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After some kind guidance on the tips and tricks forum I thought I might stick up some pictures of my layout, which is a pretty blank canvas! This is a fold-down number, built by my Father who is an ex Western Region Civil Engineer and pretty mean carpenter.

We started on it not that long before I went to secondary school, but by the time I was old enough & skilled enough to make anything of it other things in life had taken over, like exams and playing sport. Fast forward nearly thirty years and there is a new small boy about the house.

He has been aware that there is a railway about the place somewhere, but until he reached five I thought he would be a bit little to appreciate it. As it happens he is far more grown up an gentle than I thought and also has some big ideas about what should go on the layout (seaside over here, Daddy, station there and so on...)

Anyway, here we go with a resurrected set which is a complete work in progress! First of all views of what was there:





Then time to start building. My ScaleScenes habit is becoming pretty expensive & the rather snotty woman in the local art shop has been transformed into a best friend because of the quantity of card & other materials I've been buying:















And then starting to put it all together:











Not forgetting who it's all for!



Sorry they all came out so small...
 

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Thanks, Ray. Scalescenes were brought to my attention on a completely unrelated message board & were the spur to start work again. Your hints & tips thread was invaluable when I started making the buildings.

Next purchase will be the signal box. I think I'm going to splash out on the etched windows/lever frame as well. I've also found some chimney pots as well to finish off what I've been making.

Glad to say The Small Controller is delighted with it all!
 

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I'm just grateful Dad could take the time out from designing real railways, bridges & so on to make the model for me, Albert! I did start scratch building stuff, but as I say School took over especially as it was a two-hour round-trip away and we had Saturday School as well.

I've only had the opportunity to do what I have been as I've been on "gardening leave" from a job. I'm going to be researching here for a ballasting method which will survive the layout being folded up but fear that I may need to take all the track up and lay a new baseboard as it is currently on some rather battered plasterboard.

Anyway, as you noticed The Small Controller really loves it. He's very competitive & is always racing around so I was gladdened no end that he doesn't try and make the trains go too fast. He also loves the names of the wagons, with Crocodile being a favourite!
 

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Thanks for everyone's kind comments. It's been a whole load of fun! I will be keeping the track plan as it is as this is a train set more than a model railway & the curves do work with all the rolling stock I own. When it comes down to it The Small Controller loves it...

Unfortunately my H&M Duette is currently banjaxed as the cut out switch seems to be hypersensitive. We also have family over from the Antipodes so the room will be needed and railway operations cease for a while.

Some pics of recent building work:



From a freebie download, sorry can't remember where. It's a nice little kit! I have the Brassmasters window & lever frame on order so I can build the Scalescenes one too.



A Railway Scenics freebie WIP. I adapted it a bit to allow for the doors to be modelled as open - the walls as specified would be thick enough for an air-raid shelter. As seen here t's a low-rent Batcave.



The finished article. Now to find some hooky DVD players or a miniature Pirelli calendar for inside!

A couple of views of what I think will be the final mainline station layout:





Station Master's house to be completed (chimneys, wall coping etc) when I've sourced some furniture for the interiors!
 

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Not a lot of progress. Good weather & a Duette controller which has been playing up (although Richard at ABC models assures me it's OK & my locos are probably to blame - he's coming round to check this) mean The Small Controller (TSC) & I haven't had the railway out.

Work has also militated against any further building works until the past week when my Beloved & TSC went away for a summer holiday treat leaving me with some free time in the evenings. Here we go with what I've done:

Inspired by a trip to the North Norfolk Railway I got to work on the Scalescenes signal box with Brassmasters frets. Thanks to the users here who helped by explaining about preparing the brass:



This is a tricky beggar. I managed to get the white inactive levers the wrong way round, so the turps will be coming out. Once I've had a swig I'll repaint:



At the end of day one of proper building I'd got here:



And by the end of day two here:
 

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Not sure what is happening here - can't seem to edit post above. My Sister was visiting last night & suddenly decided she needed a lot of bandwidth & crashed the wif-fi!

Anyway, here's the end of day two on the box:



And to of the Station house with interiors after another member here kindly reminded me of a source of furniture:





A bit of touching i to do & then I can get the roof on, although that does seem a pity. May have to look at illumination...
 

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Thanks, spurno.

Anyway, sitting outside my favourite pub today I thought it could be modelled:



Here's what I've made of it so far:



This could take some time!
 

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Rear vew of what I'm building:



What I've made of it:



What the front looks like. I need to put a roof on the porch:



Sadly ran out of Evostik at this point so had to go & talk to family/eat dinner!
 

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There has been some progress! Having started a new job, the Rugby season started & had visitors from abroad, modelling time was limited. However the upside of the new job is that there is a workshop & I can get my hands on LEDs and I've had some instruction on soldering etc.

Here's the downstairs of the station house. It looks a bit of a mess at the moment as I've not soldered in a quarter of a century. The copper tape will be painted over and then bookshelves from the Scalescenes kit glued to the walls either side of the fireplace:





How the interior worked out. I appreciate the LED is hugely over scale:





And I like this one in a Blair Witch Project kind of way:



I am having big problems with the pictures! The camera on a Nokia Lumia is nowhere near as good as that on a Nokia N8 hence the decline in quality. I couldn't work out The Long Haired Controller's Nikon & my old Canon EOS is still wet film & I was too impatient to use it for work in progress!
 

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Many thanks, Sean. My old camera is a 1991 EOS Rebel (the US version of the 1000) bought in a PX in Germany (long story). It is I think the best camera I have used, but I've got so used to the immediacy of digital either on a phone or with the LHC's Nikon that it only comes out for major trips.

We're off to NZ at Christmas and I did consider replacing the Rebel with the entry-level EOS(D) as I could reuse all the lenses. The old camera seemed to pack it in somewhere between the North Norfolk Railway and Blakney Point this summer so I thought that was my excuse but it revived itself. I'm glad, really, as it's been with me to (at a conservative estimate) thirty-odd countries.

I will be fishing out the EOS for NZ and also some more pictures of this layout. After advice from a user here, Julian, I've gone for Gaugemaster ballasted underlay so after replacing a whole load of steel points with nickel silver I'll get to work properly. Only thing is the new PECO points seem to be about 2cm longer than the old ones I need to replace which is going to mess with the geometry of the track...
 

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I can handle deviation, hesitation & even repetition, Keith, so thanks for the advice! All my lenses are Canon Ultrasonics and I've tested them on the modern Canon bodies so I know they work.

The 35-80 is a bit sluggish as it's an early model; the rest work fine. I may still buy the EOS 1100D with the 15-55mm as it seems to cover, with the other lenses, a very wide range of what I might want to photograph.

I like the look of the EOS M to save weight & space. However at the moment it's waaaay too expensive & I couldn't cope without a viewfinder.
 

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Thank you, Anthony, but I am still only learning! Scalescenes got me back into the hobby & I have used Railwayscenics and Wordsworth stuff as well. Having learnt some techniques there I then added some ideas from John Ahern's book & have been scratchbuilding as well. Nice to be at it again - I used to build things for aircraft & AFV dioramas as well when I put the railway away.

I am working on the principle that I can't get the railway out an awful lot, but I can give thirty minutes or an hour at a time at a time to add a little extra to the buildings which will eventually go on it. This way both The Small Controller & I are happy* - he because he can drive trains, I because I get the fun of building. That's why I'm not too worried if it's a bit trainset-like!

*So is The Long Haired Contoller as she knows I'm not in the pub!
 

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Thanks, Norm.

For completeness here are the last two stages of the pub I was building:





I'm sure the people of the village will be delighted they have a station at last!
 

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Couple more of the station house:





Had a bit of spare time last night, and thanks to the gift of several reels of copper tape and a bag of LEDs (all "scrap" from the workshop & enough to keep me in stock for years) spent some time illuminating the ticket office module of the Scalescenes Medium Sation Building. First the interior (tape etc to be painted out & some posters/furniture added):



Here's the view from the outside. Again there is a bit of light-leakage because I have not yet glued the modules together. Also posters, fire buckets, benches, advertising etc to be added:





The small Controller has been fascinated by there being a lavatory at the station, so had to make sure that was usable in the dark by drilling a hole through the end wall & inserting an LED:



Finally some ridge tiles I have been making. While I love the kits I'm getting the urge to gussy them up a bit & make them truly mine. These are made of good quality writing paper (Conqueror-type) folded & glued, then the holes punched out with a leather punch. For the perforated ones I then made the rounded tops with a pair of nail scissors which took some time!

I then drew the lines between the tiles with a soft pencil before giving a light wash with watercolour from a tin that I had kept in a drawer from childhood. Amazing how much cash it's possible to save by recycling & going through boxes in the attic:



Larger pictures here. Some misgivings about posting them as they show up wonky modelling, glue marks & so on!
 

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Norm-

The pub is The Bell Inn at Aldworth, Berks. It's on a big hill above Goring & Streatley on God's Wonderful Railway. Hence my comment about the village getting a railway - the hill is so steep it would need a funicular or cable car!

If ever you're int he area try the place out. It is, in my fairly educated opinion, one of the best pubs in the county and completely unspoilt - elements remain unchanged since the mid-19th Century.
 

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Have now realised I can post at a better size from Picasa after all. Therefore for Norm here are some repeats.

First the pub again:



The pub complete:



Sadly I think I trashed the roof with the application of moss. As there are certain liberties taken with the model (for example the lead flashing made of tinfoil covered in Humbrol Gunmetal paint and a couple of later, early 20th Century additions left off) I may just cover the thing completely in lichen. This was only a rough first go, anyway. I need to put a box of books in the porch to represent those that are always on sale for the local Air Ambulance!

Here are the roof tiles in more detail:



Before fixing them in place they are straightened and the long pieces at the end cut down.
 

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Signal box update. As my CSgt at RMAS used to say, "I left you in this position", or thereabouts:



Then all complete, bar the roof:



I intend to replace the windowsill on the lower chamber as it didn't come out how I wanted. Even the most myopic will note that the front of the box is slightly bowed outwards and the chimney in two different kinds of brick paper. I have my suspicions that my card was just marginally too thick for the kit. The former problem was sorted by a fairly radical hacking with a penknife, the latter will be with some weathering.

Then, of course, I wanted to illuminate the thing. Originally I had planned to put an LED on the inside of the window frame, but then I discovered copper tape & how it could be hidden:



Last night I touched out the tape with grey paint, tonight will be tiling so like the best potboilers to be continued...
 

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So here we go, the final stages. First finishing off the roof:



Then putting it all together It still needs some fettling (if that's the right term I've picked up here):



Let there be light!



And why I wanted to light it in the first place (sorry about pic quality):





My favourite picture of the lot, ironically taken as one final try after realising it was nearly time for bed and nearly not bothering:



If I do this again I may look at the kit that includes an instrument shelf (I considered scratch building one, but thought it would obscure the rest of the interior too much) and also take a bit more care over the thickness of the card. I'm also likely to replace the bargeboards with some Evergreen strip as these suffered from a knife slip as the recycled card I'd used was a bit slippery.

I think I may put some of my home made roof tiles on to individualise the kit. I'm also working up some gutters & downpipes from Evergreen tubing & strips, but this has proved very fiddly & while the styrene I bouts is true to scale it looks a little too delicate.

Thanks for looking!
 

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Thanks again, Norm. What I meant about the mossy roof is that I seem to have made rather straight sweeps of the PVA & flock so it's all a bit regular.

As for Pendon it's not so far from home & I went recently for a lecture about miniature building construction. Things have changed there since I was a nipper and now I am old enough to appreciate the skills of the modellers becoming one of them has to be just a pipe-dream, I fear.

It's actually fairly straightforward to build & customise the kits with a bit of patience (something I'm lacking a bit - I always want to get the model ready to show off or for The Small Controller to play with hence some of the flaws); with a bit of work and good brick papers the scratchbuilt pub is possible for anyone & bear in mind I made that from four photos, five minute pacing out and my memory, drawing it freehand onto the paper before cutting & gluing.

It's the idea of building something without all the prefabricated papers & bits like the Pendon people I find mind-boggling. Still, retirement is in about thirty years so here's hoping my eyesight stays!
 

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Had some time last night to do some work on the ground floor interior of the sation house:





 
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