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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 04:38 am
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Impressive progress and your roundhause looks great!

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Hi Gents,

Well work slowly continues painting the rock face down at Helmsbridge, I've completed the painting on the North Fangore side, now the newly covered plaster has dried on the suspension bridge center section & South Fangore side it was time to give this a covering of acrylic paint.

I used the same paint technique as before but altered the water / paint ratio mix, this has given a slightly lighter tone which I'm more happier with.

Also found a way of speeding up the drying time as I noticed when using this method the plaster had a tendency to soften again, so by borrowing the wife's hair dryer it stops this & means you can get back to work in that area a lot quicker.

I'm still testing where the scenery goes, so I've not glued anything in place yet, once happy I just go around placing PVA glue spots & place the scenic green back in place. I actually like doing this bit of the job, it just takes time finding what I'm happy with as I just keep moving things.

So here are a few photo's.


The freshly painted South Fangore rock face, I really like the tones in this side.


Testing some green scenery trying to soften the bare rock face.


The completed painted rock face over on the North Fangore side, lichen will cover the rest.


View over the canal bridge, beats the white cliffs that have been there for ages.


General overview looking towards North Fangore.


General overview looking towards South Fangore.

Once the green scenery has been glued I just need to complete the two rear section & have Helmsbridge completed as far as the first fix goes, later I'll come back & start the real interesting stuff by adding little cameo scenes, a barge, people, some other daft ideas I'll get....LOL

Thanks for looking, catch you all later.
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Hi Gents,

Well here's another blast from the past, work slowly continues on Wordsworth I've completed some more scenic work around the Helmsbridge area.


Road leading to the canal side warehouse.


I've modified a canal barge by adding some of my own designs, barge is called the "Wordsworth Rose"


Here is a closer inspection of the Wordsworth Rose, completed with new canopy.


A new interior for my next generation signal box which replaces an older version at Wordsworth Junction.


I've added some LED lights into this version, should look really good on the layout.


Here how the new completed signal box looks.


The signal box has 360 vision as it controls points on both sides.


Bus shelters have started to appear on the layout, here is one of my open shelters at North Fangore.


A gentleman outside toilet block has been constructed for the platforms.


The first one gets installed on the platforms at North fangore.


Work has started on the replacement single road engine shed for Wordsworth.

This is the water tank section taking shape, it will have a detailed interior which the old one doesn't, this one has real windows which the old one doesn't. This version will also have working LED lights, the whole area should look pretty nice once powered up.

I know it's not a great deal of progress, but I seem to be sharing all my spare time between two layouts, a web site, kit designing, YouTube Channel & forum browsing. Add into the mix, sleeping, eating & work....well just not enough hours in the day...LOL.

Catch you all later,
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Hi Mike...:doublethumb its a cracker...well done ,keep it going with the pics..:pathead

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Great work Mike with some lovely little cameos. The new loco shed is also looking good and should be very impressive when finished.



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Hi Mike.great work as usual.love the back gardens and the water wheel.



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Plenty of interesting scenes there, like the signal box interior too!

Nice work.



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Hi Gents,

Many thanks to all for the very kind comments, they help keep one focused & on track.

A little more work has taken place on the replacement engine shed, The inner & outer left side wall have been completed, it just now needs the glazing frames making so they can be installed.

The rear wall of the shed has been made along with the front apex section. Three interior roof trusses have been made & I've tried to add more detail.

Front doors for the shed have been made & look pretty good with the arched tops.

A dry test fitting of all the parts today were made, took some photo's which now gives a better impression of the look I'm after.

So here we see the shed as completed so far.


The general feel for this shed is coming along very nicely.


A new arched door design changes the look.


Looking forward from the rear wall.


Back down at ground level.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this on the layout, once I get the LED's fitted inside I think it will look quite stunning, plus the new signal box which just sits in front of this shed with it's internal LEDs should just add a very nice glow to the layout, this is something Wordsworth doesn't have working just yet.

So until next time just keep having fun,
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Hi Mike
I've just had an enjoyable read through your thread and it is something you can be proud of, I particularly like your water wheel that you made earlier. I also like the fact that you are improving your kits to get them even better and I look forward to seeing how things progress.
Keep up the great work.
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I too have just spent a pleasant Sunday morning reading through the layout story. I can see the constant improvements that you are achieving as you go along. The cliff faces have come out very well indeed and I do like the flower clumps.

Keep it coming, i really enjoyed reading about it.

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Hi Gents,

Well I've not been into the loft for months now, just too many things taking up my time at present.

After that said today I did make some me time, as you are aware I've been building a replacement single road engine shed, all I had too do was complete the rear walls & then I could start construction of the basic shell.

With this wall section now completed I glued together the lower structure, whilst this was drying I made a start cutting out the roof section & extractor vents.

Some buttress wall supports were made to go under the tank section & everything was finally glued in place. All I need to complete the build is add some LED lights & some inner buttress coverings which will help hide the wires.

So here's a few pictures of the newly completed engine shed, looks 100% better than the old one being replaced.


Lower shell, water tank & roof freshly glued in place.


Added the buttress supports under the water tank section & roof vents.


Glued the doors in place using some homemade paper hinges so the doors can move.


A little piece of test track & Harry for visual testing.

All I need now are those LED's installed & I can get this onto the layout, wire this & the new signal box which sits adjacent to the shed & I should have the first working lights installed on Wordsworth, this then may give me the push to complete the others lights I've installed but not wired up.

Well I know it's been a while but I hope you enjoy these few pictures.

Catch you later,
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Another great piece of modelling Mike. :thumbs



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G`day Mike,                 
I have been a follower of your railway buildings for quite some time now, and I must say that as each new one emerges the standard improves. I think you are doing an amazing job and inspiring others to get on and have a go as well.

Well done Sir!!!

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Yes indeed. From the forum point of view the important part of this type of posting is that less confidant members can see the steady improvement as work progresses. Great stuff Mike.



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Hi Gents,

Well it's been a little while & things did slow down for a bit of time as I needed to rethink the direction Wordsworth was going. I've finally sorted out my issues & the layout will survive in it's present form, therefore work can continue.

Well the new single road engine shed is on the layout, still no working lights in it yet, but Wordsworth has finally got some form of lighting now. I manged to run a 12v bus & 5v bus wire around the layout & now I have two signal boxes working, one double road engine shed & the yard lights around the double road shed, what a difference it all makes.

I've also started work again on South Fangore town scene, the roads I normally paint with emulsion but this time I've opted for a Wordsworth Road System.....Yes another kit form which I've designed, comes complete with junctions & roundabouts, OK may not be the correct way way forward but it suites my needs right now & it's help me move forward rather quickly.

I've also update the backscene in this area using several of my own designs, just need to stick it in place as I've mounted it on some 2mm grey card. Still lots of work to be done & because it's in an awkward area I've designed it on card sections that can be work upon whilst sat at my bench & as I complete they just slot together in place on the layout like a big jigsaw.

I've been busy today using sponge foam for a hedge that goes round the beer garden at the Pompous Ass pub, I can hear all the laughter right now, but it's a system I've used before & it works.......Well it has in the past, will find out tomorrow once the PVA has dried.

OK time for the usual pictures, they always say more than what I can in words.


Heres the new engine shed, looks so much better than my original work.


A replacement signal box, this has working LED's & interior.


Now we have the double road shed & yard lights, closed the loft blinds so we can see the lights working.


The new road system I've designed, here I'm working in the kitchen on the first section for South Fangore.


Now I'm testing the first road section with the first scenic section in place on the layout.


The second road section gets done & now I test out the second & third scenic sections I'm working on.


The new backscene is put in place just to help give me a visual view.


I've got the second scenic section on my work bench, here I'm working on my sponge hedge.


This section is on the first scenic section, the hedge here is complete, this was just some pink sponge I used.


Back on my workbench I continue working adding scenery, here is Rose cottage adjacent to the Pompous Ass pub.


I've used Woodland scenic grass scatter & some Gaugemaster laser cut flowers.

Well I think I bored you all enough & time to sit down & have a good old cuppa. Hope you enjoy & I'll post again soon.

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Wow :doublethumb 

You've made tremendous progress in the last few weeks Mike and it's really starting to come together now. I particularly like the sponge hedges and the 'horticultural' work around Rose Cottage.

Keep up the good work.



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that hedge, its brilliant:doublethumbreally gives me ideas for an entrance to a park on my station extension broad.  just wonder if I will have room :hmm



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Hi Gents,

Hard too believe but yet another update, anyone would think it's christmas....:lol:

So the hedge has been completed, always like to give the PVA a full 24hrs before moving it again, I was going to leave it just with the Woodland scenic scatter but decided to add some Heki Flori giving the hedge a more overgrown appearance.

I add four picnic tables to the beer garden & now just need people to complete the look.

To keep this section safe I've placed in onto the layout for now, section 3 could now be worked upon on my work bench. I started with a low relief section of my church kit, added some Hornby stone wall & then put in some of my own design headstones & crypts. Completing the look I used my homemade static grass applicator with some 6mm static grass.

Next I updated the shop fronts on my terrace row as the old ones were a little out dated now, the new fronts were glued onto some 2mm grey card & the fixed onto the terrace row over the old shops.

Also added some shop window canopies to two of the shops, I can remember these being quite common along with bill boards outside the shops on the footpaths.

Decided to enclose the rear gardens with some wooden effect panels as I've not used these much. Still have a fair to to go before this section is complete but I'm getting there.

Now a few more pictures.


The hedge fixed in place just with a mixture of Woodland scatter.


Then finished the look by adding Heki Flori.


Safe back on the layout for now.


The Pay & Display meter is added which comes in the road system I designed.


So onto scenic section 3, the overgrown cemetery.


The static grass completes the look nicely.


The wooden fence panels behind the shop fronts.


The new shop fronts freshen up the old terraced row.


Decided to go with a different type of bus shelter at South Fangore.

Well another weekend draws to a close so that could be it for now, don't normally do any work through the week on the layout as I'm never sure when I'll get home from work.

Hope you find something of interest within these updates.

Catch you all later,
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Hi Gents,

Well work slowly continues here at Wordsworth, I've opted to do some changes down at South Fangore Station, this had a very large overall roof covering which just blocked off too much view so I was missing out on the trains arriving & departing.

With a little bit of a rethink what was required & what I now needed I set about designing South Fangore version 2. First too go was that large overall roof, I'll opt for smaller platform canopies, a small wall between the houses & the platform should now open the station up for viewing.

The main station buildings also receive a make over, the brick paper from my laser printer made the building too pink in colour, so I've switched back to my inkjet & matt photo paper, the same brick now prints at the correct colour which is a very nice red/brown.

So work starts with the main station fascia which has two towers, one left & right of the entrance/exit. Behind this fascia will be the two main station buildings which will house the waiting rooms, station master, postroom, etc, etc.

I've also built a ticket booth which sits right at the main entrance.

Work is slow but the building is taking shape nicely. I've opted for no interiors as I couldn't see the sense as you'll never see it, so I've opted for paper windows which gives the building a nice look in normal daylight. To enhance the appearance I've fitted LED's into the two main towers, this means when the light level is lowered I can switch on the internal LEDS which shine through the paper windows giving a very nice gentle glow.

The effect is really good, I'll get some photo's later once the full building is complete.

The two main buildings are being constructed with the same method as the two towers, once I add platform lights South Fangore will become the best Station on Wordsworth.

So it's that time I show my efforts in photo form.


Here's the new station fascia as viewed from the road.


This is how it will be viewed from the platforms.


The ticket booth is made & then I start work on the two inner buildings.


Starting with the right hand building the doors, windows & flat roof as added (Not happy with this flat roof so opt 2 needed)


So a nice low pitched roof was designed which takes a fair bit of trial & effort.........Oh & loads of colourful language.


The right building nears completion, only need the door & window lintels plus window sills & then last the station signs.

Once I have this section complete I can then move onto the platforms and design some new canopies. Then I need a new footbridge from platform 1 to platform 2.

I think the footbridge will be the one in the Wordsworth kit range but with a new design livery & working LED's.

Who ever said a layout is never finished is correct, just when you think you are happy you spot another area on the layout which then starts bugging you.......LOL

It does help keep the layout looking fresh I suppose.

Hope you enjoy the pictures & I'll catch you all later.
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Spent a very enjoyable time reading about and viewing your railway Mike.
I love the busy look and variety of scene,s.
Your buildings are excellent and laid out to make a great overall town scene.

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