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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2017 02:38 pm
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What I do Max is use PVA to create the bulk and then thinner lines of it for out going tendrils, leave it get tacky then apply, I push it on with my finger to get it to hold, it usually looks very good.

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That sounds good, Phil.

I've never done ivy as I hadn't figured out what to do it with.

I'm going to get a bag of Foliage and give it a go on the Boat builder's shed.  :cool:



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Good idea Phil. Thanks.  :thumbs


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Here is the plan as previously shown.  My attention is now turning to the right-hand board and in particular the bottom right-hand corner.  What to do with this?  My thoughts are currently flipping between part of a small village or hamlet, or some kind of industry which would generate more rail traffic, leading to more shunting and the excuse to run another type of train, i.e. oil tank wagons or cement wagons, etc.



 


It would be possible to insert a siding as shown below...



 


I would welcome ideas as to what I should do with this corner.  No prizes for the best suggestion.


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At least you haven't filled every square inch with track.  It looks about right from a busyness point of view - less is more as they say.

For mine, I'm doing a sunken section on the curve.  I plan to have the track on an embankment with a canal and overbridge.

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Terry, that sounds good, meaning a small train from the station would have to split the guards van off, to back the loco into the industry and then depart to the fiddle yard.
A pity there is not a run-around in the fiddle yard so trains can come in & then go back...



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In the 23rd post of this thread I explained the uncoupling method to be used on this layout.  This is basically a modified Bachmann coupling, known as the Kirby Coupling.  All is explained, with pictures, in the post quoted above.  However, further trials have shown that just two small magnets may be insufficient to lift the adjoining couplings on every occasion.  To get over this I have decided to double the number of magnets to four, that is two each side of a centre space, thus...



They have been given a dab of brown acrylic paint before covering with ready-mixed plaster.  When the plaster is applied and painted, the magnets aren't too obvious...



 


Here is the coupling of a class 08 shunter in operation...



 


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Hi Terry.   That was my original plan, and it was excellent , until that is the hooks kept falling off. I did a thread on my experience with the idea but gave up.    Best of luck. Kevin



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Nice, Terry.  You're right.  They aren't obvious at all.



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Following the goods yard sidings being covered with plaster and painted, I thought it might be the right time to think about fitting the buffer stops.  I am using Peco SL-40 rail type buffer stops.  They are cheap and look good, but, oh dear!  Why have Peco produced them in some kind of flexible, polythene type of plastic?  Bendy, bendy buffer stop anyone?  As for gluing the parts together - a modeller's nightmare!  I did one with super glue and it immediately fell apart on handling.  All is not lost however.  I have a bottle of white glue which is described as consisting mainly of aqueous polymer emulsions.  I gave it a try and what do you know?  It held the buffer stop firmly together and also in place on the track.  I gave the buffer stop a coat of paint to disguise the rather 'plasticky' look and painted the buffer beam red...


 



The assembled buffer stop is quite sturdy and, I think you will agree, makes up into a fine model.


Get yours now while stocks last!


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Hi Terry.  I made the same "Mistake?". I tried one of the plastic kit solvent types, good for kits, rubbish for PecoSoft Plastic bufferstops. I was hoping , that if I splashed some Humbrol Matt "all over" then touched it up with blobs of red followed by weathering, that maybe? will make them work? Any comments? All the best. Kevin



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I had the same problem Terry although it's worse in N gauge.



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Hi Terry

I am arriving VERY late on this thread for which I apologise.  Your factory siding could be a PW siding - you might have to add another siding in the storage area but PW vehicles are always fun and add an extra dimension to operation.  Swapping ballast vehicles, taking the track over with a small crane etc etc.

I know its a bit late but I don't have a problem with curved platforms - you are probably using 36 inch radius curves and I think this makes for decent platform gaps.  I know you have made this decision and I like your scenery so I will not be the one to suggest you pull it all apart!!

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Hello Barry and thanks for your suggestion.  A permanent way siding - interesting idea.


Not a lot of progress on the layout of late.  I am gradually building the station building in fits and starts.  However, I recently added an extra siding to the upper goods yard.  Looking back to Post 84, I have installed a diagonal siding which leaves the goods shed road just to the right of the catch point.  Like the other sidings, this has been covered in ready mixed plaster and a buffer stop has been fitted in place.


 


Hopefully, more soon.


 


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So far, all of the scenic work has taken place on the two baseboards in the vicinity of the station.  I thought that it was about time I did some work at the front of these baseboards with regard to a facia and low embankment.  This layout is not intended for exhibition, therefore will not suffer the rough and tumble of transporting to and from exhibitions.  I had some large sheets of 2mm thick grey board to hand and thought 'why not make the facia from this?'  The facia was cut with a bottom straight edge and a wavy top edge at about two and a half inches deep.  The facia was tacked to the front baseboard edge using small brass track pins, with the straight edge lined up with the bottom of the baseboard frame. 


Next, I painted the grey board facia with shellac varnish (french polish) to make the surface harder.  This made the grey board go a bit wavy in places and I was forced to use more pins to hold it in place and to correct the warping.  Next time I will varnish the grey board before fixing in place to see if this prevents it warping.


Twisted newspaper was laid on the baseboard just in front of the facia  and was covered with plaster bandage.  Once dry, the plaster and the front of the facia were painted with brown emulsion. 


PVA was applied to the plaster ground formation followed by static grass (Peco Summer).  'Light Green Foliage' (Woodland Scenics) and tea (dried and sieved from tea bags) were fixed in place with cheap 'firm hold' hair spray.  Not only is the scenery held in place but smells lovely too!  A picture tells a thousand words, so here it is...


 



Here is the facia from the operating side.  Also shown is one of the three small track diagrams which have been glued in place.  Simply made from card.  The track plan was drawn in ink and the whole was sprayed with matt varnish.  Simples!



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Nice, Terry.  :thumbs

I love those levers!



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Max, they look like these
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Hi Terry. I was considering some similar levers, but, they wouldn't fit in my portable layout, okay for a permanent  set up.  Keep up the good work. Kevin



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Lovely modelling as usual Terry and I too like the look of those lever and thanks Sol for the link. I feel an order heading its way across the pond.

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Thank you all.  See post 20 of this thread for further explanation of the levers.


 


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