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 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2017 10:54 am
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Well deserved Picture of the Week. :)

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I'll second that emotion. Well done Ken :thumbs

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Superb shot of the layout Ken, well done indeed. Keep up the good work.



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Lovely modelling Ken and a deserved header.
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Hi Ken Picture of the week Well deserved Keep up great modelling Well done

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"Picture of the week", well that's a real surprise and I thank you for that Alan and everyone else who has commented on this.

 

I've had a very busy few months and haven't done much modelling since doing the ruined barn, however I'm back into it now so more to follow in due course.  But just before that I made up and weathered a coaling stage for the engine shed area plus coal staithes and office in the goods yard - note the merchant's name on the latter (which for a laugh I just had to utilise) and I'm sure plenty of you will remember what the initial N stands for?


Incidentally, the surface of the goods yard hasn't been done yet (and the coal office is not actually leaning to the right, it's just the angle of the photo!).

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Yup... well deserved header photo. It shows the level of perseverance and attention to detail required for a decent sized N gauge layout. Bravo.
I like the look of those painted rails... something I'm yet to get around to on NE.

Nice coal yard too.


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Ken wrote: 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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Thanks Marty and Kevin and a couple of things I forgot to mention:-

Loco Depot: the Water Tank and Crane were of course from a Ratio kit but the raised staging/steps etc were scratchbuilt from Balsa plus I used real coal.

Coal Staithes: this was also scratchbuilt but from card - see photo below - (upon reflection wish I'd used Balsa instead as it kept delaminating)
Anyway, I was very pleased with the way it turned out.

Kevin, that comment paragraph you referred to was done 2 years ago so I'll be 82 in April and still playing tennis and cycling etc despite having various health problems!!!   I'm very fortunate as I still have very high energy levels and the enthusiasm to go with it, mind you my eyesight and my memory are getting gradually worse - oh well.................


 


I've started grassing up the far hillocks and am just about to place the ruined barn in position so pictures will follow shortly.


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As usual I'm amazed that it's a few months since I posted any updates, however I have worked on the layout in between doing all my other hobbies and jobs around the house etc., however I'm going to really try and crack on with this now as I'm taking far too much time doing all these other things!   (why does time seem to go faster as one gets older?). 

So, here's a few pictures, the first showing that I've completed grassing the remaing fields and hills etc (Incidentally, they are not dead sheep in the Quarry office car park, just some that need gluing back on the adjacent field!) :lol::-



 Next three show the ruined barn in position (I really enjoyed doing this):-

 

 



 


Of course I've now got to add the vegetation, trees and all the usual stuff around the station area etc and this will be followed by the various Quayside buildings, the main ones of which I am working on at the moment so more pictures very shortly.

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Well Done Mate... and when you do actually get around to running trains, you will have plenty of vignette scenes to get some great modeller photos!  Love the building in ruins and can hardly wait to see the vegetation!
Regards from Oz

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The ruined barn is a masterpiece...I particularly like the way you've modelled a rough path around it..it looks so "right"!Can't wait to see your next set of pictures.

Cheers,John.B. :thumbs

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Thanks for the PM Ken

I was always impressed with the ruined barn but now that its in situ it looks fantastic.....I have to keep reminding myself that you do all this at 2mm to the foot. I do admire your patience.

Its a long time since I was last in Devonshire but to my mind you have captured perfectly the rich red soil!

Looking forward to the Quayside buildings

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Thank you all and am pleased you like the results.    I mentioned I was working on desiging and building the Quayside Warehouses so here's the results so far (1st drawing is not too clear!):-

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

More to follow shortly.   Obviously the roofs are only placed in position before gluing down and the roof tiles have yet to be added.   The buildingline at the back is staggered to reflect the track curve behind plus I think it looks more interesting than it all being straight.   (Incidentally the overall length of all five buildings is only 215mm.    As I've said before, I love making buildings and I've been looking forward to this one even more than I did the barn!)

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Hello Ken,
This is going to be another superb model... is the stone wall actually textured or is is printed?  You should make it available for down load!!

I look forward to seeing it finished!

Cheers

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Thank you Trevor; the stone wall is printed, not textured.  It's actually the same one I used for the ruined barn but I changed the colour slightly.   I think I downloaded it from CG Textures along with all sorts of others a few years ago.


Here's some more pictures showing it's position etc.,  but none have been fixed down yet:-

 








 
Where the track disappears behind the buildings is where it will be extended to come back as a loop (you'll remember you did the wiring diagram for me a while ago?).

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I've now completed the Quayside Warehouse buildings and it's taken a lot of time particularly the cranes/hoists which are very tiny (made from old credit card plastic etc - don't ask how I did the pulley wheel! - and the chain from an old watch).   Anyway, here's some pictures - first one is a bit bright:-

 



 

 



 



 

 



Now I have to fix it in position - with a small area of scenic work immediately behind - and incidentally I didn't put any windows at the back of the buildings as it's only a couple of inches away from the backscene so they wouldn't be seen anyway!  

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Hello Ken,
I read through the last two posts, the first of which was when we made the big move so I missed the part about the wiring for the "loop" ... are you talking a return loop or a simple passing siding? Do you need help again with a diagram? No problem just let me know!

Like the finished product and the credit card idea obviously works a treat for you!

Cheers from Oz

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Actually Trevor you've already done this for me some while ago but I guess the stress of moving house took it out of your mind but thanks anyway.


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