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Author Topic: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge  (Read 80360 times)

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1635 on: June 10, 2019, 08:01:33 PM »
Well worth a try, Keith.

So far, for Poppingham, I've tried card and plastic building kits.  I fancy attempting a laser-cut wood kit next to establish if I find any type of kit to be a semi-tad less superscary than the others.

By the way, I have long admired that lovely little terrace of nicely-coloured houses on Sonmel.  It reminds me of the ones in Alnmouth I see from the train.

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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 #1636 on: June 10, 2019, 08:15:25 PM »
John, Mr. Padley's garage on  'Averingcliffe' is a laser cut wood kit. I was sure it was an Ancorton but can not now find it on their website. Whilst I would not say it was "superscary", it was not too difficult to put together. I painted everything before assembly. Give it a go, it will be another string to your bow.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #1637 on: June 10, 2019, 08:34:24 PM »
Many thanks, David.

I have much admired Mr Padley's garage and am rapidly coming to the conclusion that the Metcalfe one I'm building will be too big for its location at the front of Poppingham.

The garage is, I believe, an 'Arch Laser' kit from Osborne's Models in Bideford.

I should be grateful to know what type of paint you used.

Thanks again and best wishes.

John
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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 #1638 on: June 10, 2019, 08:56:10 PM »

The garage is, I believe, an 'Arch Laser' kit from Osborne's Models in Bideford.

I should be grateful to know what type of paint you used.

Blame my age - it could well have been an 'Arch Laser'! If I remember correctly, (an age thing again   :)), I used a couple of coats of Acrylic paint. The roof is as supplied, with a touch of black wash and charcoal rubbing.
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« Reply #1640 on: June 11, 2019, 08:18:51 AM »
Many thanks for all your help, David.

This garage certainly won't be in danger of dominating the front of the layout like the Metcalfe one looks like it will.  Its style also appears more appropriate for the 1920s/1930s setting of Poppingham.

With all best wishes.

John
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« Reply #1641 on: June 11, 2019, 08:38:31 AM »
@Train Waiting  John, the Arch Laser garage is very similar to a black and white photograph I have seen of the garage where I buy my cars from and have all the servicing etc done. The photograph was taken, I believe, in the 1950's, so should fit in very nicely in Poppingham.  :thumbsup:. I have also seen at the garage a copy of a sales invoice showing the sale of a Morris 1000 to a local man, sometime in the 1950's, for just over Irish£500. The garage has changed a bit since those days.  ;)
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« Reply #1642 on: June 11, 2019, 09:10:38 PM »
Gardeners' World!

Hello Chums

I've been following with interest the discussion about vegetable growing on Laurence's Train Shed Project thread and admiring George's wonderful pictures of Japanese gardens in his Japanese Adventure.  The gardening here at Poppingham is of a much lesser standard, but still good fun and a useful distraction from the superscary scenic work on the layout.






Heavy rain is forecast tomorrow so I expect to get some time to play with trains.

Many thanks for looking and all best wishes.

Pip-pip.

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

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1643 on: June 11, 2019, 09:54:15 PM »
Back to the fuschia?
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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1644 on: June 12, 2019, 01:36:32 PM »
A good tip (which works for me) is to decant a bit of PVA into a milk bottle cap and dip your brush into that so as not to get too much glue on the brush.
Milk bottle caps are also very useful for mixing small amounts of paint.

Do you still get milk in glass bottles with a metal cap in the UK ?

Do they still deliver deliver it to your doorstep ?

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1645 on: June 12, 2019, 02:40:45 PM »
A good tip (which works for me) is to decant a bit of PVA into a milk bottle cap and dip your brush into that so as not to get too much glue on the brush.
Milk bottle caps are also very useful for mixing small amounts of paint.

Do you still get milk in glass bottles with a metal cap in the UK ?

Do they still deliver deliver it to your doorstep ?

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I think the plastic cap on single, two and four pint containers is being referred to.
For more years than I care to remember the company I worked for produced the foil ones for the glass bottles for me to sell to the dairies.

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1646 on: June 12, 2019, 03:08:45 PM »
What ho playmates!

Thank you for bringing up the gardening topic John. Last week I put up a photo on Saxon Street of the 1970s semi detached houses and I'm nearing completing the front gardens for them. OK its only driveways and lawns for the moment and it does look rather plain.
Inspired by your spiffing photo of the lovely colours in the Poppingham garden I got to thinking about some flowers around the lawn edges. I remember the former Mrs. Invicta used to put bedding plants around the edges, like this alisum and lobelia.



I've spotted some commercially available N scale plants but what I've seen are hopelessly over scale. Real life daffodils would only scale out at around 3mm for example and the alisum and lobelia in the photo only 1mm.
 I was wondering if there was some coloured scatter for example that might represent such a thing?

Any thoughts chaps?


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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1647 on: June 12, 2019, 03:31:04 PM »
I have not thought of the practicalities, but an idea just came to me. Could you put down a thick (ish) layer of fine scatter and once dry, paint the top, a colour at a time. Just a thought.
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« Reply #1648 on: June 12, 2019, 03:45:59 PM »
I'm doing the flower beds for the garden on the end of Coniston's platform 1 at the moment. The plan is to stick very small bits of clump foliage onto the prepared earth for the foliage of the plants, then dab various colours of paint on to represent the flowers.

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1649 on: June 12, 2019, 04:01:52 PM »
A good tip (which works for me) is to decant a bit of PVA into a milk bottle cap and dip your brush into that so as not to get too much glue on the brush.
Milk bottle caps are also very useful for mixing small amounts of paint.

Do you still get milk in glass bottles with a metal cap in the UK ?

Do they still deliver deliver it to your doorstep ?

Best regards,


Joe
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Yes - we do, get glass bottles delivered to the door old style, it's a few more pence per pint but it saves on the plastic and glass is so much better for the environment, as glass can be 100% recycled back but plastic not all of it. Glass bottles are making a comeback now - save the planet!

 

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