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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4005 on: March 11, 2020, 07:18:41 PM »
On Monday, I thought I saw a frog in the pond.  Yesterday, some frogspawn appeared.  This morning, there was a lot more frogspawn and quite a few frogs gyrating and splashing in the pond.  Unfortunately, I canít show you the frogs because they all dive to the bottom every time I go near the pond.  But, hereís the frogspawn.



Today was another gym day and I had time for a good Train Session before we set off.  This time, I decided to forego an operating session and crack on with the Red Lion.  I added the cover layers to the gable ends and then assembled the whole building.  I managed to complete the model, apart from the ridge tiles and the chimney capping although, at this stage, the roof was only tacked on at the back.



In the afternoon, we had U3A table tennis, so it wasnít until much later that I managed to get down to the Train Shed again.  I made the capping stones and added the chimneypots, before attaching them to the model.  Here it is at the end of the two rows of shops completed so far.



At this point, I realised that I hadnít added the barge boards to either of the three-storey buildings, so I did that, only to discover that I hadnít fixed down the roof properly on the red Lion.  That meant a little more work, before I could put all the three-storey parts away.  Hereís a view, including the barge boards.



At that stage, I was able to file away all the three-storey parts and get the next row of shops ready for cutting out the openings.
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4006 on: March 11, 2020, 07:27:47 PM »
Thatís interesting Laurence.
We had spawn on Jan 31st and now have hundreds of freely swimming tadpoles.
Obviously our frogs are ahead of yours.
We put a small dollop of spawn into a tank in the conservatory. Itís much warmer in there of course.
Those few tadpoles are huge compared with the ones that remain outside in the pond.
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4007 on: March 11, 2020, 07:29:20 PM »
No sign of frogspawn in my pond yet.  :hmmm:
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4008 on: March 12, 2020, 05:42:58 PM »
Today, we managed to return to our plan of having a play day on a Thursday.  We thought we would go and say hello to the sea, something we havenít done for a few months.  We decided on Hornsea, partly because it is one of the closest places by the sea and partly because there is a good garden centre on the way.  I had hoped to have a long session in the Train Shed before we set off but, in the end, I didnít have that much time.  Once again, I decided to forego the operating session and made a start on the next row of shops.  I cut out all the windows, but hadnít quite completed removing all the break-off bits from the upper floor of the curtain layer before it was time to depart.

The sea was looking pretty calm, despite a stiff breeze but, of course, we were on a lee shore.  It even sparkled in the sunshine.  We had some soup at the garden centre and bought several plants and a big pot for the Christmas tree that we had used for our charity display at Christmas.  Later, in the afternoon, I managed another session in the Train Shed.  I completed removing the last bits from the windows and separated the front wall sections ready for action, so to speak. 



The outer wall is at the bottom, with the window frame layer above it and the curtain layer at the top.  I managed to break one of the glazing bars of one of the shop windows while removing the break-off sections, but I was able to repair it with some Mek-Pak.  The I added the cover layer to the outer wall layer.  However, although I had done this six times before, I managed to make a hash of it.  Somehow, I cut too much off the top of the cover layer, leaving a strip of exposed white plastic showing.  I removed the cover layer and started again.  Unfortunately, this time, I did the same at one of the ends.  That wasted quite a bit of cover layer, but I got it right in the end. 

Then I began to cut out the window openings in the cover layer.  This is quite a laborious task but, when it was time for a cup of tea, I hade completed it and even managed to add the window frame layer to the back of the outer layer.



So tomorrow, I will fit the doors and then start hanging curtains.  With any luck, I should be able to finish the curtain layer, including the shop window displays and add the shop signage to the outside, all ready for assembly.
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4009 on: March 13, 2020, 07:08:30 PM »
Friday is my weekly chores day.  I beavered away and by coffee time, I had finished most of them.  Iím pleased to say that the boiler pressure has held up well since we had the leaky TRV replaced.  After coffee, I completed everything, which left me a little time for a Train Shed visit.  I allowed my self the luxury of a running session but, because I wanted to get on with the row of shops, I didnít take any pictures, so hereís one of the old videos again, showing what you would have seen, had you been there.  Well, not quite everything, because 6417 played up a bit and required a significant amount of coaxing.



Once the operating session was over, I cut out the shop doors and removed the cut-outs for the door windows.  Then I added their cover layers and cut out the openings before adding them to the window frame layer.  Then I cut out and fixed on the door glazing.  After that, I cut a glazing layer and added it to the back of the window frame layer, carefully doctoring the door openings to allow it to fit nice a flat on the window frame layer.  By then it was dinnertime.  In the afternoon, I went out to do some gardening, but it come on to drizzle a little, so I went to the Train Shed for a brief visit and gave 6417 a squirt up the backside, so to speak, using contact cleaner.  Then I left it running while I returned to the garden.  I set about the climbing hydrangea on the side of the garage.  It goes into orbit if left unattended and I hadnít pruned it since last Winter.  The problem is that it gets under the barge boards and into the soffits if left to its own devices and, because it is starting to sprout, it was on the verge of doing just that. 

I had planned to dig up some lavender bushes, but it was cold and the hydrangea maintenance had taken longer than anticipated, to I diverted to the Train shed again.  While there, I kept an eye on 6417 while I cut out and hung all the first floor curtains, before adding the shop displays to the curtain layer.  Once that was completed, I affixed the curtain layer to the back of the front wall (if you see what I mean) and then cut out and added the shop signage across the front of each shop.  Hereís the completed row of shop fronts, ready for assembly tomorrow.



I wonít need to cut out the gable ends, nor fit their cover layers because, when I built the bank, I found that I had made two-storey gable ends instead of three-storey ones.  So I have two gable ends ready made and raring to go, so to speak.  By the end of tomorrow, I hope to have a new row of shops to add to the existing ones.

Once the row of shops is complete, there is the Surveyorís office to make and then a fourth row of shops.  However, I also need to make a replacement for the temporary Dinsdale Arms and, to go with it, I will make another row of shops to adjoin it.  This row will comprise the fishmonger, the Maypole (a 1950s chain of grocer-cum-delicatessen shops) and the Post Office.  The latter will span the width of two of the original shops, so that row will be somewhat different to the others.
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4010 on: March 13, 2020, 10:35:10 PM »
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  You are making superb progress Laurence, lots of shops for a small town ?
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4011 on: March 13, 2020, 11:08:41 PM »
Has  the time  machine been playing up again,or is Mr Bolton 20 years ahead of  time with his disco hire side line.

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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4012 on: March 14, 2020, 06:45:16 AM »
Has  the time  machine been playing up again,or is Mr Bolton 20 years ahead of  time with his disco hire side line.
Don Bolton was a pioneer in 1959.  He went around the local towns and villages in the evenings, providing private parties with rock 'n roll and smooch dancing that they couldn't get anywhere in the vicinity.  Being an antique dealer, he had one of the few motor vehicles in those days.  Not many people had a car to get about to the nearest large towns, which were fifteen or more miles away and there were no buses in the evenings.  For his discos, Don always dressed up in fancy waistcoats and extravagant cavalier hats.  I was a good friend of the original person on whom he is modelled.
You are making superb progress Laurence, lots of shops for a small town ?
Morton-in-Marsh, the town on which Marton is based (although it has been moved quite a few miles away), had (and still has) a lot of shops all along the far side of the road, similar to those I am making.
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4013 on: March 14, 2020, 10:58:38 AM »
Thatís interesting Laurence.
We had spawn on Jan 31st and now have hundreds of freely swimming tadpoles.
Obviously our frogs are ahead of yours.
We put a small dollop of spawn into a tank in the conservatory. Itís much warmer in there of course.
Those few tadpoles are huge compared with the ones that remain outside in the pond.

Sorry to hijack your thread Laurence but thought youíd be interested.
This chap is in our pond today (and didnít seem to mind having his photo taken):


We think itís a toad as the frogs spawned in January.
If you look closely you can see a tadpole from the January spawning above the stone.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4014 on: March 14, 2020, 02:20:12 PM »
That's interesting, Martin.  We have got a lot of frogs, which are generally dark in colour, but one that's bigger and looks like yours and another that's much bigger again.  The one that looks like yours keeps trying to mate with the frogs, but they keep fighting it off, so it may be a toad.  The even bigger one may also be a toad.  The frogs are leaping about all over the place.  It's as though frogspawn is the result of frog's porn.
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« Reply #4015 on: March 14, 2020, 06:37:38 PM »
Today started off a rather gloomy with a little drizzle, but it wasnít enough to prevent our walk into Hessle to the butchers.  We returned home in time for coffee and then I put up a couple of (real) pictures which have been hanging (in fact NOT hanging) around for months waiting for my attention.  It makes a change from putting up curtains (model ones of course).  Then I had a quick session in the Train Shed and began to assemble the row of shops.  By dinner time, I was ready to add the roof.

In the afternoon, I dug up six lavender bushes, which were sufficiently substantial to make it feel like digging up trees.  While I was digging them up, Celia set about the convolvulus roots that hid amongst the lavender roots.  Then I chopped them all down to size, ready for planting in orange B&Q buckets.  While Celia planted them, I chopped up the prunings and fed them into our brown bin, which is for council composting.  They are too woody for our compost system, but too spindly for the shredder.  After that, I managed another session in the Train Shed. 

With some difficulty, I fitted the roof.  The problem was that, although I had carefully marked the positions of the chimney stacks, they somehow managed to migrate slightly along the back wall.  In the end, one turned out to be OK and I managed to remove the other one and reposition it.  Once the roof was on, I fitted the ridge tiles.



I have yet to fit the chimney capping stones.  Iím not completely happy with the Scalescenes ridge tiles.  I think that, particularly for low relief buildings, they could do with being a little wider.  That may end up a little over-scale, but I think it will look better, so I will try to design some of my own.  The third row of shops now sits at the end of the street, although more will be added to the right of them.



Tomorrow, I hope to be able to complete the chimneypots and then move onto the final three-storey building in the row.  I will also move the whole row to its correct position in the town.



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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4016 on: March 15, 2020, 07:17:56 PM »
It turns out that Friday was a pretty disastrous day, although we didnít find out until this morning.  As part of my Friday chores, I always carry out checks on the car and, this week, because we are planning to go to Oxford on Tuesday to visit the dentist, I decided that the oil level could do with a little top-up.  Now, my usual procedure is to remove the engine filler cap, fetch the oil, remove the cap from the oil, top-up, replace the cap on the oil container, replace the engine filler cap and then put the oil back where it came from.  However, when I came to replace the cap on the oil container, it decided to fly off and roll around on the floor.  By the time I retrieved it and managed to get it back on again, I forgot about replacing the engine filler cap.

This morning, being a wet rainy one, we went off to our favourite garden centre for coffee and to buy some plants to replace the lavender bushes that I ripped out yesterday.  When we were nearly there, we could smell petrol (we thought) and when we arrived, the smell was still there.  So I thought I would check under the bonnet to make sure there wasnít a problem.  Oh dear!  There was oil everywhere.  Fortunately, the exhaust manifold is at the front of the engine, down at the bottom otherwise, the whole thing would probably have burst into flames when I opened the bonnet.  But there was still an absolute mess all over the engine.  I managed to clean up the excess with some tissues and insert a sponge into the top of the filler cap to get us home.  The filler cap was lost, of course, because I had left it on top of the engine and it had obviously fallen off in transit.

When we returned home, I changed into my old working clothes and made do and mend as best I could.  I gave everything a good clean and rechecked the oil level.  Once again we were fortunate in that, despite the mess, we had hardly lost any oil at all.  I managed to find some rubber padding and a metal jar lid, which I was able to attach to the oil filler with copious amounts of Gorilla tape.  I tried locally to see if I could obtain a replacement filler cap, but to no avail.  Tomorrow, I will try the local Alfa dealer to see if he can get one the same day.  Otherwise, I will our usual Alfa man in Milton Keynes and see if he can get one for Wednesday, on our way back from Oxford.  As a belt and braces, I have ordered one on the internet, but it wonít arrive until Friday.  If we get one in the meantime I will, at least, have a spare.

In the afternoon, I did actually get down to the Train Shed.  I had previously made and printed out some home-made coping tiles for the row of shops.  I fitted those and I donít think they look too bad.



The I made the chimney coping stones and added the chimneypots, before fixing them to the top of the chimney stacks.  I took the opportunity to move all the scratch-built shops to what will be their final position on the layout, although they still require finishing off with pavement, etc.



After that, I allowed myself the luxury of an operating session.  Jubilee Class, 45572, Eire, arrive five minutes early today and I was able to get a picture of her and her ten-coach train in the station before the local arrived from Worcester.



The operating session went very well, apart from the fact that I forgot to reset the points from the Milk Loop after the milk train had departed and poor 6713 caused a short circuit when it tried to negotiate the trailing points.  After that, I found the parts for the last of the three-storey building and separated the three front wall sections ready for construction.  I checked the alignment of all the window and window frames, to make sure that no mistakes had crept in. 



The outer section, on the right, is now ready to have the cover layer added before I attach the window frame layer, which is in the middle of the picture.  The curtain layer is the one on the left.  So, tomorrow, disasters excepting, I should be able to make a start on the last of the three-storey buildings.  I have already designed the Post Office row of shops, but I have yet to start on the design of the Dinsdale Arms Hotel.
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4017 on: March 15, 2020, 07:26:16 PM »
One thing is for sure Laurence.

You wonít forget to replace the oil filler cap again!
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4018 on: March 15, 2020, 08:40:46 PM »
Bad luck, Laurence.

Shame about the mess but at least you didn't lose a lot of oil.

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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #4019 on: March 16, 2020, 06:26:57 AM »
One thing is for sure Laurence.

You wonít forget to replace the oil filler cap again!
I did it once before, about 40 years ago, so it shouldn't have happened this time.  Last time, the oil on the exhaust manifold caught fire.  The fire extinguisher failed to work, but a sharp intake of breath and a huge blow put it out, something that I had done once in the past when the dust in an old TV caught fire because of an arc from the EHT cap of the line output valve.
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