Monday, 2 December 2019

Resin d'etre

I've been a busy bunny this week on the new river bridge and associated scenic work, all made easier by the fitting of a proper door to the workshop. Not only does it open and close properly but it locks securely without the application of superhuman force to the lock. Thank you Elwyn the windows. It also means that I don't have to limbo under the fiddle yard to get into the man cave.

Another little surprise this week was finding my little railcar on the front of 'the news'. Thank you the 009 Society.

Work on the river bed and the associated bit to the left began with the addition of ready mixed filler, formed into landscape over a couple of offcuts of timber and some sections of foam core board in the river itself.

The bridge itself is simply a couple of lengths of Evergreen I beam glued under the rails. I've used some very expensive Preiser stone walls as the supporting river walls.

At the filler stage

The extra bit Turning brown, I used some tester pots of emulsion as usual.

The dry river bed, colour as usual from acrylics and a bit of texture added with some old brown flock.

Greenery blending quite well with the older scenery, still bit light as the PVA is still wet in this picture.

A first pour of Scenic Water which is a 2 part clear resin. I've never used it before but so far it looks good. I need to add some movement to the upper section and where it joins the level water but not too much as it is only supposed to be a small stream in the summer.

Quite a pleasing result and an extra dimension to the scenery.

Just to prove that Nursie gets a trip out to Underhill sometimes, and also the steam tram and the inspection shed.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Now streaming

I spent the weekend in Birmingham for the Warley MRC show at the NEC. Generally speaking I'd rather not be there as I have to spend three days for work; setting up and then supervising the F&WHR stand. On the plus side I get to see what's new, have a look for any good layouts and have very good curry two nights in a row. It is also nice to meet up with loads of old friends and have a good natter.

This is Heljan's Lyn. Looks great but will all the motion fall off?

PECO bug boxes... one day they will be available

Afore mentioned curry in the Polash, Coleshill. Highly recommended. Dave's face seems to have melted

Inside the NEC... ugh.

However, the upside of spending the weekend working is that I had today off and so I started work on my new project on the layout. This is to change the section of dodgy track and in the process add a bridge over a stream.
The section of dodgy track has been isolated with the trusty Dremmel.

Track out

Modifying the baseboard with a jigsaw

The riverbed hole

I've also added another strip of scenery at the front of the quarry board

Once the gap in the baseboard was cut I glued a piece of wood under it

Glued and clamped in place so I then dug into the plaster scenery to create a streambed and added pieces of foam board to form the riverbank. The idea of the new bridge is to give somewhere to photograph trains where the scenery is lower than the track. Watch this space for progress.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Van debter

This week I have been mostly building some wagons and a nice little brake van. The van was a kit I ordered from evilbay on a bit of a whim; I've mentioned my brake van addiction before and this helps feed my problem. I didn't realise that it was a Tom Bell design although it looked familiar. It turns out to be part of a new range of kits designed by him and printed by a partner.

When it arrived it came with no instructions in a little bag, neither thing a problem. The parts needed a little cleaning up on their edges with a needle file but otherwise all was well. 

It fitted together nicely, the only part not printed was the roof which was a piece of styrene sheet which needed cutting to size and banding to shape, not too onerous. On reflection I should have painted and glazed it before attaching the roof. In the end I used Glue n Glaze to do the plain end and left the balcony ones unglazed as you can't really see them.

I added a few details such as vac pipes and a chimney for the stove and the job was done, I really like the proportions of it and it suits the smaller rolling stock very well.

At the same time as building the van I decided to complete the rake of 009 Society kits I bought at ExpoNG and to add a little variety I added a tarpaulin support to one.

With a squirt of primer

and then painted

The first wagon has the tarpaulin fitted over the support. A sheet of printer paper folded and stuck with superglue and then painted to look like mucky tarpaulin.

Monday, 4 November 2019

The Germans are coming...

Having been busy in the so called, real world recently I haven't had a lot of time to progress the dozens of things I'd like to get on with on the layout. The biggest and probably most obvious one of these is the sorting out of a backscene for the new bit. I have a tame printer who will be able to print it for me but I still need to find an image, basically just sky.
One weekend was occupied with a trip down South to Swanley to visit ExpoNG with the F&WHR marketing stand. It was a cracking good show with many inspirational layouts. As ever at events such as these it is also good to meet up with lots of people that you only meet in real life at shows. Much nattering was done and the wallet got a little bit frightened when it was required to purchase a couple of the lovely Technomodelle coaches. The nicest of which is this articulated pair; I also bought a single 4 wheeler.
I spent a happy evening adding a little paint detail and weathering to the new stock and also finally glazed the third of the TR coaches. Each one is painted slightly differently as each time I thought I remembered what I'd done before and was too lazy to check. Each one and the van have come out nicely but it's just as well that I'm not OCD about carriage liveries matching.

The articulated pair looks rather good with the Minitrains Decauville

But then again the Brigadelok is probably more suitable

It seems to be a time for black locos as the Barclyfied Krauss also seems rather at home

Another black loco paid a brief visit this week too; it's the lined black version of Lyd from Heljan. I have to say it is a very fetching finish and completely suited my maroon PECO L&B coaches. However, I had to give this one back so someone can make a purchase from the shop.

One non-modelling but related project that I've been working on is the extended history of the Isle of Stoner. It now contains details of island life all the way back to the stone age. I still have a little more work to do on it but I will eventually add it this blog. The map has had a few subtle tweeks too and this is now displayed at the head of the blog.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Bits and bobs

It's been a while since I posted an update and that is mostly because I haven't done very much modelling recently, life gets in the way sometimes. Anyway, here are a few bits and pieces that I have done.
Olwen has been lined out, my most ambitious scheme yet and I'm pretty happy with how it has come out. Just waiting for plates now.

This is it with twin, Nettie who got a bit of a service and a few updates, mainly to the roof.

It was time to finish off and build a few new wagons, and another TR coach

The wagons are finished but the coach is still awaiting glazing and a final assemble

I finally got round to weathering all of the ROCO U and V skips, so now I have a fair train of them

Wagons need loads so I got out my box of Busch vegetable kits and spent an evening sticking small plants together and quite often to myself. Very fiddly but the end results are very convincing, if a bit large especially as they are supposed to be HO.

This wagon got a load of PECO milk churns

I've been gradually finishing off Rock Beach, most of the buildings are now fixed and lit internally as I wanted.

The daytime view reveals that I've been making gardens and adding some more plant detail. I don't have pictures of some of the new greenery but the differences are quite subtle in some areas and don't stand out but add to the overall look

Off to EXPONG next week but only with the work marketing stand, then at the end of November it's the mixed blessing that is Warley. Again, only with work but it gives a chance to top up on supplies.