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Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:27:30 PM »
Yes, I finally made a start on the rebuild of Kilnevan, my little Irish branchline.
Took some pictures the other day and finally got round to uploading them today.



I've not taken any whilst reaching this stage so I'll give a description.



The main, scenic board that you see is 4' long and 16" wide.
It is made mainly from 40mm x 20.5mm timber from B&Q with some 20.5mm x 18mm for the backscene frame.
Took a while to source as I went through the entire rack in the store checking for straightness.
Half of whats there is rubbish but thats what happens when you store timber incorrectly. (Upright)
5mm foamboard is added as a trackbase on top of this. So I have a layout that will be about the same weight as the old one but twice as strong.



The fiddle yard is a 2' x 16" sliding traverser that is still under construction.  :camera: to follow.
I am trying a new type of backscene out, its called canvas.  ;D
The size of the baseboards were determined by two things:

1) what was physically possible to carry down 4 flight of stairs on my own

and

2) what would sit on the back seat of the car as I intend to exhibit Kilnevan eventually.

Inspiration comes a lot from the Timoleague and Courtmacsherry branch which closed in 1961.
The station with the high street behind it on Kilnevan is deffo influenced by the same set up at Courtmacsherry!



You should be able to suss out the simple 5 point trackplan from the photos,
Points will be controlled by wooden doweling. Haven't got as far as couplings yet.
Eagle eyed viewers will notice my diorama entry on the layout. http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=1550.0
Its not fixed down, just in place to see how it all fits in.
Oh, and when I said 'eagle eyed' I wasn't referring to the old action man figures, unless your head is like that!

More  :camera: to come as it develops.
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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 08:06:56 PM »
Hi Moogle,

It looks very promising. Keep us posted as to your progress.

Alex

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 09:24:27 PM »
Great start Moogle, have fun :thumbsup:
Keep on Smiling
Dave.

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 10:01:46 PM »
Hi Moogle - really looking forward to seeing this develop. Keep us posted please :camera: :thumbsup:

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2011, 12:31:34 AM »
Good start moogle look  forward to this layout developing   :)

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2011, 05:31:38 PM »
Well, here's an update!



I've put the diorama in its rightful place now that the tracks laid.



Painting has started on the backscene using acrylics.



For the sky I've used Prussian Blue, Titanium White and a bit of Payne's Grey.
I wanted some grey in the sky to avoid that perfect blue sky that everyone else has.
Plus, a few grey clouds is far more 'Irish Summer Sky' to my eyes than one just in blue and white!



Made a start on them hills! Some may turn out more mountainous than others.
These are in just what I call a 'base' coat. More layers of detail will be built up in top of these.
Sap Green, Hookers Green, Yellow Ochre and Raw Sienna have been used to far.

The train at the station is purely for an idea of scale and is not running yet as I've not wired up the layout!
It's my half made C.I.E 'C' class diesel, an 1880's GSWR 6 wheeler and a C.I.E laminate.
Valve Design make the diesel body, it runs on a Lifelike SD9 chassis and needs a lot of work yet!
The coaches are in white undercoat and are both by Worsley Works. The 6 wheeler is on an old Farish coach chassis with a centre pair of wheels added.
The Laminate runs on an old Lima MK1 chassis.
They are actually 2mm scale coaches, not N scale but as there's so little available in Irish outline in either scale I'm grateful for what there is and use both.
That should annoy the purists nicely!  :evil:
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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011, 05:53:32 PM »
Nice work, Moogle :thumbsup: Totally agree about the colours for the sky :)

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2011, 01:03:39 PM »
Thanks nobby!
I was told a long, long time ago by a sign writer (the type that painted signs, no plastic or computers used!)
who was also a great railway modeller, that if you paint your own sky use blue, white and payne's grey.
Don't need much as a little payne's grey goes a long way!  ;)
The hills won't stay that shape as the gaps between them will be filled in with more hills.
Need to check building heights and places again before I do that.
Not easy as some aren't built yet!  :smiley-laughing:
Then I'll add more detail.
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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 01:51:05 PM »
Good start Moogle...... :thumbsup:
I think when you start the scenic work the hills on the backscene will blend nicely into the layout.
I think Dave ( Oldrailbug) did a similar background on one of his layouts to great effect (don't ask which one....he seems to chop (literally) and change each week these days........) ;D ;D
« Last Edit: October 09, 2011, 01:57:07 PM by Dock Shunter »

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2011, 02:00:33 PM »
Thanks DS, I think they will.
Buildings are right in front of the backscene so I'll have to amend it accordingly so that they are visible to some degree.
I'll do that as I go.
And post  :camera: of course!  :)
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Kilnevan update.
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 11:21:42 PM »
Not done much to the layout as other things kept needing my time but I have made a start on adding the doweling for the points.
Made some card mockups yesterday.



Drew them up on the computer, to scale and just using a light grey for doors windows and edges.
Printed onto some thick card, assembled and coloured in with some Pro-Marker pens.



I'm having the church at the other end of the layout now, rather than across from the signal box.
Well, I will when I build it!  :smiley-laughing:

Been working also on some rolling stock as I now have a deadline to meet.
Yes, Kilnevan has been accepted to an exhibition! ('He must be mad!' I hear you say...)
It is next year though...
Details here: http://www.ngauge-wwg.org.uk/Convention%20Poster%202012%20Large.pdf
The observant amongst you will notice that my real name is on this, Moogle is just a nickname!
The spelling I sent in for the event was actually a typo.
It should of course be Cil Naomhan, not Cil Naobhan, but from what I've figured out its pronounced the same.
Hopefully this weekend I can complete the point rodding (doweling).
Then its wiring time!  :o  :smiley-laughing:
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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2011, 07:49:32 AM »
The way you've done your backscene is very impressive,I doubt my artistic abilities would produce anything anywhere near as impressive.

Allan
I'm not a complete idiot..some bits are missing.

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2011, 09:05:36 AM »
Looking good Moogle!  And I like your new avatar! :thumbsup:

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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2011, 11:42:31 AM »
Nice work moogle. I love the way you have transplanted your recent diorama into your layout. great idea, thanks for sharing :thumbsup:


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Re: Kilnevan, late 1950's Irish branchline.
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2011, 08:14:43 PM »
Time for an update.

I kept looking at the backscene and eventually got fed up of it.
So I've repainted it. In oils!
Done in 2 stages, sky and some hill outlines 1st and that took a week to dry.
So I started on the harbour.
For this I am using a product called 'Plastiroc' which is a paper based clay.
Its air drying and you use it just like any other air drying clay, Das for example.



I wanted waves, so sculpting the sea seemed the best way!



The boat is a 'Thomas the Tank' toy I'm converting. Bulstrode I think it was called. Cost a quid at a boot fair!
I used Plastiroc for an earth bank and to make the new goods shed/cattle dock platform too.



There's a lot of clutter on the layout in the above pictures, I am messy!  :smiley-laughing:

Stage 2 started. More hills!



These are a more detailed 'top' layer lot of hills.
Then I added other details like trees.



The Peco point motoer base won't have a point motor on it, I just needed it to clear a cross member for the wooden dowel and pin to reach!
It will have a hut of some description covering it though.



I'm planning a road junction on the corner so I've painted the road onto the backscene in preperation!



I finished this today so its still wet.



Might be dry by Christmas!  :smiley-laughing:


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