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 Posted: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013 09:59 pm
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Looking really good. The changes to the yard has opened up the view to the station. Regardless what you do or change, it is still one of my favourite layouts. As usual, great pics.

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Thanks guys. It's been a while since I did any updates, but I have been beavering away doing small projects and improvements. One thing I was unhappy with was the DG couplings on the Autocoach and 48xx as the gap between the buffers was worse than a tension lock coupling. I've now removed them and replaced the couplings with a piece of bent wire giving much closer coupling up. It does mean that when in service the 48xx is permanently coupled to the coach but it's a small price to pay.

Here's some photos showing the improvement.









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If bent wire is good enough for Pendon then it is not to be sneezed at:lol:.

Layout looking great as usual.

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Hello. Wonderful photos, Nick. Reminds me of Chris Nevard's work, especially the colouring/tone of them. The last one, by a small margin, is my favourite.

All the best,

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Since the last post I have had a 3 week holiday in the States and a busy time with work since getting back a couple of weeks ago.

I have an exhibition looming at Cradley Heath on the 19th October and there are a few minor bits and pieces that need attention on the layout beforehand.

The major task I have set myself for the next three weeks though is to get all of the locos weathered, fitted with crew, lamps, fire irons as well as renumbered. I went to Pendon on a weathering masterclass last saturday led by Tim Shackleton who does the weathering DVD's for the Right Track series. I learnt a lot in more ways that one (but that is a different story) and I've made a start. I can't really take photos during the course of doing it but I will show you the results as they get finished.

The first is a very familiar loco on MM my favourite early Bachmann Pannier. Here it is un-weathered on the layout



A lot of people seem to think that all GWR engines were kept clean by their crews. Whislt this may be so to some extent, steam engines operated in filthy environments and would never have been the sparkling examples that we see now on preserved lines. Crews might have run an oily rag over the tank and cab sides but would have been unlikely to do the same on the tank and bolier tops or underframe. Enevitably the dirt would become engrained even in those areas wiped down. I wanted the look of a hard working but reasonably well looked after engine engaged on goods duties.

Here's the result so far. The numbers and the lamp have been added since and need to be toned down a bit still.











In my view it still needs a touch more light brown (brake dust) around the brake hangers and some oily black depsoits around the coupling rod connectors.

Oh and ...Oops I've just noticed that I have forgotten to change the number on the buffer beams :oops:

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After a hectic last four weeks or so getting all the things sorted ready for Much Murkle's (and my own) first exhibition outing at Cradley Heath, it all went extremely well last Saturday. Here's a photo of me in total concentration and Janet giving the full Much Mirth treatment to the photographer.

 

It was great to meet a lot of new people and some who I have come to know on the forums I use.  I thank everyone who has given me encouragement and support to be able to achieve this milestone. I received lots of positive feedback for Much Murkle and three exhibition invites.


Exhibiting for the first time was a huge learning curve for me and Janet.

First off is that 2 hours is loads of time to get the layout out of the car and set up. I was going at it like a bull in a china shop and getting stressed when there was no need.

Second, I need to pack things differently, you take loads of stuff that will only be needed if problems occur, so don't pack this stuff in the same boxes with other bits you do need. I may reduce the height of the backboards which will in turn reduce the size of the layout when it is packed away. 50mm cut off the backboards would reduce the size of the 'coffin' when the boards are bolted together by 100mm in depth, a significant saving in space.

Thirdly I need to do something to stop idiots touching and poking around. The starter signal was broken by some old g*t (Janet saw him do it). He reached right into the layout to point at something and broke the arm off. He knew he'd done it but no apology, he just disappeared. A few other punters were very close to doing the same on other bits. It is one of the hazards of exhibiting I suppose but gory annoying all the same. Thoughts are that I need to have some kind of built in barrier to keep punters at a sensible distance or a strip of clear plastic along the front. Not sure yet what I'll do but I'll have to do something.

I have also found that I've got a good operator in Janet. She started off not wanting to operate at all. Then it was only to run the same thing in and out changing no points or cassettes while I went for a comfort break or short wander. By the end of the day I had her completing some intricate shunting manoeuvres. 
 
Frank Collins (formerly Dukedog here) who organised the exhibition sent this to me and I quote

"Hello it's me again!
I know we never run a best layout in show competition but this is a copy and paste from the clubs Facebook page from our Chairman Garry Hinson (EM finescale modeller)
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Well folks, looking back at the photos from the weekend, and realising what a good show it was. Ok, the rooms were not filled “Pendonesc” layouts modelled perfectible in every way, down to the scratch built station cat, but layouts that worked looked good. So I was trying to single one out as the best of the show, try it its difficult! But after a lot of thought I would go for Nick Wood's Much Murkle. Why, well look at it, RTR stock, peco track, but the whole thing is done so well, the track looks good, because it has been well ballasted and weathered, and the stock has a nice coating of grime. The buildings are correct for the area and modelled superbly.I think this standard is attainable by an average modeller, if care is taken.

So there you have it from a guy who has been exhibiting for 20 odd years and knows a good layout when he sees one!
Cheers Frank
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To say I'm chuffed is an understatement as apart from this I received lots of positive feedback for Much Murkle and three more exhibition invites.

All in all a great day.



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Congratulations Nick.Glad you had a great day and it shows all the effort was worth it.:cheers



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Well done Nick.  Personally, I would go for the barrier option.  I think that the strip of Perspex along the front of the layout tends to be a distraction and doesn't look very nice.  Lots of layouts have an integral barrier fitted to the front.  They are usually those springy door stops fitted to the lower facia, with a length of wooden dowelling protruding from each one.  A round metal eye (as used for net curtains) is screwed into the end of the dowelling and a length of rope is threaded through all of the eyes making an effective barrier.  You can determine how far away you want to keep the great unwashed by making the wooden dowelling a suitable length of your choosing.  Hope this makes sense.

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Well done Nick,
It must feel really great to have had such a successful day for your first outing and the praise for the layout is no more than I would have expected, it is very good and something I aspire to. 
You have every right to feel proud of your achievement and it's good to see your wife Janet enjoying the day too, so many wouldn't.

I'm really pleased for you,
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Thanks guys your comments are appreciated.

Terry - I have seen that method used and it is effective. The circulation space at Cradley Heath was quite restricted and anything projecting in front of the layout would have made it quite tight for the punters so it may not be suitable for every situation. Along with the clear perspex it's under consideration as one of the preferred solutions. 



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Nick, I am blown away yet again by this layout, congratulations!  Those comments from Frank Collins were well deserved.  Exhibiting is fun and it is great to interact with the public, at least the respectful ones. 

I exhibited my exhibition layout "Barnoldswick" at the Great British Train Show (GBTS) in Brampton ON a few years ago.  I was gob smacked to find I had been awarded "Chairman's Choice".  I didn't get "People's Choice" because the punters would rather see trains whizzing around than shunting.

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Not a patch on yours but everything was weathered and tended to blend in.  Peco code 75.  On advice,  I made the backscene tops undulating because it tends to be less distracting than flat tops.   No, it looks nothing like the real Barnoldswick.

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Great to see the latest "happenings" on Much Murkle Woody. :thumbs:thumbs

Also, delighted to hear the layout is still winning the votes it deserves to.  Congratulations. :cheers:cheers

The not-over-the-top weathering on that pannier makes a huge difference, I particularly like the shading behind the handrail on the boiler sides.



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Congrats Nick and Janet on having a deserved success at the show.
Lovely railway you have created.

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Hi Nick

I have already posted my congrats in the "other place" ......but there is no harm in repeating them here, particularly when they are so well deserved :thumbs....the letter from Frank said it all

You must be thrilled to have received those invitations.......you will be sold out for 2014 soon! As I said elsewhere I am very impressed at your ability to delegate and train Janet as an operator.......I could do with a few tips......I showed Doreen your thread and as a result she showed offered to weather some locos......of course the implication (which happens to be correct:mrgreen:) was that your Pannier was so much better than mine!

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pnwood wrote: Thanks guys your comments are appreciated.

Terry - I have seen that method used and it is effective. The circulation space at Cradley Heath was quite restricted and anything projecting in front of the layout would have made it quite tight for the punters so it may not be suitable for every situation. Along with the clear perspex it's under consideration as one of the preferred solutions. 


Nick, the answer is simple.  When you give your layout measurements to exhibition organisers, include the barrier in the overall width.  The onus is now on the exhibition organiser to allocate you a space in which your layout+barrier will comfortably fit.  Don't accept any invitation where adequate space cannot be guaranteed and refuse to exhibit it without the barrier.  Exhibition managers are desperate to get new layouts.  With your excellent layout you won't have any trouble in getting invites to shows, even if you have to decline the odd one or two in order to protect your layout.

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Thank you all

John, take Doreen upon the offer. It's great when the lady in your life takes an interest and they can do a fine job :thumbs

Terry, I realise what you are saying and you are of course right. I'm learning a lot pretty quickly.

I completed the detailing and weathering on virtually all of my loco fleet before the exhibition. The layout is still packed away where I left it in the garage and I haven't had the time or opportunity to re-erect it yet. When I do I'll take some photos.



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