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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 07:48 pm
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Hi guys, a very overdue update but at least some progress to report.

The photo below shows my attempt at a very condensed version of the allotment behind Brid South box (made by Sean from the Hessle MRG) and the fields behind. Unfortunately the signal box staff have already ate much of the spring and early summer crop!!

There is of course much more detail to be added to this scene eventually, such as a few cattle in one field and maybe sheep in the other. Perhaps more vegetation and a small footbridge crossing the Gypsey Race (locally known as 'the Beck) leading to the gate in the fence opposite the box leading to the original railway cottages.

This local stream was made using Deluxe Materials 'scenic water', and may also need a few ripples adding though it was quite slow running and after all it is summer in the late 50's when of course there was never as much rain as we get now - mmm!!?

As for railway features, I need to add the point rodding and signal pulleys at the front of the box (and the rest of the layout!) and more groundwork will be required around the base of the box and it's steps.

The fencing in this area was made from thin material stripped from a wicker gift basket and proved ready made for the job - just cut to lengths (including the posts) assemble in sections, fit to ground and paint. All shrubs and small trees were made from natural garden materials with some added scatter and paint. The field groundwork is carpet (felt underlay side up) packed underneath for relief, painted and a small amount of static grass with muddy bare patches made by farm animals!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 07:59 pm
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Very well done, Merv.



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That muddy track makes things come to life Merv.  It's amazing how the little things like that make all the difference.

Is the stream resin ?



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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2013 01:15 pm
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Thanks for the comments guys.

Peter I used Deluxe Materials 'scenic water' which is a re-meltable single part gel-like material - it dries clear therefore important to prepare/colour the bed first .

However it sets flat and I'm finding it difficult to assimilate a slight ripple even when using a hairdryer to remelt. Various tools/brushes used to disturb the surface have not as yet proved effective.

I will of course persevere and hope to find a solution eventually.
If anybody else reading this has used the same product with more success than me I would be grateful for any tips.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 3rd, 2013 09:07 am
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A couple of pics to show my latest progress making ripples. This time I used a different (hotter) hairdryer with nozzle, which in itself did not create the ripples but provided a better re-melt. After switching the heat source off, I then used an old small flat brush (with only a few bristles left) to disturb the surface in a random fashion and because the material is still semi molten, any drag marks disappear to leave a smooth surface. I would have preferred a more numerous smaller rippled effect but for now this will suffice.

Note the tree was placed there for effect - the base/roots will of course need to be set in properly eventually.




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Looking good Merv.

How,s the weather up there ?



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I think the ripples look really good, just the right look for a stream over stones. Open water would tend to have smaller ripples as the wind creates those.

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That looks great! Makes me want to get the fishing rod out....



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Thanks for the comments guys.

I take your point about the ripples Simon - I'll leave them as they are.

Ted - whilst a lot of East Yorkshire Chalk streams/rivers are known to have Brown Trout, unfortunately I think the most you'd get from the Gypsey Race would be Sticklebacks! Unless anybody knows different but don't let that put you off having a try - by the way Ted I've abolished the need for a fishing license on my stretch!!

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That high gloss finish makes it very difficult to photograph Merv but I think you've done a great job. :thumbs

Judging from the clarity of the water, I'd expect salmon rather than sticklebacks ..............:roll::roll:  The stream bed looks good with the reeds and gravelly bottom.  How did you get the reeds to "bend" with the flow ?



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Peter you're quite right - in reality the water would be a little murkier especially the deeper parts. However, with artistic licence and a possible hot dry summer they had in the late 1950's, I'm assuming the water level was lower, slower and therefore clearer.

The reeds, well actually weeds, are some lichen secured when I sealed the bed. I fanned the strands out but I think the imitation of flowing with the water is part optical illusion, but really it's (as they say) eye candy!

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Ah yes, those long, hot summers of the fifties Merv - I remember them well. :roll:

I'd go with the weeds following the water flow - that's what it looks like from France and that's what they'd do (provided they were long enough ...;-))



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There's plenty of long weeds in English streams - here's a couple of example pics I was trying to emulate. The first one is actually the Gypsey Race but further upstream and the second is in the midlands.

Au revoir Pierre




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G'day Merv,

I have just come across your thread and had a quick read and look at your pics. I will be going back for a more detailed read later. I'm impressed with what you have achieved, a very nice layout. Looking foward to more of the same excellent work.

Cheers, Gary.



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Just a small update to show latest progress - a couple of shots of a pair of lineside cottages originally used in the early 1900's for gatekeepers before the south level crossing became Bessingby Road bridge.

This is my first attempt at scratch building apart from the bridges and found the roof and chimney stacks particularly challenging.
I have no plans so it was down to brick counting and estimating from pictures - I had to compromise on the width a little to 'shoehorn' it into this corner of the layout. I did enjoy making the gardens - it's surprising how inventive one can be when using scraps and bits from a real garden!

The second shot shows the building in context with the scene taken from the ash pits outside the shed. This also shows my first attempt at painting a back scene partly from old photos, memory and a good helping of artistic licence - Ok let's forget the 'artistic' but I wanted just an impression of the scene knowing I was not likely to get anything printed.

Next up is fitting point rodding and signal pulleys as well as finishing off the groundwork around the bases of the cottages and signal box.






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It,s coming together very well Merv.



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Merv,


The scratchbuilt cottages look fabulous and are right at home there with the signal box in the background. Your attention to details in the fields and gardens beds everything in naturally. A great job and I'm looking forward to seeing more.


Painting back scenes is a lot of fun and your first pass is commendable, do plan to do some more?.


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Thanks for the encouraging comments guys - yes Marty I plan to do backscenes behind the station areas.

This will include 'impressions' of such key buildings as the town hall, gasworks, a church spire and in the distance the old town priory.

Here's a pic of the cottage rear garden - that reminds me I must get that grass cut!


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that's smashing Merv! Love the way the grass is overgrown behind the flower beds under the shrubbery.

Living in Australia, and a dry Western Australia at that I have difficulty getting my head around how fast the greenery grows over there and how it will take over given the chance. Everything here is just struggling to survive and there is much more earth/ground visible.

I use photographs to help with my modelling but it just feels intrinsically alien to me... you've done a great job to make it believable.

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Like the cottages and the gardens, fantastic bit of scratch building. I also like the ground shot looking toward the cottages and your back scene. Keep up the good work Merv.



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