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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #90 on: November 05, 2018, 03:30:21 AM »
You obviously enjoy making Metcalfe kits.
Just a tip. I use watercolour pencils to colour over the white lines as the tip runs down the joint quite nicely.

Yes, I think I have just gotten used to the Metcalfes. I need to break out of my mold. But I have been able to find most things I want in Metcalfe so far, probably because of the era I am working with.

I did try pencils first (both my watercolour and pastels), but had a bugger of a time not jumping out of the rut and marking the facework. I have found my hand more suited to running a fine brush down the edge. It's amazing the difference it makes to the overall appearance. You can't really sense it in isolation, but when you put them on the layout, night and day.

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Catching Up
« Reply #91 on: November 11, 2018, 11:25:17 AM »
A few details being tied off this weekend. But this morning was spent at the AMRA WA open day, with all their wonderful layouts on show. Haltwhistle in particular being a favourite of mine, a 40s/50s OO gauge set in Yorkshire which was first started being built 30 yrs ago and is still being added to here and there. Certainly creates an impetus to get to it.

As I was grocery shopping on Friday I noticed the scourer pads. Green, thin, wiry and cheap (70c a packet). Give it  a whirl I thought. And so began a quick test into hedge rows.



Even if I make full height hedges out the whole pack, by my calculations I reckon I would get about 93 scale km out of this for around $2, even factoring in the cost of scatter. Pretty good deal - if it worked.


Easy enough to cut with scissors


Used my normal 1:2 PVA glue mixture, and a mixed Woodland Scenics scatter.


Looked pretty good, then put a pinch of a fine yellow scatter on for variation. I was fairly happy with these, but they took an age to dry out because they are so absorbent of the glue.

Once dry though they retain their flexibility both on the vertical and horizontal plains, meaning they go round corners and up and down hills. I haven't stuck any in place yet, but the below gives an idea of the end result. Possibly needs another coating.



Oh, also finished the roads to the hamlet of Stony Houghton. I'm getting the hang of the road laying now.

Then it was onto filling some gaps with polystyrene. I had a few noticeable holes where the rail beds were sitting above the ground levels. Luckily ever since I moved house I have been saving anything packing that came with anything I bought, so I have a goodly supply of stryofoam. Armed with a trusty hotwire I set about slowly trimming two bits of foam into shape. Glued them down and finished the day with a coat of paint.




I definitely prefer wood and mdf over foam, but it certainly has its uses. You can't really see the ednd result here, but it looks good enough to cover with grass now.


A good couple of days work, on and off, amongst gardening and riding.
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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #92 on: November 11, 2018, 12:03:09 PM »
By heck. You keep the hedges tidy! :goggleeyes:
Unlike my lot on 'Bletchford'............but it is meant to be a rundown rural area


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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #93 on: November 11, 2018, 12:30:00 PM »
By heck. You keep the hedges tidy! :goggleeyes:
Unlike my lot on 'Bletchford'............but it is meant to be a rundown rural area

Capability Brown is on the council crew...No expense spared in Chesterfield.

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Re: Catching Up
« Reply #94 on: November 11, 2018, 02:04:08 PM »
Haltwhistle in particular being a favourite of mine, a 40s/50s OO gauge set in Yorkshire
Ohhh ! That surprised me because when I was last in Haltwhistle in the 40/50s it was in Northumberland, halfway between Carlisle and Newcastle ! :) (on the onetime LNER). It was on our way to our regular summer holiday in Allandale (Allanheads). We could not go all the way to Allandale by steam as that branch was closed to passenger service in (I think) the '30s. So the trip was completed with petrol :)



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Re: Catching Up
« Reply #95 on: November 11, 2018, 03:03:15 PM »
Haltwhistle in particular being a favourite of mine, a 40s/50s OO gauge set in Yorkshire
Ohhh ! That surprised me because when I was last in Haltwhistle in the 40/50s it was in Northumberland, halfway between Carlisle and Newcastle ! :)


Just repeating what I am being told  :) A lovely layout nonetheless.

http://www.amra-wa-branch.asn.au/layouts/haltwhistle/

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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #96 on: November 11, 2018, 03:40:24 PM »
I remember camping at Haltwhistle about fifteen years ago.  The red sqirrels at the camp site were great, but the town seemed to be really run down.  I've just looked at it on Streetview and it seems to be much smarter now.
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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #97 on: November 15, 2018, 06:12:42 AM »
Signage at Shirebrook. This would actually have been Shirebrook North in the real world, with Langwith Junction and Langwith pit in the background. Those little touches like signs make all the difference. Still a bit barren and unweathered, but moving forwards.


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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #98 on: November 15, 2018, 05:40:12 PM »
Just catching up on this thread and l have to say it looks wonderful.  This is a great example of how to use the metcalfe kits to best effect.  Thanks for posting.

 Graham

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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #99 on: November 15, 2018, 07:02:49 PM »
A lovely layout in the making.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #100 on: November 16, 2018, 09:13:05 AM »
This is a great example of how to use the metcalfe kits to best effect.  Thanks for posting.
 Graham

A lovely layout in the making.

Both comments seconded!
'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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To the ends of the Earth and back
« Reply #101 on: March 11, 2019, 12:47:59 PM »
So, a long time between drinks. I spent most of November in South East Europe trotting around Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia indulging my photographic hobby. With a trusty rail pass of course, no better way to travel. Saw many stations of note, like this one in Dresden and the decaying but majestic Keleti in Budapest. Visited the cool little shop at Munich Station that seels all train models European. Picked up some Noch people and scenic bits, about half the price of the same in Australia!



Added something new to the layout at last. I need to redo the pumps, but they fill the gap for now. And give it a proper flat base to sit on...




Onwards!

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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #102 on: May 13, 2019, 08:15:08 AM »
Well, not sure where that month and a bit went. There have been internet issues a plenty, but this morning saw fibre switched on, so hopefully no more hassles on that front.

On a positive front construction has continued, maybe not apace, but at least with some intent. The focus has been upon the New Bolsover model village. It was one of those efforts of the owners to provide a benevolent and quality life for the building of the moral character of the pit workers. I'm unsure of the success of the theory...

The actual village was two U-shaped rows of houses, one inside the other, surrounding a recreational area. There was also ample space to grow vegetables in the allotments, playing fields, and nearby educational institutions, all serviced by a tram to the colliery. I haven't got the space to put in both rows of houses, but I have managed one set.


As always, not touched up yet, weathering and edges yet to be done...

With my preformed topography I need to do earthworks whenever I decide on putting up buildings, and the model village has been an exercise in foundations. So, jumped in with the ever useful Heavy Duty Spakfilla and set about it. This lets me create a level and flat surface as appropriate. Dremelling out edges and uneven bits as I go, finished with a light block sand. But it doesn't need to be perfectly smooth as it will never be seen. Just enough to get the buildings sitting straight. (and allotment sheds at the ready in the background)



Following the housing pads I then progressed to the roads surrounding the park, and threw in a bit of simple grass sheet as a base for later down the track.





That has allowed me to firm up the direction of roadworks, which has resulted in a couple of shops at the end of the village, and an idea for a road up to the main township on the hill.






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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #103 on: May 13, 2019, 08:42:44 AM »
Very reminiscent of the layout of a bunch terraced dwellings not far from where I lived.

Great modelling, and good to see you back.  :beers:
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Re: North Derbyshire Raliways - It begins
« Reply #104 on: May 13, 2019, 08:50:20 AM »
Were they metcalfe buildings or scratchbuilt

 

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