08:35:57 PM
Hi Keith,

Wunderbar idea!

I'd leave 'em be but that's not really much help, just me wanting a beer train behind a loco and and a beer bottle in front of me  :). Am lazy like that.

Have already got my         I WAS
                                        VIAS           T-shirt though.

T'was white when I bought it  ;). Think it stands for Very Inebriated at Sonmel but others might have better ideas.

Great stuff.

Cheers weave  :beers:







Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 08, 2019, 09:07:16 PM
That is, indeed, a very fine collection of German beer brand vans, Keith. I think that I have drunk virtually all those beers, at various times, in Germany.

I agree with Martin, I'd only very lightly weather the bodies with more weathering on the chassis. German private owner vans would have their bodies cleaned often.

I think a large party of German beer-loving Continental tourists will be on the next train ferry. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 09, 2019, 08:17:34 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Looking good as is Keith  :beers:
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 15, 2019, 07:00:59 AM
Thank you for the advice chaps. Leave them as is it will be. (Although I may well have a light clean of the roof of a couple of them!) I will resist a light weathering of the frames for the time being. There is so much preparation required for the upcoming beer festival, and so much to do.  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 15, 2019, 07:57:29 AM
Hi Keith,

Slight thread hijack but relevant to some of us. Sorry if silly question as might be common knowledge but just wondering, did the European beer wagons carry kegs/ barrels or crates of bottles, later cans, or both?

Anyway, good luck with the festival preparations. Looking forward to it.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on June 15, 2019, 08:08:46 AM
Hi Keith,

Slight thread hijack but relevant to some of us. Sorry if silly question as might be common knowledge but just wondering, did the European beer wagons carry kegs/ barrels or crates of bottles, later cans, or both?

Anyway, good luck with the festival preparations. Looking forward to it.

Cheers weave  :beers:
A good question Chris.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 15, 2019, 10:27:56 AM
Hi Keith, my impression was that continental biers were exported in kegs as soon as there was sufficient demand and bottled, if required, on arrival by the importer. Some premium bottled beers may well, at least, initially, been exported as bottles, in crates but this was a very expensive way of shipping beer. Later, some may even have been exported in 'tanktainers' for local kegging and bottling by the importing distributor. (My information comes from market research I undertook in the 1980s, in Europe.) I think all canning was done at the destination by the importer, or was sub-contracted by them as not all breweries had canning lines. I hope that this helps.

I assume that the various premium quality Continental lagers, like Kronenbourg and Pilsner Urquell, distributed by the Alliance of West Country Breweries, are imported in UK standard kegs in branded PO train ferry vans.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 16, 2019, 04:02:18 PM
What?, get more beer in?

An interesting diversion regarding how the beers are coming in (inside the wagons that is). Sonmel isn't sophisticated enough to have bottling or canning facilities. For the festival, imports are being shipped either in bottles or kegs depending on the brewery. This way they are "Festival Ready".
I don't know how historically accurate this is, but since Sonmel is a private island within an unspecified time zone both geographically and chronologically I can get away with most things.  :)

Carried away on waves of enthusiasm (rather than waves of beer) yet more beer arrives. Chris (in Prague) is this what you were thinking of regarding transportation by P&O?

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-160619155010-786091426.jpeg)

 
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on June 17, 2019, 09:32:22 AM
… since Sonmel is a private island within an unspecified time zone both geographically and chronologically I can get away with most things.  :)

An excellent wheeze, Keith.  I think that freelance modelling is a terrific idea.  Our US chums seem to be more inclined in that direction than we are nowadays.

I recall, years ago, reading about a freelance layout in the Model Railway Constructor.  If I remember correctly, it was called 'SIOG' and was set in an island near to Great Britain with its place names largely in old English.  It made a big impression on my young imagination.

Please keep these excellent posts coming...

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 17, 2019, 07:17:51 PM
Hi Keith, whilst there is no reason why beer could not also be shipped in ISO containers (like those very nice P&O ones, Maersk bought P&O's container shipping operations) what I meant was the tanktainers, like this one:

http://www.enricgroup.com/uploadfile/2016517161623435.jpg (http://www.enricgroup.com/uploadfile/2016517161623435.jpg)

Or this:

https://www.vanhool.be/uploads/models/image_normal/82/levensmiddelen-1.jpg?t=1544111158 (https://www.vanhool.be/uploads/models/image_normal/82/levensmiddelen-1.jpg?t=1544111158)

You can buy some N Gauge models and relivery them?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202551830941 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/202551830941)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 17, 2019, 07:29:24 PM
The precise position of Sonmel in space and time reminds me somewhat of the situation of Takahachikawa (Japanese layout) which is linked to Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands and runs trains of many periods including, sometimes, 'through' trains from England's West Country.

The phenomenon of Takahachikawa has sometimes been explained by the existence of an infamous 'transdimensional' box which is, however, is not a unique phenomenon to Japan. One exists at Cant Cove. It is believed to have been a spare from the TARDIS donated by Susan, Doctor Who's granddaughter. Among its many amazing qualities is that, just like the TARDIS, its outside is infinitely smaller than its interior enabling it to house trains from different times and places! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 18, 2019, 07:14:55 AM
… since Sonmel is a private island within an unspecified time zone both geographically and chronologically I can get away with most things.  :)

An excellent wheeze, Keith.  I think that freelance modelling is a terrific idea.  Our US chums seem to be more inclined in that direction than we are nowadays.

I recall, years ago, reading about a freelance layout in the Model Railway Constructor.  If I remember correctly, it was called 'SIOG' and was set in an island near to Great Britain with its place names largely in old English.  It made a big impression on my young imagination.

Please keep these excellent posts coming...

Best wishes.

John

Thank you John. I’ve not come across the term “freelance modelling” before. However, it describes very concisely what I am up to!   :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 18, 2019, 07:22:05 AM
Hi Keith, whilst there is no reason why beer could not also be shipped in ISO containers (like those very nice P&O ones, Maersk bought P&O's container shipping operations) what I meant was the tanktainers, like this one:

[url]http://www.enricgroup.com/uploadfile/2016517161623435.jpg[/url] ([url]http://www.enricgroup.com/uploadfile/2016517161623435.jpg[/url])

Or this:

[url]https://www.vanhool.be/uploads/models/image_normal/82/levensmiddelen-1.jpg?t=1544111158[/url] ([url]https://www.vanhool.be/uploads/models/image_normal/82/levensmiddelen-1.jpg?t=1544111158[/url])

You can buy some N Gauge models and relivery them?

[url]https://www.ebay.com/itm/202551830941[/url] ([url]https://www.ebay.com/itm/202551830941[/url])


I wondered if that was the type of container you were referring to. I don’t currently have any of those (and at $30 plus for two) I won’t be getting any soon! I’ll keep an eye out for cheap offers!

I’ve had the standard P&O shipping containers for some time. They need some work, one of the containers is loose and I have a missing spring in one coupling.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 18, 2019, 07:56:59 AM
Hi Keith, I wouldn't worry about not having any tanktainers, your ISO containers and German vans should be enough to transport a very great quantity of German biers. Coupling springs are available on eBay.

It may well be possible to buy those Japanese tanktainers cheaper direct from one of the Japanese retailers.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 19, 2019, 07:41:11 AM
Thanks Chris. The Kato tanktainers are slightly cheaper from some of the uk retailers. I will keep an eye out for special offers. I’m cautious when buying direct from Japan. UK customs add VAT (fair enough) and a handling charge (hmmm!) for anything declared to be worth more than £20. The last time I bought direct from Japan the seller added postage costs to the declared value which pushed the value over £20!
I might even see if I can build my own with some plastistrut.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 19, 2019, 09:39:21 PM
There is a forum member (his layout is Takahachikawa) who lives in Japan and might be able to advise you, Keith.

If you go to Port Regleun IV - A new hope, you'll see Sonmel being mentioned. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 21, 2019, 11:51:12 AM
Festival Update

The German bier festival was going exceptionally well. Everyone was having a great time.

The Head of the Sonmel Tourist Board (STB) was addressing a small gathering of staff. “A perfect economic balance. Beer is flowing in one direction and much needed tourist money is flowing in the opposite direction. Of course, such success has presented a few problems, but that is to be expected.”

“You’re telling me,” muttered Penelope Farthing, temporarily appointed to co-ordinating transport for the festival revellers. “However,” she said in a louder voice, “I have managed to solve one problem relating to rail travel. I have located, and already imported, a new (old) loco to help with our shortage of motive power. It’s a lovely Western, The Musketeer. Last seen (as a Train Waiting) working in the Borders region of Scotland I believe. It’s in great condition and a good reliable runner. I snapped these pictures of it heading a train full of festival goers, comfortably accommodated in some lovely Pullmans. Of course this has the additional benefit of a further revenue stream from all of those meals on board.”

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-160619155009-785981827.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-160619155008-785981270.jpeg)

“Great, with all of the infrastructure still to be built around the island, we need all of the funds that we can get. On that point we have another spiffing wheeze coming to fruition. You are aware that the new class 316 loco is branded VIAS. It was going to cost a small fortune to re-spray. Well, some wag suggested that VIAS could stand for ‘Very Inebriated At Sonmel’ – just brilliant! So I’ve had these Tee shirts made. And look, so cunning, none of this printing or iron on malarkey, the VIAS logo and slogan are Weaved (sic) into the cotton – pure genius!”

“Moving on, I see that we have a bit of a VIP visiting, a certain Herr Christian Weber representing the German bier brewers. He is accompanied by a very attractive travelling companion called Catala, Spanish I believe. Whilst it is great that he has taken the trouble to visit us I suspect that he has more than one motive in making the rather difficult journey. His beer producers are making money and gaining market exposure as we are too. Based upon how successful our festival has been I suspect that he is keen to secure a deal for a future German Bier festival here. Now I don’t have a problem with that but we need to create some commercial tension to ensure that we both get a mutually beneficial deal in the future. Now, if his companion is Spanish, it would be good to find out why she is travelling with him. Whilst we do that, perhaps it would be great to start some rumours on the Island. ‘This year’s festival is great, and we are keen to continue it for future years. However, we are keen that the idea (and the beer) doesn’t get stale. Perhaps next year it could be a Cerveza Festival?’”   

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on June 21, 2019, 12:13:51 PM
How about a Fine Foaming Ale Festival?  That bier stuff is kind of okay-ish, but not a patch on Harvey's*.

Thank you for the photographs, Keith.  I'm glad the 'D1000' is satisfactory and thank you for giving it such a good home.  I'm engaged on a fairly active ante-dieselisation programme in the train set room.  Diesel traction (GWR railcars excepted) is prohibited on Poppingham due to the present weather conditions.

I'm looking forward to a steamy weekend.

Pip-pip.

John

* I must mention that other Fine Foaming Ales are available.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Invicta Alec on June 21, 2019, 02:05:11 PM
I say Keith,what a splendid looking loco. I must say I'm a tad jealous of the Pullmans running along behind.

D1065 Western Consort has been dipping her little maroon toes in her new surroundings over here in Saxon Street and somewhat provocatively flashing her small yellow ends too.

My budget for this month has been used up in purchasing her and also having to fork out for a new motor for my rather unwell 4 CEP, but I'm enjoying wandering all over the interweb thingy musing over the choice of what to pair with her.

I'd say Ms. Penny Farthing has made a good choice for Sonmel.

Alec.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 22, 2019, 07:32:24 AM
Just Faffing around

“Great, things just got even better. The Sonmel Foaming Ale Festival, I can picture the Tee shirts already “I’ve been Fafing around on Sonmel”. This will up the competition between rival breweries even more. I must tell the boss.”

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: railsquid on June 22, 2019, 07:45:58 AM
The precise position of Sonmel in space and time reminds me somewhat of the situation of Takahachikawa (Japanese layout) which is linked to Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands and runs trains of many periods including, sometimes, 'through' trains from England's West Country.

The phenomenon of Takahachikawa has sometimes been explained by the existence of an infamous 'transdimensional' box which is, however, is not a unique phenomenon to Japan. One exists at Cant Cove. It is believed to have been a spare from the TARDIS donated by Susan, Doctor Who's granddaughter. Among its many amazing qualities is that, just like the TARDIS, its outside is infinitely smaller than its interior enabling it to house trains from different times and places! 8-)

There is also this whole other bit of the layout which is Berlin in the 1990s. Very confusing for the passengers, but they'll have to live with it.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 22, 2019, 10:04:25 AM
Yes, indeed. It is the red-gold metal called in Ancient Greek, orichalcum, which in Rockall is known as evragar, which enables travel between such discontinuities in space and time. Derek had expected a revelation like this! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 22, 2019, 09:01:48 PM
Yes, indeed. It is the red-gold metal called in Ancient Greek, orichalcum, which in Rockall is known as evragar, which enables travel between such discontinuities in space and time. Derek had expected a revelation like this! 8-)

 :hellosign: Thanks Chris now we have the answer  :D
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 23, 2019, 10:00:56 AM
Yes, indeed. It is the red-gold metal called in Ancient Greek, orichalcum, which in Rockall is known as evragar, which enables travel between such discontinuities in space and time. Derek had expected a revelation like this! 8-)

 :hellosign: Thanks Chris now we have the answer  :D
       regards Derek.

Thanks, Derek. The story is on Port Regleun IV - A new hope! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 23, 2019, 04:58:30 PM
The precise position of Sonmel in space and time reminds me somewhat of the situation of Takahachikawa (Japanese layout) which is linked to Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands and runs trains of many periods including, sometimes, 'through' trains from England's West Country.

The phenomenon of Takahachikawa has sometimes been explained by the existence of an infamous 'transdimensional' box which is, however, is not a unique phenomenon to Japan. One exists at Cant Cove. It is believed to have been a spare from the TARDIS donated by Susan, Doctor Who's granddaughter. Among its many amazing qualities is that, just like the TARDIS, its outside is infinitely smaller than its interior enabling it to house trains from different times and places! 8-)

There is also this whole other bit of the layout which is Berlin in the 1990s. Very confusing for the passengers, but they'll have to live with it.

Interesting Ian, I'm sure that the passengers will understand. I can hear the announcement now:

"You'll be pleased to hear that today there are no delays due to a points failure at Clapham Junction. However, there are delays due to problems with the transdimensional box, causing problems with the space-time continuum. We do hope that this will not cause travellers too many problems and wish to apologise for any inconvenience."
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 23, 2019, 05:01:55 PM
Festival Update 2

Christian Weber left the offices of the STB a happy man. A good deal had been struck which secured the future of the Sonmel German Bier Festival for the next 5 years.  What’s more it had only taken two meetings to negotiate. The second meeting had been primarily concerned with timing and logistics. This had left ample opportunities to spend more time with the gorgeous Catala. Opportunities that he had not wasted. “The bier producers back home will be very happy”, he thought.

The head of the STB smiled as he waved goodbye to the affable German. “Nice chap to do business with. Let’s hope that our relationship develops further over time” he pondered. “Now, I wonder what he will make of the little surprise I have arranged for his trip home. She is one feisty lady that Senorita Catala!”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 23, 2019, 06:59:15 PM
Many thanks, Keith. Catala has had no shortage of admirers back home but was tired of the promising but parochial local men that her father, Xurde Valdez approved of and kept introducing her to but, much as she loved her highly entertaining playboy brother, Pedru Valdez, she was not looking for someone like him who could not be relied on either. Christian was, she knew, from her very first impression very different and, with her finely-honed female intuition, she sensed a similar immediate positive response from Christian.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 23, 2019, 08:16:38 PM
 :hellosign:
     Many thanks Keith, sounds like Herr Weber is in for a very enjoyable journey home, sorry bit late, your Western looking superb with the rake of Pullmans.
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 25, 2019, 06:51:31 AM
The precise position of Sonmel in space and time reminds me somewhat of the situation of Takahachikawa (Japanese layout) which is linked to Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands and runs trains of many periods including, sometimes, 'through' trains from England's West Country.

The phenomenon of Takahachikawa has sometimes been explained by the existence of an infamous 'transdimensional' box which is, however, is not a unique phenomenon to Japan. One exists at Cant Cove. It is believed to have been a spare from the TARDIS donated by Susan, Doctor Who's granddaughter. Among its many amazing qualities is that, just like the TARDIS, its outside is infinitely smaller than its interior enabling it to house trains from different times and places! 8-)

There is also this whole other bit of the layout which is Berlin in the 1990s. Very confusing for the passengers, but they'll have to live with it.

Interesting Ian, I'm sure that the passengers will understand. I can hear the announcement now:

"You'll be pleased to hear that today there are no delays due to a points failure at Clapham Junction. However, there are delays due to problems with the transdimensional box, causing problems with the space-time continuum. We do hope that this will not cause travellers too many problems and wish to apologise for any inconvenience."

Of course, thinking about this in a bit more detail...

Whilst the initial announcement might cause some amusement and curiosity as a departure from the norm. Subsequent announcements could result in more extreme reactions and even result in mild terror and panic.

“Due to these problems, the train will not now be arriving at Waterloo at 08:22 as scheduled. It will be arriving in Takahachikawa (or Berlin, or Cornwall..) in 1966”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 25, 2019, 09:55:13 AM
On their return to Trevelver Castle, Sylvia and Eli mentioned the forthcoming 'German Bier Festival' at Sonmel.

Lord Trevelver, although an experienced connoisseur of German biers from his time spent with the British Army at the end of WW2 and the early 1950s, was very concerned that any visitors to Sonmel should also have the choice of some excellent West Country ales and delegated Huw Jenkins, the Castle's Head Butler, to ring round the local breweries to fill a BR Grey (non-vacuum braked) 'ShocVan' for urgent despatch on the next (irregular service) train ferry from West Porthsea Quay to Sonmel. Fortunately, the "Castle", "Headland" and "Creech" breweries had already greatly increased production ready for the Summer holiday season and could quickly replace stock added to the 'ShocVan' at Trevelver Castle, Trepol Bay, and Port Perran.

Two other, overhauled vans (LNER and SR designs) were already on their way to Sonmel by scheduled goods services for use on the island but to get the van of best West Country ales to West Porthsea Quay in time to catch the train ferry to Sonmel, Bill Truscott, the Wadebridge Yardmaster, arranged for the van to be tripped from Trevelver Castle then added to the next passenger train calling at Cant Cove which would take it to Wadebridge where it would be added to the next passenger train to Trepol Bay where it would be quickly be removed and taken down the incline to the harbour to have further supplies loaded from the warehouse then returned to the station where it wouldl be added to the next passenger train calling at Port Perran where it would be shunted off and into the "Headland Brewery" sidings for the final consignment to be added. The now fully loaded van would then be added on the next passenger train to Truro from where it would be added to a scheduled mainline express gooods service to West Porthsea Quay and then onto the ferry to Sonmel.

Lord Trevelver was very pleased to be informed by Jenkins that everything had been organised so swiftly.

"Well done, Jenkins and my hearty thanks, as always, to Mr Truscott, too. The car will be ready to take us to the special “Tasting Evening" at the "Station Hotel", Trepol Bay, this evening?

"Yes, indeed, milord, the new chauffeur has checked it over and is doing the final polishing as I speak. A luxury motor coach has been chartered, by me, to collect and take all the senior directors who also received telegrammed invitations and confirmed their attendance, to Wadebridge station, where they will board a reserved 1st Class carriage attached to a scheduled passenger service to Trepol Bay, as confirmed by Mr. Truscottt. Similar return arrangements have also been made and confirmed. Volunteers have been found, and rewarded, to provide train crew for the special last train of the evening and keep the signalboxes open until Midnight when it should terminate at Penmayne"

"Excellent work. It should prove a most enjoyable evening."
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 26, 2019, 07:36:38 AM
“We’ve just received an important message from Lord Trevelver.”


(Blimey best be paying attention and concentrating... can someone remind me where West Porthsea is  :D)

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 26, 2019, 09:17:52 AM
“We’ve just received an important message from Lord Trevelver.”


(Blimey best be paying attention and concentrating... can someone remind me where West Porthsea is  :D)

 :beers:

West Porthsea is 2 miles NE of Penzance on the (G)WR mainline some miles after Truro. West Porthsea Quay being located on a short branchline from West Porthsea mainline station.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 26, 2019, 09:50:36 AM
Thought that Keith's post might have been a joke that I didn't get, but if not, I think that West Porthsea is a couple of miles East of Penzance where the real town of Marazion is.

That rings a bell but Tullabardine had been consumed last night so I might be wrong. Good thing I'm not the Train Ferry Captain  ;).

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 26, 2019, 11:28:55 AM
Yes, Chris (Weave) I think you are correct. I meant NE not NW of course.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on June 26, 2019, 04:02:44 PM
Yes. That is my understanding too.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 26, 2019, 10:03:36 PM
“We’ve just received an important message from Lord Trevelver.”


(Blimey best be paying attention and concentrating... can someone remind me where West Porthsea is  :D)

 :beers:
:hellosign: Chris (Weave) is spot on at 2 miles of Penzance, now Keith where for the sake of the ferry captain is Sonmel ?   :D 
       regards Derek    :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 27, 2019, 07:34:08 AM
“We’ve just received an important message from Lord Trevelver.”


(Blimey best be paying attention and concentrating... can someone remind me where West Porthsea is  :D)

 :beers:
:hellosign: Chris (Weave) is spot on at 2 miles of Penzance, now Keith where for the sake of the ferry captain is Sonmel ?   :D 
       regards Derek    :beers:

Thanks chaps, just lost my bearings for a moment there. West Cornwall is near enough for the ferry captain!

Derek, don’t be too concerned where the exact location of Sonmel is. But since you asked it is located approximately longitude.... “what’s that, an urgent call from Lord Trevelver “... sorry must go, be back as soon as I can.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 27, 2019, 03:16:18 PM
“We’ve just received an important message from Lord Trevelver.”


(Blimey best be paying attention and concentrating... can someone remind me where West Porthsea is  :D)

 :beers:
:hellosign: Chris (Weave) is spot on at 2 miles of Penzance, now Keith where for the sake of the ferry captain is Sonmel ?   :D 
       regards Derek    :beers:

Thanks, Derek, for clearing that up. I will add the details to my notes and not rely on my memory!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 27, 2019, 05:31:57 PM
Festival Update 3

“Oh look Christian”, things had changed quite dramatically from “Herr Weber” at the beginning of the trip.
 
“What is it?”

“That must be our train back to Europe. He is such a nice man, the head of the STB, and such a good man to do business with.”

“Yes, I will take a picture as a souvenir of our trip”.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-270619172426-788362124.jpeg)

Christian hadn’t been able to keep track of all of Catala’s movements during their stay although he had tried hard to spend as much time as possible with her. However, he was certain that she had met with the head of the STB on more than one occasion. Mind you, you couldn’t blame him for wanting to spend time with her, any man would. Just what exactly had they been up to? Another thought crossed his mind, ‘and what will we be getting up to on our somewhat arduous ferry trip back home?’

As if reading his thoughts, Catala said, “Well, we had better get on board otherwise we will miss the ferry. Such a good trip needs to end on a high!”

‘Ah’ he thought, it sounds as if she has struck some kind of deal herself. He was sure that he wasn’t solely responsible for her having had such a good time. 
The island was rife with rumours of Spanish, British (Foaming Ale Festival indeed!), Japanese and even American beer festivals being considered for the future. Maybe some of the rumours were based on an element of truth. And what exactly does she mean by ‘end on a high’? Was there more to come from this Senorita than he thought?

Earlier that same day….

“Well Senorita Catala, it’s been a pleasure to meet you and a pleasure to do business with you.”

“Muchas gracias, the same goes for me, I think you would say. There is much to do now to ensure that the organisation of the first Sonmel Spanish Cerveza Festival goes smoothly and that the event is a success. The people back home will be so happy.
And as for the little extra sparkle that you personally added… well I am sure that the Sonmel Spanish Wine Festival will also be a great success. What a fabulous idea!”

“Yes, that is an added bonus for both of us. Our head of finance Annette Gane, is sure that the numbers look good and there will be fun to be had for all concerned.
If you don’t mind I would like to keep that particular arrangement private between ourselves whilst you are still on the island. I am sure that you will be keen to discuss the trip in detail with Herr Weber on your journey home. I suggest that you don’t let him know about the wine festival until you are safely on the ferry and in international waters. It can be your little surprise for him on the journey home.
Now, have an excellent trip back to Europe and very many thanks for your kind invitation to visit Izaro at some time in the future. So generous of you. There is no rush, whenever is convenient for yourself. As you now know, time is of little or no consequence for us here on Sonmel…”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on June 27, 2019, 07:22:47 PM
I love the fact that the head of finance is called Annette Gane!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on June 27, 2019, 08:47:55 PM
Hi Keith,

Good story. Thank you.

Just to say that, in the last bit, I would have thought that Catala would have invited the head of the STB to Sant Pau de Mar, or somewhere else in Izaro (between France and Spain) where she lives and not Port Regleun (Brittany).

Maybe she did but it seems a bit odd.

Anyway great stuff. Is there any motion of the Ocean expected? Sorry, family Forum, let's call it rough seas  :D.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on June 28, 2019, 11:11:29 PM
 :hellosign: Thanks Keith, excellent story  :thumbsup:
“We’ve just received an important message from Lord Trevelver.”


(Blimey best be paying attention and concentrating... can someone remind me where West Porthsea is  :D)



Derek, don’t be too concerned where the exact location of Sonmel is. But since you asked it is located approximately longitude.... “what’s that, an urgent call from Lord Trevelver “... sorry must go, be back as soon as I can.  :beers:
Ok Keith nuf said   :beers:
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on June 29, 2019, 12:45:38 PM
Great storyline Keith (& others) and great updates & photos
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 29, 2019, 06:54:00 PM
Great storyline Keith (& others) and great updates & photos

Seconded!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 04, 2019, 01:52:31 PM
Hi Keith,

Good story. Thank you.

Just to say that, in the last bit, I would have thought that Catala would have invited the head of the STB to Sant Pau de Mar, or somewhere else in Izaro (between France and Spain) where she lives and not Port Regleun (Brittany).

Maybe she did but it seems a bit odd.

Anyway great stuff. Is there any motion of the Ocean expected? Sorry, family Forum, let's call it rough seas  :D.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thank you Weave, my bad (as the young chaps say I believe). Izaro it will be! (earlier post amended).

 :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 04, 2019, 01:59:53 PM
Final Festival Update - Episode IV - You've suffered enough!

Christian and Catala were standing on the top deck of the ferry, holding hands, as it eased away from the berth and began to exit the port. Finally clear of the breakwater the ferry turned to port and headed into the gathering gloom on the horizon.

Raising his stein of bier Christian turned and said “Prost, my dear”.

“Salud, Christian”, she replied, raising a large glass of white Rioja in response. “I have 2 surprises for you”.

Two surprises! He could guess at one, but what could possibly be the second? He felt his excitement rising.  :-[

“Firstly, there is to be a Sonmel Cerveza Festival. There are no definite arrangements yet but they will all be finalised in the coming weeks.

Secondly…. There will be a Sonmel Spanish wine festival as well!”

He hoped that his disappointment at the revelation of the second surprise did not show too much as he reacted to her revelation. “Well, that is fantastic – good for you!”

She smiled. “It’s getting rather cold up here on the open deck as we move away from the shelter of land. Let us go below and get warm together…”

He reacted instantly and led her to the stairwell, looking forward to the prospect of getting hot and bothered together.   :censored:

…and the ferry sailed smoothly away from the sunset….  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on July 04, 2019, 03:12:32 PM
Nicely done Keith, I think you should refer the more fervent readers to an appropriate Mills & Boon title for the happily ever after (there are about 4500 titles... don't ask me how I know this  :no:)

#408 - Island Of Secrets - Henrietta Reid, October 1969 

Seems an appropriate choice :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 04, 2019, 03:47:11 PM
Very good, Chris (Weave).

On their arrival back on the UK mainland, Christian and Catala have to take a train to London (Paddington) and then a taxi to the rented house of the "Chelsea Girls". But will they stay there or has Christian other plans and, if so, will Catala go along with them? 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 10, 2019, 01:48:20 PM
Yes, indeed. It is the red-gold metal called in Ancient Greek, orichalcum, which in Rockall is known as evragar, which enables travel between such discontinuities in space and time. Derek had expected a revelation like this! 8-)

 :hellosign: Thanks Chris now we have the answer  :D
       regards Derek.

Thanks, Derek. The story is on Port Regleun IV - A new hope! 8-)

Careful!

The class 04 edged slowly down the steep line from the quarry.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-270619172426-788361892.jpeg)

“Take it carefully, this Orichalcum is very rare and somewhat dangerous. I’ve absolutely no idea what would happen if we were to crash with this on board.”

“Well, now that it’s existence on the island is known about at least we don’t have to do this under cover of darkness anymore.”

“You’re right, much easier in daylight. But yet another ONE of our secrets exposed. At least we have a few more left…”

Thanks to the unique geology on Sonmel, Orichalcum occurred naturally in quite thick seams. Originally mined many years ago it was thought that all seams on Sonmel had long since been exhausted. However, since buying the island the new owner had re-opened the quarry and expanded the original excavations. The primary purpose had been to quarry rock for numerous uses around the island, and possibly for export. By accident a new seam of Orichalcum had been discovered.

Once mined the Orichalcum would be first processed into a more usable material. One of the uses was the manufacture of “transdimensional boxes”. This particularly batch of boxes to be manufactured was due for eventually delivery across the globe to destinations as far flung as Japan, Spain, France and even Cornwall.

Manufacture of the boxes was performed in two stages. Initially the raw material would be processed and turned into thin plates. The fabricators would then assemble the plates into the boxes. Fabrication was primarily carried out from OUTSIDE of the boxes. Should a fabricator find himself (or herself) inside the box during the latter stages of assembly there was a high probability that they would be very late (or indeed, extremely early) finishing their shift that day.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 10, 2019, 05:11:48 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
    Many thanks Keith, more secrets to uncover, this getting really interesting
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 10, 2019, 05:39:05 PM
Thank you very much for the great little story, the photo. and the slabs of orichalcum, great work. So much orichalcum has not been seen since Ancient Greek times, outside Rockall, where it is known as evragar, and still being mined. The rock formations of Sonmel must have a lot in common with those of the Republic of Rockall.

I like the matching yellow livery SWB brake van, too.

I do hope that the 'cloaking' of Sonmel is sufficient for the daleks not to be able to detect it. However, being very difficult to find, on Earth, I presume that Sonmel is safe. However, best to continue to keep Sonmel's existence and location top secret and that of its orichalcum deposits even more so. I hope the new owner has been fully briefed, in Whitehall, by Admiral Tregowan.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on July 13, 2019, 05:42:25 PM
Thanks for the update Keith, great photo... love that little loco and the matching brake van is ace

how much orichalcum does it take to make one box........
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 14, 2019, 08:41:37 AM
Transporting slabs of smelted Orichalcum on open wagons is, indeed, very wise. As stray molecules of the very rare metal slowly evaporate they can settle on the insides of vans and, over time, convert them into accidental “transdimensional boxes” with very unpredictable properties resulting in anyone or anything entering the van being transported to anywhere and at any time. The greater the deposition on the interior the larger the object transported and the further in space and time. Sylvia and Eli had been very sure to emphasis this warning passed on from Susan on their recent visit to the island for a 'holiday' with the "Girls". Admiral Tregowan had also sent detailed security advice about shilelding Orichalcum and its existence, via the Sonmel train ferry captain, which the Admiral had been given by his scientific advisor, Doctor Who, in Whitehall.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 15, 2019, 07:47:53 AM
Thanks for the update Keith, great photo... love that little loco and the matching brake van is ace

how much orichalcum does it take to make one box........

Well, let me see, this will require detailed and complex calculations. Any errors could have serious consequences.

Pass me my slide rule (younger readers will need to search the inter web thingy for details of this ancient calculating device, also known by engineers as a “guessing stick”).

There follows much dark muttering, many scribbled figures and finally the answer is.....

..... of course, it depends how big a box you need!

(In your case Andrew, the answer is...”a very large amount!”) :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 18, 2019, 12:11:42 PM
Ferry Interesting

The great tidy up after the bier festival is almost complete. The German bier wagons make their way to the ferry terminal for the homeward journey.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/5078-180719115625-7960849.jpeg)

Some time later... (if I told you how long you would be able to start to calculate where Sonmel could be located  :telloff:)

… the ferry returns from West Porthsea with some new visitors and three wagons of Fine Foaming Ale. Please note that this Ale is simply a re-provision for the island. We are not yet ready for another beer festival.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/5078-180719115626-796341626.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/5078-180719115626-796341912.jpeg)

A big thank you to CiP for arranging for the wagons to be routed out to Sonmel.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on July 18, 2019, 12:36:25 PM
Many thanks, Keith, for these terrific pictures.  I allowed my attention to wonder from the fine, foaming ale to admire, once again, the row of houses.  Are these Kestrel kits?

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 18, 2019, 08:52:18 PM
  :hellosign:. Thanks Keith  :greatpicturessign: looking good   :thumbsup:
  A twice weekly ferry on a day return would fit Very nicely in to the trainferry scheduling,
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 18, 2019, 09:14:23 PM
Many thanks, Keith, for these terrific pictures.  I allowed my attention to wonder from the fine, foaming ale to admire, once again, the row of houses.  Are these Kestrel kits?

Best wishes.

John

Thank you John. Yes, they are indeed Kestrel kits. The one on the right is the row of 4 terraced cottages. On the left is the double shop units. Both have the same footprint. They are good kits and quite straightforward to construct. Not super scary at all.  ;)

You can see that the cottages have guttering and drainpipes. These are not as supplied in the kit, I felt that the supplied ones were rather overscale. The guttering and downpipes are by Ratio. You can buy them as a kit. The downpipes were a tad short, hence the improvised barrels as water butts. Note also that I have yet to fit the guttering to the shops! I need to find my round tuit......
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 18, 2019, 09:20:51 PM
  :hellosign:. Thanks Keith  :greatpicturessign: looking good   :thumbsup:
  A twice weekly ferry on a day return would fit Very nicely in to the trainferry scheduling,
     regards Derek.

Thank you Derek. Is it possible that you are trying to calculate the position of Sonmel?

Let me say that a day return would not be possible between West Portsea and Sonmel. (Well not in a conventionally powered ferry). I do hope that this will not cause too much disruption to your scheduling.  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 18, 2019, 09:43:01 PM
  :hellosign:. Thanks Keith  :greatpicturessign: looking good   :thumbsup:
  A twice weekly ferry on a day return would fit Very nicely in to the trainferry scheduling,
     regards Derek.

Thank you Derek. Is it possible that you are trying to calculate the position of Sonmel?

Let me say that a day return would not be possible between West Portsea and Sonmel. (Well not in a conventionally powered ferry). I do hope that this will not cause too much disruption to your scheduling.  :uneasy:
  :hellosign: Thanks Keith, if it`s not North or South it must be East or West of wherever   :doh:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 18, 2019, 09:49:14 PM
Many thanks for the excellent photos., Keith. Good to see that the three vans arrived safely. The BR Grey ShocVan is indeed full of best West Country ales as hurriedly organised at Lord Trevelver's insistence but, due to the infrequent ferry service, arrived just too late for the festival. The unpainted brown van is an SR design for reliverying, maybe Sonmel yellow? Whilst the other van is an LNER design and is already in an unknown livery but could be reliveried to suit? They were organised by the Wadebridge Yardmaster being surplus to BR requirements. Rather than send them empty, they were loaded at West Porthsea with supplies for the island, including some fine food as well as alcoholic beverages which had just arrived there from the Continent. [Ask Chris, Weave.]

The "Chelsea Girls" were informed by the Honorary Consul that train ferries to Sonmel are not a regular event and even twice a week would be too frequent for the very limited commerce and visitors allowed, Derek. Even getting a tourist visa for the Republic of Rockall is easier and that is almost impossible! In both cases, you need a prior invitation and to pass a rigorous interview by the respective Honorary Consul (who you have to, first, track down, although Rockall's is easier to find).

I too am a great admirer of the harbour cottages and the use of Ratio guttering and drainpipes; however, I have something different in mind for the very short railway terrace at Cant Cove.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: wookie on July 21, 2019, 11:37:33 AM
Nice photos Keith.
Bier Festival? I was expecting to see an undertakers convention  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 21, 2019, 11:43:28 AM
Sofia is still rather put out at how quickly Catala had captured Christian's heart (and Christian Catala's). There's nothing like a very handsome, very eligible bachelor to come between even the best female friends! Catala, however, fully understands why Sofia is rather put out and, on the ferry back from Sonmel, after many many very pleasurable private activities, Catala suggests that Christian really should meet Giles Roskrow and visit his Chelsea wine and spirits importing business. To Catala's surprise, Christian nonchalantly replies with a grin that Giles is a good friend and had, already invited both of them to visit him in Chelsea but he had wanted to keep that a surprise. In fact, Christian, informs her, he already had 1st class tickets and seat and restaurant car reservations for them on the Western Region boat train that would be waiting at West Porthsea Quay to convey them, in style, (here Christian winked), to Paddington.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 25, 2019, 11:45:13 AM
Horsing around in the sun

Arriving on the latest ferry from West Portsea we see a couple of insulfish wagons conveying finest Cornish mackerel and a beautifully detailed horsebox. All sorts of rumours surround the horsebox and its contents (if indeed there are any).

Is it Shergar?
Is it the famous The Moor?
Is it Lord Lucan!?.

 :-\

To add further to the intrigue the horsebox is quickly uncoupled and moved to an unknown destination on the island. Any questions relating to the contents or whereabouts are met with a firm "No comment" from the STB.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/5078-250719111720-799072047.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/5078-250719111720-79907360.jpeg)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on July 25, 2019, 11:58:07 AM
All sorts of rumours surround the horsebox and its contents (if indeed there are any).

Is it Shergar?
Is it the famous The Moor?
Is it Lord Lucan!?.

 :-\

Tesco burgers? :angel:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on July 25, 2019, 12:03:19 PM
Great pictures once again, Keith.  Thank you very much.

I hope it is a gorgeous Suffolk Punch mare in foal.  These beautiful animals are getting very rare and it would be good to know that you have some safe on Sonmel.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 25, 2019, 01:05:08 PM
Thank you, Keith, for another excellent set of photos. Delighted to see that Sir George Widgeon's liveried horsebox made the crossing safely, together with its secrets.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 25, 2019, 10:30:32 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks Keith all looking splendid
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 26, 2019, 03:34:41 PM
Thank you, Keith, for another excellent set of photos. Delighted to see that Sir George Widgeon's liveried horsebox made the crossing safely, together with its secrets.
But......is there a horse in there?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 27, 2019, 07:00:10 AM
Thank you, Keith, for another excellent set of photos. Delighted to see that Sir George Widgeon's liveried horsebox made the crossing safely, together with its secrets.
But......is there a horse in there?

We have managed to make contact with William Posters, head of publicity at the STB who had this to say....


“No comment”

 :wave:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 27, 2019, 08:22:56 AM
Good old Bill Posters, only Sonmel could employ a man of so few words as Head of Publicity! 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2019, 09:08:06 AM
After consultations between Admiral Tregowan and Doctor Who, Admiral Tregowan had recommended to Sir George Widgeon III that a very special gold paint be used in painting the replicas of his grandfather's ornately liveried horsebox. A very small amount of red-gold metal powder orichalcum or aurichalcum was to be used in this paint. When Admiral Tregowan asked Doctor Who why, he responded:

"My dear Admiral, surely you have heard of Schrödinger's cat?"

The bemused admiral replied that he most certainly had not and asked what relevance someone's cat could possibly have with a special paint!

"Tut, tut! Are you not taught such elementary concepts at school? It concerns a hypothetical cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead."

"No, I was not. Please, explain, Doctor how a cat can be simultaneously both alive and dead!"

"I will keep this as simple as I can."

"I would be very grateful."

"Quite logically, the cat in question can be either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. The details of the 1935 thought experiment of Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrödinger, relating to an interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects, need not concern us, here."

"Thank goodness for that. So, Doctor, the effect of this paint is?"

"My dear Admiral, why it is quite simple, should there be sufficient orichalcum in the horsebox van's gilding, then depending on the size of the object(s) within it, that object can be either present or absent, but not, of course, both present and absent."

"Well, that makes sense. So a horse placed within such a horsebox, depending on the amount of the orichalcum . . . "

"And the size of the horse," interrupted the Doctor.

"And the size of the horse. A horse within it can be either present or absent, not both present and absent, as logic, of course, informs us."

"Most certainly, dear Admiral."

"Is there any way of ensuring that a particular horse is in a particular horsebox at a particular time?"

"And place. Yes, naturally, there is, dear Admiral. The calculations are not complex. My granddaughter can complete them in seconds. Now, if you really do not mind, I have far more pressing concerns to deal with than assisting in hiding your friend's prize racehorse from criminals."
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on July 29, 2019, 09:12:27 AM
So, if I am understanding the above correctly, I am either here reading the above, or I am not.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2019, 09:20:55 AM
So, if I am understanding the above correctly, I am either here reading the above, or I am not.  :hmmm:

Yes, indeed. 8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 29, 2019, 05:40:22 PM
A horse! A horse! My island for a horse!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/5078-290719173636-80011631.jpeg)

I looked into the horsebox and can categorically state that it was empty. There wasn’t even a cat in there. Of course there is no way of me knowing that before I looked in the horsebox there wasn’t a horse in there, or a cat. Naturally now that I’m not looking in the horsebox I can’t definitively say that there isn’t a horse in there now. There could be a cat in there now. Quite frankly if there was a cat in there it wouldn’t matter to me whether it belonged to Mr Schrodinger, or Newport Nobby or Train Waiting, or anyone else.

By this time my brain was seriously hurting.

Perplexed by this conundrum I briefly explained it to a passing gentleman and asked him for his opinion.

“I say Mr Heisenberg, what do you think?”

“Well young man, I’m not certain….”

“Nurse, the screens. Open that bottle of wine for me please.”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 29, 2019, 05:51:59 PM
Is there a horse, was there a horse, or was it a cat?
I know the man to get to the bottom of it but he’s in Cornwall right now.
When is the next ferry?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 29, 2019, 05:59:43 PM
Is there a horse, was there a horse, or was it a cat?
I know the man to get to the bottom of it but he’s in Cornwall right now.
When is the next ferry?

1. Don't care anymore - my brain still hurts.
2. What is Cornwall?
3. Depends where you want to go... but if you're not on the ferry how do you know that there is a ferry. Or isn't a ferry...

"Bring me more wine!"
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 29, 2019, 06:05:42 PM
Is there a horse, was there a horse, or was it a cat?
I know the man to get to the bottom of it but he’s in Cornwall right now.
When is the next ferry?

1. Don't care anymore - my brain still hurts.
2. What is Cornwall?
3. Depends where you want to go... but if you're not on the ferry how do you know that there is a ferry. Or isn't a ferry...

"Bring me more wine!"

We’re turning to wine here too.
Except in my case it’s whisky.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 29, 2019, 06:56:59 PM
Is there a horse, was there a horse, or was it a cat?
I know the man to get to the bottom of it but he’s in Cornwall right now.
When is the next ferry?

1. Don't care anymore - my brain still hurts.
2. What is Cornwall?
3. Depends where you want to go... but if you're not on the ferry how do you know that there is a ferry. Or isn't a ferry...

"Bring me more wine!"

We’re turning to wine here too.
Except in my case it’s whisky.
Cheers.

Ah, everything looks clearer now. Dinner with a couple of glasses of wine 🍷, perfect.

Cheers with the whisky! Can’t touch it myself (long story, self inflicted injury)!  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2019, 07:12:14 PM
Anyone who has a ticket for the Sonmel ferry does not need to know to the sailing time.

Anyone who needs to know to the sailing time of the Sonmel ferry does not have a ticket.

8-)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Invicta Alec on July 29, 2019, 07:32:43 PM
I'm a latecomer to the Sonmel thread. I think I joined in about ten pages ago. Being a fine upstanding Man of Kent and also being of sound mind (possibly) I was not at all bothered to begin with that I didn't understand what was going on. I'll catch up I thought, its a bit like going into the Roxy cinema when the film has already been running for half an hour.

Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that "stark staring bonkers" doesn't adequately cover it. I asked at the Port of Dover if I could buy a ferry ticket to Sonmel. The bloke said "Sorry mate, all sold out for passengers but I might be able to find a place for your horse".

I think I'll go and have a lie down.  :worried:

Alec.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2019, 07:52:11 PM
The island of Sonmel is very particular about who can visit it for a variety of reasons. As the sole ferry to and from Sonmel can only use Sonmel's harbour with prior permission the island authorities also exercise their jurisdiction over the ferry service. It's sailings are seldom and the schedule unknown except to the Sonmel authorities and the ship's captain who has signed the Official Secrets Act.

To obtain a ticket for the Sonmel ferry, the visitor, first, needs a tourist visa. To obtain a tourist visa, the would-be visitor has to, first, receive an invitation from the island authorities then attend a face-to-face interview with the Sonmel honorary consul in the would-be visitor's home country. But, in order to do that, they have to know how to contact the Sonmel honorary consul in the would-be visitor's home country which information is only available from the Sonmel island authorities . . .  A bit like Catch 22 so, do not worry if you're confused, Alec. And never ask where Sonmel is, as anyone asking that goes on the official blacklist of the Sonmel island authorities. (It is rumoured that that is because the Sonmel island authorities do not know the answer to that question either. But that is, very probably, an evil rumour put about by those on said blacklist!)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 29, 2019, 08:00:26 PM
DCI Snapper, of Scotland Yard no less, is , at this very moment, attempting to contact the Sonmel Embassy in the UK.
He seems to have hit a brick wall in that no one knows where the embassy is, nor do they know the name of the honorary consul.
Attempts to contact the island authorities by telephone have similarly failed.
Snapper is, however mightily confused. Just how did that horse box manage to get to the island (if indeed it is an island) and who, exactly, arranged its transport?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2019, 08:23:34 PM
Fortunately, after Scotland Yard is also unable to help, DCI Snapper is about to swallow his pride and call Admiral Tregowan when he remembers Huw Jenkins, the Trevelver Castle Head Butler, who also has signed the Official Secrets Act and has his own official contacts apart from Lord Trevelver's.

However, when Snapper puts a call through to the Castle, Huw has to admit that he does not know the answers to any of the detective's questions either but has heard that enquiries have been made about Sonmel at Penmayne harbour by some suspicious 'foreign' (meaning from the other sde of the Tamar) characters. This further disconcerts the detective. Someone knows more than he does!

The Head Butler's wife, the Castle’s Housekeeper overhearing the conversation, then informs her husband that the person to ask is Miss Sylvia because she and her female friends have visited Sonmel because she found their return tickets discarded in the wastepaper bin in Sylvia's bedroom. Unfortunately, Sylvia, Eli, and Sofia are already on their way to Waterloo with Susan. As Susan's help is also urgently required in a different but associated matter, Huw 'phones Lady Trevelver's friend at Waterloo and arranges for an urgent message to be given to Susan with a note for Sylvia to call DCI Snapper on arrival, in London, but from somewhere where the conversation cannot be overheard.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 29, 2019, 08:31:48 PM
Snapper, eager to get things moving, can only wait.
Will the call come?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 29, 2019, 08:32:32 PM
DCI Snapper, of Scotland Yard no less, is , at this very moment, attempting to contact the Sonmel Embassy in the UK.
He seems to have hit a brick wall in that no one knows where the embassy is, nor do they know the name of the honorary consul.
Attempts to contact the island authorities by telephone have similarly failed.
Snapper is, however mightily confused. Just how did that horse box manage to get to the island (if indeed it is an island) and who, exactly, arranged its transport?

The STB is becoming increasingly concerned about “bad press”. William Posters is urgently summoned to quell these disturbing rumours.

He is reluctant to say too much as many times in the past he has been threatened with prosecution. In a hastily prepared statement he is, however, happy to confirm:
1. There is an embassy, located in London, England. The address and contact details are however subject to “diplomatic immunity”.
2. There is an honorary consul, in place at said embassy, who is indeed a peer of the realm no less. The name of the honorary consul is Lord Lionel Pugh.
3. There is photographic evidence that a horse box arrived on the island at some time in the recent past (although that does depend on relatively which past you are referencing). It can be confirmed that the ferry came from West Porthsea.
4. Sonmel is an island. We’ve had a good look round and there appears to be water on all sides.
5. We cannot comment on ferries departing from Dover. Is it near Cornwall, or Izaro perhaps?
6. Thank you for your kind comments Invicta Alec. We may use the phrase “stark staring bonkers” in future publicity material.

Time for another glass of wine methinks.....
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 29, 2019, 08:42:46 PM
Wine here this evening too.
White for a change. Very refreshing but a trifle confusing (especially to the fingers).  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2019, 08:43:42 PM
Poor, Bill Posters, he was hired to say as little as possible to as few people as possible and had been enjoying a very quiet life. Now, he has to ask the Sonmel pigeon (proudly bearing a red-gold ring on one of its feet) to carry an urgent press release to the now not-so secret honorary consul at the still-secret London embassy. "The world is going mad", he thinks. Time to try another one of those continental wines that have recently arrived on the train ferry!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 29, 2019, 09:05:30 PM
Wine here this evening too.
White for a change. Very refreshing but a trifle confusing (especially to the fingers).  :beers:

We’re on a Portuguese Vinho Verde today.  :beers:

Rather confusing as it literally seems to translate as green wine. It’s a white but with a slight green hint.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on July 29, 2019, 09:21:26 PM
Hi Keith,

I don't want to sound all up my own whatever but Vinho Verde literally means 'green wine' but translates as 'young wine' with the wine being released 3-6 months after the grapes are harvested.

I am a bit of a wine connoisseur.







No, bollards, I Googled it  :D

I'm on red with a cider chaser  :)

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 29, 2019, 10:44:29 PM
 :hellosign: Well I nearly had it sussed about four posts ago, now got to have more of my favourite tipple "Jack Daniels"
    cheers Everyone   :beers:   :beers:
       Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 30, 2019, 07:07:10 PM
Press Release

William Posters cleared his throat and then spoke clearly and precisely.

“We are keen to address continuing criticism regarding our alleged secrecy. To that end I am pleased to clarify certain recent rumours.

1. A horse box is currently on Sonmel, having recently arrived from Cornwall.
2. I am not able to disclose the exact contents of the horse box due to confidentiality agreements that are in place with the owner of said horse box. I am able to confirm that it may contain a horse, or a cat.
3. I can confirm that a number of senior police officers are currently in transit to Sonmel, personally arranged by our most senior representative, Lord L. Pugh.”


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on July 30, 2019, 07:27:03 PM
Ah, Lord Pugh has no doubt been in contact with Scotland Yard.
It seems that DCI Snapper and DI Rule may well be making a trip to Sonmel in connection with a suspected horse kidnap.
However, the two police officers may well be delayed en route as they intend to break their journey at Port Regleun where they will further pursue their enquiries.
It would, indeed, be most unfortunate if the horse box in Sonmel were to contain a cat.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 09, 2019, 05:37:12 PM
Is that a sensible configuration?

Intrigued by continuing rumours concerning London villains, kidnapped thoroughbred horses and high ranking police officers making their way to the island, this very short mixed goods was spotted on the line from the quarry...…

"You'll not be wanting to put that horsebox next to that cargo unless you want unintended consequences!"

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/5078-090819172336-803361296.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 09, 2019, 06:37:14 PM
Oh dear, I do hope that there are no unforeseen (or should that be foreseeable?) consequences!

Thanks for another very good photo.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 19, 2019, 07:46:08 AM
“The ferry is on schedule and will dock at 1400. We have confirmation that there are at least 2 suspicious characters on board, together with police officers Snapper and Rule. It’s time to implement operation horseshoe!”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 20, 2019, 02:08:12 PM
Trouble at the docks

A larger than usual crowd had gathered at the dockside for the arrival of the ferry. As a small isolated community there was always an interest in what was “incoming”.

The size of the crowd was directly as a result of operation horseshoe, masterminded by Nicholas Mee, head of security and policing. By international standards operation horseshoe was very simplistic. For Sonmel it was a big deal. The plan was to engage Tommy Elworthy and Harry Bell in conversation as soon as they came off the ferry. With a normal security force of one (Nick) ‘special agents’ had been recruited for the day. Once engaged in conversation the pair could be led away from the crowds. When separated, Snapper and Rule would make their arrests. Simples, nothing could possibly go wrong!

Once the mooring ropes were secured and the gangways deployed passengers began to come ashore. ‘Special agent’ Rosemary approached the pair with some trepidation. These sort of people just did not exist on Sonmel. However, she had been well briefed and was fully confident that operation horseshoe would be successful.

“Good morning gentlemen and welcome to our beautiful island of Sonmel. I’m sure that you will have a lovely time here.”

“What ho, luv. Bit quiet init?” was the response from Elworthy.

“Oh yes, it’s a very peaceful island, but a lovely place to visit. Although at the moment there is a certain amount of excitement around.”

“What’s that then, got a missing dog, or maybe somebody’s dropped some litter.” Bell laughed at his mate’s humour. The gal was quite attractive, maybe he would get a chance for a diversion during their visit. Elworthy was enjoying the encounter, especially the chance to impress his mate at his way with the women.

“Actually there are rumours that a famous racehorse has been seen. There have been several sightings of a rather ornate horse box, which is definitely not local.”

Both villains grew more interested in this woman. Could it be that they had struck lucky as soon as they got ashore? Easy money came into their thoughts. Elworthy looked at Bell and nodded.

“Really, where will be finding it then?” Elworthy gave a grin and moved closer to Rosemary.

‘It’s working’ she thought. Now to reel them in a bit more.

“Oh they are just rumours, you know what it’s like in a small community. Everything can get exaggerated ever so quickly.”

“No need to get all shy with me luv. You can tell me, honest as the day is long is me. There might be summit in it for you.” He grinned at her again.

Rosemary confidence started to ebb, she was beginning to get nervous. These two were certainly very dubious characters. “Well, there have been several sightings of the horse box on the line from the quarry.”

“Where’s that then? Can you take us there now?” Elworthy’s excitement was palpable, this could be the easiest big earner ever.

“Access is restricted, I’m afraid.”

“No need to get all coy with us luv. We’re ‘armless enough, just interested in ‘orses. Spill the beans.”

“Well, it’s not that easy. And they are just rumours.” Rosemary was getting even more nervous. These two were getting more aggressive with every passing minute. Maybe operation horseshoe was a bit too simple?

Elworthy spoke with some menace, “Look luv. I’ll make it clearer for you. Just take us there now.”
Rosemary suddenly felt completely out of her depth. “I don’t think that will be possible...”

Elworthy nodded to Bell and in a single swift movement he drew a flick knife, grabbed Rosemary roughly from behind and held the knife to her throat. Bell moved to his side, closely watching the crowd. “I’ll say it just one more time lady. Take us there now an no one will get hurt.” The crowd gasped.

“Nick, he’s got a knife.” The view through the sniper scope was very clear. “Elworthy has your wife with a knife at her throat. Do you want me to take him now?”

To be continued...

Also posted on Port Perran thread
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 21, 2019, 04:11:22 PM
 :hellosign:
     Thanks Keith.
   regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 23, 2019, 05:40:00 PM
Trouble at the docks (the conclusion)

Rory Lyons, ex military and a former safari park gamekeeper was lying prone, the rifle steady on the tripod. Elworthy’s temple sat neatly in the cross hairs. Nick Mee stood next to him, “wait!” He spoke into his lapel microphone, “if you can hear me Chief Inspector, please raise your hat.” Members of the waiting crowd had passed earpieces to Snapper and Rule as they came off the boat. Nick had considered it too risky to include microphone sets as well. Communication would be one way, with him leading. No pressure then!

Down on the dockside Snapper subtly lifted his hat very slightly. He and Rule were in the second row of the crowd with a clear view of both villains.

Good, at least we had one way communications established. “We can take Elworthy now if you would like us to, but it would be rather messy. I would rather resolve this more peacefully. If you could move to your left Chief Inspector you will find one of our people with a microphone set.”

Snapper move unobtrusively along the crowd until he made contact. He quickly clipped on the microphone and transmitter.

Nick watched through the powerful binoculars. “Can you speak without raising any suspicions?”

Snapper replied. “Yes. We have them both in clear sight. Your crowd are doing an excellent job. It is currently not possible to apprehend the villains without endangering the hostage.”

“Understood. The hostage happens to be my wife so we need to be very careful. We can arrange a diversion from here when you and your colleague are in position and ready.”

“Roger that.” Snapper whispered to Rule. “I have two way contact with the locals. They would prefer us to make the arrests down here. They will arrange a diversion when we are ready.” Rule nodded in acknowledgment.

Nick spoke to Rory. “Plan b Rory.” 

“Ok.”

Down on the dock the crowd was starting to get restless and began to close the gap to the two villains and their hostage.

“Ok lady, nice and easy now. Nobody will get hurt, just keep back! We’ll go for a little walk and you’ll take us to the nag.” Elworthy continued holding the knife close to her neck as he backed towards the port exit. Things weren’t going exactly to plan but he’d been in far worse scrapes in the past. He’d seen far more angry mobs back in the smoke.

The scene was unfolding through Lyon’s scope. “They’re moving away from the crowd Nick, gap’s getting bigger. Shot is still on.”

“Wait!”

Nick spoke a single word, “close.”

As one, the crowd moved cautiously forward. Snapper and Rule in the front row.

“Keep back and the lady don’t get hurt!” Elworthy was beginning to have some doubts. This crowd were getting a bit restless and downright spooky. Bell was visibly shaking.

“Ready when you are Chief Inspector.”

Snapper looked at Rule, who simply nodded. “Go!”

Nick said “fire”

Rory Lyons squeezed the trigger.

Elworthy’s head exploded red at his temple. At the same time Rosemary twisted down and away from the knife. Turning she kicked a Jimmy Choo directly at the side of Bell’s knee. In an instant Snapper and Rule grappled both villains to the ground and had them cuffed. Snapper couldn’t resist a “you’re nicked!” in Elworthy’s ear as he put the cuffs on. It was debatable whether Elworthy heard him. He couldn’t quite understand how he was still alive, although his head really hurt.

It was several minutes later before it was clear exactly what had transpired once Nick had given the order to Rory to fire. Plan b involved the use of a paintball rather than a real bullet. (Rory was subsequently heard to complain after a few beers in the local, that Nick could have given him more time to make the change of ammunition). Rosemary knew (or thought she did) what was going to happen. She needed to get away from the knife safely and if possible disable Bell until the police officers could get to them. The kick with the shoe was well aimed, although Nick would have to buy her a new pair. The heel was obviously not designed for a high speed impact with a human knee. As for the dress, well he could buy a new one of those too. She didn’t think that the red paint would easily wash out.

Nick and Rory looked at each other and smiled. “Good job boss.”

“Nice shot”, Nick replied, “very colourful”.

“Yeah, thought you’d like that. Much more dramatic than yellow or blue.”

Nick spoke into the lapel microphone. “Well done Chief Inspector. Your collar I believe.”

“Thank you Nick, for a job well done. I think that it’s going to cost you a new pair of shoes and a dress!”

“Oh I think that’ll be the least I can get away with.”

Nick made his way down to the dock. “Chief Inspector, I have a message from Superintendent Leeworthy, he would like to speak with you as soon as possible. We can go to my office and use the telephone there. I’m afraid that we don’t have any cells on the island for your two prisoners. I suggest that we lock them in a box van until the ferry is ready to depart for West Porthsea.”

“That will be fine, thank you.”

Elworthy was beginning to come round. “Blimey, what happened, my head hurts. Where’s all this red paint come from?”

Bell, shouted at Nick, “I’m gonna make charges against that mad woman. Broke me knee she ‘as. That’s assault.”

As they headed for Nicks’ office, Snapper asked, “what’s with the operation horseshoe, there’s no horse on the island.”

“Ah, poetic license I’m afraid. We guessed that the best way to intimidate Elworthy and Bell was a bit of crowd mentality. Selected people in the crowd were equipped with earpieces. Operation horseshoe meant that when given the order, the crowd were to move in such a way as to create a decreasing semicircle around them. Quite spooky if you’re on the receiving end. I didn’t quite pan out as planned, but that’s life. Now, the telephone is just through here.”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on August 23, 2019, 05:53:11 PM
I was getting a bit worried when "Elworthy’s head exploded red at his temple" - nice touch using paint!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 23, 2019, 06:29:27 PM
Excellent and a very nice twist at the end. I hope Sonmel has an extradition treaty with the mainland and that crimes committed on Sonmel can be tried in a UK Court, otherwise the villains' 'brief' will get them off. Snapper also wants to get the men behind them, the "organ ginders not their monkeys"!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 24, 2019, 11:07:43 PM
 :hellosign:
  Many thanks Keith, indeed a very clever twist, let's hope they get their just deserts
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 25, 2019, 09:51:45 AM
“Well done, Mr. Mee, excellently organised and superb shooting Mr. Lyons. That paintball was most effective,” stated DCI Snapper. “Those headsets and microphones are far smaller than anything I’ve seen before. Not even the FBI has anything like ‘em.”

“Well, Sonmel may be out of the way and very small but we do have access to the best technology thanks to … ” Nick Mee then stopped as he remembered that the two villains were well within earshot and he was about to break the UK Official Secrets Act which Sonmel’s authorities had agreed to follow after Admiral Tregowan’s clandestine visit.

“Right, Rule, time to ‘cuff ‘em,” announced Snapper. “Then frisk ‘em very carefully and confiscate that knife and any other weapons.”

“We’ll throw ‘em in the harbour,” stated Nick. “We have no use for ‘em.” The two criminals looked worried. “I mean the weapons, of course!” he laughed. “Drowning is far too … “

“Mind the mermaid, dear,” instructed Rosemary who was still shaking as she clutched her husband.

“Of course, dear. Unlike these two, she’s done nothin’ wrong.”

“Yes, sir. Turn out your pockets, you, two,” commanded Rule in response to Snapper. “No funny business, if you know what’s good for you. You’re a long way from London and any help. No-one here will miss you! You did know that a ticket to Sonmel is one way?” The two London thugs shook their heads as the detectives and islanders guffawed heartily.

“But we paid for returns!” complained Elworthy. “Tough,” responded Rule. “Looks like you were taken advantage of!” laughed the Cornish detective as he watched the two thugs' weapons being kicked into the harbour.

Elworthy glared. “When I gets my ‘ands on ‘em.”

“That, I can categorically state will never happen; neither those who sold you the tickets nor your weapons. Mr. Lyons, cover ‘em with your service revolver, if you please,” ordered Snapper.

“My pleasure,” replied Rory, withdrawing the weapon from the shoulder holster under his brown island tweed jacket and levelling at the villains’ groin level. “I saw a man bleed to death that way. Slow and painful it was,” he remarked conversationally. Bell turned white as beads of sweat broke out on his smooth broad forehead and his knees began to shake.

“You know what to do, you two,” ordered Rule as Bell and Elworthy turned around, very carefully watched by Nick and Rory, who had shouldered his adapted sniper’s rifle, and meekly presented their wrists for handcuffing.

“We weren’t doin’ nothin’ serious,” mumbled Elworthy, “jus’ a bit o’ ‘armless fun with the young lady. Weren’t we, Miss.”

Rosemary glared at him. “The young lady that you held a nasty knife across her throat, happens to be my wife,” stated Nick in an ice-cold tone. “Sonmel has its own laws and traditions, you know. Some might call ‘em old-fashioned … even barbaric,” he mused. “But we’re a peaceful people and we mean to keep things that way, whatever …”

“Tha’s right. We don’t hold with such nastiness on Sonmel,” added Rory glaring at each criminal in turn.

“My very ‘umble ‘pologies, Mister. ‘ow were we to know the young lady was your wife!”

“Enough of that, Elworthy. You’re far too fond of drawing knives on those weaker than you. I bet you were a bully at school. Now, I’m sure you know nothin’ about the fair isle of Sonmel, do you?” asked Snapper. The two villains shook their heads. “Well, let me explain. Sonmel is self-governing with its own independent laws, elections, and representative bodies. More to the immediate point, it has its own separate very strict immigration policy which, I do believe, you two are guilty of breaking, is that not so, Mr. Mee?”

“That is indeed so, DCI Snapper. Sonmel has the death penalty for serious offences but then our laws have been unchanged since medieval times, as we had no need to reform ‘em.”

“I believe the punishment for breaking ‘em is most severe indeed,” added DI Rule. “And that is before taking a knife to a hostage!”

“That it is,” confirmed Nick. Bell was shaking even more. “DCI Snapper, may we take ‘em away to the Dungeon? You have no need of ‘em, back on the mainland, do you? Who would you suggest we place in the Iron Maiden, first?” Bell now looked ready to faint.

“Hmm,” mused Snapper. “Why burden our courts and prisons, at our taxpayers’ expense, with the likes of these two hardened criminals. Do you agree DI Rule?”

“Fully and completely, DCI Snapper. They assaulted quite a few people across Cornwall. Not all of ‘em by any means, law-abiding citizens but nevertheless assault and battery …”

“Agreed,” responded Snapper “Now, Elworthy, here is a hardened criminal with a record longer than his arms but Bell is his younger accomplice and, I’m sure, has been most grievously led astray by Elworthy. My vote, if I had one, that is, would be that ... Bell goes to the Iron Maiden first!”

The younger criminal gasped with shock.

“Well, DCI Snapper, them being from your ‘patch’, I have no doubt that you’re correct,” responded Rule. “But they committed crimes in Cornwall and, now, here. However, neither of us have jurisdiction in Sonmel, do we?”

“Alas, you’re quite correct, DI Rule. If it was up to me, Bell would be treated more leniently.” Bell looked relieved. “But, alas, with no extradition treaty, we have no choice but to hand ‘em over to the most severe punishment at the hands of the … Sonmel executioner!” Bell clean fainted away and had to be grabbed by Rule before he dashed his head on the stone harbour surface.

“My goodness,” exclaimed Rosemary. “A few more feet an’ he would have fallen in the ‘arbour.”

“Food for the sharks,” stated her husband. “But then they’ll eat anything.”

“Or anyone,” added Rory. “They’re not at all fussy, like that!” Even Elworthy was looking nervous now.

“Very true,” smiled Nick. “Saves buryin’ ‘em after. Throw a bucket of water over him, someone.” A young man appeared from the crowd bearing a red-painted bucket emblazoned ‘FIRE’ in white and poured its contents over the prone man. “Thank you, sir. Two volunteers to take the young one to meet the Iron Maiden, please.” Two burly young islanders stepped forward and grabbing Bell under the arms, frogmarched him away, protesting shrilly, as the crowd parted to let them pass. “That should not take long in his condition. You’ll be next, Elworthy, and it will be my great pleasure to accompany you to meet the Maiden, for the first and last time! There's no 'brief' 'ere to help you!”

Elworthy had lost the last of his former bluster and gone very white.

“Well, that looks like our business here is just about over then, Mr. Mee,” announced Snapper with a grin. “Once again, our hearty thanks, gentleman. You saved us a lot of tedious paperwork!”

 “Mr. Snapper, Mr. Rule …” began the London thug in a whining tone.

“DCI Snapper and DI Rule to you, Elworthy.” Turning to his Cornish colleague, Snapper continued, “Would you mind going to the Dungeon to note down if Bell confesses anything of use before …”

“Before his most painful demise, you mean? That would be my great pleasure, sir,” responded Rule, rubbing his hands. “I’m sure, you’re right, he’ll be singing like a canary. It’s almost a pity that it won’t help ‘im avoid a most agonising end ….”

“Someone from the crowd will accompany you to the Dungeon, DI Rule,” announced Nick. Another burly Islander stepped forward and announced, with a bow: “My pleasure, sir. If you would care to follow me, DI Rule. I do hope you’re not, err, squeamish?” the islander politely asked as they left together.

“Not at all, sir. I served in a platoon carrying out patrols and laying ambushes in the Malayan Emergency. For us, it was kill or be killed. Not for the fainthearted that was, son. This will be all in a day’s work.”

“Now, now, gentlemen, let’s not be hasty like. Maybe we could do a deal,” pleaded Elworthy. “I knows fings, important fings about some serious villains!”

“Nothing of any interest to the Sonmel authorities, I’m sure. The matter is out of my hands. You should prepare yourself.”

“Wait! Wait, I’m beggin’ you! If what I tell you is valuable enough, can’t you do a deal with these two gentlemen ‘ere, DCI Snapper, sir?”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on August 25, 2019, 11:13:56 PM
 :hellosign:
    Thanks Chris , now that`s mind kind of justice  :thumbsup:
          regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 26, 2019, 08:07:10 AM
:hellosign:
    Thanks Chris , now that`s mind kind of justice  :thumbsup:
          regards Derek.

Thank you, Derek. Things are looking very bad indeed for the two London villains. Snapper and Rule seem to be powerless to help them avoid their gruesome fate.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on August 27, 2019, 08:07:37 PM
I wonder what Elworthy has to say?
(Chris IP - I’ll hold fire for a bit on the Trepol Bay thread until I know what exactly Elworthy has to say).

Martin
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 27, 2019, 08:32:28 PM
As soon as Bell and his two escorts, accompanied by DI Rule, had passed through the crowd another well-built islander came forward dressed from head to foot in black from a black pointed hood with large holes for eyes, nose, and mouth to sturdy black leather boots. Whilst the young thug was held, this third man securely fitted a thick black hood over Bell’s head then fastened it loosely around his neck.

“You can still breathe, there are small airholes below your nose and mouth, but you won’t be able to see a thing,” the third islander informed him.

He was then marched on, tugged first one way then another by the two islanders clasping his arms. Some time later, it seemed an eternity, he was warned that they were descending steep steps and his hooded head was bent forward by the third man until they arrived at the bottom. With his arms still gripped by the two men, he heard a heavy door being closed and locked behind him. The third man removed his hood. Bell could now see that he had a dirty brown stained apron over his dull black shirt and trousers and that his boots had brown-stains on his boots. Looking beyond the black-clad man, the bright light from a line of bar electric bulbs hanging from the stone vaulted ceiling revealed a gruesome collection of rusty black instruments of torture. Dark brown stains could be seen on the floor around them.

“Meet the Iron Maiden”, exclaimed the black-clad islander, “I am the Executioner!”

Horror-struck Bell stared at a human-sized iron cylinder with two tall open doors at the front revealing that the interior was covered in spikes. Above the open doors was the moulded iron head and shoulders of a laughing woman. He slumped between the arms of the two men. The third man fetched a rusty bucket of water and poured some over Bell’s head.

“Allow me to explain,” the Executioner began as, gasping, Bell returned to consciousness.

“He has had to study all the medieval documents, especially for you!” interrupted the first islander.

“Yes, especially for you!” the executioner smiled. “The victim is forced inside the Iron Maiden, the doors are firmly closed and … is impaled on the spikes. According to the medieval documents, it is a slow and painful death!”

“Very painful,” added the third islander, also smiling.

“D D D DI Rule, please, save me from these mad men. I’m not a bad guy. I’m …”

“Let me guess,” laughed the executioner, too young to die!”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 27, 2019, 08:43:19 PM
I wonder what Elworthy has to say?
(Chris IP - I’ll hold fire for a bit on the Trepol Bay thread until I know what exactly Elworthy has to say).

Martin

Thanks, Martin, Bell then Elworthy will talk and very soon. So, if you hold off a little bit you'll know what Snapper and Rule learn. Sylvia, Eli and Sofi will be updated by Susan on the train, too with want Snapper knew already, too.

Everyone except Bell and Elworthy will then converge in London, including the elder Poldory brother.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 28, 2019, 03:35:08 PM
“Gentlemen, time to place him inside the Iron Maiden!” cried the Executioner.

“W w w wait,” cried Bell. “I’ll tell you all I know!”

“I have no power on Sonmel, Bell,” replied DI Rule.

Bell began to cry as the two men dragged him towards the open doors.

“Oh my, he’s wet himself,” replied one, in disgust. “Not so brave now are you!”

The Executioner tipped some water down Bell’s trousers. “That’s better,” he stated placing the bucket on the stone floor with a loud clang. Bell was shivering but the two men dragging him were implacable.

Just before Bell reached the open doors of the Maiden, DI Rule sighed and announced, “If you do exactly as we say and the information you give is judged to be the truth and nothing but the truth and valuable enough, I will ask these gentlemen to postpone your punishment until after we have reviewed it.”

“Oh, thank you, sir!” cried Bell with a sob.

“Postponed, mind you, Bell. The final decision will depend on my powers of persuasion with the Sonmel authorities and that depends on the value of your information!”

“Gentlemen, bring up a stool for him to sit on and release him. Keep ‘im cuffed, of course. Right, Bell, first things, first. The Sonmel authorities will need your signed confession that you entered Sonmel illegally, accept full responsibility for the consequences of your illegal entry and will never attempt to do so, again.” DI Rule raised his voice, “Mrs. Mee, if you please.”

A wooden door opened in the dark left-hand corner and Rosemary entered carrying a clipboard with a large pad of paper.

“Mrs. Mee, please, give him the confession of illegal entry to read and sign. Then you two gentlemen sign it as witnesses. Uncuff him then put 'em back as soon as he's signed.”

Bell quickly scanned the typewritten document, wiped his dribbling nose on the back of his right hand then slowly signed his name at the bottom in the place indicated. The two islanders then signed it, the Executioner taking each’s place, in turn, as they did so.

“Good,” pronounced DI Rule. That will satisfy the Sonmel authorities … for now. Gentlemen, please, bring Mrs. Mee a comfortable chair. I’ve a feeling this will be a long confession!”

A chair was produced from the shadows in the far righthand corner. The four men then grouped themselves behind and around Rosemary with DI Rule closest to the broken Bell.

“I suggest you start from the very beginning, Bell, when you first met Elworthy, in London, then what brought you to the West Country. All the details, mind. DCI Snapper and I already know much of the details and any lies or omissions will mean you go straight to the final deadly embrace of the Iron Maiden! The Sonmel authorities are already doing me a great personal favour.”

“No, sir, DI Rule. I mean, yes sir, DI Rule, I’ll tell yew everyfink I knows.”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 28, 2019, 10:24:32 PM
It was not long before Rosemary Mee put down her pencil. Her shorthand notes were complete.

“That’s all you know, Bell?” demanded DI Rule. “You better be very sure that you have told us absolutely everything, no matter how small and unimportant it might seem!”

“Yes, sir, DI Rule. Really and truly everfink.”

“Put the hood back on ‘im and take ‘im away as we agreed, please. You’ll find a change of clothes, food and drink awaiting you, Bell, but you’ll be kept under lock and key, below ground, until the Sonmel authorities decide your fate. But, you’ll miss your final embrace from the Iron Maiden … at least, for now. Take him away, gentlemen!”

After Bell had been led away by the two burly islanders and the cellar door was firmly closed, DI Rule sighed and turning to the Executioner stated, “you can take that hood off now, Mr. Mee.”

“That’s a relief. That fabric itched like hell! A pity he knows so little, eh, Rule.”

“Only to be expected, Mr. Mee. A very small cog in a much larger machine. Thank you very much for your co-operation, both of you and your men. Once again, my apologies for the knife at your throat, Mrs. Mee.”

“Our pleasure, DI Rule,” said her husband. “No-one could have expected that.”

“No, Snapper and I should have. On Sonmel you’re not, thank goodness, used to dealing with such violent villains. So, we deal with Elworthy as already agreed. He should know rather more; a lot more, if I were a betting man, I’d stake a lot on that! And we know how to make him sing! You might enjoy this, Mrs. Mee.”

“Aye, DI Rule. My dear, will you summarise what Bell confessed and then prepare yourself for a similar session with Elworthy after we have had a break for refreshment.”

Rosemary then proceeded to summarise the sad story of Bell’s meeting with Elworthy in the East End of London, after leaving the orphanage and his recruitment as Elworthy’s accomplice in casual violence and many other crimes.

“Thank you, Mrs. Mee. A sordid tale, indeed. Please, type it all up once we’ve finished with Elworthy and we’ll get Bell to sign it. All Bell knows, I’m quite sure, is that Elworthy told him they were to go to Cornwall, find the man we know to be the notorious international confidence trickster, Ivan Fiddler, who they knew was calling himself Sir John Bream; failing that, his female accomplice whose name they did not know but we know to be the young blonde graduate researcher, Allyson Treseder, now safely in the U.S.A.; or his other accomplices, the Poldory brothers and then find Fiddler through them. It seems that Elworthy’s bosses had ‘invested’ in Fiddler’s biggest con and now wanted their return!” Rule laughed. “In short, cons conned! But, failing to find any of them, despite threatening and assaulting numerous members of the Cornish criminal fraternity, they thought to make up for that by stealing with, as we expected, the help of the older Poldory, a railway van load of best malt whisky. That opportunistic crime was, for them, at best, an incomplete success and Elworthy was getting very concerned about ‘facing the music’ back in London when Elworthy’s bosses, who Bell doesn’t know by name but, from the descriptions given – apparently Elworthy had to let them check out Bell, in person, before approving him as Elworthy’s accomplice – I’m sure DCI Snapper will, gave them another assignment on behalf of a London gambling syndicate they were involved in to find the racehorse called the ‘Moor’ belonging to Sir George Widgeon III, but you’re fully aware of that. Bell’s signed confession will enable him to be put away for quite a few years for crimes committed in Cornwall and Elworthy for even more – so my job’s almost done – but my London colleague wants to collar Elworthy’s bosses, as he puts it the ‘organ grinders not the monkeys’! But, he suspects there is yet more to be uncovered and that he has not been told the full story. His boss, Chief Superintendent Charles Leeworthy, he is sure, just like Admiral Tregowan, is holding back for unknown reasons but he is determined to get to the bottom of what is already a very complex vipers’ nest of inter-connected cases! He is a truly great detective and a very driven man. My hat off to him!”

“Yes,” said Mee, wryly, “I believe Snapper’s right from what he’s already told us. There’s far more yet to be uncovered! We had that Admiral over here and he was a very tight-lipped man, indeed, only telling us what, in his opinion, we needed to know and nothing more! We understood the importance of what he said but we certainly did not warm to the man! He ordered us about … I’m sorry, I am not at liberty to tell you more, but Snapper knows about what I cannot tell you!”

“I understand, Mr. Mee. In Cornwall, we have enough criminals of our own to keep us busy without looking any further!”

“You’re a wise man, Rule. Let’s all go to have a nice meal before Elworthy gets here!”

“Agreed. I’ll warn DCI Snapper to keep Elworthy waitin’! Very handy these headseats.”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 29, 2019, 08:55:23 AM
As DI Rule, Nick and Rosemary Mee left what they had called the Dungeon in Bell’s presence, Rule turned to Rosemary and gently asked: “I do hope that you have a strong stomach, Mrs. Mee, for what is to come?”

Rosemary swallowed hard, then looking Rule in the eye, replied: “Yes, I do DI Rule and after what Elworthy did to me I will most assuredly steel myself for what’s to come.”

“I can assure you, DI Rule, that Rosemary will play her part but, for everyone’s peace of mind, you must assure us that DCI Snapper and your good self will remove Tommy Elworthy and Harry Bell from our island as soon as possible,” added her husband. “We have no permanent cells on Sonmel. We have never needed ‘em. As you know, the Sonmel authorities have already waived our rights to try and punish them for their crimes, here.”

“I fully understand, Mr. Mee and appreciate your willingness to make the necessary adaptations. Preparations have been made to place those two in a secure goods van on the very next train ferry departing Sonmel for West Porthsea Quay. As I understand it, the specially modified goods van has already arrived, as arranged by the Wadebridge Yardmaster, according to my instructions.” Nick nodded. “The two prisoners will then be conveyed, under armed guard, to a highly secure, secret location on the mainland prior to their trial. Instructions to this effect have been issued from the highest possible level of the UK authorities. Therefore, DCI Snapper is most insistent that there be no public knowledge at all of Elworthy and Bell until they go on trial. Until then, they must appear to have disappeared off the face of the earth!”

“Very good, DI Rule,” replied Nick Mee. “Whilst we are having a nice meal in the fresh air, after returning from performing their assigned task at the Harbour, my men will make the Dungeon ready for our next visitor! They have the strongest of stomachs, I can assure you!”

“Very good, Mr. Mee. They will need it! Our hearty thanks, again, to all of you. After Elworthy has confessed to DCI Snapper, as assuredly he will, you can return your lovely little town to normal. What we’ve agreed should result in the quickest conclusion.”

“That time cannot come too quickly,” remarked Rosemary. “What truly ghastly men! I wish they had never heard of Sonmel!”

“As will they, Mrs. Mee. As will they. Of that I can assure you.”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 29, 2019, 06:51:15 PM
Their simple but delicious meal over, DI Rule, Nick and Rosemary Mee returned to the building housing the ‘Dungeon’ where a wooden chair, matching side table and a sunshade branded “Headland Ales” had been placed by the side door. A glass bottle of “Castle” mineral water stood in an ice bucket with two tumblers.

“Just try to relax, Rosemary, when you hear the buzzer sound, please, come down ready to take Elworthy’s confession.” She nodded, placing her clip pad and pencils on the table.

Nick kissed his wife and then said to Rule, “Right, Snapper will be here soon with that man escorted by two strong guards. You can then go and keep Rosemary company. The bistro owner will be over with refreshments for you both.”

“Thank you, Mr. Mee, that’s very kind. I’ll do so, if you don’t mind, five people is quite enough down there!”

“Aye. That it is. The sooner this is over, the better!”

DI Rule nodded as Nick unlocked the door and led him down to the chill depths below.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 29, 2019, 07:41:29 PM
At Sonmel Harbour, Elworthy had been standing in the sun unprotected and his pale, unhealthy looking skin was turning from pink to red.

“Oi, Snapper, ‘ow long you goin’ to keep me standin’ in this sun. I got rights you know!”

“DCI Snapper to you, Elsworthy and, as I’ve already informed you, you have NO rights, here. No rights whatsoever. You’re on Sonmel, illegally, and have just threatened with a very large and very sharp knife an innocent young lady from Sonmel who was just being welcoming. The islanders don’t take kindly to that sort of behaviour, do you?”

The crowd responded with angry words and gestures aimed at Elworthy.

“Look, DCI Snapper, I told you we meant no ‘arm. I’m thirsty standing here. I admit I may have treated ‘er a bit rough.”

The crowd growled like angry bears held back only by stout chains.

“Orlright, I’m sorry. I apologises. But tha’s all.”

The crowd growled more.

“Oh, no; that’s not all, Elworthy! I take it you can read?”

“’Corse I can. I goed to primary school.”

“Did you think to read the conditions on the back of your ticket?”

“Nah. A ticket’s a ticket.”

“Wrong! The conditions clearly state, ‘Only valid with a valid entry visa issued by the Sonmel authorities’. Did you have such a visa?”

“Nobody said nuffink about no visa when we bought our tickets! What about some water. I’m dyin’ o’ thirst out here!”

“You’ll soon be dyin’ of something far worse than that, Elworthy! Someone bring the prisoner some water, please. We need to keep him alive for his imminent interrogation!”

A sturdy man, dressed all in black, with very short hair, stepped out of the crowd and picked up a battered watering can standing by one of the magnificent displays of flowers around the statue of Sonmel’s famous mermaid.

“Open your mouth, you!” He commanded and began pouring a stream of water down Elworthy’s brick-red face.

It was tepid, brackish and far from refreshing but was, Elworthy thought, better than nothing. Spluttering, he replied, “Enough! I’ll get you for this!”

“Thank you, MacPherson”, said Snapper.

Then, in the distance, they could hear the slow, melancholy strains of Chopin's ‘Funeral March’, the third movement in his Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Snapper recalled, as a military band, all clad in dull black uniforms with plain grey insignia, neared the harbour. Behind the band, in perfect step, marched two similarly uniformed men carrying a stretcher with a long dark bundle on it.

“Wha’s this then?” exclaimed Elworthy.

“Bow your head, Elworthy!” shouted MacPherson.

“It’s no-one I know!”

“Oh, but it is, Elworthy, it is!” replied Snapper. “Or, I should say, was!”

The band, still playing, turned and marched slowly past Elworthy and Snapper. As the stretcher party passed, Elworthy saw, to his growing horror, that the stretcher carried an old tarpaulin stained with bright red patches wrapped around something solid, something that looked remarkably like … a body!”

CONTINUED on Cant Cove thread. My thanks to Keith for his patience.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on August 29, 2019, 08:25:35 PM
Have Rule and Snapper somehow been transfigured?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on August 30, 2019, 07:44:03 AM
Nick Mee glanced at his Rolex. “That’s it Chief Inspector. The weekly ferry to West Porthsea leaves in 10 minutes. Time to get you all off of the island. We don’t want you having to stay here for another week.”
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on August 30, 2019, 01:07:11 PM
Great storyline everyone, complimented by some great photos :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 30, 2019, 02:06:48 PM
Have Rule and Snapper somehow been transfigured?

Indeed. Corrected. Please, go to Cant Cove for the continuation.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 02, 2019, 05:10:25 PM
Off to the dock!

Snapper and Rule travel in luxury in an ex CIWL Pullman, whilst Elworthy and Bell travel in solitude in a box van each.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/81/5078-020919170225-810582418.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 20, 2019, 05:46:04 PM
Stand Back!!

The terraformers have returned.

Using traditional techniques (a card and glue sub-structure) one of the last pieces of major landscape on Sonmel has risen from the sea.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120020-78679601.jpeg)

I do think that the proposed overbridge (to carry a single rail line and single track road) is rather over-sized? (Note the temporary bridge stiffener to the right hand side).

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120020-786791233.jpeg)

Whilst the structural engineers are contemplating the future options for the bridge...

The plasterers turned up!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120023-78681331.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120023-786811207.jpeg)


Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on September 20, 2019, 06:20:02 PM
Looks very good Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on September 20, 2019, 07:12:41 PM
I agree with Martin; it looks supremely spiffing.

I like the different track levels on Sonmel.

In all my years playing with model railways I have never used plaster bandage.

Maybe one day...

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on September 21, 2019, 06:59:10 AM
 :hellosign: :greatpicturessign:
  Thanks for the updates Keith, agreed, looking good
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 21, 2019, 07:09:19 AM
Thank you for the comments guys.  :thumbsup:

Go on John, I think a simple plaster bandage embankment wouldn’t be too super scary for you. It would be in keeping with the Poppingham ethos. Add some grass and it would be ideal for Flossie to observe the trains from an elevated position.  ;)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 23, 2019, 04:23:11 PM
Stand back - (a bit further)!

Because Sonmel is my first ever layout I have been trying a variety of plastering techniques. Method 4 has used the application of plaster to the plaster bandage base structure using a thinned plaster applied by paintbrush. This gives a smoother surface.

After one coat:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120025-78683183.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120025-78683329.jpeg)

And after the second coat:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120026-786851184.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120026-78685275.jpeg)

The road surface is made from 240 grade sandpaper. I'm not convinced that this is the best method for road construction.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on September 23, 2019, 04:53:04 PM
That looks good Keith. A very tidy job indeed.
I’ve never used plaster bandage but it does look effective. My reasoning for never using it is that is gives a rather perfect looking finish whereas I prefer something to look a bit more rugged but then that’s just my choice.
And like you, I’m not convinced about using sandpaper for roads. I dod use it on my Tregonning layout and we’ve used it on our Club layout (Bodmin Road). In both cases it looks ok and perfectly acceptable but I feel that there may be better options.
Your bridge and the Peco wall supports look good. Great stuff - keep the photographs coming.
Martin
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: weave on September 23, 2019, 06:11:01 PM
Hi Keith,

All looking good. I do a similar thing with the plaster bandage but although watered down I slap it on quite thickly so only one coat with maybe a bit of touching up afterwards.

Regarding sandpaper for road surfaces I've only ever used it for car parks as in a 'continental' type gravelly style. No joins and flat. I don't think I'd attempt them with a proper road unless it was dead flat but can't really give any advice on that matter.

As I said looking good and looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on September 23, 2019, 06:36:38 PM

Regarding sandpaper for road surfaces

One thing you can consider for roads is the black wet 'n' dry paper. Whilst I have not used it for roads, I have used it for part of the maintenance depot on my layout. Like sandpaper, it comes in various grits, the one I have used must be a very fine grit as it is very smooth to the touch.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on September 23, 2019, 07:51:59 PM
One thing you can consider for roads is the black wet 'n' dry paper. Whilst I have not used it for roads, I have used it for part of the maintenance depot on my layout. Like sandpaper, it comes in various grits, the one I have used must be a very fine grit as it is very smooth to the touch.
I use fine wet and dry for the roads and it looks OK.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 23, 2019, 08:00:14 PM
One thing you can consider for roads is the black wet 'n' dry paper. Whilst I have not used it for roads, I have used it for part of the maintenance depot on my layout. Like sandpaper, it comes in various grits, the one I have used must be a very fine grit as it is very smooth to the touch.
I use fine wet and dry for the roads and it looks OK.

I have also, and am very happy with it. Sandpaper is too coarse-grained.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 24, 2019, 08:30:58 PM
Thank you for the comments Martin, Weave, David, Laurence and Chris. My concerns with sandpaper (or wet and dry paper) for road construction is not related to the surface texture. It’s more to do with applying it to the model.

My previous attempts have used glue ( cheap and practical UHU in this case) to stick the road to the substructure. The substructure has been either plywood or plaster. On largish flat areas this has worked well, although I have had trouble with adhesion at edges and corners. When making a road, adhesion at the edges has been difficult. This is especially the case with roads in constricted locations ( e.g. up against rock faces). This is made worse when I have then painted the road surface especially if using emulsion or acrylic paint. The tendency is for the road edges to lift.

So, a solution would be to continue to use sandpaper but glue and paint this to a substructure “off layout”. This would allow even pressure to be applied across the road surface as the glue dries to ensure good adhesion. However, this does require pre-planning and may not easily solve the problem with roads in constricted locations. An alternative would be to continue road construction in-situ but develop a road shaped “press” than can be placed onto the road surface to apply even pressure across the whole road whilst the glue dries.

OR, use an alternative approach! I’m going to investigate using either plaster or modelling clay and use something like a wallpaper seam roller to create the road surface. If the surface texture is too smooth, it could  be roughened when set.

I welcome any comments. I will of course update you on progress and degree of success ( or not)!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on September 24, 2019, 09:09:43 PM
I am currently using Speedbond to glue the wet and dry down.  I find it works best if I start off by sizing the substrate with weak PVA such as WWS basing glue, but any weak PVA would do.  I just paint it over the surface to be covered a day in advance.  I also use one of metcalfe's tiny droppers to apply the Speedbondond to the back of the wet and dry.  If there are any edges that don't stick down, I use the dropper to insert a little Speedbond under the edge and then press it down.  The Speedbond takes a few minutes to adhere properly and requires repeated pressure with the finger tips.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on September 24, 2019, 09:10:32 PM
Rocket Card Glue has numerous uses I have found - not just for sticking paper and card. Could you experiment with 'painting' the Rocket CG onto a surface and then putting your 'road' on to the glue painted surface?  ???. I have used this method for sticking down some card onto the wooden baseboard. The advantage I have found with Rocket CG is that it dries quite quickly so it should be easy enough to get the edges of the 'road' to stick.  Just a(nother) thought.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Webbo on September 25, 2019, 08:53:39 AM
Hi Keith

The texture on real road surfaces would be not more than a a few millimeters unless you have some potholes. Scaled down by 160:1 this texture would be 160 times smaller and would almost disappear. Even fine grained sandpaper would have a texture that is far too large in scale terms. I like the idea of smoothed modelling clay or some such. In my opinion, more important than getting the texture right would be to get the colour variation right considering such things as dark patches where the tyres run or near bumps where the oil drips off the oil pan. I suggest you have a look at what Dats475 does with his roads for inspiration.

Webbo
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Innovationgame on September 25, 2019, 09:26:29 AM
Just a quick calculation:

P2000 wet and dry has a grit size of approximately 2000 per inch or 80 per mm.  At 2mm to the foot, that is a scale size of of just under 12 per inch, which equates to a 2mm grit size in the road surface.  That is probaly too fine so, for example, for chippings of 10 to 20mm in size, something like P240 would be appropriate.  For 'marzipan' type surfaces, P1000, would be perfectly adequate.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 25, 2019, 07:56:30 PM
Thank you for the comments, David, Laurence and Webbo.

Road surface texture is a bit of a dark art (pun intended), so I’ll leave that to the boys from the black stuff.  :D

Excellent comments Webbo, colour (more precisely, variations of colour) will be much more important than texture. There are some great examples on this forum which I will endeavour to replicate. I’ll post updates on my plaster and modelling clay efforts when I eventually make some progress.

Discussing road construction with Mrs keithbythe sea as we had coffee on the patio she misheard my mention of seam roller. She thought that I had made (another) purchase without her knowing. “So how big is this steam roller that you will be using?”  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on September 25, 2019, 08:24:58 PM
On our Bodmin layout the road is twisty and goes uphill between high banks.
My solution was to cut the road shapes out in card (cereal packets).
This took a few attempts to get right because the bank sides were so uneven.
Anyway, once happy with the road shape, I then glued the sandpaper to the card and let it dry overnight squashed between two bits of wood clamped tight together.
This worked ok and I was then able to glue the card/sandpaper to the plaster surface ok.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 26, 2019, 07:01:33 AM
Ah, yes Martin off-site construction is proven to be a good approach. Of course one can also paint the road off-site and any lifting of the surface can be dealt with easily. An excellent methodology.  :thankyousign:

PS Cereal packets are such a good, free, construction material.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: chrispearce on September 26, 2019, 01:17:52 PM

PS Cereal packets are such a good, free, construction material.  :thumbsup:

Sadly, I don't do cereal so I miss out on this excellent resource. Are the boxes that Twinings herbal/fruit teas come in any good?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on September 26, 2019, 03:02:29 PM
Are the boxes that Twinings herbal/fruit teas come in any good?

They are very good as a base if you are planning a nice smelling allotment  ;)  (Sorry).
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on September 26, 2019, 05:31:41 PM

PS Cereal packets are such a good, free, construction material.  :thumbsup:

Sadly, I don't do cereal so I miss out on this excellent resource. Are the boxes that Twinings herbal/fruit teas come in any good?
Maybe a bit on the small side. Although if you cut the end  off they might make a rather nice branch line engine shed  :D
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: chrispearce on September 26, 2019, 06:03:16 PM
 :laughabovepost:

Martin, you are the funniest man in Carharrack who owns Trepol Bay.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 03, 2019, 03:43:59 PM
If it doesn't move - paint it

once the plaster is fully dry, it's a coat (or two) of grey matt emulsion.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120029-786871186.jpeg)

I've then applied some dark green scatter, stuck down with a 1:1 pva:water mix.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120030-78689168.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/78/5078-210619120030-78689595.jpeg)

Lots of scenic detailing to complete, but before I do that I need to get that last bridge designed and built.....
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on October 03, 2019, 04:10:50 PM
Very nice work, Keith.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 03, 2019, 04:13:03 PM
Great work Keith.
I think that the last photo will offer great opportunities to photograph trains in due course.
Martin
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 04, 2019, 07:23:46 AM
Thank you John & Martin. Good point Martin, that will be an excellent location.

I am deliberating whether I should try and install a station platform on the outside of the bend between the track and bridge abutment?
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on October 04, 2019, 08:50:57 AM
You know, Keith, I think I should be disinclined to build a platform there.  It would clutter the view through below the splendid bridge and would mean that any lovely steam locomotives you photograph in that location would be partly obscured 'below the belt'.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 04, 2019, 08:58:29 AM
Hi Keith
I can see the attraction of installing a platform there but I agree with John.
Just my opinion.

Martin
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 04, 2019, 05:17:48 PM
Thank you guys, very helpful.  :thumbsup:

The station will be located somewhere else. I have no idea where, but that’s something to think about whilst I’m pretending to be busy doing something else. I do love this retirement malarkey, lots of time to think things through, no rush.

However, I did go to the local steel stockholders this morning and procured a load of steel beams. Just need to turn them into a bridge now... :confused2:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 04, 2019, 06:01:27 PM
You can’t beat retirement.
It’s coming up 2 years for me on Nov 2nd and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on October 04, 2019, 06:10:50 PM
I have only been at it for 9 months, but I love it. The thing that has really struck me is the amount of freedom I have.  Once I have taken Louisa to work, the day is mine until I have to pick her up from work.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 04, 2019, 07:58:30 PM
Blimey, I’m an old timer. I’ve been fully retired for 2 1/2 years now. (I put in some serious training beforehand by working 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years before that). It just gets better guys.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: dannyboy on October 04, 2019, 08:21:26 PM
That is a bit like I did it Keith - cut my hours from 42 (average) to 36 per week for 12 months, then cut them further to 24 hours a week for another 12 months. I think we had better get back to Somnel now.   :)
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 06, 2019, 11:16:05 PM
 :hellosign:.  :greatpicturessign:
 Looking good Keith, look forward to seeing the next bridge, oh I can't wait to retire you lucky people
      regards Derek
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 07, 2019, 07:34:01 AM
Thank you Derek. The steel fabricators have received the detailed drawings. Just the minor problem of turning them into a structure!  :)

Enjoy life now, then retirement will be even better.  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Milton Rail on October 11, 2019, 11:01:30 AM
Great updates Keith, that new hillside is looking great

I find when using plaster bandage, if you rub it with wet fingers before it dries, you can draw out the plaster and get quite a smooth finish without any additional layers required.

I too have been using wet & dry paper for roads as an experiment in the yard & roads around Auchterarder station, I use neat PVA glue and a bit of light weights on the edges ... seems to hold down relatively well
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 11, 2019, 05:20:55 PM
Thank you Andrew. Yes there are lots of different plaster bandage techniques, all rather messy but great fun. It is intriguing that there are so many different effects that can be achieved.

Taking advantage of the new photography location an eclectic short goods is seen arriving from the ferry. All essential supplies for life on the island: Dairy goods, Chocolate and Fine Foaming ale.  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-111019171307-826401401.jpeg)

Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on October 11, 2019, 07:51:13 PM
A through goods working from Sonmel to Poppingham I hope.

The smelly diesel can come off at Bobbington and a glorious steam locomotive can take the train forward to its destination.

Great picture; thank you, Keith.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 13, 2019, 10:49:40 AM
A through goods working from Sonmel to Poppingham I hope.

The smelly diesel can come off at Bobbington and a glorious steam locomotive can take the train forward to its destination.

Great picture; thank you, Keith.

Best wishes.

John

It's a rather long journey but we are pleased to confirm that a (slightly revised) goods is on it's way to Poppingham, via Cornwall. Carrying Dairy produce, Fine Foaming Ale and Chocolate an extra wagon has been added. Unfortunately the Tullabardine wagon is carrying empties (very nice it was too).

When the oily diesel is replaced by steam at Bobbington, perhaps you could arrange for the whisky wagon to be redirected to the PRPS for (fictional  ;)) re-filling?!

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-131019103902-827011823.jpeg)

Enjoy the supplies!  :beers:
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 13, 2019, 11:02:06 AM
Steel Yourselves

A completely wet day here yesterday meant that it was all action at the steel fabricators.

All of the steel members were cut and two trusses were completed in double quick time. Being a Saturday, double time and completion bonuses (if only that were true in the real world) ensured that the workforce was fully motivated:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-111019172823-82645665.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-111019172900-82647236.jpeg)

There was even time for the bridge deck to be added and bracing members welded in place:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-131019103901-8269511.jpeg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-131019103902-82701716.jpeg)

Sorry for the poor lighting in the last picture, but it was getting rather dark (even if it was only 5pm).

You will note from the skip that there was very little wastage of very expensive structural steel.

Off to the paint shop next...
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Train Waiting on October 13, 2019, 01:01:53 PM
That's an excellent bridge, Keith.

A super job.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 14, 2019, 03:08:52 PM
That's an excellent bridge, Keith.

A super job.

Best wishes.

John
:hellosign:
  I'll second that, all in super quick too  :thumbsup:
      regards Derek
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: port perran on October 14, 2019, 03:11:27 PM
Very neat work Keith.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 14, 2019, 07:10:29 PM
That's an excellent bridge, Keith.

A super job.

Best wishes.

John

Seconded!
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 14, 2019, 07:18:46 PM
Thank you Andrew. Yes there are lots of different plaster bandage techniques, all rather messy but great fun. It is intriguing that there are so many different effects that can be achieved.

Taking advantage of the new photography location an eclectic short goods is seen arriving from the ferry. All essential supplies for life on the island: Dairy goods, Chocolate and Fine Foaming ale.  :)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/82/5078-111019171307-826401401.jpeg)

Very good to see that the van load of "Terry's All Gold" safely arrived on Sonmel. The van contains commemorative gift boxes from Sir George Widgeon as a token of his heartfelt thanks to the islanders for their part in the deceptions to safeguard The Moor.
Title: Re: Sonmel
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 15, 2019, 07:04:50 AM
That's an excellent bridge, Keith.

A super job.

Best wishes.

John
:hellosign:
  I'll second that, all in super quick too  :thumbsup:
      regards Derek

 :thankyousign: John & Derek. Very pleased with the work of the steel fabricators. I surprised even myself with the speed of construction! It normally takes me ages to get things done (not that that’s a problem) but with wet weather there were no distractions in the garden.

It was wet here again yesterday, so it’s already primed and painted,  ::)

Now the tricky stage of installing it.....

 :thankyousign: also to Martin & Chris, and everyone else who has pushed the “thanks” buttons.  :beers: