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 Posted: Sun Sep 5th, 2021 12:14 pm
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Thanks for the tips Bill, all very good advice. I was just looking at your goods shed, I really like the lighter colour of your brickwork, what colours did you use to achieve this?Cheers.



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Hi Graham and I’m glad the feedback was of some interest. Regarding the lighter colour of the Chudleigh goods shed for the lighter brick colour in post 345, it all depends on your starting point. Mine was pale brown embossed brick plasticard, while yours will be laser cut MDF, which will need primming before painting, so primer colour will be a factor in the final brick colour.
 
I used a few drops of Vallejo acrylic Mud Brown on my pallet and applied with a flat half inch brush. Mortar was added with well thinned Portland Stone applied by brush in blobs across the face and encouraged to spread along the joints with the flat brush, then drew the brush downwards across the entire surface, to provide subtle colour variation, before dabbing any surplus off with kitchen paper. If you need it any darker, try a thinned grey wash.
 
If you use a brown primmer,  much the same result should be obtained, but try a test spray first on some MDF, possibly on the reverse side of your earlier test painting of the laser cut brickwork.
 
Hope this helps and do let us know how you get on.
 
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Thanks again Bill. I hope to make a start next week. I will post how I get on.
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Cattle dock and lamp hut now installed on the layout. The walls of the signal box have been painted and I am about to assemble them, photos to follow. Cheers.




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Nearly all the main walls assembled, just need to add the floor and then the interior.





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Just a quick update on the slow progress of the signal box. I am really enjoying this build and don’t want to rush it and make a mistake.




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That's coming together nicely Graham.

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Thanks Bill, it is a really nice kit to build.



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Hi Graham
I have been lurking here for a while, admiring your craftmanship. Super job on the signalbox. I am intrigued by the bricked in locking room windows…..was this a WWII precaution or the SR being economical?:lol:



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Hi John, yes it was to protect the locking room from bomb blasts during WW2.



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There has been some progress with the signal box. The windows are in and most of the roof is on. These have been a bit of a fiddle but I have got there.





I have now started yet another project. I have always wanted a Hornby Dublo Breakdown Crane and have managed to find a nice boxed example on eBay. I was also able to obtain another set of runner wagons for it which I intend to convert to NEM pockets so I can use the crane with all my current stock. I have had a go at one to see if it is possible and it has worked out quite well I think. So will still have all the original crane wagons and a spare set fitted with NEM pockets.




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Hi Graham

I have a Hornby crane (seen in the background below), bright red, runs like a three-legged camel and fully equiped with operating "handles" for raising and lowering the boom and hook. 



The rigid 8-wheeled base is just awful.  I have always wanted to do something with it so will be following your thread with much interest!!

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I didn't realise the signal box was a "proper" build with all the internal roof timbers Graham.  Having said that, I do wonder why they've gone to all that trouble unless it can be seen after the roof is on ................... :roll:

Is the Hornby crane cast metal ?  That runner wagon looks pretty solid.

Without wishing to wander off topic - that's a lovely looking loco in your post Barry - what is it ?   Maybe post a reply on your own thread so we keep this one "tidy" .................. ;-)



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Yes it is a proper kit. I think that makes it all the more interesting to build.The crane is the cast metal Dublo one. I will post more photos tomorrow if I can find time.



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This is my Hornby crane. The three runner wagons have been fitted with Dapol metal wheels and the two small ones have extra weight added underneath, they all seem to run fine. The problem I had was the crane body did not sit square on the chassis. I solved this by fitting a large gear wheel over the base of the crane. It may look a little out of scale but it works a treat!














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Thanks Graham

I havent done anything to it yet but will start with a new set of wheels and see how we go.

Mine spends most of the time as in your last photo - with at least one set of wheel in the ballast :twisted: :twisted:

I will not mention the crane again for fear of hijacking your thread! :oops:

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Let me know how you get on. I hope there is an improvement.



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A bit more progress. Just the roof tiles and guttering to do now. I think the signalman looks pleased!





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That looks really good Graham.   :thumbs

What are the figures ?



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