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 Posted: Fri Sep 20th, 2013 05:55 am
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I can't believe how NEATLY you seem to work...

That's the exact same thing I noticed!!

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Nice little hillside coming along there Ken, as you know I use the "J's" dishcloths, cut into strips to do a similar thing... Both methods make a light but strong shell.

The narrow gauge line from the mine is going to be terrific, you are using the mine building from your original diorama I believe?

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Trevor and Mike, yes I am a tidy worker but it still gets a bit messy sometimes! ;-)

Trevor, not only have I not worked to a timetable, I actually haven't operated any trains at all!!!!!    Well, that's apart from the original testing stage which you will perhaps remember my mentioning that every point and section was 100% ok when I just ran various locos over same.    Since then I've disconnected the controller as it tends to get in the way when I'm landscaping etc  :shock: - I know that most people love running their trains but to me it's secondary to the scenic work - but it means I have that to look forward to! :cool:

Thanks, Marty. Yes I was going to use the J cloths as per your method but in trying the plastercloth it kind of put me off so I reverted to my original way of doing it.    You're right, it is my intention to use the original mine building but I might just redo it as I can see where I can make some improvements - ain't it always the case! :roll:
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Have worked on the hills a bit more and added another one near to the hidden fiddle yard; see pictures below:-



Hill colour came out a bit pale as it dried:-



So I decided to give it a coat of typical Devon earth colour:-


 
I've now got to tone it down a bit and go all over it with different colours here and there to bring out the fissures and outcrops before grassing it etc.     Funnily enough although I'm an artist I've been a bit chary of starting on this :roll: so I've been scratchbuilding the goods shed, signal box and the Barton Tracey station shelter in the meantime and I'll post some pictures shortly.   I intend making all my buildings in this manner but it's amazing how much time it takes, however I really enjoy this best of all.

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Coming on nicely Ken.
I am with you on this railway lark.
The build is the main interest.
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Depending on how much earth you want to leave exposed I find that once the scatter, grass, shrubs and trees are applied I can't see the original ground colour much.

You might be able to save yourself some time by doing a ground cover test somewhere less visible.

Just a thought.

Coming along nicely.

Bravo on protecting your trackwork, I really must try to do that.

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As a break from cliff making I've been designing and scratchbuilding my Goods Shed and Signal Box:-

I've now completed the Goods Shed (the shed and the office have yet to be joined together and the doors to be fixed open: this will be completed when positioned on the layout) and the Signal Box.   The latter - which again is my own design - was very fiddly being so small (I've added a pencil to show the sizes of both buildings) and the last stage was gutters and drainpipes - even more fiddly!   I'm going to leave them white (matches the window frames etc!) although I know they should be the GWR beige colour as painting these would be ultra fiddly!!!   Plus I'm 78 now so I must make it a bit easier on myself as fingers and eyes ain't what they used to be!     Anyway, here's some pictures:-









































They actually look a lot better in the flesh as close-up pictures show up all sorts of things the eyes don't normally see, anyway that's my excuse!

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Hello Ken, a couple of fine examples of your designing and craftmanship in the goods shed and signal box. I'd be over the moon if I could produce items of that quality. Gets my good show vote Ken! 



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G'day Ken,

I have to say that you have a rather large pencil...! ;-);-) 

Great work on those tiny models. These models you and other N-gaugers build are truly N-spiring. I'm just glad it's you and not me !

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I've been following your progress for a while now Ken without actually making any comments. However, it's really starting to all come together nicely now and those scratch built structures are first class. Excellent work.



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Thanks fellas, it's always nice to get some feedback - particularly when it's positive! ;-)    I'm sure we all find that when we are working on something we are so close to it that it becomes hard to view the completed model with true critical eyes, therefore the comments of our fellow modellers are always very helpful.  

I think I've mentioned before that holding the model in front of a mirror is a good way of seeing it in a different light as any shortcomings usually stick out like a sore thumb!   I've always used this method with my paintings and it's amazing how things look from a different perspective.

I've just started scratchbuilding my weighbridge, now this is really small: 20mm x 12mm!!!   What fun eh? :lol:

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Excellent builds Ken,
I would say adding point rodding will be a heck of a challange in the scale you are working with.

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I mentioned I'd just started on a weighbridge so here's some pictures plus some of a signal box for my other smaller station and a cattle dock:-






I'm quite pleased with the actual weighbridge surface shown in the next one as it's just a piece of textured card into which I impressed the grooves etc:-
















I started out with the idea of making the cattle dock out of wood veneers but with such thin pieces there was no strength to the rails so I did the posts and rails with old credit cards; very strong and they have different thicknesses!:-

























Have yet to paint it of course!   Incidentally, it's based on the one at Grossmont in North Yorks.

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Lovely buildings Ken and I like the old credit card trick... Have to look into that. What glue did you use?

Nice balsa cattle dock ramp too. Once painted it will look the part very well.

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A fine example of a weigh bridge there Ken. I like the cattle dock, I've made the base of one (out of card). I've been wracking the brains, thinking what I can use for the posts and rails. (I wonder if SWMBO will miss her card :twisted: ). I tried using card but that's not strong enough at that thickness.

 

 



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Ken wrote:

I started out with the idea of making the cattle dock out of wood veneers but with such thin pieces there was no strength to the rails so I did the posts and rails with old credit cards; very strong and they have different thicknesses!:-




Hi Ken,
That idea is brilliant!!!  In fact it will be used in Hints and Tips if that is OK!!! Glad to see you are steady at it!
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Hi Ken...great work on those scratchbuilds   :doublethumb

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Thanks for the encouraging comments fellas.

Marty, I first tried Humbrol plastic glue but it wouldn't stick the c/c rails to the posts!   I settled on Superglue but even that didn't always adhere well at first, however it eventually did the trick and I also used it for sticking the rails to the wood base.

Incidentally Trevor I actually used some 1.5mm square plastic strip for most of the posts plus thicker credit card for the doubled up posts on the sloping section - I forgot to mention this. :roll:    Please feel free to use this for your Hints and Tips.

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Ken,
    Marvelous buildings and structures you're producing!!! I particularly like the goods shed and cattle dock.Its going to all add up to one stonker of a layout........so much better to make your own than go down the Metcalfe route and have a really unique feel to your layout.Good for you ,pal!!!
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georgejacksongenius wrote: ...........so much better to make your own than go down the Metcalfe route and have a really unique feel to your layout...............
Thanks for your nice comments John and re Metcalfe, that is my thinking too.   Of course I can well understand that many people utilise their kits as it saves them a lot of time and trouble, but for me it has to be something original and I get a lot of satisfaction out of designing and making these tiny N scale buildings etc.    Wish my eyesight was better though! :sad:

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