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Postby SpeedLimit20 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:09 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Yes, there is a fair bit of arsenic around :) I'm not sure, but I think there could be an illegal trade in weedkiller going on from this shed :) .


Ahh! That'll explain why the door hinges have completely corroded away to nothing :wink:

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:45 am

Christoph wrote:Interesting for me is the similarity with the DCR House, which I built some time ago .
It seems to be a common building method in NZ .

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Thank you.
Your building looks good too. That style of building is/was very common in New Zealand, particularly around the 1900 period. Nice weathering on the roof too. One trick I use with corrugated iron roof/walls is NOT to overlap the sheets, as they are too thick, and become rather obtrusive. What I have had success with, is butt jointing all the sheets. You always seem to get enough seams :shock: to show where joins are supposed to be. To get reasonably 'neat' corrugated rooves, I first cut out a footprint of the area to be covered (either plasticard or black builing paper). If the roof is to be double depth iron, I draw a line horozontally halfway or thereabouts across the paper. I also draw a vertical line half way down the centre. Starting from the middle, I butt join glue the iron sheets onto the backing, and work my way out to, and over, the edge. When it has dried, I simply turn the whole lot over, and use the footprint as my trimming guide. 8) 8) 8)
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Postby Sir Briand » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:52 pm

Thanks for that tip Gavin. On my next layout I plan to do some corrugated buildings as I want to move to a more industrial scene from the Upton Estate rural one.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:03 am

:shock: :shock: Actually, the inspiration for my shed came from this little beauty at Leurella, in the Blue Mountains. Inside, it contained a model railway. And to think that I had one of the prototypes of this shed when I was (a lot) younger. Frank Hornby's influence lives on. :!:

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If you're in Sydney, a trip out this way is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city...get a Blue Mountains train (hourly service) out to Katoomba from Central, couple of hours each way, and real cheap with an off peak (start after 0900) day return. 8)
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Postby michael » Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:33 am

Just goes to show there is a prototype for everything, only it is usually the other way round :)
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Postby DCRfan » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:43 am

Who gave resource concent for that totally out of character monstrosity :o

Are you sure its not the cargo carrier version of Dr Who's Police Box that just appeared and hopefully not too long later dematerialised :lol: .

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:55 am

DCRfan wrote:Who gave resource concent for that totally out of character monstrosity :o


Resource Consent :roll: :roll: :roll: What's that :?: :?: :?:
And we are talking about the West Island here. :twisted:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:35 pm

:oops: Not one of my best photos, not really set up for macro stuff, but this is what I could get with the closest focus on my camera.


This shows the start of the interior detailing on the workshop at Haywards Estate. The bench was built up out of stripwood, stained, stripped back, and a mist of grey to weather it. Note the box on the bench, this was one published in the Gn15 Tome by Steve...pretty neat I thought, and the tabs made assembly a breeze. 8) More please. :wink:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:48 pm

Gavin Sowry wrote:Note the box on the bench, this was one published in the Gn15 Tome by Steve...pretty neat I thought, and the tabs made assembly a breeze. 8) More please. :wink:


Glad you liked it Gavin and found a use for it. Dont worry, there are more to come :)
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:18 am

8) 8) Summer has arrived, and I'm also back at work (watching trains at Trainspotting World Headquarters, er..supposed to be running a bus company that happens to be headquartered in a railway facility), hence the lack of recent postings. :oops:

The Bachmann has received its initial paint job, a simple can spray over Steve's kit parts, and left the rest alone. Came up OK, but is really crying out for a weathering job, as black doesn't photograph too well, as seen by the shot on DCRfans posting of the Wee Tin Shed.

The baseboard is complete for the railway, which will be a wobbly oval, with a turnout into the Workshop. The 'divider' is going to be a corrugated iron fence, sceniced both sides to allow muti aspect viewing... the film is still in the camera. :roll:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:57 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:... the film is still in the camera. :roll:


I'm sure the wait will be worth it Gavin, looking forward to seing what you are upto.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:05 am

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:roll: A little bit off topic, but a while back there was a thread on animals etc. Here is a photo by Glen Anthony, a fellow Garden Railwayman (he edits/publishes The Garden Whistle) taken on my Taita Gorge Railway showing a couple of those German beasts. Probablly a fraction too big for 1:24, but look quite effective in Mr Lehman's scale :D
I have also picked up from this line, the prospecter with his loaded donkey for $NZ9.00, that's Euro 4.50, or 3 quid in old money. The detail and finish is superb. Stands a good 6' 6" in our scale.
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Postby michael » Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:47 pm

Gavin that greenery looks a lot like spanish moss is it?
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:01 pm

michael wrote:Gavin that greenery looks a lot like spanish moss is it?


It is actually called New Zealand Moss (well, that's what the label said :? ). In this shot, it just happens to be seeding. It normally is a nice
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:59 am

:D :D :D IT WORKS :!: :!: :!:

Now that there is a (small) break in the social calender, I decided to get stuck into building the layout. Took about a hour to lay and tweek the track (PECO On30), chuck on a bit of power, set out the buildings for effect, plonk on the Bachmann-Sidelines gasser and hey presto...the first train has (finally) been run on the permanent Haywards Estate Railway.

Those printies from the Tome are proving useful at cluttering up the engine shed.

As usual, photos to follow :roll: Still using film
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:15 am

Bring it along on Wed meeting and I'll bring digital camera 8)
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Postby DCRfan » Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:37 am

We had our Wellington meeting tonight and Gavin brought his layout along. I will upload the pictures as soon a Photobucket is back up. The website is reporting it is down for maintenance at the moment :cry:
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Postby DCRfan » Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:33 am

Its back just before my bed time :) I'll leave it to Gavin to provide the captions.

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Postby Catweasel » Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:51 am

Looks good,though please warn us next time that shirt appears. I'm now suffering retinal scorching :!:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:03 am

Off to a fine start Gavin, it will be interesting to see how the scene develops.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:20 pm

Great Gavin, I too will be pleased to see what transpires when the scenery is added. I note that you can't keep a good Morris Minor down - they appear to be taking over. I think I've one somewhere :wink:
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Postby Simon Andrews » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:26 pm

Nice start Gavin :D . Excellent idea to wear your scenic backdrop instead of having to carry it. Is Haywards Estate set on a South Pacific pine apple plantation :twisted:

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:20 pm

:D Ahh!, the shirt....well I have been telling you that we have been having an exceptionally fine run of weather in these parts. That was part of the team uniform I wore to the World Rugby 7's held in our Stadium...and that was very conservative. (the shirt, I mean) 8) 8) 8)
Wait till you see what I wear to the Garden Railway Convention, which just happens to be on St Patrick's Day. :!:

The scenery will be similar to that shown in the earlier postings, and there will be a corrugated iron fence between the two buildings.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:30 pm

Simon Andrews wrote:Nice start Gavin :D . Excellent idea to wear your scenic backdrop instead of having to carry it. Is Haywards Estate set on a South Pacific pine apple plantation :twisted:

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:? Hawaii is in the North Pacific last time I looked, and pineapples actually grow on the ground, not in trees. :wink: :wink:

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Postby SOUTHPASS » Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:46 pm

G,day...Don't worry Gavin, I'v got a bright red version of that shirt :D .
The guy with his head in the dunny looks like he might have had a rough night :(
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