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Here are a few recent photos. OO scale. Peco code 100 track.

My new J83 has just crossed the river - must do something about those couplings.


The new improved chalk cutting and lane. Left-hand side is DAS clay over expanding foam gap-filler. Right hand side is DAS plus paper towels soaked in dilute [50-50] white glue over polystyrene foam pieces. I used some kitty litter for the debris, and powdered some for parts of the lane.


Some early morning shunting. Seems to be a derailment on the right. oops.


A view through the stock-standard Metcalfe shed. Office roof is not secured coz I want to add a bracket light over the steps. Panel fence is by Modelscene. Wire-strung fence with concrete posts is by Ratio
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The photo through the goods shed is particulary convincing


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Thankyou all for the kind comments! Since I started the layout our back lawn has become a valuable source of inspiration when adding long grasses and weeds.
I'm sure my wife would agree.
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great layout the land rover serise3 88 is a bit out of place tho but it all looks great i hope my lay out will be finished soon.
 

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Hi there , i think your pics and layout are great . I especially like the colour of your track grime
! I have been trying to get a good colour for my yard ages and just never seem to get it right . Could you give me some advise on colours ?
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Thankyou all again for your interest.

Here's one more pic, but rather than clog things with too many more, if you wish you can click here http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showg...500/ppuser/6348
I plan to create a just-rained look, so I've spent a while making puddles with acrylic paints and varnish.
Simon - my ballast looked ridiculously clean when new, so once the glue was set I mixed up some heavily diluted acrylic black and brown and brushed and poured it over the re-wet ballasted areas, mopping with paper towel if it got too dark. It might be an idea to experiment by adding a little grime to the diluted glue at the time of ballasting.
I've used black artist's pastel for soot. I rubbed the pastel onto a paper towel and gently applied it to buildings and timber crossings. It can be hard to shift, and there are parts of the goods shed I wish I could redo. Charcoal might be a better, less permanent option. I also poured some of the grime into the gaps in the timbers on crossings. I've used black, brown and grey artist's pastels on the sleepers and the sponge rubber trackbed where exposed, and mixed up a good reddish rust [something like raw umber with a dash of red and a tiny speck of yellow] with my acrylics to paint the rails.
Let me point out I'm not trying to sound like an authority here, it's just what I did. Plenty of people on this forum would do a better job.
CeeDee [Bob] my photos are cropped, yes, mainly to exclude background clutter because my backdrop is incomplete, but also to improve composition. The bckdrop in the first pic is no wider than what you see there.
Space is a bit tight in places and my Olympus digital is a bit bulky so I tend to take the photo from wherever I can fit it, then crop it. I don't use the zoom at all because it interferes with the depth of field, and I set the aperture [the 'f' number] to its heighest which is a disappointing 8.
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As usual Mike, you've surpassed anything that I can hope to do. Believe it or not, I still haven't forgotten about coming over to see you: but when I do, I may have to kidnap you and hold you hostage under my House until you've made my pathetic attempts look better
 

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QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 15 Jan 2007, 06:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Its great to see people doing railway modelling not just railway running!
Peter

I quite agree, I enjoy running trains, or I will do when my efforts are finished, but I also enjoy the scenic side of putting the railway in the landscape. Unfortunately too many layouts seem to have the landscape added as an afterthought. I suppose you could say that I work to the KISS method of modelling.

Anyway, nice layout Mike, but just one thing - are the local Mini owners club having a road run?(TIC)

Keep up the good work.

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Thanks for your comments Peter, Peter and John.
Peter H - you might be disappointed - I think my photos flatter it a bit
Hopefully we can meet at the Brisbane train show this year, too. It would be my first visit for about 5 years.
Peter M and John - sometimes it seems to me that I'm more concerned with the village and countryside than I am with the railway, but the English landscape can contribute a lot of charm and it's easy to get hooked. And then you take some photos, and the camera shows up your mistakes, and you realise you have to keep at it.
And yes, now you mention it, there's a few minis out there!

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Lovely work, Mike, I missed this first time round, I too, liked the shot through the shed. Quality work. Kitty litter? Am I missing something (apart from a cat!!!)

PS Hi Cee Dee!
 

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>Am I missing something (apart from a cat!!!)
No. There was an ominous scrapping noise as I opened the door into the dining room this morning; the cat's pulled up the carpet inside the door - again! It's not as if she's trapped in there - the hatch to the kitchen is wide open.

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