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Title: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on September 04, 2018, 11:57:41 AM
Hi all, remember me? I was the one with the Hadfield layout http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18256.0 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18256.0)
After years of trying I couldn't get it to work satisfactorily so I decided to dismantle it and go for something simpler (and smaller).

I was reading an article on the Great North of Scotland Railway about two years ago and one location really jumped out and hit me in the face. I thought I'd really like to model that, like you do, if I had somewhere to put it. That's what decided it - Hadfield had to go. I still have the various forum posts and the website but that's all that remains of it now.


This is Macduff on the Moray Firth in Scotland and is my inspiration for what I call Inverduff.
(https://image.ibb.co/gFjFjk/macduff_001_800.jpg) (https://image.ibb.co/c4Oz9T/Inverduff_Route_Map.jpg)

I've taken a few liberties with the geology and various features of the area but the basic track layout remains faithful to the original, albeit not a terminus any more. The layout is 13' x 2' and is proper old school analogue. The only electricky things on it are point motors, some lights and a fancy control panel. Electrickery scares me :worried: so I prefer to concentrate on what I can do - scenics.

(https://image.ibb.co/kzyv0K/20180904_4.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/fg4qZe/20180904_1.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/fJ64ue/20180904_2.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/ht0VZe/20180904_3.jpg)

I never intended for Inverduff to be a faithful reproduction of one place, it's more an amalgam of many features from all over Scotland. For example: Macduff does actually have a distillery but it's a few miles away and looks nothing like this one. This is a mash-up of various Highland/Island distilleries. Similarly, the lighthouse is similar to the one at the Mull of Galloway. The Wicker Man will need no introduction to those familiar with the 1974 movie. It was filmed in Scotland, close to where I used to live. There used to be a stone bridge at the right hand end of the layout that was based on the bridge over the River Dee at Ballater but I blew it up and replaced it with one from Galloway because I think it looks better and as far as I know, Macduff did have a gun battery during the war but again, nothing like this one. All the buildings on this layout were scratch built by myself, based on actual buildings somewhere in God's Country.
(https://image.ibb.co/nLywkJ/20180614_4.jpg)

More pictures.
(https://image.ibb.co/cbeTwU/20180809_4.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/f3x1Yd/20180716_3.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/jzzHuJ/20180718_2.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/m5MQST/20180708_2.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/d1ucue/20180902_3.jpg)

The layout is all but finished now and I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out. From a few bored scribblings on bits of paper to a 3 dimensional entity that I can touch and feel and get annoyed with in a little over 13 months.

(https://image.ibb.co/nx2Nxz/20180809_1.jpg)
Now maybe I should think about tidying my garage :-[


Thanks for looking :beers:




Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: belstone on September 04, 2018, 01:32:09 PM
That is an absolutely gorgeous layout.   The view along the road towards the bridge just looks right, love the lighthouse and the cottages below it. Even the dog at the end of the platform looks Scottish.

Richard
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on September 04, 2018, 02:12:19 PM
Excellent layout and a fascinating area. SWMBO is from Buckie, along the coast to the west :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Newportnobby on September 04, 2018, 02:58:46 PM
A smashing layout well executed. Edward Woodwardwardward would be proud ;)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Vigo on September 04, 2018, 04:57:50 PM
We've had a visitor from 'down south' today  :)

(https://image.ibb.co/mj8XEe/20180904_5.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/gytcfK/20180904_6.jpg)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: weave on September 05, 2018, 05:16:34 AM
Hi Vigo,

Love it, love it, love it!

Really great modelling. Excellent pics (more please if possible).

Thank you for sharing. Very inspirational.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Is Britt Ekland there anywhere? Had a big crush  :)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Bealman on September 05, 2018, 05:37:34 AM
What a great layout!  :beers:
Triple thumbs up from Australia!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: port perran on September 05, 2018, 08:03:33 AM
Thatís a smashing layout, thanks for sharing.
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Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: GreyWolf on September 05, 2018, 10:58:07 AM
I'M SORRY BUT IT JUST WON'T DO! I have to take issue with the glaring omission ... on the MAP!

Quote from: Vigo
Macduff on the Moray Firth in Scotland ... inspiration for ... Inverduff.
(https://image.ibb.co/c4Oz9T/Inverduff_Route_Map.jpg)

BUCKIE my hometown has been ruthlessly erased ... so I'm honor bound to reinstate it!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/5843-050918103454.png) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68696)
(Yes I have cycled to Macduff ... and to Lossie!)

Right now that proper order has been restored ... can I just add my "WOW" to a fantastic layout
  :wonderfulmodelling: :superblayout: :greatwork:

Quote from: Vigo
I prefer to concentrate on what I can do - scenics.

Not half!! This is so evocative of the Speyside Distilleries:

(https://image.ibb.co/ht0VZe/20180904_3.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/jzzHuJ/20180718_2.jpg)

Quote from: Vigo
... an amalgam of many features from all over Scotland. There used to be a stone bridge at the right-hand end of the layout that was based on the bridge over the River Dee at Ballater ... but I blew it up and replaced it with one from Galloway ...

Know the Ballater bridge well ... but this one reminds me of the old Spey Bay rail bridge (which I've also cycled over): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spey_Bay_railway_station#The_station_infrastructure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spey_Bay_railway_station#The_station_infrastructure)

Quote from: Vigo
(https://image.ibb.co/nLywkJ/20180614_4.jpg)


Fantastic detailing AND night lit too! Stunning stuff.
Quote from: Vigo
(https://image.ibb.co/m5MQST/20180708_2.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/d1ucue/20180902_3.jpg)

Thanks for looking :beers:


THANK YOU for sharing.
  :claphappy: :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Zogbert Splod on September 05, 2018, 02:40:41 PM
Fantastic! I'm from the area and I know MacFluff to a degree. Most of my early years were spent in Elginshire but I strummed my way through a huge percentage of the entertainment establishments in the NE.
Yon's a gran' layoot min! Jist ye haud gannin' we't. Richt bonnie.....
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: daveg on September 05, 2018, 06:08:57 PM
Really nice.  :thumbsup:

Thanks for all the great photos.

Dave G
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Caz on September 05, 2018, 06:27:42 PM
What a great layout and superb photos to boot, was definitely worth scrapping the previous layout to achieve this.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: kirky on September 05, 2018, 08:53:52 PM
What a fantastic location to model. The picture of the real thing is indeed inspiring and I completely understand why you've modelled it. The model itself is a lovely representation of the area and captures the Scottish essence incredibly well. You must be very pleased with your layout?

Two questions: Is it going to be on the circuit sometime soon?
I think it deserves to have a published article too. Most worthy of a magazine article - have you considered this?

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers
Kirky
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: lil chris on September 05, 2018, 09:02:02 PM
I agree with everything that has been said, what a nice layout. A good representation of Scotland, a place I must visit some time.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Vigo on September 25, 2018, 10:07:26 AM
A little flight of fancy arrived by post yesterday. I don't know why I bought them, maybe it was just because I liked the idea.

(https://image.ibb.co/fcKFwp/20180924_1.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/jrBjp9/20180924_2.jpg)

Many more exciting things to do on the layout yet, just not right now. Just come off a cycle of 12 hr night shifts :sleep:

Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: GreyWolf on September 25, 2018, 10:57:21 AM
Ah, I see the preparations for the anniversary of the D-Day landings are taking shape!  :claphappy:

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: trevis on September 25, 2018, 12:25:26 PM
Absolutely stunning modelling. Love it! :claphappy:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Train Waiting on September 25, 2018, 08:31:04 PM
I missed this when it was posted because I was away and have been really delighted to catch up with it today.  Many years ago I was based in Peterhead for a while and my motorcycle and I got to know this part of the country rather well.  Your absolutely splendid layout is an excellent representation of the Banffshire landscape.

Many thanks and best wishes.

John

Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: grumbeast on September 26, 2018, 09:40:30 PM
Thanks for sharing this!

 Its absolutely beautiful, it just captures the landscape perfectly!

Graham
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Webbo on September 27, 2018, 03:49:43 AM
Terrific modelling Vigo. I like it a lot!

Like others here, I can put my hand up as being a derivative of the modelled area - at least partly as my mum comes from a farm just outside Fraserburgh.

It looks like your layout is pretty much complete. What's next?

Webbo
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: keithbythe sea on September 27, 2018, 07:39:12 AM
Excellent,  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: port perran on September 27, 2018, 07:52:06 AM
Iíve just come across this and really like what youíve achieved.
Excellent modelling.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Vigo on October 10, 2018, 02:32:46 AM
Latest developments at Inverduff.

I decided that the stone built station I had was a bit dull and lifeless. I appreciate that the station at Macduff on which this layout is based was itself a bit dull and lifeless but I wanted something with a bit more... something to it so I looked at the other stations in the area and cobbled some of the best bits together and came up with a sort of amalgam of them all.
(https://image.ibb.co/cknrUK/20181005_4.jpg)(https://image.ibb.co/hbfZie/20181005_2.jpg)
I think overall this one looks better than a simple stone building and it adds a bit of colour too. I'm in the process of building a new more convincing front wall for it but that's for later in the week when I have more time.

I've finally managed to get my hands on some typical Scottish rolling stock items, OTA timber wagons. Plentiful in 00 if you like things massively oversized and out of scale but these kits by SlimRails are the only ones I've ever seen in N. I like them and any layout based in Scotland HAS to have some, it should be a law.
(https://image.ibb.co/mqSqMp/OTA_blue_2.jpg)

I've acquired a few more vehicles too and about a dozen assorted PW and railway staff figures that need planting around the layout but as above, these are for later in the week when I have more time available for playing.

Thanks for looking.
 
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Bealman on October 10, 2018, 02:55:11 AM
Love the station building!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Innovationgame on October 10, 2018, 06:57:36 AM
Love the station building!  :thumbsup:
Me too!
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: daveg on October 10, 2018, 07:20:32 AM
Great looking station. The added colour certainly does lift the scene.  :thumbsup:

Like the timber wagons as well.

Dave G
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 10, 2018, 07:29:52 AM
Great looking station. The added colour certainly does lift the scene.  :thumbsup:

Like the timber wagons as well.

Dave G

Yep!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Vigo on October 10, 2018, 12:23:20 PM
Since OTA's are designed to carry timber, I thought I'd load some logs onto them.

(https://image.ibb.co/fj0Fip/20181010_4.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/k7JPb9/20181010_2.jpg)

...and plant the PW staff while I was there.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: The Q on October 10, 2018, 01:32:29 PM
I see you've nicked a Matilda 2 tank from Early WW2, that would have to be the one at Bovington painted up in the colours of MAJ. ( T / LT. COL. ) HENRY R. B. FOOTE, D.S.O. ROYAL TANK REGIMENT for actions 27TH May. 15TH. June 1942. At which he got the Victoria Cross.

 (My Granddad was RSM at the Time).

Other than that...Very nice modelling.. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Drakken on October 10, 2018, 03:23:03 PM
Really should be on the exhibition scene if not already, Lovely layout loads of interest to keep you looking the scenery :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Vigo on October 10, 2018, 04:38:00 PM
I see you've nicked a Matilda 2 tank from Early WW2, that would have to be the one at Bovington painted up in the colours of MAJ. ( T / LT. COL. ) HENRY R. B. FOOTE, D.S.O. ROYAL TANK REGIMENT for actions 27TH May. 15TH. June 1942. At which he got the Victoria Cross.

 (My Granddad was RSM at the Time).

Other than that...Very nice modelling.. :thumbsup:
That's nice to know, my grandfather was also in the RTR, a Major in the early 50's
The only reason there's a Matilda on there and not anything else is the Matilda was the first serious model I ever built, a Tamiya 1/35 when I was 13, about 100 years ago.

Cheers :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: The Q on October 11, 2018, 08:31:00 AM
I've got that kit in the mountain somewhere, My GrandDad served from 1919 to 1953, by 1953 he was RSM I/C training at Barnard Castle. So if your Grandfather was in by 53 they probably met somewhere.

Having travelled in the area, I went to school in Inverness, your scenery looks right, I hope I can do as well...
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland
Post by: Vigo on October 19, 2018, 10:57:46 AM
I can't remember if I mentioned it earlier but this is a roundy layout. There is a helix at either end to allow a continuous run and a return loop underneath with a rather low-tech integrated cassette type train loading system.
It may be low-tech and old school but it works :thumbsup:

Everyone knows that helices are problematic and Sod's First Law of Annoying Inevitability states that if something is going to go wrong it will do so in the most awkward place. Am I right? You all know I am....

So. Here is Inverduff in full Emergency Derailment Recovery Mode (EDRM). Both helices are fully accessible, it's simply a matter of lifting one hinged scenic area out of the way or removing the storage drawers and lifting the lid off the other end. The storage drawers, if anyone's interested, are an old Ikea Malm drawer unit that my daughter was getting rid of that's been butchered and molested to fit. Widthwise it was spot on but I had to lose 2 drawers, otherwise what's left of it is a perfect size for N gauge stock, it could've been made for it. Damned clever these Swedes.

On reflection, the only reason I had to lose the 2 drawers is that as you can see in the picture I had a bookshelf right above that end of the layout. It's not there now so I could have kept all the drawers and had more room for stuff... Bugger :scowl:

Whatever. Pictures:
(https://image.ibb.co/iPYwyp/Helix-5.jpg) I really must get around to tidying my garage sometime soon :-[

(https://image.ibb.co/n7bS4U/Helix-2.jpg) (https://image.ibb.co/cbNBW9/Helix-4.jpg)


Incidentally, my latest fleet addition arrived yesterday so Inverduff is now bang up to date with a brand spanking new Scotrail Class 68 loco in the beautiful Saltire livery to go with my other ScotRail DMU's

(https://image.ibb.co/h2ELFf/20181018-1.jpg)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on November 06, 2018, 11:58:46 PM
I've got some time off work at the moment so I've been playing about with an idea. I was looking at the Farish Highlander set but have you seen the price of those things? :o :o :o so I thought 'I bet I could do that' like you do.


There's a bit of a backstory so bear with me.  The Highlander as depicted in the set is supposed to run on the Fort William-Mallaig/Kyle of Lochalsh West Highland Line right? The one that gets all the attention and as soon as anyone mentions Scotland and railways it's all that people think of. Admittedly it is one of the finest routes in the world but what do the eastern Highlands get? Nothing apart from the occasional SRPS tour. So... how's about a what if? A dedicated tourist service around the less popular but equally attractive areas of Scotland that haven't been Harry Bloody Pottered to death like Stirling, Aviemore, the Cairngorms, Strathspey - home of the finest whisky the world has ever known, the Granite City and the ancient Kingdom of Fife amongst many other fine places. Oh and I almost forgot. Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh - home to many many Australians for some reason.

The Glasgow-Inverness-Aberdeen-Edinburgh Tourist Circular that conveniently passes through Inverduff on it's journey around God's Country.
(https://image.ibb.co/kq4Sa0/Tourist-Map.jpg)

I did consider buying a large logo Class 37 for the job but they are ridiculously priced for what they are so I decided that my trusty ScotRail 47 Walter could start working for a living instead of lounging about in a siding waiting for the next Inverness-Aberdeen express. I managed to acquire a pair of pre-stripped Farish Mk1 coaches off Ebay for a steal and along with another I already had, a lick of decent paint and some lettering I think they really look the part. I kept the West Highland colours because that was what drew me to the idea in the first place.

Anyway, enough of this waffle. Pictures. They describe the finished article much better than I can.

(https://image.ibb.co/iLTEiL/20181105-1.jpg)

(https://image.ibb.co/n3TrV0/20181105-2.jpg)

All in all this project has cost me £84.75, 60 quid of which was spent re-homing Walter off a mate, which I think isn't bad considering the Farish Highlander set would be a waste of over 240 quid because it's digital which I don't need.



Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Innovationgame on November 07, 2018, 06:44:21 AM
But, in the real world, there is the Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train, hauled by class 66 locomotives in all maroon livery that makes a very similar tour and could easily be diverted slightly to call at Inverduff.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on November 07, 2018, 09:51:34 AM
This is true and very opulent it is too but who in their right mind wants to pay £5200 each (or £11000 each for the posh version) to sit on a train for 5 days?
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Innovationgame on November 07, 2018, 12:12:28 PM
This is true and very opulent it is too but who in their right mind wants to pay £5200 each (or £11000 each for the posh version) to sit on a train for 5 days?
I totally agree, but it does give you an excuse to run a posh train into Inverduff. :)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on November 07, 2018, 01:06:08 PM
Never thought of that. Hmmm.......
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Milton Rail on November 07, 2018, 01:08:38 PM
The Glasgow-Inverness-Aberdeen-Edinburgh Tourist Circular that conveniently passes through Inverduff on it's journey around God's Country.
([url]https://image.ibb.co/kq4Sa0/Tourist-Map.jpg[/url])

I did consider buying a large logo Class 37 for the job but they are ridiculously priced for what they are so I decided that my trusty ScotRail 47 Walter could start working for a living instead of lounging about in a siding waiting for the next Inverness-Aberdeen express. I managed to acquire a pair of pre-stripped Farish Mk1 coaches off Ebay for a steal and along with another I already had, a lick of decent paint and some lettering I think they really look the part. I kept the West Highland colours because that was what drew me to the idea in the first place.


Great work on the coaches, I have played about a bit with this livery too, I really like it.... my handpained ones were OK  ... I did splash out on the Highlander set  :-[  and was highly disappointed (after a long period of anticipation, which seems to be the norm with GF these days) with the coach livery ... I did just complete a wee project using vinyls

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30692.2625 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30692.2625)

The PRPS is based in and around Aucterarder, so would be love to be a port of call on the proposed new service!
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on November 07, 2018, 01:48:13 PM
Love what you've done with those vinyls, they really look the business.

Regarding PRPS: I notice Auchterader is situated between Stirling and Perth so I can't see why it shouldn't be a port of call (despite it not having a station). Possibly on the premise of visiting Gleneagles to whack a white ball about and wear silly trousers for a while before travelling onward to serious whisky country.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Milton Rail on November 07, 2018, 02:27:05 PM
Excellent, Gleneagles is the station for sure, but in my semi-autobiographical layout, I refer to it as Auchterarder  :)   The railways never had permission from the Haldanes to use the name Gleneagles, so it remains a bone of contention!

You could add a visit to the Tullibardine distillery onto the itinery, it is a short hop from Auchterarder and lays claim to being one of the oldest breweries/distillleries in Scotland ... and not a bad wee dram either!
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Train Waiting on November 07, 2018, 10:10:07 PM
This is true and very opulent it is too but who in their right mind wants to pay £5200 each (or £11000 each for the posh version) to sit on a train for 5 days?

Enough people to make it viable, I believe.  From what I have heard, there is a fair amount of repeat business as well.  I see the 'Royal Scotsman' now and again when I am out and about.  It's a very nice looking train.


Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on November 14, 2018, 02:53:47 AM
It was always an ambition of mine, when my dad was still with us, that we would both bugger off up north for a bit of 'high living' as he put it.

The plan was that we'd meet up at Waverley Station, get on the Royal Scotsman as far as Inverness then de-train and get a boat down the Caledonian Canal to Fort William. At this point everything depended on other people's plans - there was talk about having a scheduled seaplane service between Glasgow and outlying areas such as Mallaig, Tobermoray and Oban so the next phase of the journey ideally would have been the Jacobite to Mallaig followed by a seaplane ride back to Glasgow at which point we would go our separate ways, dad back to Galloway and me back to Manchester.

I worked out a conservative estimate of about £15,000 for this trip for the both of us, what with all the inherent luxury and probably vast amounts of alcohol and haggis involved and maybe 10 days to a fortnight to fully appreciate it all. A lot of money I know but my dad was worth it, he was my best mate. I seriously doubt the wife (financial controller and all round BOSS) would have approved of it but what the hell, a man can dream can't he?

Our alternative plan was do the North Coast 500 (https://www.northcoast500.com (https://www.northcoast500.com)) and I even went as far as researching our ideal car to do it in but it wouldn't have worked out any cheaper. Sadly that wasn't to be either but I will still buy the car though, I owe myself (and dad) that much :thumbsup:
Hopefully by the end of this year, this will be mine but with more sensible red stitched black leather seats, not those god awful maroon ones...

(https://image.ibb.co/gpvac0/The-Car.jpg) No, it's not a mid life crisis, I'm too old for that and anyway I had one 15 years ago when I bought my first SLK.



Anyway. Enough of this waffle, back to railways.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on May 03, 2019, 12:07:25 AM
So after all this time I decide to give you all an update.

Not an update on the layout although that's doing fine. Still dabbling here and there but I'm concentrating more on my Spanish 3'gauge project.
The real point of the update is to let everyone know that in dad's honour I bought the car...

(https://i.ibb.co/wJGR9Jr/20190323-1a.jpg)

...and that my very bestest friend Kim and I will be doing the North Coast 500 in dad's memory next summer - me in my Merc and her in her Porsche.

It's going to be a blast :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on May 14, 2019, 02:42:51 AM
and here's another update.

Nothing done really on this layout for quite a few months now but tonight I was in the garage doing something else and I glanced over at the layout and thought... Hmm, I bet that would make a really smart photo.

(https://i.ibb.co/Vjg8hGk/20190513-2.jpg)
The Glasgow-Inverness-Aberdeen-Edinburgh Tourist Circular waiting for the last few stragglers to drag themselves out of the distillery tasting room.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Bealman on May 14, 2019, 04:20:01 AM
That is a cool photo.  :thumbsup:

You've got me to thank.... I'm the last straggler in the tasting room  :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 14, 2019, 07:55:25 AM
lovely late evening scene

i would join george bealman - straggler - not quite staggering for the last coach. last train to inverness for the day ??
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on May 27, 2019, 06:54:31 PM
I've finally got around to doing something about the unfinished bridge over the River Duff. Originally it was a two arch bridge stone built affair but the back story says it was destroyed in an air raid late in WW2 so a cheaper more utility steel girder replacement was built to keep the all important whisky traffic moving... and here it is. It's almost finished, it just needs a few more bushes planting to complete the picture.

(https://i.ibb.co/hWTFNGt/20190527-1.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/dmbZwvf/20190527-4.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/Phg6ZDF/20190527-2.jpg)

and my favourite picture from this afternoon's activities:
(https://i.ibb.co/8d0c0Y8/20190527-3.jpg)
I can't quite put my finger on why, I just like it  :)


Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: port perran on May 27, 2019, 07:46:57 PM
Thatís a great scene. I love the little sailing boat and I agree, that final photo really works well.
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 27, 2019, 08:43:21 PM
fabuluous scenes of class 47 in the cutting and on the bridge, prototypical scottish scenery
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: chrispix on May 28, 2019, 03:26:52 PM
Looks awesome.. Never been to Scotland, but I would imagine it looks just like that!
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: broadsword on May 28, 2019, 03:59:35 PM
Very nice work, a bit Caledonian Canalish , is that the West Highland tourist coaches being hauled?
One of them is (or was ) a  holiday accom coach near Loch Awe I think, happy days! A good few years
 ago me and my pals travelled about the Highlands camping and Munro bagging, if the train was busy we sat 
on the floor of the brake, nowadays the trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Oban, Fort William , Inverness
etc have about as much passenger and luggage space as a tube train...Ö.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Papyrus on May 28, 2019, 04:31:48 PM
I seem to have missed this thread thus far - what a fabulous layout! I wish I could do scenery half as convincing. I agree with others - it really ought to be on the exhibition circuit but it looks like getting it out of the man-cave might be an issue... You'd have a struggle getting it in that car, too.  :hmmm:

Great work.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Paddy on May 28, 2019, 04:52:53 PM
Stunning - your layout has caught that Scottish atmosphere perfectly.

Paddy
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: broadsword on May 28, 2019, 05:32:51 PM
Stunning - your layout has caught that Scottish atmosphere perfectly.

ab]Paddy[/b]

 Yes and all we need is a herd of red deer spooked by the train, surprisingly
common near Rannoch and Corrour, (can you buy N gauge deer ?)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on May 28, 2019, 11:06:34 PM
Stunning - your layout has caught that Scottish atmosphere perfectly.

ab]Paddy[/b]

 Yes and all we need is a herd of red deer spooked by the train, surprisingly
common near Rannoch and Corrour, (can you buy N gauge deer ?)
You can indeed. What an excellent idea.

Deer purchased, delivery in 3 days  :)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: scottmitchell74 on May 28, 2019, 11:32:29 PM
Amazing. This whole thread is painful. Such achingly beautiful work. Well done! (Makes me hate myself, but that's a "me" problem!)  :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on May 29, 2019, 11:53:06 PM
I've been busying myself in the garage tonight, mauling a sheet of hardboard into manageable sized pieces in readiness for a 16' ish continuous photographic backscene (that's the plan anyway). So far it's going well... fingers crossed.


While I was in there, I decided a couple more photos would be in order, some small details on the layout that probably aren't immediately noticeable.

The couple walking their dog on the beach and the old lady wondering if it's their red Ford Anglia that's knocked her grandson's bike over.
(https://i.ibb.co/3NCtG5C/20190529-1.jpg)

Two of the local scallies having a camp out at the derelict bothy by the beach.
(https://i.ibb.co/WyMYydj/20190529-2.jpg)

Thanks for looking  :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Webbo on May 30, 2019, 12:56:45 AM
Beautifully done, Vigo

Is the cottage ruin a scratchbuild?

Webbo
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Bealman on May 30, 2019, 03:10:38 AM
Very atmospheric scenes.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 30, 2019, 05:28:12 AM
like the cameo scenes - simplistic and realistic   !!
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Innovationgame on May 30, 2019, 06:44:33 AM
A typical row of highland cottages.  Well done! :beers:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on May 30, 2019, 11:50:10 AM
Is the cottage ruin a scratchbuild?


Just to satisfy your curiosity, the bothy is a simple construction made from dense polystyrene, the kind of thing you used to get on the back of frozen pizzas before our moral guardians decided it was bad for polar bears and other loveable fluffy creatures. This was then sprayed with grey car bumper paint from Halfords in the hope that there would be some sort of reaction. There was and some melting occurred, which I think gives it a derelict and basically knackered appearance. Add to this a few bits of wood - a former coffee stirrer from Maccy D's (other coffee stirrers are available, not advertising at all), a few old pallets and some greenery and there you have it. One derelict bothy.

(https://i.ibb.co/PNWZsQD/Bothy.jpg)

Edit:
I've just realised now that I've sourced my very own herd of deer for 'startling by train' purposes, there is another crucial element missing from this layout and anyone who's ever visited Scotland for any length of time will immediately know what I'm getting at here.....


Is it possible to buy or make a swarm of bloody annoying psychotic malevolent :censored: N gauge Highland midges?

(https://i.ibb.co/YL1TnGm/Midges.jpg) Purely for experimental authenticity's sake you understand ;)

Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on June 01, 2019, 12:47:44 PM
and as if by magic, here are my 'startled by train' deer, fresh off the postie van.


(https://i.ibb.co/bdVQGXZ/20190601-1.jpg)

I don't know about the deer but a bloody great Deltic is enough to startle anyone.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Newportnobby on June 01, 2019, 12:52:19 PM
Are you sure it wasn't the anti-aircraft gun that scared them? ;)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 01, 2019, 01:32:18 PM
Looking good and thanks for the update
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on June 10, 2019, 12:43:08 AM
So today I've been looking at the layout trying to think of what it is that's not quite right. Then it struck me. Half a dozen houses and a pub doesn't justify a station so I built some more but where to put them? The layout is pretty much filled so I decided to do away with the main road into Macduff. I never liked the idea of it running next to the beach so I've removed it and replaced it with a dirt track that now has five new 'old' cottages on it. The Macduff road now goes up the hill past the station. I still need to work on the junction near the pub but that's for another day.

(https://i.ibb.co/gdF2Hd7/20190609-1.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/RQBB4PM/20190609-2.jpg)

I'm awaiting delivery of some horse ridey type figures and motor byclists to complete the illusion that this is now just a track. Hopfully that will be some time this week.

I've also been toying with the idea of putting a beached fishing boat where the broken swing is, something like this:
(https://i.ibb.co/fGmdGfh/boat.jpg)

Thoughts? Opinions?

(Apologies for the crappy picture quality, not up to my usual standard at all. My phone had this wild idea about not wanting to be a phone any more so these are from a cheapy replacement I'm having to use until I get a new one and I haven't worked out the camera settings properly yet)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 10, 2019, 04:46:26 AM
LOOKS GOOD

maybe me.... the join line on the backscene very visible
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: port perran on June 10, 2019, 08:05:02 AM
This is a looking very good indeed.
Can I ask what the vehicle is thatís sitting on the turntable? I canít make it out from the photographs.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on June 10, 2019, 09:31:07 AM
Can I ask what the vehicle is thatís sitting on the turntable?


It's an American built rotary snow plough purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad and operated by the owners of the Inverduff Distillery in order to keep essential supplies moving through the harsh Scottish winters.

(https://i.ibb.co/BKqdr7d/snow-plough.jpg)
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: daveg on June 10, 2019, 11:17:18 AM
Always a worthwhile exercise reviewing what's on the layout - I do it all the time!

The cottages look good and as you say, a horse rider or two and a few bikes will help set the atmosphere.

Nice idea about a beached fishing boat.

Dave G

Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: keithbythe sea on June 10, 2019, 04:21:09 PM
For what itís worth I think that the boat will look better than the swing. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: port perran on June 10, 2019, 04:32:12 PM
Can I ask what the vehicle is thatís sitting on the turntable?


It's an American built rotary snow plough purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad and operated by the owners of the Inverduff Distillery in order to keep essential supplies moving through the harsh Scottish winters.

(https://i.ibb.co/BKqdr7d/snow-plough.jpg)

Well there you go. Thanks for clarifying that.
Supplies from Inverduff must never be delayed.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on June 11, 2019, 01:37:44 PM
This morning's labours have involved a lighter (I think it's called that) from HMS Victory, some plasticard and a bit of paint.

(https://i.ibb.co/CsqMvw2/20190611-1.jpg)

The Silver Dollar. Named after the scene in the movie Local Hero which was filmed in Pennan just along the coast from Inverduff, where the fisherman is painting a new name on his boat in anticipation of oodles of American cash.


"There's two L's in dollar...."  "Aye and there's two G's in Bugger Off!" Classic line.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: broadsword on June 11, 2019, 03:33:04 PM
Looking very good, I bet it has inspired a few to think of a similar theme .
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: Vigo on June 18, 2019, 12:28:25 PM
The scene is nearing completion. Boat, horsey type people and motorbyclists appropriately planted and few more trees scattered about. Obviously I'm still working on the backscene but it's proving somewhat difficult as the layout was constructed without one originally and I'm struggling for space between it and the huge 6'x3' mirror behind it. I've got some more suitable streelights on order for the dirt track in front of the cottages too. Just awaiting delivery.

(https://i.ibb.co/TvMjzC3/20190618-1.jpg)


I'll get there eventually, it'll just take time and patience.. both of which I'm rapidly running out of.
Title: Re: A trip to North East Scotland in N
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 18, 2019, 12:34:39 PM
Very realiistic. Take your time with the backscene