Sunday, 31 January 2016
Well, it's been a week since Ollie delivered my layout, and I have now put 9 hours into it.
So far, I've added static grass, weathered the tracks, base coated the rock face adjacent to the tunnel, resurfaced the 'yard' area with Noch ballast and then blended the ash and ballasted areas into it. Today, I took a big step, having never used Celotex insulating board, and in 3 hours measured, cut, fitted, shaped, sanded and then filled the area forming the ridge and scenic pathway, which runs the length of the layout (8 feet).
I'm really happy at how it's shaping up and once I add the texture of the rock faces and the pathway, and get the grass all finished it will look pretty darned fine. Thence, I will add a wooden fence along the whole length of the path, and another to the front of the tracks. A few judiciously placed dry stone walls will break up the countryside as will a few hundred trees.
The brick retaining wall is going to be replaced with a fully 3D polystone retaining wall in a stone finish with bricked up arches . I have realised that because I spend my life working with miniature buildings and figures, I really prefer the 3D effect over 2D printed.
Ollie has a backdrop on the way to me (hopefully - LOL ) after the original he fitted suffered a 'failure event'. This should frame the whole thing rather splendidly.
The only down side is that I did not wear a mask and have fibreglass powder in my mouth, which is a tad uncomfortable.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
The front has had a layer of 2mm static grass added, the ground has all been drybrushed with buff grey and I've made a start adding staining to the ballast. Now I have that awful wait for the PVA/flow improver and brown ink to dry, before I can get stuck in with more dry brushing.
Still for 4 hours, I am not unhappy at all, with the progress.
I should be able to get a few more chunks of foliage placed this afternoon.
For buildings I am going with Hornby 'Lyddle End' which will all get repaints... Probably a loading dock, coaling point, signal box, and 3 sheds. Lots of trees of course on the moorland. The grey foreground adjacent to the yard will get assorted industry (think Darley Dale / Matlock again ). All in all I am finding this far more relaxing than any recreational figure painting I've done in 25 years...
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Those of you with an interest in the wars in Rhodesia, may find some interesting reading and viewing in the store section of the Rhodesian Services Association, which, can be found here:
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Monday, 25 January 2016
I am seeking to sell my 00 yard layout, as I have 3 N gauge layouts under construction and I'm going with that scale from here...
72 x 18 inches, wired for both DCC and DC and currently fitted to an NCE power plate (included)
Manual points, free standing and great looking having had around 1 hour use.
All structures are fitted with the Woodland Scenics 'Just Plug' lighting system.
I can include the Powercab system (again 1 hour use from new) for £75 more with genuine UK power supply.
BUYER TO COLLECT
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
DMRE is a really good show, and is a favourite for my calendar, being held in the historic 'Derby Roundhouse' a traditional circular engine shed which has been renovated an repurposed as an event and social space.
It's a brilliant venue, and you can stand on the glass floor over the old inspection pits which are lit, and freak yourself out. The catering is very good, and Starbucks coffee is served.
The organisers as you may recall from a post last year, could teach wargames show organisers how the big boys play...