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 Posted: Sat Sep 19th, 2009 01:29 pm
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Beeches TMD is a modern image OO gauge model railway layout.  The layout uses NCE DCC and locomotives are fitted with sound decoders.  It is loosely set in the north west of England with locomotives that would serve the north Wales coast - approximately early 1990's to present.

 

My website has more details, there is also a fotopic and links to two video clips.


http://www.freewebs.com/beechestmd/

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 Posted: Sat Sep 19th, 2009 02:56 pm
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Hi

Looks like a very interesting website, lots to look at and also pick up tips from, and also a very nice layout

Any chance of a few more images on this thread for us to look at.

Oh and welcome to the forum.

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Thanks for the comments - here you go - some more photos ...... 

The layout is progressing quite rapidly - these were taken a few weeks ago.  The Class 60 has since been weathered and looks even better!   The three lane shed has also been weathered and detailed.  I'll tyr to add some more photos soon.

Beeches TMD is off to its first (I hope) exhibition in October so I'm trying to get as much done as possible.




















 

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 Posted: Sat Sep 19th, 2009 04:11 pm
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Welcome to the forum Paul,from"Sunny Hyde"(just up the road from you!)
Which show will you be exhibiting the layout in?

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Great pics.
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nice layout you have there,totally modern makes a change.

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Hi Paul.  I've just been to your excellent website.  I had a great time and recommend it to all.  Welcome to the forum  Max



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Hi Paul,

Welcome to our home, the best place for anyone of a like mind to be. Lovely set of images to kick off with and some great work there in creating a typical scene from the modern image railway.

That long black footbridge looks to be several of the Hornby R076 kits cut and joined, am I right? That kit turns up everywhere and looks good almost no matter what is done to it. Including here.

Looking forward to more.

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Hi John

Hazel Grove (near Stockport)  - maybe see you there.

http://hgdmrs.tripod.com/

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Hi Rick

Yes - you're right - several Hornby bridges put together - I think it looks effective - bit different too.

Some more details on the buildings page on my website.

http://beechestmd.webs.com/buildings.htm


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Hi Paul

Thanks for posting more images of your layout, how long has it taken you to build ?

And I really like the bush behind the buffers in photo 1, did you make it yourself, and if you did how ?


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Hi Alan and Pete

Been working on the layout for about two years.  You can read the details on my website - there's a diary section. 

http://www.freewebs.com/beechestmd/

Re. the buddleia ....




The basic frame for the bush (the trunk and branches) are bent wire, thinner towards the end of the branches, more strands near the trunk. The wires were then stuck together - superglue is fine but doesn't give you much time to work with the wire. I used PVA mixed with some brown acrylic paint - slower to set but allows time to get the shape as you want it. Once the PVA is set at the base you can bend the branches. PVA dries with a shine - just go over it with some acrylic.

Now the next stage - I almost regretted starting on this!!! Printed some green paper from computer - fiddle around with the shade until the colour is right - double sided of course. Then - WAIT FOR IT - cut out the leaves with fine, sharp scissors (yes I know it's a bit mad). Find a good TV prog. to watch while you're cutting them. Try to get the shape right - worth taking a bit of time over this - don't rush it and up with leaves that are too round - or too big. WAIT FOR IT - next bit is even worse - now stick them on!!! Use some pointed tweezers - dip end of each leaf in some PVA and attach them to the branches - work from the inside of of the bush to the outside / tips of the branches. Note on a real buddleia that the leaves are smaller towards the ends of the branches - also look carefully at the position of the leaves on a real bush / photo.

I had some reservations about using paper for the leaves - but flock or foliage scatter tends to look wrong - doesn't produce leaves of the right size or shape. I guess it is always going to be an approximation but if the overall impression looks right then I guess you've cracked it!

The flowers - these are made from fine sponge. Again you will need a thin pair of sharp scissors - cut and shape small pieces of sponge. Watch where you are breathing - one overstrong sigh and you'll loose half of them on the floor!!!! The sponge pieces were then dipped in purple acrylic paint and allowed to dry. Flowers then attached to end of branches with PVA.

Vital to have some good photos to work from - keep looking closely at the shape of the leaves and flowers, the way the branches bend, the colours involved etc. Painting over some of the leaves gives some variations in the greens - top and underside of the leaves is not quite the same. Bit of attention to details makes it look more realistic.

Took a few days to make to allow time to dry various bits.    

Voilà - one buddleia bush!!!!

I have since added a couple of small butterflies - it is otherwise known as the butterfly bush - often swarming with them.

 

 

 

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Hi Paul

A lovely layout you have there i looked at your website very good indeed.

You must have a great deal of patience to sit there and make up that buddliea bush but your efforts show through with a superb end product.

You obviosly have done a great deal of experimenting to produce this variety of greenery

Look forward to seeing more

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This is dedication that has really paid off, fantastic Paul.   (Thinks: wonder whether I could do this in N gauge?).:roll:

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Superb stuff, Paul!

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Yes indeed, definitely another one for the Forum Index Paul. Cheers.



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You would want to keep the bushes small I'm thinking :thumbs Superb work.

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(Thinks: wonder whether I could do this in N gauge?).:roll:

Ken.

Go on Ken.... I'd like to see you try :chicken Straight jacket at the standby though.



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I have to say that I liked the first image, but that second one of your greenery under the bridge supports is the bees knees, I think it is the best buddleia that I have ever seen modelled, and the rest of the that area looks just right :thumbs

Think I can just see a Cabbage White on the third leaf back on the right :roll::roll:

Really top noch modelling :thumbs

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Fantastic modelling and superb photos, congratulations Paul. :thumbs

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Yes indeed, we need more of this type of thing Paul. How-to's are very popular.



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