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 Posted: Thu Sep 26th, 2019 07:08 am
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Hi there Lads and Ladies. I thought it was time to show you my layout, so here it is.

Tinwald is a fictional BR 00 gauge layout, borne from the depths of my mind. 

It is based in the 1950's to 1960's era of steam/diesels, so I can run a multitude of Loco's around the layout, and still be true to my vision.

The layout comprises 2 halves around a wall (I am fortunate enough to have a garage/studio of 80sq metres and the layout wraps around an internal dividing wall) and has a substantial "Shed & Coaling yard" on one side and a grand station on the other side. 

To date the yard side is very near complete, in as much as I'm happy to run trains through the section and make believe its real  :lol: :lol: :lol: . The track is pretty much where I want it apart from adjusting/replacing 2 sets of points, but that can wait for a rainy winters day when I get a round to it!

so without further ado I will introduce you to Tinwald (Mkii)............. 

 Below is the "Yard" side (sorry I couldn't get the pic to rotate - just turn you're screens to the right!   :mutley


Below is the sheep pens and a small fiddle yard ......


Below  the Yard signal box and loco shed....


Below  The beginnings of the coaling stage and through lines....



Below  the Coaling stages & Ash plant....




Below  the end of the Yard....




Below  the Diesel shed....




Below  the other side of the Diesel shed....



Below  turning the corner is the turntable....



Below  the Station Yard and pilot loco shed....  (not sure where that factory is going to go)




Below  the Station side (still under construction)




and that's pretty much it!! 


Hope you like what you see. 


I've put some effort into it so far its been a distraction from the bowel cancer treatment and chemotherapy I've had to endure for the past 18 months or so, but that's another story!!



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 Posted: Thu Sep 26th, 2019 09:43 am
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That's some space you have to play with Tony - wish I had that much - I currently only have about 15% of it   !!

It would be great to see a long shot of the whole layout - or at least, of each of the 2 halves - so we can get an idea of the overall scene.  You can get some nice long trains in there.

What make is the coaling stage - it looks great.



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Tony,  
Ditto on the space as Peter puts it and well done for getting that far in your situation... in fact I am feeling a positive wimp  merely with knee replacements.  Hope you enjoy your time (back) here and I am looking forward to seeing more of your layout and perhaps seeing your operating scheme as well!

Regards from Ocean Grove, 

Trevor

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Thanks Peter & Trevor, but don't get me wrong the whole place is 80 squares NOT the layout!!  :lol: (I wish!!)
Within that space is my laundry (washing machine/dryer) also my kitchenette (stove, bench and fridge/freezer) then on the other side my "lounge" comprising TV set (of course), sofa, computer desk, and computer, work table and then a sectioned off partition where my  bed space is with obligatory wardrobe and chests of drawers, so after cramming that in there's enough space to ride my motorbike (Yamaha XV 750 Virago) next to the "lounge" area then close the roller door!

Tinwald is set in amongst this "rabbit warren" of possessions  :lol: :lol:

Each side is approx 3.6m long and 800mm wide, so in total it is 3.6m long and 1.8m wide (including the wall thickness of 130mm) so it's a fair sized layout, but small enough to work on as I can reach every part of it fairly easily. Sadly I don't have a track plan or drawing of the layout, mainly 'cause it all came out of my head and I was very fluid in the construction of it, and of course I'm lazy, and never got around to creating one! :oops:

The Coaling Stage is by Superquick, but was totally "customised" by adding some "corrugated iron" (see corrugated cardboard) and weathered to all heck!! Most of the other structures are Metcalfe, with a few scratch built ones thrown in for good measure.

I'm a great believer in weathering stock, and structures, as I believe nothing is kept "prestine" for long within the bounds of any railways system. I do all my own weathering, and have learnt from watching youtube videos, and scanning through pages of online photos to get ideas.

I will more than likely start a separate topic/thread on my weathered stock as I have quite a lot of loco's and rolling stock accumulated on the layout and in boxes (I went on a buying spree whilst recovering from my medical dramas, and didn't realise how much I had actually bought, until I got it all out to see!! :oops:)



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OK Tony - I'm not so jealous now ......................... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I absoutely agree re weathered stock - nothing outside ever stays clean for long and on dirty, sooty railways, things become grubby very quickly.

A thread on "how you did it" would be extremely welcome I'm sure.  Not just photos of weathered buildings/stock, but more of a tutorial.  There are many who yearn to acquire the "dark art" of making things dirty ................................



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I was going to ask about a track plan Tony, but you've answered that question.

As Peter says, would like to see a thread on how you did your weathering.

I haven't attempted any yet.


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heavens above putting me on the spot!! ummmmm I spose I could do some snap-shot bit by bit explanation of my weathering technique (I'll have to tidy up my "creative space")
I'm by no means stating I'm a professional at weathering or the best at it, it's just the way I do it and I'm comfortable with. I do have an air brush but it sits in the shelf under the bench gathering dust as I prefer the "dry brush" method (which isn't really "dry" but what I call it) 

Anyways its food for thought and I might try and get something organised for the weekend.  ;-)



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Not much has been happening on the layout, as my exercise regime, and assisting my associates in the music industry, has cut into my spare time, however, I have found other things to do, such as resurrecting Tinwalds coach shed, that was attacked by my ex-partners wayward teenage sons during my departure (lil  ^*%#%^%'s)  :roll:
So, I delved onto my boxes and found it.



It needs a bit of work. The roof skylight supports (matchsticks) need replacing and re-gluing, and a new roof for the shed office.



The underside survived quite well considering, lots of kebab skewers for reinforcement saved it somewhat, but they also needed re-fixing to strengthen the whole building.

Now onto the office roof ...............



A bit of measuring and cutting, then gluing popsicle sticks for strength.....



Initial painting, to get a base coat on  then I'll have to "weather" it to blend into the main body of the building.

Still a bit to do but the coach shed will fill a large empty space on the layout and bring it back to life, as the original layout was based around the shed.

The outside walkway/catwalk was nearly destroyed but I had all the parts and started fixing it back together ............



Rubber bands are so useful!!



Nearly there just time to let the glue set and retouch some of the paintwork and it will be restored enough to place on the layout................maybe!



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hi Tony, that looks super!.  A great original build and an excellent repair.  One would never know.
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Building things the first time is fun Tony.  Building them a second time, less so - particularly given how the damage was caused  !!!

You're  doing a great job.  What paint are you using ?



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Thanks for the feedback guys. Hard to believe I built that carriage shed over 10 years ago! - 2007 to be exact, and I still have it!!

Few buildings survived the onslaught of destructing wrought by my ex's sons, I'm just glad this one survived as a lot of time and effort went into building it.


As for the paint its an acrylic semi matte paint. Reno Art, Mont Marte, and Chroma are the brands I use, I'm sure they have their own online sites.






There's a good range of colours that I have, which can be mixed and blended into 1950's colour schemes.






I keep the tubes in an ice cream container (just in case of leakage) for convenience. 






I squirt a bit of the paint from the tubes into tiny paint jars, or from larger containers that have had blended colours mixed. 


My main grey colour is made from Lamp Black and Chinese White, in a larger container, as I use quite a lot of it, then it's watered down to become a "flowing" consistency. That's the beauty of acrylic's you can water them down, to make the paint go further. 


There are disadvantages though, some plastics need quite a few layers to make the paint "stick". Some plastics are "shiny" and the paint doesn't stick very well, it's basically trail and error, to see if the paint will stay on. 


Watered down paints take longer to dry, and are less likely to "stick" to the plastics, so care is needed when painting on these surfaces. 



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Placed Tinwalds coach shed in situ today. The gantry needs to be glued in place but I'm still working on it trying to straighten it out.





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