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Crundells Estate

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 2:35 pm
by backwaterscotland
I know estate railways are a fashionable around here at the moment and here's another one :D

I started planning this a few years ago when I saw a photo of the shed at Duffield Bank and the multi level aspect appealed so I've been picking up bits and pieces towards this. The big impetus was the acquisition of a ready made set of baseboards - I built these a few years ago as end boards for a 00-gauge layout but they have now been replaced with laser cut ones so I took the old ones back. The photo below shows the boards as built and they make a circle around 6'6" in diameter.

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The plan is to make 1 board "inspired by" the shed at Duffield Bank and make the other boards some nice scenery and a small fiddle yard. I'll mostly be making things up as I go along.

The name "Crundells Estate" is, as usual for me, a discworld reference. Crundells is the country estate of the Ramkin family and it is described as "a large rambling stately home profusely ornamented with statuary of naked women" so some of those may appear at some point.

Andy 8)

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 3:38 pm
by backwaterscotland
I actually started this a few weeks ago so the initial progress might seem fast.

I built up the levels for the shed board using plywood, topped with cork and laid track. The point motors have been fitted and the wiring droppers installed. Track is Peco 0-16.5 with a couple of Code 83 inspection pits used for inside the shed. A second board has a long curve running back down to "ground" level.

The track has had a quick weathering with a mix of grey, red and black spray paint and the sleepers brush painted brown. The white card sections are where retaining wall will be.


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I've not yet decided what will be on the other two boards as yet or even what will be on the "long curve" board scenically.

Andy 8)

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 4:20 pm
by chris stockdale
A fine start.

Those baseboards add up to quite a reasonable bit of real estate so there's no shortage of room to show off, ahem, do some great modelling.

Cheers

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 9:25 pm
by PeterH
Great. I'll follow this with interest.

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:53 am
by Jon Randall
Splendid start 8)

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:41 am
by Kerluk
Well done. Can't wait for the next pics.

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:00 am
by KEG
Its about time, Ramkin Hall / Crundells gets an Estate Railway https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Crundells
After all, there is a standard gauge railway line from Ankh-Morpork to Quirm nearby.

Have Fun

Juergen

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:37 am
by docnjoj
Um...............looking forward to the statues!
otherDoc

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:55 am
by backwaterscotland
Managed some progress. I've built up some of the hills and banks using polystyrene cut with a hot wire, newspaper and PVA glue. It's then had a quick coat of brown emulsion to see how it looks.

I've also started mocking the buildings up from foam board - good thing I did as the shed height, to scale, was a little too low to get the loco in so I had to add about 15mm to it. Hoping to get some mounting board this week and start constructing the building properly.

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My first completed "estate" loco can also be seen, this is a Smallbrook Harlequin built pretty much as per the instructions.

Andy

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:55 pm
by backwaterscotland
Slow progress but progress none the less. The mock up buildings have been replaced by their actual counterparts. The shed is artist mounting board with slaters embossed plasticard either side while the big building is mounting board and plasticard with a wooden supporting frame of 8mm stripwood.

I've started building up the concrete level inside the shed and once this is done I can start ballasting and scenics.

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Andy 8)

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:42 pm
by docnjoj
this is starting to look like a very classy layout. I'm following it for sure.
otherDoc

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:16 pm
by Kerluk
docnjoj wrote:this is starting to look like a very classy layout. otherDoc

You're absolutely right.
docnjoj wrote: I'm following it for sure. otherDoc

Me too !

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:11 pm
by backwaterscotland
Due to family visiting, Crundells was stored away for a few weeks but I've dug it out again and made some progress. The buildings have had their main colours painted and the start of weathering applied. I've been experimenting with Vallejo Air paints with the airbrush and it looks pretty good.

Most of the ballasting has now been done - I need to sort out the ground level at the front before finishing the front two tracks.

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Andy

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:42 am
by Grum
It's really nice to see a good idea forming, and on a large'ish layout too. I really look forward to seeing further postings.
Great! Andy

Graham

Re: Crundells Estate

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:53 am
by stewartcristan
Nice pics!