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Author Topic: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge  (Read 81121 times)

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1845 on: September 12, 2019, 01:25:58 AM »
Martin, I presumed it was the connecting rods but couldn't see them and didn't think of "up" being at the top of the wheels and "down" being the bottom. Logical it is, now that you've told me!  :) Thanks!

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« Reply #1846 on: September 12, 2019, 07:15:11 AM »
The camera never lies?  :goggleeyes:

Personally I’m beginning to get to the state where I consider everything to be “fake news”.

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« Reply #1847 on: September 12, 2019, 08:14:15 AM »
Martin, I presumed it was the connecting rods but couldn't see them and didn't think of "up" being at the top of the wheels and "down" being the bottom. Logical it is, now that you've told me!  :) Thanks!

Leon

Leon, It used to be an important point of principle for the photographers of steam locomotives to make sure that coupling rods were at the 6 o'clock position.  The official photographers did this, as did the 'gentlemen amateurs' who often prevailed upon an obliging shed foreman to have an engine moved so that the coupling rods were 'just-so'.  Although the great majority of British locomotives were inside-cylinder types, this principle was especially important for outside-cylinder engines as coupling rod 'down' would result in the connecting rod lying at an agreeable downward slope.

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(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1920s to the 1950s.

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« Reply #1848 on: September 18, 2019, 09:36:59 AM »
Painting at Poppingham

Hello Chums

Hazard warning!  I'm painting.  Poppy has wisely taken cover upstairs to avoid being splashed with Humbrol enamel primer.



The little cottage is almost finished.  The roof is fixed on; the ridge has had a dollop of filler to fill the gaps and I've sloshed some more paint over it in an attempt to hide my dodgy workmanship.

I decided to do another building in the painting style of Brian Cook (or as close to it as I can manage).  A 'thirties semi-detached villa is just the thing for Poppingham and I found the little Kestrel cottage easy to put together, so the next building was an easy choice.  Kestrel has chosen a shade of broon for its mouldings that defies polite description, but I like to give plastic kits a couple of thin coats of primer anyway, so it's going grey.  Like me.

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

Toodle-oo.

John and Poppy (in hiding)
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1920s to the 1950s.

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« Reply #1849 on: September 18, 2019, 02:36:25 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
   Looking forward to seeing the cottage's on Poppingham shortly John. (say hello to Poppy)
         regards Derek.
     

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« Reply #1850 on: September 18, 2019, 03:12:08 PM »

Hazard warning!  I'm painting.  Poppy has wisely taken cover upstairs to avoid being splashed with Humbrol enamel primer.

...........a dollop of filler
...........sloshed some more paint
..........dodgy workmanship.


Don't believe a word of it fellow modelling chums. As we all know, John has already turned out oodles of excellent work. The (photographic) evidence is peppered all over this topic.
Forget his dramatic self deprecating phrases above and replace them with consummate skill and precision craftmanship. I'm sure Poppy had other reasons to dash upstairs and that the semis will turn out spiffingly.

Alec.
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« Reply #1851 on: September 18, 2019, 08:15:39 PM »
I've built two of those kits, none of which the bay windows went in easily, I've heard of people warming them in hot water to soften them and help them match the curve of the bay.

I just used filler :D

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« Reply #1852 on: Yesterday at 07:33:57 AM »
Ah yes, I know what you mean about Kestrel brown,  :thumbsdown:, but they are nice kits to work with. Going grey is a distinguished look (according to me, but I am biased  ;) )

Perhaps Poppy has important work looking after Flossie rather than avoiding your craftwork?

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« Reply #1853 on: Yesterday at 08:32:30 AM »
The Kestrel brown plastic is indeed  :poop: y.

Maybe it's recycled plastic, which would be pretty cool, I guess.
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« Reply #1854 on: Yesterday at 09:23:58 PM »
I've built two of those kits, none of which the bay windows went in easily, I've heard of people warming them in hot water to soften them and help them match the curve of the bay.
I just used filler :D

Thank you very much indeed for this.  It's really helpful.


The Kestrel brown plastic is indeed  :poop: y.
Maybe it's recycled plastic, which would be pretty cool, I guess.

That would be truly excellent.


Many thanks and best wishes.

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1920s to the 1950s.

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« Reply #1855 on: Yesterday at 10:33:14 PM »
Dear John.

Just caught up with this thread and I'm glad you stuck with the colourful houses. The white window frames look perfect. I know you weren't sure about the idea but fair play to you. They are perfect for your layout and add that unique touch. As some have suggested this is a theme you should expand on! Brilliant layout.  :thumbsup:
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