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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2018 09:03 pm
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Thank you John.  I don't get too downhearted by the challenges.  Half of what I like about the hobby is overcoming problems.  The turntable works fine by hand, which I remember saying was what I would do until I had decided where I was going with it.  But I just got bitten by the idea.  Partly your fault and your amazing scenes!  I do like the added dimension it gives and I'm pleased it replicates the prototype a little more.  I would love a large shed area, but that isn't what I am modelling - just a small part of a larger quayside operation.  However, I have been doing quite a bit of research and we may see some exciting developments in the new year!

Have not had time to solve decoder problem.  But Christmas holidays have begun so I hope to have a little time on the layout. Although SWMBO has shopping plans for me!

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So, having been hit by the turntable bug, it means that I will have to change the plan for the track at the quay.  This isn't a bad thing at all, as it will now be a little simpler - in fact it will be as the prototype.  It does mean a little space at the rear of the scene. I once made the scalescenes free warehouse model (the low relief one), so I thought I might do an interpretation of it in Linka.  This is the progress so far:  I've decided it will be the brewery warehouse, and have added a backscene to it which I think gives it a little depth.  You can see the linka joins which have to be disguised with a little filler and careful painting and weathering.  The weathered blue doors are made from my go to wooden resource: coffee stirrers.  I've added some handles from wire and I have the sliding door mechanism drying, also made from coffee stirrers.

I have included an extra line of bricks to the bottom of the model so that it can be "buried" in the scenic base so it looks like it has foundations. This particular warehouse will be served by both road and rail




A close up gives an idea of the sense of depth the photo gives.  As it will be at the rear of the scene, it probably won't really be seen, but at least I will know it is there!




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A week back at a book fair I picked the Faversham to Dover book with photos and maps. Although I was brought up down the track at Kearsney I never knew about the 'creek' railway, mind you I did not know much about Faversham except it was the junction stop after Canerbury. Other than a traveller I was not really into railways, planes were more interesting, and my dad was a guard on the railway.

One thing about living up north is that stuff about home is often a bit cheaper in second hand sales, not the local interest!

Anyhow well done and a good subject for modelling.



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 Posted: Mon Dec 24th, 2018 08:34 am
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Thank you... I certainly think Faversham is a hidden gem.  I spent a long time trying to decide what to model, like many starting out I had plans to include everything I could think of, but not the room.  But the creek gives me the chance to do the quay, with industrial buildings, a small station, some countryside and the edge of the town of Faversham with a couple of centrepiece buildings, I hope.

You are now living where my wife originates and the in-laws are still up there - I will have to look out for some cheaper southern stuff when I am up there!

Happy Christmas

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I'm off to wait for Santa...…. but this is the progress on my low relief warehouse.  Happy Christmas everyone!





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Just a quick update.  Not much done to the track at the moment while I await delivery of my new turntable, so I have been working on some buildings for the quay scene.  This is the goods storage, in half relief, which will appear at the very rear of the scene and is the storage for Shepherd Neame beers.  It's based on a scalescenes building, but this one is made in Linka.





I am slowly but surely becoming a convert to the linka system.  It's not an easy modelling system but with every model I attempt to make, I learn something new which improves the next model.  I have quite a few discards, but I think I will keep this one.  I just need to add some downpipes and then some "action" but I think it will work well at the the rear of the scene






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Father Christmas, via my daughter, brought me my first plastic kit - a Wills Craftsman kit for a goods shed.  Having never made one, I followed the instructions, although they are designed for a bit of kit bashing.  Here is the basic structure...



And the interior with a bit of paint added...…  The owners really need to sort out their rising damp!



And the exterior brickwork painted.....




Overall I am very impressed with the model, and would definitely recommend them if you haven't tried them before.  I made a few mistakes in the construction, but could thankfully correct them.  I'm sure that with a bit of practice, I will be able to create bespoke buildings.

To paint the brickwork, I gave an all over coat of cream for the mortar, which I then wiped off the brickwork.  I mixed the colour myself, but basically it is a brown with white.  I have tried many approaches to painting the brickwork, especially for my linka models.  On this occasion I used a single colour from the Citadel range of paints (they are a wargaming set of paints).  There is a nice range of tones and shades, depending on how much paint is applied because the paint has a high pigment content.  I have used a range of techniques with other models, but for this one, I dipped a  piece of kitchen roll in the paint, wrapped around my finger, which I then carefully "brushed" over the bricks, which I think has worked well enough.



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My plan involves the quay side, for some shunting and industrial buildings, some countryside, a focal building, which will be the Abbey Hotel, and then something of the market town of Faversham.  I decided to make the Abbey Hotel using linka castings.  I have made a couple of prototypes and have now settled on a specific design.  This is the beginning of the Abbey House.  One of the problems with linka is disguising the joins between the castings, but I have found two useful techniques.  The first is to paint the rear of the model with a fine surface primer.  This fills a lot of gaps, and appears on the front in grey.   The second is to use tipp-ex on the front of the model to fill any remaining gaps.  All of this will be disguised when the model is finally painted.  Quite of a few of the castings had to be chopped up in order to create the final building.  



The plan is to have a terrace area from the door, then steps down to a formal lawn and flower borders, before the land falls away to the railway cutting.  I plan to have vegetable gardens to one side and a conservatory and flower gardens to the other (although I have no idea how I will make the conservatory).  I've experimented with a range of approaches to the inside detail and have decided on photo realistic interiors for the bedrooms and lounge areas, but intend to create a restaurant, hopefully with lighting.  As this will be a major feature of the layout (I envisage it will take up about 100cm in length - the building will be about half of that) I will have to go overboard on the detailing




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With luck, Raymond Blanc will come and run the Abbey  Hotel Kitchen!!!



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Like the Wills goodshed Michael i have that actual kit myself here to build at some point i have made a number of Wills kits in the past and i do like them myself there not like an Airfix kit they are really a scratchbuilders kit with instructions i have done buildings in the past self designed using the Wills builder sheets.

Your Linka buildings are looking great not ever ventured into using Linka i like the barrel stack picture inside which will give the model depth on the layout

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You have been busy Michael. I do like the sound of the Abbey Hotel, particularly if you can hire Raymond Blanc!

Dont keep me in suspense about the turntable.........what is on its way? :lol:

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Thank you Brian.  As with everything with this hobby, there is a lot to learn, but practice and trial and error are great teachers.  The shed was my first go at modelling with plastic, but I have another couple of kits to make, so hopefully I will learn some tricks so that I can do a bit of scratchbuilding with it.

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Hi John

The Christmas holidays gave me the chance to slowly crack on with the buildings.  I have 3 on the go, none of them finished yet!

I found a small producer of a turntable, based on the Peco model I made.... ADM Turntables.  They have a demonstration video on youtube.  Solves all my problems!!

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I believe I have heard of them......I think you will be quite pleased:thumbs
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Hi Michael,

I'd never heard of ADM Turntables before, but had a quick look at their website. Quite interesting and with options from very expensive to mouth-wateringly so, but you appear to get a fully built and tested unit.

In the interests of completeness however, have you considered the drive and indexting units by Locomotech which are also tailor made to work Peco turntables?

http://www.locomotech.com/

Their deluxe (2 rpm) unit with auto indexing at £65 seems an attractive proposition compared to £425 plus.

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Emulsion paint can also be used as a filler for small gaps the same as tipp-ex, works out a lot cheaper too.



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Hi Bill

Thanks for the suggestion.
I had looked at the locomotech device and did quite a bit of trawling through forums for some feedback on it.  It certainly has its fans.  The ADM turntable is certainly a little pricey, but I think it is cleverly designed.  The base gives added stability to the peco turntable which is notoriously flimsy, the stepper motor is fully programmable, so I won't have to hold buttons down to get to the exit I want, I like the fact that it is fully tested before dispatch and Alistair, the designer and engineer could not be more helpful.  I decided that if I was going to have one, I would want it to hit all of my requirements.  Pricey I know, but I only want to fit it once and don't want any regrets!

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Great suggestion, I will give it a go!

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The goods shed is almost complete - I just need to do a bit of work on the roof tiles and add a little more weathering.  I am pleased with my first attempt at a plastic kit - it's from the Wills Craftsman range.  I think it will fit nicely at the quay.






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So, the three buildings completed so far for the quay scene are here.... The linka buildings and plastic kit seem to work well together









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