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Chinahand
Posted on: 19 Jan 2017, 18:12


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QUOTE (phil.c @ 19 Jan 2017, 12:59) *
Thanks Tony, I have an old Morris that I intend to work on, if it looks good in the scene I'll use it, if not, I'll dump it on one of my hills smile.gif

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I think this is a classic case of 'Less is More'. Brilliant modelling but don't overdo it.
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Posted on: 17 Jan 2017, 23:31


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Wonderfully observed modelling and your attention to detail is awesome Phil.
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Posted on: 15 Oct 2016, 10:35


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Hi bj. That's really looking very good.

IMHO the best looking small N Scale fishing boats are by Artitec but I'm not sure if they do 00 kits.
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Posted on: 20 Sep 2016, 19:15


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We are holding our annual exhibition at the Parker Academy, Daventry on Saturday 1st October. We have 3 halls for the exhibition with Hall 1 being given over to traders and Halls 2 & 3 dedicated to layouts. Among the layouts on display will be DMRC's 00 scale model of Daventry Station as it was in the early 60s before a certain Dr. Beeching wielded his axe. The trackwork and points have all been hand made and is an accurate representation of the track as it existed at that time.


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Posted on: 6 Jun 2016, 08:46


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Great work bj. I wish I was making as much progress as you are. unsure.gif
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Posted on: 22 May 2016, 12:01


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Very impressive David.
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Posted on: 1 May 2016, 15:05


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Great work Phil. That's exactly how I want my 8F to look, just like the ex WD ones that GWR leased after WWII.
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Posted on: 19 Feb 2016, 15:18


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That is a superb piece of modelling Phil.
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Posted on: 29 Jan 2016, 15:09


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Your efforts obviously made him a very happy boy. Well done Tony.
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Posted on: 11 Jan 2016, 11:54


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The platforms have really come out very well Mike and I love the videos.

Did you ever get round to doing a paper track plan ? I've been trying to work it out from the various pictures but I still can't work out how the different levels work.
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Posted on: 8 Jan 2016, 09:24


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Hi Iarn and, first of all, many congratulations on your nuptials.

Notwithstanding that, you've made some great progress on the layout in the last few months and the new train looks superb.

I know what you mean about the relief of getting trains to go all round the layout. After having not run trains for about 8 months it took a lot of track cleaning and point unsticking (not to mention a motor replacement) before I could get trains running reliably again. New Year's resolution is to run trains at least once a week now.
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Posted on: 8 Jan 2016, 09:03


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Thanks Ian.

The Parmouth backscene is actually a photo of Brixham harbour which has been heavily Photoshop'd to remove the old fish market. I then used a programme called Posteriza to produce a 5ft long panorama which I printed out 3 times at different contrast levels. The prints are fixed to 1mm card and the lowest contrast level forms the back layer with the highest level at the front. I then progressively cut out different amounts of the background buildings and mounted one in front of the other to give an impression of depth. I also cut out the window openings from the front layer and gloss varnished the windows on the middle layer to try to give the impression of recessed, glazed windows. All in all I'm very pleased with the way it has turned out.
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Posted on: 4 Jan 2016, 11:00


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Firstly I would like to wish everyone here a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016.

It’s been almost a year since I posted an update of progress on my N Gauge layout so please accept my profuse apologies for keeping you all waiting. My excuse is that my attention has been somewhat diverted away from my layout by the arrival of twin grandsons in June and the consequent frequent trips down to Devon (4 hours each way). I am pleased to report that they are happy, healthy and growing fast.



Notwithstanding this major distraction, coupled with the usual Summer layoff for gardening, holidays etc. and my involvement in my local model railway club preparations for our annual exhibition, I have been making some progress on the layout, though I have never seemed able to find time to prepare an update for posting. Anyway, with the start of 2016, I decided it was time to bite the bullet at bring you all up to date.

As I said at the time of my last update, the first task was to install the backscenes all round which was accomplished using various backscene sheets produced by International Models. Starting at the main station area and working clockwise round to the door, this was the finished result.











I then decided to concentrate my efforts on the Parmouth side of the layout to complete the main buildings, lay the roads and pavements, install the various types of lights and add some of the detailing such as the level crossing. Here is a daylight picture of the present status . . . . . . .



And here is a nighttime shot.



Next up was the construction of the platforms for Market Havering station which, I must admit, has proved to be somewhat problematic due to the continuously variable track radius through the station. I used the pencil taped to a carriage method to plot the platform edge and the main ‘Down’ platform was completed without too much difficulty. However, I’ve had 3 attempts at the island platform which has the main ‘Up’ line on one side and the branch line terminus on the other. Despite using the pencil and carriage method to plot the outlines I was not happy at the resultant gaps between carriages and platform edges on the first two efforts but I think I’ve finally nailed it at the third attempt. Because of the shape of the platforms it was not possible to simply stick printed paving to them so I’ve had to cut each row of paving slabs into strips and then nick each joint so that they can follow the alignment of the platform edges joint. This was quite a time-consuming task and the island platform still needs to be weathered. I’m presently working on the canopies for the Waiting Room buildings so that they can be installed and connected to the lighting circuit. I also need to weather the island platform to match the other one.

I have transplanted the main station building from its’ competition plinth to the main platform and the sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that I have changed the design of the canopy to the main station building compared to how it was for the N Gauge Society competition. That glazed canopy showed off the building itself better but was not really a true GWR type of canopy so I’ve built a new one and am presently working on ones for the island platform buildings to the same design.



While work to the layout itself has been sporadic, apart from the platform construction, I have been working on a few other buildings in the evening while watching the TV. The addition of the coaling stage, signal box and level crossing at Parmouth has almost completed the major structures for that side of the layout though I still have to decide on what buildings should be next to the quay. I think that side of the layout is almost ready for the track to be ballasted. I just need to touch up the rail joiners with a dab of track dirt colour. The track nearest to the quay will actually be set into stone setts adjacent to the quay wall and this will, hopefully, be achieved using modelling clay and a couple of N Scale stone setts rollers I got from Germany.







Other buildings have been completed for the Market Havering side of the layout including a row of low-relief terraced house backs and the Station Hotel. This last building was actually a flat print as part of one of the Townscene backscene sheets but I thought it would be possible to turn it into a low-relief building. Anyway, after many evenings I eventually produced this building which is lit internally with LEDs and, though I say it myself, it has come out rather well. The balcony balustrading and the letters for the sign on the roof are from etched brass sheets produced by Scalelink.





The next stage will be to add middle ground backscenes and bring the Market Havering side of the layout up to the same level of completion as Parmouth by installing roads, signal boxes (2 No.) low relief warehouses and other buildings, Goods Shed, Cattle Dock, Brewery. . . . the list goes on !!

And finally here are a couple of pictures with locos running on the layout including one of 7033 Hartlebury Castle crossing the Market Havering approach viaduct with a through express of brand new Hawkesworth carriages, courtesy of Father Christmas (aka my wife and daughter). Meanwhile Small Prairie 45xx stands with a local stopping train on the Up platform with a short rake of old suburban carriages and the Diesel Railcar stands at the branch line platform waiting for transfer passengers to Parmouth.







Over on the Parmouth side 14xx stands at the platform with the autocoach train back to Market Havering while the station pilot 57xx pannier tank takes on coal. Or it will do once I get some figures painted and installed.



Well that brings it just about up to date. I again wish you all a Very Happy New Year and I promise I will try to make more regular updates during 2016.
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Posted on: 27 Dec 2015, 09:26


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Thanks for running the Santa Specials Tony. It's something I've come to look forward to seeing every year.

Hope you had a good Christmas and that 2016 will be kind to you.
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Posted on: 25 Dec 2015, 08:45


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Merry Christmas to you Tony.

It's great to see that the GVR is still managing to run despite the ongoing new works. That's more than the railways here seem to be capable of.

Didn't see the Santa Special though Tony. Did it run this year ?

All the best for 2016.
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Posted on: 18 Dec 2015, 11:17


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Very professional looking benchwork there BJ. Sorry to hear of the potential redundancy but glad you have managed to get the HQ job.
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Posted on: 4 Dec 2015, 11:30


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That's come out really well Mike. Just needs a few cows and a heap of cow manure to complete the scene.
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Posted on: 25 Oct 2015, 07:18


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That's all coming together very nicely Philip and the platforms have come out really well.

I look forward to seeing the further progress on your turntable. Full marks for not using the Peco one.
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Posted on: 24 Oct 2015, 17:21


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Great to see you recent updates Mike, particularly when they feature GWR locos. I also particularly like the view across the viaducts.
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Posted on: 24 Oct 2015, 17:17


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Hi Tony,

Unfortunately I missed your September post (my so-called Smartphone keeps diverting MRF posts into the Bulk Mail folder and then dumps them) but having now caught up on your recent activities I enjoyed seeing a few more of your locos and your attack on the GVR with bolt cutters and chain saw really made me laugh.

Also glad to hear that your vision has now been fixed so I look forward to your further updates on the lift-out section. Great work as usual.
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Posted on: 3 Oct 2015, 14:41


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I use 2 programmes to make photo back scenes. Photoscape for stitching photos together and Posteriza for turning them into panoramic views. Both are free programmes and work with Windows 7 but I don't know about Windows 10.
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Posted on: 28 Aug 2015, 09:01


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Sorry to hear of your situation Alan but hope you can soon get up and running in your shed.
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Posted on: 2 Aug 2015, 08:37


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I've been looking forward to another update Neil and I wasn't disappointed. Great photos and the OHL system looks really good, though I don't envy you when it comes to track cleaning unless, of course, you are going to use a 'CMX Clean Machine'. All in all though it it definitely all coming together now so keep up the excellent work.
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Posted on: 22 Jul 2015, 15:59


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Been away for a bit so just catching up with your progress Iarn. Love the thatching and the neat clothes peg tool for holding battery connections. The little platform and shelter are also coming along very well. All in all some great work.
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Posted on: 19 Jul 2015, 09:39


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It may have been a while BJ but your update was well worth waiting for. Excellent progress.
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