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 Posted: Thu Jun 15th, 2017 05:02 pm
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Hi all,As a very recent new member and having spent some time looking through this site and forums, I thought it was high time that I made my small contribution.
Just by way of an introduction, I live in Spain (where the vast assortment of model shops are - well, non existent.
I have returned to modelling after some 30+ years and decided to embark on (long story why) taking up where I left it all those years ago and model the station and goods yard at Ipswich in Suffolk (UK).
Track plans were put together on the computer using Anyrail. I wanted OO because that is what I used to do and it soon became very apparent that a scale model of Ipswich station would not be feasible in the space that I had so I decided to branch away from my original idea and use Ipswich as a sound grounding for my now fictional layout which I have named Ipswitch. Having switched (get it), I was then able to fit in what I wanted to do using the Station layout and design as a shortened version of what I had originally planned.

I am modelling the 80's era so sorry for you steam buffs, it is BR blue.

Enough waffling. I know we all like pictures. I started my construction in earnest on the 21st August last year (2016). I will show you the very first picture taken and then one taken today so you can see where I am up to. I have many photos taken of the construction stages and if the need is there, ie  you want to see them then I will start a break down of how I got to where I am. There would be a few practical tips in there too as I have had to make do as they say  due to the lack of model shops over here.

First picture. 21st August

Second picture 15th June 2017

 

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Nothing wrong with BR Blue :thumbs



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Nice, Gary.

I like the idea of having the beer barrel plumbed in.  :thumbs



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Don't go there Max, that bleeding water heater has caused many issues - however, the beer fridge is next door to my gym, sorry training room (model room).

Much work still to do but loving every minute of it. That is just one half of the layout.
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Nice work Gary,
Is the station a scratch build? Card and brick papers? It looks right at home.

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Thank you Marty,
Everything is scratch built using card and Scalescenes brickwork. The footbridge is an extended version from Scalescenes to allow the coverage of the three rails. The platform is of card with substantial reinforcement underneath to keep it all level.
The station buildings are yet to be finished but they do have lights and apart from a bit of deviation from the real thing - ie due to the low relief, I could not fit in all the chimney's. I also have to equip the interior with furniture and the such like as when the lights are on they look a bit bare.
Below is a photo of the original building - imagine the catenary system is not there and an image of my buildings. I am looking forward to constructing the canopy.





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Good stuff Gary.  Many times approaching Ipswitch from the norwich side.  Interesting to see the developments going on around the station. Its mostly industrial on the left still with domestic buildingson the right side as you know. Will you model the tunnel? 😁

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That looks really very good. Buildings look excellent and I love the way you have done the track, looks very realistic.

John :)



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Very nice modelling Gary. :thumbs


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Hi all and thank you for the recent comments. It has been a few months since I put an update on Ipswitch. I have been busy with almond and olive harvests plus visits back to the UK. I have however managed to squeeze in a little time to carry on with some construction.

In answer to your question Gary, yes, I have decided to model the tunnel and once again, a few deviations from the original due to space requirements. I have yet to complete more trees to add to the hill but it is coming along slowly.








I have also started to construct the canopy for platforms 1 & 2. I first made a template from paper and then cut and sanded around the template once it had been attached to the 3mm obeche boards. A length of 6mm squared obeche strip then had 3mm holes drilled along it's length at 9cm spacing to accept the supporting posts. This strip was then glued at a curve to follow the platform edge to the under side of the canopy. It was quite tricky to cut out due to the staggered buildings but I am reasonably pleased with the result so far. it will be covered in 30mm strips of paper to resemble the panels and then painted and weathered.



With regards to John's (Western Way) comments about the track. First John thank you for the nice comments. 
I have put much work into the track to make it appear more life like given that Peco code 100 is not truely scale. 
I first brush painted the rails with a dark rust colour and also included the chairs. Once dry, I again brush painted a thinned down wash of black. The complete track then had a fine coat of sleeper grime airbrushed on. The ballast was then laid and a further two coats of sleeper grime were added. Finally, in the station areas where the trains pass slowly and stop and in the sidings, I airbrushed neat black paint inside the rails and over the ballast and sleepers to simulate oil and grime.
This has been very time consuming but I am very pleased with the results so that makes it all worth while.

I will post further updates once I have completed the canopy.



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I have now started the pruning of my many olive trees but the weather turned a bit cooler earlier today and now it is wet and stormy - so, as promised (if the thunder storm and power cuts allow) I will upload another picture of my canopy. Still much to be done. I need to install the lighting to the under side and then paint and weather. Where the canopy will attach to the buildings, I have allowed a bit of overhang to resemble the flashing.


It also looks a bit more 'homely' now I have passengers and staff on the platform.

The supporting posts are plastic rod and the black bases are heat shrink tubing.

I am getting there bit by bit or as they say over here, poco o poco.



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