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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2015 10:10 am
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Thanks for the nice feedback fellas, it sure makes everything worthwhile. :)

Marty, I can hardly believe it was actually 6 years ago (when we were both working on our respective dioramas as a test for our skillbase) - wow, time certainly flies!    I can't remember why it took me 3 years from then to actually start constructing the layout but I know it was a lot to do with trying to come up with the "perfect" layout plus life's other interruptions!!!    Of course in the meantime my eyesight has got worse so I'm really cracking on with it particularly as I'll be 80 in April - but still feel only 17 and have the energy and enthusiasm to go with it, long may it last!!!!!  :cool:

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Had an awful bout of Flu since my last posting but managed to do some modelling now and again and here's some photos of my Quarry Office Building from drawing to completion.    I usually design my own buildings but I found a picture of an actual Dartmoor one which really impressed me and the last photo shows my model held up to the real one pictured on my PC.

























I've still got the drainpipes etc to do, and incidentally I don't use Scalescenes or other brick papers as I like to download them from CG Textures etc and reduce them to the correct size plus you'll notice I use quite thin card (.5mm) and then back it up with thicker card and/or my window material which makes for a strong structure.

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Looks brilliant Ken :thumbs

(and I had to pinch myself to remember how small it is, N Gauge)


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Here's my latest progress report: I wanted to complete the street scene above the fiddle yard at Barton Tracey Station as it's the most awkward part to get at.   As it's a straight edged liftoff section I thought I would make the low relief buildings on a curve to make it more interesting, however never having made any low relief ones before I didn't realise what a difficult task I had set myself with the curving!   It's actually taken me over a month - of course scratchbuilding always takes much longer - and the roof angles really took some time, anyway, here's some photos of work in progress:-



















As I had a garage I had to have some petrol pumps so made these out of bits of shaped wood, beads and wire and only 15mm high!   I also wanted displays of fruit and bakery products in the shop windows so scaled down some pictures - to about 10mm wide!  Close ups show them up a bit cruelly but they look fine at normal viewing positions - bear in mind it is in N scale!!!!!








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As I said before, it is work in progress so here's the overall area in it's rough state.   I will be painting extra buildings, trees, road continuence etc behind this strip of houses and adding various other things in the foreground side of the road including a small car park for the upper station building on the right.


Continuing the village street scene above the fiddle yard, I decided to add a small timber yard to fill in the left hand corner and here's the main building (the first two pictures are a bit blurred but they do show the scribed planking and the overall shape:-





I also slightly cut into the card to make it easier to curve the roof:-







I decided to weather it as I went along - including the inside - and I cut up over a 120 small pieces of card to form the timber strips and boards and then glued them individually into place; to make less work you'll see they are only half lengths but when all are in position it gives the proper impression:-









Last 2 show the position where it will be placed:-







I've another small building or two to be added followed by the scenic work; hopefully I will finish this shortly so that I can get on with the main areas.

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More buildings etc.




The buildings immediately above lift off to reveal a screw (enabling me to hold this and lift off this section to get to the fiddle yard below) and have a hole underneath them to facilitate this - see 1st picture of these - and you'll see the screw in the following one:-






Lastly here's my added "village" backscene to go behind the main street, first without the buildings then with:-










And finally with all the buildings roughly in position:-




I now only have to add the grass and other surfaces plus the platform surface etc.

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I've now completed this upper area above the fiddle yard apart from adding some people and vehicles (I want a Lorry in the Timber Yard and a car or two in the station car park etc) when I get them!    Here's a few more pictures:-










The next ones show the fiddle yard with the two removeable sections lifted off and then in place (it's going to be "fun" doing blind coupling and uncoupling etc., but I'll worry about that later!!!) then an overall view of the area.













Obviously a lot more ground work to do in front of this area but I'll leave this for a while as I'm now going to concentrate on the opposite end of the layout (which is a lot easier to get at!).

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"and I cut up over a 120 small pieces of card to form the timber strips and boards and then glued them individually into place; to make less work you'll see they are only half lengths but when all are in position it gives the proper impression:-


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You must have the patience of a saint, Ken :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs


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I had originally planned to have a small village on the left corner opposite the station but it just didn't seem to fit in naturally so after a few weeks of mulling it over and experimentation I decided to site the Quarry Building there and add a field behind it.   This building was originally going in front of the Quarry trestle but I thought it conflicted and blocked the overall scene - see following picture (in which the various buildings have only been loosely placed before fixing):-




Since then I have been concentrating on this whole station area and I have progressed well beyond the pictures shown below:-










Incidentally, a strange thing happens when taking photos from some (sideways) angles, i.e., the backscene goes all out of proportion - I've managed to cut most of this out here - but not much I can do about it I guess. 

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Ken,its been a while since I looked in on Coombe Hinton,and I have to say I'm amazed at how things have come on for you.I absolutely love these bespoke buildings that you're producing,particularly your low-relief set of buidings and the ingenious timber stores.Fabulous!
  Its a pity Combe Hinton is a fixed layout,because it's certainly of a "show" quality.At least us lot can appreciate it on here.Well done mate,you should be really proud of what you've achieved.

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I like your backscene, what type of paints did you use?



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Thank you for such encouraging comments John - it sure makes it all worthwhile!   I'll add a few more photos shortly which I hope you'll find interesting.


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Andy, I used acrylics but with lots of water thus treating it virtually as water colour.


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I've been doing quite a lot of grass "sowing" etc since my last post (which I'll add photos of shortly) but for a bit of light relief - that's a laugh! - I thought I'd make up a ruined barn which I've been wanting to do for a long time and I made it in Balsa instead of my favourite card due to it's thick walls.   It's taken me over a week as it's the most fiddly building I've ever attempted, anyway here's all the 'warts and all' pictures:-










The following bit took some courage, i.e., taking out a chunk with my small pliars!































It will be positioned on an uneven hillside hence the sloping base sides and it will have weeds etc growing from the top broken wall plus the usual ivy and bushes around and partly inside it.   I must say I'm really looking forward to doing this!

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I like it Ken, I fine example of modelling a run down building. Nice one, looking forward to how things progress.






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As I've said before Ken, the barn is a masterpiece in miniature.
Where did the roof ... stone is it... come from? I notice that you haven't overlapped the rows but they look really good. Did you scribe between the rows to get them looking so good?

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Am pleased you like it Barney and thanks again Marty, you're always in my corner!  :)


 


I can't remember where I got the roof picture from but almost definitely either CG Textures or Mayang's Free Texture Library.   It's a typical Cotswold's type of stone roof with large slabs at eves level then reducing as the height increases - ideal for Devon or Wales too!  :cool:   I didn't do any scribing as it's so realistic.


 


I've tried to add a sample here but it won't load so if you send me a PM with you email address I'll get it sent immediately (when you see it close up it's amazing!).


 


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I may never have to layer rows of tiles again!  :lol:

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John, here's an update photo; I want to try and get the unfinished scenic areas greened up first i.e., the brown earth bits beyond the engine shed you'll see in the following photo, plus get the quayside warehouses built!   Incidentally my ruined barn will be going on the far right hand hillock where it's kind of marooned between the tracks as a result of the GWR compulsory purchasing the land back in the old days!



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Ken,
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