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 Posted: Tue Feb 15th, 2011 09:53 pm
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I think it's time for action :thumbs

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 Posted: Tue Feb 15th, 2011 10:24 pm
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Nick wrote-Whadya think??

great idea, should finish it all off nicely

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 Posted: Tue Feb 15th, 2011 10:41 pm
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 How about a small area with a couple of pig sty's


:hmm Actually that's got me thinking that what I'd earmarked for the smaller field could in fact be part of a small holding or farm yard with the meadow accessed from it through the gates

Maybe some more buildings to build then. Wonder if that nice Mr Wiffen could be persuaded to do a farmhouse and some outbuildings as a kit :lol:

Mike & Owen, thanks for the endorsement, I will indeed get going soon but I have to go to Plymouth this weekend to look at the University with my son.



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pnwood wrote: Maybe some more buildings to build then. Wonder if that nice Mr Wiffen could be persuaded to do a farmhouse and some outbuildings as a kit :lol:


 

You may have to use the Metcalfe variety if needed now  - Farm Buildings, Barn  & Manor House

http://www.metcalfemodels.com/acatalog/Town_and_Country_00.html

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:hmm Actually that's got me thinking that what I'd earmarked for the smaller field could in fact be part of a small holding or farm yard with the meadow accessed from it through the gates


Had a good look at it and it's not going to be easy to come up with something that will look right as the contours in that area are quite undulating. I haven't quite dismissed it yet but I don't really want the bother of remodelling the area.

I'll keep my thinking cap on and can maybe come up with something if I can find a suitable farm barn or shed built on a slope to base a building on.

If not it's back to plan A.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 15th, 2011 11:42 pm
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pnwood wrote: Maybe some more buildings to build then. Wonder if that nice Mr Wiffen could be persuaded to do a farmhouse and some outbuildings as a kit :lol:


 

You may have to use the Metcalfe variety if needed now  - Farm Buildings, Barn  & Manor House

http://www.metcalfemodels.com/acatalog/Town_and_Country_00.html


Thanks Sol but they look at bit too generic northern to me, if that makes sense.

I found this picture which modelled in a working state might fit the bill. Quite a challenge though ;-)



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That would be perfect Nick, and it says that it's been restored so you could go and get some photos of it to help with the scratchbuild.

I'm looking forward to getting to this part on my layout. Love the details that are in the planning. :thumbs



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I think the Scalescenes country pub, painted overall with suitable emulsion paint to represent older greyer/browner render would make an ideal 'Olde Farmhouse'.

It already has some interesting roof lines,  a simple extension to the small chimney end, into a sag roof line of barn and shippon wouldn't be too hard for a man of your diameter, sorry, calibre.......scale sizing, dimensioning already done, in fact it could make a little earner for someone...


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Nick - I wouldn't do a farmstead.

I really like the open aspect of Much Murkle and to clutter it up with half a farmyard would, IMHO, spoil it.  By all means have your cattle, maybe the odd sheep or two and at least one sizeable tree but leave the bukldings as they are. :roll:



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Nick - I wouldn't do a farmstead.

I really like the open aspect of Much Murkle and to clutter it up with half a farmyard would, IMHO, spoil it.  By all means have your cattle, maybe the odd sheep or two and at least one sizeable tree but leave the bukldings as they are. :roll:


Thank you Peter.

I had just about come to that conclusion myself and you've just confirmed that it is almost certainly the right decision. I had a really good look at the area today. It is too small to accommodate a large building such as a farm house or barn without the building completely dominating the scene, not what I want at all.

You are quite right that it is the openess of this area that allows you to feel you are in those fields looking at the railway over the fence.

My ideas ran away with me and thank goodness you've reined me in.

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Nick, I'm a little late here, but I really like the rolling hills you have created. They look so natural. It would be shame to cover it up with buildings. There are several things you could do that would not hurt the rolling farm land though.

A few trees here and there, a tree line along the edge of the layout that is being cut down by the owner, thus allowing for stacks of branches (some dead, some just freshly cut down). Maybe even a stack or two of fire wood neatly set up for drying.

Around my home town there were always rocks sticking up out of the ground somewhere.

Just a few ideas, but keep in mind, I like what you have right now too.

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Thanks Wayne, an interesting idea for a cameo scene there :thumbs

Progress has been a little slow due to work but I have got started. The plan has changed but only slightly.


What's a gate doing in the middle of the field you might ask. Well it is now at the end of an access lane.




Things start to take shape with the addition of a couple of hedges.




There will be a water trough in this area which are always surrounded by bare muddy ground.




Another view down the lane and through the gate across to the railway. There will be another overgrown fence to the left hand side of the lane.




And finally a view from the railway side




Lots still to do, field grasses, undergrowth around the hedges and fences, tone down the bare areas, a tree or two and not forgetting some livestock. I'll post more progress as it happens.

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Some really good work there. Photograph number three is particularly good to my eyes. Love it.



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Excellent Nick......to my mind you have created absolutely the best effect for that space:thumbs

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Definitely a good move keeping the "open" space.
It looks just right (in my opinion)

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Nice work Nick, and it was the right decision to keep that space open. It give space to the layout.



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Always inspiring and great to look at Nick how about a horse and cart or maybe a tractor.

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that is spot on Nick,looks very good
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Lovely,lovely work Nick!
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Been doing a bit of Pro-grass-tinating to the field area over the last couple of days. The joints on the peco fencing are going to have to be covered with a bush or two. 




The areas treated are the  banks inside the fence, around the field edges, the areas under the hedgerows and any other ungrazed areas. Lots of brambles, nettles etc to be added on the banks and around the fences next. The grazed areas also need some more treatment to tone them down. The variety of shade in the static grass was achieved by mixing two colours of Mininatur grasses. Autumn " 4.5mm long and winter " 6.5mm long. To my eye the summer shades were just too bright.






The worn area to the far right of the gate will be where the cows laze away under the shade of a tree. The worn area to the far left will be in front of a water trough.







Two of the hedgerows temporarily in place with the first tree (the gate posts are upright...honest;-)). This small field will be home to Farmer Clarence Fencott's prize Hereford bull so there will need to be another fence and/or hedge running from the tree along the side of the lane. Another tree is being cultivated on my workbench and will be placed just inside the other field where the hedge meets the lineside fence. The cows will use the shade from this tree much to the chagrin of the Bull, them being so close but being unable to get at them.  
5531 shunting a 6 wheel milk siphon in the background.

 


A few self indulgent shots. It's a pity I haven't got better lighting in the cellar. I'll have to do something about that soon methinks!









Another update soon

Thanks for looking :cheers


 



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