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A trip to North East Scotland in N
« on: September 04, 2018, 11:57:41 AM »
Hi all, remember me? I was the one with the Hadfield layout http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18256.0
After years of trying I couldn't get it to work satisfactorily so I decided to dismantle it and go for something simpler (and smaller).

I was reading an article on the Great North of Scotland Railway about two years ago and one location really jumped out and hit me in the face. I thought I'd really like to model that, like you do, if I had somewhere to put it. That's what decided it - Hadfield had to go. I still have the various forum posts and the website but that's all that remains of it now.


This is Macduff on the Moray Firth in Scotland and is my inspiration for what I call Inverduff.


I've taken a few liberties with the geology and various features of the area but the basic track layout remains faithful to the original, albeit not a terminus any more. The layout is 13' x 2' and is proper old school analogue. The only electricky things on it are point motors, some lights and a fancy control panel. Electrickery scares me :worried: so I prefer to concentrate on what I can do - scenics.









I never intended for Inverduff to be a faithful reproduction of one place, it's more an amalgam of many features from all over Scotland. For example: Macduff does actually have a distillery but it's a few miles away and looks nothing like this one. This is a mash-up of various Highland/Island distilleries. Similarly, the lighthouse is similar to the one at the Mull of Galloway. The Wicker Man will need no introduction to those familiar with the 1974 movie. It was filmed in Scotland, close to where I used to live. There used to be a stone bridge at the right hand end of the layout that was based on the bridge over the River Dee at Ballater but I blew it up and replaced it with one from Galloway because I think it looks better and as far as I know, Macduff did have a gun battery during the war but again, nothing like this one. All the buildings on this layout were scratch built by myself, based on actual buildings somewhere in God's Country.


More pictures.










The layout is all but finished now and I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out. From a few bored scribblings on bits of paper to a 3 dimensional entity that I can touch and feel and get annoyed with in a little over 13 months.


Now maybe I should think about tidying my garage :-[


Thanks for looking :beers:




« Last Edit: October 19, 2018, 11:51:21 AM by Vigo »

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 01:32:09 PM »
That is an absolutely gorgeous layout.   The view along the road towards the bridge just looks right, love the lighthouse and the cottages below it. Even the dog at the end of the platform looks Scottish.

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 02:12:19 PM »
Excellent layout and a fascinating area. SWMBO is from Buckie, along the coast to the west :thumbsup:

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 02:58:46 PM »
A smashing layout well executed. Edward Woodwardwardward would be proud ;)

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2018, 04:57:50 PM »
We've had a visitor from 'down south' today  :)



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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2018, 05:16:34 AM »
Hi Vigo,

Love it, love it, love it!

Really great modelling. Excellent pics (more please if possible).

Thank you for sharing. Very inspirational.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Is Britt Ekland there anywhere? Had a big crush  :)

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 05:37:34 AM »
What a great layout!  :beers:
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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 08:03:33 AM »
Thatís a smashing layout, thanks for sharing.
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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2018, 10:58:07 AM »
I'M SORRY BUT IT JUST WON'T DO! I have to take issue with the glaring omission ... on the MAP!

Quote from: Vigo
Macduff on the Moray Firth in Scotland ... inspiration for ... Inverduff.


BUCKIE my hometown has been ruthlessly erased ... so I'm honor bound to reinstate it!

(Yes I have cycled to Macduff ... and to Lossie!)

Right now that proper order has been restored ... can I just add my "WOW" to a fantastic layout
  :wonderfulmodelling: :superblayout: :greatwork:

Quote from: Vigo
I prefer to concentrate on what I can do - scenics.

Not half!! This is so evocative of the Speyside Distilleries:




Quote from: Vigo
... an amalgam of many features from all over Scotland. There used to be a stone bridge at the right-hand end of the layout that was based on the bridge over the River Dee at Ballater ... but I blew it up and replaced it with one from Galloway ...

Know the Ballater bridge well ... but this one reminds me of the old Spey Bay rail bridge (which I've also cycled over): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spey_Bay_railway_station#The_station_infrastructure

Quote from: Vigo


Fantastic detailing AND night lit too! Stunning stuff.
Quote from: Vigo



Thanks for looking :beers:


THANK YOU for sharing.
  :claphappy: :beers:

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2018, 02:40:41 PM »
Fantastic! I'm from the area and I know MacFluff to a degree. Most of my early years were spent in Elginshire but I strummed my way through a huge percentage of the entertainment establishments in the NE.
Yon's a gran' layoot min! Jist ye haud gannin' we't. Richt bonnie.....
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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2018, 06:08:57 PM »
Really nice.  :thumbsup:

Thanks for all the great photos.

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2018, 06:27:42 PM »
What a great layout and superb photos to boot, was definitely worth scrapping the previous layout to achieve this.   :thumbsup:

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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2018, 08:53:52 PM »
What a fantastic location to model. The picture of the real thing is indeed inspiring and I completely understand why you've modelled it. The model itself is a lovely representation of the area and captures the Scottish essence incredibly well. You must be very pleased with your layout?

Two questions: Is it going to be on the circuit sometime soon?
I think it deserves to have a published article too. Most worthy of a magazine article - have you considered this?

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers
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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2018, 09:02:02 PM »
I agree with everything that has been said, what a nice layout. A good representation of Scotland, a place I must visit some time.
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Re: A trip to North East Scotland
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2018, 10:07:26 AM »
A little flight of fancy arrived by post yesterday. I don't know why I bought them, maybe it was just because I liked the idea.





Many more exciting things to do on the layout yet, just not right now. Just come off a cycle of 12 hr night shifts :sleep:


 

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