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 Posted: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 09:42 pm
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Thank you Zelda - high praise indeed!  I have seen so many excellent modellers here and think the same thing - so it is all down to their inspiration and advice.  Hopefully future buildings will not need so many failed attempts.  I am really no expert and have very limited experience, I have to acknowledge the advice and guidance of others here.

But being told it could look like a photo of a real building is more than I could hope for.  Thank you

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Michael, I can only echo everything that has been said as it really is wonderful modelling - you'll have your work cut out doing the weeding though! :)


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Hi Ken, and thank you very much - greatly appreciated.  no problem - the wife does the weeding!

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 Posted: Sat Mar 9th, 2019 06:14 pm
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Not much being posted at the moment, so a quick update on Faversham Creek.....

Track laying is progressing OK, points and motors all finished, just need to finish off the goods sidings.  The buildings here are Metcalf brewery ones, in card - salvaged from a previous plank I made.They are just there to give me an idea of what it will look like with my actual buildings.  The platform is still unfinished, although the parts are cast, so just a matter of gluing it all up and finishing the painting.




Dawn breaks at the hotel, and the early morning Orient Express makes its way to the coast - a non-stopping service at the Creek!




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Good progress Michael tracklaying with all the wiring and point motors always takes time.

I note its only posh coaches going past the hotel no 3rd class suburbans.

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Thanks Brian, I am certainly not the quickest at track laying, especially when I am working it out as I go - within a general that plan is.

Well spotted on the coaches, although I am amazed that you could, and impressed that you know!  I don't really know that side of things at all.  This was a Hornby set I bought, ooh about ten years ago, with the plan to fulfil a life long dream of having a model railway.  But then everyone's advice was to start small, so I made two or three dioramas and then two 4x2 planks, hence the  delay in getting started on the "proper" layout.  I am glad I took the advice because I learned a lot (mostly how not to do things!) and it kept me going.  I fear I would have given up if I had gone straight in with a larger model.

But I am still very much a novice.  This is my first foray into DCC, so I am learning a lot about that as I go, and I know next to nothing about trains, so am having to learn that as well.  And the electrics are new and challenging too so I have plenty of scope for disasters along the way.

In my original plan I wanted to be able to run steam and early electrics, although that isn't really my era.  We travelled everywhere by bus and train, as my parents didn't drive, and what I really remember is blue British Rail with slam shut doors - corridor and open carriages and luggage racks made from thick string.  I have very little rolling stock at the moment, so I could change things if I wish to.  Maybe blue with the occasional steam excursion train which have regularly run through Faversham.  Although the Creek line was closed by that time, but maybe in an alternative history it has continued to flourish with select imports and exports.  Whatever, clearly I will have to be on my toes with the trains with the experts watching!!

Thanks for viewing and taking the time to respond - much appreciated.

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With such a flash hotel I'm surprised that the Orient Express doesn't stop at the Creek. Looks like a destination to me!
Bravo for pushing on out of your comfort zones... I've really enjoyed the hobby for the things that it has taught me... let alone the "liddle" trains going round and round.



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Thanks Marty.  I certainly enjoy all of the new things I am learning and get inspired by other layouts shown here which also keeps me going - along with all of the useful advice of course!

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I haven't updated recently, mainly because I am in development mode.  However I have successfully laid the route for the cyclists - one is shown here, and that is all working.  It will be two moving characters in front of the hotel, when it is all finished.....  If I can work out how to post a video, I will show it in action!  Obviously I need to do some landscaping, and I need to make some decent tress.  Eventually I will fit the creek and there will be some water - although that will take a few tests too, I am sure.



And I've been making Busch flowers to finish off the hotel detailing.  They are painstaking!!!





FinallyI have been running some tests for auto uncoupling.  I've also finalised track positioning at the quayside and have been researching some buildings to make and doing some preliminary sketches.... Hopefully everything will come together over the next couple of weeks and I will see some progress!

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Congratulations on your work on those flowers! And on the bicyclist!



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Thank you Zelda - but nothing like your card models!!

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This all sounds very technical Michael with moving characters in front of the hotel.
Are the cyclists also going to be moving along a cycle track aswell ?


The uncoupling will keep you busy you will think you have cracked it then you put a different  truck on and dam it wont work. :lol:

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Flowers are all planted and lights wired up (although not connected up yet), so I have started on the landscaping at the front.  Yes Brian, the cyclist is on a track and will cycle through the countryside near the Creek.  





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So, the cyclist successfully travels around - with a bit of a surprise!

I need to do a bit of work on my filming, but this video will at least give you an idea of how it will look - I just apologise for the quality of the camera work!  I cannot claim credit for it, and I'm sure most of you will recognise it.  But it does look cool when it works!


https://youtu.be/baS28IshPpk

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My first feature tree for the front of the layout is made.....




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Smart Tree Michael is that one of those Woodland scenic tree kits?


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Thank you gents.  The trunk is an old woodland scenic one I had kicking around.  I will have to do a little more work on the trunk.  The leaves are a mixture of things, but mostly seafoam covered in flock.  I built the seam foam up into the shape.  I always admire other people's trees that appear a little sparser on the foliage, but never seem to manage it myself!  Maybe the next one!

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I found another woodlands scenic armature, so I glued on some seafoam and began the foliage.  I am going to try to keep the foliage a little sparser this time.  Try!





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